Melbourne's laneway culture throughout the CBD has created opportunities for new, exciting and often hidden gems to be found by locals and tourists alike.
However, here are some of Melbourne's cocktail institutions - they may not be hidden, but they are regarded as the best.
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2/161 Spring Street, Melbourne, (03) 9654 6300, www.theeuropean.com.au
Located above The European and Melbourne's infamous Supper Club, Siglo offers first-class service until late into the night/morning. Rooftop with heaters, white linen and incredible views.
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59 Bourke Street, Melbourne, (03) 9662 2775, www.madamebrussels.com
The trendy and hard-to-find place is a favourite amongst CBD regulars. With an Alice in Wonderland type decor, Madam Brussels is host to a creative cocktail list, and a friendly staff and crowd makes it easy for any day of the week!
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69 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, (03) 96637722, www.1806.com.au
This is THE cocktail bar of Melbourne. Winner of countless awards, 1806 is hidden on a main street, with no windows, and a subtle sign stating 1806 - the fun part is finding it - oh add to it The UnderStudy above, where everything is turned upside down...
This is a must for any Melbournian. A favourite amongst those who finish work late, this is a cosy bar that offers a wide range of cocktails, bitters and spirits!