With competition at its fiercest at the moment, retailers of all shapes and sizes are doing what they can to draw in customers.

These cafes and bars have made sure they stand apart from the crowd by offering people something distinctly unique.

1. 1806, Melbourne

If you have ever wondered what cocktail drinking was like in decades gone by, then wonder no more. 1806 is found at 169 Exhibition Street in the centre of Melbourne and offers an extensive menu of drinks throughout the ages. It even boasts its own book of cocktail recipes!

2. Bacano Boutique Cafe, Brisbane

Head to Rowes Arcade in Brisbane and you’ll be amazed at the variety and standard of coffee available. The intimate atmosphere and attentiveness of the staff are second to none. The Italian hot chocolate is also said to be something pretty special!

3. Eau de Vie, Sydney

If an evening indulging in fine wines and cocktails sounds like your perfect scenario, Eau de Vie in Darlinghurt is the place to be. Admire the vintage cocktail making paraphernalia and tap into the knowledge of the waiters for a truly wonderful experience.

4. Kinfolk, Melbourne

Kinfolk is all about the community – not only does it serve exceptional food and drink, but it has philanthropy at its heart. What’s more the cafe is run entirely by volunteers. You can find Kinfolk at 673 Bourke Street, just a stone’s throw away from Southern Cross Station.

5. Belgian Beer Cafe, Adelaide

Beer cafes have become quite trendy over recent years, and Adelaide’s offering is no exception. Looking over Ebenezer Place, the Belgian Beer Cafe is the place to go to escape after a hectic day. Expect plenty of interesting beers and equally as mesmerising decor. The bar has more than 40 different beers to try, both bottled and on tap.