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With Australian summer in full swing, now is the time to check out some of Melbourne's new and notable bars. Whether you're a local or on holiday and whether you go for the movies or the eco-conscious vibe, they're all spots where the women glow and the men plunder.

Club Valve
For those heading Down Under and seeking a little ring-a-ding-ding from their bar look no further than the brand new, glorified hardware, uber chic boutique, Valve located in the infamous Greville Street precinct of Prahran, Melbourne. Opening just under a month ago, Valve welcomes the re-birth of an industrial, electronic scene with promises of the best music and sound shows we're likely to hear in Melbourne. The décor is enough of a reason to head southside.

Club Valve
177 Greville Street
Prahran, VIC 3181
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tel. +61 3 8080 5890

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The Rooftop Cinema
What more could you ask for that a non-pretentious bar serving quality cocktails from the rooftop of one of Melbourne's most iconic buildings (Curtain House) all summer long? Well, you could add some films to the mix just in case those city views become redundant. Oh, you already did? Well fancy that. Enjoy cult classics and new releases whilst sipping on a summer cocktail at Rooftop Cinema, one of the City's top (literally) drinking holes. A great excuse to get on a plane, out of the cold and winter and head down under for a drink.

Rooftop Cinema
Level 6, 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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tel. +61 3 9663 3596

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The Pond
As a city saturated in alleyways, finding the latest "it" bar in Melbourne is always going to involve asking for directions. Opened about a month ago, The Pond is fast becoming the favored place for a cold beer in the hot sun. Set up for just twelve weeks over summer, The Pond focuses on being environmentally-sound and eco-friendly and has the appeal of hanging out in someone's (rather large) back yard. (Before image on left.) When creating The Pond designers opted for some friendly help, offering anyone who donated an old plant pot a free beer. It worked and the results speak for themselves. Check it out (if you can find it).

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