During the day, South Yarra’s designer stores, leafy streets and historic mansions bring a sense of quiet luxury to the suburb. But at night, it’s a totally different story. There’s an eclectic line-up of bars here; while quite different from one another, they’re all bona-fide crowd-pleasers. A ’70s-inspired log cabin and bar, a modern Chinese lounge, a speakeasy with a disco bent, and a refined Italian rooftop cocktail bar are just some of the options to choose from.

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Leonard’s House of Love

Casual bar vibes meet professional house party.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen

A trio of hospitality lifers is behind this smart wine bar, which is equally good for snacking as a full, sit-down dinner.

302 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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South Press Wine House

Sink into a leather banquette and choose from 20 wines by the glass.

27 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Tetto di Carolina

Nab a spot on the terrazzo-tiled terrace for grown-up Espresso Martinis and an Italian homage to the KFC Zinger burger. All from the man behind Il Bacaro, Sarti and Bar Carolina.

48 Toorak Road, South Yarra


Sink into a tan leather booth for elevated European fare from a former Vue de Monde and Matilda chef, and botanical-inspired cocktails by 2018’s World Class Bartender of the Year. But this elegant diner isn’t sticking around forever.

625 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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Talk to Me

Rockstar impulses and Sydney hospo sensibility collide at this bar/music venue.

153 Commercial Road, South Yarra
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Abacus Bar & Kitchen

An all-day eatery worth visiting for the interior alone.

383 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Zhou Zhou

David Zhou’s eponymous Zhou Zhou is a lounge above Oriental Tea House.

455 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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Two Wrongs

Where fine dining meets a dive bar meets a lounge and it somehow works.

637 Chapel St, South Yarra