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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.

 

  1. 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. Bring your friends for a cocktail degustation dinner, a brave new territory where a five course food extravaganza meets and greets the very best of booze.

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  2. Bar Liberty

    Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria

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  3. 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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  4. 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. Table service makes The Black Pearl personalised and civilised, but on the weekends, the bar is swamped three-persons deep with patrons.

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  5. 1806

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

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  6. Izakaya Den

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    Notoriously difficult to find, descending into Izakaya Den can fill the uninitiated with nervous excitement, but never fear, what you'll find here are friendly faces and a space devoted in equal parts to the art of Japanese eating and drinking. Note the performance art that goes on behind the open kitchen and bar, with the chefs and mixologists dancing around each other. Obviously, all drinks have a Japanese bent, from sake to imported beers, but the range is wide and there is something for all.

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  7. Cookie

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    Any bar that describes itself as a “disco eating house and beer hall” is bound to make its patrons happy. Cookie somehow manages to fuse beer hall, cocktail bar and modern Thai restaurant with flair. The bar stocks a plethora of micro-brews and 350 different wines, plus, a hidden corner bar pours an endless stream of innovative cocktails. Cookie is smack-bang in the middle of the city, but transports you to a cooler plane, with its pastiche of French doors and Juliet balconies.

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  8. 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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  9. Rooftop Bar

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    Curtin House. Seven floors up. There's a bar on the rooftop. What more is there to say? This venue is unquestionably one of the best for an open-air drink that's as good as the view. In summer, opening hours are extended, burgers, wraps and ice cream sandwiches are on the menu and you can pull up a deck chair and catch a movie. Don't despair the winter months, that's when the Rooftop Bar's relationship with MissChu bears fruit – in the form of rice paper rolls and other Vietnamese goodies.

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  10. Bar Margaux

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

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