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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

Finally, the time for high-altitude summer drinking is here!

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Footscray is getting its first rooftop bar
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Footscray is getting its first rooftop bar

People of the west, rejoice: Back Alley Sally's has excellent news

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Hotel Jesus
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Hotel Jesus

Anyone who thought Mexican food was just one big, none-too-serious party will not be disillusioned by Hotel Jesus 

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Bodega Underground
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Bodega Underground

Get to know tequila’s smoky cousin mezcal at Bodega Underground, a gritty-cool basement bar that riffs on the spirits and street foods of Mexico

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Where to drink right now

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

From cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

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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

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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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See our latest bar and pub reviews

The best bars in Melbourne

The best hidden bars in Melbourne
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The best hidden bars in Melbourne

A bar hidden behind a bookshelf? Inside a fridge?! Melbourne does hidden bars like no other city

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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

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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

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The best pick-up bars in Melbourne
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The best pick-up bars in Melbourne

The places where you're most likely to get lucky (and the rest is up to you)

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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

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Plus, check out Melbourne's weirdest drinking experiences

Choose your favourite drink

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

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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

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Melbourne's drinking hotspots

Melbourne CBD
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Melbourne CBD

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

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Chapel Street
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Chapel Street

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

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Fitzroy
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Fitzroy

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

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Brunswick
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Brunswick

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Drink to spring at Loretta's
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Drink to spring at Loretta's

Loretta's has shaken off the Melbourne chill and welcomed spring with a new cocktail menu to accompany the warmer(ish) month. Ex-Eau de Vie head bartender Oscar Eastman, who now heads Loretta's in Fitzroy North, has devised a beautiful cocktail menu inspired by the concept 'Tabloid Nightmare' – the demise of print media.  Taste test cocktails like Pulque-mon Go: a fragrant mix of Calle 23 Tequila, horchata, chamomile, honey and Sierra Nevada Cactus and grapefruit Gose beer that uses the tart beer to balance the cocktail. There are plenty more interesting flavour combinations in the rest of the menu, and many more to come when the summer cocktail menu comes out in a few months for post-Edinburgh Gardens sessions. If cocktails aren't for you, the Loretta's team also know a great whisky (or whiskey) when they see one, with plenty of American options alongside classics from the Scottish isles. Hungry? Bluebonnet Barbecue is serving up smoky meats cooked low-and-slow from Loretta's neighbouring kitchen, so you won't have to go far for some sustenance.   

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Coburg Night Market
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Coburg Night Market

Coburg Night Market get better every year and it's little wonder, considering that it was founded by the team behind the Queen Victoria Night Market in 2010.  Every Friday night from November 25 to December 16, Coburg Night Market will come alive with more than 85 food and artisan stalls, as well as live music and interactive entertainment. Melbourne’s diverse community is truly on show with the versatile dishes served up by the street food vendors. Run by Moreland City Council, over 30 food vendors including Cypriot Kitchen, Bun Cornidios and Perla Tacos, Indigenous Street Feast and Babaji’s Kitchen will be dishing up delicious street food at the weekly night market. There will be vegan, vegetarian and halal-friendly options available too.  Much like the food available, music and entertainment have also been sourced from Melbourne's global communities. Each Friday, the night market will present a different style and sound, from 1950s harmonies by local band Bobby and the Pins, Latin beats from Mariachi Los Romanticos, and roaming bands like Uptown Brown and The Whoopee Project, and Cyclo Illuminato.  The market has been scheduled before Christmas, giving shoppers a great chance to pick up some artisanal gifts. 

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Open up your night with the Night Network
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Open up your night with the Night Network

Melbourne is fast becoming a 24-hour city: you can eat out at great restaurants at 1am, see late-night shows, and dance until 4am, then catch public transport home on the weekend. Whether you're burning the midnight oil at work, celebrating a special occasion in the city, or simply experiencing everything Melbourne has to offer until the wee hours, you can now stay out late without having to worry about finding your way home with the Night Network. The Night Network trial provides train, tram, bus and coach services to Melbourne and regional Victoria all night on Fridays and Saturdays. You can open up your night with services including the Night Trains, which run direct to and from Flinders Street Station every 60 minutes on all lines except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse. If you're heading in or out of the inner-city areas, Night Trams run every 30 minutes on routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96, and 109. Night Buses operate on 21 routes covering other parts of the city, some departing every 30 minutes from the CBD, and others connecting with trains at suburban stations.  Live further out from Melbourne's city centre? Leave the car at home and trust the Night Network to get you home safely with Night Coaches, departing at 2am from Southern Cross Station's Coach Terminal to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon. With public transport running around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays, late night dwellers and night workers clocking off in the early hours can depend o

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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel
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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel

Head out west this Christmas where The Station hotel will be serving a three-course feast. Open throughout the festive season, the Station Hotel's Christmas Day feast will feature the pub's famous steaks (available in scotch, rostbiff and porterhouse), traditional ham and turkey with all the trimmings, and roast pork loin with your favourite Christmas sides like chat potatoes, gravy and apple sauce.  Save room for the Christmas pudding and brandy anglaise sauce at the end, or a fresh summer berry parfait is you prefer something tangy. Lunch seatings are available from 11.30am and 2pm. Bookings are essential, $110pp adults and $35pp kids. 

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