With everything from sprawling vineyards to laneway bars, rooftop haunts and trendy distilleries, Melbournites are pretty lucky with their choice of places to go for a tipple or two at the weekend. So next time you’re up for a thirsty weekend in Melbourne, head to one of the top five places for weekend drinks, inspired by this weekend’s episode of Luxury Escapes: The World’s Best Holidays.

Starward, Port MelbourneImage credit: Melbourne Writers Festival

Starward Distillery, Port Melbourne

Best for: Whisky
What to order: Single malt whisky from a red wine barrel
Tucked away in Port Melbourne’s industrial area, Starward Distillery is one of those places that you’re probably not going to just stumble upon. A quick Google of Melbourne’s best places for a whisky will probably bring this place to your attention. This huge distillery features a copper-themed bar and serves up flights of a selection of their most popular whiskies, with bottles available to purchase when you undoubtedly decide you want to take some home.

Montalto, Red Hill, MelbourneImage credit: Montalto

Montalto, Red Hill

Best for: Wine
What to order: Sparkling rosé (it tastes like strawberries and cream!)
Located just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Montalto is a picturesque winery that offers tastings of their popular wines (there’s even a wine vending machine in the upstairs tasting room!) and flavoured olive oils. There’s also a restaurant serving up fresh dishes using ingredients plucked from the kitchen garden, a casual outdoor pizzeria and rows of vines with artistic sculptures scattered throughout.

Black Pearl, MelbourneImage credit: Black Pearl

Black Pearl, Fitzroy

Best for: Cocktails
What to order: The Strangelove Daisy (Bulleit bourbon, pomegranate, lemon, umeshu and genepi)
Frequently named of The World’s Best Bars, Black Pearl is a dimly lit neighbourhood haunt where the cocktails are flowing and Melbourne’s coolest crowds can be found knocking back a post-work tipple or two. Expect innovative concoctions such as the Brain’s Bitter with Don Julio Blanco and apricot, and the Mix-Oh Lo-Gee with Ron Zacapa rum, Amaro, peach and clouds.

Four Pillar, Healesville, MelbourneImage credit: Four Pillars

Four Pillars, Healesville

Best for: Gin
What to order: A Negroni
Pay a visit to Four Pillars’ distillery door (about an hour outside Melbourne) for walk-in tastings priced at just $10 each and refundable if you make a purchase. Enjoy a G&T served just steps away from the stills by a passionate-about-gin bartender.


Mountain Goat Brewery, MelbourneImage credit: Weekend Notes

Mountain Goat Brewery, Richmond

Best for: Beer
What to order: Goat Aussie lager
If beer is your drink of choice then Mountain Goat Beer is the place to be for Friday night drinks or a relaxed Sunday session. Join a free Sunday brewery tour on Sundays at 1:30 or take a seat for on-tap beers including Goat Aussie lager, ciders and summer ales.

  • Heron Island, Queensland

    5 or 7 Nights

  • The Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Escape with Dining and Marine-Life Discovery Experiences

    Heron Island Resort

  • $ 1,034 /room Popular

    Valued up to $ 1,784

  • Palm Cove, Queensland

    5 or 7 Nights

  • Five-Star Pullman Sea Temple Beachfront Escape in Palm Cove

    Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa

  • $ 757 /room Popular

    Valued up to $ 1,754

  • Gold Coast, Queensland

    5 or 7 Nights

  • Gold Coast Ocean-View Escape in the Heart of Breathtaking Broadbeach

    AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences

  • $ 527 /room Popular

    Valued up to $ 891


Deals of the week

  • Crete, Greece

    4 or 7 Nights

  • Greek Island Luxury on a Private Beach with Daily Dining

    St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

  • $ 1,005/room

    Valued up to $ 2,014

  • Ending Soon

  • Nusa Dua, Bali

    5 or 7 Nights

  • Adults-Only Private Pool Villas with Daily Dining and 24-Hour Butler Service

    The Balé Nusa Dua

  • $ 1,377/room

    Valued up to $ 5,030

  • Ending Soon

  • Whitsundays, Queensland

    3, 4 or 5 Nights

  • Unique Beachfront Whitsundays Escape with Daily Sunset Cocktails

    Freedom Shores

  • $ 395/room

    Valued up to $ 723

  • New

Why book with luxury Escapes


Handpicked Partners

We negotiate the best price so you don’t have to


More VIP Inclusions

A Luxury Escape is lot more than just a bed in a room


Flexible Bookings

Choose your dates now or decide when to travel later

For Sales & Support

call 1300 88 99 00

Follow Us on

Download Our Free Mobile App

not hindi and eng