Looking to explore Australia’s cultural capital with a difference? See another side of the city with our guide to Melbourne’s weird and wonderful adventures. Whether you dig in to gourmet burgers above the clouds or delight your inner child at a board game-themed bar, our list of alternative city activities has something for everyone.
Embrace Your Love of Sitcoms at George’s Bar
An homage to George Costanza’s character from the popular 90’s sitcom, Seinfeld, George’s Bar transports patrons to the streets of New York with pretzels, toasties and beer on tap. Sprinkled with references to the television show throughout, this subtly themed bar is suited to diehard fans and novices alike thanks to its cool Manhattan charm and enviable Fitzroy location.
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at The Croft Institute
Chinatown may be the last place in Melbourne you’d expect to find a quirky, school-themed bar, but that hasn’t stopped The Croft Institute from becoming one of the city’s most talked about taverns. Whether you hang out between the beakers of the science lab-themed bar or head for the turf on the Gymnasium-style dance floor, this one-of-a-kind watering hole is sure to bring back memories.
Get a Taste of the Island Life at LuWow’s Tiki Bar
Want to go on a trip to Hawaii without the overseas flight? Head to LuWow’s Tiki Bar in the heart of the city. Nestled on Johnston Street a few steps from Fitzroy’s main drag, this tropical bar, restaurant and live music venue takes tiki to the next level with ‘Big Kahuna’ cocktails, Polynesian tasting platters and plenty of rum punch to go around.
Roll the Dice at 29th Apartment’s Board Game Bar
Designed in the style of a trendy New York loft, the intimate atmosphere of St Kilda’s 29th Apartment sets it apart from Melbourne’s bevvy of hidden venues. Offering patrons a choice of board games to boot, this playful bar has all the excitement of a big night out with all the perks of a quiet night in.
Grab a Burger with a Bird’s Eye View at Easey’s
Built from the remnants of a former train car, this American-style shake shack offers up prime city views from its rooftop perch in Collingwood – but skyline panoramas aren’t Easey’s only draw card. With a mouth-watering array of milkshakes and burgers on its menu and authentic street art and graffiti lining its walls, this hip, inner-city eatery is as cool as it gets.
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