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How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne

Sleep, schmeep. Plenty of great late-night bars, eateries and clubs have opened in the last few years, which means the only thing putting an end to your night is the sunrise

Photograph: Graham Denholm

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

1

Watch The Room at Cinema Nova

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’.

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Carlton
2

Kick off with a killer cocktail

Open until 3am.

Black Pearl's legendary cocktails are a great way to kick off the night properly. Stay downstairs and flip through the cocktail menu cards or buzz yourself into the Attic, a secret cocktail bar upstairs for some snacks and classic cocktails.

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Fitzroy
3

Unleash your best Adele impression at a karaoke bar

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.

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Melbourne
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4

Treat yourself to a midnight Thai feast

Open until 3am

Start your night with some cocktails and a Thai spread at Magic Mountain Saloon, 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.

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Melbourne
6

Hunker down for the night at a dive bar

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.

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Melbourne
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9

Let ramen bring you back to life

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.

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Melbourne
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