Tash Conte’s family-run bar has been a beacon of excellence for almost 21 years now. Not content to sit pretty on tried-and-tested masterpieces, the list is always on the move, keeping step with moods and seasons. This Fitzroy stayer delivers killer cocktails downstairs and upstairs in the Attic you get more of the same but with a quieter, date-night vibe.
December 2023: The heat is dialling up in Melbourne and so are our cravings for crisp tipples and refreshments. From sunshine-flooded rooftop bars to classy watering holes harking back to bygone eras, our guide to the top 50 bars in Melbourne needs to be bookmarked if you're a sucker for a good drink. You've got the entire summer to tick each one off the list – we'll see you out there!
Melbourne has some of the best bars in the world, whether you're looking for the laser-like focus of 16-seater Above Board or the rock ‘n’ roll ‘she’ll be right’ of Heartbreaker. You can find temples heroing whisky and palaces dedicated to gin; you can sip naked wines or suited-and-booted cocktails, grab a craft beer and a parma or a late-night Gimlet and a cheese-snowed plate of beef carpaccio.
If you're looking for a bar to head to, we've rounded up the top 50 bars that we're really excited about right now, many of which happen to be winners of the Time Out Food and Drink Awards for 2023.