Neck and neck with Sydney, the consensus is that Melbourne’s bar and nightclub scene wins by a nose in the mind of most punters. Some of the world’s best cocktail lounges can be found here, along with some heart pounding nightclubs and underground venues.
If you like the nightlife, then forget the rest, Melbourne is the place to be. Head South and you will find the street of South Melbourne littered with bars and nightclubs. You know you’re in a party town when the streets are regularly patrolled by sniffer dogs so if you are having an extra big night… you’ve been warned.
Fitzroy is arguably number 2 in the ‘places to be race.’ It’s the cocktail bars in Fitzroy that raise the bar in this part of town. Whilst you may be tempted to drink the night away in one bar, we strongly recommend you pack your most comfy heels and hit the streets for a cocktail bar crawl, which in case you didn’t know, is the classy version of the pub crawl. The only thing this place doesn’t have any more is a footie team. Third in line is the Melbourne CBD.
For the foreigners (Sydneysiders pay attention), Melbourne is known for enigmatic bars and cocktail lounges hidden away in the maze of narrow alleys the litter the CBD. It’s an atmosphere that is exclusive to Melbourne, and one you won’t forget. If you’re in the CBD, the more ‘mainstream’ bars and nightclubs can be found on Flinders and Lonsdale Street. Typified by elegant balcony bars overlooking the street, Melbournians regularly enjoy a cold beer or a favourite cocktail as they watch gaze over Melbourne’s majestic skyline. Docklands heads up the more modern part of town.
Hard to pigeon hole in any one category, the Docklands precinct has an enviable mix of nightclubs, bars and cocktail lounges on the fringe of the city. Hugging the Yarra River, this area is definitely not to be missed.
St Kilda… It’s got bars, it’s got nightclubs, it’s got cocktail lounges and it’s got an atmosphere unlike no other. Geelong has slightly less, but if you’re on a mission, it’s got a few bars and nightclubs that wouldn’t be out of place in Melbourne CBD.