Melbourne is one of Australia’s coolest cities and is renowned for its hidden rooftop and laneway bars and restaurants. We have rounded up five of the best hidden bars in Melbourne to visit now (and our favourite Campari cocktails they serve!).
Hidden from the streets of the city, with divine views and even better cocktails, Bomba Rooftop overlooks Lonsdale Street’s leafy treetops to the north and has stunning views of Melbourne’s CBD to the south. Better yet, DJ’s from Hope St Radio play at the venue every Friday and Saturday night.
Our drink pick: Orchard Negroni
Campari, spiced pear white port, apple brandy
The details: 103 Lonsdale St. Melbourne
The door to Bar Margaux is plain and just says “MGX”, but when it opens you’re met with a vibrant buzz of music and chatter. With a boldly French menu, Bar Margaux brings together the best of New York, France and of course Melbourne.
Our drink pick: Petit Boulevardier
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Campari
The details: Basement 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Enter through an unassuming grey door, follow a dark and narrow corridor and you’ll find Lay Low Bar. A neighbourhood bar with world class cocktails, our pick from the Lay Low menu is one of their takes on a tried and true classic, the Negroni.
Our drink pick: Old Pal
The Gospel Straight Rye, Campari, Oscar 697 Extra Dry Vermouth
The details: 93 Buckley Street, Seddon
From the outside, Union Electric looks like an old, abandoned boat shed. From the inside, you could say that Union Electric Bar has it all. By ‘it all’ we mean a party-starting bar, a rooftop and a cocktail list to die for – all hidden up a set of stairs in a killer Chinatown location. The bar champions fresh produce,each day pressing, juicing and infusing all manner of fruits, herbs and botanicals.
Our drink pick: Wax On – Honeycomb, Geraldton Wax, French Rum, Aperol, Peychaud’s Bitters
The details: 13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne
Above Board is a small intimate award winning cocktail bar with only 16 seats. Hidden down the laneway just off Smith & Perry Street in Collingwood, climb the stairs to Above Board to experience the futuristic atmosphere and punchy cocktail list.
Our drink pick: Empire Strikes Bax
Amaro, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Cold Drip Coffee
The details: 306 Smith St, Collingwood