5 Great Melbourne Bars

Adelaide Bars

It’s easy to view Melbourne from the bottom of a glass. This is because there are so many great cocktail lounges and down-and-divey saloons. With so many of them available, you’ll want to know what the 5 great Melbourne bars actually are.

Many of these bars won the Time Out Bar Awards. Some of these other bars pride themselves in having a place in popular guides. The one thing these bars do have in common is they are the very best Melbourne has to offer.

Without any further ado, the 5 great Melbourne bars include:

Melbourne Bars

Hats and Tatts

Hats and Tatts, located across the street from Kittens strip club, this bar is styled after a frat bar. A Tom Cruise poster from the 1988 blockbuster Cocktail looks over the collection of more than 400 choices of booze and more than 100 different bottles on their shelves.


Montereys on Chapel Street is the place to go throughout the hot summer months. Located on the South Yarra strip this bar has a fresh, open, sunny atmosphere. With really tall ceilings and beautiful wooden finishes adorning the white-washed walls that showcase nautical curios – from mounted trout to vintage fishing nets. You’ll really enjoy this sturdy, old-time bar.

Misery Guts

Misery Guts is a neighborhood bar that’s full of natural light thanks to the window shutters and front door the bar leaves wide open. Behind the bar, you’ll find a world globe and some vinyl records. Classic drinks including Coopers pale, Mornington lager and 4 Pines pale ale are the staples here.

Union Electric Bar

Union Electric Bar is one of Melbourne’s many hidden bars. Located in Chinatown, you’ll enjoy a combination of cocktails and dumplings. Housed in an old, open warehouse that looks like an old boat shed, you’ll enjoy this bar. The bartenders are quite friendly and once you become a regular here they’ll remember your order. They also jazz up their cocktails here offering a mean Suntory whiskey highball, a potent Kaiju with Scrumpy cider, and a zingy lemon and ginger combination.


Rufus took a look around and realized you couldn’t find classic cocktails and service in the Toorak, South Yarra and Prahran. They say you’d have to either head south to Windsor or north to the CBD if this is the atmosphere you sought. Rufus stepped into this gap offering a Churchill-themed bar with cut crystal. Named after Churchill’s prized poodle, this place is full of Veuve and velvet.

Regardless of which of these 5 great Melbourne bars you choose to visit, you definitely can’t go wrong here. Each of these bars is definitely worthy of your attention. So, the next time you want to spend a night out on the town make sure you check them out.