Melbourne is packed with attractions, from laid-back laneways and lush parks to grand libraries and museums, all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere. Art and Design live hand in hand in a city full of energy and cool places to visit day and night.
In Melbourne nightlife you can dance the night away in a hidden loft, sip cocktails in a stylish speakeasy or just look exquisite at an exclusive club. Here is a list of the best design Bars in Melbourne.
The Eden is a unique space draws its influence from New York’s Grand Central Station oyster bar and offers an unparalleled selection of oysters from Australia’s premium growing regions and sashimi grade fish appetisers to include ceviche, as well as an array of hot and cold seafood delicacies, soups and chowders.
Eve is one of the biggest bars, made up of four bar areas (called things like the Red Dragon Room and the Green Garden Room), plaus a Balinese-inspired courtyard and a dance floor. No wonder it’s considered one of the hottest spots in Southbank. It’s an intensely glamorous space, and one that clearly aims to create an atmosphere of exclusivity. The crowd is fashionable and dressed to the nines, and the place is a good place for spotting local celebs.
Left Bank is a sophisticated contemporary lounge, bar and dining venue. Left Bank provides a fresh approach to informal dining. Our modern approach to a sharing-style menu is matched by an eclectic range of signature cocktails, and some of the best local and imported beers and wines.
A refreshing change from formal restaurants and ‘reclaimed’ bars, Left Bank is the epitome of relaxed, comfortable dining and drinking that combines chic style with a relaxed atmosphere. Blissed-out tunes add to the laid back vibe, enticing guests to stay just a little longer.
Red Hummingbird is a cool spot by any standards, but what really sells this place is its roof terrace. When the weather is kind, there is no better place for sipping a drink and enjoying the fizz of city living. The main bar area (reached from a street level entrance and up a flight of stairs) has considerable charm, with its banquettes and mirrors. And the drinks are seriously good, with cocktails that make much use of fresh fruits and juices, as well as a decent selection of wines and beers.
The Gallery Room is intimate cocktail bar at the Waterside Hotel and doesn’t overplay its nautical theme. It’s an elegant space with an inviting fireplace and a lot of dark wood, masculine but not overly so with a subtle porthole motif nodding to the bar’s waterfront location. There’s some serious talent behind the bar: the cocktails are complex and inventive creations, full of intriguing flavours and unexpected combinations.
Enter New Guernica is like stepping into a fairy tale world far away from the buzz of Melbourne’s CBD. It’s a delightful, atmospheric space, rich in detail, with a forest pathway leading to an indoor gazebo. It’s whimsical and playful yet not overtly kitsch. They know how to mix a decent drink here too and Pimms and Appletini are available by the jug. The wine-list also hits the spot with a good selection of Australian and New Zealand wines.
The name Long Room speaks the truth. This New York inspired bar in the George’s Building is huge. It has far more to offer than just sheer size. Food-wise, you can choose between exemplary sushi or Spanish delicacies in the tapas bar. Drinks-wise think old school: proper cocktails, plus a plentiful array of wines and beers. The crowd is hip yet not unfriendly and the staff are super efficient especially on week nights were it really feels as if they can’t do enough for you. The place gets busier on weekends when Melbourne’s finest DJs are called in to fill the room with music.