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.
Open 24 hours
Twenty Pho Seven
Newly opened on Russell Street, Twenty Pho Seven is Melbourne’s first 24-hour pho restaurant, serving up a range of pho, banh mi, spring rolls, rice paper rolls and bubble tea cocktails. Another project from the team behind Hochi Mama, the pho is made from a traditional broth recipe passed down through many generations. There is a wide variety of pho for everyone’s taste buds including traditional sliced beef pho with brisket, tendons and tripe as well as chicken and vegan options. For those who like broth in the morning, a breakfast pho is coming soon.
The Butcher’s Diner
Night owls will love the 24/7 menu at Butcher’s Diner, where the rolls, burgers, grills and roasts use premium Aussie meat.
You know you’ve hit the jackpot when there’s a dedicated ‘up late’ menu at the table. Known for serving some of the best roast chicken in Melbourne, Belleville‘s version is glazed with sticky miso butter or soldier boy spice. Chow through karaage popcorn chicken served with tonkatsu aioli, chicken liver parfait with Japanese onion jam and their famous poutine until 1am.
The Melbourne Supper Club is a late-night drinking and dining institution. Leather couches and wood paneling 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.
We all know that everything handmade tastes better, so do these dumplings at Mr Kwok. Although the place is now operated by his daughter, you can see through the window that Mr Kwok is often in the kitchen making these 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, Lock & 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 2am, Parisian-style, white-clothed tables and pale timber fills this clean, lofty space. Located above Kirk’s Wine Bar, tuck yourself in a corner under the moonlight, or snag one of French Saloon‘s coveted balcony tables. French and French-style wine pairs perfectly with nibbles, including a house made charcuterie plate and natural oysters. Open Monday to Friday only.
The third venue to arrive at the Kirk corner on Hardware Lane, Kirk’s is a pub and diner next door to the original Kirk’s Wine Bar. Unlike its sibling and the neighbouring French Saloon, Kirk’s is beer-focused and bar snacks are the star. There is also a rotating hot meal each day, to pair with your favourite frothie.
More late-night options:
Magic Mountain Saloon – a vibrant bar and eatery serving modern Thai, open until 1am on weekends.
Mamasita – tasty Mexican bites open until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1am Friday and Saturdays.
Supper Inn – a late-night Chinatown favourite open until 2.30am daily.
Stalactites – an old faithful, get your fill of Greek food 24 hours a day.
Lui Bar – a stunning room with a view, open until 3am Thursday to Sundays.
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 the weekends.