A Guide To Thursday Night Nightlife In Melbourne, Australia

July 26, 2022

As the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is best known for its bars, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Around almost every corner, you can find somewhere new and unique to check out, making it difficult to get bored exploring this beautifully vast city. You would be hard-pressed to find the same variety of nightlife in other cities in Australia. 

That being said, there is undoubtedly something for everyone, no matter your tastes or preferences. Here is a guide to a few of the best places to check out during your Thursday nights in Melbourne. 

Cherry Bar

As anyone who has spent their weekends crawling the alley bars of Melbourne knows, Cherry Bar is an iconic venue in the Melbourne music scene. Playing host to a range of local and international rock acts, this late-night venue is perfect for those looking to experience some live music in the city’s heart. As well as live music, the bar has a range of drinks and a food menu serviced by friendly staff. 

The Cherry Bar has been a mainstay of the rock scene since it was founded in 1999, perking the interest of international and Australian artists; bands frequently visit the venue to descend to party after they have finished playing live themselves. Once the live bands have finished playing, the bar hosts its in-house DJ to continue the vibes throughout the night.

The Cherry Bar is famous for its ambience and fun vibes, so if you are looking for somewhere more casual to enjoy your night, the Cherry Bar might be for you.

Lucky Thursdays

As the name suggests, Lucky Thursdays is a nightclub open every Thursday night. Lucky Thursdays is the largest and most unique Thursday nightclub in Melbourne, hosting top tier artists and DJs with a high-quality sound system and great production. This club is geared toward clubgoers and University students looking to party with cheap drinks and an electric atmosphere. 

Lucky Thursday hosts some of Melbourne’s hottest electronic and dance artists; the resident DJs include Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher, Mashd N Kutcher, and more. If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, they have VIP Booths, Private Function Rooms and host University After Parties. 

As far as the location goes, this club is located in the CBD, making it very accessible and convenient. The club opens at 10 pm, with entry fees for students $5 with a valid student ID and $20 without one.

If you are one to get your groove on to some of the best electronic music in Melbourne and keep going till the early hours of the morning, you cannot go past Lucky Thursdays.

The Douglas Club

The Douglas Club is a boutique cocktail bar on Bourke Street Melbourne, perfect for those looking to enjoy some of the finest cocktails, wines, spirits and champagne. The Douglas Club takes inspiration from the glamour of travel and hospitality during the 1930s while giving it an unmistakable contemporary edge.

The bar is split across two rooms, each with its unique style and personality. You can sit at the bar while watching the delightful staff mix some of the city’s best cocktails or relax in the emerald green velvet lounges. 

Some of the recommended drinks on the menu are the Death in the afternoon and the Old Cuban or Pina Colada Breakfast. As well as cocktails, the bar houses wines, champagne and spirits coming from a range of boutique local artisan producers. If you are looking for something to satisfy the palate, the delicious snacks menu perfectly pairs with any drinks. 

Considering Thursdays tend to be slightly tamer for most of us, The Douglas Club is the perfect bar to sit back and delight the senses as we head toward the end of the week.


Suppose you are looking for a late-night feast, but something more substantial than greasy kebabs or mysteriously long-lasting burgers from the golden arches, we have you covered. Melbourne houses an array of late-night eateries, and Shujinko is one of them. 

This restaurant offers delicious ramen options, such as black ramen or the ultra spicy karakuchi ramen. All while being open for 24 hours, perfect to satisfy those late-night cravings after a night out. 

Shujinko is situated smack bang in the middle of the CBD on Russell Street, just a stone’s throw away from some of the most popular nightlife spots. If you love authentic Japanese ramen, this is one to check out. 

Melbourne’s nightlife scene offers a plethora of options for those seeking a vibrant and unforgettable experience. From trendy bars to pulsating nightclubs, there is something for everyone to enjoy on a Thursday night in this bustling city. And what better way to enhance the ambiance of these establishments than with custom neon signs? Neon signs have long been a staple in the world of nightlife, adding an element of allure and excitement to any venue. By creating custom neon signs specifically tailored to the atmosphere and theme of a nightclub, owners can elevate the overall experience for their patrons. Whether it is a bold and flashy sign displaying the club’s name or a neon creation that captures the essence of the venue’s unique concept, custom neon signs have the power to make a lasting impression. Their vibrant colors and eye-catching designs not only draw attention but also create a sense of anticipation and energy, setting the stage for an unforgettable night out. So, for nightclub owners looking to make a statement and leave a lasting impression on their patrons, investing in custom neon signs is a surefire way to take their establishment to the next level of visual impact and atmosphere.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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