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.

Waterside Hotel

There’s champagne and fancy hot dogs at the Waterside, but mostly it’s still just a local pub.

508 Flinders Street, Melbourne
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Hightail Bar

Belle’s Hot Chicken, Mr Burger and 64 beer taps, right near your office.

Collins Square 727 Collins Street, Docklands
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Arbory Bar & Eatery

Espresso martinis on tap. Enough said.

Flinders Walk, Melbourne

Whitehart

The sky is everywhere at this two-storey outdoor bar.

22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne

Union Electric Bar

Service that'll make you feel valued.

13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne

The Carlton Club

Head upstairs to Palmz, one of the city's better rooftops.

193 Bourke St, Melbourne
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Garden State Hotel

Bring your whole office – there's room for 800 people.

101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Trunk Bar and Restaurant

A post-work staple for years. When the weather's fine, step outside to Trunk Diner.

275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

The Croft Institute

One of the more relaxed cocktail bars in town.

21-25 Croft Alley, Melbourne

Siglo

Light up a cigar and enjoy the view.

Level 2 161 Spring Street, Melbourne

City Wine Shop

For fans of good wine.

159 Spring Street, Melbourne

Section 8

Call it junkyard chic.

27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

The Toff in Town

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

Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Riverland

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

1-9 Federation Wharf (under Princes Bridge), Melbourne
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Cookie

A Melbourne classic, whatever the occasion.

First Floor, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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Madame Brussels

Like a buzzing French garden party.

Level 3 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne

Goldilocks Bar

Cocktails, city views and affordable snacks.

Level 4 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Ponyfish Island

Feels like a party on a boat.

Southbank Pedestrian Bridge , Southgate

Loop Project Space & Bar

A cocktail bar with Boags on tap and panoramic views.

23 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Magic Mountain Saloon

Boney's slightly more civilised counterpart.

62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Heartbreaker

The jukebox is loaded with rock albums from 1968 to 1980.

234A Russell Street, Melbourne

Collins Quarter

The fanciest bar on this list.

86 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Robot Bar

For Japanese-beer enthusiasts.

12 Bligh Place, Melbourne

The Bottom End

A hybrid of pub, disco and diner.

579 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Bar Ampere

A wine and aperitif bar with Parisian charm.

16 Russell Place, Melbourne

Henry and the Fox

Cafe by day, bar by night.

525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Hasti Bala Bar

Welcome to the jungle.

3 193-199 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Ferdydurke

A small loft soundtracked by live DJs.

Levels 1 and 2 31 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

Lily Blacks

For discerning cocktail drinkers.

12 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Hell's Kitchen

A small, no-frills bar that's big on atmosphere.

Level 1 20a Centre Place, Melbourne