Bars & Pubs

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

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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See our guide to family-friendly Melbourne pubs

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The Cut launches its new seasonal menu
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The Cut launches its new seasonal menu

The Cut Steakhouse has launched its seasonal summer menu, featuring new dishes alongside old favourites. The wagyu burger (broiled house blend wagyu beef, served with relish, tomato, cheddar and hand cut chips) takes pride of place on the seasonal lunch menu, and will set you back a tender $9.95 between 12-3pm, Monday to Friday. The Cut is known for serving prime Australian beef and it's 'farm to table' attitude: meat and fish is locally sourced and its vegetable offering has maintained its seasonal focus. The Cut also boasts one Melbourne's largest glass-walled dry-aging rooms, which passers by can look upon from Alfred Place. Pair your meal with something from the extensive drink selection, which showcases a vast wine, whisky and cocktail offering. 

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Carousell
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Carousell

We all have those excess clothes and beauty products that just didn't quite make it into your everyday wardrobe or makeup routine. Whether it's the brand new pair of pants you got a size too big, the foundation that's just that little bit too light or that designer dress that you wore once, only to realise it wasn't quite your style. Well now there's an app that'll shift those goods into new homes with serious ease. Get snapping and selling on Carousell, the new app that makes helps you to sell your extra clothes, beauty products, electronics and furniture. Carousell is built for the smartphone generation and it makes selling as simple as taking a photo, and buying as simple as chatting. It's totally free to download and use, so all you need to do is go through your wardrobe and beauty products, take photos of the stuff you don't want, list a price and others will soon be chatting with you to deal.  Shopping is super simple too – swipe through curated collections of pre-loved fashion and beauty products and discover unique finds and great deals. With selling and buying made simple, you can free up more time and space for more meaningful experiences.  Download Carousell for iOS or Android today.

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Zoo Twilights

Zoo Twilights

Hold on to your safari hats, Melbourne – we’re in for a wild musical ride. Melbourne Zoo Twilights summer concert series has been announced, and this year's line-up will no doubt see thousands flock to the zoo for a night of live music under the stars. This year's line-up is truly spectacular. The opening weekend will see Peter Garrett and The Alter Egos take to the stage along with Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants. If Aussie rock is your thing, then don’t miss the chance to see the recently reformed Killing Heidi, as well as ABBA tribute band Björn Again and george. The Living End and The Rubens have already sold out tickets to their first gigs, but second shows have been announced for both artists. On the international front, American singer-songwriter Kurt Vile is sure to be a highlight, as well as LA-based indie rock band Warpaint. Hailing from Canada is much-loved indie pop duo Tegan and Sara, plus the inimitable singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright. To cap off the killer line-up, veteran ska outfit The Specials will bring the season to a close with their funky sound. Get in quick and buy your tickets soon if you don't want to miss seeing your favourite bands live at the zoo.  Topping the line-up, of course, are the Zoo's wild residents. All proceeds from the Zoo Twilights summer concert series will be going back towards the zoo's conservation work, including their work to save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction.  No Zoo Twilights night is complete wit

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Long lunches at Fratelli Fresh
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Long lunches at Fratelli Fresh

Every weekend, Fratelli Fresh hosts a long Sunday lunch that's perfect for fans of Italian food and those who just love gathering around a table with friends and family over brilliant food and great drinks.  For $49 per person, Sunday lunch goers can get in on Fratelli Fresh's all you can eat Italian feast which will include unlimited pizzas, pasta, fresh salads and Fratelli Fresh house wine for two hours. The sessions run between noon and 3pm every Sunday, so there's plenty of time to finish your weekend with an Italian feast.

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