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15 fabulous bars in Melbourne, from rooftop suntraps to sexy speakeasies

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Nightlife is one of Melbourne’s biggest drawcards, with a sophisticated and booming bar scene that fills its compact centre come the weekend and spreads far into its inner neighbourhoods any night of the week. The city’s reputation as Australia’s most European metropolis is, in part due to its number of small wine bars, a phenomena that sprung up in the early 1990s when Sydney’s drinking habits still ran to pints in multi-storied pubs. That’s not to say it’s all small producer Pinot Blanc and duck rillettes though: live music is well supported – there’s no shortage of sticky carpet venues – and a strong dance music clique too.

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