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.
Footscray Milking Station
Solid coffee and one hell of a pulled pork panini.
The Station Hotel
Well-sourced and cooked steaks that make for some of Footscray’s finest.
The Reverence Hotel
A destination for live music fans, vegans and tequila drinkers.
Two former winemakers are behind this compact, hard-to-find brewery.
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.
The local Vietnamese, African and Indian communities inspire the menu at this convivial bar.
A double-storey bar with 24 taps pouring beer, wine, cider and cocktails.
A welcoming space filled with craft beer and classic books.
Back Alley Sally's
Your Westside after-work beer is here.
Five Warm Winter Bars
Fireplaces, couches and cocktails. Put these five warm winter bars on your list.
Mr West Opens in Footscray
Twenty-four taps pouring beer, wine, cider and cocktails – including Espresso Martinis – at a new double-storey bar on Nicholson Street.
Cosy Winter Bars
Dark corners, candlelight and warm beverages. Make these bars your winter drinking destinations.
Fire at Little Saigon Supermarket in Footscray
The end of an era for a market nearly 25 years old.
Following Junya Yamasaki Around Footscray Market
We trail the Japanese chef while he shops for ingredients before taking over Marion Wine Bar for four days.
A New Sunday Market Arrives in Footscray
Bring your own belongings in, Camberwell Market-style, and peruse vintage fashion, books, vinyl and fresh produce.
Seven Cosy Cocktail Bars in Melbourne
Don’t go into winter hibernation – most of these bars are probably warmer than your house.
Footscray Icon Olympic Doughnuts to Close Permanently
For this community, it was more than a doughnut shop.
The Line: Jerome Borazio’s New Footscray Project
The Laneway Festival founder has grand plans for a culture hub in the west.
Sun Theatre to Open a Sister Cinema in Footscray
A rooftop cinema will pop up before the permanent one is completed.
Fox in The Corn
Fresh pasta and one of the best beer lists in Melbourne.
All-day breakfast (with vegan options) in the heart of Footscray.
Small Graces Brings Seasonal and Sustainable Brunch to Footscray
A former chef at Annie Smithers’s fine diner in Kyneton opens a cafe committed to Victorian producers and makers.
A whimsical hub for art, fashion and music.
Delicious treats abound at this long-standing Vietnamese bakery.
Pizza and cheap tinnies in a tiny, secretive courtyard.
The Plough Hotel
A historic pub with a serious makeover.
Three New Bars to Try in Prahran
Three new bars to try in Prahran: one with lobster rolls, one with butlers, and one stacked wall-to-wall with wine.
12 To Try: Melbourne’s New Designer Eateries and Bars
A number of the city’s new food and drinks have been nominated for a major design award. Here’s our pick to try this weekend.
One of Melbourne’s Best Brewery Bars is in Croydon
A suburban spot to come in for a beer or make your own.
A cafe committed to Victorian producers and makers by a former chef at Annie Smithers’s fine diner in Kyneton.