With so many amazing places to eat, drink & visit in Melbourne, we can see why it continues to win the award for the ‘Most Liveable City in the World’. This feature highlights Melbourne’s must visit ‘Hidden Bars’ that not only offer the most amazing drinks selection but will definitely give you something to talk about with your friends and loved ones.
Lui Bar – CBD
Located on the 55th Floor of the Rialto Building on Collins Street, discover this stunning hidden gem that offers breathtaking views of Melbourne, an innovative cocktail menu that is truly exceptional and an impressive bar snacks selection that does not disappoint. In addition, Lui Bar boasts an extensive wine, champagne, beer and spirit collection, so you will definitely find something to satisfy your tastebuds. Lui bar oozes sophistication but with a truly relaxed vibe. It’s a lovely spot for pre or post lunch/dinner drinks, especially if you’re looking to impress friends, business colleagues or your loved one.
Tel: 03 9691 3888
Mon – Wed 5:30pm to late, Thu 11:30am to 1am, Fri – Sat 11:30am to 3am, Sun 11:30am until 12am Address: Level 55, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: Lui Bar
Romeo Lane – CBD
Owners Joe Jones & Rita Ambroz have created an intimate cocktail haven that offers a great selection of delicious cocktails & small plates that will not disappoint. From the moment you walk into this small yet cosy bar, you are welcomed with a smile & provided with a seamless service throughout the night. This hidden gem is definitely a place you will want to put on your must visit list!
Tel: 03 9650 8859
Mon – Wed 5pm to 12am, Thu 5pm to 1am, Fri – Sat 3pm to 1am
Address: 1A Crossley Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: Romeo Lane
Whitehart Container Bar – CBD
Located in the heart of the city in a converted car park at the end of Whitehart Lane is a unique green zone with an industrial edge – a place to party, or just relax and talk at the end of the day. Whitehart Bar is an all encompassing gathering space that plays great music, serves the finest craft beers and cocktails, boutique wines and great food, as well as a kaleidoscopic visual feast of projections and graffiti.
Sun – Wed 12pm to 11pm, Thu 12pm to 12am, Fri – Sat 12pm to 1am
Address: 22 Whitehart Ln, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: Whitehart Bar
Eau de Vie – CBD
This intimate hidden jazz infused speak easy whisky bar offers a fantastic vibe, a delicious food menu, stunning cocktails & a huge selection of whiskies from all over the world. And as an added bonus their fabulous team will keep you entertained whilst concocting some of the most deliciously divine cocktails. To accompany your drink of choice, Eau de Vie’s food menu provides their customers the choice of bar snacks, cheese boards, charcuterie or their great value ‘Feed Me’ menu. There is also a Degustation table option provided for larger groups.
Tel: 0412 825 441
Mon – Thu 5pm to 1am, Fri – Sat 4pm to 1am, Sun 4pm to 11pm
Address: 1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: Eau De Vie
Siglo – CBD
Soak in the stunning views of old World Melbourne, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Parliament House, all whilst relaxing at this beautiful rooftop terrace bar. Rated as one of Melbourne’s top 10 Rooftop Bars, Siglo is located above the iconic Melbourne Supper Club on Spring Street in the heart of the CBD. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy an amazing selection of cocktails, old world wines, spirits and maybe even indulge in a cigar or two. Should you feel peckish, Siglo offers a delicious variety of small plates & bar snacks. You could even try their tasty cheese platter along with one of their many outstanding wines.
Tel: 03 9654 6631
Mon – Sun 5pm to 3am
Address: Level 2, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Beneath Driver Lane – CBD
Located in the depths of Melbourne CBD you will find Beneath Driver Lane, the latest addition to Melbourne much loved hidden bar scene. To find the entrance keep an eye out for a door with two lights either side and then descend down beneath the laneway to another world of deep strumming blues, whisky, nostalgic modern cocktails and French inspired bar food.
Mon – Sat 4pm to 3am, Sun 6pm to 3am
Address: Shop 3, Driver Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: Beneath Driver Lane
Berlin Bar – CBD
Established in 2009, Berlin Bar is a place where Capitalist opulence confronts Communist austerity, where classic cocktails mingle with modern creativity and where old-fashioned table service blends with a relaxed atmosphere. At Berlin Bar the cocktail menu is a blend of classic and modern mixology. When a classic Sazerac encounters a Coca-Cola foam to create “Yankee Treat” or when a “simple” G&T finds its complexity by infusing the Gin with Sakuranbo tea to generate the convoluted “G&Tea at Nancy’s”. Gin and Tonic’s drinkers will be amazed by Berlin Bar’s collection of Gins from all around the world.
While spirit adventurers will have to make a hard choice of picking one of their 300 bottles from their back bar. Berlin Bar also cater for beer lovers as well, with a selection of German Beers from Weihenstephaner, Schofferhofer, Grevensteiner, Hoss and Erdinger.
Tel: 03 9663 2673
Sun – Wed 4pm to 1am, Thu 6pm to 1:30am, Fri 4pm to 2:30am, Sat 6pm to 2:30am
Address: 2/16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Union Electric – CBD
This cosy hidden gem has managed to amaze people from all over. With their fabulous selection of cocktails, local beer, wine & delicious food (provided by New Kum Den restaurant next door) it’s a great place to kick back & relax. It maybe on the small side but then aren’t most of the best hidden bars. At the end of the day, it’s not about the size of the venue; it’s about the quality of the drinks & food, the overall vibe & the service you receive – Union Electric Bar has all of these in spades. Hats off to owners Huw Griffiths & Shane Whiteley for having the vision to successfully create an experience that you will thoroughly enjoy. To find this amazing hidden gem, look for the lightning bolt down Heffernan Lane & you’ve arrived!
Tel: 0450 186 466
Mon – Sun 12pm to 1am
Address: 13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: Union Electric
Hihou Bar – CBD
This hidden Japanese speakeasy maybe small in size, but it definitely oozes in sophistication. Once you discover its unmarked entrance & press the buzzer, you are escorted up to this intimate bar full of Japanese single malts, fresh sake, fantastic cocktails & so much more. The tasty bar snacks are deliciously innovative & go really well with Hihou Bar’s extensive drinks list – the tuna cigar are a must try.
Tel: 03 9654 5465
Mon – Wed 5pm to 12am, Thu – Sat 5pm to 1am, Sun Closed
Address: 1st Floor, 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
House of Correction – CBD
This recently opened cocktail bar is the little sister to Goldilocks Rooftop Bar in the CBD. Conveniently located downstairs House of Correction has taken the place of the ever so popular Noodle Kingdom. Expect a stunning range of cocktails, craft beers, whiskies and of course if your feeling peckish you can order some Chinese nibbles from Mr Kwok downstairs, which will be delivered directly to you table at the bar.
Mon – Sun 4pm to 3am
Address: Level 4, 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: House of Correction
Goldilocks Bar – CBD
Discover this hidden rooftop gem discreetly tucked away above Noodle Kingdom on Swanston Street in the CBD. As you make your way up the non-descript elevator, you will be pleasantly surprised by the intimate cocktail oasis that you stumble upon. Expect deliciously exquisite cocktails, knowledgeable bartenders, stunning views of the city & best of all, heaters for when it’s cold.
Tel: 03 9654 7878
Mon – Sun 2pm to 3am
Address: The Rooftop, 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: Goldilocks Bar
Bar 1806 – CBD
With its retro decor, charming ambience, friendly bar staff & very extensive cocktail book that starts from the year 1650 to now, Bar 1806 is every cocktail lovers dream. To accompany such a stunning line up of deliciously innovative cocktails, they also offers a great selection of tasty bar snacks & sharing plates for you to enjoy. The team at Bar 1806 do a fantastic job, the service is friendly & they try their best to be as efficient as possible considering how busy they get. This is a real gem of a bar, so be sure to check it out.
Tel: 03 9663 7722
Mon – Thu 5pm to 1am, Fri – Sat 4pm to 1am, Sun 6pm to 1am
Address: 169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Boilermaker House – CBD
If you’re a big fan of craft beer & quality whisky then you should definitely check out Boilermaker House. This fun yet sophisticated blues filled whisky & beer bar that offers a quality line up of 600 different whiskies & a great variety of independent craft beers that rotate on tap. Boilermaker House is fantastic combo of comfortable booths, whisky, beer, cocktails, signature boilermakers, cheese & charcuterie in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.
Tel: 0424 270 082
Mon – Wed 4pm to 3am, Thu 3pm to 3am, Fri – Sat 12pm to 3am Sun 3pm to 3am
Address: 211 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: Boilermaker House
Bar Americano – CBD
Tucked down a laneway off Little Collins, is this quirky award winning hidden gem. Once you get to the blue sign ‘T – Sali E Tabacchi’ you’ve arrived. It’s definitely worth visiting. Not only do they serve stunning cocktails but the also serve fantastic coffee that is rich & full of flavour. It may be tiny, standing room only & hold up to 10 guests at a time but it does fantastic cocktails & coffee and offers an attentive service that makes it so memorable.
Tel: 03 9428 0055
Tue – Sat 5pm to 1am, Sun – Mon Closed
Address: 20 Presgrave Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: Bar Americano
The Croft Institute – CBD
Tucked down a winding Chinatown alley discover the first of Melbourne’s laneway bars, the Croft Institute prides itself on making mostly custom designed cocktails to suit your mood and tastebuds on the night, the wine list is small but boutique, and the beers are cold. On Friday and Saturday evenings you can hear all kinds of international DJ’s hitting the decks intermixed with local residents.
Tel: 03 9671 4399
Mon – Thu 5pm to 1am, Fri 5pm to 3am, Sat 8pm to 3am, Sun Closed
Address: 21 Croft Alley, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Website: The Croft Institute
Glamp Cocktail Bar – CBD
Located above Polepole Restaurant & Bar you will find ‘Glamp Cocktail Bar’, a stunning African inspired bar that is simply divine. Enjoy a stunning range of cocktails beneath their impressive safari style tent or if you fancy something a little more intimate why not check out their Lion’s Den. When it comes to cocktails, their talented team of bartenders really know their stuff, so if you feel a little spoilt for choice after perusing through their very extensive cocktail menu, don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations.
Tel: 03 9650 2811
Thu 6pm to 12am, Fri 5pm to 1am, Sat 6pm to 2am, Sun – Wed Closed
Address: 2/267 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: Glamp Cocktail Bar
The Attic at Black Pearl – Fitzroy
Located above the ever so popular Black Pearl in Fitzroy, discover ‘The Attic at Black Pearl’. This quaint hidden gem offers full table service to all its customers and a stunning weekly rotating cocktail menu that won’t disappoint. For those of you who would prefer the beer or wine option, you’ll be happy to find a refreshing selection of beers and a small wine list to choose. Make sure you try out their tasty ploughman board to nibble on.
Tel: 0488 304 304
Thu 7pm to 1am, Fri – Sat 7pm to 3am (open for events & larger bookings outside of these times)
Address: 10 Russell Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: The Attic at Black Pearl
The Everleigh – Fitzroy
Be sure not to walk past this intimate ‘seated only’ speakeasy cocktail bar, where cocktails, decor & service come with a touch of old school elegance. Even the cocktails are served in stunning vintage glasses & poured over impressively clear hand cut navy strength ice to provide you with true quality cocktails. The Everleigh is suitable for date nights or catching up with small groups. Each section in their comfy lounge area seats up to a maximum of 6 people, where you will receive table service from one of their friendly wait staff. Their menu is predominantly about their fabulous cocktails, but they also have a list of quality beers, spirits, wines & delicious finger food too. If you’re not sure which cocktail to choose, their very knowledgeable team will be more than happy to match a cocktail to your specific flavour requirements. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed!
Tel: 03 9416 2229
Mon – Sun 5pm to 1am
Address: Level 1, 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Website: The Everleigh
Jungle Boy – Windsor
Don’t be mislead by the facade of this hidden gem, because behind the secret cooler room door of Boston Sub, you will discover ‘Jungle Boy’ an enchanting Tiki Bar serving delicious cocktails that are made to perfection. You have to admire the bartenders at Jungle Boy, as they are highly skilled at what they do & they really do know how to make a mean cocktail. The tiki cocktails are fruity & strong but not too overpowering – you will thoroughly enjoy devouring them. If you are a fan of Negroni, you must try their Negroni off tap, not only are they well balanced but they are very popular too. Should you feel a little peckish, Jungle Boy has a small menu of delicious subs, provided by Boston Sub at the front. Expect great subs, fantastic drinks & talented staff, all whilst relaxing at this delightful tropical bar. Jungle Boy is open 7 days a week from 5pm to 1am (doors shut at 12:30am).
Tel: 03 9943 7653
Mon – Sun 5pm to 1am (doors shut at 12:30am)
Address: 96 Chapel Street, Windsor, VIC 3181
Bar None – Camberwell
This low-lit cocktail lounge is one of Camberwell’s best hidden gems. Don’t be fooled by the exterior of this building, because once you walk through the entrance of this bar you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Manager & Head Bar tender Brendon O’Leary & the team are friendly & extremely knowledgeable about all the drinks on their menu, which features an extensive list of stunning cocktails, beers, wines & spirits. If you get stuck on what drink to choose, then just ask any of the team & they will be more than happy to help you find something to suit your palate. Not only does this bar have a great cosy & relaxed vibe but it also has a projector screen showing some of the best black & white movies on mute.
Tel: 03 9882 1086
Tue – Thu 5pm to 12am, Fri – Sat 5pm to 2am
Address: Level 1, 72 Auburn Parade, Camberwell, VIC 3124
Website: Bar None Camberwell
Photo Credit: Ponce Photography, Eau de Vie, Tess Kelly Photography, Union Electric, Hihou Bar, Goldilocks Bar, Bar 1806, Boilermaker House, The Everleigh, Jungle Boy