Certain pleasures in life are almost universally enjoyed. Enjoying a beer in a tranquil outdoor setting is something that many cultures love. With many options to choose from in Melbourne, we have rounded up a list of the 18 Best Beer Gardens in Melbourne (in no particular order) to help you decide which one to visit.
Melbourne has many establishments that specialise in craft beer and gourmet food when it comes to beer gardens. Others provide patrons with pub classics. All of them have beautiful gardens where you and some good friends ca n enjoy the amenities. When the weather is on in Melbourne, it’s on. This all lined up together means you’re sure for a good time; let’s get into it.
1. The Flying Duck Hotel
We begin our list with a renowned bar for its beer garden and its beer garden alone. Don’t get us wrong, the entire Flying Duck Hotel is smashing, but their beer garden is what a drunk man’s dreams are made of. The Duck features a peaceful location ideal for enjoying a drink on a sunny afternoon. When dinner time rolls through, feel free to sample some delicious eats to go along with your beverage—the perfect start to a cracking night.
Address: 67 Bendigo Street, Prahran, Melbourne VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9510 8081
Hours: Tue 4pm-11pm, Wed 12pm-11pm, Thu-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11pm
2. Grub Food Van
Located in the trendy suburb of Fitzroy, the Grub Food Van is one of the best beer gardens Melbourne has to offer. If that sounds odd, then fair enough, but hear us out, what the pub lacks in outdoor amenities it makes up for in bountiful green foliage. The place is decked out with beautiful plants and charming tiny garden gnomes, and for those with a competitive streak, then you can sip on your drink while having a go at the bars table tennis. The drinks menu focuses heavily on Australian boutique drops, another element that makes this oh so Fitzroy.
Address: 87-89 Moor Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne VIC 3065
Phone: +61 3 9419 8991
Hours: Sun-Mon 8am-6pm, Tue-Sat 8am-10pm
3. The Boatbuilders Yard
What makes the Boatbuilders Yard is not just its impressive beer garden but also its incredible views that greet you. It seems fitting that you should be having a drink in a place called the Boatbuilders Yard while being able to see, you know, boats. If you head down to the harbour at South Wharf Promenade, you will be greeted by an impressive sight. This is the particular place to bring friends from out of town, to prove to them just how great Melbourne is. After all, it is the world’s most liveable city.
Address: 23 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne VIC 3006
Phone: +61 3 9686 5088
Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 8am-10pm
4. College Lawn Hotel
In the Melbourne suburb of Prahran, you’ll find an establishment that focuses on providing traditional service with quality, cheap drinks. The College Lawn Hotel’s beer garden has been known in the past to house hundreds of patrons, especially on Sunday’s during their infamous weekend session’s. That being said, it can be a friendly secluded haven from the busy of Melbourne during the week.
Address: 36 Greville Street, Prahran, Melbourne VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9810 0074
Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am
5. Dr Morse Bar and Eatery
Considered consistently as one of the best beer gardens in Melbourne, Dr Morse Bar and Eatery is a place where you can get a cure for what ails you, especially if you’re after some superb ale. We all know Melbourne is known for its, well, less than predictable weather. This is an issue most beer gardens face, even the best in the city. Dr Morse has thought ahead with a generous portion of the park dedicated to an undercover area, unlike others. After all, in Melbourne, the sun will be shining with anger and ferocity one moment, and then in the blink of an eye, you’ll be soaked to the bone, shouting “Marge, Marge, the rains are here!”.
Address: 274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne VIC 3067
Phone: +61 3 9416 1005
Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri 7am-1am, Sat 8am-1am, Sun 8am-11pm
6. Terminus Hotel
The Terminus Hotel has been resurrected and reinvigorated, the Abbotsford icon has triumphantly returned with a fresh and inspired new look while maintaining the original and distinctive green façade. Something genuinely intriguing is the two-level urban jungle-themed beer garden.
Address: 605 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne VIC 3067
Phone: +61 3 9427 0615
Hours: Mon 4pm-11pm, Tue-Thu 12pm-11pm, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-11pm
7. The Standard
Another Fitzroy member of our list, The Standard, has gained a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best. The jewel in The Standard Crown is the sprawling beer garden. Designed to thrive in the ficklest of Melbourne weather (boiling one minute, hailing thunderstorms the next), it accomplishes the significant triumph of keeping the masses cozy in the winter months and festive in the summer sunlight.
Address: 293 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne VIC 3065
Phone: +61 3 9419 4793
Hours: Mon 3pm-10pm, Tue 3pm-11pm, Wed-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
We located smack bang in the Melbourne CBD, with views of the ever-impressive skyline; Whitehart capitalises on the popular trend of shipping container buildings. The bar’s outdoor area is often lit up with some rather impressive wall projections designed by local artists. All this alongside a cast of craft brews, boutique wines and signature cocktails, and eats from a selection of the city’s food vendors, this a new place to watch and visit.
Address: 22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9602 2260
Hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-11pm, Thu 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-11pm
9. Garden State Hotel
Remaining in the Melbourne CBD, we have the Garden State Hotel on offer to beer garden lovers. This particular incarnation of outdoor areas ups the sophistication factor. The drinks list contains all of the usual suspects, but perhaps the biggest drawcard is the food menu. Offering a wide array of delectable gourmet eats, we recommend sampling anything that comes off the New York-style grill.
Address: 101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 8396 5777
Hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-11pm, Thu 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-3am, Sun 12pm-11pm
10. Paradise Alley
An esteemed member of some of our other lists concerning bars in Melbourne (25 Coolest Bars in Melbourne), Paradise Alley is a great place to spend an evening. This bar’s communal nature makes it so desirable, with the bar working alongside fellow business to provide food and drinks to visitors. Its outdoor area, its walls adorned with street art makes this one of the smoothest establishments on our list.
Address: 25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Melbourne VIC 3066
Phone: +61 3 9029 8484
Hours: Wed-Thu 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 1pm-11pm
11. The Wesley Anne
The Wesley Anne is where it’s at. Well, that is when it comes to having a leafy beer garden on offer. Once you get past the bars interior gothic vibe, then your greeted with a pleasant, tranquil place where you can pull up a chair and have a well-deserved drink. The fact that this particular bar is housed in a former church will have you singing their praises. If the décor doesn’t, then the excellent food menu and wide-ranging drinks menu will undoubtedly get your tongue a-wagging.
Address: 250 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne VIC 3070
Phone: +61 3 9482 1333
Hours: Mon-Tue 12pm-11pm, Wed 12pm-12am, Thu-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-11pm
In the Melbourne CBD, the options for drinking venues are seemingly never-ending. So how does a bar differentiate itself from the pack? Trunk does so by offering a staggering amount of options to patrons. This alone makes it a fitting member of any list with regards to the best bars and best beer gardens in Melbourne. Continuing the conversion theme of the last few establishments, the building that Trunk calls home began its life back in the 1850s as a synagogue. With 14 Beers or tap and over 100 wines to choose from, you’re sure to find what you need.
Address: 275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 7994
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-12am, Sat-Sun 8am-12am
13. Welcome to Thornbury
Welcome to Thornbury is and, in many cases, has always been a mainstay of the Melbourne evening scene, functioning as a car manufacturing factory for much of the 20th Century, and now, as the second-largest beer garden and only permanent bar and food truck stop in Melbourne. Each month punters can look forward to up to 80 food trucks rotating daily, with 5 to 7 on-site. This site is so massive that it can hold up to 530 people in its outdoor area, and the entire facility is licensed to hold at least 700. Feeding time around here is a sight to see.
Address: 520 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne VIC 3070
Phone: +61 3 9020 7940
Hours: Mon-Tue 3pm-10pm, Wed-Thu 3pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11pm
14. The Great Northern
The penultimate member of our list has a massive reputation for its enormous beer garden. The Great Northern states that its beer garden is the largest in Melbourne, if not Australia. We highly recommend visiting this place. We’ve said that a lot in our list, but this one, in particular, is something special. Ever since opening back in 1883, The Great Northern has provided Melbournians with a space to create many great memories, and we hope that it will continue to do so for many years to come.
Address: 644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, Melbourne VIC 3054
Phone: +61 3 9380 9569
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm
15. The Alderman
The thing about The Alderman is that it is a very intimate, cozy establishment. The kind of place you’d come to visit if you had a close-knit group of friends or a significant other. It is more commonly known as a winter bar, but its Courtyard out the back gets lots of love during the summer months. It brings love in the colder months as well. With craft beers by the bottle and everyone’s favourites on tap, it’s a quaint kind of place to visit.
Address: 134 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne VIC 3057
Phone: +61 3 9380 9003
Hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 3pm-1am, Sun 3pm-11pm
16. The Retreat
The Retreat Hotel’s main drawcard is its live music. For years it has been known for this, and to this day, it continues to show some killer bands to patrons. Once you usher your way past the dance floor, you’ll find a beer garden that has become a legend in itself. Astroturf on the Floor, fairy lights in a large knobbed tree and seats aplenty its the ideal place to chill with some good mates while listening to some smashing tunes. This might be the funniest beer garden Melbourne has to offer.
Address: 280 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne VIC 3056
Phone: +61 3 9380 4090
Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-1am, Fri-Sat 12pm-3am
17. Windsor Castle
For those of us who enjoy a tiki-inspired cocktail bar that also has an accommodating outdoor drinking area, then we should thank the minds who brought us the Windsor Castle. The outside of this establishment is painted in what can only be described as energy-drink green. But wait, what’s that on the roof? A bunch of Elephants, that’s what—quite the quirky place to be. On a sunny afternoon, it’s a place like no other. If you look close enough, you may see one of the bar’s famous stuffed peacocks…who are we kidding? You don’t have to look that hard.
Address: 89 Albert Street, Windsor, Melbourne VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9525 0239
Hours: Mon-Thu 3pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-11pm
18. Jimmy Watson’s
We finish on a civilised note; The garden is nestled between the rear of Jimmy Watson’s and the stairs to the Wolf’s Lair Treetops. This established, leafy Courtyard is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of busy Lygon Street. In summer, the Courtyard is a great place to sit with friends and sip on a bottle of Watsons Dry and Dry and discuss the day’s issues. In winter, snuggle under one of the heaters and enjoy a glass of Rutherglen red and a good book.
Address: 333 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne VIC 3053
Phone: +61 3 9347 3985
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 10:30am-6pm
20 Best Hidden Bars in Melbourne
With a seemingly endless list of things to be proud of, Melbourne shows us once again why it is one of the most liveable cities in the world. The hidden bars in Melbourne are unparalleled, thanks to the Kennett government, perhaps. You see, back in the day, Victoria’s liquor laws mandated that to sell alcohol, pubs also had to serve food and provide accommodation.
This led to a particular building style – generally a two-story construction – spreading across the city, with bars downstairs and housing above. In 1994, the Kennett government revisited the liquor laws, mainly due to the newly built Crown Casino who wanted to operate bars without serving food.
The General Licence Class B was created, giving Crown permission; and, it also opened to door to the small bar boom that is now synonymous with the city of Melbourne.
Melbourne’s infamous laneways and eclectic vibe provide the perfect setting for hidden drinking dens.
With many styled after the timelessly cool speakeasies of American prohibition, these bars show us just how good it can be to have fun while remaining hidden from the rest of the world—focussing on exceptional cocktails with clever little names, superb staff, and décor that would make Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen weak at the knees. Our list is sure to help you find a spot you fancy. So, here it is, our list of best Hidden Bars in Melbourne, 20 to be exact.
1. Jungle Boy
This Melbourne Bar has all the hallmarks of a tiki bar meets sandwich shop. Confused? Ok, fair enough, Jungle Boy, arguably the most secret of bars in Melbourne, is found behind Boston Sub. It is a place where lovers of the tropics and fruity rum flavoured drinks should go. The tiki above theme is accompanied by some intriguing and rather striking taxidermied creatures displayed on the walls of the hidden bar, all of which are secretly housed behind a cold room door. In an instant, walking through the refrigerator door, patrons are transported from bustling Windsor to a tropical oasis. Certainly unique, and in regards to hidden bars, Melbourne can boast no better.
Address: 96 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9943 7653
Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-1am
Located on Exhibition Street in the Melbourne CBD, the hidden bar named 1806 is a devilishly handsome little drinking spot. From its humble beginnings over a decade ago, 1806 has established itself on the international scene, winning the Worlds Best Cocktail Menu in 2008 – within a year of opening. Since then, it has cemented itself atop of the field of best cocktail bars in Melbourne. Its name is derived from the year 1806, relevant to the bar scene as it was the year that the word “cocktail” first entered into the dictionary. With prohibition-era decor, including beautiful red curtains and chandeliers, a lovely cocktail is best enjoyed on their velvet chairs. Additionally, if you would like to master the art of cocktail making, 1806 offers cocktail masterclasses.
Address: 169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 7722
Hours: Mon-Tue 5pm-12am, Wed-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am
3. Back Alley Sally’s
Setting up shop in a former t-shirt factory within Footscray’s industrial district, Back Alley Sally’s provides a hipster, upbeat atmosphere with its recycled furniture and industrial feel, paired with local micro-brews and intriguing cocktails. If you desire some grub, Pizza by the slice is sold by sister shop Slice Girls West, located downstairs from the bar.
Address: 4 Yewers Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Phone: +61 3 9041 6400
Hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thu 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 1pm-10pm
4. The Attic at Black Pearl
Ok, so The Attic is not exactly the best-kept secret bar Melbourne boasts. Some things are not always destined to be all covert and shit. In any event, this Southern American speakeasy-themed bar is located above another famed Melbourne nightspot, The Black Pearl. Offering patrons whisky tasting or ominously named cocktails such as the Death Flip (Whose ingredients are a secret), you’ll be sure to enjoy this little gem.
Address: 304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: +61 3 9417 0455
Hours: Mon-Sun 5 pm-3 am
5. Above Board
Above Board is a relatively new and very intimate cocktail bar, owing to maintaining only 12 seats, with no standing permitted. Hayden Lambert, a legend of the Melbourne bar scene – former Time Out Bartender of the Year, has made this his new home. Promising patrons exceptionally crafted cocktails delivered alongside daggy day jokes supposedly get better throughout the night, provided the drinks remain flowing.
Address: Level 1/306 Smith Street Chopper Lane, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Mon-Sun 5 pm-1 am
6. Bar Americano
Opening back in 2011, Bar Americano’s Matthew Bax wanted to pay homage to the Golden Age of drinking in America. The unique nature of this cosy, hidden bar is perhaps the main selling point. Withstanding room only, patrons are encouraged to put down their phones and engage with their fellow drinkers while enjoying the classic cocktails offered at this Melbourne CBD Bar. The bar boasts that it only creates classic cocktails. The menu changes weekly according to the season and liberty. Patrons are prewarned that their cocktail requests may not be available as the bar is stocked following the menu.
Address: 20 Presgrave Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9428 0055
Hours: Mon 4pm-10:30pm, Tue-Wed 4pm-11pm, Thu 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am
7. The Croft Institute
The first laneway bar in Melbourne -tucked down a Chinatown laneway – The Croft Institute offers a low-key, relaxed atmosphere. Styled to resemble an old school lab, patrons can unwind after work or pre-game before a big night out. Drinks are served from syringes, with decorations inspired by various science experiments. A visit to this hidden bar in Melbourne – which is spread over three stories – may leave you feeling inclined to study the alcoholic world systematically. The Croft Institute is one of the best secret bars Melbourne has to offer.
Address: 21 Croft Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9671 4399
Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 8pm-3am
Named after the North-Eastern region of China, Manchuria is located in the heart of Melbourne’s historic Chinatown. Offering a fusion of old-world china and new-age Melbourne, this intimate nightspot caters in the most elegant of ways. Music and incense create a unique ambience within this hidden gem. Manchuria celebrates old-world values with a modern twist, offering a wide range of cocktails that promises the opportunity to explore the region and cultural heritage of the bar’s namesake. With old favourites, classics with modern twists, and concoctions still unexplored that you will be sure to remember, it is easily one of the best cocktail bars in Melbourne.
Address: 5/7 Waratah Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 1997
Hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 5:30pm-3am
Goldilocks is an appropriately named hidden cocktail bar located through a Chinese restaurant on Swanston Street in the Melbourne CBD. Appropriate regarding the fact that it is situated above a cottage, and damn near, all of their cocktails are just right. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city from this Melbourne rooftop bar, accompanied by a menu of delicious food options. The roof can be closed, allowing patrons to bask in the sun or snuggle up with the heaters when it cools down. Further enhancing its resume, the bartenders are amongst the most skilled in Melbourne who draw worldwide flavours into their creations. Goldilocks keeps the dream of fairy tales alive.
Address: Level 4, 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
The folks who’ve provided Melbournians with Hihou were not messing around with the hidden bar concept. For starters, the term Hihou is Japanese for “Secret Treasure”, and entrance to this establishment is only done via ringing a doorbell on an unmarked door in Flinders Lane. Once you’re inside, low lighting adds to the ambience, along with Japanese Décor. Small wooden blocks are a feature of the interior, drawing the eyes upward, hovering over the bar’s centrepiece – a large black marble table surrounding by stools. Low seating areas invite guests to take off their shoes for a traditional yet contemporary experience. Japanese staples such as fine Japanese Whisky, Sake, and Umeshu (Plum wine) are served, complemented by Japanese bites, such as spring rolls, chilli miso edamame, and sashimi.
Address: Level 1, 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9654 5465
Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
11. Pawn & Co
Fusion is the name of the game when describing the business plan of Pawn & Co., combining two elements that traditionally have not gone hand-in-hand, Drinking and Buying things. This Chapel Street establishment offers visitors a unique experience. On offer are splendid cocktails and products to purchase, ranging from furniture to taxidermy creatures. Patrons can enjoy a casual drink downstairs or dance the night away to some techno beats upstairs.
Address: 177 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 8506 0616
Hours: Fri-Sat 8pm-5am, Sun 7am-3am
Sounding as if it were named after some half-assed looking B-grade science fiction movie villain, Bartronica is far from being half-assed. The developers of this particular bar would appear using their whole ass when constructing the underground bar. Offering a wide variety of the best arcade games on the planet, cocktails that pay homage to the films of the 1980s, and ice shaped like Tetris in the drinks, this will be sure to be a place for a fun night out.
Address: Basement, 355 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9629 9921
Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun 3pm-1am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am
13. Berlin Bar
Combining two profoundly significant areas of the 20th Century into a bar setting was always going to be a bit of a challenge. However, the folks at the Berlin Bar certainly pulled it off. After locating the front door, ringing the doorbell, and then being allowed to enter, visitors must choose between the bar’s West or Eastside. With the luxury of the West and the poverty of the East to choose from, only one thing is sure, the drinks are incredible. Bring your passport and cross the border if you dare.
Address: 2nd Floor, 16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Please ring the doorbell)
Phone: (03) 9663 2673
Hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-12:30am, Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 5pm-2am, Sun 6pm-12:30am
14. Fall From Grace
This particular location is an example of hiding in plain view. Well, relatively in plain sight. Fall From Grace is an Underground Bar located in the Melbourne CBD on Collins Street, underneath the trendy European-styled bistro State of Grace. Behind a sliding bookcase (Yep, somebody call Gene Wilder) and down a winding marble staircase, this bar will provide the interested bar patron with a luxuriously crafted cocktail. Hidden bars in Melbourne don’t get more graceful. Elegantly styled with chandeliers and velvet seats, patrons can expect loads of fun. After all, doesn’t the fun always coincide with a fall from Grace?
Address: 477 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 8563 0020
Hours: Mon-Tue & Sat 12pm-12am, Wed-Fri 12pm-1am
15. Loch and Key
It’s hard to remain genuinely hidden in this world we live in; Loch and Key try it’s hardest to do just that. Located behind a bookcase in one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs, Captain Melville. This Melbourne speakeasy features a warren of rooms inside and a deck-styled balcony to enjoy the setting sun in the afternoon or early evening. All with a chilled out atmosphere with classic cocktails and warm service provided until 7 am every day. Loch and Key might be the most stylish speakeasy Melbourne has to offer.
Address: Level 1, 34 Franklin Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 408 140 043
Hours: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thu 5pm-5am, Tue & Sat 5pm-7am, Fri 4pm-7am
16. The Den
The Den basement cocktail bar offers a charming vibe reminiscent of the Golden Era and New York’s bar culture. Filled with bookcases, heirlooms, gas-flamed heaters, velvet sofas, vintage Persian rugs, cottage chairs, and a grand piano, it boasts an intimate and nocturnal ambience that is perfect for a quiet drink or private event. This warm and inviting hidden gem will make you never want to leave.
Address: Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: +61 3 9698 8888
Hours: Wed 12-1am, 5:30pm-1am, Thu-Fri 5:30pm-3am, Sat 5:30pm-1am, Sun 5:30pm-12am
Another addition to the cool Melbourne laneway bars, Murmur is the only dedicated piano bar Melbourne boasts. A place to visit for those who enjoy a savoury atmosphere and an equally savoury drink. With an impressive selection of the most delicate liquor in the city, patrons are encouraged to chill out amongst friends while listening to delightful piano tunes and enjoy cocktails inside the art deco styled venue.
Address: 17 Warburton Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9640 0395
Hours: Tue-Wed 4:30pm-11pm, Thu-Sat 4:30pm-12am
18. Pinball Paradise
Keeping the forever cool theme of hidden bars, Pinball Paradise offers visitors a unique experience that is sure to provide an equally memorable night out. Located behind a bookcase in the tropically themed Island Somewhere, this is the place to visit lovers of fine whisky and challenging Pinball machines. Challenging as to whether or not you’ll want to leave.
Address: 1/213 Franklin Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9326 8324
Hours: Wed-Sat 4 pm-1 am
19. New Gold Mountain
What was once a tailor’s shop has now been converted into a delightfully well-hidden bar. Named after the infamous Victorian gold rush of the 1850s & 60s, New Gold Mountain is secretly located behind a striking red door atop a set of stairs. With an ambient, modern opium-den style interior, and eye-warming jade green interior, it is a hark back to the heyday of the 19th Century. The only thing smoother than New Gold Mountains design is its drinks.
Address: 21 Liverpool Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9650 8859
Hours: Wed-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 6pm-3am
20. Pizza Pizza Pizza
With a name so nice, they gave it thrice. Pizza Pizza Pizza is the place to go when you want not only a compelling tantalising slice of New York-styled pizza but also a cheeky little cocktail. This retro-inspired hidden cocktail bar – out the back of a pizza shop – is sure to provide visitors with a great night out, I mean great drinks and delicious Pizza; come on. Pizza Pizza Pizza is one of the funniest hidden bars Melbourne has to offer.
Address: 16 Meyers Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9639 7411
Hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 6pm-3am