Bars & Pubs

Melbourne’s Most Underrated Bars

By Clare Acheson
26th Jul 2016

Best Bars Melbourne

While Melbourne is certainly home to some incredible noteworthy bars, there’s a plethora of hidden gems that have somehow managed to avoid the limelight, just waiting to be discovered. We’ve rounded up our favourite underrated bars, from Eltham to Elsternwick, to give you 11 drinking spots to check out this week. How many can you make it to?

The Nelson

St Kilda

In our humble opinion, The Nelson is vastly underrated, especially if you’re a rum aficionado. With an incredible stock of imported spirits, as well as cocktails that incorporate fresh fruits and exotic ingredients, don’t be fooled by this St Kilda bar’s unassuming interior. The drinks are top-notch and we’ve always had service with a quick-witted smile, making for a cracking evening’s sipping.

Habitat Lounge


While deciding where to drink in Fitzroy has resulted in many a night-long argument, Smith Street bar Habitat all too often goes overlooked. As well as a heated back garden and a well-stocked bar, the petite venue often has local music acts playing live, making for some great tunes to accompany a few tasty beverages.

Kitty Somerset


Somewhat of a Northcote institution, Kitty Somerset is killing it when it comes to delicious cocktails without the pomp and circumstance. The vibe is low-key, the martinis are strong, and you’re always likely to strike up a good conversation at the bar. ‘Nuff said.

Antique Bar


Complete with plush velvet couches, a library room, and a heated, covered outdoor area, Antique Bar has a mouth-watering selection of rotating craft beers, serves a mean mulled wine, and saves you having to schlep into the city for a tasty tipple.

Joe Taylor

North Melbourne

While cocktail fans will surely know this cute Errol Street bar, if you’re not a North Melbourne local, it’s certainly worth making the trip to check out Joe Taylor. The traditional bar also serves some mouth-watering light bites from its petite kitchen, making it a fantastic choice for an evening’s indulgence.

Cabinet Bar

Melbourne CBD

Yep, a CBD bar with a rooftop that you haven’t yet been to! Cabinet, overlooking Swanston Street but accessed via Rainbow Alley, is one of the best small bars in the CBD for a post-shopping cocktail and some people-watching. Just mind the stairs on the way out if you’ve had a few too many espresso martinis…



One of Melbourne’s greatest dive bars for a cheap feed and a glass or two of something chilled, Nevermind keeps it simple. While it’s a favourite with students in the earlier half of the week, the weekends see a local crowd take over the venue for beers, Australian wines and a burger or two. Bravo!

Little Drop of Poison


Eltham is fast becoming one of the hottest suburbs around, and if you like your food and wine (um, obviously), we’d recommend paying a visit to Little Drop of Poison. Even if you haven’t made the jump to the eastern suburb, this bar is a great excuse for a visit. Situated right next to the railway station, you can leave the car and opt for that last nightcap before jumping on the Hurstbridge line home.

The Valley Cellar Door

Moonee Ponds

Cheeseboards, a cheery outdoor seating area, and an excellent wine list are all on the menu at Moonee Ponds wine bar The Valley Cellar Door. Combining a bottle shop and a bar area, this hidden gem makes a great choice for picking up a bottle for later, and brushing up on your vino know-how.

Less Than Zero

South Yarra

Situated next to Prahran Market, Less Than Zero stands out as a firm favourite for a) its cocktails, and b) its pool table. You know the drill: Have a few whisky sours, challenge a mate to a session of knocking balls around a felt covered table, and you’re there for the night.

East Of Everything


Cheesy mac croquettes, fried shrimp po’boys, chilli fries, and all the beers you can handle await at Camberwell taphouse East Of Everything. Underrated food, underrated drinks, underrated vibe… Basically, yes, you should. 

Want more of the best bars in Melbourne? Here are 9 brand new Melbourne bars to check out this weekend!

Image Credit: Antique Bar via Facebook

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