Bars & Pubs

Navigating Melbourne's best bars, pubs, breweries and drinking holes

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne
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The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne

While snow may not fall on Melbourne during winter, those cold months really can get you down. Thankfully, our city has no shortage of cosy neighbourhood pubs with fireplaces to warm your toes. For more winter warmers, take a look at our guides to Melbourne's best hot chocolates, mulled wines and porridges.

Melbourne's best bars for drinking alone
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Melbourne's best bars for drinking alone

Flying solo? Don't sweat it. At these bars you'll find chatty bar staff and some of Melbourne's best drinks

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
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The 50 best bars in Melbourne

These amazing watering holes represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking

The best breweries in Melbourne
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The best breweries in Melbourne

Get to know the city's best brewery bars, where fresh pints and good times await

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The best late-night bars in Melbourne
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The best late-night bars in Melbourne

Just because it's the small hours and you're up for a drink, it doesn't mean you want to be yelling over the music in a nightclub. Thankfully, there's plenty of places in Melbourne to enjoy a quiet(ish) beverage until sunrise – and with the 24-hour public transport network operating on weekends, it's easier than ever to get home.  For more nocturnal fun, check out our guide to late-night bottle shops and late-night dining. 

The best bars for drinking alone in Melbourne
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The best bars for drinking alone in Melbourne

Look, we're not here to judge. Maybe you just want to treat yourself to a little alone time and a good bottle of wine, or maybe you've clocked off early and need to kill some time before meeting up with friends. Maybe you're freelancing and coffee just isn't going to cut it any longer (oh yeah, we've been there). Whatever the reason, here's where to get a cheeky bevvy on your own in Melbourne. For more ideas, check out our guides to Melbourne's best wine bars, cocktail bars and hidden bars.

The best new openings in Melbourne
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The best new openings in Melbourne

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new and notable bars and pubs

The best cocktail bars in Melbourne
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The best cocktail bars in Melbourne

We salute the best shakers, stirrers, mixers and muddlers of fine cocktails in Melbourne

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The best wine bars in Melbourne
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The best wine bars in Melbourne

Everywhere you should be sipping red, white and rosé in Melbourne this year

The best whisky bars in Melbourne
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The best whisky bars in Melbourne

Whisky (or whiskey, if you prefer the American varietals) isn't just for hardcore drinkers with stomachs of steel. There are so many types of whiskies – from dark smokey drams to smoother malts – that all a drinker needs to do is find one that suits their individual palate. One of the fastest ways to do this is to find a bar with staff who know how to make a great recommendation. Still thirsty? Here are Melbourne's 50 best bars and the best places to drink a decent cocktail.

The best laneway bars in Melbourne
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The best laneway bars in Melbourne

It's pretty safe to say that the more difficult a Melbourne bar is to locate, the better it is (once you're finally in there). Knowing where to find drinking institutions like EDV and Lily Blacks is pretty much a prerequisite for all cocktail-loving locals. For an even closer look into the city's bar culture, browse our guides to Melbourne's best wine bars, whisky bars and cocktail bars. 

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
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The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

The best bars for dancing in Melbourne
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The best bars for dancing in Melbourne

This one's for all the discerning drinkers who also like to dance their pants off

Plus, check out Melbourne's weirdest drinking experiences

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The best whisky bars in Melbourne
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The best whisky bars in Melbourne

The best places to drink Scotch, Japanese whisky, American whiskey and much more

The best rum bars in Melbourne
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The best rum bars in Melbourne

Get a taste of the tropics at these bustling rum bars around Melbourne

The best gin bars in Melbourne
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The best gin bars in Melbourne

Gin's having a moment in Australia: here's where to get your hands on the best gin cocktails in Melbourne

The best craft beer bars in Melbourne
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The best craft beer bars in Melbourne

The best beer halls and beer bars to sample the latest and tastiest microbrews from Melbourne and beyond

Melbourne's drinking hotspots

Melbourne CBD
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Melbourne CBD

Inner-city Melbourne has a bar for every type of drinker imaginable

Chapel Street
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Chapel Street

Say hello to tequila, dumplings and tiki drinks along Melbourne's famed shopping strip

Fitzroy
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Fitzroy

Strap on your party boots and cocktail helmets: nowhere does fun drinking quite like Fitzroy

Brunswick
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Brunswick

Work your way from cheap beers to cocktails to sweet tunes along Sydney Road

Smith Street
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Smith Street

With Prohibition-era cocktails, arcade bars and even a bocce bar, Smith Street's bar scene is a blast

St Kilda
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St Kilda

Set your sights on the sea (and some damn good drinks) in the home of backpacker boozing

The best pubs in Melbourne

The 50 best pubs in Melbourne
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The 50 best pubs in Melbourne

Get the lowdown on Melbourne's best pubs in every corner of this great drinking city

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne
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The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne

Escape winter with a stick of firewood and a freshly pulled pint at these Melbourne pubs

The best gastropubs in Melbourne
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The best gastropubs in Melbourne

These fine institutions are serving up some seriously good pub grub that won't break the bank

The best beer gardens in Melbourne
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The best beer gardens in Melbourne

When the sun's out, here are our top picks for boozing in the great outdoors

The best live music pubs in Melbourne
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The best live music pubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is truly blessed in the live music stakes. Here are a few of our favourite places to catch a gig

See our guide to family-friendly Melbourne pubs

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The Middle Park Hotel is embracing its culinary roots and introducing a new menu devised by head chef Sangsub Ha. The gastropub will hone in on Victorian produce, showcase swish new dishes while also delivering some excellent pub classics. Entrees veer towards modern flavours, like the hiramasa kingfish with nori powder, squid ink rice puff and daikon radish remoulade; and veal carpaccio with apple, truffle soy, feta and curry oil. The menu is also geared towards groups, with share plates that include individual bites like lamb and chorizo sausage rolls and freshly shucked oysters; or larger share platters like the 1.5kg dry aged rib eye with cured meats, parmesan crisps, seasonal greens and red wine jus. Like any great pub, they will also grill you a prime steak. Choose from grass-fed porterhouse, eye fillet or rib eye bone cuts, which come served with smoked garlic butter, pepper or mushroom sauce. Vegetarians are well looked after too, with plant-focused dishes including salted beets with cheese blancmange, watercress and beetroot chips; and tagliatelle with creamed shimeji, champignon, oyster and porcini mushrooms.  With each dish on the menu, you'll also find a specially selected wine, be it a full-bodied Exception cabernet malbec or a fruity La Vieille Ferme rosé.  Whether it’s a special night out, a mid-week repast or a Sunday lunch, the Middle Park Hotel’s menu takes a step up to deliver beyond the usual pub fare. Find out more about the Middle Park Hotel's new m

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