We Melburnians sure aren’t afraid to think outside the box and go a little off-script. From cafes and restaurants, to bars and clubs, this city boasts a swag of unique venues – the kind you definitely don’t stumble across every day of the week. Fancy taking a trip to wartime Berlin? Or maybe you’d like to team your Friday knock-offs with a serve of pawn shop chic? Get ready to escape reality, with our pick of Melbourne’s most uniquely themed bars.
Glamp Uniquely Themed Bars
The glamping experience meets an African safari adventure, at vibrant themed bar Glamp. Up here, you’ll enjoy African-inspired grazing boards, excellent cocktails and a soundtrack of funky DJ tunes, against a lively backdrop of animal prints and tribal-luxe touches. Make yourself at home in the enormous, colourful tent and you won’t ever want to leave.
Icebar Melbourne Uniquely Themed Bars
The only one of its kind in Melbourne, this famous ice-themed bar is designed to transport you straight to a frosty winter wonderland. Rug up in the provided ski gear and head inside for some artic fun, in a space where the walls, sculptures and even the bar itself are carved from blocks of ice. There’s a fun selection of games to keep you entertained, as well as a top-notch range of themed shots and signature cocktails, served in ice-look glasses.
Pawn & Co Uniquely Themed Bars
For a themed bar that’s sure to impress those out-of-town mates, you can’t beat Prahran’s iconic, steampunk-styled party spot, which also doubles as a working pawn shop. Alongside an eclectic haul of second-hand treasures, Pawn & Co also delivers an exceptional DJ line-up and some truly unique cocktails. With its cranking dance floor and 7am weekend licence, this one’s a must for your late-night hit-list.
29th Apartment Uniquely Themed Bars
Taking its design cues from the New York-style studio apartment once home to the infamous Katishe, this themed bar feels completely removed from the streets of St Kilda. Each of its great spaces sets a slightly different tone – you might find yourself playing giant Jenga in the living room, sipping cocktails in the bedroom, or knocking back beers in a bathtub. Wednesdays here prove the ultimate hump day treat, promising cheap pizza, party DJ’s and a thumping dance floor.
Leonard's House of Love Uniquely Themed Bars
If you held a funky, 70’s house party in ski lodge, and added a healthy dose of Melbourne flair, you’d get something pretty similar to Leonard’s House of Love. One of South Yarra’s best-loved themed bars, Leonard’s has broad appeal, serving up drool-worthy burgers, a fab little soundtrack and plenty of budget-friendly jugs, all in one very cool, retro-tastic setting.
Berlin Bar Uniquely Themed Bars
Inspired by the contrasts of wartime Berlin, this themed bar boasts two distinct faces – you’ll either find yourself luxuriating in the opulence of ‘East Germany’, or slumming it in a space styled like a grungy war bunker. But no matter which you choose, you can bank on some seriously tasty signature cocktails, cool tunes and an all-round comfy drinking session. Don’t miss the impressive selection of German craft brews.
Absinthia Uniquely Themed Bars
As the name suggests, this Fitzroy speakeasy has a penchant for one type of booze in particular – that colourful character called Absinthe. Everything here is designed to celebrate the iconic, yet often misunderstood spirit, from the hefty selection on the drinks list, to the knowledgeable staff who’ll talk you through the traditional serving methods. What’s more, with its enchanting Parisian tables and ceiling crammed with tulip lights, it’s also one of the most unique drinking spaces around.
The Palm Royale
The Palm Royale Uniquely Themed Bars
Delightfully heavy on the tropical vibes, this Cuban-themed bar is like a little slice of holiday life, without the exxy plane ticket. From the guys that brought you Jungle Boy, The Palm Royale rocks a heady fit-out of palm trees and flamingo print, to complement the rum-driven line-up of signature cocktails. Cuban tunes get plenty of airtime on the speakers and the food menu touches on all those Caribbean favourites.
Storyville Themed Bars
An ode to fairytales, storybooks and wild imaginations, this themed bar is like another world entirely. Step through the door and prepare to be transported, as you sip Polyjuice cocktails from a glow-in-the-dark toadstool bar, and dance up a storm by the oversized enchanted bookcase. The drinks are themed and whimsical, and the barstaff have more than a few tricks up their sleeves.
Holey Moley Themed Bars
The theme of this colourful CBD spot is undoubtedly ‘fun’. A multi-sensory mini golf course with a sports-themed cocktail bar on the side, Holey Moley is about as wild and wacky as they come. Play a few holes, smash out some karaoke, then reward yourself with a few OTT cocktail creations from the Caddyshack Bar.