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Hidden Bars in Melbourne and Their Iconic Campari Cocktails

If you love a Campari cocktail then you're going to love our pick of five drinks at 5 different bars in Melbourne.

Bomba Rooftop

Hidden from the streets of the city, with gorgeous views and even better cocktails, Bomba Rooftop overlooks Lonsdale Street’s leafy treetops to the north and has stunning views of Melbourne’s CBD to the south. Adding to the ambiance are DJs from Hope St Radio playing at the venue every Friday and Saturday night.

Our cocktail pick: Orchard Negroni Campari, spiced pear white port, apple brandy Bar Margaux

The door to Bar Margaux is plain and just says “MGX”, but when it opens you’re met with a vibrant buzz of music and chatter. With a boldly French menu, Bar Margaux brings together the best of New York, France and of course Melbourne.

Our cocktail pick: Petit Boulevardier Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Campari Lay Low Bar

Enter through an unassuming grey door, follow a dark and narrow corridor and you’ll find Lay Low Bar. A neighbourhood bar with world class cocktails, our pick from the Lay Low menu is one of their takes on a tried and true classic, the Negroni.

Our cocktail pick: Old Pal The Gospel Straight Rye, Campari, Oscar 697 Extra Dry Vermouth Union Electric Bar

From the outside, Union Electric Bar looks like an old, abandoned boat shed. From the inside, you could say that Union Electric Bar has it all. By ‘it all’ we mean a party-starting bar, a rooftop and a cocktail list to die for, and it's all hidden up a set of stairs in a killer Chinatown location. The bar champions fresh produce, each day pressing, juicing and infusing all manner of fruits, herbs and botanicals.

Our cocktail pick: Wax On Honeycomb, Geraldton Wax, French Rum, Aperol, Peychaud's Bitters Above Board

Above Board is a small intimate award-winning cocktail bar with only 16 seats. Hidden down the laneway just off Smith and Perry Streets in Collingwood, climb the stairs to Above Board to experience the futuristic atmosphere and punchy cocktail list.

Our cocktail pick: Empire Strikes Bax Amaro, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Cold Drip Coffee


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