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In the age of Tinder and Grinder, the dating game has become a matter of swipes and clicks rather than flowers and flirting. Your emoji game is now more important than your dance moves, your puppy pics getting your more credit than your table manners. But for those who long for the thrill of a totally random shag with no mutual friends or “shared interests”, fear not. Below is our list of the top ten bars in Melbourne where you can still pick up the old-fashioned way; through drinking and conversation. Good luck out there, Melbourne.
Please note: We have edited the entries for Loch & Key, Gin Palace and Gasometer in light of valued feedback from our readers. Time Out Melbourne is a strong supporter of the hospitality community and in no way tolerates harassment, assault or exploitation of power dynamics in any way. Time Out aims to foster a culture of respect and consent, and believes everyone has the right to feel safe in their workplace. The aim of this article is to guide our readers towards the best places to meet people in bars, rather than online.