While Melbourne stays open all night long to celebrate art, culture and creativity during White Night, the city also has plenty of late night haunts that operate all year round. Thanks to late night licences and a local population of 24 hour party people keen on staying up until the early hours of the morning, Melburnians still up past midnight can do everything from slink into a classic cabaret bar or feast on smoky southern barbecue.
Open until 6am on the weekends, Le Bon Ton’s late night menu ensures Melburnians are able to access freshly shucked oysters, brisket sandwiches and chicken ribs until the sun comes up. 51 Gipps Street, Collingwood, +61 3 9416 4341
With movie sessions regularly starting past 11pm, Cinema Nova is a top spot for night owls to stay up late for a movie marathon. Comfy seats, a killer wine list and a selection of decadent choc top flavours seal the deal. 380 Lygon Street, Carlton, +61 3 9347 5331
Open until 6am on Friday and Saturday, one of Melbourne’s favourite spots for a nightcap gives patrons the chance to curl up on a Chesterfield couch with a glass of local red and a farmhouse cheese board. 1/161 Spring Street, Melbourne, +61 3 9654 6300
Home to cabaret, comedy and cocktails, this eclectic venue stays open late to showcase acts that include everything from kitsch show tune singalongs to hilarious improv shows created by local comedians. Carson Place, Off Little Collins Street, Melbourne, +61 3 9663 8107
Melbourne’s newest home of late night jazz delivers performances from international and local greats of the jazz scene in an intimate, underground setting. 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne
Open until 3am, this Fitzroy stalwart always brings its A-Game to the cocktail-making table. The Attic upstairs ensures an opulent cocktail drinking experience complete with table service and retro glassware. 304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, +61 3 9417 0455
Open until 2am every day of the week, the all-new King Pin Crown caters to night owls who prefer to knock over some pins while knocking back a beverage or two. Waffle fries, pulled pork sliders, sangria jugs and weekend DJs sweeten the deal. Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank.
Staying open until 3am every day except Sunday, this late night haunt on Russell Street has everything you need for a good time including a pool table, big comfy booths and juke box loaded with rock classics. Its sister venue, Less than Zero in Prahran is also open til 3am every day of the week. 234A Russell St, Melbourne, +61 3 9041 0856
Melbourne’s gritty home of rock keeps its doors open late serving beers and burgers with a side of live punk, thrash, metal and rock for punters who like to live on the more raucous side of life. 67-71 Johnston Street, Melbourne, +61 3 9419 5320
Sing stars can belt out a bit of Whitney, Britney or Beyonce until 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays at KBOX. With private rooms and more than 100,000 songs to choose from, KBOX claims to have Melbourne’s most extensive karaoke song list. 52 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, +61 3 9663 9663
This Chinatown stalwart has been serving up late night eats to locals for decades. Open until 2.30am every single night of the week, follow your nose down Celestial Avenue to find Cantonese cuisine and cheap beers served amid no-frills décor that hasn’t changed in years. 15 Celestial Ave, Melbourne, + 61 3 9663 4759
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