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Served how you like it: stirred or shaken; rowdy or reserved

A cigar-bar with on one of Melbourne’s best rooftops with Parliament House views.
Location: 2/161 Spring Street, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 5pm–3am Monday–Sunday

Bar Americano
One of those “take a left and a left, and another left into the little laneway, look out for the blue Tabacchi sign” kinda places. A tiny,  standing room only old school Italian-American joint serving excellent cocktails a max of 10 people at a time.
Location: 20 Presgrave Place, Melbourne
From Little Collins Street, take Howey Place (opposite David Jones) and turn left into Presgrave Place.
Opening Hours: From 5pm, Monday to Saturday

Romeo Lane
Classic cocktails, very well made, in a cosy European setting. Take your new MWF love.
Location: 1A Crossley St, Melbourne
Opening Hours: From 5pm, Sunday to Thursday & from 3pm Friday and Saturday

Loop Roof
Rooftop cocktail bar in the midst of soaring Collins Street skyscrapers.
Location: 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Opening Hours: Monday–Wednesday 3pm–1am, 12pm–1am Thursday–Sunday

Pizza Pizza Pizza
Hidden speakeasy behind a hole-in-the-wall slice shack. Walk through the back wall to the cocktail bar beyond.
Location: 16 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 5pm–1am Tuesday–Thursday, 5pm–3am Friday, 6pm–3am Saturday

City Wine Shop
Chic, European-style wine bar with outdoor seating overlooking Parliament House.
Location: 159 Spring Street, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 7am–11pm Monday–Tuesday, 7am–12am Wednesday–Friday, 9am–12am Saturday, 9am–11pm Sunday

The Toff in Town
Dramatic bar/club in nightlife hot-spot, Curtin House, this art deco space frequently offers live music and late-night DJs.
Location: upstairs of 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 5pm–5am Monday–Sunday

Part-bar part-Thai restaurant, this upper level bar is the city’s cocktail-drinking at its finest.
Location: upstairs of 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 12pm–3am Monday–Sunday

Inspired by the Americana dive-bars of old, this neon-lit, rock-blaring bar serves bottled cocktails and beers by the jug with a late-night license.
Location: 234A Russell Street, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 5pm–3am Monday–Thursday, 12pm–3am Friday–Saturday, 12pm–1am Sunday

Eau de Vie
A New York-inspired speakeasy tucked down a Melbourne laneway, this Prohibition-era whiskey bar has an extensive drinks list and tasting menus.
Location: 1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne
Opening Hours: 5pm–1am Monday–Thursday, 4pm–1am Friday–Saturday, 4–11pm Sunday