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10 midnight adventures in Melbourne

Explore after dark with all night public transport getting you to and from Melbourne's sleepless venues on weekends

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Melbourne is Australia's late-night city. The list of venues proudly displaying AM close times is growing, and gone are the days when the only option for a midnight snack were convenience stores or a solitary kebab shop. What's more, midnight in Melbourne doesn't just have to be about clubs and live music venues (although there are tons of those, too!) – there's plenty more to discover, including film, singalongs and mini golf. 

The best part? Public transport runs 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, so whether you're heading out for an adventure or finishing work after dark, there's no excuse not hit the town and explore the night. Plus when it’s time to head home trains, trams, buses and coaches will take you there.

Where to have a late-night adventure in Melbourne

1. Have a putt and a drink at Holey Moley

Bars Melbourne

Open until: 2am
Closest tram: catch the 86 or 96 to Spencer Street-Bourke Street

The only thing better than driving a ball across a rolling green golf course is putting one through novelty scenarios at Holey Moley. The pop-culture filled, pun-heavy mini golf venue is open until 2am Friday and Saturday and you can even get a beer, wine or cocktail from one of the two bars. 

Bowls of noodles at Twenty Pho Seven
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2. Satisfy your pho cravings at Twenty Pho Seven

Restaurants Vietnamese Melbourne

Open until: open 24 hours
Closest tram: catch the 86 or 96 to Bourke Street-Russell Street

You need not head enter the golden arches to get a late night feed. Twenty Pho Seven is open (as the name suggests) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As well as being able to get a hearty bowl of beef, chicken, vegetarian and vegan pho as well as bánh mì, rice paper rolls and alcoholic bubble tea.


3. Catch a monthly late night screening of the Room at Cinema Nova

Film Carlton

Open until: film finishes approximately 1am
Closest tram: catch the 67 to Melbourne University

The film that the whole world loves to hate – The Room – has been screening once a month at Cinema Nova since 2010. Join Johnny, Mark and Lisa for a bewildering late night screening of the cult classic at Carlton's home of film.

4. Grab a Coney Island Chilli Dog at Butchers Diner

Restaurants Burgers Melbourne

Open until: open 24 hours
Closest tram: catch the 86 or 96 to Bourke Street-Spring Street 

Butchers Diner: the saviour of late-night ravers and shift workers alike. This is where you go to satisfy those 3am meat cravings with a delightfully overloaded Coney Island Chilli Dog complete with brisket chilli, jalepeños and two types of American cheese. Vegetarians and vegans can get a decent feed too with tofu, falafel and vegan hashes all available. 


5. Party into the night at Ferdydurke

Bars Melbourne

Open until: 3am
Closest tram: catch the 67 to Bourke Street Mall

Ferdydurke maintains the same industrial aesthetic of its sister venue Section 8 while also bringing a little bit of swank to the party. Join the cool kids dancing to live music and eating fancy toasties all night long at Ferdydurke.

6. Request a song at the Butterfly Club’s Fab Fridays

Clubs Melbourne

Open until: until late
Closest tram: catch the 109 to Melbourne Town Hall

The Butterfly Club might be open until late most nights of the week but it's their Fab Fridays that really go off. It's the kitschy bar's free piano night featuring top local entertainers, song requests and lots of fun. It's not uncommon to see cast members from current musicals in the crowd either. 


7. Eat at an institution (and Time Out’s 2017 Legend Award recipient), Supper Inn

Restaurants Melbourne

Open until: 2.30am
Closest tram: catch the 67 to Bourke Street Mall

Where would hospo workers be without Supper Inn? The Cantonese restaurant's 2.30am close time means it attracts a regular stream of waiters, bartenders and chefs looking for something better than a kebab after work. Why not join them? Don't be intimidated by the extensive menu: order favourites like the chicken congee and roasted suckling pig. 

8. Rock until morning at Cherry Bar

Clubs Melbourne

Open until: 5am
Closest tram: catch the 75 to Flinders Street-Russell Street

You don't need to tell anyone in Melbourne how legendary Cherry Bar is, everyone already knows. The venue has been championing Melbourne's live music scene since the late 90s with everyone from Jet to Noel Gallagher having stepped inside. Rock up and rock out to live music until the dawn.  


9. Go for a boogie at the Toff in Town

Bars Melbourne

Open until: 5am Fri, 3am Sat
Closest tram: catch the 67 tram to Melbourne Central

Curtin House's swankiest night spot is unquestionably the Toff in Town. But don't let the luxurious red drapes, private booths and elegant food and drink menu fool you – the Toff is a party venue through and through. The excellent stageside space is where you'll find Melbourne's night owls shaking their hips until the wee hours. 


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