Little French morning/ lunch/ nightspot
Cute little venue run by crazy French expats.
This little cafe falls into the category of Eating & Drinking, Nightclub and Live Music.
The coffee is good and the food, divine.
Check the website for events and friday night DJ listings.
Dress Code: No dress code.
Melbourne has some of the best nightlife in the world, from bars and pubs to dance clubs to ethnic nightclubs. The only problem is that it is constantly changing - some clubs lose their appeal, places close down, new ones take their place, and other clubs never die. The best thing you can do if you are looking for a place to go is ask someone who lives there.
The website below has a list of countless Melbourne clubs and bars.
Dress Code: Dress codes vary from anything to dress casual, but even with a large group of friends, we have been turned away because one person was wearing jeans or one of the girls with us was wearing open faced shoes.
This is probably the best place for a beer in Melbourne. It certainly is my choice! The beers served here taste excellent - Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe, plus the local brews. But I recommend sticking with the imported stuff.
Sevice is great - glasses are given a wash before serving and sprayed with a jet washer, the glass is filled and the head is removed, all very professional.
The location is something special too - old bluestone building with authentic wood paneling and a beautiful tree filled beer garden with it's own bar.
Backroom and Frontroom of Revolver offer a great night out, almost any night of the week.
Good crowd, friendly staff and definitely very funky music. Different music, different nights. Future Jazz n' Funk, Disco, House... its all pretty damn good. And great dancing too. No cheesy stuff.
Mostly just Melbournians at this club, which is a great thing, because they are definitely good fun to party with!
You might not plan to stay out all night, but if you go to Revolver, don't be surprised if you do...
Check out their website for whats on, what night. Starts pretty late (get there no earlier than 11pm), usually about $10 to get in.
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Melbourne has a wide selection of cafes and bars where visitors can enjoy many types of coffees from around the world. Here you can sit around and spend time with friends and family and unwinding after a hard day at work. There is also a lot of bars where you can enjoy a selection of beers and wines from around the world.
Dress Code: Casual attire
A major magnet for tourism - overseas and interstate - Fitzroy St in St Kilda is always pretty full-on (especially at the weekend and even more so during the hazy summer days and nights). It's boisterous, noisy, drink enduced bacchanalia. There's always something to do - eat, drink and be merry.
Restaurant tips I have put on the 'restaurant tips' page, so this is a tip regarding the 'drink and be merry' section :)
On the west side of Fitzroy St (the quieter side), best places are Tolarnos (historic pub and restaurant) - small, discrete drinking bar (more emphasis on wine) with a lot of regulars (42 Fitzroy St) and great tapas bar Pelican (16 Fitzroy St) - big 'L' shaped on-street terrace a major attraction at Pelican. Young and funky - especially bar staff.
Across the road is a whole host of places, mixing with cafes, fast food joints and a couple of classy restaurants. DJ style bars include Robarta (109 Fitzroy St), Cushion (99 Fitzroy St), Karma (171 Fitzroy), Rebar (11 Fitzroy) . The more 'trad' bars include Prince of Wales (29 Fitzroy - this is something of an institution with the upstairs Band Room one of the best places in Melbourne to see live music, attracting big names), Melbourne Wine Room (125 Fitzroy) and the attached 'Snake Pit' (officially 127 - a below stairs, almost funiture-less bar). And there are many many more!. And just round the corner at the end of Fitzroy St (Bay end) is another major Melbourne institution - The Esplanade Hotel (The Espy) - 11 Upper Esplanade is the official address here. Great atmosphere, full of fairly young (but not exclusively) regulars and new to Melbourne revellers. Pool tables, a restaurant and the all important band rooms (2 in total) make this a cultural centre in one.
this is a place that people down here in melbourne (the locals) go to during the evenings to just hand out, have dinner, chit chat, drink cofee and / or alcohol.
there are a few different locations for this Switch LifeStyle Restaurant. it is a great spot if you want to hang out somewhere just how the locals do it. you will find the crowd is mixed between young people right up to middle aged people. the one i have been to is located in Fountain Gate, however there are 2 other locations around Melbourne.
Dress Code: dress code is mainly casual or smart casual.
a bar in fitzroy, the bartenders are really friendly and the drinks are good. i went on a thursday and they gave us free pizza! they said they have performances on fridays so i'll go back for that.
Dress Code: none
Neighbours fans must go to the Neighbours Night in St Kilda. The night is very well organised. You are seated at a table and handed quiz answer sheets, the host then proceeds to ask quiz questions and there are opportunities throughout the night to win prizes. We were sat with a bunch of friendly Irish people and a couple of the girls entered a dancing competition and won a trip from Adelaide to Alice Springs!
While the quiz takes place, several members of the Neighbours cast work their way around the tables to meet and greet everyone. When we went we met Steve and Riley Parker, Janelle Timmins and the legend that is Karl Kennedy. The good thing about it is that everyone gets their turn to have their picture taken with the cast members, if you approach them while you're not at your table their security will pull you away.
If Alan Fletcher who plays Dr K is there you will be in for a treat when he sings with his band Waiting Room. Brilliant atmosphere.
Only negative is the drinks are quite pricey and the bar staff are all too eager to collect your glasses, so if you aren't quite finished keep a hold of your glass.
Tickets are $40 each. Doors open 6.30pm Monday nights.
Dress Code: Normal pub attire
When in Melbourne if you're looking for something a little different to do for half an hour go to Chill On Ice Lounge on Russell Street. It is what you would expect... a bar made entirely of ice!
Its not the cheapest place to go for a drink but the novelty factor is great. We paid $30 each at the entrance and were given a drinks voucher to use inside. They provided us with big warm coats and gloves so don't worry if you're not dressed for minus 10 degrees!! We were also given a beeper to wear around our necks to limit us to half an hour in the bar (its for your own good).
The bar itself is quite small but it wasn't very busy. We presented our drinks vouchers to the barman in exchange for cocktails in glasses made from... you guessed it, ICE!
Take a camera because all the furniture is made of ice and there are lots of cool ice sculptures to have your photo taken with. Check out my photos!
Dress Code: No dress code as such as warm clothes are provided at the entrance (I'd recommend bringing a jumper though even if it is baking hot outside).
Crown entertainment complex features 14 cinemas, 35 restaurants, 17 bars, nightclubs, discos, a theatre, and exclusive shopping along with the casino.
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This bar is really quaintly decorated like an outdoor garden tea party.
With lattice work, plants and cute wrought iron garden settings upon astro turf in the inside, you can walk through the french doors onto the massive rooftop area, sit under an umbrella and look at the Melbourne skyline.
In the summer they have bbq's on the deck, and in the winter staff offer blankets to cover your tootsies.
Its a lovely setting to start the night off, with one or two drinks, but i will say the drinks are rather expensive, so best to move on after a couple.
This place is one of the only bar's in Melb i know of that serves real champagne, and in a Marie Antoinette style 'nipple' glass.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
Great places to go salsa in Melbourne! The salsa scene is strong with salsa almost every night!
They are a group of volunteers. Places get recommended by other dancers, and you can find a place by location, floor and price, even those FREE ones! Just what we needed!
Their website is www.thesalsalounge.com
I like it.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Stalls selling everything cheap from food to clothes, jewelries, bags, beauty products, furniture, lighting, a lot! Very interesting items on sale. A lot of young people plus live bands outside the market.
Dress Code: very casual