How many times have you tried to organise a night out only to stumble upon this little dilemma:
Yep, us too. But you know what? It’s time to kick those butts into gear and commit to a date, because Melbourne is home to some of the coolest bars in the country (if not the world). Why let them go to waste?
If you’re struggling to settle on the perfect place to go, you can relax, because we’ve got you covered. Here are our six picks for the best bars in Melbourne to take your girl gang!
Allow us you to introduce you to Melbourne’s enigmatic Ms Collins. She’s mysterious, she’s cheeky, but most of all, she’s fun.
Located in the heart of Collins Street, this beloved bar is known for serving up great cocktails, incredible street food-style bites and the hottest tunes.
The charming Ms Collins loves nothing more than meeting new people, so introduce her to your girl squad and buckle up for a night of amazing company, dancing, drinks, eats and beats.
Look, with a name like Gin Palace, there’s not much this place has to do to win us over.
First opened in 1997, this quirky basement venue is lavishly styled to emulate its namesake. Melbourne’s original gin palace was once the go-to spot for the upper class before being shut down in 1870 due to its “filthy and disgusting condition”. But don’t worry, the reinvented Gin Palace is squeaky clean and oozing with old-world glamour.
This Russel Place institution is known for its classic cocktails, particularly its martinis, so don’t leave without ordering a round with the girls.
The Lui Bar
Not only will the views take your breath away, but the cocktails and gourmet bites are absolutely to die for.
Our advice? Head up to Lui around sunset for a truly magical experience at one of the best bars in Melbourne, drink in hand and beautiful company by your side.
Ok, so we’ve raved about Madame Brussels before, but honestly, she’s worth another shout out. Perhaps the most Instagrammable bar in Melbourne, this Bourke Street fixture is worth a visit for the Alice in Wonderland-esque terrace alone.
Pair those fancy garden party vibes with some utterly delicious cocktails and a menu packed with savoury and sweet treats and you’re in for one incredible night.
Milk the Cow
Cheese isn’t just a food. It’s a lifestyle. Thankfully, the folks at Milk the Cow, the late-night cheese and wine bar with locations in Carlton and St Kilda, totally agree.
Their boozy cheese tasting flights are designed to pair perfectly with your favourite bevvy, whether it’s beer, wine, cider, gin or even sake, so you can feel a little bit fancy while you live out those hedonistic dreams.
Milk the Cow also offers all your favourite cheesy creations, like fondue, raclette, baked brie and more. Grab yourself a specialty cocktail and you’re pretty much in a dairy-lovers heaven. (Maybe one to skip with your lactose-intolerant bestie.)
Tucked away in Chinatown’s Heffernan Lane behind an inconspicuous entry, you’d be forgiven for walking right past the sleek yet laidback Union Electric cocktail bar.
With the recent addition of the rooftop gin garden, Union Electric has established itself as one of Melbourne’s best hidden gems, serving up a massive range of both classic and original cocktails, plus rum, whiskey, wine and more.
This place is so chill you can even bring your own food. Takeaway, anyone?
Well, there you have it – the six best bars in Melbourne to take your best gal pals. But before you head off on your night out, be smart and line those stomachs! Check out our Melbourne dining deals for the perfect pre-bar hopping feed.
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