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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

Pei Modern

It’s not a bar, but it’s the place to be right now for beers and sardines on toast. Every mother lover in the industry wants to worship at the altar of Mark Best. Melbourne.


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.

The Standard

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.

Gerald's Bar

Monday nights at Gerald's bar are unofficial hospitality conferences. It's all cold Moritz beers and hot industry gossip. Carlton North.

Bar Ampere

Vernon Chalkers retro-futuristic bar gets the nod for its digestifs and snacks that all come with a spork. Plus, Gin Palace next door will keep serving the martinis till 3 in the AM. Melbourne.

Black Pearl

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.

The Everleigh

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 Bottom End

Michael Delaney’s trash glam pub doesn’t quit till you do. What's not to love about a bar that lets you party till 5am with a po' boy and a bagged drink with a glow-stick in it?! Melbourne.

Bill's Bar

Proximity to Huxtaburger and $9 premium spirits equals fun in a bun! Collingwood.

Lily Blacks

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.

Updated on 24 Mar 2014.



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