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Melbourne is a bustling city known for its lively streets, laneways, excellent coffee, and thriving art scene. Awarded as Australia’s most liveable city, there’s no question that Melbourne is a city worth visiting.
How does Melbourne’s nightlife fare? If you are yet to experience the dazzling nightlife of Melbourne, you are missing out on an experience that is well worth your time. We have made it easy for you to experience the best of Melbourne’s after-dark activities — with a list of must-dos. Whether you are hitting the city landscape with little ones in tow, heading out for a romantic evening or partying with friends, there’s something for everyone with a RedBalloon experience. So please enjoy our list of the very best things to do at night in Melbourne.
For romantics, nature lovers, or those who want to change their perspective, this one’s for you. Embark on a cruise along Melbourne’s Yarra River to see the city from a whole new perspective. With your catamaran cruising upstream, you can marvel at the city’s beauty as the sun sets and fills the sky with balmy, peaceful colours that will provide the perfect backdrop for your night out.
Have you been enjoying your Melbourne days under the summer sun? After a day of wine tastings, art museums, and treks through the city, Melbourne nights sometimes require a little cooling off. Come and experience Australia’s only ice bar — and yes, we have to say it; the coolest bar around. With snow gear provided, it’s all about taking it all in; with sculptures and icy furniture — you will want to explore the minus-10-degree room for as long as you can last.
One of the best parts of any holiday is the freedom to do things slowly, take time, and enjoy the moment. So with that in mind, is there anything better than a three-course meal? Indulge in a romantic date night experience, with glasses of wine flowing, lively discussion, and the feeling that the evening could go on forever. So even if you are a Melbourne local, treat yourself to a night off cooking with a break from the everyday hustle.
If your day has been full of long lunches, wine tastings and picking on delicious Melbourne treats, you may be looking for a lighter option for your evening out. The share plates and cocktails experience is ideal for those wanting to keep it low-key. Perfect for catching up with a friend, a relaxed yet sophisticated date night or an after-work chill-out. Experience a mouth-watering menu, blending Australian and African cuisine, and sip on a cocktail as you dine.
Cocktails in the clouds. Need we say more? As the name alludes, Melbourne’s Skydeck is not one for those who fear heights — it’s the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere. The perfect beginning to the night or the ideal drop-in for an after-dinner nightcap. On level 88 of Melbourne’s Skydeck, Bar 88 awaits you with two signature cocktails. There is no better way to take in Melbourne than from Skydeck, whether relaxing with a friend, impressing your date, or showing your family around the city.
If heights aren’t your thing, but cocktails are, why not try making your own? This cocktail-making class invites you to literally take your beverage experience into your own hands by learning to shake and make three cocktails. If you are an inspiring mixologist or are just here for the end product, this class will set the mood for the rest of your evening. Remember, don’t come on a full stomach because you will also have the opportunity to graze on the matching meze menu while you work on your creations.
This might just be the most daring offer yet; a safari sleepover surrounded by a rather eclectic group of friends. You heard correctly; a sleepover at the zoo. Whether you are looking for a new exciting idea for your date night or seeking an adventure with the family, this animal-centric experience is one you will remember for a lifetime. Your safari escape includes luxury tented accommodation, sunset drinks, and both dinner and breakfast provided. You will also, of course, have two days of exclusive opportunities to get up close and personal with the zoo animals.
Indulge in the ultimate way to wind down; ninety minutes of laughter. Laughing releases endorphins, AKA the chemical that makes us feel good. So start your night by setting the mood, and bring the cheer to the rest of your evening itinerary. This comedy show is complete with dinner and a drink, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Start your evening out at one of Melbourne’s most celebrated comedy clubs, complete with a refreshing mix of professional comedians and rising new performers.
Are you looking for something a little different? There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as being an undercover detective in the Roaring 20s, busy investigating the disappearance of your partner… especially when it’s only for 90 minutes. So put on your thinking cap and prepare for an evening of challenging yourself. An escape room also makes for a very bonding experience, whether you are looking for an activity to do with pals or testing out just how well you and your partner work together under stress.
RedBalloon is your go-to destination for romantic adventures around Victoria. Check out our other experiences around in and around Melbourne.