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Melbourne’s renowned for many things and its bar culture is certainly one of them. In no particular order, here’s five of my favourite bars:
Hihou: Bookings are a must at this Japanese style cocktail and wine bar on Flinders Lane. Everything at Hihou is done perfectly; from the service to the added extras (like a hot towel on arrival) settle in for a night here and don’t leave. Ever.
The Lui Bar: 55 floors up (or 236.07 metres above sea level) on Collins Street, you’ll find a little, or fairly decent, slice of heaven. Offering a millionaire’s view of Melbourne, you can enjoy it for the price of a drink. If you can stop at one.
The Aylesbury: A relaxed and friendly space on Lonsdale Street, you can choose to settle in for an evening or pop in for a quick drink. When the weather’s fine, enjoy a drink on the rooftop, otherwise relax in this bar that spans two levels.
EDV Melbourne: Tucked away on Malthouse Lane, this speakeasy style bar will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another era. Smelling of leather and rich mahogany, this is high-end drinking at its finest. With an entire room devoted to whisky, you’ll feel like you’re in an episode of Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire. This is a spot for serious drinking.
The Everleigh: If you’re looking for an American style bar, with a finishing touch of Australian charm, head to Fitzroy’s The Everleigh. Their drinks menu may not be as extensive as other bars, but what they do list is done exceptionally well. Table service also ensures you’re attended to promptly without having to wait in a queue.