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May 23, 2023

Our Favourite Cocktail Bars in Melbourne

Melbourne is renowned for its never-sleeping always drinking nightlife so it's no surprise that the city is home to some fabulous cocktail bars. But what makes Melbourne's cocktail bars so special? It's not just the drinks, it's the atmosphere. Melbourne's cocktail bars are all about creating an experience. From the moment you walk in, you're transported to another world. The music is always on point, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the drinks are always perfectly made.

If you're looking for a unique cocktail bar in Melbourne, we've got you covered. From underground, 70's inspired cocktail lounges to waterfront bars with harbour views, we've compiled a list of our top picks to kick-start your party planning.

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1. Exclusive Hire, The George Lounge

St Kilda

The George Lounge lies in the basement of the beautiful, heritage-listed George Hotel located in St Kilda. This luxe, chic space pays homage to the 1970s Miami & New York era and features a private bar, seating and dance floor so you can dance the night away!

2. Exclusive Hire, Golden Monkey


Part opium den inspired, part Shanghai 1920s nightspot, Golden Monkey is hidden away in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane. Renowned for its fine drinks and fun times, Golden Monkey is a funky venue with a lavish bar, neon lighting and leather sofas. Golden Monkey is ideal for lounging, sipping cocktails and partying late into the night.

3. The Gallery, Death or Glory


Located in Prahran Melbourne, Death or Glory is an adaptable blank canvas suitable for any type of event. The Gallery is where Western meets disco. It has its own private bar, ample standing space and a performance area for live music. Death or Glory offers a wide variety of beverages, including icy cold beers on tap, local wines, and tropical cocktails.

4. Dining Room, Tetto Di Carolina

South Yarra

Sip a handcrafted cocktail on the terrace or simply unwind with a delicious glass of wine in the Tetto Di Carolina Dining Room. Intimate, moody, and chic, Tetto Di Carolina is a modern space with a cosy and unique atmosphere. This is the perfect place to wine and dine with your closest friends and enjoy a memorable evening.

5. Waterfront Bar, The Promenade Docklands


The Promenade Docklands is a stunning waterfront venue located in the iconic Docklands area of Melbourne. The Waterfront Bar is a picturesque space with a 17-metre black stone bar, an outdoor terrace and sweeping views of the harbour, perfect for a stand-up cocktail event.

The best cocktail bars to hire in Melbourne

Finding the perfect Melbourne cocktail bar shouldn't be a chore. Let us bring you the very best Melbourne has to offer in beautiful cocktail bars available to hire. From rooftop bars to underground venues, hidden speakeasies to famous cocktail bars with the best mixologists – hire out your own room, or even the entire venue, without any hassle. Melbourne has an unbeatable cocktail scene and a range of stunning venues to enjoy. Take a look at the top selections below, or let us know what you're looking for and we'll make sure the perfect cocktail bar venues reach out to you.

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