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.
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.
The self-proclaimed queen of rice paper rolls in Sydney and Melbourne.
Beechworth Honey CBD
A city store, 140 years in the making.
Workshop Brothers CBD
Specialty coffee and Doughboys doughnuts. Enough said.
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.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli CBD
An ethical and organic haven among the skyscrapers.
Bars in Fitzroy
Fitzroy has a busy, eclectic and sometime hectic bar scene. It is certainly Melbourne’s – and possibly Australia’s – biggest and most thriving place for a cocktail, beer on tap and a night on the tiles. Brunswick Street and its surrounds bustle with drinkers going between rooftop bars, band venues, nuevo-speakeasies, straight up-and-down pubs and cocktail and wine bars. And while they are all densely packed all destinations in Fitzroy are different. We’ll help you find what you’re looking for.
Souk Opens in the CBD
A new restaurant and bar in the city focuses on Middle Eastern flavours with a contemporary attitude.
Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar
Stylish, standing-room-only coffee on Flinders Lane.
Five Warm Winter Bars
Fireplaces, couches and cocktails. Put these five warm winter bars on your list.
The award-winning cocktail crew from 1806 bring their skill and flair to The Understudy, and get a little experimental.
The Bottom End
A very clever pub, disco and diner hybrid.
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.
A dimly lit cocktail bar for a pre-dinner drink down Hoiser Lane in the city.
The Toff in Town
Curtin House’s dark, glamorous second-floor bar.
The Carlton Club
An eccentric bar, eatery and rooftop that attracts all sorts.
The Croft Institute
A cocktail bar for the scientifically curious.
Longsong Opens in the CBD
David Moyle’s long-awaited, atmospheric new venue above Longrain will transport you someplace else.
Hana Arrives in the CBD
Cocktails and seafood inspired by a Hawaiian holiday, from the team behind Meatball and Wine Bar.
One of the best spots in the city for an open-air drink.
A wine bar that's all about supporting women in the industry.
The Grossi family’s hidden laneway bar for that cheeky time of night.
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.
Essentially a licensed 1987 Timezone arcade.
A plush basement bar that's been shaking since '97.
A well-hidden bar that's serious about their espresso and aperitifs.
The Forum must be the most beautiful music venue in Melbourne.