Happy 2019! Did you miss us?! We’re back open for business and we can’t wait to see y’all! Please note the KITCHEN WILL BE CLOSED the first week of trade and we are operating on limited opening hours as a result:
Wed 9 Jan 4:30pm-late
Thu 10 Jan 4:30pm-late
Fri 11 Jan 4:00pm-late
Sat 12 Jan 5:00pm-late
So come down and join us for some sweet, sweet Highlander happy hour drinks & don’t worry our famous Highlander burgers will be back soon!!

We will also be CLOSED ALL DAY MONDAYS and TUESDAYS UNTIL 4PM for the rest of January to complete some venue maintenance before we get back into full swing for the year!

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Posted on January 9, 2019 .

FREE Comedy @ Highlander for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival


Inspired by the 'Free Fringe' that has revolutionised the famous Edinburgh Fringe, 'Free Comedy" is now in it's 7th year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In 2018 'Free Comedy' moves to the Highlander Bar in the city centre. Join the revolution!.

"Just because it's a free show doesn't mean it's no good. In fact it's far better than many shows I've paid to see" - RHUM

Our biggest line up ever over 4 big weeks features over 20 alternative comedians from the hottest up and coming local acts to Edinburgh 'Free Fringe' veterans and beyond our 7th 'Free Comedy' season promises to our biggest and best yet!

BOOK FREE TIX TO THESE SHOWS NOW at freecomedy.com.au!

MARCH 28 - APRIL 7 (No Sundays)
6.15 PM - Eurydice Dixon - At Home, I Feel Like A Touris
7.00 PM - David Boyle
7.45 PM - Sean Quinn - The good, The bad and The Sunburnt
8.30 PM - Blaise White Changes the World
9.15 PM - Kieran Butler - I got white male privilege entitlement like Trump in a porn star's c***
10.00 PM - Sofie Prints - Jesus was a Rape Baby

March 31 & April 7 only
4.00 PM - Tim Young - The Ballaratian
4.45 PM - Jess Pearman - Fantasy
5.30 PM - Keran Storai - The K hole

APRIL 9 - 14 (No Sundays)
6.00 PM - Ro Campbell - If Ned Kelly Were King
7.15 PM - Jarryd Goundry - Sort of
8.00 PM - Garry Johal - Gaz-Lighting
8.45 PM - Gavin Lind - Perfectly Mediocre
9.30 PM - Nick Stevens - Damage Control
10.15 PM - #safespacecomedy

APRIL 14 & 21 only
3.45 PM - Scott Angove - We're gonna need a bigger golf cart
4.30 PM - Keran Storai - The K hole
5.15 PM - Gemma Garner - Hatemail


APRIL 16 - 21 (No Sundays)
7.15 PM - Andy Collings - SAHD (Stay At Home Dad)
8.00 PM - Stevie Stix - #thatsnotladylike
8.45 PM - Gavin Lind - Perfectly Mediocre
9.30 PM - Billy Siles - It's not me, it's you.
10.15 PM - Jai Ashman - Jai Pie Sky Die

Posted on April 4, 2018 .

Haven't booked your Christmas Party yet?

It's not too late! We've got a few spots available for Christmas & would love to have you here. Check out our last min Christmas deals below and book in your Christmas event now with friendly staff, delicious food & drinks and great prices! Lunches from just $15 per head with $5 drinks & FREE canapés for weekday bookings in the Library! 

Check out our Christmas lunch & evening canapé deals here!

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A Taste of Scotland

Join us at Highlander for an introduction to Scottish culture, some cheeky weeknight whiskies and a delicious 3 course Scottish dinner with our Sean Connery-esque sounding host and famous Scottish choreographer, Andy Howitt. Andy will be kilting up for the occasion and entertaining you all with an evening filled with Scottish food, drinks, dance, facts & fun upstairs in the Library room at Highlander from 7:30pm. With 3 single malt whiskies to sample, free flowing Scottish craft beers & red, white & sparkling wine for the duration of the event and our hearty Scottish entrée, main and dessert to tuck into we can guarantee you will not leave hungry or thirsty!

Scottish-born Andy moved to Australia in 2013 to take on the role of Director and CEO of Ausdance Victoria and has worked as an artistic director, dance director, professional dancer, dance teacher, performer and choreographer. He began hosting Burn’s Night suppers whilst working and living in London and has approached us here at Highlander to host a string of similar style Scottish soirees whilst he resides in Melbourne. Tickets are $75 per head and include:  

3 Course Scottish meal

3 Single Malt Whisky Tastings

2 Hours of Scottish Craft Beer, Venue Selected Red, WHite & Sparkling Wines & Soft Drink 

2 FREE Hours of Entertainment From Andy

Numbers are strictly limited to 30 so please book before midnight Monday 10 Oct to ensure you don’t miss out! Perfect for groups or couples.  


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is event is for persons 18+, photo ID required upon entry. 


Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (AEDT) - 


Highlander Bar - 11A Highlander Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000


Eventbrite - A Taste Of Scotland

Posted on August 30, 2016 .

World Whisky Day at Highlander

World Whisky Day is coming up THIS SATURDAY May 21st and we would love you to join us for a dram or two as we celebrate the water of life here at the wee Highlander! Events are taking place all over the globe, so join in with us on World Whisky day as we celebrate all types of whisky/whiskey and encourage everyone to enjoy a responsible tipple.

World Whisky Day is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. It’s not about being exclusive or prescriptive. You can drink it however you enjoy it (ice, water, mixer – whatever works for you). We want to be all inclusive and that means any kind of whisky/whiskey from anywhere in the world. 

We will be open from 5pm for food, drinks & fun and entry is FREE, RSVP your attendance and get a free dram of whisky with your first drink! 

-Complimentary Scottish inspired canapes from 6-9pm!
-World Whisky flights from $15 all night!
-$12 Whisky cocktails all night!
-Boilermakers from across the globe!
-Mystery Whisky Challenge Competition for the nose that knows!

So grab your fellow Whisky lovers and/or anyone keen to sample a few drams and head on down for good food, drinks and fun with us this World Whisky Day! 
Booth and table bookings welcome! Call us on 03 9620 2228 or email kate@highlanderbar.com.au for bookings. Spaces are limited so register here for priority entry and a complimentary dram of whisky with your first drink!


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
ID required upon entry, 18+ only unless accompanied by a responsible adult

Posted on May 19, 2016 .


The Comedy Festival has taken over Melbourne town and we're happy to be involved again for 2016! We have 4 shows a night at 6pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm and 9:45pm from Tuesday to Saturday through out the festival, which will finish up on Saturday 16 April.

We have Happy hours every Tuesday to Friday from 5-7pm and the kitchen is open nightly from 5pm-10pm so come down and grab a few warm up beverages and bite before you see a show! Tickets available at the bar on the night or for pre-sale online. 

Hope to see you at the bar for some food, drinks and fun times through out the festival!  

Check out the line up and buys tickets online here! 

Posted on March 29, 2016 .

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Posted on July 22, 2015 .


MICF is back at Highlander for 2015 and we're running a comedy packed 4 shows a night at 6:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm and 9:45 Tuesday to Saturday for the entire duration of the festival! 

We have have a range of different acts performing all different types of comedy so check out the show synopsis' below and come and see us for some good food, drinks and laughs during the festival! 

Buy tickets at the door or check out all Highlander's Shows and buy online on the MICF 2015 website:


Or take a look at our Individual Shows below (in order of appearance):

Casey Talbot - 'A Case Study'

Tim Driver - 'Where Did This Bruise Come From?'

Dan Pavatich - 'Please Stay'

Paul Culliver - 'Paul Culliver is the Best Newcomer'

Chavprov & Number 1- 'Double Date'

Changing Jennifers Improv Adelaide - Improvised Improv 

Dr. Pam - Kim Kardashian is Bad for the Environment

Kevin Lim & Daniel Muggleton - Jokes To Bang To
Mug and Kettle Comedy )

Tim Read - Of Sound Mind

Posted on March 17, 2015 .

TONIGHT!! Storytelling In The City - Heart's a Mess

This is an open mic, live storytelling event. Anyone can get up and tell a story from his or her life -- be it big or small, funny or sad, dramatic or ordinary. You DO NOT have to get up if you don't want to - you can simply come and indulge your childlike pleasure by listening to a tale!**

With everyone's favourite hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day fast approaching, we decided to invite you all to explore the ups and downs of love with the theme 'Heart's a Mess'. Interpret this any way you want. 

Remember, you can always draw on previous themes for your story. These are:
- 'Young brave me'
- 'That day ...'
- 'Lost and found'
- 'Pain while on holiday'.

Everyone is welcome to attend, whether to listen or yarn! However, don't be surprised if you think you would never get up to tell a tale, yet find yourself drawn to the microphone after hearing a few stories and knocking back a couple of wines! 

Posted on February 12, 2015 .