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Eat for free or chump change at these fine bars


We love a good cocktail, but when it comes to dining out on pocket change how can you beat three-dollar hot dogs and pots from noon until 5pm at Ferdydurke. During this time you'll get a swankier version of their standard dawg, but the regular Polish parowka Frankfurt in bun with mustard and HP sauce is always only three-dollars. Melbourne.

Bar Economico

At Matt Bax’s Latin America ‘rum brothel’ they'll keep your hands busy by slinging you a bag of peanuts still in the shell alongside your drink. Hardly touched the sides? Fortunately you can buy a bigger bag for a fiver if you need to. Richmond.

Mr Wow's Emporium

Mr Wow’s Emporium offers free popcorn to help fuel your next bout of Smith St boozing and indoor bocce. These moreish handfuls are popped to order and then doused in a spicy Mexican or the national treasure that is chicken-flavoured salt. Fitzroy.


On quiet evenings at Longplay, smoked almonds appear as an accompaniment to your Aperol Spritz or classic cocktail. Of course if you need a little something extra, North Fitzroy’s sweetest mini-cinema/bar will sort you out with a plate of olives and bread for a fiver. Fitzroy North.


Peanut allergies kind of put a dampener on the idea of complimentary beer nuts – you don't want to be killing off your punters with your snack-based generosity – but here your drink comes with complimentary popcorn. Much safer that way. Melbourne.

Kid Boston

Popcorn is definitely the free bar snack du jour so kick back at Chapel Street's Kid Boston and watch the city pass you by with an Earl Grey martini in hand and some popcorn spiced with fennel seeds within easy reach. Windsor.


Come beer o'clock on a Friday – we're talking specifically 5-7pm, sorry nigthworkers – Nobu is doing their version of an Italian aperitivo with complimentary edamame and a few select items off the tapas menu being served up alongside cocktails, sake and wine. Southbank.

Naked for Satan

This brassy Basque bar is still winning hearts and minds with their house-infused flavoured vodkas, boob-heavy décor and choose-your-own-adventure style pintxos. The tapas-style bites cost $1-a-toothpick at lunchtime on weekdays, and Sundays to Wednesdays at dinner. Plus they are only two dollars any other time. Bargain! Fitzroy.

Panama Dining Room and Bar

Molluscs are not just for highfalutin' folks. Eat like an emperor for the coins you find under the couch between 6pm and 7pm when Panama Dining Room starts shucking $1 Tasmanian oysters to get your evening underway. Fitzroy.

Updated on 21 Mar 2014.

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