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The Best Cocktail Bars in Melbourne

Our expert guide to embibing in the city of Melbourne.

Bar Margaux

This underground French bar and brasserie is one of Melbourne’s best; it’s easy to wile away the night sipping on Margaux’s award-winning cocktails.

From the same team behind The Everleigh and Heartbreaker, Bar Margaux offers many classic concoctions served alongside decadent French cuisine.

Little Lon Distillery

Little Lon is the only distillery in the Melbourne CBD. Featuring a 200-litre copper column still, it’s housed in the last remaining single-story house in the city.

This red-brick building was once a brothel, way back in the 19th century. Now it’s a cocktail bar and distillery, but it still celebrates the debauchery.

Bar Americano

Bar Americano is quintessentially Melbourne. Hidden down a laneway, this tiny cocktail bar holds just 15 people at a time.

They claim to make the best negroni in the world; we think you should be the judge.

Lily Blacks

Lily Blacks celebrates the golden era of cocktails: libations from before the prohibition area.

The bar is backed by a towering pyramid of bottles, surrounded by several seats to watch the world-class bartenders do their thing.

Black Pearl

This family-run bar has taken out a spate of cocktail awards. The Black Pearl is a local favourite, and for those in the know, has a hidden upstairs bar called The Attic.

18 years on The Black Pearl has become a Melbourne institution.

Nick & Nora’s

Step back the 1930’s and celebrate like Gatsby. Nick & Nora’s is a champagne and cocktail bar, that oozes with glamour.

This massive venue has a strong art-deco influence, paired with an extensive cocktail menu. Don the feather hat and pop open the ‘champers.’

The Everleigh

Inspired by the ‘Golden Era’ of fine drinking, The Everleigh is an intimate cocktail bar hidden away in Fitzroy. The expert team operates under the Made in the Shade Group, also owners of Heartbreaker and Bar Margaux.

The Everleigh makes one of the best amaretto sours we’ve drunk (and we’ve had a few.)

Eau de Vie

Take a trip to the 1920’s with this super-hidden speakeasy. Ea de Vie is down Malthouse Lane, and has zero signage.

Instead, look for the lamp above the giant wooden doors. The cocktails here are impressive, featuring fire, liquid nitrogen and decadent garnishes.

Their back bar is filled with whiskies. Purchase a bottle and you can even store it in their whisky locker.

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