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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 Time Out editors |
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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

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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Pouring cocktails at Black Pearl
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Black Pearl

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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.

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Pippies and cocktail at Arlechin
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Restaurants, Italian

Arlechin

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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.

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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, 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. 

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Bar Margaux
Bars, Cocktail bars

Bar Margaux

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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. 

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Robot Bar
Bars

Robot Bar

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Sake, izakaya snacks such as gyoza, bonito-covered sugar snap peas and potato salad from Mugen Ramen across the alleyway combine with anime cartoons at this compact Japanese retreat.

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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 a very serious relationship with gin.

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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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