Melbourne Nightlife: Unwind, Celebrate and Have Fun


If you’re looking for a fun and exciting time, then Melbourne is the perfect city for you. It’s a fantastic place to explore in the day or night, with plenty of things to do available at all hours of the day. So if you’re planning on visiting Melbourne soon, here are some ideas for what to do on your visit! 


Melbourne Nightlife is a fantastic time to unwind, celebrate and have fun! There are many bars with a great atmosphere for all. If you want the energy of the city but in an intimate setting then head over to one of Melbourne’s popular rooftop bars. They’re usually open during summer until late into the evening so it’s a perfect spot for a date.

Named Melbourne’s Best New Bar of 2017, the Nest is located in East End and offers DJs every night to keep you partying with your friends until late into the evening. If you want more of an intimate experience then head over to one of Melbourne’s iconic cocktail bars where bartenders mix drinks that’ll make you feel right at home. Try the ‘Mint Julep’, a bartender favorite with fresh mint leaves and bourbon, or ‘Earl Grey Tea’, made from tea that’s been infused in an old-fashioned glass jar for five hours before it is served to customers.

For those who want some tasty food on their night out, Melbourne’s popular restaurants offer a range of cuisine from Vietnamese to Italian. For those who want something that’s more on the healthy side then head over to one of Melbourne’s vegan-friendly cafes where you can have gluten-free pancakes and soy chai latte.

Melbourne Nightlife 

If you’re looking for something to do in Melbourne, then look no further! Our list of the top places to party has been put together with all types of night-owls in mind. You’ll find everything from your local pub that will have a live band on weekends and throughout most weekdays, up until late at night; or a chic cocktail bar that will have your night off to a romantic start. You’ll also find the best nightclubs, pubs, and bars in Melbourne for dancing like no tomorrow.

Here are our top ten picks for Melbourne nightclubs, bars, and pubs:

The Hudson Hotel: If you’re after a classy night out, this is your spot. The bar and restaurant are open for the elegant Melbourne crowd until late every day of the week. Their cocktail list changes seasonally to provide guests with a regular rotation of new drinks that will suit their tastes. They also offer incredible food options if you just want to eat out.

The Melbourne Showgrounds: This is a huge area that includes plenty of bars, shops and other entertainment options which make it the perfect spot for groups looking to get together for a night on the town. Some highlights include The Old Bar, an old fashioned pub with live music; or Harpoon Harrys Diner, a 50s-style diner where you can order an old school burger or shake.

Crown Casino: This is the place to be if your idea of fun includes gambling, dining at one of five different restaurants and listening to live entertainment all in one spot! 

The Espy Hotel: If you’re looking for somewhere with a more laid-back vibe, this would be the perfect spot. This is where you can order a cocktail and relax with friends in one of their plush lounge areas, or take your drink to go as they don’t have any table service.

The Smith Street Band: If live music is what you’re after then look no further than The Smith Street Band. This is an Australian music institution where you can enjoy everything from rock to jazz while enjoying a drink at the bar or grabbing some food in one of their many dining options.

Essendon Bowling Club: If it’s Friday night then this would be your spot! For over 100 years, Essendon has been hosting live bands and a range of other entertainment options, so you should expect to have a good time!

The Duke: This is the best place for people who like something different. They offer live music and DJ sets; but also an award-winning restaurant where guests can order in front of a fire or enjoy some sophisticated drinks afterward.

Public Bar (Northcote): This is a cozy pub in Melbourne’s Northcote suburb. They are open until late every day of the week and offer live music on Saturdays, so you can expect to tap your toes while enjoying drinks with friends.

The Old Bar: You’ll find this bar on the edge of The Melbourne Showgrounds complex which is perfect for groups looking to grab a drink and then head out on the town. They offer live music, DJs, and karaoke nights for those who like to sing along; but also have some great burgers or other tasty food options if you’re hungry!

The Gasometer Hotel: This is another good option with plenty of space so that it’s perfect for groups to come and enjoy themselves. They offer a great range of live music, tasty pub food, and cocktails that are poured with care by their mixologists.

We hope this blog post has given you some inspiration about what it means to have an amazing time in Melbourne. We hope you enjoy your visit!