Lily Blacks

4.7
17 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.

Support Lily Blacks during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 17 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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PamS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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LyndaP
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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SeanT
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 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 !

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muzzingpanda
1 review
Dined on 27 February 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

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EtelK
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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LeahD
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipDuck21
London
38 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Fantastic night, great cocktails and service.

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Jessica
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 29 January 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AnthonyL
Melbourne
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here and it was. just what we wanted. Delicious cocktails and the best service from everyone on the team. Lily Blacks started our night off in the best of ways. Can’t wait to go back for more.

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vipJulieS
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lily Blacks have done a great job expanding onto the laneway. Great vibe while still being "covid-safe". Well done :)

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and nice drink.. good place to have a date

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VanessaO
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4Food1Service4Ambience4

It was great to visit again but we booked for 2 hours and were told to leave after 1 hour 30mins

Lily Blacks
Responded on 23 November 2020

Hi Vanessa, we apologise for any confusion regarding reservation times. We are only offering 1.5 hour sittings at the moment due to the capacity restrictions. It does mention this at the time of the confirming the booking but we fully admit it could be clearer, it's something we are actively trying to improve with OpenTable. Thank you for taking to the time to leave a review.

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MacarenaMisterio
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff super friendly and helpful, music spot on, nice food from San Telmo!

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Mels
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Great bar with some great cocktails only let downs waiting 30 minutes for first drink, having to ask for water twice and not very attentive service. We got seated in area first but served last, hopefully table service will be gone soon to increase my likelihood of going back to a bar I previously liked going to and not just sitting waiting.

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Ella
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and lovely atmosphere! One of Melbourne's more unique bars.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So nice to get out again. Excellent service from all staff members in particular Dave and Ryan!

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Angelina1949
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with lovely service. The waiting time is rather lengthy despite we’ve booked, but they do have great service

FAQs

Lily Blacks is rated 4.7 stars by 17 OpenTable diners.

Lily Blacks does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/3225B39STKJWD/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.