Melbourne is experiencing a period of growth. It’s currently resting at just under five million residents, and it shows in the bustling nightlife here. A large population is beneficial for many reasons but none more so than the pursuit of casual sex. Melbourne hookups are in high demand, and they’re easy to arrange if you know where to look.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor to our city, you have to know we love our bars. There are plenty of fantastic places to meet up for a drink and a fling. Unfortunately, there are even more places that will only disappoint you. Perhaps you think the solution to that problem is getting online. There are certainly tons of hookup apps and sites, but how many are actually any good?
Too few. That’s why we took it on ourselves to create this list of the greatest Melbourne hookup bars, sites and apps. With these tools at your disposal, it won’t matter if you’re in Surrey Hills or Broadmeadows. Easy hookups will be just around the corner. You’re not out in Kalkallo; why live like you are?
Keep reading for our best suggestions and comment below if you think we’ve missed anything.
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The healing effects of a good cocktail can’t be overstated. Back in the 1920s, the U.S. enacted prohibition, and a few years later, the world entered into the Great Depression. Coincidence? We think not. It’s also not a coincidence that the best cocktails in Melbourne are at Eau de Vie, a prohibition-style speakeasy.
As one of the sexiest, most intimate lounges in the city, Eau de Vie is a quintessential Melbourne hookup bar. It’s ideal for dates or meeting a stranger for a casual fling. Whiskey lovers should be sure to enter their (hidden) Whisky Room for one of the best selections in the country. Put simply, there’s nothing to dislike about this cool, sexy bar.
With a worldwide user base of 90+ million people, Adult FriendFinder has very little competition. Having been around since the 90s, AFF has remained the most established site of its kind for over a decade. Even though it isn’t an app, its browser experience on the computer and phone is second to none.
AFF’s biggest selling point is its diverse user base. Other sites tend to only churn out results for the young and extremely attractive. That’s great if you’re a model, but everyone deserves to get a little action now and then. Every age group and look can get results on AFF. While on some apps (*cough* Tinder *cough*), being 30 is ancient, on AFF, you’re in the perfect age range. You’ll find tons of people your age looking for hookups.
There literally is no easier way to search for Melbourne hookups. The search function, which includes options like cup size, distance and kink, is fantastic. Plus, the site is completely dedicated to casual sex, nothing more. Everyone on the site knows what it’s for, so you won’t get stuck chatting up someone looking for a relationship. Is it any wonder it’s popular all over the world? Its users say they would be fine never using any other site and we understand why.
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If whisky isn’t your drink, maybe try heading to Gin Palace over on Russell Place. Like Eau de Vie, this cosy lounge is an ideal location for meeting Melbourne hookups. It’s a below-ground bar with stylish decorations and comfy couches for getting close and intimate. It’s also open late so you can sip your martini with nonchalant cool.
The Gin Palace is a swanky bar, no doubt. You’ll find high rollers throwing down big bills on bottle service and high-end gins. Don’t worry if you aren’t carrying a platinum card, though. The drinks are so nice, you’ll want to take your time. You might not be able to say the same about your company. The two of you will be in the mood from the moment you walk in.
As we mentioned, there is no shortage of the range of Melbourne hookup apps. While some general apps are decent (one even great, but we’ll get to that) the best tend to be niche. That is to say, they focus on people with specific tastes or kinks. One of the best of these type of apps also happens to be one of our favourites: Cougar Life.
As vocal fans of cougars, we believe we can call ourselves authorities on this subject. After all, we curate an annual review of the best cougar apps and sites, so we’re definitely not amateurs. Year after year, while some apps come and go, Cougar Life remains the best. With its dedication to connecting men to women over 35, this is the fastest way to meet experienced lovers.
For the many cougars seeking Melbourne hookups, this app is unbeatable. Older women have busy schedules. They don’t want to waste nights at bars waiting for young dudes to work up the nerve to act. And then there’s the stigma that comes with older women pursuing younger guys. They face rejection or embarrassment. For that reason, they turn to Cougar Life. That’s why this app has seven million users, and so many of them are actual women.
Both the largest and highest-quality app of its kind, Cougar Life is popular in cities all over the world. Locally, it’s one of the best ways to regularly arrange Melbourne hookups, whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, or older. You can search for people who want to meet tonight, and you’ll be alerted when someone views your profile.
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Cocktail lounges are amazing, of course, but it’s good to change things up from time to time. You don’t always need to get dressed to the nines to find a casual hookup with someone local. There’s something to be said for the seductive sizzle of drinking in the sunlight. That’s why we love to spend afternoons in a beer garden. And for our money, the best in Melbourne is at The Fitzroy.
Beer gardens provide much to love. For one, they tend to be wide, open spaces for loads of people to gather and drink together. They’re ideal for day drinking with old and new friends alike. The Fitzroy adds a few extra touches, including DJs and an assortment of mixed drinks to go with the beer. It’s the most relaxed you’ll ever be talking up a beautiful stranger.
Anybody can drink on the ground. We like to get a bit high when we go out. In the shadow of Parliament House, Siglo is a chic rooftop bar that serves wine, cocktails and tasty treats. Its industrial design complements its slick service and extravagant menu. There’s no doubt, Siglo is a classy night out and one that’s sure to impress.
Bring a date and you’ll see what we mean. Order one of the classic cocktails and have it delivered to you by fashionably dressed waiters at your luxurious table. That is sure to make an impression. Better yet, stroll around the bar for views of Parliament, St Patrick’s Cathedral and more of our beautiful city. It doesn’t get much sexier than this.
Melbourne’s a city that’s got something for everyone. If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, try out these other sure-fire options for Melbourne hookups.
We don’t know when the “golden era of cocktails” was, but Lily Blacks claims to be inspired by it. This candlelit Laneway bar provides an uncommon backdrop filled with tables of couples getting intimate. Whereas most of Melbourne’s cocktail bars go for sophistication, Lily Blacks aims to captivate with its unique style.
For fans of cocktails, there is no doubt that Lily Blacks will quickly become a regular stop. They are inspired by the cocktail styles of old, but they aren’t afraid to add modern twists. The room is open and gives off chill vibes - a nice break from more stuffy lounges. If you’re looking for a fun date spot without the pretension, this place is for you.
Ever heard of Tinder? Silly question, right? There isn’t a single other hookup app that has dominated the culture on such a massive, global scale. Everyone at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne already have it on their phones. If you’re a Millennial, it’s a near certainty you’ve already used it too. So, what more is there to say?
Firstly, we can say that while Tinder is very effective, it can frequently be just as frustrating. As an app, its appeals – simplicity and prominent profile pictures – are also its most annoying traits. The focus on pictures means that only the best-looking users tend to get much traction. It also means that if you’re older than 28, you’re probably going to feel invisible.
Tinder works amazingly well for the male users in the top 10-15% of looks. For those guys, there isn’t a more efficient way to find Melbourne hookups. Good for them. For the rest of us, it’s a lot less fun. Similarly for women, Tinder can be an easy way to scratch an itch, assuming you’re in the top 50%. Adding to the frustration of the app, the most attractive women on Tinder rarely respond to messages. For them, the app is all about ego stroking, nothing more.
Tinder hopes to broaden its scope by focusing on relationships and dating. We suppose they have a chance of finding success in that arena. For the hottest users, though, Tinder will always be one of the most reliable Melbourne hookup apps on the market. What more does it need to be?
The appeal of the Waterslide Bar at Southgate will be obvious the moment you look out on the Yarra River. Like so many of the recent Melbourne hookup bars to open, Waterslide Bar takes their mixology seriously. They also serve a great assortment of liquors, wines and beers from around the world. Drinkers will be plenty satisfied.
What really sets Waterslide Bar apart, though, is the views. Its location on the south side of the river means that it has an unobstructed sightline of the Melbourne skyline. With its plush seating and warm, wood décor, it should be in your regular rotation, without a doubt. It’ll be worth the trip every time, trust us.
Coffee houses and cafés are always welcoming places to relax and get to know a stranger. Day or night, their casual and calming setting makes everyone feel at home. Take a book or your laptop and spend the afternoon there with a hot drink and cool demeanor. You’ll see beautiful women coming in and out all day.
Personally, we’re regulars at the South Melbourne coffee institution, ST. ALi. Like any good coffee house, it provides a great backdrop for just hanging out and killing a few hours. Its cosy atmosphere makes getting to know someone feel easy and unforced. For those days when you’re not up for fighting the pub crowds, let ST. ALi be your refuge.
Well, you’ve done it. You’ve been to every hookup bar in Melbourne, a coffee shop or two, and a few of the beer gardens. There are officially no more mountains to climb. While it might seem like that, there’s actually plenty of different opportunities for meeting a fling. There are locations all over the city that can be low-key seductive if you’re paying attention.
Passion Foods on Ferrars Street in South Melbourne is just such a location. Sure, a grocery store doesn’t seem like a spot for Melbourne hookups but reconsider. Attractive single ladies shop there, the environment is casual and there’s plenty of conversation starters. It’s worth a shot. Pick up some organic vegetables and maybe you’ll get in some food play later on.