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Things To Do At Night In Melbourne

When choosing where to live, study or holiday, Melbourne offers such a huge variety of fun and interesting activities, even at night, that it’s sure to tick all the boxes for you. The city has a booming coffee culture, loves its rooftop bars and its tucked-away laneways are bursting with personality. Whatever the time of year, there’s always something to see and do.

Things to do in Melbourne at night – laneways

If you really want to experience Melbourne’s essence, visit one of the laneway precincts. These intriguing little pieces of real estate are brimming with fascinating shops, eateries and cafes.

  • Centre Place – Looking like something straight out of Europe, Centre Place invites you to walk along its bluestone cobbled floors and keep an open mind. There’s lots of graffiti, local artwork and a somewhat grungy flavour which all adds to the look and feel. Watch a busker perform, sip on an excellent latte and drop by the long-time tenant, Hell’s Kitchen, a retro café that becomes a very cool bar at night.
  • ACDC Lane – Named after the iconic Aussie band, ACDC Lane is down and dirty and centres around music. It’s an Instagrammers paradise with endless photo opportunities involving more graffiti. Grab a drink at Cherry Bar which is a world-renowned late night rock ‘n’ roll bar.

Sing your heart out at karaoke

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There’s quite a strong night-time karaoke culture in Melbourne, with several venues set up to welcome amateur singers from wherever they hail.

  • Strike Bowling – Sure, you can bowl, but if you want to sing, you can do that too! Strike Tenpin Bowling at QV in the CBD offers full-on karaoke facilities so you can get your scream on to midnight on Sundays or 2am on Friday and Saturday nights. They also offer Escape Rooms where you and your friends have to work together to find your way out.
  • Party World Karaoke – Situated in Melbourne CBD, Taiwanese Party World has 44 karaoke rooms to suit all budgets and group sizes. Down a few cocktails while belting out your favourite tunes until 3am, 7 days a week.
  • KBOX Karaoke – Stay up late at KBOX, challenging your friends to karaoke duels. Expect to see sparkly disco balls and funky décor.

Melbourne nightlife that seems a bit like NYC

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New York City is known for its rooftop bars and Melbourne does them really well too! At night, the sparkle of the city lights is the perfect backdrop for a well-made cocktail or a plate of tapas.

  • Easey’s Collingwood – With trains on the roof – yes, the roof – the theme centres around transportation. Graffiti makes up a good chunk of the artwork at Easey’s and your American-inspired burgers, deep fried pop tarts and innovative cocktails are served to you in a train carriage.
  • Heroes Bar – Combine your passion for karaoke with superb food and drink and a rooftop experience and you’ve found your favourite Melbourne nightspot. Heroes Bar is at 188 Bourke Street and is eclectic, cool and a bit weird. Try the apple pie moonshine.
  • Loop Roof – Take a seat amongst the greenery on the Loop’s rooftop and gaze out at the city skyline. Heated in winter and cool-misted in summer, it’s an idyllic environment for liquid refreshments any time of year.

Take the kids to Luna Park

Kids and kids-at-heart adore Luna Park, partly for its nostalgia but also because it’s simply lots of fun! And, it’s open at night, to 8pm week nights and to 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Bear in mind that during the school term, the park is not open during week days.

Zoom around on a rollercoaster, have a romantic spell on the carousel and don’t miss the mirror maze. There are also dodgems and other amusements like laughing clowns.

Cruising the river

For something a little more sophisticated, a dinner cruise on the Yarra River is just the shot. Over your three-hour journey, you’ll be served a wonderful four-course dinner featuring fine Australian produce. The cruise departs from the Southbank Promenade at Berth 3 near the Langham Hotel and takes you past the twinkling lights of the city.

Something a little more sedate

Do you love reading? Head to Readings Carlton at 309 Lygon Street, pick out a book and take a seat. Open until 11pm 6 nights a week (9pm on Sundays), Readings is a haven for those who still appreciate the feel and smell of a printed book.

Play a spot of mini golf

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Play nine holes right in the middle of the City! Ok it’s not ‘golf’ golf, it’s putt putt but it’s colourful, fun and even a bit challenging (especially if you’ve had a liquid refreshment or two). The course at Holey Moley is set over two levels and features 27 pop-culture holes. There’s a pretty decent snack menu as well as a cocktail menu.

Melbourne night market

In Melbourne, night markets pop up with great regularity throughout the year. There are those designed for summer enjoyment, others for moseying along to in your winter finest. In September and October, the Hawker 88 Night Market brings Asia to Melbourne with dozens of street food stalls offering Filipino barbecue, Korean pork belly, Vietnamese pho, Indonesian nasi goreng and other authentic dishes.

Sometimes it might be Chinatown markets, other times artisanal craft markets. Depending on the time of year you are looking to go, Google ‘Melbourne night market’ and you’ll find something you’ll thoroughly enjoy.

Be spooked at Old Melbourne Gaol

You’ll feel the hairs on the back of your neck bristling as you wander through Old Melbourne Gaol by candlelight. Choose from A Night in the Watch House, the Hangman’s Night Tour or ‘Ghosts? What Ghosts!’ for an evening of fascination and education. These guided tours offer a glimpse into what life was like in the prison over the decades from its opening in 1842 to its closure in 1929.


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