Tired of the same old tourist destinations? Whether you want to eat, drink or play, our ultimate guide to hidden venues in Melbourne will have you rubbing elbows with the locals in no time.
Easey Street Smoke Out
It may be called Easey Street Smoke Out, but this hip Collingwood eatery is anything but easy to find. Hidden within a motorcycle shop beneath an art gallery at the end of a laneway, this American-style barbeque joint is one of the city’s best kept secrets, serving up some of Melbourne’s most delicious slow-roasted meats below street level.
Seeking out the best brews in the country’s coffee capital can be a challenge – particularly when some of the top spots are no bigger than an electrical cupboard. Discover the aptly named Switchboard Café on Collins Street, however, and you’ll soon be enjoying some of the finest long blacks, flat whites and espresso shots in the city, along with a delicious offering of toasties, soups and cakes to match.
Fall From Grace
Tucked behind a bookshelf at its sister restaurant, State of Grace, this secret small bar is the perfect hideaway to enjoy a nightcap once dinner is through. Especially popular on Friday nights, this library-come-cocktail bar is a favourite with city-dwellers all weekend long thanks to its cosy décor, hand-crafted aperitifs and encyclopaedia-sized wine list.
Located in Windsor on the other side of the Yarra, this Chapel Street institution is disguised by the unassuming sub shop that resides on street level. Pass by the hot chip and sandwich display, though, and you’ll soon be in the heart of Jungle Boy – an island-inspired tiki bar with tropical cocktails and pina coladas aplenty.
Melbourne’s laneways are well-known worldwide – but it’s not just the size of these miniature alleys that have people talking. Dip behind one of the CBD’s hidden thoroughfares – like Hosier Lane – and you’ll soon be exploring an outdoor art gallery with an ever-evolving canvas of street art at every turn.
Love films but hate the theatre? Underground Cinema might be just the ticket for you. Trading the multiplex for a series of undisclosed locations, these secret movie screenings take over everything from warehouses to car parks to deliver a cinema experience you won’t soon forget.
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