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5 things to do in Melbourne at night

written by Webjet Australia July 23, 2014
Melbourne at night

The sun may have gone down, but that surely doesn’t mean there’s fewer things to do in Melbourne. Whether it’s live music, dinner and a movie, or a nightcap in one of the city’s many trendy bars, Melbourne’s culture scene doesn’t slow down after dinner. There’s plenty of things for night-owls to do in the bustling city hub.

Enjoy a hearty evening meal

This is an obvious one. Melbourne boasts one of the best dining cultures in the world, and if dinner’s on the cards you’re spoiled for choice. Whether it’s modern fusion cuisine in The Crown complex, Italian eats on leafy Lygon Street or a banquet of Asian food in Chinatown, you don’t have to look far for a great feed in Melbourne. The city has a handful of restaurants helmed by some of Australia’s most renowned culinary artists, if you’re looking for luxury, as well as many cheap eats throughout the city.

Everyone’s gotta eat right? When you’re in Melbourne, one of the country’s most eclectic and diverse dining hubs, why not eat well?

Coda Restaurant, Melbourne

Coda Restaurant in Flinders Lane

Revel in Melbourne’s nightlife

Drinks and dancing are two of the things that Melbournians do best. With clubs spinning techno, drum & bass, rock n’roll or pure club bangers, get amongst Melbourne’s dance floor culture and have a drink at one of Melbourne’s many nightclubs. Renowned as the movers and shakers behind the innovative ‘Melbourne Sound,’ whether you’re into electro, indie rock or a chilled out lounge music you’re sure to find a club in Melbourne that’s your kind of scene.

Arrive in time for happy hour to get a few pre-dinner drinks in, or dance into the early hours of the morning, as Melbourne’s nightlife starts right as the sun goes down and caters for night owls with hundreds of pubs, wine bars, cocktail spots and nightclubs open until late.

Miss Libertine on Franklin Street, Melbourne

Miss Libertine on Franklin Street

Try your luck at The Crown Casino

A visit to Melbourne is not complete without a visit to the spectacular Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, which truly comes alive at night time.

The Level 1 Casino is your go-to destination for all things dining or drinking, with major sporting events displayed across its many bars and an array of restaurants, table games and live entertainment for you to dabble in. If gambling’s not for you, Crown houses a huge range of acclaimed restaurants, stylish cocktail bars and a handful of designer clothing stores open until late each night.

Crown casino in Melbourne

The Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex

Catch an indie flick at one of Melbourne’s cinemas

If you’re a cinephile you won’t be disappointed by Melbourne’s great range of cinemas, hosting new releases, advanced screenings and Q&A sessions throughout the week. Whether it’s the latest blockbuster at a leadings cinema, a charming indie flick at an Art Deco art-house theatre or a doco at one of the city’s many hole-in-the-wall picture houses, Melbourne’s scene caters to film buffs and casual movie-goers alike.

For something different, Curtin House hosts a rooftop cinema and bar on selected days during Summer. The Rooftop Bar & Cinema packs out the 7th floor of the building in Melbourne’s CBD, and sees many film buffs gather to watch cult classics or arthouse favourites while enjoying a beer on Melbourne’s warm summer nights.

For more obscure releases and special interest films, be sure to check out the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square, which hosts a number of film screenings throughout the week.

Rooftop Bar & Cinema at Curtin House, Melbourne

Rooftop Bar and Cinema at Curtin House

Get down to a gig at one of Melbourne’s live music hubs

From Northcote Social Club, to the iconic Corner Hotel or The Espy in St. Kilda, Melbourne’s live music scene is considered one of the best in the world. Packed with jazz clubs, rock n’ roll dive bars, rave venues and theatres with impeccable acoustics, there’s a reason so many talented Australians musicians flock to Melbourne.

Head to Fitzroy and Collingwood to experience one of Melbourne’s best string of live music venues all within a few blocks of each other. From the Worker’s Club, to the Evelyn Hotel and The Old Bar, have a beer and enjoy some of Melbourne’s local talent in a relaxed and intimate setting.

Live music at the Esplanade Hotel in St. Kilda, Melbourne

Live music at the Esplanade Hotel in St. Kilda

Get lost in the colourful and vibrant scene of Australia’s cultural capital after hours. Book yourself flights to Melbourne and check yourself into one of Melbourne’s hotels to discover what the city has to offer when the sun goes down.

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