Bars & Pubs

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

The 50 best bars in Melbourne right now
Bars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne right now

These amazing watering holes represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking

The best beer gardens in Melbourne
Bars

The best beer gardens in Melbourne

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

The best breweries in Melbourne
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The best breweries in Melbourne

Get to know the city's best brewery bars, where fresh pints and good times await

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

Make the most of high-altitude drinking before the warm weather gives out

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
Restaurants

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

See our latest bar and pub reviews

The best bars in Melbourne

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 whisky bars in Melbourne
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The best whisky bars in Melbourne

Whisky (or whiskey, if you prefer the American varietals) isn't just for hardcore drinkers with stomachs of steel. There are so many types of whiskies – from dark smokey drams to smoother malts – that all a drinker needs to do is find one that suits their individual palate. One of the fastest ways to do this is to find a bar with staff who know how to make a great recommendation. Still thirsty? Here are Melbourne's 50 best bars and the best places to drink a decent cocktail.

The best laneway bars in Melbourne
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The best laneway bars in Melbourne

It's pretty safe to say that the more difficult a Melbourne bar is to locate, the better it is (once you're finally in there). Knowing where to find drinking institutions like EDV and Lily Blacks is pretty much a prerequisite for all cocktail-loving locals. For an even closer look into the city's bar culture, browse our guides to Melbourne's best wine bars, whisky bars and cocktail bars. 

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

The best bars for dancing in Melbourne
Nightlife

The best bars for dancing in Melbourne

This one's for all the discerning drinkers who also like to dance their pants off

Plus, check out Melbourne's weirdest drinking experiences

Choose your favourite drink

The best whisky bars in Melbourne
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The best whisky bars in Melbourne

The best places to drink Scotch, Japanese whisky, American whiskey and much more

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

The best craft beer bars in Melbourne
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The best craft beer bars in Melbourne

The best beer halls and beer bars to sample the latest and tastiest microbrews from Melbourne and beyond

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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Midsumma Extravaganza
Comedy

Midsumma Extravaganza

Some of the hottest stars in showbiz are going to be performing at Midsumma's night of nights, the Extravaganza. The night is hosted by comedy superstar Rhys Nicholson, and it promises to be an absolute riot.  Trevor Ashley (Fat Swan, Little Orphan TrAshley, Diamonds Are For Trevor, I’m Every Woman) is producing and performing in the show, and he says it's going to be an absolute hoot.  "Last year it was just comedians, but this year, of course, they’ve got a fabulous nine-piece band on stage, fabulous singers getting up on stage and singing songs, drag queens, burlesque, as well as comedy. It's got a bit of everything." As well as Nicholson and Trevor, the show will include Barry Award winner Zoe Coombs Marr, Take Me Out host and household name Joel Creasey, cabaret superstar Carlotta, GLOBE Artist of the Year Mama Alto, The Voice star Sheldon Riley, 3RRR Breakfasters host Geraldine Hickey, Black Comedy writer Steven Oliver, ten-time Golden Guitars Winner Beccy Cole, singer Libby O'Donovan and cabaret/circus/burlesque YUMMY.   And it's not over when the house lights go on. "It will be a great night out, the Arts Centre are keeping the bar open after the show so everyone should stick around after the show and have a drink," says Ashley. "There will be a DJ. It will be really fun to have so much campness in one grande dame of a hall."

Australia Day Races
Things to do

Australia Day Races

Spring may well be over, but that doesn't mean the racing action has ended. The summer racing season is getting into full swing at Caulfield Racecourse. And what's more, this event is your first opportunity to experience Caulfield's new Bondi Sands Beach Club when the summer activation launches at the Australia Day races.  The Melbourne Racing Club is throwing a super-luxe Australia Day barbie on Saturday, January 26 featuring dishes like Wagyu brisket, Flinders Island lamb souvlaki, and flame-grilled octopus. Of course, there will be plenty of delicious cocktails to keep you hydrated. Or, if you’re after something a little finer, make a booking at the Black Caviar restaurant, where you can opt for a four-course luncheon by executive chef Julian Robertshaw and his talented team. Kick back and enjoy the racing action and celebrate the launch of the Bondi Sands Beach Club this Australia Day. Racegoers at Caulfield can cool off in between races in the Bondi Sands Beach Club which is decked out with sand, cool water, deck chairs and luxe bean bags (minus the seagulls). Chill out while enjoying live tunes from the Ash James Trio. The day kicks off at 11.30am, Saturday January 26 (in case you forgot when Australia day is). General admission tickets are $10 per adult and kids under 16 enter free. Book your tickets now at the Caulfield Races website here.

Score two tickets to the Australian Open Men’s Final and more
Sport and fitness

Score two tickets to the Australian Open Men’s Final and more

Coopers Brewery is returning to Melbourne Park as the Official Beer Partner of the Australian Open. In the heart of Melbourne, Coopers has teamed up with the Arbory Afloat to create a river front Tennis Hub, where you can grab a Coopers beer and catch all the tennis action on deck from January 14-27.  To celebrate, Arbory Afloat and Coopers are giving away two courtside tickets to the (now sold out) Australian Open Men’s Final along with dinner, accommodation and more.   The prize includes: Two tickets to the Australian Open Men’s Final A $250 Arbory Afloat voucher for pre-match Coopers beers in the sun on the deck A pre-game dining package at Rockpool in the AO precinct One night’s twin share accommodation in the heart of Melbourne 6 cases of Coopers including 2 cases of the new Coopers Dry, 2 cases of Coopers Original Pale Ale cans and 2 cases of Tropicale Coopers Session Ale   Enter below by January 21.   Enter here

Five ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon
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Five ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon

A lot of fuss is made about pairing your food to your wine, but not everyone likes wine. Luckily, beer is often the perfect match to a meal, especially when you’re talking spicy food and delicious salty bar snacks. Blue Moon Belgian White is a refreshing, citrus-laced brew that is increasingly finding its way behind bars across Melbourne’s drinking and dining scene. Next time you find yourself at one of these Melbourne establishments pair your schooner of Blue Moon Belgian White with one of these meals to experience the beer (and your food) at its best.