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Hush Bar

Address:
211 Latrobe St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Mon-Sun 11am-3am
http://www.hushbar.com.au

While the rest of the city's smoking venues disappear into a milieu of cookie-cutter bar and club facades, it's nice to know there's still a few places left where you can fire up a stogie and settle in with a martini. Hush Bar, situated in the On3 entertainment complex of Melbourne Central, is one such bar. Ushered into the city's canon of cool and stylish drinking venues, Hush is home to an extensive list of cocktails, premium cigars and heavy and funky house beats. Saunter through the main bar and you're hardest task is choosing a place to perch. Try one of the booth-style banquettes opposite the main bar or head out the courtyard to get in a little night air. Stop by the marble-topped bar and marvel at the cocktail list - a list of classics and house designs, all mixed with top-shelf liquor and deft hands. While the bar staff may not be big on chatter, they do like to mix up a storm behind the bar. Try a Bloody Hush Mary for an innovative take on the classic, and see if you can guess what the secret ingredients are. Meanwhile, the cigar cabinet holds an exciting number of Cuban and Dominican Republic cigars. While the selection is slanted towards first-time smokers, there are still a few varieties to satisfy old hands - like the Cohiba number six, or a Montecristo number three.