If there’s one thing Melbourne does well, it’s a hidden bar. Pioneers of the small bar industry have pushed envelopes even further with each new opening, introducing a new spectacle for locals to enjoy.
We’ve done the searching for you, opening the wrong doors and walking up unmarked laneways to eventually find five of the best secret bars in Melbourne
Goldilocks Bar combines two of Melbourne’s favourite things: rooftop bars and secret bars. Noodle Kingdom may seem like a strange front for a hidden cocktail bar, but trust us on this one, you’ll want to head upstairs. You’ll soon find this rooftop bar, where exploration and curiosity inform the cocktail menu, and adventurous flavours are the flavour de jour.
Address: Level 4 264 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 5pm- 1am
When searching for Jungle Boy, look for Boston Sub instead. The American-style sandwich bar is the front to this tropical Tiki bar, where dim lighting, hanging plants and exotic cocktails await. All you have to do is head through the “fridge”.
Address: 96 Chapel Street, Windsor
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 5pm-1am
Loch and Key
Hidden away above Captain Melville, Loch and Key is your new late-night spot for some old-fashioned hospitality. Look for a bookshelf in Melbourne’s oldest pub and behind it, you’ll find a staircase leading a hidden bar. Described as a bar run by bartenders, the cocktail list is inventive and forever evolving. With a 7am license on Fridays and Saturdays, you’ll have all the time in the world to work your way through the offerings.
Address: Level 2 34 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Opening hours: Monday- Friday 5pm- 5am, Saturday 5pm- 7am, Sunday 7pm- 5am
Pizza Pizza Pizza
Technically this bar doesn’t have a name, that’s how secret it is. It’s located just behind the New York style pizza store, Pizza Pizza Pizza. Don’t be fooled though; hold your head high and confidently walk through the ‘staff only’ curtains to find this retro bar. Your confidence will be rewarded with carefully crafted cocktails, 70s chic interiors and great music.
Address: 16 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-11pm, Friday 12pm- 3am, Saturday 6pm- 3am, Sunday, Monday closed.
This sumptuous speakeasy is divided into West and East Berlin, juxtaposing opulence against wartime for a drinking experience with a difference. You’ll need to know where you’re going to find it – head up the stairs to the left of Fad Gallery, and keep going until you reach a doorbell. A quick ring will reveal a space frozen in time, where carefully crafted cocktails and classic customer service are paramount.
Address: 16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday 5pm-12am, Thursday 5pm – 1am, Friday 4pm – 2am, Saturday 5pm – 2am, Sunday 6pm – 12am
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