Want to know where you should be drinking right now? We asked 20 of Melbourne's most professional drinkers - bartenders - to give up the goods on where they like to get on the sauce
Craft cocktails. Good chat. Open on a Monday. No brainer. The EDV crew's bag of tricks and cocktail toys (hickory smoker, magnetic stirrers and liquid nitro on tap anyone?) means this bar is an off-duty playpen for 'tenders who want to cut loose with a renegade drink order. Melbourne.
Pints and parmas. If you work all night, you need to squeeze in some good wholesome daytime eating and drinking, hence the Standard beer garden gets a whole lot of daytime lovin' from night-owls. Fitzroy.
Is also known as the black hole – that inevitable vortex (of fun) into which all are inevitably pulled. They stock beers so boutique you won't have heard of them and know more about hooch than you do about yourself. "We ended up at the Black Pearl" is usually a sentence that precedes a long list of apologies and vague bruise explanations. Fitzroy.
Anyone with even a hint of cocktail love spends every spare cent and second at the Everleigh. It's more a place for serious drink professionals to do some seriously reverential drinking than a place to cut loose. Fitzroy.
The arena for cocktail comp Iron Bartender, and the place for kicking up heels with a cocktail of a Sunday. It's a pretty and quaint little cocktail bar this one, but on hospitality nights, things tend to get a little loose. Melbourne.