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.
The best late-night bars in Melbourne
Here’s our hour-by-hour guide to classy fun after midnight
Late-night drinking in Melbourne
Melburnians never needed the succession of big international awards to know that the Black Pearl is where you go for a bloody good cocktail – though undoubtedly those accolades benefited the travellers who now flock to the bar as a checklist destination. This bar truly comes alive after midnight.
A nondescript, dumpster-strewn alley no more, Mornane Place is home to a late night bar with some seriously good eats. A city cannot have too many places like Arlechin. Beneath the sexily arched cork-lined ceiling lurks a place that feels like a subterranean clubhouse. The wine list is as Aussie-Italian as the Grossis themselves, with an accompaniment of Aussie-inflected Italian snacks to keep you fortified.
Bar Margaux, the late-night French brasserie by the team behind the Everleigh and Heartbreaker is keeping people fortified until the early hours of the morning. It's a given that the cocktails are excellent. Food is inspired by the kitchens of Paris by way of New York (co-owner Michael Madrusan sites Balthazar and Pastis as influences) with dishes like escargot with Pernod butter, duck frites, gnocchi Parisienne, and of course, a house burger on its menu.