The 5 Best Student Bars in Melbourne

Looking for a cheap drink out? Here’s the guide to Melbourne’s best cheap bars for students.

Updated: July 4, 2023

I lived in Melbourne for 10 years and as a uni student visited a heaps of bars.

Asian Beer Cafe

211 La Trobe St, Melbourne

With views over The State Library of Victoria, Asian Beer Cafe is loved for its happy hours. Catering to the student crowd, every day you can find cheap beer, wine & cocktails.


376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

A quirky corner joint with a rooftop bar and cheap pizzas.

The Provincial Hotel

299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Fitzroy is Melbourne’s oldest suburb, and unsurprisingly, one of it’s most lively.

The Provincial Hotel is a classic corner pub that underwent a face-lift with the addition of a rooftop bar. While it is a modern addition, it still manages to maintain some old-world charm.

This spacious rooftop bar is inspired by the rooftop gardens of New York City, and is a great way to finish a Fitzroy shopping blitz.

Father’s Office

249 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

With a slight nod to the 1920’s, Father’s Office features plush couches and a great balcony with a view over the State Library of Victoria.

Father’s Office has daily specials, including happy hours and even all-you-can-eat wings.

Lucky Coq

179 Chapel St, Windsor

A uni student hangout with a pumping dance floor and pool table. Cheap pizzas and plenty of happy hours.

Taylor was born and raised in Tasmania. He moved to Melbourne to study Film & television, and went on to start a marketing agency for hospitality.

He has a love for rock ‘n’ roll bars & New York-style pizza. In 2020 he was amongst the top 1% of Frank Sinatra listeners on Spotify.

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