As Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne has a colourful nightlife that is going to keep even the most eclectic of tastes fulfilled. And with so many new places opening it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not, so why not try one of our suggestions to get you started:
Best Restaurant in Melbourne
– Cumulus Inc
Situated right next to the Arc One Gallery, Cumulus is definitely part of the thriving art and fashion scene in the city. It is a great place for a coffee in the morning but with the Andrew McConnell menu awarded the Age Good Food Guide for the past three years, the meals served from their open plan kitchens is the reason most people come.
Open from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends the full English breakfast will give you a little piece of home right in the heart of Melbourne, though how you couldn’t be tempted by the Shakshouka or the freshly baked Madeleines may be beyond most.
Service is exemplary and though there is no booking, if you want exquisite flavour with Ozzy sophistication, then Cumulus is definitely worth a visit.
Best Bar in Melbourne
– Lustre Lounge
With a balcony overlooking Flinders Lane and Degraves Street, the Lustre Lounge offers a credible alternative to the cocktail bar and is somewhere that the traditional expat may feel a bit more at home.
Describing itself as ‘intimate and unpretentious’ the infamous mixologists always have a speciality drink to try but whether you are there for the Cocktails or the atmosphere this place is a great location to start the evening. The bar food is impeccable and reasonably priced and with no loud music, it’s a great place to come if you actually want to be heard.
With quick, efficient and friendly service and great function facilities, the Lustre Bar creates a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere without loosing any of the qualities that this up and coming city want to project on the world.
Something a Bit Different
– The Rooftop Cinema
If the night-time views of Melbourne city take your breath away from the street, then imagine what it would be like to look down on them from a gorgeous open top bar that shows off the very best that this city has to offer. Oh, and while you’re there, why not take in one of a carefully selected program of arthouse, classic and recently released films in a completely unique and wonderful setting.
With screenings from December to April, whether you want to see the latest new release or watch Elf on Christmas Eve, this is one place where any film take you to a whole new world. And even if it gets a little cold, outdoor heaters will ensure you always remain comfortable but if the rain does come down you can easily move into the core of the building and continue to enjoy your night in style.
When the cinema is not open, the range of music played in the Rooftop Bar makes it one of the coolest best places in the city right now. But with seven flights of stairs to climb, just make sure your footwear is not going to let you down.
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