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Three of the Coolest Bars in Melbourne

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by Fiona Chen (subscribe)
I am your classic Uni Student that has moved to a bigger city to discover more of what's out there and to share!
Published July 9th 2012


The Carlton Hotel

This classy and alternative bar is always a hot spot for Melbourne's mature and stylish partygoers. With the majority of the walls covered in lush red velvet and large stuffed animals from peacocks to giraffes, this trendy bar is definitely one of a kind. Adding to the unique and lavish atmosphere, the balcony is abundant with luscious green plants, giving a rare close connection to nature in the busy Melbourne CBD. The Carlton is a great place to catch up with a group of friends over an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list. This matchless pub has not only become one of the best bars in Melbourne, but in Australia. It is located at 193 Bourke Street.

Madame Brussels

Ever wished you were invited to Mad Hatters tea party and not that fruit cake Alice? Well now you can experience the fun with Madame Brussels garden style bar. Accompanied with fake lawn and vintage chairs, Madame Brussels is a great place to sit with friends and drink exotic wines and drinks before a big night out. The view outside is also gorgeous, with the city landscape in sight. The unique set up gives off a quirky and youthful atmosphere. It is quite hard to find when you don't know where it is, nonetheless, try your best at Level 3 59 Bourke St Melbourne.

The Croft Institute


The Croft Institute is a quirky hospital style bar that everyone should experience. Hidden in an alley within an alley, it's not somewhere you are likely to stumble upon in a night out. With sinks embedded into the tables and glass ware decorated around the bar, it is definitely a unique experience to enjoy with some friends. There is definitely a grungy atmosphere to the place, and you feel quite special drinking your drink out of a specialised syringe. Who knew drinking could be even funner! Now I don't say this often, but make sure to visit the bathroom, which sticks to the theme, complete with the casual hospital bed by the sink.
Located on Croft Alley.
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Your Comment
Maybe a little old hat that list. I would have gone with House of Maximon, Ferdydurke and Bar Americano.
by Jerome (score: 2|111) 2470 days ago
now now some of us are older
by pacamu (score: 1|64) 2147 days ago
The Carlton Hotel is now called Polly
by emeti (score: 1|23) 2139 days ago
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