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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Joey Smalls

For quality funk, soul and disco.

284 Sydney Road
Brunswick VIC 3055

Section 8

Fresh-air dancing. This is a Melbourne classic.

27-29 Tattersalls Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

Cherry Bar

When it's not bands, it's a DJ.

103 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC

The Toff in Town

Where suits party next to uni students.

Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Beats until 7am.

68 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC


Play some table tennis before the dance floor heats up.

Enter via carpark 7-11 Dawson Street
Brunswick VIC 3056