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Top bar recommendations from locals

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“For a truly Melbourne bar experience, head to Cookie and work your way through the mammoth beer selection (CBD)”
  • 124 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“THIS is the best place in probably the whole Australia where to sip your cocktail or glass of wine. Vue de monde is located at 55th floor which has an incredible view that takes your breath away. You can't book but a table is pretty much always available.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Perched over a 7-Eleven, up a dodgy little stair well, in the Paris end of Melbourne city, is Mamasita. Providing a contemporary version of Mexican food with a focus on authentic recipes and ingredients, Mamsita continues to lead and innovate. Enhanced by a wide variety of artisanal agave spirits with an in house mezcalier working the floor 7 nights, Mamasita is a true reflection of the best food and beverage that Mexico has to offer. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“This is an extremely expensive restaurant but the food and view is divine and worth a visit atleast once! ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Discover the best sake and tataki this side of Shibuya, served in a slick basement space. Pull up a stool at the 30-metre bar and get stuck into delicious Japanese-style tapas. You can watch the chefs behind the bar as they artfullly slice up tasty morsels, while Ninja-like waiters pour imported Japanese beers or cool, dry sakes.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
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“Beer, cocktails and eclectic bites in a sleek, vibrant space with Asian decor and balcony tables. Always full of young people.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Share tapas and artisanal Spanish wines at this contemporary bodega. Bomba draws inspiration from the workers' culture of Spain's Catalan region. Sample from the ever-changing menu, sip a sherry or vermouth, and stay for a cocktail at the all-weather rooftop bar overlooking leafy Lonsdale Street. With a commitment to top local and Spanish ingredients, Bomba offers plenty of bang for your buck”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
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“Good place for lunch if you're in the Southern Cross and downtown area. They serve a healthy spread of sandwiches and kitchen selections.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bar
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“Just getting to the Croft Institute feels like a little adventure. It's located at the bottom end of Croft Alley, off a laneway in the heart of Chinatown .”
  • 25 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Chef Andrew McConnell is well known within foodie circles, so it;s no surprise that Cumulus Inc has been awarded a Good Food Guide Chef;s Hat 7 years running. The space is very trendy, yet intimate and the food is exceptional. Best of all, Cumulus is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week!”
  • 93 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“One of the many hidden bars in Melbourne city - make your way to the top of the staircase and ring the doorbell to enter - then decide whether you'll spend the evening in East or West Berlin. Interested in discovering other hidden bars in Melbourne? Let me take you on a cocktail adventure, send me a message.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Pub
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“Refined comfort food in a rustic old-school pub over 2 levels with wood-panelled walls, and booths.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“The energy of Coda. If there were a way of bottling it you could solve the world energy crisis. It billows out the door onto the cobblestone laneway then drifts along the street. It’s the Flinders Lane fairy dust. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Breath taking city views from the 35th floor, french cuisine, great service. Bring the $$$. And if you don't have the $$$, again, stop contemplating and go GET SOME. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Plush art deco penthouse bar with a city-facing balcony, specialising in cocktails and cigars.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“A great chilled out place for a drink or cocktails. A rooftop bar in a historical building.”
  • 65 locals recommend