Australia's cultural capital

Australia's cultural capital
  Melbourne City guide
Discover everything Melbourne has to offer
Neighbourhoods 12
Bars & Nightclubs 29
Mollie's Bar and Diner
Mostly queer crowd
Popular gay bar with casual dining and great drag
DT's Hotel
Mostly queer crowd
Local pub with entertainment
Charming laneway piano bar
Sircuit Bar
Mostly queer crowd
Popular and lively bar
The Peel
Mostly queer crowd
Large and popular club with a late license
The Osborne
Hosts queer events
Rooftop and bar with popular gay Sunday event
Mostly queer crowd
Cowboy-themed drag karaoke bar
Mostly queer crowd
Nudist pub night for guys
Brown Alley
Hosts queer events
A hip nightclub that hosts queer events
Evie's Disco Diner
Mostly queer crowd
A funky bar and diner that caters to a queer crowd
Mostly queer crowd
Brunswick's first dedicated queer bar
Jono's Piano Bar
Mixed queer and straight
Neighbourhood piano bar
Love Machine
Mixed queer and straight
A queer-friendly club
Hosts queer events
A bar with drag bingo Tuesdays and Thursdays
Poof Doof
Mostly queer crowd
Saturday night gay club night
Pride of Our Footscray
Mostly queer crowd
A community-owned queer bar
Rainbow House Club
Mostly queer crowd
Queer bar with regular entertainment
Rubix Warehouse
Hosts queer events
Edgy venue with queer events
A fairytale-themed bar and club
Sub Club
Hosts queer events
A creative club supporting subcultures
The 86 Cabaret Bar
Mostly queer crowd
Drag cabaret and restaurant
The Bottom End
Hosts queer events
A club in the CBD that hosts a monthly queer event
The Emerson
Hosts queer events
Rooftop bar with a queer crowd on Sundays
The Laird
Mostly queer crowd
A bear bar with accommodation upstairs
The Railway Hotel
Hosts queer events
Drink and eat with a queer crowd on Sundays
The Rubber Chicken
Hosts queer events
A comedy club with drag bingo on Wednesdays
Mostly queer crowd
New queer bar with weekly events
Vau d'vile Drag Cabaret
Mostly queer crowd
A drag bar and restaurant
Yah Yah's
Hosts queer events
Hip bar that's queer on Thursdays
Dance Parties 13
Events 23
Attractions 16
Restaurants 31
Cultural Venues 21
Businesses 9
Hotels and B&Bs 11
Groups 18
Sports Clubs 21
Trips 10

A great thing about Melbourne is nightlife and culture is spread throughout the city and each neighbourhood has a high street with great drinking and dining options.

There is no dedicated gay village holding the flame as the historical home of the LGBT+ scene. However, the Collingwood area has a good concentration of gay bars that spill over into nearby Fitzroy and Abbotsford. The neighbourhood also has rainbows painted on the sidewalk, so has a strong claim to the title of the city's gay village.

However, not so long ago, Prahran and South Yarra on the southern bank of the river were considered the gay village. The area once boasted the city’s most popular gay bars, however, all of these venues have since closed. While there are no longer any dedicated gay bars, some venues host queer events (the biggest of which is Poof Doof) and the area still has a sizeable queer population and many queer-interest restaurants, bars and businesses.

Any discussion about Melbourne neighbourhoods isn't complete without mentioning St Kilda. With its beautiful beachfront, palm-lined streets and distinctive Luna Park, it is an iconic image of Melbourne. There also a number of queer points of interest including the Pride Centre, the Prince Hotel and it is also the location of the annual Midsumma Festival.

Timeout has a great interactive guide to Melbourne neighbourhoods.
Check out this Reddit discussion about the best neighbourhoods for gay men.
Queer neighbourhood
Queer-interest neighbourhood