106 Hardware St, Melbourne
This Viking-inspired bar & restaurant is straight out of Norse Mythology. The team at Mjølner – named after Thor’s Hammer – has successfully brought an opulent touch to barbarian dining.
This venue is from the team behind Eau de Vie, so expect a high level of theatrics. You’ll be able to drink beer from a horn and take flaming shots poured down a beef-bone.
Mjølner also serves mead, a fermented honey drink that is thought to be the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage.
236 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Glamp is a cocktail bar inspired by the world of ‘glamorous camping.’ Hidden down Little Collins St, Glamp is home to a giant colourful tent – perfect for large groups.
Choose from their range of imported African beers, or sip on their signature cocktails. Take some photos while you’re here, the venue is extremely photogenic.
16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne
Berlin, Germany, was once divided into the East and the West, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Berlin Bar.
One-half of the bar flourishes in elegance (thanks to capitalism) and the other half is war-torn by the terrible results of communism. Pick a side, and settle in for a cocktail.
Berlin is a little tricky to find, making it one of the city’s best hidden bars.
185 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Storyville is a magical bar inspired by your favourite childhood stories; think Narnia meets Harry Potter. From the giant glowing mushrooms that line the wall, to the inventive cocktail list, this bar is filled with wonder.
21 Liverpool St, Melbourne
Serving cocktails since 2002, Double Happiness is a Chinese-inspired bar filled with communist propaganda featuring Chairman Mao.
It’s all tongue-in-cheek, and the rowdiness that Double Happiness promotes would not be endorsed by the Chinese government.
The drinks list is fun. The ‘Great Leap Forward’ is their signature cocktail staring house-made lychee vodka. Or enjoy bubble tea spiked with a shot of booze.
This hole-in-the-wall bar showcases everything good about Melbourne’s laneway bar scene.
590 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
Mini golf has made a comeback. Holey Moley is a 27-hole putt-putt course inspired by pop culture; holes feature The Simpsons, Forrest Gump, Game of Thrones and many more.
They have a complete cocktail bar and sling pizzas from the kitchen. Booze and putt-putt sound like a good mix, and it is.
You’ll find them at Crown Casino in Southbank along with their city location.
59 Bourke St, Melbourne
One of Melbourne’s cheekiest bars by far, Madame Brussels takes its name from the city’s most notorious mistress.
Madame Brussels (real name, Caroline Hodgson) was the owner of a brothel during the mid-19-century, known for serving wealthy and powerful clientele.
This rooftop bar is inspired by the madame’s house, with faux grass and cocktails served out of teacups. It’s like a garden party in the sky.
The entrance is hard to find, but once you do, get prepared for an evening of revelry.