Bars & Pubs

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

Get your tickets to the Time Out Bar Awards

Get your tickets to the Time Out Bar Awards

The party of the year returns on Monday February 26

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Time Out Bar Awards: Nominees
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Time Out Bar Awards: Nominees

Drum roll, please! The nominees for the 2018 Bar Awards are here...

Say hi to Fitzroy's new rooftop bar
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Say hi to Fitzroy's new rooftop bar

Drinks in the sun? Don't mind if we do

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

These amazing watering holes represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking

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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 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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Amex Eats: Salt and pepper squid in Melbourne
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Amex Eats: Salt and pepper squid in Melbourne

Deep fried squid, calamari, salt and pepper squid – whatever you want to call it and whichever way you want to fry it – it comes up on every other menu in Melbourne. From pubs to fine diners, Italian institutions to the local fish and chip shop, we scooted around the city to see who's frying up the cephalopods in the most interesting of ways, and letting you pay for your salty fried treat using your American Express.    

Head to the Duke of Wellington for happy hour tasting platters
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Head to the Duke of Wellington for happy hour tasting platters

Every day (so that includes weekends) Melbourne's oldest licensed pub the Duke of Wellington is putting on $18 Happy Hour Tasting Plates from 4 to 6pm. Punters can order up $7.50 wine, beer or basics or imbibe with $10 cocktails. Now, this CBD pub is also offering up share plates to complement your bargain drinks. You can snack on crisp salt and pepper calamari; dips with sourdough; lasagne croquettes with mushroom ketchup; and charcoal fried prawn sliders packed with wasabi slaw, pickled seaweed and kewpie mayo, all for just $18.  Probably the biggest clincher is the Duke's stellar location, minutes from Fed Square and all the action on Flinders Street. Their minimalist public bar is ringed by comfortable green banquettes, so you can kick back with mates, enjoy happy hour drinks and catch up on any night of the week.  Find out more about the Duke of Wellington.

Enjoy boozy ice cream at the Exchange
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Enjoy boozy ice cream at the Exchange

To see out that last of the long summer days, Port Melbourne's Exchange Hotel is doing adults-only ice creams and sorbets, with house made wine and spirits infused frosty treats available every day of the week. The flavours change weekly so you may get a scoop of gin and cucumber sorbet, Aperol sorbet with blood orange or an espresso martini ice cream served in a house-made chocolate bowl.  On Saturdays, head chef Fraser Stark is flipping mini burgers, so you can also snap up a cider and slider special, with $20 jugs of cider and four sliders for just $15 (from noon until 5pm). Also on any given day you can order up a rosé spritz for just $6 from 4-7pm.  There's only a few weeks left of balmy days, so head into the Port Melbourne pub to send off the summer in style.  Find out more about the Exchange Hotel.

8 hilarious acts to check out this comedy season
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8 hilarious acts to check out this comedy season

An A-list line-up of comedy talent is about to hit a stage near you. Here's the rundown of what to see and where and when to see it.