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 brand's flagship in the CBD.
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.
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.
Souk Opens in the CBD
A new restaurant and bar in the city focuses on Middle Eastern flavours with a contemporary attitude.
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.
A cocktail connoisseur’s dream.
The Bottom End
A very clever pub, disco and diner hybrid.
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 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.
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.
There’s champagne and fancy hot dogs at the Waterside, but mostly it’s still just a local pub.
A wine bar that's all about supporting women in the industry.
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.
Celebrating the beer-and-whisky double.
A plush basement bar that's been shaking since '97.
A beer hall, cocktail bar and modern Thai restaurant all in one.
The Forum must be the most beautiful music venue in Melbourne.