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Hidden bars of Melbourne

Tucked down alleyways or behind stealthy entrances, you may have walked past these late night haunts one hundred times without realising. Here are five of our favourite hidden bars in Melbourne..

A city known for its elite dining and drinking scene, Melbourne is home to many renowned establishments, but equally as many secret spots that are worth discovering. Tucked down alleyways or behind stealthy entrances, you may have walked past these late night haunts one hundred times without realising. Here are five of our favourite hidden bars in Melbourne…

Jungle Boy

A sandwich bar in bright lighting allures Chapel Street pedestrians for a late snack at what appears to be a humble fast food establishment, Boston Sub. Little do most know, that behind the large, industrial freezer door to the left of the counter, lies Jungle Boy, a quaint, dimly lit bar with faux tropical foliage and an impressive list of holiday inspired cocktails. We suggest you try the Agave Old Fashioned, one of the delicious ‘sippers’ on the menu.

The Croft Institute

Hidden down a tangled alley way in Chinatown, just finding this science lab themed bar is an experience in itself. From the glassware décor, to the clinical furniture, and the second floor gymnasium, this bar is truly atypical in the best kind of way. With a focus on custom cocktails, you can rest assured the staff here will craft you a drink that is precisely to your taste.

Goldilocks

In the heart of the CBD atop busy Swanston Street is Goldilocks, where you will question the safety of the elevator that takes you up several floors, walk through a Chinese restaurant and then take the flight of stairs at the rear to find this secret spot. Suited to its name, Goldilocks achieves an ambiance and appeal that is just right – it is comfortably sized, the drinks list is notable but not overwhelming, and the view is spectacular. The cocktail list is constantly changing and is complemented by a left of field selection of beers.

“A city known for its elite dining and drinking scene, Melbourne is home to many renowned establishments, but equally as many secret spots that are worth discovering”.

Bar Americano

Tiny in size, but not in stature, Bar Americano is the epitome of a good thing in a small package. With only enough room for a handful of patrons, your experience will be enriched by the intimate attention received from the expert bar staff. Bar Americano gives a firm nod to Italian aperitivo culture and there is an unwavering attention paid to perfectly balanced cocktails. This is an ideal spot for quiet conversation over a sophisticated drink.

Eau de Vie

Eau de Vie was one of the first places in Melbourne to kick off the hidden bar trend. Today, it is one of the city’s most thriving night spots and you will instantly feel transported back in time, to the prohibition era of 1920’s America. Tucked behind a book case you will find the whisky room, filled with an array of rare and exclusive varieties for your tasting.

There is undeniable comfort in frequenting your favourite local spot, but with this impressive and intriguing list, we suggest trying these unique, hidden bars at your next occasion – if you can find them.

Images:

  1. http://eaudevie.com.au/melbourne/
  2. http://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/Melbourne/Food-and-wine/Bars/VV-The-Croft-Institute.aspx
  3. https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/bars/bar-americano
  4. https://www.goodfood.com.au/drinks/cocktails-spirits/cocktails-and-social-media–a-match-made-in–heaven-20160623-gpq5ae
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