Melbourne’s Best Secret Bars
What can be more impressive than entering a bar in style? And when I speak of style I mean having to find the hidden entrance to the bar that could be through a telephone booth or a fridge. Secret bars, originate from the Prohibition era in the USA, have been recently a very cool trend around the globe and are getting more and more fame. We have collected some of the best secret bars in Melbourne and you should definitely give them a go!
Where: 16 Russell Place, City (off Little Collins St)
Trading hours: Friday and Saturday till late.
Get inside Bar Ampere. Find the service door. Enter. Follow the dark corridor. Enter the Swamp room. Enjoy the delicious cocktails. Suggestions? The Rebennack cocktail in a flask. And if you are hungry, try the pulled pork burger they have. The bar has a New Orleans atmosphere with music that will definitely make you dance!
Photo: Visit Victoria
Where: 96 Chapel St, Windsor.
Trading hours: Every night 5 pm to 1 am.
Are you pumped for a tropical night with some refreshing tiki cocktails? Then head to Boston Sub the sandwich shop on Chapel Street. Why do you need to enter there? To enter the rum cocktail bar, you have to open the door of the sandwich shop’s refrigerator. Enjoy delicious tiki cocktails in a beautiful exotic atmosphere decorated with cactuses, coconut husk lanterns, and leaf branches. And if you are looking for a strong drink, don’t forget to try its zombie cocktail!
Photo: Melbourne Cocktails
Where: 477 Collins St, city.
Trading hours: Monday to Saturday till late.
Located inside the State of Grace, Fall from Grace is a glamorous cocktail bar you have to try. As it’s well-hidden you have to find its secret entrance. Head to the bookcase near the bathroom and find the book which would open the door to the stairs leading to the bar. The specialty of the bar that we would suggest is its old fashioned cocktail. If you want to visit it at its peak, head there on a Friday night and enjoy its mad vibes.
Photo: State of Grace
Where: Level 1, 1 Flinders Lane, CBD.
Trading hours: Monday to Wednesday 5 pm to midnight. Thursday to Saturday 5 pm to 1 am.
All the previous bars had a secret entrance. This bar has a regular door. However, you have to know which door it is as there are no signs at all and you have to ring the doorbell to enter. Hihou is a Japanese word meaning hidden treasure, and they have indeed hidden the bar well. The bar has a low lighting Japanese style and its menu includes all the classic list of cocktails as well as the Japanese specialties. Aren’t you curious to find the door?
Where: 16 Corrs Lane 3000 Melbourne.
Monday to Wednesday 17:00 – 00:00
Thursday 17:00 – 01:00
Friday 16:00 – 02:00
Saturday 17:00 – 02:00
Sunday 18:00 – 00:00
Another ‘ring the bell’ kind of bar. However, instead of a Japanese décor, this one has a Berlin style. The bar is divided into two parts with an iron wall, creating the east and west Berlin of the past. Capitalist Bloc or Communist Bloc? Opulence or misery? The bar has a cozy and a very interesting diverse atmosphere. Enjoy well-made cocktails or a cold German beer. You have to know though before going, that you have to ring the bell and that the bar is located on the second floor.
What are you waiting for? Enjoy some drinks in a unique environment in one of those hidden bars. An alternative night in the best city of Australia! This is also a very clever way to impress your mates or to go out on a special occasion. Enjoy!