Melbourne

Best Bars in

Melbourne
In terms of nightlife, Australia’s vibrant cultural metropolis has nothing to envy from Sydney - or many of the world’s most famous capitals, for that matter.

The capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, Melbourne is regularly touted as one of the world’s nicest places to live. And basing ourselves on the opportunities to go out and have a great time, we really can’t object. Trendy shops, a thriving art scene, world-class cuisine and amazing bars and clubs, this city has it all.

Over the past recent years, the Central Business District (CBD) has become the heart of Melbourne’s nightlife. Dozens of quirky bars and popular clubs have opened their doors to cater to the city’s stylish young workers and hipster crowd. A great place to start is Federation Square,  a vibrant area surrounded by abstract buildings, hip restaurants and multiple cultural venues. From there, you can dive straight into the laneways, a labyrinth of alleys filled with indie art shops, artisan cafes, trendy bars and delicious eateries. Come nighttime, their dozens of wine bars, breweries, cocktail lounges and nightclubs get packed with a happy mix of visitors and locals ready to party the night away.

But don’t stop there! Venture beyond the city centre and head up north-east, to the edgy and bohemian districts of Fitzroy and Collingwood. Home to a scene that is quintessentially Melbourne’s, their lively streets are lined with friendly pubs, chill beer gardens and some of the city’s best cocktail bars. Kick back and relax over drinks before mingling with the city’s alternative crowd in one of the many indie music venues the area is known for. 

Drawing a more sophisticated crowd, the Southbank neighborhood offers ample opportunity for prime drinking, dining, shopping and strolling on its lively streets and riverside promenades. Entertainment-wise, there is something for everyone, from renowned cultural venues such as the   Malthouse Theatre, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Melbourne Recital Centre, to famous clubs that regularly host international DJs. Make sure you visit South Wharf’s restored heritage sheds that have been turned into stylish waterfront bars, eateries and cafes. Then head further down to South Melbourne, one of the city’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods. Start at the famous South Melbourne Market before exploring the area’s quaint cobbled streets, beautiful historic buildings and thriving food and bar scene.

Next up, the adjacent areas of Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor are home to some of the city’s best nightlife. In this part of town, trendy boutiques, hip art galleries, stylish cocktail dens, and eclectic cafes and eateries abound. Head over to Chapel Street Bazaar for some prime vintage shopping before grabbing a bite at Prahran Market. Then stop for a delicious cocktail on Greville Street, Toorak Road or Chapel Street before hitting up one of the area’s many buzzing late-night clubs. 

Finally, we can’t talk about Melbourne without mentioning its beach life. During summer months, this is obviously where you’ll find a lot of the action. St Kilda’s Acland StreetFitzroy Street and Barkly Street are home to some prime shopping spots and exceptional outdoor dining venues, as well as some of the city’s most prominent nightclubs. Across the bay and only 20 minutes from the city center, Williamstown is also worth a visit. Melbourne‘s first port settlement is now a trendy seaside area with a distinct village feel. Sit back, relax, and enjoy an ice-cold drink as you take in the gorgeous city views. 

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