5 Cheap and Cheerful Bars in Central Melbourne

5 Cheap and Cheerful Bars in Central Melbourne

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 05/24/2024

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With affordable drinks, great views and vibes, what’s not to love?

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon in Melbourne than with cheap drinks at some of the best bars in Melbourne CBD. Whether you’re looking for a spot in the city or just seeking cheap drinks with friends, here are some of your best options!

  1. The Curtin

Listed as one of Australia’s oldest pubs, The Curtain sits in the heart of Melbourne, offering great drinks, food, and music. Every Tuesday to Friday between 12 PM and 5 PM, you can grab some cheap frozen cocktails for about $12 and $15 jugs of three selected drinks.

The Curtin often has regular gigs from up and coming artists, so pop down for cheap drinks and great live music.

  1. The Oxford Scholar Hotel

The Oxford Scholar sits along the northern end of Swanston Street and has been around for more than 160 years! For cheap drinks all day long, The Oxford offers $10 pints and $20 jugs on certain drinks, along with $15 weekly rotational cocktails. On top of that, from Monday to Friday, there are deals, along with lunch specials on Monday to Thursday.

  1. The Joint Bar

The Joint Bar offers views of Flinders Street Station, great food, and even better, cheap drinks. The Joint Bar has affordable on tap beers, ciders, wines, and even cocktails all day long. Grab some food to share and enjoy a catch up with family and friends.

  1. Left Bank Melbourne

Left Bank Melbourne sits along the Yarra River with a stylish restaurant and bar with cheap drinks during happy hour. Weekdays between 3 PM and 5 PM are prime time to enjoy cheap drinks from $15 cocktails, $8 beers and wines. It is easily a favourite spot for the city goers.

  1. Trinket Bar

Trinket Bar, located on Flinders Lane, provides a trendy atmosphere with great drinks, tasty pizza, and shared food. Drop by during aperitivo hour on the weekdays between 4 PM and 6 PM to indulge in $16 cocktails, $9 house spirits, $10 house wines and selected beers.

Melbourne is filled with plenty of cheap bars, hidden gems, cocktail lounges, sports bars, and so much more. Keep an eye out for the bars across the city that have happy hours, offering fantastic deals on a range of drinks.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.