With a nightlife as dense as Melbourne’s, there are always going to be bars and clubs that disappear in the bustle. It’s a competitive industry, and not everyone is going to get the recognition they deserve. However, those aren’t the bars we’re talking about today.
When we say “Hidden Gems”, we’re talking about those venues that are hidden by design. Not every bar owner wants to cater to everyone, and in turn, the secrecy of these locations only adds to the mystique. That said, it’s not just the mysterious nature of these bars that makes them special. Today, we’re looking at some of Melbourne’s most unique little secrets. Let’s get into it.
While you may have been to Captain Melville, Melbourne’s oldest pub, you may have missed something between the good food and excellent drinks. If you happen to stumble across a bookcase behind the bar, you’ll be face to face with one of Melbourne’s most peculiar drinking establishments.
Behind a bookcase in a separate pub, Loch and Key is a beautiful, warmly lit bastion of cocktails and spirits sure to titivate any traveller looking for good drinks and good company. With friendly staff, a lovely atmosphere, and an alcohol list longer than you would expect from this sly alcove, it’s a must-visit for anyone looking to experience something unique.
Located at the end of Croft Alley, accompanied by a sprawling tapestry of tags and street art, is one of the more peculiar on this list. Croft Institute lives up to its name; coming across more like a strange high school science classroom than a place to drink. For those that have always wanted to add a dash of professionalism to their nights out, being surrounded by Bunsen burners and odd doctors’ waiting room-styled rooms is sure to satisfy.
Speaking of professional, you can’t really get more regimented than Berlin Bar. Self-identifying as “a place where Capitalist opulence confronts Communist austerity”, they aren’t exactly going for laid-back comfort, let’s put it that way. However, that’s not to say it’s an unpleasant experience. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the beautifully-designed interiors and table service from days of old create a captivating atmosphere that’s impossible to ignore. Just remember to knock, as the door is always locked.
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