Melbourne drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Wine Bar in St Kilda

Bar Di Stasio

Within red Pompidou-style scaffolding – the work of artist Callum Morton – lies this buzzing, sophisticated spot, dominated by a grand marble bar and plaster-chipped walls behind lit glass. Waiters seemingly plucked…
Top Choice Cafe in North Melbourne, Parkville & West Melbourne

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

You might spy Mörk in top cafes, restaurants and gift stores, but this is where the magic happens. Within a former 1950s bakery, this tiny chocolate cafe focuses on bean-to-cup drinks. Come for the 'campfire' served…
Top Choice Bar in St Kilda

Pontoon

Beneath fine-diner Stokehouse is its casual, buzzing bar-bistro, a light-soaked space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a deck over the beach, looking out to sunset. Shared-plates deliver some decent bites, includin…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in City Centre

Siglo

Siglo's sought-after terrace comes with Parisian flair, wafting cigar smoke and serious drinks. It fills with suits on Friday night, but any time is good to mull over a classic cocktail and admire the 19th-century v…
Top Choice Bar in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Leonard's House of Love

Inside what appears to be someone's '70s love-shack party house, you'll find this American bar touting 'free love and cold beer'. The menu is mostly burgers, fried chicken and loaded fries, which can be scoffed outs…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Rufus

Hidden above Greville St, Rufus is deliciously posh and proper, dripping with chandeliers, tinted mirrors and swagged drapes. That the place is named after Sir Winston Churchill's beloved poodle is no coincidence: t…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Fitzroy, Collingwood & Abbotsford

Black Pearl

After more than 15 years in the game, Black Pearl goes from strength to strength, winning awards and receiving global accolades. Low lighting, leather banquettes and candles set the mood downstairs. Prop at the bar …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in City Centre

Bar Americano

A hideaway bar in a lane off Howey Pl, Bar Americano is a teensy standing-room-only affair with black-and-white chequered floors complemented by classic 'do not spit' subway-tiled walls and a subtle air of speakeasy…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Fitzroy, Collingwood & Abbotsford

Everleigh

Sophistication is off the charts at this hidden, upstairs nook. Settle into a leather booth in the intimate setting with a few friends for conversation and classic cocktails, or sidle up to the bar for a solo martin…
Top Choice Bar in City Centre

Heartbreaker

Black walls, red lights, skeleton handles on the beer taps, random taxidermy, craft beer, a big selection of bourbon, a jukebox and tough-looking sweethearts behind the bar – it's always a good time at Heartbreaker.…