A guide: A Quiet Tipple in Melbourne Town

Photo courtesy of Sharking for Chips and Drinks

Photo courtesy of Sharking for Chips and Drinks

After a long, laborious day at work full of emails, pointless meetings and inane shop talk, sometimes a quiet drink post-work is an obligatory exercise . If you don't want the hustle and bustle of Friday night drinks, the buzzing hum of conversation and the incessant clink of glassware, then we have a guide to Melbourne's best bars for a quiet night cap (well, at least before you arrive home to howling kiddies and hungry pets). There is no shortage of bars in Melbourne, we are definitely spoilt for choice but where do you find the best ambient bars to enjoy a peaceful chinwag and your favourite alcoholic concoction? Look no further, here are our top 3 venues in Melbourne for that quiet tipple you lovingly crave when the clock hits 5pm on a slow and weary Wednesday.  

ROMEO LANE, 1A CROSSLEY STREET, MELBOURNE, Just off busy Bourke Street and down one of our cities famous laneways, Romeo Lane is a quiet and intimate digs with that warm art deco, living room feel.  It's small and cosy and they sling cocktails from midday (you heard us correctly), serving up classic mixes with an interesting twist. Try a Scotch Manhattan inspired by the hoity-toity Savoy Hotel in London or perhaps a Daisy De Santiago is more your style; aged rum daiquiri infused with yellow chartreuse and poured over cracked ice. Top shelf booze is the order of the day at Romeo Lane and you can't pass their fine selection of sherry, cognac and gin to boot. Whatever your fancy, this is an ambient beauty in the heart of our glorious city.

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BAR AMERICANO, 20 PRESGRAVE PL, MELBOURNE One of our absolute favourite haunts, Bar Americano is perhaps Melbourne's most quintessential laneway bar and is a serene destination for a knock off. A compact bar is an understatement and this is standing room only but that's all part of the fun. Their cocktail list changes weekly, no cheesy Instagram selfies are allowed (hallelujah) and their cocktails are genuinely made with love and finesse. Order their famous Americano, showcasing house-infused vermouth, bitters, lemon juice and soda and forget our cold, winter for just a second as you enjoy one of Melbourne's best cocktail experiences.

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WHISKEY AND ALEMENT, 270 RUSSELL STREET, MELBOURNE If you work day has been particularly hellish, nothing is more therapeutic than the impressive selection of fine whiskies at Whiskey and Alement. More than 600 Whiskies grace the bar and this little beauty has evolved into a world class destination for whisky drinkers. Dark, broody lighting encourages a dram or three, staff are friendly, open to candid discussion and passionate when it comes to the good stuff. Lastly, rumour has it, they make a killer martini, talk about covering all bases, Whiskey and Alement is a beast and a very friendly one at that. 

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