Where is the best cocktail bar in Melbourne?


When it comes to having a party in Melbourne, bars of Melbourne have you spoiled. But what we’re searching for this time around is the best cocktail bar in Melbourne CBD or other suburbs.

Melbourne cocktail bars are a huge component of Melbourne nightlife. Who do you nominate as the greatest cocktail bar in Melbourne?


  1. Wow Carole, I couldn’t agree more. You’ve taken the discussion onto another level. Perhaps the book industry should have been listening to readers instead of bean counters for the past number of years!

  2. Hello love the new look :)(I still miss your cheerful stbrawerry from a couple of revamps ago!! but with so much creative design and new ideas of course you want to change and try new ones noww and then )I spent Christmas in Australia once about twelve or thirteen years ago and it was very, very weird having Christmas lunch on the beach, after a lifetime of cold grey and very occasionally snowy ones in London.alice

  3. I’m also giving my vote to 1806. Great team of people who are passionate about what they do, and it shows in every drink they make.

  4. The Everliegh above the old Dantes site on Gertrude street is amazing and well worth a visit. Eau De Vie on Malthouse lane in the city trumps all.

  5. I would definitely vote Der Raum. Also, Charlie’s Bar in Hardware Lane or Hairy Canary. Croft Institute is pretty amazing as well.

  6. Veludo in Acland St (St Kilda) is pretty good and not ridiculously priced. Some of the bartenders know their cocktails better than others but they have a good selection.

  7. There’s a place on Russel St called the Ice Lounge – it’s amazing! Really cold though. Anyway, there’s a cocktail bar above it and the bartender flairs like mad. I was there a couple of months ago so hopefully he’s still there!

  8. Polly on Brunswick Street. Awesome selection of cocktails and Absinthe’s (which they serve correctly with sugar cubes and an Absinthe spoon). They also have a nice selection of cigars.