Bar Reviewer and Tour Organiser
Published March 25th 2014
Lily Blacks is far and away one of the best bars in Melbourne. It has got everything you want; great cocktails and staff who know how to make them with some good banter as well; good beer like Hawthorn on tap; a great little smoking area that looks over Meyers place lane way; and it's open long hours.
Lily's is very much a Hospo bar, so it really picks up late at night. I've spent many a time here at around 1-2 am on a Sunday or Monday and it's been humming with life. As mentioned, the staff are very good at their craft, as well as chatty, and it has a very classy yet relaxed decor.
I used to really hate this bar because a friend who introduced me to it ended up dating my ex girlfriend, but that's not really their fault, so I decided to forgive them. Great place for after work drinks, a date or just hanging solo at the bar.
Also check out Iron Bartender, when they go head to head with other bartenders around Melbourne and try out new drinks. The guys who own this also run Double Happiness, New Gold Mountain and Mr Wow's, so they know a thing or two.