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Late-night bottle shops in Melbourne

When the liquor cupboard is bare, head to one of Melbourne's late-night bottle shops

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Time Out editors
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If you find yourself at a party in the wee hours with nary a bevvy in sight, run down to any one of these handy bottle-os that are conveniently open late to quench your thirst.

In the mood for a craft tinnie? Plan ahead and visit one of our favourite craft beer bottle shops. Or if you'd rather someone else do the pouring, wait until a more reasonable hour to visit Melbourne's best wine bars

Bottle shops open before midnight

The Evelyn Hotel
  • Music
  • Fitzroy

This live music institution has a bottle-o that is open seven nights a week until midnight. You can also choose a bottle of wine to enjoy inside the venue and you won't be charged corkage fee.

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Star City Liquor Store
  • Bars
  • Melbourne

This inner-city liquor store stays open until the witching hour on the nights when it counts most: Friday and Saturday. Other nights they pack up shop by 11pm.

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CQ Bar
  • Bars
  • Melbourne

CQ not only is a nightclub, hotel and restaurant, it also houses a bottle shop that's open six days a week until midnight. It's closed on Sundays and public holidays, to make up for that.

City Wine Shop
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Melbourne
  • price 2 of 4

City Wine Shop is often associated with fine wines, cheeses and European inspired dishes, but little do people know that they also have a bottle shop that sells beers, spirits and wines. It's open seven days a week until midnight.

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Carwyn Cellars
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Thornbury

A bar and bottle shop rolled into one, Carwyn Cellars is open until 11pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays so you'll never be without a drink in Melbourne's north. All other days these guys stay open until 10pm. 

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Bottle shops open after midnight

The Exford Hotel
  • Bars
  • Melbourne

Right in the thick of the CBD, this traditional English-style pub and backpackers hostel caters to every ilk. Luckily they also have a takeaway bottle shop that's open daily until 3.30am.

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Riversdale Hotel
  • Bars
  • Hawthorn

Open daily until 3am, the Riversdale Hotel’s Thirsty Camels is an oasis for Melbourne’s late night punters who are keen to kick on at home.

  • Bars
  • Craft beer
  • Collingwood

Beer, glorious beer! This fabulous beer hall offers a small seated bar with plenty of take-home options, too. They nail the beer memo, but also offer a selection of wine and spirits. Sunday to Tuesday they're open until 11pm, but the rest of the week (Wed to Sat) they kick on until 1am. 

Bottle shops open 24 Hours

The Railway, Windsor
  • Bars
  • Windsor
The gang at the Railway Hotel know their audience well. They supply hordes of late-night Chapel Street revellers with party fuel at all manner of ungodly hours –they never close. Windsor.

Drink like the best of 'em

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