Six essentials for a North Melbourne night out

North Melbourne is a thriving hub of bars, cafes and creative hotspots that is yet to be discovered by the masses. Venture out and uncover its hidden treasures before the gentrification sets in. Here’s six essentials for your ‘to do’ list.

Dance Massive

From Tuesday 14 to Sunday 26 March, Dance Massive will hit the stages at Arts House and Meat Market. Immerse yourself in everything from hip hop and contemporary to theatre-inspired dance from Australian choreographers, companies and dancers.

Two men jumping up in the air holding hands

Dance Massive runs Tuesday 14 March to Sunday 26 March

Joe Taylor

Joe Taylor is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy some cool and cultured drinking. With leather-bound menus and a classic atmosphere, linger over boutique cocktails and lavish wines or sample their delicious bar menu.

Lulu Café & Gallery

Offering tasty brunch dishes, delicate coffee and a fab wine list, Lulu’s is the perfect place to meet before or after the show. From vintage records in the bar downstairs to gallery shows above, you’ll never run out of things to talk about.

A man and woman dancing in a bar. Bottles of wine, spirits and record player in background.

Lulu Café & Gallery


With its quirky décor and laid-back atmosphere Prudence is a bar that exhales excited energy. Inside, the endearing assortment of mismatched vintage clutter and homely collectables maintain the friendly vibe. Kick on after Dance Massive with their ample drink selection, attentive bartenders and well-chosen tunes.

Town Hall Hotel

Open every day, the Town Hall Hotel is a well-positioned oasis away from the daily grind. With appetising pub meals and ’70s and ’80s rock memorabilia on the walls, come here to mingle with the locals. It’s also proudly home to one of the best beer gardens in Melbourne.

Clever Polly’s

A Japanese-inspired restaurant focusing on seafood, Clever Polly’s features an omakase menu highlighting the chef’s catch of the day. It also offers natural wines which are largely preservative and additive free. Inside, the smell of wood adds to the warm atmosphere.