Nightclubs are kind of all-or-nothing. Either you’re standing at the bar being jostled, or you’re on the dance floor getting into it. And having a decent conversation? Forget it.

Bars are a little more flexible – when you need it, there’s room to take a break from dancing, or have that long-overdue D’n‘M with your best mate. Plus, the drinks are almost guaranteed to be better, whether you’re drinking beer from an actual glass, or sipping on a well-made Negroni.

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This Melbourne nightclub comes with a 29-year dance-music legacy.

243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Angel Music Bar

An audiophile playground for celebrated restaurateur Con Christopoulos that serves up lobster mac’n’cheese with a side of sub-bass frequencies.

12 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Evie’s Disco Diner

It’s an ’80s referencing, more than 50 per cent vegan American diner with a dance floor.

230 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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The Bottom End

A clever pub, disco and diner hybrid from the man behind legendary nightclub Honkytonks.

579 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Joey Smalls

For quality funk, soul and disco.

284 Sydney Road, Brunswick


There's no DJ booth, just some decks facing the wall. It works.

209 St George's Road, Fitzroy North

Bar Romantica

The owners here – the same as at Monty’s – have deep links with local house and techno scene. Expect seasoned DJs every weekend.

52 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Section 8

Fresh-air dancing. This is a Melbourne classic.

27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne


Another cracker from the Section 8 crew – small but always vibing.

Levels 1 and 2 31 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

Dr Morse

Sunday sessions in the beer garden go off.

274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
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The Toff in Town

Where suits party next to uni students.

Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne


Play some table tennis before the dance floor heats up.

Enter via carpark 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick

Pawn & Co.

Commercial house until 5am on Friday and Saturday, and 3am on Sunday.

177 Greville Street , Prahran


Cheap pizzas soundtracked by disco, funk and soul.

376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Lucky Coq

Bimbo's sister pushes all the same buttons.

179 Chapel Street, Windsor


The "DJ"? A jukebox loaded with close to 100 rock albums from 1968 to 1980.

234A Russell Street, Melbourne

The Carlton Club

Head for the rowdy Carlton Club on the ground floor.

193 Bourke St, Melbourne
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The St. Hotel

Upbeat house from Thursday to Sunday.

54 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

The Bridge Hotel

Head upstairs for house and pop.

642 Bridge Road, Richmond
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The Workers Club

Beats make a regular appearance in the music program.

51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Lazerpig Pizza Parlour

Pizza and a boogie under the disco ball?

9-11 Peel Street, Collingwood
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More nightclub than bar, with the soundsystem to match.

393 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy