Latest on that growing list of excuses to venture west is West Side Best Side — an open-air bar, sustainable garden and food truck hub from Ellie Marin, the hospitality whizz behind roving ventures like Cornutopia and My Two Mums.
Running Friday through Sunday each week throughout summer 2017-18, the multifaceted venue breathes new life into a former car yard, located just a hop, skip and jump from West Footscray Railway Station.
It's a diverse spot for a diverse part of Melbourne, embracing the area's laidback nature and sparkling sense of creativity, promising something new with each visit.
Taking care of the eating side of things is a strong rotation of food trucks, with The Rib Crib, Meat Me Here, The Little Spring Roll Company and Beatbox Kitchen just some of the vendors who've parked their vehicles at West Side Best Side so far. Meanwhile, the bar offering is steadfastly independent, featuring craft beers, ciders, wines and a selection of share-friendly cocktail pitchers.
Throw in a cracking soundtrack and a welcoming, neighbourhood vibe, and you've got another winning westside venue.