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Sydney may have lost the fight for their right to party past 1.30am, but Melbourne is offering up more places than ever for sophisticated late-night imbibing. Here’s our hour-by-hour guide to classy fun after one

Midnight-1am: La Chinesca

How better to retoxify yourself after a thirsty Febfast than by baptising a new bar? This late-night Chinese-Mexican fusion venue has just swung open doors, serving cocktails, dumplings, and pulled pork until 3am.

1am-2am: Supper Club

Supper Club is one of the original late-night strongholds for whisky, wine and cured meat fans. You do face the Chesterfield-and-red-wine comfort trap (fatal to all nighter plans) but there’s always Siglo’s rooftop upstairs.

2am-3am: Bar Ampere/Gin Palace

Connected to each other by a swamp-themed room festooned with fairy lights and raggy foliage, here you can get a double patty burger, Melbourne’s biggest collection of absinthe, and all the gin drinks up until 3am.

3am-4am: Nieuw Amsterdam

A sneaky conversion of Irish boozer Pugg Mahones, the dim-lit brick-arched downstairs bar is serving up disco DJs, some really solid cocktails – get the bourbon and cola-reduction Old Fashioned – and pork hock nuggets till dawn.

4am-5am: Loch and Key

You’ll find this cocktail bar perched above bushranger-themed pub Captain Melville. Barkeep Sarah Miller is serving toasties, Brooklyn lager tinnies and cocktails that are better than you deserve at five in the morning.

5am-6am: Le Bon Ton

They keep the bar menu running all the way through until 6am on the weekends which means you can rock up for a dozen oysters, a basket of fried chicken and a Hurricane or some Champagne and watch the sun rise in the AstroTurfed courtyard.

6am-7am: Boney

Upstairs is a dance-y mosh pit, but downstairs, you can get tinnies and martinis. Your gin drink is a little less polished at this end of service as opposed to earlier in the night when they have a smaller crowd and more time, but who's judging at this hour?

8.30am: Bar Americano

You should probably go home, friend, but in case you do find yourself looking for a breakfast night-cap, this tiny nook is all about espresso by day, (it becomes a cocktail bar at night) but they will shake you up a highball if you ask really nicely.

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