Say cheers to this list of the best bars in St Kilda, Melbourne!

One of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Melbourne, St Kilda is not just a dreamy destination – it’s a lively hub where locals and visitors gather to enjoy a hearty drink. Whether you’re seeking intimate wine bars, refined pub grub, or live music venues that play into the early hours, St Kilda has something for everyone.

Soak in the unique neighbourhood vibe with this list of the top bars in St Kilda to try in 2024, always promising a memorable night out with friends!

<strong>Hotel Esplanade</strong>
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Hotel Esplanade

One of the most iconic, the most popular and, of course, one of the best bars in St Kilda, historic Hotel Esplanade serves up good times and great drinks at this breathtaking pub. With an art deco interior and exterior that looks like the glamorous 1920s, this iconic and vibrant seaside pub spans six floors and boasts no fewer than 12 bars. From the pint-friendly Main Bar, to the secret cocktail bar Ghost of Alfred Felton, to the Italian-American themed Louey’s Bar & Kitchen, Hotel Esplanade offers a handful of unique spots all in one place. And for those after some exceptional live music, don’t miss out on the legendary Gershwin Room!

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11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC 3182
<strong>Newmarket Hotel</strong>
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Newmarket Hotel

Located right in the heart of St Kilda, this red bricked building has been transformed into a trendy pub, bar and contemporary dining experience unlike anything else. Featuring a lush beer garden dining and drinking area, as well as a packed schedule of live music and events, Newmarket Hotel is a fun and lively pub perfect for hanging out with friends over a pint or parma. And with 15 beers and ciders on tap, an extensive wine list, and plenty of exciting cocktails, you’ll never be patched at this St Kilda bar!

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34 Inkerman St, St Kilda, VIC 3182
<strong>Pontoon St Kilda</strong>
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Pontoon St Kilda

Those in St Kilda Beach, enjoying the sun and looking for a refreshing beverage, should look no further than Pontoon St Kilda. The two-story seaside delight leads right up from the ever-popular St Kilda Beach, making a convenient outpost from the sun and sand. With a seafood focused menu, take a bite from their fresh Mediterranean menu filled with locally sourced treats and plenty of pizza options. Of course, we can’t forget the large bar, with a casual vibe reminiscent of a trip to Bali.

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30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, VIC 3182
<strong>Prince Public Bar</strong>
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Prince Public Bar

Welcome to Prince Public Bar, a delightful destination that blends the modern and tradition for one of the most exciting bars in St Kilda. As one of Melbourne’s oldest gay-friendly pubs, the Prince Public Bar has become a slice of Melbourne’s inclusive history, creating a warm atmosphere perfect for drinking away the night. With an extensive wine collection of white, red, or bubbly, as well as a hearty selection of beers, you’ll be feeling like royalty at Prince Public Bar.

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29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182

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Feature image: Hotel Esplanade, St Kilda. Image via Visit Victoria.