When the sun goes down, the city lights up. Literally. Find Melbourne’s best and brightest neon lights on your next city sojourn.
Iconic neon landmarks
When we talk about icons of Melbourne, it would be wrong not to mention City Hatters, tucked underneath Flinders Street Station. You’ll know where it is when you see the brightly lit sign wrapping the front, and directing you down the stairs of this famous hat shop. They’re open for business, so why not pay a visit?
On the edge of Chinatown, is the red Pellegrini’s neon sign. Splashed across the side of this iconic Melbourne institution, it has become almost as famous as the espresso bar itself. Nearby Crossley Street is home to Gingerboy, which if not for the bright sign lighting up the night, you might just miss it. Meyers Place is rich with neon too – the recently reopened San Telmo is marked by a vertical hanging bicycle and a buzzy red sign.
Neon drenched eateries
Hidden beyond an Instagram worthy, neon-lit tunnel is Lucy Liu’s Kitchen and Bar. The Asian-inspired menu is designed to be shared, and you can enjoy it all while you watch the theatrics of the chef in the open kitchen.
As much a feast for the eyes, as it is the taste buds, is the newly opened Thai Town. Designed to resemble the streets of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, it’s a diner meets hawker market meets Thai grocer. The atmosphere is electric and the space is filled with festoon lights, retro 90’s advertisements, neon, flags and hawker-style signage.
Neon now – not later
Here for a good time and not a long time is the brand new Rainbow Walk in Campbell Arcade. Head underground and marvel at glowing tubes, floating installations, uber instagrammable artworks and more. Brought to life by the awesome people behind Sugar Republic, this pop-up will be on display until the end of July.
Down a cobbled alley off Flinders Lane, look for the bright red neon GoGo sign. An arrow will direct you down to this busy basement bar nestled underneath the ever popular Chin Chin. The perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink, both now open again for bookings! And never forget the red neon sign that casts a moody glow over Heartbreaker. While you wait patiently to be bathed in that red light again, the online Heartbreaker liquor store can deliver the goods.