Best Bars in Melbourne for a Romantic Date Night
Let us set the scene – dim lighting, secluded booths, seats so close you can’t help but touch (accidentally, or not so accidentally). When you’re in the mood for romance, Melbourne has got the best bars to seal the deal. Here’s our pick of the most amorous spots for your next date night…
Tucked away in the kind of unassuming laneway this city is famous for, New Gold Mountain is an opulent Chinese-themed cocktail bar that’s rich in all things romance. Enter through the lacquered red door and discover a hidden world of jade-green tones, lavish touches and bejewelled lanterns for a look that’s part opium den, part date night gem.
21 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
Made for whisky-swilling night owls, The Woods of Windsor draws on the kind of literary romance that has you embarking on midnight adventures and stolen kisses by the bar. Think moody lighting, exposed brick walls, an old-school swing soundtrack and cosy bar stools that let you sit as close as you dare.
108 Chapel Street, Windsor
The inner North’s premier date spot, Gerald’s oozes old school romantic charm. An intimate candlelit bar whose charismatic staff are well versed on the lengthy wine list – this is the kind of place that never feels like it’s trying too hard (and never fails to impress). Grab a bar seat, and be sure to bump knees in the process.
386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
When it comes to romance, there’s no denying that Italian’s do it better. Set in a historic South Melbourne terrace house, Bellotta Wine Bar comes armed with a touch of Mediterranean glamour and the kind of menu that’s made to share (plus a very sophisticated roster of wines on offer). You know what they say about oysters…
181 Bank Street, South Melbourne
Tucked away on Gertrude Street, The Everleigh evokes faded memories of the speakeasy bars of old. It’s only fitting then that they serve up ‘classic cocktails from the golden era’, complete with chandeliers and suave bartenders in vintage waistcoats. If you’re looking to charm; this is the place.
150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Sipping on ice cold sparkling by the water as the sun sets over the Yarra – you certainly can’t beat that for atmosphere. Nestled under a pedestrian bridge right on the river, Ponyfish Island plays host to one of the city’s most enchanting locations. Nab a sundown perch at the bar for a drinking experience that’s intimate, buzzy and a more than a little bit special.
The original and the best, sophisticated lovers have been romancing on Siglo’s table-clothed rooftop terrace for years. Perched above the city’s theatre at the cocktail-loving ‘Paris end’, a sense of European style and elegance permeates as chatty patrons savour fine wines whilst overlooking the glittering streetscape below.
Level 2, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne
It’s all in the name. What was once a cheerfully sleazy late-night joint has since transformed into a stylishly sleek, film noir-inspired diner (never fear, it’s still open after hours). Complete with red leather booths, old world mahogany detailing, smooth tunes and lighting dimmed to perfection – all that’s left to do is find a little corner to get comfy.
53 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
A true Melbourne icon, you’re all but guaranteed a successful evening at St Kilda institution Cicciolina. The restaurant’s back bar, with its art-lined walls and charming ambience, conjures up the kind of low-key romance that sneaks up on you. Before you know it, you’ll be gazing longingly at your date and whispering sweet nothings…
103 Acland Street, St Kilda
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