Each of these bars trades in kitsch – that enigmatic balance of theatre, irony and lack of self-seriousness that separates a themed bar from merely an influenced one.

To really pull off a themed bar, it takes a whole-hearted commitment across the staff, decor, music and drinks. But when it works, as with these bars, your drinking experience will truly be lifted.

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Mjølner

Toast Valhalla and all things Norse here.

106-112 Hardware Street, Melbourne
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The Croft Institute

Drink from oversized syringes at this experimental bar.

21-25 Croft Alley, Melbourne

Berlin

Drinking in post-war opulence on the West side or soviet grunge on the East side? It's your choice at Berlin.

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

Bosozoku

This Japanese biker gang-themed bar is so full-on, you'll feel like you're hallucinating.

34 Bray Street, South Yarra
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Storyville

A fairytale themed bar, from the owners of Pawn & Co. and 29th Apartment.

185 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Natural History Public Bar

Ever wanted to eat a steak in front of a taxidermied animal?

401 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Pawn & Co.

At this pawn-shop themed bar, the lines are blurred: you can buy a lot of the second-hand goods on display here.

177 Greville Street , Prahran

Double Happiness

Chairman Mao, communist propaganda, cocktails? Far more fun (and inoffensive) than it sounds.

21 Liverpool Street, Melbourne

Holey Moley

Juvenile mini-golf gets an adult makeover at this insane bar.

590 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

Madame Brussels

An over-the-top garden party – set in an exaggerated rooftop tennis club.

Level 3 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne

The Palm Royale

Tiki bars will never go away, and this Richmond incarnation is Melbourne's proud standard-bearer.

438 Church Street, Richmond

East China Trading Company

Golden Monkey’s sister venue offers a refined offering of rum and dumplings.

Enter Hardware Lane, Ground floor 389 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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