Best Hipster Bars in Melbourne
The best thing about the creation of the hipster culture is, undoubtedly, the invention of the hipster bar. Melbourne is the undisputed birth place of the Australian Hipster– teeming with bars, cafés and restaurants dedicated to the hipster niche. Here are the authentic hipster bars to go to if you’re in or around the Melbourne area.
THE ALCHEMIST BAR & CAFE (Fitzroy)
The alchemists of history were pharmacists on the search for the impossible: long, youthful life, the ability to turn metal into gold and cures for disease. The Alchemist Bar & Café pays homage to these philosophers with, what we believe is the answer to all three: alcohol. Wondrous cocktails adorn the menu, so tempting they seem like magic. Set against the backdrop and furniture of old pharmaceutical cabinets and tools, this hipster bar will make you seem oh-so-cool and just a little bit quirky.
Location: 361 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
LILY BLACKS (Melbourne)
Lily Blacks is hipster cocktail heaven. Sporting names like Hibiscus Heartbreaker and Lion and Rose, these cocktails will win you many major hipster points. After a few of these cool cocktails you’ll turn into the beautiful girl on the menu cover: with an old-fashioned bike, dated-but-still-cool dress, oversized hat and – most importantly- cocktail in hand. Get on your hipster bike and get down to Lily Blacks for a night you won’t
Location: 12 Meyers Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Ferdydurke has everything hipster. From the highly underrated culinary delight that is a toasted sandwich, all the way to the thirst-quenching barrelled cocktail. Their tag line is ‘Come Thirsty… Leave Happy…’ and it is a mission statement that seems to be easily achievable at this hipster bar. Fill up on your hipster quota of the day with a quick pit stop at Ferdydurke and watch as you quickly become a regular.
Location: 31 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
THE KODIAK CLUB (Fitzroy)
The Kodiak Club is the classic bourbon bar with a side of American food. They boast of an immense bourbon, rye whiskey and scotch whiskey collection that will impress all the seasoned bourbon beverage partakers. If you’re a first-time-hipster and a first-time-bourbon-taster, don’t worry. They stock a wide range of American beers and a cocktail list just in case. Live out your American fantasy over a burger and bourbon – neat.
Location: 272 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
SECTION 8 (Melbourne)
Section 8 is the real hipster deal. Untraditional and undeniably cool, Section 8 is an outdoor drinking area with a make-shift shelter as a bar. Seats are wooden pallets, graffiti is art and cocktail tables are old oil drums. Pop on in for an experience unlike any other and enjoy food and drinks that are extremely extra. If you’re not hipster before you go, you will be when you leave.
Location: 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
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