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Lily Blacks, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Lily Blacks

4.7
4.7
49 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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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 49 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great - food is fantastic and cocktails are delicious!

  2. b

    breeeeeer

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    lovely cozy atmosphere, delicious drinks & great service. Highly recommend this hidden gem.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great list of cocktails and very attentive staff.

  4. WS

    WillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Super lovely and helpful staff who went out of their way for us.

  5. SP

    SergeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    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.

  6. C

    Cathy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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!

  7. MP

    MarioP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice place to share some drinks whit friends

  8. R

    Renee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great venue for a cocktail. Staff were amazing when we asked for recommendations!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience2

    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!

  10. GH

    GeorgiaH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent staff, drinks tasted delicious and staff went above and beyond to help. Can’t wait to go back.

  11. CC

    ClaireC

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Usually a great night out. Reopening after lock down might mean service is a bit bumpy. Drinks are lovely and setting is v nice

  12. BR

    BelindaR

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Beautiful little cocktail bar with great cocktails. Good service but the waiter did hover a bit too much at times.

  13. d

    dennisg

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    A little too noisy. Music was not quite appropriate to the ambience Lily Blacks aims for.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cocktails were delicious! Food was also delightful - the chorizo and queso empanadas were the best I've had

  15. E

    Eleanor

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  16. O

    Olivia

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

  17. L

    Lily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely time celebrating my 30th birthday with my husband. The vibe is great, the lighting is perfect, the staff are bubbly.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for a catch up with friends after work

  19. HJ

    HungryJaks

    Victoria

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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.

  20. MS

    MeganS

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Always a great spot for a cosy pre-dinner drink, or a catch up with friends :)

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    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.

  22. J

    Joel

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    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.

  23. TS

    TonyS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    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.

  24. DH

    DeenaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    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!

  25. SO

    ShaneO

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  26. AD

    AidanD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great bar, great service, great cocktails, great location

  27. ZK

    ZoeK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    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.

  28. DC

    DanielleC

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great experience! Had an amazing Negroni and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

  29. PS

    PamS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The cocktails were delicious, if a little small. Great atmosphere & decor, super friendly staff. However the service was incredibly slow, we were there for an hour and only managed one cocktail. We got there at 8pm and were seated for at least 20 minutes before someone even took our order. Such a shame, it’s a really nice place, I wanted to stay longer & spend my money but we ended up going elsewhere as it was just too slow.

  30. LP

    LyndaP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were so friendly and professional. Cocktails were amazing. Atmosphere is fab especially with your friends. Would definitely go back again

  31. ST

    SeanT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Drinks aren't much good, and it was very hot in there...

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful hidden away gem in Melbourne. Great atmosphere and the staff really know what they are doing with their Drinks. Found my favourite cocktail at this bar the “passionista” would recommend visiting !

  33. m

    muzzingpanda

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Accomodating team as we had an online booking for 7 people at 11:30pm and they were able to change it to 8 people at 11:45pm. Kitchen was closed which is fair enough. Waitress was attentive and had a great memory! Remembered all our drinks without writing it down! Atmosphere is pretty good but was a bit warm. Had to ask for aircon to be turned up. Drinks.. to be fair, it was fun and fancy but did feel like all the house cocktails weren't too good, except for the 'Fogcutter'. Ordered a few classics (long islands, daiquiri, mojito) and they were much better. However, at $23 a pop, some of the cocktails were the volume of a shot... I would come here again if I happen to be in the area but not dying to come back here anytime soon

  34. E

    Etkk

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fantastic and efficient service from the team. With a larger amount of cocktail choicest.

  35. LD

    LeahD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly fantastic cocktails, the staff were very friendly and helpful.

  36. D

    Duck21

    London

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Fantastic night, great cocktails and service.

  37. J

    Jess

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We visited Lily Blacks for a friend's Birthday drinks and were very impressed with every aspect. As I had noted this was a birthday when booking - the team greeted us with Birthday wishes and a complimentary shot and the service only improved from there. The cocktails were amazing, staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was dark, moody and exactly what you would expect for a Cocktail Bar such as this. I cannot recommend Lily Blacks enough and thank the team there for a great night out.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rather than read the menu we just explained what kind of cocktails we liked- we weren’t disappointed! So much fun.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff were amazing, cocktails were amazing! Vibes were the best

  40. AL

    AnthonyL

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2020

    overall4food2service4ambience3

    Lily Blacks is a cocktail bar, so food is not a high priority and given its proximity to a diverse array of foods (top end Bourke Street), it's no hassle to find something to anybody's taste around the area.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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Lily Blacks is rated 4.7 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Lily Blacks does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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Booked 4 times 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

  • 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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