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Time Out (Melbourne) - - BAR AWARDS -

BE­NEATH B DRIVER LANE

If you like base­ment bars, cock­tails, co whisky, blues, good ser­vice s and eat­ing Reuben sand­wiches sa at 2am, Be­neath Driver Lane is call­ing your name. n base­ment, Shop 3 Driver Ln, Mel­bourne 3000. wwwww.driver­lanebar.com. Mon-sat 4pm-3am; Sun 6pm-3am.

THE ELYSIAN WHISKY BAR

Yao Wong and Kevin Low had a crazy dream that in­volved open­ing a whisky bar with rare bot­tles op­po­site com­mis­sion hous­ing in a sub­urb over­sat­u­rated with spe­cialty bars. And damn, are we grate­ful they did. 113 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065. 03 9417 7441. theelysian­whisky­bar.com.au. Tue-sat 4.30pm-1am.

MR WEST

With craft beer, good wine, bet­ter spir­its and great cock­tails, Mr West is an ar­gu­ment for bars in the sub­urbs – es­pe­cially since they let you eat your take­out at the bar. 106 Ni­chol­son St, Footscray 3011. mr­west.com. au. Mon-tue noon-10pm; Wed, Thu noon-midnight; Fri, Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-midnight.

THE SHADY LADY

This Fitzroy dive bar spe­cial­is­ing in frozen cock­tails and vegan snacks is run by three in­dus­try leg­ends who en­cour­age you to bring your dog. 36 John­ston St, Fitzroy 3065. the­shady­lady.com. au. Thu-sat, Mon 4pm-1am; Sun 4-11pm.

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