White Night Melbourne: Drinking and dining guide

What's a night of art and culture without beers and meatballs at 3am? 

OK, so you've got your cultural program all sorted for White Night, but what about the eats? What of the drinks? Who's going to satisfy your thirst for a frosty post-cultural-experience pint at 4am? As it turns out, there are plenty of places at your service.

If you're in Federation Square to learn Bey's 'Single Ladies' moves, hotspot Beer DeLuxe will be keeping their doors open till dawn, meaning you can cool your heels with craft beers. The Duke of Wellington pub, the oldest licensed bar in Melbourne, along with Left Bank Melbourne, Trunk Bar and Restaurant and Nieuw Amsterdam Bar will also be keeping their doors open all night long. Our tip is probably to head to the latter given that they're fully loaded with a cocktail list promising some of the most interesting drinks we've had in some time. We're also pretty keen to head north to Collingwood once our brain sponge is fully soaked with culture. It's Le Bon Ton's first dawn service (yes, they had a temporary glitch with the liquor license, but that's all fixed now) and we can't think of a better way to end the night than with oysters, absinthe and Champagne. 

As far as eats go, there will be food trucks pitching camp all around the city, but then you've also got the likes of Chin Chin, the Meatball and Wine Bar staying open till 3am. Joining them with a 3am close is Chocolate Buddha (although their kitchen will be shutting at 1am, so get in there early), Riverland Bar, Bear Brass and Fed Square’s Mr Burger.

Tazio Birraria will be dishing out the food until 2am, but the alcohol stops at 11:30. Tapas eateries MoVida and MoVida Aqui will be sticking to their usual hours (10:30pm close) but MoVida Next Door is extending their hours until 4am. Sake will also be open usual hours – until 1am, with Belgian Beer Café also closing at this time.

God speed and good luck.

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First published on 13 Feb 2014. Updated on 23 Feb 2014.

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