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Once noted for its dearth of late-night venues, Melbourne has transformed itself into an entertainment hub over the last couple of decades, with a nightlife scene that even Sydney would envy. Comb the alleyways of the CBD for stylish, intimate bars, swing by South Yarra if you want to hang with the hip crowd, or drop in on St. Kilda if you crave great live bands.

Melbourne Nightlife

Gin Palace

With Bond-esque panache this stylish bar draws a glamorous crowd with its seductive, low-lit atmosphere, smooth jazz tunes, luscious cocktails, and plush furnishings. Get things started with a martini from the lengthy menu – shaken, not stirred, of course.

190 Little Collins St., 011-61-3-9654-0533
Tags: nightlife | trendy | bar | jazz

Madame Brussels

Named after an infamous 19th-century Melbournian brothel owner, this slightly naughty gay bar takes you on a magical journey to a time when tennis whites and Pimms were the preferred accessories. Sporting an outdoor terrace with faux grass and a hostess called Miss Pearl, it’s a little over-the-top – but that’s all part of the charm.

59-63 Bourke St., level 3, 011-61-3-9662-2775,
Tags: gay and lesbian | nightlife | trendy | lounge | patio

New Gold Mountain

Tucked behind an unmarked door in Chinatown, this secluded salon, located upstairs from sister bar Double Happiness, has quickly become a local favorite. Its cozy, rich-red decor and flamboyant cocktails make it ideal for clandestine rendezvous.

21 Liverpool St., level 1, 011-61-3-9650-8859,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | local favorite | bar

The Melbourne Supper Club

The mainstay of Melbourne’s bar scene, the Supper Club is a popular late-night hideout. Its warm eclectic decor attracts everyone from visiting Formula One teams to late-shift workers.

161 Spring St., 011-61-3-9654-6300
Tags: nightlife | lounge | open late | bar

Toff in Town

The Toff, located on the second level of Curtain House, a historic architectural gem, is a real treat. You can catch a burlesque show on The Stage then shuffle over to The Carriage and sink into a booth designed like a train carriage. The bar features local DJs playing sultry sounds.

252 Swanston St., 011-61-3-9639-8770
Tags: nightlife | dancing | bar | dj | cabaret

Tony Starr’s Kitten Club

Funky upstairs bar with live music and dancing. Mid-week the musical stylings of local performers blend retro funk with noughties cool, while on weekends a two-piece swing band takes over the center stage.

267 Little Collins St., level 1, 011-61-3-9650-2448
Tags: nightlife | dancing

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