10 bars not to miss in Melbourne

Whether you’re there for the Cricket World Cup, this weekend’s Formula One, or just a holiday, one thing’s for sure: you won’t go thirsty in Melbourne.

EDGAR staff March 15, 2015

Australia's second most populous city, the capital of the state of Victoria, host to the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground and, of course, this weekend's Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix opening race of the season, Melbourne has got an awful lot going for it.

In addition to all of that, the city is also home to some seriously good places for a refreshing drink. So whether you're there for the Formula One, Cricket World Cup or just a holiday, here are 10 awesome bars you need to check out:


With an extensive menu of cocktails dating all the way back to the mid-1600s, 1806 is a veritable treasure trove for the drinker who likes to know a bit about his choice of refreshment.

One to try: Charlie Chaplin - Sloe gin, apricot liqueur, lime, sugar.

Details: 1806.com.au 1806 bar melbourne.

Cabinet Bar & Balcony

The ethos of Cabinet Bar & Balcony is simple: eat, drink, relax, party. Located next to the Melbourne Town Hall, the bar interiors are reminiscent of a softly lit Parisian nightspot, and the balcony offers a stunning view over the busy Swanson Street.

One to try: Sayaka Swing - Hendricks gin, limoncello, cucumber, ginger, lemon.

Details: cabinetbar.com.au Cabinet bar melbourne.

Long Room

Located in the iconic George’s Building in Melbourne's central business district, Long Room is a stylish and sophisticated venue to see and be seen.

One to try: 09 Crown Ambassador Reserve - local bottled beer from Victoria.

Details: thelongroom.com.au Long Room melbourne.

The Croft Institute

Tucked down a winding Chinatown alley, finding the weird and wonderful Croft Institute is very much part of the experience. If you are lucky enough to find it, the skilled bar staff will happily make you your very own bespoke cocktail, depending on your personal tastes and mood.

One to try: Ask the barman.

Details: thecroftinstitute.com The Croft Institute melbourne.

Charlie's Bar

Housed in a converted mill, Charlie's - attached to The Mill Restaurant - is a basement bar serving up upmarket cocktails by candlelight.

One to try: Bobby Burns - Glenfiddich 15-year-old, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, spiced foam, served with biscotti.

Details: charliesbar.com.au Charlies Bar melbourne.


Another hidden gem in Melbourne's maze of inner-city alleyways, Murmur (or Rumrum, depending on how you read the sign above the door) is a cocktail connoisseur's dream.

One to try: RumRum Club - Flor de cana 4, Licor 43, lemon juice, blackberry liqueur.

Details: murmur.com.au Murmur bar Melbourne.

The Galley Room

A talented bartending team, a well-stocked bar and a hidden away location makes this intimate cocktail lounge arguably one of the city’s very best.

One to try: Elderflower & Apple Mojito - Havana club rum, St Germain Elderflower, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, apple juice, mint.

Details: thegalleyroom.com.au The Galley Room melbourne.

Transit Rooftop Bar

Based on the corner of Federation Square, this bar not only has great views of the city from its balcony, but it also hosts a great line-up of eclectic music acts – something that music-mad Melbourne specialises in.

One to try: Buona Sera - Monkey Shoulder scotch, lemon, mint, bitters.

Details: transitrooftopbar.com.au Transit Rooftop Bar melbourne.

Bear Brass

A stroll along the Southbank is one of nicer things to do in the city centre, and while you’re at it make sure you stop at the popular Bear Brass to recharge your batteries. Our tip? Make sure you grab a table outdoors.

One to try: Fallen Apple - Dickel bourbon, whole juiced fresh apple, fresh ginger.

Details: bearbrass.com.au Bear Brass melbourne.

Rooftop Bar

Slap bang in the centre of Melbourne, seven floors up on the roof of Curtain House, Swanson Street, Rooftop Bar offers stunning city views, and even has its own fully licensed cinema, so you can watch the latest blockbuster while you enjoy a drink.

One to try: Classic Margarita.

Details: rooftopcinema.com.au Rooftop Bar cinema melbourne.