Bars & Pubs

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

Radio Springs Hotel
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Radio Springs Hotel

We're calling it: this is the best country pub in Victoria

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Rufus
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Rufus

It's all about Champagne, cigars and cut crystal at this southside Winston Churchill-themed bar.

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Join us at the Dewar's Lock Inn
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Join us at the Dewar's Lock Inn

Dewar's Whisky is hosting the ultimate series of whisky nights – tastings, live music, prizes and all

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Melbourne's best bars for drinking alone
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Melbourne's best bars for drinking alone

Flying solo? Don't sweat it. At these bars you'll find chatty bar staff and some of Melbourne's best drinks

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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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Say it with sandwiches
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Say it with sandwiches

Everyone loves a good sandwich, so show a mate how much you care about them by sending them a limited edition Helga's sandwich from August 29 to September 2. Helga's 'Say it with Sandwiches' sees them team up with TV food personality Justine Schofield to create five delicious limited edition sandwiches that will be handmade and delivered within 10 kilometres of the Melbourne CBD.  Each sandwich costs $6 and all proceeds will be donated to Foodbank – just $6 allows the charity to provide over 10 meals to people in need. In all, 'Say it with Sandwiches' aims to provide over 10,000 meals for people doing it tough. Hungry yet? Here's your delicious sandwich line-up: Monday August 29Thanks a grain: Salami, ricotta, eggplant, and semi-sundried tomatoes sandwich with Helga's Mixed Grain Tuesday August 30Have a whole meal on me: Roast pumpkin, onion jam, and provolone sandwich with Helga's Traditional Wholemeal. Wednesday August 31Gift wrapped for you: Smoked salmon, horseradish cream, radish and rocket sandwich with Helga's Mixed Grain Wraps.  Thursday September 1Let me rye you lunch: Miso pulled pork, miso mayo, and crunchy cabbage salad sandwich with Helga's Light Rye.  Friday September 2For your great white appetite: Chicken schnitzel sandwich with Helga's Traditional White.  Order now to send a sandwich to a buddy or loved one. Last chance to order your preferred sandwich is noon the day before your chosen delivery date. Orders will be delivered by a Helga's scooter and

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Thailand Ladyboy Superstars

Thailand Ladyboy Superstars

If you’ve been to Thailand, then no doubt you encountered the country’s obsession with cabaret performers known as ladyboys: Thai beauty queens, singers and dancers dressed head to toe in intricate costumes dripping in diamantes, feathers and sequins. This September, more than 20 of Thailand’s most highly regarded performers from some of the country’s most prestigious cabaret shows will make their way to St Kilda for a show that is hilarious and filled with talent. While the show isn’t vulgar and there is no nudity, this one’s adults-only for its cheeky, sexy performances and jokes.   They’ll be performing under the Big Top in St Kilda on the St Kilda Triangle in the Lower Esplanade. Tickets are now on sale and start from $49 – get on it now!

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The best Sunday roasts in Melbourne
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The best Sunday roasts in Melbourne

Melbourne pubs do long, weekend lunches very well, especially when hearty roast meals are involved. We've rounded up some of the best around town, from classic dishes with all the trimmings to gastropub takes on old favourites.

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