The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, grab a drink and get to know one another
Heart hands
Photograph: Tyler Nix, Unsplash
By Sarah Gamboni |
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Picking the right bar for a first date isn't easy; especially in a city like ours. With so many bars to choose from, finding the perfect spot to get to know someone can be a real headache. That's why we've put together this list of Melbourne's most sure-fire bars for a winning first date. For more dating help, check out our guide to Melbourne's best date-night restaurants, or our tips on where to take your Tinder matches.

Top bars for first dates

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A bartender behind the bar at Romeo Lane pouring a cocktail from
Bars, Cocktail bars

Romeo Lane

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With a name that was made for lovers, this intimate laneway bar is ripe for romancing.

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The Lui Bar above Vue de Monde in Melbourne
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Lui Bar

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If you're out to impress, scoot on up to the 55th floor of the Rialto for well-crafted cocktails and knockout city views.

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The interior of Melbourne wine bar Cumulus Up
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Bars, Craft beer

Cumulus Up

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Andrew McConnell's chic city bar above Cumulus Inc promises cheffy snacks and cherry-picked wines by the glass.

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Charcuterie board at Joanie's Baretto
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Bars

Joanie’s Baretto

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A European-style bar with heart and soul has Aperol spritzes, an Italian-only wine list and crisp fritto misto.

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Bar Lourinha food overview
Restaurants

Bar Lourinha

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Sit at the bar counter and you'll have plenty to talk about while you imagine you're in Spain in this romantic bar. Share tapas dishes (get the oysters) over delicious cocktails or a bottle of Portugese wine.  

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Bar at Beneath Driver Lane
Bars, Cocktail bars

Beneath Driver Lane

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Cocktails, whisky, blues, good service and Reuben sandwiches until 2am: Beneath Driver Lane has all of the ingredients for a perfect first date. The venue is cosy, with dim lighting that makes everyone look great and plenty of private booths for earnest conversation (or canoodling).

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Whitehart bar exterior
Bars, Cocktail bars

Whitehart Bar

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This shipping container bar in a CBD laneway is made for fun and low-stakes first date. The DJ keeps the party mood alive all night and the upper deck is a great spot for people watching. Food comes by way of visiting food trucks serving cheap eats.  

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Penicillin cocktail at White Oaks Saloon Bar and Dining
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Bars, Craft beer

White Oaks Saloon Bar and Dining

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Southern American hospitality lives south of the river, with aromatic cocktails, tasty fried chicken and key lime pie.

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Atticus Finch
Bars

Atticus Finch

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A low-lit, vintage-style lounge with cosy booths for canoodling and literary-inspired cocktails.

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Bad Frankie gin martini
Bars, Cocktail bars

Bad Frankie

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With all-Australian spirits, inventive cocktails and toasted jaffles, Bad Frankie brings good times to Fitzroy.

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The Collection
Restaurants

The Collection

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For when you want to get down and dirty, this New Orleans-inspired bar dishes out dirt-cheap happy hours and saucy chicken wings.

Or try a restaurant instead

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