Tiger’s Tail cocktail
BangPop, 35 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
The Tiger’s Tail cocktail is the winner At BangPop, made with Havana spiced Cuban, Malibu rum, coconut syrup, raspberry puree, fresh lime, and mint – surprisingly refreshing, as well as perfectly sweet.
The Passionfruit Mojito is another sweet cocktail you must try, made with Havana Club 3, passionfruit puree lime with sugar and mint – it's like being on holiday without even leaving Melbourne.
Enjoy your sweet cocktails with Thai style hawker food, bar seating, and water views, making it the perfect place to sip away the afternoon or evening, all super close to the Melbourne CBD.
Peanut Butter Negroni cocktail
The Wood Samaritan, 140 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Not exactly the sweetest cocktail you could choose, but the Peanut Butter Negroni at The Wood Samaritan, a North American-inspired log cabin bar, is a unique take on the classic bitter negroni that will leave you absolutely stumped.
Paying homage to Canada, evidenced by décor such as hunting trophies and ancient ski gear, there are multiple cosy nooks to choose from to enjoy the Negroni, all featuring comfy couches, dim lighting, and homely feels – we highly recommend this one for date night.
But perhaps the best thing about The Wood Samaritan is that it’s a bar that doesn’t feel like a bar – but more of a cosy secret in Melbourne’s inner north.
Honeycomb Highball cocktail
Her Bar, 270 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD
The Honeycomb Highball cocktail, made with HER Steward honeycomb, Beechworth sparkling honey and lemon, garnished with lemon and sage, might just be the pick of the bunch at this three-level mega venue open for both day and night cocktails in the Melbourne CBD.
Relax with this cocktail and lounge on the sofa as you listen to a curated vinyl collection – and with HER open until 3am, it's a sophisticated and upmarket bar with a cocktail list designed to feel out of reach for the at-home cocktail novice, meaning you must head to HER for a version worth trying.