Discover Melbourne After Dark
Melbourne’s allure doesn’t disappear when the sun goes down. In fact, some might argue the best time to enjoy the city is at night. Whether you’re into arts, food, culture, or clubbing, there’s plenty to do in Melbourne. Here’s a guide to making the most out of Melbourne after dark.
Melbourne is well known as Australia’s hub of arts and culture. With world-class galleries, international live music and theatre, and a jam-packed yearlong program of festivals including comedy, dance, and film.
NGV Friday Nights
Get exclusive after-hours access to both the permanent art collection and traveling art exhibitions, while you eat, drink, and catch some of Australia’s best live music performers under the famous stained-glass roof of the NGV’s Great Hall.
Melbourne has a vibrant theatre scene with something for everyone including blockbuster Broadway productions, international opera and ballet, avant-garde cabaret, and experimental performing arts. To catch something local and thought-provoking, check out the Malthouse in Southbank.
Eureka Sky Deck
Take living on the edge to a whole new level when you visit “The Edge.” The Eureka Tower takes you up 88 floors to a glass cube suspended 300 meters over Melbourne to watch the city sparkle. This is a must-snap Instagram hot-spot.
Melbourne has plenty of entertainment that falls on the quirkier side, from karaoke to mini-golf and flame-throwing towers. Get out of your comfort zone and experience something new during your vacation.
Hero’s Karaoke Bar
Unleash your inner rock star at Melbourne’s hottest karaoke venue. With a rooftop bar, karaoke rooms, plus a Hawker-style barbecue kitchen serving up Asian street food, fun times are guaranteed.
Holey Moley is a wonderful pop-culture-themed mini-golf course with 27 holes. You’ll be swigging, swinging, and singing the night away. Keep a lookout for daily golf-themed cocktail specials such as the Espresso Partini and the Sugar Caddy.
Crown Melbourne’s Gas Brigade
Walk along the Yarra River and feel the heat as eight towers shoot giant bursts of flames into the night sky in a breathtaking spectacle. Continue along the river to the Crown Casino to try your luck at blackjack or a spin on the roulette wheel.
Melbourne’s multi-cultural pedigree shines after dark. Ditch the fast food and discover the classy way to get a late-night feed.
The Supper Club
The Supper Club is a Melbourne institution. If you prefer your late-night eats with a side of posh, submerge yourself in an old leather armchair and enjoy freshly shucked oysters with French champagne.
Whether you’re craving hot saganaki, crispy calamari, or juicy souvlaki, skip the neon signs of corner kebab shops and head upstairs for fantastic views of the city and an authentic Greek feast.
If you’ve ever dreamt of indulging in a bowl of rich and hearty spaghetti at midnight or a devouring a meaty Bolognese jaffle, drop into Arelchin to enjoy fine cocktails and carbs all night.
Step into an enchanted fairy-tale wonderland, complete with storybook themed cocktails, giant neon mushrooms sprouting out of the walls, and a booth nestled under an enormous gilded birdcage.
If you want to impress your date, look no further than Lui Bar. This bar is classy and intimate with views that stretch across the Melbourne skyline, from the Southbank arts precinct and city skyscrapers to the vast expanse Port Phillip bay lit up by boats glittering in the night. Sink into a velvet chaise lounge, sip on a Negroni, and if you’re there just before dark, marvel at one of the best sunsets you’ll see in Melbourne.
If you want to let your hair down, head over to Heartbreaker. This rock-and-roll vibe bar has a long list of craft beer and an old-time jukebox for nostalgic souls.
Dance the Night Away
Get your glam on and party into the wee hours at some of the best nightspots in the city.
Glittery and glamorous, you’ll want to dress to impress at Ms. Collins. Hit the dancefloor to the latest hits, take a dance class on Latino night, or get down at one of the city’s best R&B parties.
Toff in Town
If you’re looking for moody and intimate, head “Stage Side” at Toff in Town to party with local and international DJs and live artists. Rest your tired feet “Carriage Side” next door where you can perch yourself in a private train carriage booth complete with bar service at the press of a button!
Melbourne’s “super club,” brings the hardcore club scene with techno, deep house, nu-disco, dancehall, R’n’B, and drum’n’bass.
Whether you are up for a night of fun and adventure with friends, or a more intimate and relaxing evening out, there are endless possibilities to discover the magic of Melbourne after dark.
Know Before You Go
- Purchase an Opal Card for the best public transportation experience. The Opal Card is valid in Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Central Coast, The Hunter, and the Illawarra.
- Flinders in Melbourne is famous for its street art. Wayward Wanders offers tours throughout the area.
- For walking, the Bondi to Bronte route is one of the best in Sydney. It is only four miles long and moves past cliffs, beaches, and has a beautiful view of the ocean.