Bars & Pubs

10 Exotic Cocktails in Melbourne

By Iro Kotsimbos
13th Feb 2015

Listers, you know we love a cocktail—that is an undeniable fact. From retro and frozen, to coffee creations and summer sippers, we’re dead set obsessed with finding the best cocktails in Melbourne.

We also love to travel (who doesn’t?!); however, considering lack of funds prevents us from doing so (often), we resort to drinking away our sorrows.

This made us think; wouldn’t it be a genius idea to combine our love of cocktails with our passion for travelling?! Heck yeah, it would be! From there, we took it upon ourselves to trawl Melbourne’s best bars, all in the name of researching some truly global inspired cocktails.

The result? A delightfully boozy trip around the world!

Margarita Del Tommy from Burroteca (Mexico)

Melbourne CBD

With its crazy yet cool mix of neon lights, disco tunes and Mexican panache, Burroteca on Lonsdale Street is the place to go for one of the best margaritas in Melbourne. The Burroteca bar staff combine fresh lemon and lime juice with agave nectar, agave sec and Espolon Blanco tequila for a cocktail with a real kick! The best part? You can order your Margarita Del Tommy in a biiiig jug to really get the party started!

Walnut & Maple Old Fashioned at White Oaks (USA)


A taste of the American South on eclectic Greville Street, White Oaks Saloon Bar & Dining is quickly becoming a hotspot thanks to their stellar cocktail list and food inspired by the American South. One sip of the Walnut & Maple Old Fashioned—a super smooth combo of Bulleit bourbon, orange bitters, walnut syrup and maple syrup—and you’ll feel as if you’re kicking back and relaxing with friends in Tennessee.

Sangria at Simply Spanish (Spain)

Melbourne CBD, Queen Vic Market & South Melbourne

This one should come as no surprise, Listers; Simply Spanish is quite simply responsible for some of the best sangria in Melbourne. With outposts on Bourke Street, Queen Vic Market and South Melbourne, Simply Spanish’s housemade sangria (available by the glass and in jugs…we’ll go for jugs!) packs a punch yet is totally refreshing. Perfect for sipping on while you devour one of Simply Spanish’s famous paellas. Olé!

‘Goat’ Chinese Zodiac Cocktail at Table Lamp (China)

Melbourne CBD

A word of warning: the Chinese Zodiac cocktails at Modern Asian restaurant Table Lamp are seriously addictive. While there’s one for each animal of the Chinese Zodiac, it’s the Goat cocktail that we’re loving right now. Pampero Especial rum, Aperol and Regans orange bitters is mixed with watermelon juice, lime juice and lemongrass syrup for a fresh and fruity drink that you’ll find yourself sipping all summer long!

Turkish Apple Tea from Mr Lawrence (Turkey)

Port Melbourne

With its prime location opposite Port Melbourne beach and delicious Middle Eastern inspired menu, Mr Lawrence is one of the best spots to while away a lazy weekend, Turkish Apple Tea in hand. The stellar cocktail (available by the jug…score!) screams summer with its moreish blend of schnapps, vodka, gin, lemon verbena leaf and apple slices. We’re salivating just thinking of it!

Negroni from 1806 (Italy)

Melbourne CBD

While it’s not Italian influenced per se, 1806 on Exhibition Street totally nails the classic Italian drink—the good ol’ Negroni. The award-winning bar staff at 1806, the team responsible for some of Melbourne’s best cocktails, mix Beefeater gin, Cinzano Rosso, Campari and soda as if by magic to create a Negroni that has just the right amount of bitterness but is oh-so-refreshing.

The Little Black Book from The Rum Diary Bar (Cuba)


When it comes to all things rum, is there a more perfect place in Melbourne than The Rum Diary Bar? We think not! While the Fitzroy bar has over 170 types of rum, it’s their rum-based cocktails that we go absolutely crazy for. If we had to choose, it’s The Little Black Book that we’d send our votes in for…seriously, with Plantation Original dark rum, fresh vanilla, freshly brewed espresso, chilli and brown sugar, how can you say no?! Another round please, bartender.

Hihoutini from Hihou (Japan)

Melbourne CBD

While Japanese restaurant, bar and lounge, Hihou, pride themselves on their impressive list of Japanese spirits—think shochu, umeshu and sake—their cocktail menu is also cultivating quite the fan base. Martini fans need to try Hihou’s version, the Hihoutini—a smashing drink combining sake, gin, elderflower and shiso flakes. Oh so smooth and oh so addictive!

Lychee Martini from Borsch Vodka and Tears (Poland)


A shrine to the wonderful world of vodka (we always knew potatoes were good for a reason!), Borsch Vodka and Tears in Windsor is arguably the best bar in Melbourne for vodka fanatics—vodka shots, vodka flights, vodka cocktails—you name it, Borsch Vodka and Tears have got it! Of all their tangy and tasty vodka cocktails, the Lychee Martini takes the cake—ginger vodka AND lemon vodka, plus lychee syrup, lemon and elderflower makes for the perfect evening cocktail, no?

Earl Negroni from G&Tea Garden (Britain)


Is there a drink more British than gin? Surely not, Listers. New Melbourne bar, G&Tea Gin Garden, are the experts on anything and everything gin, so where else would we go for a gin-based cocktail? Famous for the G & Teas, which combines gin and—you guessed it—tea, a quintessentially British drink, G&Tea Gin Garden also boast the utterly delectable Earl Negroni on the cocktail menu. Just picture it—Tanqueray gin, sweet bermouth, Campari and Earl Grey dilution poured over hand cut ice and dehydrated orange. Swoon!

Cocktail fan? Check out our list of 33 bars you should have tried if you live in Melbourne!

Image Credit: Heather Christo

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