Melbourne’s famous laneways are always full of surprises. From Melbourne Music Week parties to new spots for superior eats and drinks, here’s the latest.

Melbourne Music Week laneway parties

Head to an all day music festival sprawling across multiple venues in AC/DC lane, courtesy of MMW. Civic Sounds on 18 November will feature 90s faves Regurgitator, the endlessly cool Nai Palm, Bec Sandridge and a tonne of other awesome acts throughout the day.

One live music event in a laneway not quite enough for you? Make 22 November a bumper night of fun with this triplet of free laneway parties. Whitehart bar (in Whitehart Lane) is hosting live bands and DJ sets across two stages. Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane is throwing a good old fashioned all-nighter, with sets from Blasko, SILENTJAY and more. Then kick on down the lane at the Belleville’s free RnB jazz party on the same night.

Top of the spots

Geddes Lane has lucked out with Top Yard, a new rooftop bar offering 360 degree views of the city skyline.

Think ‘aussie as’ cocktails (utilising everything from Pavlova to Passion Pop), big fat burgers – we like the spicy dorito filled ‘Nacho Libre’ – and bowls of loaded fries towering as high as the rooftop itself. These new kids on the block are only open Friday to Sunday, which means letting your hair down at the top is a weekend must.

More goods on Geddes Lane

There’s a reason Melbourne is the live music capital of the world, with venues like the recently refurbished Geddes Lane Ballroom opening year-round (and well past 2am).

Once home to the legendary Grainstore tavern in the 80s, this iconic bluestone building is reopening in early November with a full roster of live acts. Head downstairs to snack on the delectable bar menu (designed by foodie powerhouse Vue de Monde), where you may also spot some relics from the building’s slightly seedier past.

New blooms in Degraves Street

Nothing says ‘Melbourne’ more than a teeny tiny cafe in an enviable laneway location. The recently opened Tulip Cafe gets extra points for their scandi style peach interiors and well stocked pastry cabinet – with croissants, cake and macarons on high rotation.


Life in the fast laneway

Pair a hearty, healthy meal with organic wine or craft beer at the new Laneway Greens location in Collins Place. While it may be a laneway in name only, they also have an equally as luxurious store in Flinders Lane. Either way, both spots are city worker faves for a sophisticated express lunch (braised grass fed beef, anyone?), or a cheeky after hours tipple.

A bowl of food held out by two hands