Whether it's something simple like a G&T or you're in the market for a delicious scientific concoction, Melbourne's trendy cocktail bars have something for everyone. Just check out our top 10 cocktail bars in Melbourne below to inspire you and tick them off one-by-one (well hopefully not all in the same night)...
10th. Gin Palace
The Gin Palace is a little gem in the heart of Melbourne - it's open 'til 3am everyday - which makes it the perfect place for any occasion that turns into a bit of a party! And as it's name says - they have a huge array of difference gins from all over the world and their staff have incredible product knowledge. Their cocktails are to die for. They'll suit everything from your purist drinker to people who order more extravagant concoctions to drink something that doesn't just taste like gin!
the 1806 is a gorgeously decorated classic cocktail bar. Styled with old school leather lounges, red velvet everything and mood lighting, you'll think you've been transported into a different century. The drinks menu is organised by era - meaning you can get a taste for all different cocktail trends through the ages. The other upside to 1806 is that it's table service - a nice place to bring friends to show off.
8th. Whisky & Alement
There's nothing better than a good whiskey. Scotch lovers frequent this super spot in Melbourne. They've also a pretty big cocktail menu - but with a strong whisky element. If you want some hair on your chest, go here.
7th. Grace Darling Hotel
If you want drinks without the fuss than the Grace Darling Hotel is your spot. This stunning pub is the second oldest in the city, dating back to 1854. You'll find the most diverse crowd here - from creatives, to executives, tourists and locals. Don't come here to have a 'quick one' you'll find you'll order drink after drink and spend hours enjoying yourself!
6th. Bar Americano
Tucked away down a lane way off Little Collins Street in Melbourne, you'll fall in love over and over again in this cute bar. These guys take great pride in their concept - the cocktails outstanding, the service top notch. Get down and get the mixologists to whip you something up.
5th. Eau de Vie
You know somewhere is good when they have outlets in both Melbourne and Sydney. Again this place has a huge array of different spirits, beers and other various alcohol from all over the world... and more importantly, staff that know what to do with it. Cocktails here are on the more expensive scale of things, and you'll be waiting a little longer than expected for your drink but it's all worth it as they're are superb.
4th. Rooftop Bar
As it's name suggests - this bar is located on a rooftop. There's nothing better than relaxing with a couple of close pals, in the sun, on the roof of any building and taking in the city views. Not only does this place serve up amazing cocktails, it's also well known for great food and for showing movies in the summertime.
3rd. Black Pearl
Another hidden gem in Melbourne's trendy Fitzroy suburb. The Black Pearl have a super habit of changing their cocktail menu seasonally, meaning you'll never be bored by their great selection of drinks - it's not all about the Tom Collins you know. If you follow the stairs up one level you'll find yourself in the 'attic' where you can enjoy a much more intimate setting - perfect for a date!
2nd. Lily Blacks
When looking for a (good) late drink with a casual vibe, Lily Blacks is hard to beat. You'll get your cocktails served with a side of history lesson if that's what tickles your fancy - the bartenders are very friendly and are always willing to share their knowledge on the spirits used to make your drinks. They serve up gorgeous delicate drinks that will probably leave you feeling, erm, delicate!
1st. The Everleigh
Last but not least, The Everleigh without a doubt is the number 1 spot to head to in Melbourne to get cocktails. In fact, it's probably one of the best bars in the world. You'll be blown away with the selection of cocktails but we suggest asking them to make up something up on the spot. Grab dinner at one of the many highly rated venues on Gertrude Street and slip through the door next to Belles Diner up to The Everleigh. Epic every time.