Melbourne is the most livable city in the world and the food capital of Australia. This reputation didn’t earn itself. Melbournians are constantly keeping up with the latest trends, and there are a number of unique bars in Melbourne.
Melbourne’s hidden bars add a sense of exclusivity to a night out. Only insiders with secret knowledge gain access to these bars.
Keeping up with the anonymity, a prospective patron, ‘Samantha’, said hidden bars have a different appeal and are a challenge to find.
“I really like the hidden bars in Melbourne because you go down different allies and stuff which is really exciting, it does make it a little bit tricky to find it the next day. I’ve been to some amazing places and I just don’t know where they are”.
Here are some places that are raising the bar in secrecy:
This bar has the façade of a Boston Sub shop, appearing to the untrained eye as a simple place to grab a sandwich.
“It’s like a really cool place, you enter through a fridge door. It’s really exciting and different”, Samantha said.
This is a small but cosy island themed bar lined with comfy couches. Specialty cocktails are served in tiki mugs. It has a beautiful courtyard outside but get there early to grab a seat, it tends to get really busy, even on weeknights.
Location (through the fridge door): 96 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181
The décor of Storeroom suits its name perfectly as storage items hang from all the walls. It has knick-knacks arranged on shelving and a wall full of mirrors, making the space feel bigger than it is.
To enter, ‘number two is the key’ and to leave pick up the telephone receiver. The door automatically slides open to the side as if you’ve cast a magic spell. Don’t worry if you forget how to leave after a few drinks, the friendly staff will help out.
Location (if you can find it): 2-12 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182
Glamp Cocktail Bar
This East-African themed cocktail bar can be found two stories up through a small door in the middle of the street. It’s called Glamp because it has a white safari style tent inside the room, providing a ‘glamping’ feel.
Location: (High in the sky, above Polépolé) 267 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Eau de vie
Set as if it was still the prohibition era, this bar has elegant décor and a sophisticated feel. A door in the middle of an alleyway wall, it is well-hidden and can be quite difficult to find. Inside the bar there is also a hidden Whisky Room behind a bookcase which is home to exclusive brands of whisky.
Location: (‘A hole in the wall’) 1 Malthouse Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Croft Institute
In the most unexpected place, Chinatown, walk down a dark and creepy alleyway to find this bar.
The bar is designed to look like a science lab and cocktails are served with syringes sticking out of them. The bar looks purposefully old and the ladies toilets have an old hospital bed in them.
When asked what the bar used to be the bartender said ‘an insane asylum’ when in fact it was an old distillery.
Location: (down an alley covered in street art) 21 Croft Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000