This one’s for the scientifically curious and those comfortable with navigating the laneways of Melbourne to find the bar of choice.

The Croft Institute spans three floors, each with a unique décor theme. Walk in from the street to find yourself in a science lab. Peruse the beakers and Bunsen burners as you sip your ale, boutique wine or cocktail (including the mysterious signature: The Experiment, which is exactly that, and changes monthly), then take the stairs to the top floor and sit on the bleachers of a gymnasium (serving something a bit stronger than Powerade or oranges) or dance on the court to the live DJs on a Friday or Saturday night.

The crowd can be very varied, and almost ill fitting. But if you want to try one of Melbourne’s peculiar laneway bars, give it a go.

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Updated: February 21st, 2022

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