Winter Warmers in Melbourne

As the days get shorter and colder, escape the chill in the air and warm up with the perfect drop at one of Melbourne’s cosiest bars.

Roaring fireplaces, plush lounges, mulled wine and spicy cocktails, here’s our pick of the top ten Melbourne bars to cosy up at.

Back Bar
Capturing the opulence of the 1920’s, this vintage-themed bar features two lounges, decked out in plush antique furnishings, carpets, bookshelves, paintings and fireplace, feeling more like your glamorous Great Aunt’s house than a cocktail bar. Sink into an armchair by the fire and and warm up with a strong tipple or try your hand at one of the city’s best cocktail making classes.
67 Green Street, Windsor. 9529 7899.

While this unique prohibition-era style cocktail bar is best known for its extensive menu of classic cocktails, they also boast an impressive collection of whiskeys and offer whiskey flights, which are sure to warm you up. If you’re in the mood for something ultra decadent, indulge yourself with the “Buttered Mulled Wine”, taken to the next level with white chocolate syrup and a shot of Appleton’s.
169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. 9663 7722.

The Wesley Anne
Old and gothic this former church is now one of Melbourne’s oldest and most beautiful pubs. The stone walls, high arches, and medieval light feature are warmed by thick velvet curtains and the wood-burning stove, setting a romantic, old-world mood.
1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne. 0412 825 441.

Arbory Bar & Eatery
For those of us who can’t resist a bit of Aussie alfresco even in winter, the Arbory has you sorted with its heated outdoor deck. Situated along the north bank of Yarra River, this all-day bar and eatery boasts an expansive deck enjoying prime river views. Grab a spot under one of the outdoor heaters and enjoy an excellent drop of mulled of wine.

Glamp Cocktail Bar
Quirky, colourful and eclectic, this bar offers a fantasy escape from long city days thanks to its African inspired safari-chic interior. Cushions and carpets provide a comfy place to nestle under the tent-like canopy while the downstairs bar and kitchen, polépolé, offers a great selection of African beers, tasty morsels and African drum beats, sure to warm you up.
Level 2, 267 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. 9650 2811.

Opulent, chic, and classy, this stylish bar is the place to see and be seen. Lavish lounges next to open fires provide the perfect setting for relaxing and socialising any night of the week, while Friday nights kick off the weekend with some of Melbourne’s best DJ’s.
Georges Building, 162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne. 9663 7226.

Lily Blacks
This quirky laneway bar will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, with its 1930’s décor and expertly crafted concoctions, from pre-prohibition to today’s modern classics. The Kentucky Gumbo, served in a tea cup, is the ultimate winter warmer with its strong and spicy blend of bourbon, mezcal, cabernet merlot, sherry and clove bitters.
12 Meyers Place, Melbourne. 9654 4887.

Eau de Vie
This uber-classy bar is renowned for its expertly crafted, world-class cocktails and jaw-dropping whiskey collection, stashed in a secret lounge behind a bookcase. Leather booths offer an intimate space for small groups, while the degustation table seats up to 18 people for a five-course cocktail or dinner degustation experience – a definite winter warmer.
213 Franklin Street, Melbourne. 9939 9529.

Port of Call Saloon & Grill
With an emphasis on spice throughout the Caribbean fusion dishes and drinks, this old-fashioned, Caribbean-inspired bar is sure to warm you up. Boasting some of the best rum-based cocktails in Melbourne, you won't want to miss Happy Hour every weekday from 4pm – 7pm. Soothe the winter throat with a Hot Buttered Rum while sinking into the plush leather lounge suite.
213 Franklin Street, Melbourne. 9939 9529.

New Gold Mountain
Exotic and sultry, this opium-den like bar is split across two levels, with the Green Level ideal for small to larger groups of up to 50 people and the Red Level providing an intimate setting for couples and small groups. Located in Chinatown, this glamourous bar boasts fireplaces, boudoir-like settings, and timeless cocktails and spirits sourced from all over the world.
Levels 1 and 2, 21 Liverpool Street, Melbourne. 9650 8859.



Subscribe now

* Compulsory fields

competition executive decisions