Maybe that should be Crickey! But the feeling is still the same, Christmas is only just over 5 weeks away!
Yes Christmas is only 5 weeks away!!
If you have not organised your Christmas party, then perhaps you had better start thinking about it. And what could be better for a Christmas get together, than wandering through Melbourne and enjoying some of its great bars. For blokes a walk through the city streets is a mic way to “get some air” as it is often referred to (sober up a little!). But for girls, particularly those with lovely high heels, wandering through Melbourne’s back streets can be a little bit awkward – if not actually dangerous.
So where are the best places to have a Christmas party inMelbourne?
There is no simple answer as we like different things. Some may say Crown Casino is a great spot, although it’s not a good place to socialise (they only want your cash!) so selecting a nice pub or bar is better. One of the small bars we rather like is Highlander, located in Highlander Lane (down the Aquarium end of town). This is a nice seductive bar and last time we were in town they were planning a roof top bar.
Over in Docklands the Woolshed is a big barn of a pub, but it’s pretty cool and makes a great spot for a larger crowd. The nightclub Alumbra is close by too, so a great option to keep things going into the wee small hours.
Finally, if you want to impress the girls in the office take them down to Madame Brussels. This is a great rooftop bar with a classy atmosphere and a more elegant setting.
You can find all these and over 250 more in the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app for iPhone.
As summer is now becoming a memory we need something to keep us entertained and what can be better than a nice pint of beer. Between May 16 and 26, Melbourne is hosting Good Beer Week and that is exactly what it will be!
This year the HQ of Good Beer Week is located at the Terminus Hotel in North Fitzroy, so this is perhaps not an ideal location for out of towners, but for the locals, it’s a pretty good spot. There are trams, trains and buses to get you there and during Good Beer Week, a local luxury car company Uber are offering 50% off their fare to and from the Terminus Hotel (head to Uber.com to sign up for this deal). Although I am sure they will not take kindly to the “have you got room for a slab and pizza” gag.
Good Beer Week will showcase some of Australia finest beers and more importantly, the best craft beers from around the country. the Pint of Origin showcase will be at different pubs for each state, except for NT (but Tassie is included). you can sample the following State beers here:
- Victoria – Great Britain Hotel – 447 Church St, Richmond.
- Western Australia – The Royston Hotel – 12 River St, Richmond.
- Queensland – Dejavu – 525 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne (find it in Best Melbourne pubs and bars app)
- South Australia – The Tramway Hotel – 165 Rae St, North Fitzroy.
- New South Wales – Rainbow Hotel – 27 St David St, Fitzroy.
- Tasmania – The Gertrude Hotel – 148 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.
- ACT – The Courthouse Hotel – 86-90 Errol St, North Melbourne.
Good Beer Week is also hosting other events throughout the week to inform and enhance on the beer experience. Beer Novice is being held at the Terminus Hotel on Sunday 19 May to educate those wanting appreciate more about beer. The event costs $45 and features 10 enlightening beers and three food pairings as well as 3 informative talks.
And once you have finished at Good Beer Week, where to? Well, our Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app will guide you over 200 venues in the CBD where you can enjoy another beer, cocktail or just the ambience of a rooftop bar.
My mate is becoming a dad in a few weeks and as one last hurrah we are trying to get a boys weekend to Melbourne going. It’s tough as a lot of our friends have children and wives. The children are the excuse the wives use to temper our enthusiasm for going away. Yeah we have all been there, some say “Yeah, course you can go” but you know it’s gonna be a long time before that debt is paid. Some are just adamant that you cannot go! The underlying concern is one of trust and the expectation that you’ll have a few beers and shag every 18 year old in the city. Well, that only happens in our dreams!!!!!
So if you do manage to get that elusive leave pass, where do you go?
Well a good choice is always one of the capital cities and to be honest, Melbourne would have to be the best choice. Sydney is OK, but its more spread out and there are not as many great bars to check out. The best thing about Melbourne is being able to jump on a tram to get from one side to the other. And, hey, it’s not that far to walk anyway!
So getting your flight is an Internet search as is the hotel. But where to stay? Melbourne has lots of hotel options, but you need to get as central to the CBD as possible. That makes it easy to get around and stumble home! However, that will be determined by how much you can afford. Those with unlimited cash reserves should head to the Westin, perhaps the best hotel in the CBD, but at $600 a night, it’s pretty pricey. Check out Agoda or one of the other last minute hotel sites.
If its footy season then you got to get yourself some tickets to watch a game at the MCG. (click here to see a virtual tour of the ground). Sadly it will probably be a Collingwood game, but then it’s always great to watch them lose. I love the way when they are behind their fans go home at three quarter time, bless em! If there is no sport, then your options are perhaps bar related (honestly are you going on a boys weekend to go to the museum???). If the weather is good, then get down to the Yarra river and Ponyfish Island. Right in the heart of the river, this is a great open air bar and a good afternoon starter. From here you can just wander back into the CBD and drop into one of the bars in Federation Square – Beer Deluxe or the Transport / Transit bars are always a great choice.
From Federation Square head up to the Carlton Hotel on Bourke Street. It’s very popular and you’ll see why with a sumptuous lounge bar and a great roof top terrace. They have security, so if you have been hard at it for the afternoon, you may be declined entry. Another alternative is Miss Libertine on Franklin Street. This has more of a club pub feel, but a cracking pub none-the-less.
Whatever your choice of bar is, our Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app will guide you effortlessly to all that Melbourne has to offer and what is better, if you get split up, our in app SMS feature makes letting your mates know where you are so simple.
It’s 5pm and the sun has been out for most of the afternoon now. The mercury has risen to a warm 26 degrees and the backpackers are undressing in Federation Square. The deckchair commandeered for my afternoon nap has drifted into the sun giving me a rosy glow. Students behind me shelter in the shade of what was my umbrella and are talking non-stop. Their conversation is banal and I am forced to reconsider my position.
Pulling out my iPhone I look at this months latest most liked bars and notice that Gin Palace is still listed at the top, but wait. What’s this the Madame has jumped up to be equal in her likes. Well, game on and where better on a warm afternoon than in the garden of our favourite Madame – Madame Brussels.
Gin Palace and Madame Brussels are the top “liked” bars in Melbourne
I am lucky to get a spot at the balcony looking over the Main Street and giving me a panorama of the whole alfresco area. The sun is warm, but I have some shade. A beautiful woman beside me is in full sun and is seen to be under duress. The staff bring out a pale green parasol for which she can protect her beautiful skin. She smiles at everyone who is watching. Sexy and sassy the Madame knows how to treat her guests.
With cold beer and a pleasant outlook, Madame Brussels has to be one of the best bars in Melbourne’s CBD.
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!!
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.
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.
Sharing a cold beer or nice wine with mates on a warm Melbourne summer afternoon is one of our favourite past times. Especially if you can get an outdoor bar, and extra special if it is on the river. We have visited all the 250 or so bars and pubs in Melbourne CBD, Docklands and South Bank and here are three of the best for relaxing on the Yarra, drinking outdoors.
To find these bars and many more easily, download our Melbourne Pubs & Bars iPhone app – walk around Melbourne CBD and be guided not only by our reviews, but also which venues people have “Liked” the most. In our app when you visit a bar you can tick you “Like” it, and that you have visited it too – so when next looking for a bar you haven’t been to you can see them on your iPhone quickly.
A hidden Melbourne rooftop bar, you will find this gem above Taxi restaurant – which itself is above Transport, on Swanston Street in the corner of Federation Square touching Princes Bridge. The bar isn’t very big, but with the rooftop area added in you can fit in a good crew here if you are looking to impress out-of-town mates. With gorgeous chesterfield chairs and couches this bar has been decked out tastefully.
A very popular bar on a sunny day, this Melbourne riverside bar has a lot of outdoor space. Perfect for Pimms in a cool summer breeze, pretend you are in London (or atop Madame Brussels – another of our favourite, and quirky Melbourne bars).
After a large sporting event at the MCG, Rod Laver Arena or ??? this bar is usually packed, as it is the closest “cool” bar to these grounds. So check for major events before trying to sample this top Melbourne bar.
We’re saving the best til last. In such an innocuous spot, this brilliant little bar is on the Yarra underneath the pedestrian footbridge from Flinders Street Station to South Bank. About halfway across the bridge from the Flinders Street Station side, look to your right for some stairs and wander down. You will see a unique bar literally on the Yarra River.
In summer this bar rocks on, the music is funky and it can often get crowded by late afternoon on the weekend – so get in early and perch yourself with a drink overlooking the river and Melbourne skyline.
Melbourne is famous for its multitude of bars, pubs and clubs with perhaps the main attraction being those hidden lane way bars that always seem so elusive. Then there is the attraction of the gorgeous rooftop bars with views over the city and the experience of the night wrapping itself around you whilst you savour a refreshing drink. But now there is even more to Melbourne.
Melbourne’s Waterfront Bars and Pubs
Over the years the spotlight has turned a little with some fabulous venues opening up right on the Yarra River. Many bars have been around for a long time, such as Riverland, nestled between the banks of the Yarra River and Federation Square. But in the past few years some new venues have graced the waterway with Pony Fish Island opening on the pier for the pedestrian walkway from Flinders Street to Southbank. Two new pubs have also opened, The Boatbuilders Yard and The Wharf Hotel further downstream towards Docklands.
Beer and Water is always a good combination
Troy and Jonno recently ventured down the river to seek out the Boatbuilders Yard and The Wharf Hotel. Sadly the images on the internet of the Boatbuilders Yard make the place look quite awesome, so I was a little disappointed when I got there. It is a little more expensive than other Melbourne bars too.
It was however, a glorious evening walking over the bridge to Southbank from where my taxi driver dropped me off. (Note to Taxi drivers – buy yourself Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app – it will make you look good!).