Bars in Melbourne

Best Bars in Melbourne

From hipster watering holes to historic pubs, it's easy to find a spot to quench your thirst in Melbourne – but if you're new to this nightlife loving city, knowing where to go is the hardest part. Leave the planning to us and do late nights like a local with our guide to the best bars in Melbourne.

The Palace Hotel

In a city as proud of its pubs as it is of its coffee, culture and sport, there's no shortage of places to pull up a stool. But if you're looking for the quintessential Melbourne experience, you can't go past The Palace in South Melbourne. Not only reliable for its quality counter meals, this laidback venue treats every punter like a local, whether you're after a quiet family lunch or footy on the big screen. Planning to meet mates with a pup? The Palace's shady beer garden is pet-friendly, so even your furriest friends can tag along for the arvo.

The Local Taphouse

With its old-school interiors and wood-fired oven, The Local Taphouse tops the list of winter pubs in Melbourne. And with one of the best lists of craft brews in the city, there's more than a cosy setting to keep you warm. Choose from one of 20 tap beers, including pilsners, stouts, lagers and pale ales, then find a worthy bar snack to match. From beer battered fish and chips to grilled flat iron steaks, The Local Taphouse's upscale pub classics are sure to please.

Marquis of Lorne

Part pub, part restaurant and part rooftop bar, this Fitzroy all-rounder is perfect for groups who want to choose their own adventure. Grab a table in the public bar for beers on tap and tinnies, head upstairs for dinner in the fireside dining room or keep climbing to reach the sunbathed rooftop.

Whatever you do, don't resign this pub as a place just for pints. With a sophisticated menu served on all three floors, you can upgrade your chicken parma to a sumac crusted lamb shoulder – all without foregoing the friendly neighbourhood vibe.

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