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Nightlife in Melbourne

Eccentrically furnished bars are a city trademark, recreating lounges from the 1950s or Hollywood bachelor pads of the 1970s. Seek them out in unexpected places, like Comme Wine Room or hovering above the rooftops at Cookie. Theatre and performing arts cluster around the Arts Centre near Southbank. New and established bands perform at Inner North and St Kilda clubs. Roofed venues are smoke-free and open to 3am on Friday and Saturday.

Forum Theatre, Melbourne. Courtesy of Marriner Theatres
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Cookie

Buzzing beer hall

Up a level from the city streets, this disco/beer hall is huge but stylish with soaring ceilings and pillars. The beer and liquor options are endless and Thai bar snacks and meals are served. There's seating on the balcony.



Address

252, Swanston Street, Curtin House, First Floor, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9663 7660

Transport

Melbourne Central Train Station

Website

Cookie Website

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Madame Brussels

Terrace cocktails and cupcakes

Madame Brussels blends fifties kitsch and country club ambience with astroturf and a quirky trellised bar. Recline on a divan on the garden terrace overlooking city rooftops while sipping Pimm's and grazing on cucumber sandwiches and cupcakes.



Address

59-63, Bourke Street, Level 3, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9662 2775

Transport

Parliament Train Station

Website

Madame Brussels Website

Mink, Melbourne. Courtesy of Circa the Prince, © The Prince
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Mink

Vodka bar

Dim lights, eccentric armchairs and timber-lined nooks make Mink a glamorous underground refuge for lovers of all things vodka. Part of the Prince complex in St Kilda, it offers bookable private lounges and booths.



Address

2, Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne 3182

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9536 1199

Transport

Tram 16 or 96 to Fitzroy Street

Website

Mink Website

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Transit

Drinks on the square

Smack-bang in the middle of the city, Transit is the most central spot in town for a late afternoon pick-me-up or into-the-night good time. Swill drinks overlooking Federation Square or nab a manly wood and leather banquette inside.



Address

Transport Hotel Level 2, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9654 8808

Address

Transport Hotel Level 2, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

Transport

Flinders Street Train Station

Website

Transport Hotel Website

Website

Transport Hotel Website

Comme Wine Room, Melbourne. Photo by Earl Carter, courtesy of Comme Wine Room
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Comme Wine Room

Sophisticated wines

Tucked down a city laneway, Comme Wine Room focuses on glamour and fine wines. The space is dominated by a central marble bar and cosy ottomans for sharing. Taste the bar menu or head next door to Comme Kitchen bistro.



Address

7, Alfred Place, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9631 4000

Transport

Flinders Street Train Station

Website

Comme Website

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Tony Starr's Kitten Club

Jazz and cabaret bar

The city's Tony Starr's Kitten Club shrieks fifties glamour with cool tunes, classic cocktails, laidback lounges and powder room. Away from the cocktails, there's cabaret or jazz in the Galaxy Space and a secluded velvet nook called the Love Lounge.



Address

267, Little Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9650 2448

Transport

Flinders Street Train Station

Website

Tony Starr's Kitten Club Website

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Synbar

Disco bar

The entertainment is DJ-driven at modern, newly renovated Synbar in Melbourne's CBD. Away from the dance floor, chill out on the huge alfresco balcony or sip cocktails in a private booth or VIP Lounge. Enjoy free BBQs on Fridays.



Address

Level 1, 163, Russell Street, Corner of Bourke and Russell Streets, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9663 8990

Transport

Tram 86 or 96 to Russell Street

Website

Synbar Website

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Fusion

Live casino entertainment

Crown Casino's Fusion nightclub on Southbank takes place Thursday to Sunday with top house DJs and live rhythms. Occasional cabaret, 80s cover bands and Top 40 nights round off the entertainment.



Address

8, Whiteman Street, Level 3 Crown Entertainment Complex, Melbourne 3006

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9292 8888

Transport

Free City Circle Tram to Flinders Street

Website

Fusion Website

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The Loft

Disco with city views

Poised above the city's theatre district, The Loft has floor-to-ceiling views, disco glitter balls and a long cool bar. The packed dance floor sways to a friendly mix of Top 40 and RnB on Fridays and Saturdays only.



Address

117, Lonsdale Street, Level 2, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 425 854 989

Transport

Parliament Train Station

Website

The Loft Website

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Night Cat

Cool club for dancing

The Night Cat has been a Fitzroy favourite for more than a decade. There's plenty of room to swing and comfy seats and mood lighting for relaxing. The live sounds are varied, from hip hop to funk and salsa.



Address

141, Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9417 0090

Transport

Tram 112 to Brunswick Street

Website

Night Cat Website

Arts Centre, Melbourne. Photo by David B. Simmonds, © Tourism Australia
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Arts Centre

Melbourne's cultural hub

Head for the Arts Centre's spire past Southbank for myriad performance and exhibition spaces. Hamer Hall presents orchestras, the Playhouse does drama and the State Theatre hosts opera and musicals. The intimate Speigeltent returns each spring and summer with cabaret.



Address

100, St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9281 8000

Transport

Flinders Street Train Station

Website

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Forum Theatre, Melbourne. Courtesy of Marriner Theatres
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Forum Theatre

Classic atmospheric theatre

The Forum Theatre owes its Florentine decor and flamboyant Moorish architecture to its former life as a cinema. It's one of the city's most atmospheric venues for seeing a live band or film during the festival, with intimate cabaret-style seating.



Address

Corner Russell and Flinders Streets, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9299 9860

Transport

Flinders Street Train Station

Website

Marriner Theatres Website

Prince Bandroom, Melbourne. Courtesy of Circa the Prince, © The Prince
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Prince Bandroom

Live bands

Bands have been playing the St Kilda Prince Bandroom for decades. It's received a scrubdown but is still a favourite for music lovers. There are acts most nights, from Billy Bragg to Sly & Robbie.



Address

29, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Melbourne 3182

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9536 1168

Transport

Tram 16 or 96 to Fitzroy Street

Website

Prince Bandroom Website

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Bennetts Lane

Jazz icon

Bennetts Lane means one thing - the best jazz in the city. Live acts feature every night of the week, as well as impromptu performances when stars are in town. The club, seating 100, is suitably dimly lit and intimate.



Address

25, Bennetts Lane, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9663 2856

Transport

Parliament Train Station

Website

Bennetts Lane Website

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Ding Dong Lounge

Alternative rock

Like its sister club in New York, Chinatown's Ding Dong Lounge celebrates alternative rock. Drop in for a drink or catch local or international rock music. The style is Ramones and Stooges, with definitely no electronica.



Address

18, Market Lane, Level 1, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9662 1020

Transport

Parliament Train Station

Website

Ding Dong Lounge Website

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