While internet cafes have come a long way since their late nineties inception (remember the days of dialling up in dimly lit rooms?), finding a great glass of wine and a wifi connection in the same place can often be a challenge.
To help you connected Urban Listers out, we have rounded up Melbourne’s best bars with wifi (and restaurants with a killer wine list) – ideal whether you are heading out with a laptop to wrap up that last work email of the day, or simply fancy catching up on your fave blogs while sipping on something long, tall and expertly mixed.
1000 £ Bend | Melbourne CBD
One of the CBD’s most well-known alternative venues, 1000 £ Bend serves up an abbreviated range of wines, cocktails, teas, beers and food in its haphazard two-room warehouse premises. Take advantage of their ‘laptop land’ $3 coffees that come complete with two hours of free wifi access.
Bar Nacional | Docklands
Needing a break from the office? Bar Nacional serves some of Melbourne’s best tapas, accompanied by a comprehensive offering of local and imported wines, beers and spirits. Kick back with a glass of Tempranillo, a plate of grilled sardines, and finish that presentation while making-believe you’re in a beachside villa in Malaga.
Black Cat | Fitzroy
Fitzroy’s Black Cat is a cosy spot that offers couches, tap beers, local wines and a relaxed crowd. Their free internet network is available for customers to use up until 5pm, when the bar gets busier. Grab a cheese platter and a Shiraz before then for some chilled-out time online.
Circa | St Kilda
Boasting a chic interior with an equally chic Asian-Australian menu, Circa is one of Melbourne’s best restaurants, housed in St Kilda institution, The Prince. While probably not ideal if you’re planning on setting up shop for hours at a time, its fabulous cellar and beautifully presented meals make it one of our top Melbourne wifi restaurant picks for an impressive client lunch.
Claypots Evening Star | South Melbourne
If a quick stop-off for super-fresh seafood is in order, pay a visit to Claypots Evening Star. Located on the periphery of the South Melbourne Market, the skewers make an excellent light bite if you’re in need of wifi-supported sustenance.
Kent St | Fitzroy
Beer, coffee, wifi and a ‘no jerks’ policy – what more could you ask for? Earmarked as a Fitzroy staple in our Melbourne’s best dive bars round-up, Kent St is the perfect laid-back location for meeting that late-night deadline or hammering through some personal admin. It’s open from 10am until 1am everyday and the staff are more than happy to have you order in a snack from neighbouring Japanese restaurant, Peko Peko, if you get peckish.
The Public Bar | North Melbourne
The Public Bar in North Melbourne is on the low-key end of our Melbourne wifi round-up, playing host to Miss Katie’s Crab Shack (but get in quick as it’s soon to relocate) as well guest craft beers and a ton of live gigs. Beer, bands and wifi. Dreamy.
Newmarket Hotel | St Kilda
For great so-Cal style food in a setting that mixes the old with the new, St Kilda’s Newmarket Hotel can’t be beaten. Drop in and log on during the early afternoon to make the most of their excellent $10 Lunch Stop menu.
Nieuw Amsterdam | Melbourne CBD
Wifi and disco?! Open until 3am, Nieuw Amsterdam might not be the ideal spot if you’re hoping to get some work done but it is a great venue for boozin’ and perusin’ the web. Just remember to pack away the laptop before you start dancing on the table.
Trunk | Melbourne CBD
Trunk's impressive Little Lonsdale venue has somewhat of a split personality – burgers, shakes and wings are served up diner-style in one half, while a more refined menu graces its restaurant proper. We’d recommend grabbing a Golden Gaytime thickshake and sticking with the diner menu if your dining partner is a laptop – just keep the sticky BBQ sauce off the iPad.
Workshop | Melbourne CBD
If you’re looking for a Melbourne wifi venue that makes you feel like an extra in ‘90s Angelina Jolie classic, Hackers, Workshop's industrial interior should do the trick. Set above street-level, this is a tough one to find (although the premises is on Elizabeth Street, the entrance is through a small doorway on A'Beckett Street) but it’s worth it if reading emails with a Red Stripe in hand is your idea of tech heaven.
That’s our wrap up of the best wifi bars in Melbourne, Listers. Go forth, browse and sip!
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