The best late-night bars in Melbourne

Here’s our hour-by-hour guide to classy fun after midnight

Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

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. 

For more nocturnal fun, check out our guide to late-night bottle shops and late-night dining

Late-night drinking in Melbourne

1

1806

The menu that gives you a whirlwind history lesson on the cocktail, from the 19th century to now.

Melbourne
2

Bar Ampere

With absinthe in the afternoon or Martinis after midnight, this laneway retreat is only too happy to come to the party.

Melbourne
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3

Gin Palace

Vernon Chalker's long-standing bar is a louche basement lounge with serious thing for gin.

Melbourne
4

Heartbreaker

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.

Melbourne
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5

Kodiak Club

Downstairs, it's all about whisky, beer and hot wings. Upstairs, at sister bar Little Blood, tequila and mescal take centre stage.

Fitzroy
6

Le Bon Ton

Sazeracs, absinthe, oysters and smoky barbecue: Le Bon Ton delivers the best bits of New Orleans in one handy Collingwood package.

Collingwood
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7

Loch and Key

A warren of rooms and a broad verandah welcome you at this late-night lair, hidden above Captain Melville. Tell bar staff what you're craving and they'll whip up just the thing.

Melbourne
8

New Gold Mountain

Two tiers of multicoloured fun await at this Shanghai-inspired speakeasy, home to inventive cocktails with a savoury edge.

Melbourne
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9

Robot Bar

Sake, izakaya snacks such as Jap-Italian pizzas, and anime cartoons combine at this compact Japanese retreat.

Melbourne
10

Union Electric Bar

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. 

Melbourne
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