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#124 of 3,170 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Contemporary
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169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9663 7722
17:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 01:00
Fri 16:00 - 01:00
Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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Canberra, Australia
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

1806 has a huge range of cocktails and the bar has alot of charm. We had a fantastic time doing the cocktail making class. The cocktails were great and we learnt so much about technique and the history of the cocktails we were making. Thanks Simeon for such a fun evening. Highly recommended 1806.

Thank Charliez78
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic cocktails, has to currently hold the title as best espresso martini (pharmaceutical supplement) in Melbourne!! Wait staff very friendly and positive attitude! We will defiantly be back!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Kilsyth, Australia
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a couple of hours at this place and found the cocktails to be quite nice. The main issue we had was that they were either very small portions or they over filled the ice in order to provide less product. I feel they could offer a little more product given the price they were charging per cocktail.

Thank Wayne A
Eighteenosix, General Manager at 1806, responded to this review

Dear Wayne, My name is Kevin Griffin the venue manager of 18o6. At 18o6 we pride ourselves on offering the best standard of Cocktails we can. Obviously on this occasion you have left feeling underwheelmed with the cost and size of our Cocktails of which I'm very sorry to hear. Most if not all of our Cocktails contain 50ml -... More 

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113 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent cocktails and super friendly staff We had the Mexican firing squad cocktails and they are some the best cocktails I have ever had - I could have drank and drank them The venue itself is interesting and has a cool vibe, the only thing that didn't work for me is the music, it was a bit all over the... More 

Thank dax a
Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bar gets some great reviews however we found the music to be too loud for a bar. The bar is on two levels and we were on the 2nd level. Service was a little slow and the bar menu a little underwhelming. Not my sort of bar.

Thank NBB58
Melbourne, Australia
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Special birthday celebrations started in a cool little bar with great staff excellent drink selection and while we didnt eat here food that looked good going to other tables

Thank sunnski22
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty cool vintage retro bar with a wide variety of cocktails and whisky. Good relaxed atmosphere with chilled vibe. Some finger food and snacks available too which is great. Staff are always attentive and friendly, with good knowledge of drinks and can make recommendations depending on each person drink preferences which is very impressive. A bit on the pricey side... More 

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Endeavour Hills
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106 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We booked a table at 1806 after hearing many good things about their drinks. We chose a Thursday night because we thought it wouldn't be too busy and while still on holidays, may as well take advantage of that! The upper level was closed off, and the bottom level was pretty full. It is full table service and for the... More 

Thank camdenham
Sydney, Australia
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Very late night drinks in a quirky setting that has ample character. Cool. Upstairs seating overlooks the bar and adds flavour / ambience to your own experience.

Thank bluebull79
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Finished an exam (which took 15 months to study for) and booked a table here to celebrate. It was brilliant. Fantastic selection of interesting and amazing cocktails in a wonderful setting

Thank sallyp322

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 7722
Cocktail bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighbourhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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