With an arguably edgier, more eclectic late-night scene than Sydney, Melbourne backpackers are in for a treat when it comes to discovering the city’s best drinking holes.
Emerge from your hostel to discover everything from grottos decked out like old world gentlemen’s clubs to sleek rooftop enclaves. The bars here are great for anyone who likes a dose of quirky cool along with their tipple of choice.
Begin your tour of Melbourne’s best drinking spots by pre-booking a sofa at The Parlour at Madame Brussels (Level 3, 59-63 Bourke Street). This locale is a bohemian, chandeliers-and-sideboards type backroom where cocktails are mixed with proper Art Deco apparatus.
Just a stumble up the road and you’re knocking on the door at Von Hauls (1b Crossly Street). It is a venue typical of Melbourne’s hidden-gem bars found down dingy alleys and basement steps. Granny-chic styling and a tiny 30-seat room make this an awesome find.
From retro to revolution, a skip around the corner will take you to Double Happiness (21 Liverpool Street) which is marked only by a few Chinese characters above a doorway. Inside, sip on cocktails with names like The Great Leap Forward under reprints of Mao-era propaganda posters.
The Croft Institute (21 Croft Alley) is a few blocks west at the end of two alleyways. Decked out like a laboratory with cabinets full of test tubes and industrial sinks running along the walls, it’s a departure from the soft-focus vintage vibe, but no less trendy. Upstairs you’ll find a dance floor.
Finish up your grand tour on the roof at Red Hummingbird (1/246 Russell Street). The rooftop bar serves excellent cocktails with skyline views of Melbourne’s CBD. Balinese silk lanterns and hanging wicker chairs enhance the polished, eastern styling.
Australia backpackers pretty much agree that Melbourne is best for a taste of Aussie nightlife, so get planning your bar-crawl now…
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