Rooftop @ Cookie: Best View in Melbourne - Rooftop Bar
Covered in astro-turf and lawn chairs, Rooftop Bar atop Cookie Thai restaurant is maybe one of the best kept secrets in Melbourne - most locals don't know this place exists right above a "so-so" Thai Restaurant on level 7. However, it is definitely the best view with a drink in town.
Uni students and bohemians love it for it's moderately priced drinks and garden-like atmosphere, as well as the fantastic breeze that keeps it cool during a hot summer day.
The food is quite interesting as well - better than downstairs in my opinion... although as always the view you have while eating is a huge influence. I always take travelling friends here, because it gives me a way to show them the general areas and directions of Melbourne CBD from a bird's eye view, and it's a great little place to show off Melbourne's artsy and cafe-lounging lifestyle.
Dress Code: Anything goes during the day, but dress up to shirt and pants at night.
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1806: Simply breath-taking cocktails at 1806
1806 is a slightly hard to find facade which leads downstairs into what is probably the best cocktail bar in Melbourne. If it's not the best, it's in the top 3 without a doubt.
The lighting is low and red, the bartenders masters of their craft, and the mood lively and talkative. Food is available and is great (menus are given at the door) however the main attraction and this nightclub's best drawcard are the absolutely incredible cocktails.
Each cocktail costs between $15-20 and each cocktail is a masterpiece in and of itself. Seeing these people mix you can instantly tell it's not just a job for them. They are making art here.
You can even sign up for a cocktail mixing class with one of the bartenders.
Dress Code: Business Casual or formal - you may get away with jeans and shirt if they are clean, not ripped, and polite. This nightclub has an atmosphere to uphold.
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Blue Moon Cafe: Backpacker's delight at the Blue Moon Cafe
The Blue Moon Bar and Cafe is a decently new place at the edge of the CBD which caters for the cheap youth and hostel crowd. It has a massive list of special offers on almost every night of the week.
Check these out:
Wednesday Themed Food night - no dish over $8 and food changes themes weekly: Mexican, Indian, Thai, etc
Thursday Quizmasters trivia and $10 parma's (An Aussie pub specialty) and $10 jugs of beer
Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 50% off food from midday to 10pm, 50% off drinks from midday to midnight.
If you call ahead and say you've got a group of 5 coming down, they will give you a free bottle of house wine as well. A further 10% off if you have any student card.
The venue itself is fun, clean and refreshing from some of the poshness of a usual Melbourne bar.
Dress Code: Smart Casual (Jeans and tshirt is okay, flip-flops are not.
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Golden Monkey: Incredible atmosphere and cocktails
A fancy Southeast Asian inspired theme with lots of complicated, delicious cocktails. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and quite skilled especially with flaming cocktails.
This place won the best new bar of the year award for 2006.
Average cocktail price is $15, great Asian finger food is also available for around $8 a plate.
Not the cheapest place I can take you, but certainly one of the tastiest and most interesting.
Dress Code: Smart Casual - no sneakers and no torn denim.
- Luxury Travel
Baroq House: Excellent selection of drinks and great DJs
Hidden down a quiet unassuming laneway (like all great Melbourne venues) Baroq House is a 3 level club oozing elegance and style. The music starts 80's and becomes house closer to 10pm. Entry is free before 8pm, $15 after 8pm.
Happy hour from 5 to 8pm gives you $5 basics.
Dress Code: Dress to impress - a dress for ladies and a nice pants+shirt combination for men. No sneakers, no torn denim.
- Luxury Travel
The Regent Theatre: See a Nice Show
After spending the day all about town, this was an excellent way to top off the evening, coming into such a beautiful theatre to see a wonderful play/musical. The building is getting close to 100 years old, and is just gorgeous. We saw "Wicked" there, my daughter wanting to hear it in an Aussie accent -- but no one had an accent!
The show was terrific, the interior beautiful, the evening unforgettable. Very clever were the cosmo glasses, which glowed different colors to go along with the emerald setting of the play. Could not go home without one!
Dress Code: Some were definitely dressed up; we, not coming over the ocean prepared for the event, were more in the jeans attire, and were not alone.
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Prudence: A smashing little bar near Victoria market
From the outside this bar, next to a lovely, hip Italian restaurant looks nothing more than an old shop. It used to be a record shop so that probably explains it!! But go inside for a warm welcome from a mainly locals crowd who all seem to know each other but without cliqueness you can get in a lot of places.
There is a lovely warm fire in winter and the bar has that low light homely feel to it with the staff very friendly yet quiet and unassuming. There is a nice little smokey bar to sit round or table areas downstairs and upstairs with cute formica top tables giving it a kitsch feel. Upstairs feels like you are in a house party with homely furniture and even a bath remaining in one of the toilets.
The owner is still the same guy who had it as a record shop and it's clear that this place thrives on music as there are a couple of turntables. But dont expect loud music as it's turned down allowing good conversation with all sorts of people. Music can be so varied as well. Ive heard anything from Northern Soul, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, Blues, Indie played there.
Drinking is a little different from your average Aussie pub with a few selected beers on draft ranging from John Squires to Kirin and a large selection of bottled ranging from Coopers to Stella. The wine list is quite big with often boutique-type wines on offer. Some great choices to be had. They have a barrista also and a list of cocktails. All drinks are reasonably prices.
This is the sort of place you find accidentally but go every night til it closes. Go and see Nick the barman's huge beard!!
Dress Code: Erm no
The Basement Cafe: The Basement Cafe
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.
Cafe Bluestone: Drink at the Belgian Beer Cafe Bluestone
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.
- Beer Tasting
REVOLVER: Funky Bar/Club for 20 -30 somethings
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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Cafe capital of Australia
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
St Kilda - Fitzroy St end
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.
Switch LifeStyle Restaurant: evening chill out cafe / restaurant
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.
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