Melbourne Night Spots

Where to hit the town in Melbourne?

Melbourne’s Top 10 spots for a night on the town!

It might take a bit of effort to find some of Melbourne’s best bars and late night clubs – most are hidden away behind non-descript shop fronts in secret laneways but once you’ve found your favourite, you’ll never want to go home.

  1. The Esplanade Hotel: Located in St Kilda and an Aussie icon for more than 100 years the Espy has been Melbourne’s premier live music venue. Since the early days of string performances in the late 1800s the hotels stages have been graced by the finest performers from around Australia and the world. Everyone from local legends like Paul Kelly and Dallas Crane to The Kills & Hot Hot Heat, Jet to John Farnham have performed here. 11 Upper Esplanade, St Kilda www.espy.com.au
  1. The Black Cat Café: The place to go for jazz, gypsy and swing combos. A favourite with the sophisticated set. 252 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
  1. Bond Lounge: live the high life in the luxurious surrounds of the Bond Lounge, all sweeping curves and swish leather lounges and fabulous cocktails. 24 Bond Street, City. www.bondlounge.com.au
  1. Cookie: cocktail bar, beer hall (10 tap beers and more than 85 imported beers) and Thai restaurant rolled into one. A favourite with the night owls. Level 1, 252 Swanston Street, City. www.cookie.net.au
  1. Gin Palace: very cool, very Melbourne. Hide away in one of the curtained booths and work your way though the list of more than 18 gins and a dozen martinis but try the Industrial Revolution a glass lined with black Luxardo Sambucca, filled with Siberian vodka and confectioner’s ball bearings. 190 Little Collins Street, City. www.ginpalace.com.au
  1. Melbourne Wine Room: a serious drinking establishment for those that like fine wine. More than 700 wines on the list, with 30 available by the glass. There’s also great food in the pine-clad dining room.125 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. www.melbournewineroom.com
  1. Khokolat Bar: dance the night away in this glamorous club playing 80’s, retro and dance music in one of the cities grooviest laneways. 43 Hardware Lane, City. www.khokolatbar.com.au
  1. The Prince: see a mixed-bag of DJs and international artists performing every weekend. Live music and a well-stocked bar make a killer combination. Head downstairs to Mink for a range of house-infused vodkas with lashings of underground glamour. 29 Fitzroy St (Cnr Acland St), St Kilda. www.theprince.com.au
  1. MOO (Money Order Office): This cavernous drinkspot is hidden underneath some of the city’s streets in the old Money Order Office, built in the 1880s. It is decorated with unusual art pieces selected from the owner’s own antique collection and offers more than 600 wines as well as a great bar grazing menu. Basement, 318 Little Bourke St. www.moneyorderoffice.com.au
  1. The Supper Club: a Melbourne institution, the place to go for before or after dinner drinks in the wonderful woody long room full of bulging couches, battered armchairs and weathered floorboards. Fine wines and snacks are served in old-world ambience. Next to the Princess Theatre on Level 1, 161 Spring Street, City.