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The best late-night bars in Melbourne

Sydney may have lost the fight for their right to party past 1.30am, but Melbourne is offering up more places than ever for sophisticated late-night imbibing. Here’s our hour-by-hour guide to classy fun after one

Photograph: Amanda Summons

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.

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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.

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Melbourne
3

Gin Palace

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

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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.

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Melbourne
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.

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Fitzroy
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