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We're getting to the pointy end of 2018, but Melbourne's still delivering when it comes to all things boozy and delicious. The city's abuzz with new karaoke barbecue joints, small pasta bars and suburban cafes. Call the apple of your eye and make a dinner date, or round up your best foodie friends and get a reservation at one of these newbies.
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Port Melbourne's old-school cocktail lounge.
A croissant and coffee refuge with an ex-Chin Chin chef.
A plant-filled creative cafe, with plenty of vegan options, in the northern suburbs.
This Footscray street food shop serves up giant fried squid on a stick.
This beloved Melbourne coffee chain's Carlton outpost is part coffee shop, part book shop.
An affordable Southeast Asian eatery and bar with a covetable CBD rooftop.
This Albert Park boozer has scored a new look and revamped offering of refined pub classics and lots of wines.
The Malaysian chain's first Australian outpost serves dumplings, pan mee and one giant bowl of noodle soup.
A circus-themed arcade bar from the Holey Moley crew complete with bowling, dodgems and colourful cocktails.
Windsor's fun Mexican-inspired pizzeria and tequila bar.
The CBD venue has reopened in a new and improved location complete with a hidden drinking den.
A new no-rules CBD barbecue restaurant from the Dexter team.