Uncle St Kilda
If you’re looking for something spicy then head down to Uncle. This Vietnamese-inspired restaurant-cum-bar brings together all things coconut and chili and everything else in between. Offering a bar downstairs and a dining area upstairs, it’s worth ordering some food to share for the warm and bright upstairs experience. Uncle is the perfect place for groups wanting to start off the bar hop with a sit-down drink and chat.
A night at Lucky Coq can only be described a rite of passage; cheap drinks, $4 pizzas, free pool tables and live bands – welcome to student life. As this might suggest the crowd does tend to be on the younger end; however, with weekly specials and an array of live music including a blues Sunday session this is a venue too good to dismiss. If you’re looking for a great budget spot, Lucky Coq has you covered.
Wander through the Mexican eatery Fonda in Windsor and ascend the back staircase to find this hidden gem. Ático Bar serves up a fiesta of tequila-driven cocktails that are fruity and bright, alongside a selection of 100 percent agave tequilas for a shot that will warm any winter chill. Unlike its downstairs neighbor, Ático is a relaxing getaway. With low candle-lit tables, this intimate attic space is a perfect date stop before or after dinner.
Enjoy something Moroccan at Pause Bar. Located at the heart of Balaclava, this little oasis has been the locals’ secret drop-by spot for years. With an interior that feels like it came straight out of Aladdin, Pause Bar embodies the atmosphere of a bustling marketplace, perfect for large groups or those new to Melbourne looking to meet the locals.
Treehouse Lounge Bar brings to Balaclava all the earthly delights needed for a good night out. Here you will not only find some of the best coffee in Melbourne but also a page dedicated to six varieties of espresso martini.
Carlisle Wine Bar
Carlisle Wine Bar offers a large selection on their drinks menu. The vibe is relaxed, a good warm up or cool off place for your night out, with nothing pretentious or quirky but rather a focus on continuously serving up quality drinks and ensuring every experience is a good one.
Lyre Bird Lounge
A short stroll from Ripponlea station is the Lyre Bird Lounge. A small tavern, this venue plays host to many live bands and has built itself a reputation for being the classic local. A great stop if you or your group is in the mood to grab a beer or glass of wine while watching some local talent perform. This venue’s charm and laid-back atmosphere make it perfect for after-work drinks.
After The Tears
After The Tears is the making of three Polish expats. It’s a great venue for those who are brave enough to experience authentic Polish vodka. This bar has an art deco interior, with larger tables for groups as well as intimate nooks.