Nervous about picking the perfect spot for date night? The twinkling candles, dark interior and shining bottles give the hotspot a cosy vibe reminiscent of an old jazz bar, or something straight out of Harry Potter. The extensive drinks list consisting of ature cocktails, wine and spirits, a selection of delicious bar snacks smoked octopus anyone?
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And you maybe, kinda like this one. Start your night right with these Melbourne bar winners. Ferdydurke is for the adult fondly remembering their wilder youth but now seeking something more refined. It also has a big music theme, with DJs spinning records on weekends into the wee hours.
In the summer, walk up the stairs and head left to get a coveted seat overlooking sister bar Section 8. In the winter, veer right towards the fireplaces in the back corner and order a mulled wine.
Americana on a plate. Everything from bacon cheeseburgers and chilli dogs to chipotle chicken wings and pork cubanos.
A surrealist novel by Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Now you know. Beneath Driver Lane is one of those bars.
Being a sucker for a Negroni, we recommend the Spice Rum Negroni. Not all the best bars in Melbourne are down a narrow laneway or underground cellar. Bar Margaux falls into the latter category, but this New York-cum-Parisian bistro would still make the list if it sat in the middle of Federation Square. Getting a booth or a table may be tall order unless you get there early, but we like hanging out at the bar just fine.
Parisian-inspired bistro food. The dinner menu has everything you would expect; from steak tartare to cured salmon roulade and escargot.
Past midnight, the menu switches to supper. No photos.
Date going well? kick on here
No bookings. No seating. Opened in as an homage to the classic American cocktail bar, Bar Americano was the first standing only bar in Australia and until recently the smallest bar in Melbourne as of the time of writing it is the second smallest bar behind Le Bar European in Docklands. No trip to Melbourne is complete without a visit to Bar Americano.
Opened inKirks Wine Bar is a world away from the pushy, tourist-centric restaurants which seem to comprise a large portion of Hardware Lane.
Instead, Kirks blends the old world with the new; not as romantic as other wine bars, but exuding an undeniable buzz. Ferdydurke ferdydurkebar Why come here?
The final word A surrealist novel by Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Sun-Thurs: 12pm-1am Fri-Sat: 4pm-3am. Beneath Driver Lane beneathdriverlane Why first dates melbourne here?
French first dates melbourne inspired and open till 3am. The wagyu reuben toastie is a fan favourite. The final word Everything that makes a great Melbourne cocktail bar. Sat-Thurs: 4pm-3am Fri: 1pm-3am.
Bar Margaux barmargauxmelbourne Why come here? Sat-Thurs: 5pm-3am Fri: am. Dinner View Menu.
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Bar Americano baramericano Why come here? The final word? No Food.
Kirks Wine Bar kirkswinebar Why come here? Runs the gamut from breakfast to bar snacks and more substantial portions.
The final word An inner city wine oasis. Mon-Fri: ampm Sat-Sun: 9ampm. From Melbourne laneways bars to Fitzroy hipster pubs.