Explore Melbourne’s Historic Lanes and Bars

Melbourne is a very historic city as far as history goes for cities in Australia. Thankfully it’s history is actually celebrated and much of the fabulous architecture that made Melbourne a capital city has been retained. A walk around Melbourne can be a great day out for people who love cities and old buildings.  Because of this old architectural way of creating space and dealing with what was required, Melbourne has some elegantly planted wide streets and fantastic lane ways shadowed by marvellous warehouses. It is in these great hidden lanes that Melbournians and visitors alike can explore and find some great cafes and bars.

Hardware Lane

Starting at the bottom of Hardware Lane, by McDonalds and the car park you will find the excellent Campari. This is a great venue with a nice cafe style restaurant on the ground level, a venue-cum-function room in the middle and a superb rooftop bar nestled in between the high rise offices of the CBD. This is one of the bars I head to when heading into Melbourne CBD as it offers so much variety and I must confess to have a a liking for roof top bars!

 

A little further up the lane over Little Bourke Street, you’ll be immersed in restaurants and spruickers plying for trade. Technically this “spruicking” is illegal under the Melbourne by-laws, but this makes it less intense and a more friendly approach to tempt you to one of their tables. It is what makes Melbourne a great city in which to eat. Generations of migrant families have worked these streets and this is how they have always worked. Think of it more as a tradition (and one that is fiercely protected up in Lygon Sreet). For those looking for a quieter, more intimate drinking experience, there are two bars located in the restaurants.  Amigos downstairs is very intimate and has that club feel to it. Next door you will find Charleys, a first floor level bar and again a nice intimate bar. Both these places are great for a romantic date or a quieter evening.

 

For those looking for something that little more noisy, at the end of Hardware Lane is the  Golden Monkey. A subterranean bar with some great sounds to help you party the night away.

 

 

Further along, once you cross over Lonsdale Street, you’ll come across Pug Mohones, a great Irish pub hidden from passer by on the busy Melbourne Streets. This is a nice place to hang with a pint of the famous black stuff. Located in an old warehouse, this pub gives you a bit of a feel for old Melbourne.

 

As always, the best way to find all these great bars is to download Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars.

Unique bars in Melbourne

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).

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