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Melbourne's Best Cocktail Bars

18 Jul 2017

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Known for its thriving dining and bar scene, Melbourne sure knows how to serve up a quality cocktail.
Whether you’re enjoying a sneaky sip after work or letting your hair down on the weekend, you’ll find plenty of cocktail bars to relax in Melbourne.
Call the babysitter and check out these must-do cocktail bars in Australia’s foodie capital!

Black Pearl – 304 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

In the heart of trendy Fitzroy, this world-renowned cocktail bar is an Australian icon for good reason. With an impressive menu offering all your favourite classic cocktails as well as some surprising signature creations, Black Pearl is comfy and inviting with an old-world charm.
Take a sip in one of their downstairs lounges, or head upstairs to a table in The Attic to discover a whole new cocktail menu.
Our drink pick:
Harajuku Highball – Hakushu Distiller’s reserve Japanese whiskey, pandan, suze, and spritz.

1806 – 169 Exhibition St, Melbourne

This luxurious little cocktail bar sets the scene for a special evening the moment you enter – perfect for unwinding after a long week.
With a focus on quality preparation and service, 1806 is a world-class cocktail bar with several awards under its belt. Pull up a seat at the bar for drink recommendations from the friendly staff.
Our drink pick:
Bittered Brandy Sling – Cognac, Delord Blanche Armagnac, orange bitters, gomme, and lemon.

Boilermaker House – 209/211 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

With over 850 malt whiskeys, Boilermaker House is your go-to for quality creative cocktails in a sophisticated and intimate setting.
Their cocktail menu categorises drinks by stages of the evening, from welcome drinks to nightcaps, so you can pick the perfect sip during every time of your night.
Our drink pick:
Boilermaker Sour – “A take on the classic whisky sour bringing some hoppy beer into play to lighten up and add an oral, tropical quality.”


Kirk’s Wine Bar – Cnr Hardware Ln & Little Bourke St, Melbourne

Paint the town red (or white!) with your favourite wine from Kirk’s Wine Bar. Offering a delicious selection of wine and spirits, this sweet little Italian-inspired spot is perfect for date night.
This popular spot can get busy and doesn’t take bookings, so be sure to head in early to score a good seat.

Our drink pick:

Uncle Monty – Amontillado, Havana Añejo, Peychaud’s bitters, ginger beer, and lime.

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