Melbourne is a vibrant city filled with some of the best bars, clubs and culinary experiences in the world. Melbourne is at the forefront of Australia’s cocktail bar culture, and you really are spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a perfectly crafted drink. But how do you filter out the great from the OK?
Whether you are planning a trip to this beautiful city or are looking for fun things to do during the weekend, we have compiled a list of the 10 best cocktail bars that Melbourne has to offer.
If you are looking for a quirky, hipster night out that is filled with delicious cocktails and a classic Italian vibe, Arlechin is the place for you. To get here, you need to follow a nondescript alleyway with little to no signage. Once you get here, you’ll notice that the cosy space used to be a wine cellar. If you are feeling peckish, this bar also has a wide range of luxury Italian dishes.
Nick and Nora’s
If you are looking for an upscale cocktail bar, Nick and Nora’s is the place for you. The bar is inspired by the post-prohibition soirees and the name comes from the characters of the Thin Man, Nora and Nick. Known for their legendary parties in the book, this cocktail bar aims (and succeeds) to replicate them. Enjoy delicious cocktails and luxury champagne with a beautiful array of food.
Straight out of the 1920s, you can find this hidden bar by locating a vintage lamp above a small wooden doorway. Inside Eau de Vie, you’ll find a version of the speakeasy that celebrates beautifully delicious cocktails (there is a giant menu!).
If you are looking for a cocktail bar that has a lot of awards, the Everleigh is the place for you. Named the ‘Best Victorian Bar in 2019’, this is another prohibition inspired bar with lots of oak and dim lights.
1806 is so named because it was the year that the word ‘cocktail’ was first used in print. The venue was previously a theatre restaurant, and although the stage may be gone, the mezzanine still remains. This bar shows off the cocktails of 1806, and they also offer cocktail making classes for true cocktail lovers.
At first sight, you might assume that this tiny little cocktail bar isn’t much, but you would be sorely mistaken. This bar was named the best in 2020, and it is the perfect place if you are a lover of the classics. There is also a lot of gin, sherry and cognac on the menu.
Juliet is a cocktail bar that is set in a truly beautiful location. You need to descend a winding staircase and enter a dimly lit space in order to try their beautiful cocktails. If you want a mix of the classics and more modern flavours, this is the place for you. The kitchen is one of the best for a cocktail bar, and you can choose from a range of nibbles, charcuterie and even melted raclette.
If you are a lover of all things themed, Berlin Bar should be on the top of your list. One side of the bar is decorated to represent east Berlin, under the communist dictatorship of Stalin. Here you will find communist posters and darkness. On the other side, the bar has transformed it into their idea of west Berlin, full of opulence and glamour. Although the sides are very different, the cocktails are divine on both sides.
This bar is recognised as one of the 100 best in the world, but it is very different from what you might expect. The decoration is plain – there really isn’t much to see at all. Even weirder still, there are only 12 seats, and you are absolutely not allowed to stand. There isn’t even a booking policy, which makes this place truly exclusive.
Yarra River cruises
If you are looking for a truly unique cocktail experience in Melbourne, there is only one option: a Yarra River cruises. If you are ready for an experience that is truly like no other, head to the Yarra River with a group of your best friends for a 2-hour bottomless cocktail cruise experience. Whether you are a fan of Mimosas, Pina Coladas or other typical brunch cocktails, you will love what Yarra River Cruises has to offer.
If you love beautiful views, gorgeous (and unlimited cocktails) and amazing music, this is an experience you’ll never forget.
If you are ready to book the ultimate cocktail experience on the beautiful Yarra River, visit Yarra River Cruises today.