Must-see nightlife in Melbourne

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    Republica

    Opening right up to St Kilda Beach with palm trees and astroturf, Republica is one of the few options for a beach bar in Melbourne. Ditch the food and…

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    Emerson

    A swanky three-level venue with cocktail bar, club and rooftop bar frequented by southsiders. On Sunday afternoon the rooftop's a huge hit with gay…

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    Laird

    This long-running men-only pub comes with lots of leather, beer and brawn. Who’s yer daddy? And you don't have to worry about getting home: there's…

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    Campos Coffee

    Pourovers, AeroPress, siphon, cold drips and daily-changing single-origin African, Asian and Latin American coffees – Campos has it all covered for the…

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    Hop Nation

    Follow the smell of fish down an unlikely industrial lane to this veritable cathedral of beer, located in a cavernous brick warehouse. There's usually six…

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    Section 8

    Enclosed within a cage full of graffiti, wooden-pallet seating and a shipping-container bar, Section 8 is makeshift-cool. It's quite a scene, packing out…

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    Sircuit

    Hugely popular with a big cross section of gay men, Sircuit is an old-school gay bar with pool tables, drag shows, a back room and, as the night…

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    Double Happiness

    This stylish hole-in-the-wall is decked out in Chinese propaganda posters and Mao statues, and serves an excellent range of Asian-influenced chilli- and…

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    Onesixone

    Front up to the peephole – if you pass muster, snaffle a couch or a pouf. A wiggle on the small dance floor is obligatory. Late-night Saturdays run until…

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    Growers Espresso & Eureka Coffee

    Specialising in Australian-grown coffee, Eureka roasts its own beans and has a great selection of single-origins, too. Ask about free cupping sessions and…

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    Labour in Vain

    Local corner institution with a great selection of craft beer on tap. Upstairs is a deck perfect for lazy afternoons, and there's often live music in the…

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    Ferdydurke

    This dive bar and art space is set over two levels, and within its gritty confines they play everything from electronic to live Polish jazz. Also sells…

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    League of Honest Coffee

    No word of a lie, the coffee's great at this bright and breezy cafe. It also serves muffins, cookies, toasted sandwiches and filled baguettes.

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    Padre Coffee

    Situated in the middle of the South Melbourne Market, Padre offers a perfect (and popular) caffeine-enhanced respite from mad market shopping.

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    Public House

    Not in any way resembling a pub from any discernible period in history, this swanky bar has been given a striking fit-out using raw and recycled materials…

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    New Gold Mountain

    Unsignposted above Double Happiness, New Gold Mountain’s intense chinoiserie interior overloads the senses, with decoration so relentless you may feel as…

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    Panama Dining Room & Bar

    Disappear up the stairs to this atmospheric warehouse space with huge arched windows. Sip serious cocktails, such as a barrel-aged negroni or a pineapple…

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    Noble Experiment

    If 1920s Prohibition-era cocktails are your tipple, then swing by the Noble Experiment for a bottle-aged negroni, a bootlegger's iced tea or a Kentucky…

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    Young & Jackson

    Opposite Flinders St Station, this heritage pub has been pouring beer since 1861 and makes for a popular meeting spot. Head to the 1st-floor Chloe's Bar …

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    Town Hall Hotel

    A bit rough around the edges, this unfussy local is festooned with rock iconography (Bowie and Iggy feature prominently). Religious figures adorn the rear…