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Melbourne's Best Hidden Bars

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by Jack Lewis (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Melbourne who loves to get outside and enjoy the great city we live in.
Published October 23rd 2011
There is nothing like the thrill of discovering a hidden gem in the middle of the city. Melbourne has many fantastic bars that are kept well hidden. These are some of my favourites.

Rooftop Bar, Level 7, 252 Swanston Street

This bar can be found above The Toff in Town and offers great views of the surrounding city. It serves some solid burgers and has some great beers too.

The Red Hummingbird, Level 1, 246 Russell Street

With only a red bird cage above the door to give away the location of this bar, it can be easy to miss. They serve good cocktails here and also have a rooftop bar which can be a great place to spend a Friday night.

Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane

Down an small lane and near the equally popular Camy Shanghai Dumpling, Section 8 is a happening place on the weekend. The drinks and seating are basic, but with DJs on the weekend and a good crowd, you are sure to have a good night.

www.myspace.com/section8bar


If you have any other suggestions for excellent, well-hidden bars please leave them in the comments section.
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Why? For a bit of adventure
When: Evening until late
Where: Around Melbourne
Cost: Moderate
Your Comment
I got excited thinking there were some great 'hidden' bars I'd never been to. All I can say is been there done that. (Much like most of Melbourne I would imagine).
by sarah399 (score: 1|17) 2821 days ago
hi Sean, which bar near Yarra Bend Golf Course are you referring to?
by janeo2 (score: 0|8) 2822 days ago
These are some pretty hard-to-find gems. Did you know that there's a great place to drink near the Yarra Bend golf course? It's hard to find, but if you manage to then you'll never forget your visit.
by Sean Goedecke (score: 2|324) 2824 days ago
The Workshop on corner of Elizabeth St and Buckett St is a really good bar with good music too with a dj on weekend. It belongs to the same owner than Section 8. Or Black Cat on Brunswick St still for the same guy.
by Tibolo (score: 0|5) 2819 days ago
Hi Sean, I found this "watering hole" on the Yarra just two days ago, on a very rough and off-road bike ride. Unfortunately for us, it was closed at the time, but definitely want to return as it is absolutely magic. Does it have a name?
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2816 days ago
You seem to know a lot about this place. You should write a review of it to let the people know.
by Jack Lewis (score: 1|29) 2824 days ago
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