Bars & Pubs

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

Here are the Time Out Bar Awards nominees
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Here are the Time Out Bar Awards nominees

Drum roll, please!

Come to the Time Out Bar Awards

Come to the Time Out Bar Awards

Tickets are on sale for Monday, January 23.

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!

Dingo's
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Dingo's

This Australiana bar is serving a Passiona cocktail, and we're into it

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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

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

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 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

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 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

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)

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

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

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

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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Australia Day at Munich Brauhaus
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Australia Day at Munich Brauhaus

The Munich Brahaus will be celebrating Australia Day with an all day party in the beer hall and beyond. They'll be hosting a special summer barbecue from 2pm, dishing out grilled corn on the cob, bratwurst, grilled chicken, veggie skewers and more delicious summer food. There will also be a drinks special which includes a peach, strawberry, mango and passionfruit Summer Schnapps Bellinis and buckets of craft beer including the Munich Lager. You can also stay tuned into Triple J’s Hottest 100 throughout the day, which will be streaming right across the dining hall, beer garden and bars. If you're a sports fan, you can also catch the Australian Open semi-final, screened live all day.

Experience royally good entertainment at Kingpin Bowling
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Experience royally good entertainment at Kingpin Bowling

It’s bowling but, not as you know it. Kingpin at Crown Melbourne has undergone a major makeover that now boasts four luxe entertainment spaces to bowl, wine and dine. Open seven days a week from 10am to 2am, Kingpin is crowned by The Hub; a contemporary party area featuring 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes and over 3,000 bowling pins secured to the ceiling. Punters can sit and dine or order mouth-watering dishes and cocktails straight to their lanes. The menu features share dishes (think hot wings, nachos and sliders), a barbecue pork rib feast for you and your crew and slow cooked beef brisket. Kick back at the Patrón sponsored cocktail bar, Room 300, and select from a delicious drinks menu or order cocktails on tap. Table and bottle service is available for those seeking the royal treatment or, you can book your VIP crew into Pins Royale; an exclusive event space fitted with mahogany lanes and gold bowling balls. If you need a break from the lanes, there are also pool tables to test your skills, while a DJ spins all night. Revellers can also play on at Playtime. Choose your weapon, enter a new reality, shoot old school hoops or experience cutting-edge driving games with over 150 games to keep you entertained.

The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy

A Banksy retrospective, featuring more than 80 of his best-known works, and exhibited in a gallery space. Does it sound like something that the British artist – an anti-establishment icon – would ever approve?  No, it doesn’t – and it’s not. The Art of Banksy is an entirely unauthorised exhibition, curated by the famously anonymous artist’s former agent, Steve Lazarides. The pair, who are both from Bristol, go back many years to the days when Lazarides took photos of Banksy’s work for the now-defunct Sleazenation magazine. These days, he owns Lazarides Rathbone gallery in London, and is recognised as a key figure in bringing street art into galleries. Several years ago, he realised that many of his clients owned Banksy works, some of which had never been seen by the public. Soon, the idea of doing a retrospective took hold. Lazarides didn’t feel the need to seek Banksy’s approval – not that he would’ve received it anyway. For reasons he’d rather not talk about, the pair haven’t spoken for eight years. “He probably fucking hates it,” he says, laughing. “But I think [Banksy] genuinely belongs to the general public. He made himself public property…  and I haven’t taken anything off the street – I’ve just put a collection of works together for people to enjoy the art of Banksy.”  Not everyone agrees with this sentiment. Two days before the exhibition opened, Melbourne street artist Matt ‘Adnate’ painted a version of Caravaggio’s 'The Taking of Christ' directly onto the entranc