Some of Melbourne’s restaurants and bars are best visited well after dark. Whether you’re in need of sustenance after a show or reliving your youth, here a few of our finest late-night venues.
This dive bar and music hot spot offers something for everyone with a menu that ranges from fried chicken burgers to vegan barbecue brisket. Globe Alley’s kitchen closes at 10pm on weeknights, but swing by Friday and Saturday and you can feast until 1am.
Magic Mountain Saloon
Magic Mountain Saloon is a vibrant bar and eatery serving modern Thai nightly until 1am and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. Who doesn’t want to end a night out with Tamarind BBQ wings and pandan tiramisu?
Bar Margaux takes inspiration from the late-night venues of Paris and the New York Meatpacking district. Think black-and-white tiles, a zinc-topped bar, red-leather banquettes and custom light fixtures. Food includes French bistro classics like duck frites, and drinks are pure sophistication, including Champagne and craft cocktails – service ends at 3am.
Experience a restaurant ‘smuggled from Mexico to China Town’ hidden underground on Little Bourke Street. Bodega Underground is late-night mezcal bar and taqueria, slinging fresh feasts until 3am.
Connie’s at Heartbreaker Bar
Follow the irresistible scent of pizza to the back of Heartbreaker Bar, and discover the teeny pick-up hatch of Connie’s Pizza. Named in honour of the owner’s nonna, this literal hole in the wall proves that less is more. Open nightly (except Sundays) until 3am.
While there are other options at Mr Crackles, he’s really all about the piggy. How about his classic roll of crisp-skinned, slow-roasted, five-spice pork belly with Vietnamese salad? Or the crackling cup, which you can eat every yummy bit of because the cup’s a soft white roll? Pig out until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Melbourne Supper Club is a late-night drinking and dining institution. Leather couches and wood panelling create an air of old-world sophistication until the wee hours of the morning. It’s open daily until 4am, and 6am on Friday and Saturday.
Everything handmade tastes better, and the dumplings at Mr Kwok are no exception. Although the place is now operated by his daughter, you can sometimes catch Mr Kwok in the kitchen making his delicious dumplings from scratch. It’s open until 3:30am every night except Friday and Saturdays when it’s open until 5am.
Loch & Key
A late-night gem hidden above Melbourne’s oldest pub, Loch & Key presents a speak-easy vibe with friendly and knowledgable bar staff. Late-night cravings are sorted with snacks such as sliders and nachos served into the early morn. Open until 5am every day, except Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays where they keep the locks open until 7am.
Open 24 hours
Dragon Hot Pot
Years of Chinese craftsmanship come together in one delicious bubbling bowl at Dragon Hot Pot. Satisfy your cravings for noodles, spicy soups, seafood and more around the clock at their Russell Street location.
When it comes to eating Greek in Melbourne, it doesn’t get more old school than Stalactites Restaurant, which opened in 1978. At some point in most Melburnians’ lives, a big night out has been capped off here. Check-in 24/7 for souvlaki, moussaka, baklava or Greek coffee.
Another Russell Street hot spot with a 24-hour policy is Shujinko. Indulge in handmade ramen noodles served with pork belly and soft boiled eggs or try their inky black noodles.
Night owls will love the 24/7 menu at Butchers Diner, where the rolls, burgers, grills and roasts use premium Aussie meat. Swing by between 6am and 11am for the breakfast menu serving delicious pancakes, breakfast steaks and vegan hash.
More late nights await:
- Supper Inn – a late-night Chinatown favourite open until 2.30am daily
- Lui Bar – a stunning room with a view, open until 3am Friday and Saturday
- Boilermaker House – open until 3am nightly, serving charcuterie plates, cheese boards and ploughman’s platters until close
- Toff in Town – Choo Choo’s kitchen is open for delicious Thai food until 3am weeknights and 5am on weekends.