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Top 3 Quirky Bars in Melbourne

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Published June 12th 2012
The Croft Institute a Melbourne institution, located at 21 Croft Alley, will have you stopping to admire the changing graffiti art on your way there. Step into the former Chemistry laboratory converted to a bar, with lab benches and stools still a part of the decor. Glass cabinets displaying pre-used laboratory equipment, and media shakers used as glass dryers, this place provides a visual treat for all patrons. For something unusual, enjoy a cocktail from a syringe or take a nap on the "sick-bed" in the ladies toilets on level 1. On Friday and Saturday's head to the Gymnasium on level 2 to dance the night away or watch the grass grow.

The Croft Institute


Visual delights


Laneway art on the way there


Ponyfish Island, a floating bar, located under the Yarra Pedestrian Bridge makes use of recycled jam jars for drink glasses and offers spectacular views of Southbank and Flinders Street Station. Escape the crowds and relax with a coffee, bite to eat, or alcoholic beverage amongst travellers and locals in a laid-back environment. This easy to miss bar is an island haven in the middle of the Yarra River.

Recycled glassware and great views at Ponyfish Island


A floating bar located under the Yarra Pedestrian Bridge


Berlin Bar, a hidden gem at 16 Corrs Lane. Ring the doorbell and wait to be invited in and seated by attractive suited waiters sporting foreign accents. Divided into East and West Berlin; the former, cold, dark, and gloomy, with bunker beds, old bath tubs and barbed wire creating a fitting atmosphere. Conversely, glamorous people may be seated in the West side, which houses plush couches and booths, and resonates a warm, welcoming and lively environment. The extensive cocktail menu ensures you'll never be bored. This unique bar is the perfect place for an intimate group (maximum group size of 8 allowed entry), especially after mingling with the mass crowds downstairs at House of Maximon or Eurotrash next door.

Ring the doorbell and be patient


The East-side bar


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