The best late-night bars in Melbourne

Here’s our hour-by-hour guide to classy fun after midnight
Bar area at 1806
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri
By Sarah Gamboni |
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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

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Bars, Cocktail bars

1806

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

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Bar Ampere

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

Gin Palace

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

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Heartbreaker

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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.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Kodiak Club

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

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Restaurants

Le Bon Ton

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

Loch and Key

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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.
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Bars, Wine bars

New Gold Mountain

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

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Bars

Robot Bar

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

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Bars, Wine bars

Union Electric Bar

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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. 

Tomorrow's breakfast sorted

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