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

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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!

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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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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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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Chinese New Year at The Valley
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Chinese New Year at The Valley

The Valley will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a night of colourful Chinese entertainment and racing. There will be 12 different food trucks on site, all peddling Asian delights from satay skewers to dumplings and baos to duck pancakes. There will also be plenty of traditional Chinese entertainment including dragon dancers, fire breathers, fireworks and giveaways. Hong Kong pop sensation Det Dik will be bringing his high-energy hits to life on stage, while Mandarin race caller Jamie Pi will be calling the feature race on the night. Best of all entry to the night is free, so get your family and friends together and head to the Valley for a night of racing fun.

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. They will also be introducing the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister challenge. One kilo of golden veal schnitzel comes topped with beetroot and everyone's favourite breakfast combo – crisp bacon and sunny side up eggs. The challenge – if you choose to accept it – is to finish the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister in less than one hour. If you are successful in your endeavour, you will receive your mega-meal on the house, a Schnitzelmeister champion T-shirt, your very own spot in the Schnitzelmeister Hall of Fame and of course bragging rights. So get down to Munich Brauhaus on January 26 for snags, schnitzel, dancing and steins. 

Pip Utton: Churchill, Playing Maggie and Adolf

Pip Utton: Churchill, Playing Maggie and Adolf

Award-winning British actor and playwright Pip Utton will be making his Australian debut when he tours three plays, each of which illustrates one of history's most notorious leaders. Utton's one-man performances offer theatrical portraits of German dictator Adolf Hitler and British prime ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. The series will each offer insights into the minds of these historical figures, all on the Theatre Works stage. In Playing Maggie Utton steps out as the Iron Lady, opening the stage up to audience questions, answering them in character as Margaret Thatcher. In Adolf, Utton transforms into the tyrant in the hours leading up to his suicide. Finally in Churchill Utton brings the great statesman to life, transporting the audience to London to enjoy the three things that Winston loved the most – hearing himself talk, a glass of scotch and a cigar.  In the current political climate, there's been no better time to look back at history's leaders – both good and bad – and see what their legacy has created.

Hong Kong 101
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Hong Kong 101

You could spend a week, a year or a decade in Hong Kong and never be bored once. Pulsing with energy and always evolving, it’s the perfect place to explore if you’re into people-watching, eating, shopping, hiking, partying, relaxing, art, history… or perhaps all of the above. Thanks to its compact size and zippy public transport system, Hong Kong is also remarkably easy to navigate, meaning you can cram a lot of action into a fairly short trip. The most unexpected part? A multitude of beaches and green hillsides are within easy reach of the city, providing the perfect respite when you seek it. Here are the must-see districts to explore in the days you have free either side of the Sevens.