Top 3 hidden bars in Australia

Relive the romance and thrilling secrecy of the Prohibition era by sneaking in the secret entrance of a speakeasy - only for those in the know.

Barman pouring flaming cocktails
  • Deborah Grunfeld
  • December 2019

Everything old is new again - and so it goes that speakeasy bars from the roaring 20s are trending in the 21st century. Experience the frisson of discovering the secret of classy cocktails and stylish décor behind hidden doors at these cool bars around Australia.

Fall from Grace

Somewhere within Melbourne restaurant State of Grace is the camouflaged door to a clandestine subterranean cellar bar, cleverly called Fall from Grace. Our tip? We’ve heard tales of a sliding bookshelf that accesses an intriguing room filled with cosy armchairs, crafty cocktails and a great vibe...

27 King Street, Melbourne, +61 (0)3 8563 0020, stateofgracemelbourne.com.au opens in new window

The Cumberland

Nestled inside a Manly deli in Sydney is an antique fridge whose door is the secret entrance to the newly opened underground bar The Cumberland. A spiral staircase leads down to an ornate interior inspired by 1920s American speakeasies (when alcohol was illegal), where you can sample signature tipples such as Wild Fennel Calling, made with foraged ingredients. Or choose from more than 250 whiskies, natural wines and craft beers.

17-19 Central Ave, Manly, cumberlandmanly.com.au opens in new window

Candlelit bar room
Enjoy signature cocktails made with foraged ingredients at Sydney speakeasy The Cumberland.

Mrs J Rabbits

Fulfil your Narnia fantasies in a vintage-style venue only accessible through a wardrobe. You’ll also need a secret password to gain entry to Mrs J Rabbits, hidden above Brisbane’s Electric Avenue Kitchen and Bar, but once inside there’s live jazz and an extensive gin and whisky list plus a bespoke cocktail menu to quench your thirst.

23 Logan Road, Wolloongabba, +61 (0)7 3891 2316, electricavenuejr.com.au opens in new window