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Melbourne, Australia: Best hotel bars

By Faye Bradley 17 November 2020

Header image courtesy of The Intercontinental Melbourne (via website)

Hotel bars are renowned to be some of the best spots for drinking and dining—with world-class reputations comes five-star service. Whether you’re feeling rooftop views or sophisticated lobby vibes, here are the best hotel bars in Melbourne, which are worth the splurge.

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Aria Bar & Lounge, The Langham Melbourne 

At The Langham Melbourne’s podium level is Aria Bar & Lounge, a spot known for its afternoon tea and its fine selection of cocktails. Guests can indulge in scrumptious desserts and delightfully-curated drinks, for a relaxing experience.

Aria Bar & Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia | (+61) 1800 641 107

The Coppersmith Bar, The Coppersmith Hotel

As one of Melbourne’s newest boutique hotels, The Coppersmith Hotel is also home to  Coppersmith Bar, a fresh and contemporary spot for cocktail-goers. Stop by for a pre-dinner glass of wine, or spend the whole evening sampling their beer (there are 18 tap craft beer options) or cocktails.

The Coppersmith Bar, The Coppersmith Hotel, 435 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia | (+61) 3 8696 7777

Atrium Bar on 35, The Sofitel Hotel

Perched on the 35th floor of The Sofitel Hotel, Atrium Bar is an impressive hotel bar, with breathtaking views to match. Every night, guests come by to discover the intriguing cocktail menu, with each drink being well-balanced, flavourful, and full of character. Whether you’re craving mojitos, Manhattans, or a cheeky Tiki cocktail, the venue takes you back to the swinging 40s and 50s. Open from 5.00pm till late every night, the bar also hosts post-show aperitifs. Come here for date night, or with pals come Friday.

Atrium Bar on 35, The Sofitel Hotel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia | (+61) 3 9653 7744

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28 Sky Bar Lounge, Crown Towers Southbank

As one of Melbourne’s most exclusive cocktail bars, 28 Sky Bar Lounge offers stunning views of the city in its floor-to-ceiling space, where you can spot the Dandenong Ranges on a clear day. Oozing elegance and sophistication, the hotel bar is decked in opulent interiors, with suave chairs and a sleek selection of spirits and wines. Enjoy a refreshing drink from the extensive menu of boutique beers, local wines, and special cocktails.

28 Sky Bar Lounge, Crown Towers Southbank, Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia | (+61) 3 9292 5535

The Cricketers Bar, Hotel Windsor

Hotel Windsor houses an iconic hotel bar which has long been a staple for locals and travellers alike. The charming venue pays tribute to elevated pub classics and the city’s sporting history. This spot has remained a popular watering hole for years and showcases a cosy and casual atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef, Tom Brockbank, whilst its drinks selection covers everything from beer on tap to Aussie wines. It’s also conveniently close to Melbourne Cricket Club, thus many sports enthusiasts stop by at the bar prior to the games.

The Cricketers Bar, Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia | (+61) 3 9633 6170

Market Lane Bar, The Intercontinental Rialto

Hidden away within Intercontinental Rialto, Market Lane Bar offers vintage New York glamour in a sophisticated space. The bar features a range of premium cocktails, spirits, and wines to choose from for the discerning drinker. Try out the boozy high tea for something a little different, or simply venture into the creative drink curations—the choice is yours.

Market Lane Bar, The Intercontinental Rialto, 495 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia | (+61) 3 8627 1400

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Ru-Co, Grand Hyatt Melbourne

At the luxurious Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Ru-Co sits quaint and tucked away in an intimate venue, bringing a unique cocktail culture to the city. Each drink is a reimagination of signature cocktails, infused with local flavours. Setting the bar for extraordinary drinking experiences, the space is designed to highlight the talents of its mixologists, who specialise in everything from divine classic cocktails to recommending the best malt whisky for your palette. There’s also the wine room—with 2,700 premium bottles to choose from, you’ll never run out of options. In the cooler months, you can also enjoy the live acoustics indoors from local Melbourne creatives.

Ru-Co, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | (+61) 3 9653 4831

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Faye Bradley


Faye Bradley is a freelance writer based in Hong Kong, covering topics in travel, wellness, F&B, and the arts. As the editor and business development executive for Cha Siu Papers Times and Compare Retreats, Faye has experience in writing predominantly about luxury travel and well-being. With a keen eye for finding hidden gems, exploring new destinations, and tasting best-of-the-best cuisines, she continues to pursue her love for writing about travel and visiting remote lands. You can find her by the pool with a good book and a mojito in hand.