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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

Written by
Delima Shanti

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

Watch The Room at Cinema Nova
  • Film
  • Carlton

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’.

Kick off with a killer cocktail
  • Bars
  • Fitzroy
  • price 2 of 4

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.

Treat yourself to a midnight Thai feast
  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

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.

Let ramen bring you back to life
  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

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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