The Best New Bars in Melbourne

Updated 2 weeks ago

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While there’s always room for a drink at one of Melbourne’s best bars, it’s fun to try somewhere new, too. This is our edit of Melbourne’s best new bars, updated monthly. Some could become your new favourite; others may just be good for one memorable night. All are worth a try.

  • The laidback younger sibling to Alta, a Nigella-approved wine bar. Come for a glass or two with snacks (including a full section of Italian bread) and bigger bites like pork-rib meatballs. Or choose a bottle to have here or take home.

  • This old-school bar is all about rum and champagne. Find rum from around the globe and a Daiquiri-centred cocktail list. Plus, snacks like bread, tinned fish and cheeses with Wagyu bresaola and mortadella.

  • Moon Dog’s bar in the Franco Cozzo building leans heavily into an old-Hollywood interpretation of the American West. It comes complete with a mechanical bull, “Cowboy Shots” and a Blues Brothers-inspired bar.

  • The husband-wife duo behind one of Melbourne’s most-loved Italian restaurants run this walk-in bar. It nods to Piedmont with vitello tonnato, duck-and-porcini ragu and Italian wines.

  • One of Melbourne’s top fishmonger families is behind this crustacean haven. It’s about as close as you’ll get to an oyster bar in the city, and it’s also got congee, lobster rolls and more.

  • This backstreet bar focuses on wild-fermented drinks like saisons, lambics, organic lagers, sakes, mezcals and rums. Get them alongside punchy Thai dishes like house-fermented sausage, fried-banana-blossom salad and charcoal-grilled skewers.

  • Community comes first at this homely wine bar, which celebrates the tight-knit scene around it. Come for share-friendly seafood dishes, local wines, or a browse of the local art for sale on the walls.

  • This boutique bottle shop and wine bar sits opposite a historic cinema. Buy a bottle or a wine by the glass, snack on tinned fish and charcuterie, and spend an afternoon watching cinemagoers pass by.

  • This west-side bar champions art and music, in the former home of Baby Snakes. The vibey spot – run by three friends – has DJs on rotation, fun cocktails and a party-ready dancefloor.

  • Settle in at the car-park-turned-rooftop-bar for Greek-inspired cocktails or unwind in a booth downstairs. Wines are mostly Greek and Aussie, and share plates include saganaki croquettes and taramasalata with caviar.

  • Enter via the front door for this low-key bar, attached to 20-seat Indian fine diner Enter Via Laundry. Helly Raichura and her team are serving more-ish snacks from past menus and “nostalgic Indian cocktails”.