Best Cocktail Bars in the CBD
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.
The brand's flagship in the CBD.
Some of the best dumplings you'll have outside of Shanghai.
5:30pm - 11:00pm
The self-proclaimed queen of rice paper rolls in Sydney and Melbourne.
Beechworth Honey CBD
A city store, 140 years in the making.
Andrew’s Burgers CBD
A second outpost from this slinger of traditional Aussie burgers, no brioche buns in sight.
Rustica Canteen CBD
A no-fuss dining hall where sandwiches are the main attraction.
Arcade-game-themed burgers geared for takeaway.
Best CBD Burgers
The humble hamburger has seen a great renaissance over the past couple of years – not that it ever went away. The new wave of burgers are a breed apart from their mass-produced forebears – organic, free-range patties, golden brioche buns, house-made pickles and flavour to spare. One constant is these delicious meals can be held in your two hands. Do you want fries with that? Of course you do.
Workshop Brothers CBD
Specialty coffee and Doughboys doughnuts. Enough said.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli CBD
An ethical and organic haven among the skyscrapers.
Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar
Stylish, standing-room-only coffee on Flinders Lane.
Jackalope to Open Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD
A dramatic urban sequel to the luxury Mornington Peninsula location is coming to Flinders Lane, with a forested foyer and a cloud-like rooftop bar.
Australia’s first eSports bar.
The award-winning cocktail crew from 1806 bring their skill and flair to The Understudy, and get a little experimental.
The Carlton Club
An eccentric bar, eatery and rooftop that attracts all sorts.
A bar dedicated to the agave-based spirit, with more than 60 varieties.
The Croft Institute
A science lab-themed institution hidden two turns-deep in an incredibly dingy alleyway.
A cocktail connoisseur’s dream.
A dimly lit cocktail bar for a pre-dinner drink down Hoiser Lane in the city.
Opulence meets wartime misery in this Berlin-inspired cocktail bar hidden away in the city.
A great enthusiastic bar with a total lack of pretension.
The Toff in Town
Curtin House’s dark, glamorous second-floor bar.
The Bottom End
A clever pub, disco and diner hybrid from the man behind legendary nightclub Honkytonks.
Longsong Opens in the CBD
David Moyle’s long-awaited, atmospheric new venue above Longrain will transport you someplace else.
Saxe Opens in the CBD
Chef Joe Grbac has opened his first solo venture – a two-storey restaurant that’s refreshingly old school – in Melbourne’s legal district.
Palermo Opens in the CBD
The San Telmo and Pastuso team opens an Italian-influenced Argentinian spot on Little Bourke Street.
There’s champagne and fancy hot dogs at the Waterside, but mostly it’s still just a local pub.
The sky is everywhere at this two-storey outdoor bar.
David Moyle’s atmospheric venue above Longrain will transport you someplace else.