Melbourne is known for many things, and its selection of bars is one of them. To find out where to socialise in Australia's second largest city we asked you to tell us about your favourite Melbourne bars over at our Facebook page. Here’s what you had to say...
Recommended by Tam Lowe
Run by a team of creative minds, Rooftop (Cinema) is unique as it is just that - a rooftop cinema in the heart of Melbourne's city centre. We love the relaxed atmosphere and urban environment.
Location: Level 6, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD
The Mercury Lounge
Recommended by Rebecca Riley
Mercury is found in the Crown Casino, this is one of the city's coolest venues. It's got four bars and has been known to attract some Aussie celebs.
Location: LVL 3 Crown Casino Complex, Southbank
Section 8 - Container Bar
Recommended by Annelise Tedesco, Lennard Ramone and Anthony Moosbrugger
Not only one of Melbourne's most unique bars, but the world's. It's a beer garden without a pub, or a bar in a box. We'll let you decide.
Location: 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne CBD
Recommended by Hilary Grant, Jess Power and Elizabeth Lodders
This is one for the rockers (the lane is also known as AC/DC Lane). Divided into two bars (one large and one small), it's grungy and loud. Great for live music too.
Location: 103 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
Recommended by Glampacker
Popular with Melbourne's beautiful people who flock to sample one of the 18 gins or maybe a Martini.
Location: 10 Russel Place, Melbourne, Melbourne CBD
Recommended by Hilary Grant and Aggie Williams. Aggie says:
It's like stepping into Alice in Wonderland. The jugs of punch also make the illusion much more believable :)
As you can gather from Aggie's comment, this is another unique drinking hole. This is thanks to its location in a room decked out with a lawn and garden furniture.
Location: 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD
Recommended by Charles Stevens and Debbie Watson
Ever wonder what it would be like to drink in a New-York style bar in Melbourne? Go for a coldie in this place and you won't have to.
Location: 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
Recommended by Andrea Verberne
Found on one of the city's famous alleys, this is one for the cool kids, not the beautiful ones.
Location: Sniders Lane, Melbourne CBD
The Esplanade Hotel (aka 'The Espy')
Recommended by Anthony Tewkesbury, Leon van der Linden and Shannon Dixon. Leon says:
I have to agree with Anthony. The Espy is a great pub with a friendly chilled out atmosphere. There are different 'zones' so there is bound to be one that suits you. Great live music. Terrific venue!
The Espy for its laid back atmosphere and awesome music.
This is one of the city's best known bars, and especially popular in the St Kilda neighbourhood. Just as Leon says, it's got something for everyone.
Location: 11 The Esplanade, St. Kilda
Recommended by Charles Steven
There's lots to like about this bar. The staff takes their job seriously, there are DJs spinning discs at the weekends and its got its own decking area.
Location: 249 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD
E Fifty Five
Recommended by Karin Vahar
Part internet café, part bar, this places also has unisex toilets. Anywhere with unisex toilets means it's cool in our books. It's got loads of couches for maxing out on also.
Location: 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD
Borsch, Vodka and Tears
Recommended by Heels and Wheels who says:
It's a cafe but also a great place to visit for drinks at night. Such a great atmosphere in there.
This is a Polish venue, meaning it would be rude not to try some vodka. While it might seem more a place to eat then hangout with a drink, we recommend you do both.
Location: 173 Chapel Street, Windsor
Recommended by Thomas Kamm and Megan Weng
Once upon a time this was a motorcycle shop. Now it's a bar that attracts an alternative crowd thanks to the tunes - it's mainly hip-hop or rockier grunge music to be heard here.
Location: 413 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD
And many more...
Carrie O'Brien recommends Elephant and Wheelbarrow in St Kilda.
Nicola Marshall recommends Murmur on Elizabeth St in the CBD.
Shannon Dixon recommends The Vineyard in St Kilda which she says is 'awesome for cocktails'.
Kara Lambert recommends Bar Hamburg in on Little Bourke St in the CBD.
Hasan Ali Rusen Degirmenci recommends The Depot Hotel on Swan St in Richmond.
Hannah Jones recommends Manchuria on Waratah Place in the CBD.
Greg Graham Howlett recommends The Local Taphouse on Carlisle St in St Kilda because of the 'choice of beers'.
Sarah Ewing says Arita Budhwar recommends Transport on Fed Square in the CBD.
Andrea Verberne recommends Horse Bazaar on Little Lonsdale Street in the CBD.