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Best Bars in Melbourne

07/02/2023

Melbournians are justifiably proud of their bar culture and thirsty citizens are never short of a place to drink. Here are our top 10 picks for Melbourne bars, be they the high-glam, low brow or secret laneway variety.

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  1. Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

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  2. Juliet Melbourne

    Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

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  3. Le Bon Ton

    Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria

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  4. Bar Margaux

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

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  5. Eau De Vie Melbourne

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    This cocktail bar with a whisky focus is hidden, fittingly, in a lane called Malthouse. EDV's penchant for cocktails is balanced by its masculine decor; think jazz tunes, leather and polished mahogany.

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  6. The Carlton Wine Room

    Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria

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  7. Afloat

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

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  8. The Everleigh

    Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Everleigh's location, hidden so that only those looking for it will notice it, says a lot about its character. It's a proper American-style cocktail bar of old, when drinks were bespoke and each glass was treated with courtesy. Candlelight glints off vintage chandeliers, well heeled patrons slide into mahogany booths and the air is filled with smooth jazz tunes that make you feel like you're drinking in a golden age.

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  9. 1806

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

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  10. The Black Pearl

    Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria

    Cocktail powerhouse The Black Pearl is the place to visit if you're looking for a classy bar where you can drink posh without having to maintain a ramrod-straight spine. Downstairs, drink beer or whisky from vintage ‘70s tankards. Upstairs, in The Attic, maroon-shirted waiters serve exciting cocktails in crystal cut Royal Doulton glassware.

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  11. Lily Blacks

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    Lily Blacks is a high end gin joint and cocktail connoisseur's dream that's open till 3.00am, every night of the week. The decor gives a little nod to the 1920s speakeasy, with its potted palms, a wooden bar and doilies under the ashtrays. Lily Blacks takes a sophisticated approach to booze – the classics are served with a twist and assembled using the freshest ingredients and a flair for drama.

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