A haven of chic, Charlie's Bar brings sophistication and class to Melbourne City's Hardware Lane precinct.
Charlie's is a sexy, sophisticated cocktail bar nestled beneath the critically acclaimed Mill Restaurant. Charlie's and the Mill - the perfect amalgamation of eating and drinking over two luxurious levels oozing with character and style. Indulge in dinner upstairs and finish your evening off in style downstairs in Charlie’s Bar. Or - cut to the chase and head straight down to Charlie's.
Housed within a converted warehouse of infinite rustic charm, Charlie’s Bar has become a Melbourne Mecca for outstanding cocktails, food, and service. Charlie's boasts exposed brick, dark wood and polished concrete fused with the luxury of soft leather sofas and golden wallpaper Charlie’s will seduce your senses from the very moment your feet hit the stairs and you emerge into the warm glow of the candle lit lounge.
Being a person of immaculate taste, Charlie has a penchant for the finer things in life (such as eating and drinking!). With this in mind, Charlie and his team have lovingly put together a cocktail list that reflects a mix of classics alongside some new found favourites, ensuring a wide variety of flavours to sate the appetite of even the most discerning connoisseur.
So, whatever your passion - a classic cocktail, a sumptuous cheese plate and a great bottle of red, or perhaps your very own bottle of spirits for the table (complete with complimentary mixers), Charlie wants you to feel at home, so grab a seat, sit back, relax and enjoy….
Come on down to Charlie's - who knows you may even get to meet the man himself!
Happy Hour 5-8pm:
$7 Glasses of House Wine
$7 Schooners of James Boags Draugh
2-4-1 Bartender's Choice Cocktails (Decided on the night / changes daily)
Drinks specials from 4pm-7pm:
Tap beer and cider - $9 pints / $5 pots
House white/red/sparkling - $8 glass
All day Thursday food special:
$7 Hot dog $1 wings.
So Spleen is one of those places any avid night-life enthusiast in Melbourne needs to know about. Open until 3am every night and 5am or 6am on weekends it's a trusty bar you can always count on getting into at any hour.
The great thing about spleen is what you see is what you get. It's a bar that holds no pretence, the beers are reasonably priced and upstairs hides a smoking room containing a free pool table and bare minimum lighting.
The bar is really known for it's Monday nights, Spleen Bar is the city's free weekly comedy hotspot, with a packed room every week and big local comedic stars!
Located on the corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Hardware Lane, La La Land in Melbourne has a trendy yet relaxing vibe, with lounges, mood lighting and a long list of drinks. Enjoy funky tunes late into the night.
A sea of velour and velvet awaits, with choosing your couch being a distressing predicament. Our personal favourites are the two plain beige ones in the left corner - not as veloury as the others, but like in the Holy Grail scene in Indiana Jones, once we had sat down, we knew we had chosen wisely.
La La is your own big lounge room! It's warmth & comfort. This is the ideal venue for after work drinks, after dinner drinks, a quiet mid-week drink, or a Friday/Saturday boogie.
Happy Hour till 8pm
Specials on all tap beers
$6 basic spirits
La La Land
LEVEL1 CNR HARDWARE & LITTLE LONSDALE · MELB VICTORIA 3000
This is a great little spot in the 'Business' end of town. Located opposite Flagstaff Gardens Train Station.
Set discreetly within the grounds of the former Royal Mint lies The Mint Bar and Restaurant. Designed to complement Melbourne’s eclectic weather, come inside and warm up by the open fires, enjoy the undercover and heated out door area or soak up the sunshine if it's out in one of the city’s largest beer gardens.
Happy hour is from 4pm-6pm Monday - Friday which includes $17 jugs of Carlton Draught and Bulmers cider, $6 glass house wines and $7 basic spirits.
For their Drink and Food list please visit http://www.themint.com.au/index_home.htm
Hophaus opened midway through 2014 as Southbank’s most exciting food and beverage showpiece – a cosmopolitan reinvention of the great Bavarian Bier Halls brought to you by one of Melbourne’s most established hospitality groups.
Hophaus loves and respects its bier—it is considered both an art and a science (and of course a way of life).
At Hophaus, quantity matches quality…
Their showpiece polychrome glazed brick bar features a bounteous 30 draft bier taps – a delectable rotation of the finest German, Austrian, Belgian and Czech biers from the most cherished and oldest breweries in the world. (With a veritable selection of German, Austrian, Alsace and New World wines).
Ultimately, when it comes to bier and wine at Hophaus, it's not about swilling and sniffing—it's about drinking and enjoying.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR RAIDERS: 20% OFF EVERYTHING ALL NIGHT!!!
Marrakech Cocktail and Shisha bar is one or the most stunning and iconic Melbourne laneway venues we have ever seen for a Thursday night raid!!
It used to only be open on Friday and Saturday nights and those nights were always completely PACKED! They run successful RnB nights there to utilise the great dance floor space. Their cocktail menu is solid and the flamboyant and energetic bar staff serve up a storm and really add to the whole vibe of the venue.
Thankfully, they are now open every night! So this is a MUST to take your friends for a midweek soiree! The venue is one of the most stunning in Melbourne!
Instead of doing a big write up on the venue, I think I will just put a bunch of pictures of the venue below, as I'm sure it sells it's self! Check it out! :-)
Drink specials include:
$8 basic spirits
$9 Absolut cocktails
What is a Gin Palace?
The term “gin palace” was used, pejoratively, during the 19th Century to describe disreputable and socially undesirable drinking houses. In the USA, it was particularly employed to identify the licensed paddle-steamers that plied the Mississippi River, so-called “floating gin palaces”.
What is this Gin Palace?
In the latter 1800’s, down a dark Melbourne alley, there once was an infamous hospitality venue. How it was frowned upon during daylight hours, yet surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, how it was frequented by all kinds at night. Whether through popular opinion, a desire for frankness, or a sense of irony, it adopted the title “Gin Palace”. However to the delight of the local wowsers and press, this drinking house was abruptly shut down by command.
And from here the years rolled by and right on the cusp of Melbourne’s lane way revolution along came the entrepreneurial Mr Vernon Chalker – famously one of Melbourne’s most indulgent hosts. It was 1997 and the who’s who of Melbourne were giddy with excitement as the doors were opened. From day one gin martini’s and champagne came flowing and this lavish basement promptly became one of Melbourne’s finest and is of course so very aptly named Gin Palace.
What’s it all about?
12 years on Gin Palace is still making and is most highly renowned for outstanding martinis. And that is one of many reasons why this plush den is an institution today. The menu has changed little and Vernon himself will tell you that Gin Palace martinis are made exactly the same today as they were when he opened (Gin Palace’s Martini Master Class is available upon request).
This fact, along with ‘we never close’ hours, the very gorgeous staff who offer table service as good as the best and in the traditions of grand hospitality, Gin Palace provides guests with a choice of delectable tidbits, to ensure that every sense of gustatory well-being is entirely satiated… hmmmm!
And let’s not forget that although Gin Palace is about gin, gin and more gin parleeeease… the martini menu is hard to beat; the cocktail list is created by bartenders who are oh so hot right now; and the back bar is stocked to the brim with liquor old and new. However, if a martini is not for you (although I must insist you try one of Gin Palace’s if you’ve not already!), the reserve wine menu, otherwise known as Vernon’s Crusty Old Wines, may be more suited to your palate.
Tucked away from the hustle of Melbourne's CBD, Randy Dragon sits hidden amongst the lane ways and alleys of Flinders Lane. Style, randomness and cheekiness are synonymous with Randy Dragon's many moods.
Midweek, a relaxed after work hot spot, with a spacious lounge area, horned chandeliers, and opulent leather furnishings. As the working week comes to an end, she dims the lights and slips into a night club where snake charmers, belly dancers on the bar, fire eaters or a dominatrix handing out candy, could be few of the things you might see as you end up dancing into the early morning. Ooh err!!
The drink specials are:
$10 Jugs Beer or Cider until 11am
$5 Basics Spirits & $5 Wine/Sparkling 5pm-8pm
A mix of bar, permanent art installation and general hang-out, Horse Bazaar is popular with Melbourne's indie crowd and students. While the main bar is fairly nondescript - booths and lounges - it's hard to miss the videos projected onto the back wall. Horse Bazaar has long been a hub for digital arts and they have a 20-metre continuous digital canvas on which new media and digital artworks are projected. If that's not enough digital projection for you they also have the world's first Rear Projection Urinal - a little something to watch while heeding nature's call.
The drink selection at Horse Bazaar is as diverse as the videos. While they only offer four beers on tap, the bottled selection runs about 40 deep and takes in every continent around the world. The cocktail selection is equally extensive and offers both classics and house specialities.
With a relaxed crowd, a rotating roster of guest DJs, VJs and live acts and a Japanese-influenced menu - Horse Bazaar is well worth a run around the paddock.
Raider exclusive: ALL NIGHT HAPPY HOUR - get a stamp from your host on arrival!