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The best pick-up bars in Melbourne

If you're looking to score a fumble in Melbourne it's not about who you know, but about where you go

Photograph: Graham Denholm

In the age of hook-up apps, it's easy to forget about the art of the pick-up. You know, the old school, talking-to-someone-at-a-bar thing we used to do before Tinder. We've provided the list of places where you're most likely to get lucky – the rest is up to you.

That said, if you have scored a Tinder date, suss him/her out at one of the best places for Tinder dates. Or, if you've done well enough on the first round and you're trying to impress, book a table to one of Melbourne's best restaurants.

The best spots for picking up

1

Ferdydurke

Hot dogs and cold beers are about as complicated as it gets at this low-key watering hole, which promises live music and a laidback crowd.

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Melbourne
2

The Alchemist

Couches, candles and velvet curtains give this Fitzroy haunt an anything-goes bordello vibe, and classic cocktails seal the deal.

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Fitzroy
3

Cookie

After fab Thai bites, beers and spritzes, hit the dance floor of this party-ready restaurant-bar.

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Melbourne
4

Ms Collins

With a glitzy Champagne lounge, VIP booths, R'n'B nights and a rotating menu from hot Melbourne chefs, that Ms Collins sure likes to party.

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Melbourne
5

Prudence

Prudence promises relaxed lounge-room styling, thanks to board games, garage-sale furniture and cruisy vinyl tunes.

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North Melbourne
6

Double Happiness

This Chinese-accented temptress promises fine Espresso Martinis, Asian-inspired cocktails, and boozy bubble tea. Fun times.

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Melbourne
7

Madame Brussels

Parasols at the ready: this rooftop retreat delivers a chichi garden-party vibe with jugs of cocktails and flirty staff.

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Melbourne
8

The Toff in Town

Skip between the dance floor and the secluded booths in this multitasking marvel in Curtin House.

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Melbourne
9

Polly

With plush boudoir styling, vintage chaises longues, a keen list of absinthe and well-crafted cocktails, this Fitzroy stalwart draws an up-for-anything crowd.

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Fitzroy
10

The Mill House

CBD office workers let loose in this subterranean den, home to craft beers, all-American moonshine, sangria, beer growlers and dancy DJ music.

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Melbourne

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By: James Wilkinson

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