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How many times have you tried to organise a night out only to stumble upon this little dilemma:. Yep, us too. But you know what? It's time to kick those butts into gear and commit to a date, because Melbourne is home to some of the coolest bars in the country if not the world.
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Below is our list of the top ten bars in Melbourne where you can still pick up the old-fashioned way; through drinking and conversation.
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A live band residency rotates every month, and the acts are hand-picked for danceability. Afterwards, DJs spin soul, Motown and old school funk tunes until 3am and the room writhes like a scene from Dirty Dancing.
Black Pearl is always counted among the best places in Melbourne to take a date. But this little bar gets high on our list for more long-term reasons: At last count, Pearl was directly responsible for over a dozen marriages, and those are just the ones they know about. This includes manager Chris Hysted, who met his wife across the bar here, and is now expecting a baby.
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The Toff has everything you need for a successful rendezvous: Dance floor? Cocktails with charming bartenders?
Private booths for a sneaky snog? Check and mate. For classy encounters of the gin-fuelled kind, this CBD basement bar is your bordello of dreams. Decorated like the boudoir of a martini-sipping madam, Gin Palace has all the dark corners and satin pillows you could want to conjure romance. The Gaso also works with LISTEN, a taskforce addressing sexual harassment and gender parity in music venues, and have implemented gender-neutral bathrooms, and at least one female security guard at all times. Plus, and perhaps most importantly, everyone looks hot lit by neon.
girl bars near me Former bartender Tom Ambroz reckons this late-night laneway venue is a great place to pick up, especially for blossoming workplace romances. We had a pair once who just waited until all their colleagues were gone, then immediately started making out, hard.
We let them go for a while, but when she kicked their cocktails off the table trying to mount him we had to ask them to leave. About an hour and a half later as we were closing up we found them outside near a pile of boxes. We had to include at least one proper nightclub in the list, and our vote goes to a place that lives up to its name.
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Manager Miro Mihaly deserves his own podcast for his deadpan recounts of the ridiculous scenes of trashiness he witnesses on King Street every weekend. Like that one time he busted a pair of inebriated youngsters consummating their lust in a toilet cubicle. Hoo boy. If you want to cruise the dance floor looking for love in the dark, Tramp is your place.
Just leave your panties on until you get home. This is a place where the beautiful people who usually frequent the glitzy clubs of Chapel Street might come to find a way to piss off their parents — by picking up a partner clad in leather and tats.
Pop outside for a smoke, challenge someone to a game of darts, share a bowl of charcoal chicken fries or find a squishy old couch to sink into while the kick-ass crew sling beer, whisky and cocktails with a wink and a smile.
Nowhere else in the country can you party at all hours, and then go out for a civilised meal into the bargain.
For more late-night antics, peruse our guides to Melbourne's best late night bars, nightclubs and bars for dancing. Go to the content Go to the footer Close Melbourne icon-chevron-right Melbourne. Time Out Melbourne. Get us in your inbox up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from your city and beyond. We already have this. Try another?
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