Bedtime is for babies, and Melbourne's late-night offerings are just too good to pass up. Consider this your guide to making the most of an increasingly all-hours city – whether you're keen for a cocktail and a dance or dinner and a movie after midnight. Find out how Melbourne became a late-night city, and learn more about how Melbourne's 24-hour public transport could change your life.
Late-night bars, restaurants and things to do in Melbourne
Open until midnight
Start your late night adventure at TheLuWOW, the home of everything tiki. Saturdays are all about the old-school funk, soul and disco vibes; pair that with on-stage go-go dancers and authentic Zombie cocktails and you’ve got prime tailfeather-shaking conditions. BYO lei.
Screening at 11pm
Since 2010, the northside’s beloved independent cinema has dedicated the first Saturday of every month to screening Tommy Wiseau’s The Room; a cult film that is so, so bad it’s brilliant. Much like a screening of Rocky Horror, there are plenty of crazy traditions to be followed; some of them involve throwing spoons at the screen and drinking ‘Scotchka’.
Open until 3.30am
Karaoke doesn’t get much better than KBOX. You can book your own room, order snacks and drinks throughout the night and belt out hit after hit with your crew. Our tip: go head to head in a battle for the best (or worst?) performances of guilty pleasure songs. Don’t let your questionable high notes hold you back.
Open until 3am
Start your night with some cocktails and a Thai spread at Magic Mountain, which does both drinking food and substantial fare equally well. Stick around after dinner, where DJs start pumping out tunes and the bar takes off. Points for the great cocktail (and mocktail!) range.
Open until 3am
A night at Heartbreaker – the grungy sister bar of Fitzroy’s Everleigh – is a guaranteed good time. It’s something about the chilled-out attitude of the bar staff, the great music selection on the jukebox and the pool table. If all you want to do is spend the night talking over beers and bottled cocktails with your mates, this dive bar is the place to do it.
Open until 6am
What do you do when you’re closer to dawn than midnight and you feel like onion rings and freshly shucked oysters? Go to Le Bon Ton. The bar and beer garden rages on long after the restaurant is shut.
Open 24 hours
Skip the post-club kebab and try a 4am bowl of ramen at Shujinko instead. The rich broth and noodle combo (don’t forget the chashu pork!) has a way of reinvigorating your weary body if you’ve been out for a spin on the dance floor. You’ll thank us the next day.