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Melbourne nightlife

The nightlife scene in Melbourne is a mix of laid-back and arty-glam venues. Though bars and clubs alike tend to be low on the snooty factor, most expect you to dress the part of the urban partyer. It's a fashionable town, so leave the flip-flops at home. Most of the city's hippest bars and clubs are secreted away in city center alleyways, though a smattering can be found in the neighborhoods of Carlton, Richmond, and Fitzroy. South of the Yarra River, in Prahran, St. Kilda, and Albert Park, there are also chic clubs, late-night cafés, and groovy little dives. Though door policies tend to be relatively lax, if you're set on getting in, it's worth it to call a day or two ahead of time to put your name on the guest list.

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Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne

With little more than a gaggle of smokers to give away its dark-alley location in City Centre, this barely lit club is a haunt for serious jazz buffs. Every...more

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Boutique Nightclub, Melbourne

Elegant ambience, beautiful people, and the requisite sprinkling of VIPs make Boutique the place to be seen, especially on Fridays, when DJs spin '80s classics...more

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Double Happiness & New Gold Mountain, Melbourne

Double Happiness, an auspicious mini watering hole in Chinatown with fab feng shui, takes its name from the Chinese character for good fortune—and indeed,...more

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The Emerald Peacock, Melbourne

The après-office crowd—fashionably casual and none too suity—flock to the Emerald Peacock to display their plumage. The moniker theme is...more

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Melbourne Supper Club, Melbourne

A perpetually closed, unmarked door hides what could be the country's best wine bar. The 94-page drink list leaves little room for criticism, though rival...more

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Polly Bar, Melbourne

This is boho luxe at its best, a Moulin Rouge world of burgundy velvet chaise longues, gilt-edged mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. Wicked little cocktails with...more

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Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne

A 24-hour weekend license and a hugely eclectic crowd keep this long-running, pretension-free club in everyone's little black book, despite its slightly faded...more

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Sorry Grandma!, Melbourne

Melbourne nightlife vets still mourn the 2006 demise of Honkytonks, one of the city's landmark laneway venues. Hence the collective sigh of relief when the man...more

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Sotano, Melbourne

The seats at the bar surrounding the cheese and charcuterie "tower" (in reality, a 13-foot-tall glass cabinet) are the most sought-after at Sotano, a stylish...more

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