For some of the best long cocktails in a Melbourne bar, have a wander to Cookie – especially the quaint little back-bar area. In our quest to find top Melbourne bars and launch our Best Melbourne Pubs & Bars iPhone app, we sampled many a cocktail, wine and beer. What we love about this place is you get three fabulous bars at the one address!!

 

252 Swanston Street

The doorway to so many cool bars

Cookie, Toff in Town and Rooftop Cinema – all at 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

 

Cookie has an impressive array of drinks behind the bar and a mean cocktail list. The waiters know their stuff and are generally pretty friendly and helpful. The décor is nicely done, with some retro pieces on the walls and laying about. There is a small balcony over Swantson Street, so if get there early enough you may be able to perch yourself there for a while.

 

One level up from Cookie is the quirky Melbourne bar, Toff Of The Town. The sweet little booths are very very popular so if you want to impress someone (or your friends) be sure to get there early. Sitting in one of these after wandering around the dark, wooden, thatched surroundings you feel as if you are in an Asian bar.

 

Image of the Toff

Relaxed and intimate

And a level above The Toff is the Rooftop Cinema bar. Complete with some AstroTurf (fake grass) this bar is perfect at the end of a hot Melbourne January day. The evening cools down and you can take in the beaming Melbourne skyline while you sip away and chat with your friends.

 

While you may save your legs not having to move from Melbourne bar-to-bar (as there is no lift in the building), moving between the three bars can make you earn your beer or cocktail! This Melbourne address has all you could need to impress some newbies to Melbourne. This is what we recommend you do on a warm summer’s evening:

 

  • As you walk in, put your name down for a table to eat at Cookie (the Asian-fusion food is delicious, and not too expensive)
  • Have a drink at the back-bar at Cookie, cocktails are recommended
  • Eat at Cookie
  • Wander up to the rooftop bar for a few (on your way up, drop into The Toff and see if you can reserve a booth)
  • Complete your night with a booth at Toff Of The Town

 

See more about Cookie, Toff Of The Town and Rooftop. Be sure to check when Rooftop is open if it is a lovely Melbourne evening or afternoon. It is a cinema and is not open for drinks until after the film has finished!

 

Read our review of each and see which of the three bars has been “Liked” the most by the punters already using our Melbourne bars iPhone app.

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One click to all the best of Melbourne

Best Cocktails in melbourneLike most blokes I am a bit of a beer drinker. On a warm afternoon after a hard days graft a cool beer always goes down a treat and manages to hit that spot that neither wine or spirits can quench. But that is not to say that I will only drink beer. I like wine and every now and again I am quite partial to a cocktail.

 

Who is making the best cocktails in Melbourne?

Cocktails are often considered as an older persons drink or only drunk on a 1930s theme night, but this image is changing. No longer is the cocktail the domain of the exclusive hotel bar, where waiters sneer at your average shoes and jeans are just not allowed. All over Melbourne bars are offering more than just bottled beers and spirits with a splash of bar mixer softies. No, the cocktail has come of age and there are some serious purveyors of mixed spirits.

Bar Americano – Melbourne’s best cocktail bar?

During my travels researching Melbourne’s 250 odd pubs and bars for the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars iPhone app, I wandered in to Bar Americano. Well, truth be told it was a hard hunt to find this rather wonderful little bar hidden down an alley, away from general view. Upon my arrival the bartender was busy mixing up cocktails for clients perched on the stools at the bar. I watched in awe as his passion for making cocktails became evident with the care and expertise he showed. A twist of orange peel over the glass to give that hint of aroma completed his amazing creation.

Amazing cocktails made with passion

Bar Americano

Cocktails with passion - A Melbourne experience

Amid oowhhs and ahhs from the receivers of those wonderful concoctions, I started to chat with the bartender. But he was distracted in a bit of a concerned way. Begging my pardon he asked his customer if he liked the cocktail, to which the man replied that “it was not what I was after”. The bartender offered to replace the drink, to the reluctance of the customer.

“I want you to be happy with your drink” came the barman’s reply.

After a few minutes of asking what the man liked and disliked, the bartender got to work and in no time another creation was placed in front of the customer. Once his customer was happy, he returned to me for a chat. I was astounded; service like that so rarely happens and was enjoyable to watch. It is this passion that makes Bar Americano that something special. It is an intimate and friendly place with excellent customer service. It is a truly special place and worth seeing out when in Melbourne.

And yes, it will be a lot easier to find using the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars iPhone app - along with the dozens of other bars that focus or specialise on cocktails.

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Next stop Melbourne!

It was a long time ago when I first visited Melbourne, at the time local Sydney-siders advised that the best view of Melbourne was from 30,000 feet!  Thankfully I went to Melbourne to find out for myself and boy am I glad I did. That was 20 years ago and today Melbourne is more funky, trendy and vibrant than ever.

Melbourne has “probably the best bars and pubs in Australia”

Sitting on the rooftop of Madame Brussels, Troy and I discussed how many great bars and pubs there are in Melbourne. “Probably the best bars and pubs in Australia”, Troy commented. Upon reflection I think I tend to agree. Admittedly I have not been to Sydney for 20 years, as to me that city has no heart and soul. It’s a big conurbation with an opera house, a rip off of the Tyne bridge and a lot of people who think they are important.

Wimbledon in Melbourne

One of the many delightful rooftop bars in Melbourne

Melbourne has a very vibrant cafe and bar scene, with delightful bars in hidden lane ways, rooftop terraces and sexy interiors. There really is something for everyone in this city. Boys nights out in large sports pubs, an evening with friends on the river, intimate cocktail lounges for those first dates and a happening nightclub scene. The are even quite a few “girlie” bars and a “boysey” bars for those who like the watch the opposite sex undress. Yes Melbourne certainly has something for everyone and we decided to bring all our research to your iPhone.

Our Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars iPhone app has over 200 bars and clubs in Melbourne CBD and Docklands. With 3 photos of most venues, deciding where to spend an evening has never been easier. Want to be inspired? Click on one of our favourites (“Our Picks”), which we feel reflect the very best Melbourne has to offer. Keep track on which pubs you have been to and “like” bars you have visited. See who else likes bars in Melbourne for an app user recommendation. And never get lost, with Google mapping and static off-line maps (for those without a data connection).

See who else likes bars in Melbourne for an app user recommendation.

Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars brings you all of Melbourne’s pubs and bars so you can visit the best, whatever your preference!