7 Great Things to Do After Dark in Melbourne

We find the best places to go for a fun-filled night out in Melbourne.

Melbourne is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. And with such a title brings a raging and bustling nightlife. From bars to tours to restaurants there are a plethora of ways to get your feet wet. With so many great things to do once the sun sets we hope to narrow down the list so that you can experience the very best. 

Sushi Bar on the Ground Floor of Kisume
Sushi Bar on the Ground Floor of Kisume (Courtesy Kisume)

Eat at Kisumé

Start your night with some handcrafted sushi from Kisumé. Featuring three levels of precise culinary experiences with the Chablis Bar, Restaurant and Sushi Counter. You'll have to return again and again as the menu is ever-evolving to align with chefs' vision and season produce.  

A rollercoaster ride at dusk at Luna Park
A rollercoaster ride at dusk at Luna Park (Courtesy of Luna Park)

Unleash your inner-child at Luna Park 

St Kilda’s Luna Park is the place to go for year-round fun. It’s open late so you can have fun right to the middle of the night. In its over 100 year run, Luna Park has seen anyone and everyone having the time of their lives. Inside, there are all sorts eye-popping thrill rides from the Pharaoh’s Curse to the Enterprise. Immerse yourself in an after dark carnival atmosphere.

A barman ignites a cocktail at Berlin Bar
A barman ignites a cocktail at Berlin Bar (Courtesy Berlin Bar)

Drink at a Themed Bar

Themed bars are cool. But these ones are seriously cool. Lovers of everything magical cannot look past Storyville, a fairytale themed bar that ignites the imagination and the taste buds. Looking for something a little more real? Cross the wall to Berlin Bar (pictured), a recreation of a torn Berlin right from the 1960s cold-war era. Want to play some Asteroids or gobble up dots as Pac-Man, then jump into Bartronica, a classic video game arcade that serves all sorts of alcoholic fun.  

Relax at Rooftop Cinema
Relax at Rooftop Cinema (Courtesy Rooftop Cinema)

Watch a Movie at a Rooftop Cinema

Watching a movie from right within Melbourne’s skyline is a spellbinding experience. Rooftop Cinema was Melbourne’s first and showcases nostalgic favourites, cult classics as well as new releases. Lido Cinemas Rooftop Cinema is situated just a short trip outside Melbourne’s CBD. Whilst watching the best films around you’ll see far and wide across Melbourne’s suburbia. Both venues also have a bar so you can sip in style during your favourite film. 

Drinking and golfing at Holey Moley
Drinking and golfing at Holey Moley (Courtesy Holey Moley)

Drink and Play Mini-Golf

Drinking and putt-putt, nothing beats it, except for drinking and putt-putt in Melbourne. Holey Moley offers 27 “crazy pop-culture holes” across 2 levels for patrons to play. On each level is a Caddyshack Bar with a revamped cocktail menu to keep you watered. Once you’ve putt your way through the course head downstairs to belt out some tunes in the Karaoke Room. 


Tour Old Melbourne Gaol

Does nothing scare you? Try one of the Night Tours at the Old Melbourne Gaol. ‘A Night in the Watch House’ invites you into an original cellblock which used to house those such as Squizzy Taylor and Chopper Read. “Ghosts? What Ghosts!” leads you through the gaol with stories of unexplained presences. Believe them if you well. “Hangman’s Night Tour” guides you through the Gaol with a real hangman. What spooky stories will he tell you? 

Hang Out at a Rooftop Bar

Melbourne has plenty of sky-high hangs for you to try. Rooftop Bar (pictured) sits seven stories above Curtin House with jaw-dropping views of Melbourne’s skyline. Grab some mates and chow down at the Rooftop Burger Shack whilst you enjoy an intimate evening under the stars. Good Heavens sits above Melbourne’s iconic Bourke street and pours all manner of 80s style cocktails, craft beers and wines. There’s always a fun event taking place and a killer menu of sandwiches and chips to boot. 

Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar (© Robyn Lea Photography/Tourism Victoria)