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The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, grab a drink and get to know one another

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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 ten bars for first dates

1

Romeo Lane

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

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Melbourne
2

The Lui Bar

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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Melbourne
3

Cumulus Up

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

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Melbourne
4

Joanie’s Baretto

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

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Thornbury
6

Atticus Finch

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

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Brunswick
7

Bad Frankie

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

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Fitzroy
8

The Collection

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

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Richmond
9

Laika

With Laika's old-world charm, jazz on the mini uprfront stage, and classic cocktail list, you'd think you were miles away from St Kilda Beach.

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St Kilda

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