124 Western Street, Brunswick
Brunswick Aces is an alcohol-optional bar, where every drink on the menu is available in non-alcoholic and alcoholic options. It caters to the growing trend towards sobriety, as well as those are just keen to drink a little less.
Curated by the Brunswick Aces team that created Australia's first zero-alcohol gin, this bar serves a rotating menu of beers, wines, cocktails and range of bar snacks. The bar is open each Friday and Saturday night, with special events taking place during other nights of the week.
238 Swan Street, Richmond
There's nothing ugly about this stylish cocktail and wine bar with a bespoke cocktail list. This hidden gem in the inner east of Melbourne is just perfect for date night.
At Ugly Duckling, the menu changes to match the season, with summer seeing lots of fruity creations, whereas winter is all about deeper, more robust cocktails. Right now, the Pink Coral Gimlet is a stand-out, made with Applewood coral gin, citirc and malic acid, lime, and a sherbet rim.
96 Chapel Street, Windsor
Perhaps one of the best hidden bars in Melbourne, Jungle Boy lies behind what looks like a coolroom door in the sub shop Boston Sub in Windsor.
Once you enter, you’re met with an oasis of hanging plants, mounted animal heads, exposed brick walls, and cocktails served in tiki mugs.