Your ultimate guide to 24-hour Melbourne

Wondering what to do at night in Melbourne? We'll show you how to make the most of this increasingly sleepless city

Melbourne skyline at night
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Arguably the best time to experience Melbourne is at night. These days, you can take your pick of great restaurants at 1am, see late-night gigs and dance until 4am, then catch public transport home on the weekend. Here is your guide to making your next late-night adventure the best one yet. Good night, and good luck.

Looking for more things to do in Melbourne? Check out our bucket list of activities, events and venues to tick off.  

Make the most of your night

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne
Nightlife

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne

Here is your guide to making the most of our increasingly all-hours city

Late-night eats
Restaurants

Late-night eats

If you know where to look you can get a bolognese jaffle at 2.30am and a pre-dawn bowl of ramen

Late-night bars
Bars

Late-night bars

There are plenty of places in Melbourne to enjoy a quiet(ish) beverage until sunrise – here are our favourites

Clubs that stay open all night
Clubs

Clubs that stay open all night

Having too much fun to go home? Here are the hot spots to party at till the sun comes up

Late-night bottle shops
Shopping

Late-night bottle shops

These handy bottle-o's are open late, which means you'll never have to run out of bevvys again.

Late-night activities that don't involve drinking
Nightlife

Late-night activities that don't involve drinking

Sobriety doesn't equal boredom when the sun goes down

All night long

How Melbourne became a late-night city
Nightlife

How Melbourne became a late-night city

We investigate how we became a city of night owls and look and what the future holds for our late-night culture.

How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life
News

How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life

The Night Network, explained.

Word on the street
Nightlife

Word on the street

We meet the people keeping Melbourne ticking at night and see the city through their eyes.

Ready for more action?
Things to do

Ready for more action?

Take a look at our ultimate bucket list: 50 fun things to do in Melbourne, which includes a bunch of nighttime and daytime activities