Updated: Dec 19, 2017
It’s in the concealed corners of our great city where Melbournians like to drink. The best of Melbourne bars are hidden behind closed-doors, upstairs, in-between buildings, underground and in secret laneways. That’s why we’ve searched high and low to bring to you Melbourne’s top 7 hidden bars.
You don’t need to be super sly to find this Fitzroy speakeasy, but when you do we know you’ll be impressed. Fitted with cosy leather booths, marble bar, vintage chandeliers and rich mahogany detailing, The Everleigh is so very Melbourne, the perfect place to sip champagne and enjoy a delectable cheese and charcuterie board.
Located one short elevator ride above Noodle Kingdom on Swanston Street is Goldilocks, a new cocktail bar with the finest views right in the middle of town. Inventive and clever, the rotating cocktail list involves all of your favourites served with a modern twist. Goldilocks is set for summer with water vapour sprays, to cool you down and keep you refreshed.
Inspired by the ‘roaring twenties’ in France, Thomas Olive resides above Saint Crispin Restaurant, past the kitchen and up a flight of stairs. With only a handful of Parisian style tables accommodating up to 30 patrons, this exclusive hidden bar is one not to miss. Pre-dinner or post-dinner, Thomas Olive is the perfect place for an aperitif or nightcap with a variety of French-inspired cocktails and snacks available.
State of Grace
Housed in a landmark building from 1889, in the Paris End of Collins Street is State of Grace Restaurant, but it’s downstairs in the dungeon where the real fun is to be had. Hidden below State of Grace, behind a secret door with a secret key is the entrance to a cellar bar known as Fall from Grace. With an impressive drinks list, live music (Thursday – Saturday) and a tasty grazing menu – we recommend you add Fall from Grace to your list.
The Alchemist Bar
Tucked away amongst the hustle and bustle of Fitzroy’s nightlife, The Alchemist Bar is complete with French baroque-inspired lounge areas, vintage chandeliers, medieval lab and Alchemy of Cocktails menu, to help you find your perfect potion. With any drink you desire and a delicious tapas menu, The Alchemist Bar makes for an intimate rendezvous in Melbourne’s inner north.
The Croft Institute
Spanning across three floors, each with unique and bizarre decor, you’ll find yourself feeling as if you’re back at high school in the old science lab at The Croft Institute. This hidden gem is located at 21 Croft Alley and is quite hard to find (hint: bring your smart phone), with the entrance past Chinatown positioned in a dark laneway.
This standing room only establishment is designed for drinking and eating on the go, with room for only 10 people at a time. Inspired by Italian espresso bars and Hugo R Ensslin’s book of ‘Recipes for Mixed Drinks’ from before the prohibition era, Bar Americano is all about the cocktails – and trust us, they are mighty good.