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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.