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

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

Here is Melbourne viewed through the bottom of a glass: from its world-beating cocktail lounges to its down-and-divey saloons. These bars – organised by area and in no particular order – represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking. Many of them are Time Out Bar Awards winners. Others take pride of place in some of our most popular guides, like Melbourne's best cocktail bars, wine bars and rooftop bars.  Above all, these bars have one thing in common: they are the very best this fine drink-swilling city has to offer.

Time Out Pub Awards 2017

Time Out Pub Awards 2017

The annual Time Out Pub Awards are coming. Join us at Forester's Pub and Dining on Monday May 15 as we raise a pint to the city’s best local haunts, best counter meals, and more, and be part of the fun as we crown our 2017 Pub of the Year. Expect delicious drinks, sweet tunes and great food, all while we celebrate those pubs and publicans who provide us with much needed mid-week ales and a second lounge room. Limited tickets are available at $45 + BF and include food, drink and good times and an advance copy of the Time Out Pub Awards issue (RRP$4.95). See you there – and in the meantime, vote for your favourites in the People’s Choice Awards now. These awards are made possible thanks to Yenda Beer. Is your favourite pub in the running? The full list of nominees for this year's Pub Awards is coming soon.   in association with

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Preston has a fantastic new brewery bar
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Preston has a fantastic new brewery bar

They're making the beer right behind the bar, so your pint is as fresh as it gets

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

The sun's out, the beer is cold, and the city's outdoor drinking havens await

Where to drink right now

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 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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New Caledonia is one of our closest neighbours – it’s just three hours flight from the east coast. The Pacific Islands gem is not just beautiful to look at (hello, white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, chilled-out turtles and palm trees), it’s also a culinary destination. Noumea and beyond offer up a cavalcade of local food experiences. Try Bougna, a local delicacy of chicken or lobster wrapped in banana leaves; get a taste of the French-influenced New Caledonian culinary scene; explore hip waterfront bars; or try a fun food festival (they even host their own Avocado Festival). Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so. Fortunately, New Caledonia are currently offering Time Out readers a chance to win a foodie vacation of their very own, including airfares, five nights accommodation, and an unforgettable meal. Enter here.

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High Spirits by Winning Tastes

Spend a night indulging in 2017's best cocktails as Melbourne mixologists serve up Australia’s best spirits at High Spirits by Winning Tastes. This one-night-only event will see Little Bourke Street’s Higher Ground overrun by five different pop-up bars, each serving an award-winning spirit from the recently announced Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA). All drinks will be included in your ticket and will allow you to try exclusively-created cocktails that feature this year’s award-winning spirits, put together by some of the city’s best bartenders and mixologists. You’ll also get a chance to meet local distillers who will share their knowledge and knack for alcohol.  High Spirits by Winning Tastes will kick off at 7.45pm on Thursday April 6 at Higher Ground.

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Rhys Nicholson

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rhys Nicholson is snappy suits, candy-apple hair and square glasses, then you need to get to know him better. The Sydney-based comedian has cultivated a huge following with his super-intelligent and biting observational comedy and no-holds-barred reflections on his life – all of which he delivers at breakneck pace. Last year, Nicholson's show was nominated for the illustrious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. To that, he says: "Why not come and watch me desperately try and back that up this year? C'mon. Why wouldn't you?"

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