Sometimes, beer and wine just don't cut it. In those times, you need cocktails. Be it a well-made Negroni, or a complex, multi-layered sipper, Melbourne has a wealth of places to partake.

These are our favourites, ranging from casual spots, to table service venues where the staff wear waistcoats. But without fail, they all know their spirits.

Bar Americano

Matt Bax's aperitif-focussed bar.

20 Presgrave Place
Melbourne VIC 3000


Opulence meets wartime misery at this bar with two faces.

2nd floor (please ring the bell) 16 Corrs Lane
Melbourne VIC

Gin Palace

The name says it all.

10 Russell Place
Melbourne VIC 3000


If salarymen drink it, it's here.

First Floor 1 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

Lily Blacks

A connoisseur's dream.

12 Meyers Place
Melbourne VIC

Lui Bar at Vue de Monde

What would you expect from a bar run by Vue de Monde?

Level 55 Rialto Towers 525 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Romeo Lane

Another intimate CBD bolthole.

1A Crossley Street
Melbourne VIC


The Melbourne Supper Club's casual rooftop counterpart.

Level 2 161 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Whisky and Alement

Melbourne's first great whisky bar.

270 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000