Late-night drinking in Melbourne
The menu that gives you a whirlwind history lesson on the cocktail, from the 19th century to now.
Vernon Chalker's long-standing bar is a louche basement lounge with serious thing for gin.
Dark and deeply inviting, this party-ready dive bar is a favourite among the Melbourne booze community once they've poured their last drinks for the night. Come for the craft beers, shots of whisky and the Everleigh's bottled cocktails.
Downstairs, it's all about whisky, beer and hot wings. Upstairs, at sister bar Little Blood, tequila and mescal take centre stage.
Two tiers of multicoloured fun await at this Shanghai-inspired speakeasy, home to inventive cocktails with a savoury edge.
Sake, izakaya snacks such as Jap-Italian pizzas, and anime cartoons combine at this compact Japanese retreat.
Union Electric is marked only by a fat rusted lightning bolt pinpointed by globes and a small door that opens onto the paved alley. This bar is a good time, and so are the vaguely tropical cocktails: the Kaiju with Scrumpy Cider, Green Chartreuse, and Suntory Whisky kicks goals all year round with the super fresh flavour.