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The Best Cocktail Bars in Melbourne

Known for its thriving bar scene, Melbourne offers plenty of old-world inspired cocktail bars and laneway watering holes for after-work tipples. From themed bars to hidden whiskey cellars, Melbourne is filled with known and hidden gems. But, while there’s no shortage of options for happy hour drink spots in the city, there are a few that stand out from the rest, earning five-star reviews for their top-tier concoctions. If you consider yourself a cocktail connoisseur, these are the bars you need to visit in Melbourne.

Siglo

Location: 2/161 Spring St, Melbourne 

Granting visitors views out over Spring Street, Siglo is an open-air rooftop bar that is decidedly upmarket and sophisticated. Sip on a classic aperitif or fine whisky sour at a Parisienne inspired white-clothed table while enjoying views of the city at this top-rated bar. Perfect for late-night drinks, Siglo also offers an extensive wine list and a menu of fine Havanas.

Bar Ampere

Location: 16 Russell Place, Melbourne

Situated down Russel Place, Bar Ampere is a European inspired watering hole with outdoor alcove seating, classic aperitifs, plenty of snacks and urban inner-city charm.

1806

Location: 169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Named in honour of the year the word ‘cocktail’ came into lexicon, 1806 is a classic cocktail bar that specialises in old fashioned service. Housed in a historical building on Exhibition Street, 1806 transports its guests to yesteryear, serving classic cocktails and charcuterie boards.

Eau de Vie Melbourne

Location: 1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne

Drawing inspiration from 1920s prohibition America, Eau de Vie is a sophisticated bar with old-world charm. Boasting a creative cocktail menu and sophisticated degustation menu, Eau de Vie is a top bar for special occasion drinks and dinners. And if whiskey is more your style, you’re in luck: hidden behind a bookcase is Eau de Vie’s Whisky Room, filled with a large collection of rare and exclusive whiskies.

Bar Americano

Location: 20 Presgrave Place, Melbourne

Paying homage to the cultural icon that is the quintessential ‘American bar’, Bar Americano is a standing room only bar that serves strictly classic cocktails like negronis and dirty martinis. Bar Americano also offers small eats from an ever-changing menu.

Trinket Bar Melbourne

Location: 87 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Tucked away on Flinders Lane, Trinket Bar is the place to go for pizzas and quality drinks. Expect classic spritz cocktails and tropical concoctions and a secret cellar bar hidden behind a wardrobe.

Gin Palace

Location: 10 Russel Place, Melbourne

Situated along Russel Place, Gin Palace is a swanky bar swathed in plush velvet, leather and mood lighting. Specialising in gin, visitors to this luxurious bar can expect martinis and top-notch G&Ts.

Berlin Bar

Location: Level 2/16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne 

Juxtaposing “capitalist opulence” with “communist austerity”, Berlin Bar is inspired by its namesake city during the Cold War period, dividing its venue into “East and West Berlin”. But, before immersing yourself in Berlin Bar and ordering a top-notch tipple you’ll first have to head up a flight of stairs and ring the bell before being allowed to enter.

The Everleigh

Location: Level 1/150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Inspired by “the Golden Era of fine drinking”, The Everleigh is another classic cocktail bar that transports guests to another time with its old-world decor. Serving up high-quality cocktails and charcuterie boards, The Everleigh has earned its reputation as one of Melbourne’s top watering holes.

Looking for more bars to try in Melbourne this summer? Check out The Best Places to Enjoy A Spritz in Melbourne This Summer or if a pint by the river is more your style, discover Inner-City Riverfront Bars: The Best Beer Gardens to Visit in Melbourne.

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