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Lily Blacks, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Lily Blacks

4.0
4
62 Reviews
$41 to $100
Cocktail Bar
Lily Blacks is for the true cocktail aficionado. Bringing the prestige of the golden era of cocktails to its illustrious laneway location. Serving up the finest pre-prohibition libations to avant-garde, modern classics until late.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–3:00 am Sat 6:00 pm–3:00 am
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 4887
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross street
    Bourke St
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

62 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service, service, service! This bar is like a consulting business; yes they listen and in turn react appropriately. A definite if skirting the CBD.

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  2. DavidD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great laneway bar. Very comfortable. Eclectic street with very interesting characters walking past.

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  3. JacquiL

    Victoria

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a great find as a place for drinks. Waiter was very attentive and drinks excellent. Music was a touch loud did comfortable conversation. Out food was tasty, although a few more options would make it even better!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great cocktails and service but was very loud inside.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly service - we had 2 cocktails each which were both very nice.

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  6. JackieY

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails and service was amazing. What a great little venue for pre drinks. Will definitely be back.

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  7. Essie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place and interesting cocktails. Unfortunately some confusion over the bill at the end of our visit - they wouldn't let us pay as we ordered, and allowed people to pay as they left, everyone was certain they'd paid for their drinks but they insisted we still had to pay for one more drink before we left. That payment method makes it difficult to keep track when there is a big group.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It was ok, service was good but seats were uncomfortable and the music was very dated. Drinks tasted good but very small for the price! There wasn’t much food variety either. Overall just ok probably wouldn’t go back.

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  9. VDon

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Was surprised and a little disappointed to see such a small menu of cocktails at this cocktail bar, but the drinks they make they do well I must say. The cheese and corn empanadas are delish. While our waitress was quite sweet she could answer the three questions we had about the red wine or cocktail ingredients, she might have been new but probably needs a bit more drink knowledge given the kind of bar it is..

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  10. wendyf

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Dreadful food. Tasteless Barra in broth, Asian greens not Asian (Cauliflower and carrot). Service was good. Diss appointed overall as it was over $200 for 2 people.
    Lily BlacksResponded on October 22, 2022
    Hi there, We believe you may have left this review on the wrong page, we do not serve Barra in Broth or 'Asian Greens'. Sorry the restaurant you went to disappointed, we hope you enjoyed your experience at Lily Blacks.

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  11. JasonD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lady serving was very knowledgeable on all things cocktails and got something we would like based on tastes we liked

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  12. AntoniaW

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved this cocktail bar. It was really cute and lovely. The bartenders really knew their cocktails ans whe

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  13. TylerW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Solid gourmand cocktails and very knowledgeable staff.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great - food is fantastic and cocktails are delicious!

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  15. breeeeeer

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    lovely cozy atmosphere, delicious drinks & great service. Highly recommend this hidden gem.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great list of cocktails and very attentive staff.

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  17. WillS

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Super lovely and helpful staff who went out of their way for us.

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  18. SergeP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided early not to eat / drink anything we had tried before a great decision tried a few very different style cocktails all brilliant, think negroni from the heart was standout.

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  19. Cathy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Managed to get a booking very last minute at a busy time of year. Drinks were great, service excellent. Thanks so much! Will be back!

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  20. MarioP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place to share some drinks whit friends

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  21. Renee

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue for a cocktail. Staff were amazing when we asked for recommendations!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We chose to sit outside but were placed next to the car park which was just not great. Service was good and very attentive however I ordered a vodka martini and got gin and we had whisky soda which was served in both tall and short glasses, inconsistent for a cocktail bar. Very minor issues and would not deter me from returning or recommending as a great little cocktail bar!

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  23. GeorgiaH

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent staff, drinks tasted delicious and staff went above and beyond to help. Can’t wait to go back.

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  24. ClaireAdele

    Las Vegas

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually a great night out. Reopening after lock down might mean service is a bit bumpy. Drinks are lovely and setting is v nice

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  25. BelindaR

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful little cocktail bar with great cocktails. Good service but the waiter did hover a bit too much at times.

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  26. dennisg

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A little too noisy. Music was not quite appropriate to the ambience Lily Blacks aims for.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were delicious! Food was also delightful - the chorizo and queso empanadas were the best I've had

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  28. Eleanor

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place - the drink variety was great and so unique, created by the Head Barman who took the time to explain the ideas and tastes behind the cocktails. A cosy setting with a great atmosphere.

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  29. Olivia

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved Lily Blacks! My friends and I came here for after dinner cocktails and the server that looked after us was amazing, she was great! Drinks were delicious and unique, and the ambience was divine. Highly recommend!

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  30. Lily

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time celebrating my 30th birthday with my husband. The vibe is great, the lighting is perfect, the staff are bubbly.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a catch up with friends after work

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  32. HungryJaks

    Victoria

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lily Black has a great, smoky atmosphere (dark and cosy) and good music level. Really nice feel and always love an entrance of an alleyway. Excellent pre drinks before San Telmo, which is right next door.

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  33. MeganS

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great spot for a cosy pre-dinner drink, or a catch up with friends :)

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  34. SarahS

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable evening with lovely helpful friendly service. Cocktail list was difficult to understand all the ingredients but were quite nice. Snack options are small but lovely. Loved the broccoli, divine.

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  35. Joel

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Great vibe and drinks but if you’re going to have table service and you only have 15 customers in the restaurant then it’s unacceptable to have to wait 10 minutes with an empty glass and then have to approach the bar for service to be told to sit back down and your waiter will be with you soon.

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  36. TonyS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here after a work function with 10 people, excellent space with a good atmosphere and excellent service. Expensive but I think its worth it for the environment and service.

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  37. DeenaH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn't eat so can't comment re: that. The cocktails ordered were as described on the menu - yummy and meticulously made. The service was attentive and friendly. A great place to have a drink before dinner in the hood. My one gripe: they have QR codes on each table to view the digital menu, BUT, they only have one laminated A4 printed QR code paper to check in that they share and pass around to everyone who arrives. Not really C19 smart - should have one on a table so that everyone isn't touching the same thing!
    Lily BlacksResponded on May 18, 2021
    Hi Deena, We're glad to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the drinks, we will definitely be taking your feedback onboard and be more diligent in wiping down the QR sheets between guests. We hope to see you again soon!

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  38. ShaneO

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly rated bar that focuses on cocktails, we agreed it should be highly rated. The service was excellent, staff were patient and polite. They has a great knowledge of what went into the drinks and the origins of the products. The cocktails were delicious with a very good variety. My pick was the Tasmanian Devil, with a fantastic twist on the espresso martini. Definately worth booking a table, recommended as a few came and left disappointed as they had no booking.

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  39. AidanD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bar, great service, great cocktails, great location

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  40. ZoeK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We book for a friends Hens, Service was amazing, ambiance was great, Drinks were fantastic, and even when we didn't know what we wanted they waiters picks were fantastic. Will 100% be recommending them to everyone and definaly be going back.

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Lily Blacks is rated 4 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Lily Blacks

12 Meyers Pl, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bourke St
  • Neighborhood
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–3:00 am Sat 6:00 pm–3:00 am
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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