Must-see nightlife in Melbourne

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    Crafty Squire

    This vast booze barn houses a James Squire microbrewery, although it's debatable whether a brand owned by a giant multinational brewery can really be…

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    A far departure from the old-school coffee once encountered in Carlton, Assembly is all about filter coffee with single-origin beans. There's also an…

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    If you want a nightcap after your Vietnamese meal on Victoria St, this atmospheric bluestone inner-city bar has a good range of beers and wines, and good…

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    Beer DeLuxe

    This popular Fed Sq drinking joint's beverage list is more of a beer bible than a menu, featuring more than 200 bottled beers from around the world and 20…

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    Little League Coffee

    This small outpost of The League of Honest Coffee (which serves beans from local roasters Padre) is the perfect pit stop when you're wandering around the…

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    The walls of this little shop are lined with craft beer for sale, but you can pull up a seat at the central wooden table and settle in for a drink and a…

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    This opulent spot on a funky little strip fills its plush booths with lovely, lithe young things who are heavy on the hair product and light on the attire.

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    Federal Coffee Palace

    Sit and soak up the city atmosphere from one of the tables beneath the colonnades of the GPO. Space heaters keep you toasty when Melbourne turns chilly.

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    This swampy New Orleans watering hole has big glass jars of gin and bourbon resting on its bar and food courtesy of its room-mate, Grindhouse Burgers.

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    This New York–like basement dive bar is worth squashing in for. Quaff American whiskies and craft beers to wash down the inventive Asian bar food.

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    This dark, red-lit sake bar attached to Izakaya Chuji will instantly transport you to downtown Tokyo.

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    Degraves Espresso

    In atmospheric Degraves St, this institution is a good spot to grab a quick takeaway coffee and wander the laneways.

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    Brunswick Green

    A cool Brunswick local with a bohemian feel, a leafy backyard beer garden and regular live music.

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    DT’s Hotel

    This long-standing gay pub hosts drag shows, karaoke, pool competitions and happy hours.

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    The Lounge has seen a lot of years and still feels like a share house from the early 1990s – in a good way, of course. Evenings are filled with the sound…