We’ve got nothing against a cheeky late-night kebab or a greasy fast-food burger. But Melbourne being the late-night city it is, there are plenty of other worthwhile options after 11pm – even if you’re in the mood to sit down. Here are our go-tos, from midnight ramen joints to clubs serving pizza and fried chicken.

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BKK

Restaurant

Small, lively and theatrical, this barbeque-powered restaurant is a top spot to try dishes from all over Thailand. Best of all, it’s firing until 1am (almost) every night.

Level 3 270 Lonsdale Street (enter via Drewery Lane), Melbourne

Ling Nan

Restaurant

Offering no-nonsense Cantonese dining in the heart of the CBD, Ling Nan has been satisfying Melbourne’s late-night cravings for around three decades. New location, same must-order XO pippies.

207 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Butchers Diner

Restaurant

Burgers, steak sangas and smoky pork tongue skewers until the clock strikes midnight.

10 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Restaurant

On Friday and Saturday nights, Gimlet’s supper menu is one to beat. Think oysters, caviar, burgers and fancy steaks till 1am.

33 Russell Street, Melbourne
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Arlechin

Bar

The only thing more joyous than a plate of midnight spaghetti might be something like, say, a bolognese jaffle. But wait – Arlechin serves those, too.

Mornane Place, Melbourne

Supper Inn

Restaurant

A Melbourne institution that’s reliably open until 2.30am every night. Come here for affordable and filling Cantonese food without the frills.

15 Celestial Avenue, Melbourne

Bar Ampere

Bar

Superlative wine and cheese until 3am. Also – kransky rolls filled with bacon, mustard and sauerkraut; and very good burgers.

16 Russell Place, Melbourne

Stalactites

Restaurant

Giros platters, souvlakis and more served until 2am every Friday and Saturday.

177-183 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Bar Margaux

Restaurant

Walk down the nondescript staircase and let your eyes adjust. There’s no natural light at this moody French bistro, but there is one of Melbourne's best burgers and steak frites after 11pm.

Basement 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Dragon Hot Pot

Restaurant

Melbourne’s undisputed malatang king has locations all over the city, but only this one will numb your tongue and clear your sinuses at 2am in the morning.

213 Russell Street, Melbourne

Shujinko

Restaurant

Shujinko’s kitchen used to run at full steam, 24-hours a day. Trading hours are a little more conservative these days, but you can still drop in for a midnight bowl of the city’s best tonkotsu ramen every Friday and Saturday.

225 Russell Street, Melbourne

Kewpie

Restaurant

Don't worry if you're stuck in line – $5 pizzas are in the oven till late every weekend.

376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bodega Underground

Restaurant

This subterranean cantina’s full menu of tacos and sides is available until 1am on weekends. And it stays up pretty late during the rest of the week.

55 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Bar Romantica

Restaurant

Channelling its predecessor, Cafe Romantica, in the form of pizzas until late every Friday night.

52 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Heartbreaker

Bar

Head for Connie's – the inside pizza window that rocks until 3am on weekends.

234A Russell Street, Melbourne
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The Toff in Town

Bar

Open late for Thai-inspired drinking food all week long. Think DIY Betel leaf “bliss bombs”, drunken noodles, jungle curries and more.

Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Pizza Pizza Pizza

Restaurant

New York-style slices served on paper plates until 11.30am on weekdays, and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

16 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Joey Smalls

Bar

Burgers, birds and fries until 1am on Friday and Saturday. Bonus points for the excellent tunes.

284 Sydney Road, Brunswick

1806

Bar

Charcuterie and cheese until late, plus expert cocktails beyond that.

169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Two Wrongs


Restaurant

A late night list of tacos, "hell yeah" share plates and Mexi-inspired bowls to keep you in check.

637 Chapel St, South Yarra
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