- Thursday @ Dikstein's Corner Bar
This is a cosy little English style pub where you get friendly while squeezing past one another. The staff are super friendly and up for a good chat when its quiet. There are also tables outside with heaters for the colder nights. We will have use of the upstairs area to ourselves which caters to about 50 pp. Drink specials TBA. Good selection of craft beers, and their pizzas and tapas are amazing.
- Thursday drinks at Dr. Watson
Set at ground level above its wonderful older brother the Sherlock Holmes Tavern, is the relatively new Dr. Watson’s Bar (DWB), former site of a sandwich shop, now converted into a companion piece for its subterraneous relation. Long, rectangular, bright and airy, DWB gives workers two options to lunch/dine/gather in neat, quite typical pub surroundings with the common theme of Baker St evident. Much is done in this space, with drinking area/tables at the front, elegant english styled bar mid-field with tables and chairs to sit and dine, and small kitchen to the rear. Straightforward approach to food, good offer of imported English ales, delivered expertly by the staff in a most engaging manner. No faults here.
- Thursday Drinks @ Mezcalito
Just like its tongue-in-cheek moniker, everything about Mezcalito echoes an ironically cool, laid back vibe. Heavily inspired by the Latino street-art culture of Los Angeles, the restaurant and bar on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Tattersalls Lane in the city is constantly evolving; at Mezcalito, DJ’s work the decks, the bar and tables are built using reclaimed timber from Princes Pier and a neon Ghostbusters displaygreets you upon arrival. Take the seedy side of an Amsterdam bender and drive a donkey disco through it at full volume and you get where we are coming from. A disco mishmash of psychedelic raunch open every Friday and Saturday night with Mexican tequilas and cocktails flowing till late and food available from our big brother, the killer Mexican restaurant, Touché Hombre. A ridiculously long list of tequilas.... It's gonna get messy!! Happy hour special until 7:00 PM: $10 Tommy’s Margaritas and $5 house beer We're in the Mezcalito bar which is next door and part of the Touché Hombre restaurant.
- Thursday @ The Irish Times
Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD and spread over two floors, The Irish Times Pub offers a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The ambience - genuine Irish style wrap-around bars, traditional dark wood interiors, cosy fireplaces, beautiful stained glass windows and rugby memorabilia’s, is reminiscent of classic pubs in Ireland. A great place for a pint of Guinness with a variety of authentic Irish and Aussie pub food to relish – Steak, Stew, Beef & Guinness Pie, Parma, Burger, Ribs etc. Our drinks menu offers an extensive range of beers on tap including Kilkenny, Stella and Heineken along with an array of spirits and quality wines. A stone’s throw from the trendy bars and clubs of Bank Place, it’s an ideal place to enjoy a few quiet drinks or a big session with mates. Welcome to The Irish Times Pub - a piece of Ireland in Melbourne.
- Thursday Drinks @ Natural History - NEW VENUE
Natural History takes inspiration and reference from epic museums of the world and pairs it with classic yet casual pub menu. Happy hour until 6.30pm: $6 wines $7 basic spirits $8 pints of selected beers
- Thursday @ Golden Monkey
Influenced by the opium dens of 1920’s Shanghai, Golden Monkey Lounge Bar offers exciting and cutting edge cocktails along with delicious Asian finger food from their kitchen. The decor incorporates imported Chinese antique furniture, luxurious leather couches, low lamps and intimate nooks that create a distinct opium den feel with the promise of mystery and decadence. - $8 standard drinks - $15 cocktail special - $20 dumpling basket special
- Thursday Drinks @ Highlander
Nestled in a secluded leafy lane way, between the Rialto and the Aquarium, Highlander is one of Melbourne's best kept secrets. A beautifully designed two storey venue with booths for relaxing or beats for dancing. It’s the perfect infusion of contemporary style and class, satisfying the needs of both the local corporate clientele and the fun-loving and friendly after dark crowd. $5 beer of the week and house wines until 7pm $5 basics and $20 spirit jugs until 7pm
- !!! CHANGE OF DATE !!! Friday @ El Coco
Amongst the laneway and pop-up bar culture of Melbourne CBD, El Coco has quickly become a popular hideaway for citygoers. Located in the heart of the CBD, El Coco has transformed the old Exchange Hotel with a colourful, tropical themed fit out and some of Melbourne’s best Caribbean food, music and, of course, drinks. Cocktail experts behind the bar will be mixing Negronis, Invisible Mojitos and Cuba Libres with the finest Rums, sticking true to its island roots, while still creating the old faithful cocktails that you all know and love. Cuban inspired menus provided by well-known pop-up kitchens such as Hammer & Tong and La Revolucion have graced our tables and tantalised our tastes, bringing our patrons nothing but the best cuisine. Friday night the venue becomes a night club after 9:00 PM. Happy Hour until 7:00 PM: Carlton Draught Pints - $8 Great Northern Pints - $8 Cider Pints - $8 House Wines - $6 Basic Spirits - $7
- Thursday @ The Workshop
We can not call ourselves serious Bar Raiders if we don't go and check out this little gem.. One of the more suggested bars on our list to explore! Situated in the market-end of the CBD above a shop, up a heavily graffittied staircase. The motorcycle-workshop-turned bar has retained a good deal of its industrial character and a nicely ruinous feel. It seems to cater for a larger variety of types than most bars in the area. Whether you're a student, a suit or a struggling artist - you'll fit in fine at Workshop. The Workshop Bar has forged it’s own unique position in Melbourne’s vibrant and bustling bar and café culture. Whether it’s to catch up with friends over a coffee or to enjoy a few beers or ciders on the chilled sun deck, Workshop offers a fantastic place to socialize. Offering a unique gallery area, cheaper than average drink prices and a great vibe. Drink specials: $5 schooners of Young Henrys until 7:00 $12 frozen cocktail special
- Thursday @ Collins Quarter
The façade of a 19th century Victorian terrace on Collins Street hides the entrance to the ultra-modern Collins Quarter; a bar and restaurant cloaked in old world charm. With a bar for every occasion and function room upstairs you’re spoilt for choice at this luxurious venue. There’s even a central courtyard featuring a magnolia tree. Head upstairs for cocktail hour or try the gastropub menu in the restaurant. Entering from Collins Street, you’ll be immediately seduced by the sophisticated European elegance of Doc Martin’s aperitif and digestif bar. From there the rest of the venue unfolds, revealing Colin’s Pub, A Quarter Past – private dining, The Magnolia Courtyard, Blind Alley Bar and Ra Cigar and Cocktail Lounge. Drink / food specials: $5 post / $10 pints of Mountain Goat Lager $8 shots / nips of Montenegro Discounts on assorted bar snack items