20 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne At Night - Updated 2022

things to do in melbourne at night
Cheryl
Cheryl 
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As the fiery orange ball of fire descends over the horizon and the lights of the city flicker on, Melbourne City awakens with livelier hustle and bustle. Find a great accommodation from the many luxury Airbnbs or best Airbnb Plus homes in the city, and don’t miss out on this list of awesome things to do in Melbourne at night.

1. Experience winter wonderland at Ice Bar Melbourne (from USD 28.0)

Experience winter wonderland–minus the snow. Ice Bar Melbourne is a bar carved out of ice and offers an Arctic experience within a space made of 50 tons of ice. The admission includes gears such as a hooded cape, gloves, and boots to withstand the temperatures. To warm up, sip a complimentary Arctic-themed cocktail in the lounge; non-alcoholic drinks are available for kids and minor guests.

The Ice Bar experience lasts for almost an hour and is made more exciting by the spectacular ice sculptures showcased inside the venue as well as awesome games that the kids can enjoy. Try out Ice Bar Melbourne for some warm fun and recreation amid sub-zero temperatures.

Ice Bar Tour in Melbourne with Cocktails

Duration: 1 hour

61 reviews

2. Be thrilled from astonishing acts on a magic show (from USD 27.0)

Prepare to be thrilled and be mind-blown with the range of unbelievable magic tricks, acts of illusions, and mind-reading in a magic show called Impossible Occurrences. The show which stars Luke Hocking, one of Melbourne’s leading magicians and corporate entertainers, will keep you guessing as he performs an 80-minute magic performance. Hosted at an elegant and classical performance room in Marriott Hotel, the show is an intimate experience for 40 guests who, if lucky, get to participate and assist in some of the performances.

For this night of amusement and astonishing acts of magic, guests are encouraged to dress to impress and arrive 15 minutes before the show. There is a range of seating options and groups are ensured to be seated together.

Melbourne Magic Show: Impossible Occurrences Ticket

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

17 reviews

3. Wrap up the day tasting craft beers (from USD 120.0)

Cheers! Celebrate the growing craft beer scene of Melbourne with a private tasting tour. This is a unique way to wrap up the day during beer o’clock. By visiting the exciting suburb of Collingwood, a hub for the city’s bars, restaurants, and brewers, you get to explore three brewpubs, microbreweries, or beer bars and sample a variety of craft beers.

These are guided tastings but the highly experienced and knowledgeable guides make the tour appear like you are out in town with a friend. This tour pops the bottle open for a range of beers such as witbier, pilsners, and bocks while enjoying local delicacies and snacks.

Evening in Melbourne: 3 Hour Private Craft Beer Lovers Experience

Duration: 3 hours

2 reviews

4. Witness a live stage performance at Princess Theatre

Princess Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Matnkat used under CC BY 2.5

Catch world-class stage productions in one of Melbourne’s most spectacular landmarks—Princess Theatre. With its magnificent facade, electric stage lighting, domed roofs, and other unique interiors, audiences greatly enjoy live theatrical performances in this oldest surviving entertainment site on mainland Australia.

You can watch the hottest shows in the theater scene of Melbourne and be among the theatergoers who get amused by classic shows played in this theater such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Hairspray. Princess Theater can hold up to 1500 patrons and its viability as a live theater venue continues until today.

Princess Theatre

Address: 163 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Website: Princess Theatre

5. Laugh the night away with Comedy at Spleen

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A good laugh is a burst of sunshine in the room. It’s no wonder why Spleen Bar’s weekly comedy night called Comedy at Spleen fills the room with so much light. With shows every Monday at 8:30 pm, Spleen Bar hosts live comedy from the best Melbourne comedians. There are plenty of comics with new materials that star on each show so a variety of fun and laughter is expected to crack in this lively comedy place.

Aside from its gigs, the bar’s food and drinks are also worth the visit. It specializes in an American diner and serves hot wings, fries, hotdogs, and cheeseburgers. Look at the bright side and throw out some good laughs at Spleen.

Comedy at Spleen

Address: 41 Bourke St, Melbourne

Website: Comedy at Spleen

Opening hours: Mon: 8:30pm - 10:30pm

Price: 10 USD

6. Soak in the sunset views from Eureka Skydeck 88 (from USD 19.0)

View from Eureka Skydeck 88 Melbourne
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Standing elegantly tall at 88 floors by the Riverside Quay, brace yourself for striking views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. The sunset view can never get more captivating when viewed over such magnificent panorama. Known as the world’s first extended glass cube, The Edge at Eureka Skydeck suspends you at a thrilling 300 meters (984 feet) over Melbourne, for a fee of 12 AUD (10 USD). Now, this is what we literally mean by “Living on The Edge”.

Eureka Skydeck

Website: Eureka Skydeck

Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket

Duration: 1 hour

264 reviews

7. Enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant down the iconic Yarra River (from USD 107.0)

Discover one of the best dinner options on an enchanting 3-hour dinner cruise aboard The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant. This delightful restaurant operates only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and departs from Southbank Promenade at Berth 3. Indulge in a 4-course meal as the floating restaurant winds its way along the calm waters of the Yarra River and past the glowing city lights of Melbourne. You can view the skyline of Melbourne City at night from the expansive viewing windows from the comfort of your dining table or outside on the viewing deck.

The Spirit of Melbourne

Website: The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

Duration: 3 hours

792 reviews

8. Laugh your way to The Comic’s Lounge Comedy Show in North Melbourne

Stand-up Comic #2 - The Comics Lounge
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One of the best Melbourne night activities you might want to try is to laugh to your heart’s content at The Comic’s Lounge. Have a chuckle at the stand-up jokes told by the stars of comedy from all around Australia and the world such as Dave Hughes, Carl Barron, and Kitty Flanagan at Melbourne’s biggest and best comedy club for six nights a week. Get your dose of stress relief as you are entertained by professional comedians for an average ticket price of 20 AUD (16 USD) on an empty stomach or an average ticket price of 50 AUD (39 USD) over a dinner meal.

The Comic's Lounge

Website: The Comic’s Lounge

9. Grab a drink at a late-night bar such as Magic Mountain Saloon, Bar Ampère, and France-Soir

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Renowned for the small-bar culture that blossomed in the 1990s, more sophisticated late-night bars have mushroomed across the city of Melbourne. The hunt for a drinking destination will not take long as there are ample late-night bars to quench your thirst. Magic Mountain Saloon belongs to a stable of restaurants and serves tantalising Thai food late into the night. The Bar Ampère offers bar food, such as burgers, raclette, and steak tartare, alongside their deftly constructed and heftily alcoholic cocktails in a standing room. The Absinthe chocolate truffles are a must-try for dessert. The 30-year-old France-Soir remains one of Melbourne’s best late diners, with their consistent menu and noteworthy French wine list.

Magic Mountain Saloon

Website:Magic Mountain Saloon

Bar Ampère

Website:Bar Ampère

France-Soir

Website:France-Soir

10. Dine in small private carriage like setting at the Toff in Town

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Make your way to the Toff in Town and get to taste Thai-fusion dishes from curries, skewers, and other delectable dishes in the city’s most bustling pub. Toff is designed in a way to look like an old town train carriage where guests can sit in private little compartments that resemble a booth, making the interior of one of a kind on its own. Some of the best food to order include smoked eggplant with tomato, yellow curry, banana chili salad among other must-trys. Guests will probably spend around 70 USD for two people and can enjoy live music and entertainment while dining with your loved ones and partying their night away till 5:00 AM on weekends. Indeed, Toff in Town is definitely the talk of the town in the local night scene in Glenelg.

Toff in Town

Address: Curtin House, Level 2, 252 Swanston Street, CBD, Melbourne

Opening hours: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM, Sundays to Mondays, 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fridays to Saturdays

Price: 70 USD for 2

Contact: +61396398770

11. Go bowling and karaoke with friends at Strike

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Those traveling with friends can enjoy a fun-filled visit to Strike and get the chance bowl in their topnotch facilities including an impressive bowling alley and karaoke set with updated songs to belt out to in case your aim is terrible. Situated at the 3rd flood of Melbourne Central, this activity center also offers laser tag and escape rooms for groups to try out new things one hour after another. This has slowly become many young locals’ hangout spot in Melbourne. Aside from superb facilities, they also serve fully stocked bars and kitchens, giving you a variety of great food and snacks to order for just 13.10 USD per head, a solid bargain for a great night out with friends and loved ones.

Bowling and Karaoke at Strike

Address: Shop 305, Level 3, 211 LaTrobe St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Website: Stike

Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Sundays to Mondays

Price: 13.10 USD USD

12. Gaze at he night sky while glamping on the rooftop of Melbourne Central Mall

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One of the best places to visit in Melbourne at night is Melbourne Central Mall’s rooftop. Go up and away at the rooftop deck of Melbourne people can try glamping in one of the 21 canvas bell tents, including superb quality beddings and a fully stocked esky among other add ons to a great night out in the stars. There are also other additional activities to add on to your curated experience, some of which include breakfast baskets, happy hour cocktails among others. Watch as the stars come alive in the stunning Melbourne sky with you and your loved ones when in Melbourne.

Glamping on Melbource Central Rooftop

Address: St Jerome’s, Level 3, 271 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Contact: +61 406 118 561

13. Paddle along Yarra River during sunset (from USD 68.0)

Witness Melbourne transition from day to night while kayaking on Yarra River. Don’t fret as no kayaking experience is required for this tour; the fantastic guides will brief you with proper techniques and assist you all throughout. The two-and-a-half-hour tour traverses through Victoria Harbour and Docklands where the fiery sunset colors in the sky mirror in the water you’re paddling the stable kayak on.

As if the gleaming beauty of a sunset alone isn’t enough, the tour also passes through Southbank for another fiery show—this time a thrilling fire-ball display at Crown Casino. Enjoy a light dinner of fish and chips while you are on the boat. The amazing kayak experience stretches across downtown Melbourne and concludes at the boat landing area in Southgate next to Princess Bridge.

Melbourne 2.5-Hour Sunset Kayak Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

101 reviews

14. Feel your heartbeat race on a Haunted Melbourne walking tour (from USD 51.0)

It’s no secret that this city’s majestic views can make anyone’s heart race instantly but there are corners of Melbourne that can accelerate your heartbeat in a different light. Did you know that Melbourne can also be a perfect spot for horror enthusiasts? Uncover the begriming true crime stories and dark criminal history of Melbourne’s haunted side through a walking tour. Carried out in groups, the tour includes guides who will take you through the eerie lanes and ghostly buildings while they share the secrets of these haunted locations.

Discover the spirits that are said to be inhabiting these spooky destinations and potentially unlock some of the world’s mysterious killings. After this stirring activity, unwind with a refreshing beverage at the city’s favorite pubs with your guides and get to ask more questions about your paranormal adventure.

Haunted Melbourne Walking Tour

Duration: 3hrsDuration

15. Stroll along the stalls in the Queen Victoria Night Market (from USD 61.0)

Located at the corner of Queen and Therry Street, this night market is an iconic must-visit attraction all year round in Melbourne. However, this historic market comes to life at night for two seasons a year, open on weekly Wednesdays during summer and winter. Packed with street food vendors, and vintage and artisan stalls, this place is a hive for supper and late night shopping. Experience night life like never before with performances of free live music and an exciting line-up of traveling street entertainers. If you love food tours, this is one to sign up for!

Queen Victoria Night Market

Website: Queen Victoria Night Market

Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour

Duration: 2 hours

147 reviews

16. Try your luck at Crown Melbourne (from USD 61.0)

When first established at the north bank of the Yarra River in 1994 and subsequently relocated to the south bank of Yarra River in 1997, Crown Melbourne is a large integrated resort and houses Australia’s largest casino. Complete with award winning restaurants and world-class shopping and entertainment facilities, it is also referred to as a significant driver of tourism within Australia, particularly in Victoria. Summon Lady Luck over an exciting assortment of games such as the popular Blackjack, the Caribbean Stud Poker, the nineteenth-century Baccarat, the classic Roulette, and the Lucky Big Wheel.

Crown Melbourne

Website: Crown Melbourne

Melbourne City Twilight Kayak Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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17. Relax on a horse and carriage ride down at Federation Square, Parliament House and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (from USD 89.0)

Do take a strut down the streets under the night lights of Melbourne City, in a prestigious horse-drawn carriage for the ultimate sightseeing experience. Driven by a coach driver, fully uniformed in traditional driving attire, the glorious horses will take you on a journey through Melbourne City to catch a glimpse of some of the key sights of Melbourne, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Chinatown, Swan Street Bridge, The Shrine of Remembrance, The Arts Centre and Federation Square precinct. Tours depart from Federation Square opposite Flinders Street Station and carriages are available for tours on Thursdays to Sundays.

Melbourne Horse and Carriage Tours

Duration: 1 hours

18. Join an overnight safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo (from USD 44.0)

Werribee Open Range Zoo is an African themed zoo of approximately 225 hectares (555 acres) of vast land, located on Werribee River in Werribee Park, which is 30 minutes away from the Melbourne City center. Be part of the unique nightlife zoo experience with the Slumber Safari tour, which brings together a fully hosted safari experience with animal encounters and exclusive animal viewing opportunities. This overnight safari experience will be remarkable, as many animals are known to be nocturnal and only hunt at night.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Website: Werribee Open Range Zoo

Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Duration: 4 hours

25 reviews

19. Treat your inner child at Luna Park Melbourne (from USD 20.0)

Experience this Melbourne attraction at night: Luna Park Melbourne. The colorful and historic adventure park is located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda. It opened on 13 December 1912 and was the first of the five Luna Parks that were built in Australia, of which only Luna Park Melbourne and Luna Park Sydney are still operating today. The clown face mural at the park entrance, which may seem intimidating, is somehow one of the most Instagrammed pictures tagged to Luna Park Melbourne. The park is open from 11am to 11pm every weekend, Victorian school holidays and public holidays except on Christmas Day. Admission to this amusement park is free and ride tickets range from 5 AUD to 11 AUD (4 USD to 9 USD) for a single ride.

Luna Park Melbourne

Website: Luna Park Melbourne

Full-day Luna Park Admission Ticket in Sydney

Duration: 1 day

4 reviews

20. Take a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (from USD 26.0)

Be prepared for the sights and lights when you board this must-see attraction, lovingly known as Melbourne Star, which is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The general admission fee costs 36 AUD (28 USD) for an adult and 22 AUD (17 USD) for a child. However, there is a 25% discount on the prices when the admission tickets are purchased online on their website. Therefore, do not miss the opportunity to witness a sparkling wonderland that will slowly construct before your very eyes outside your cabin window, as the Melbourne City lights take over in the evening.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Website: Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission

Duration: 30 minutes

100 reviews

Discover the lively Melbourne nightlife

When the night lights of the city begin to glow, you will know that the party is just getting started in this lively city. The next time you are in Melbourne, instead of putting on your nightcap, try taking a stroll along to the local market or bar-hop (responsibly!) around the trendy city, as the night has just begun. You can even rent a party house for the night or book an Airbnb in Melbourne CBD to stay close to all the action.

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Cheryl is a banker by profession, writer by passion, foodie / jet-setter by obsession. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur city in Malaysia, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English...Read more

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