It's hard to find the right venue for work drinks.

Chances are, you'll be rolling with a large group of diverse ages and tastes. You need a big bar with an egalitarian streak - one that offers French champagne alongside Carlton Draught, without judging your office get-up.

Some of our choices are smaller or more specialised. But for the most part, we've gone for the true all-rounders, where everyone can find a seat and a drink they like. Go on, get that weekend started.


Light up a cigar and enjoy the view.

Level 2 161 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

City Wine Shop

For fans of good wine.

159 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Section 8

Call it junkyard chic.

27-29 Tattersalls Lane
Melbourne VIC

The Toff in Town

Where suits and indie music fans drink side-by-side.

Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Cool off next to the Yarra, or cosy up in the bluestone-and-brick bar.

1-9 Federation Wharf (under Princes Bridge)
Melbourne VIC


A Melbourne classic, whatever the occasion.

First Floor, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC

Madame Brussels

Like a buzzing French garden party.

Level 3 59-63 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC


A dim all-rounder.

3-5 Hosier Lane
Melbourne VIC

Goldilocks Bar

Cocktails, city views and affordable snacks.

Level 4 264 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Ponyfish Island

Feels like a party on a boat.

Southbank Pedestrian Bridge
Southgate VIC 3006

Collins Quarter

The fanciest bar on this list.

86 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC

Robot Bar

For Japanese-beer enthusiasts.

12 Bligh Place
Melbourne VIC

The Bottom End

A hybrid of pub, disco and diner.

579 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC

Henry and the Fox

Cafe by day, bar by night.

525 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Hasti Bala Bar

Welcome to the jungle.

3 193-199 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC


A small loft soundtracked by live DJs.

Levels 1 and 2 31 Tattersalls Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000