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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Weekend

Party on the sand in the middle of the CBD or at sunset soirée on the beach.
By Concrete Playground
January 11, 2019
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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Weekend

Party on the sand in the middle of the CBD or at sunset soirée on the beach.
By Concrete Playground
January 11, 2019
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  • SUMMER VEGASTATION

    A ten-dish vegan-only yum cha degustation for only $45.

  • MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

    An engaging, warts-and-all look at the personal and professional life of the Sri Lankan-born hip hop star.

  • INSTANT FAMILY

    This family-friendly comedy was inspired by the life of its director, but can't find the balance between authentic and formulaic.

  • VEGAN GELATO TAKEOVER 2019

    Piccolina's Collingwood, Hawthorn and St Kilda stores will be serving up vegan gelato and milkshakes for one week.

  • SOUTH WHARF POP-UP CINEMA 2019

    Make the most of summer with a classic movie — and an espresso martini — by the Yarra.

  • EIGHTH GRADE

    Comedian Bo Burnham makes his filmmaking debut with this winning coming-of-age flick.

  • LEISURE PLEASURE: A SUNSET BEACH PARTY

    A new afternoon dance party on the sand at St Kilda's West Beach Bathers Pavilion.

  • URBAN OASIS BEACH PARTY SERIES 2019

    Party on the sand in the middle of the CBD.

  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS

    Everyone's favourite magical nanny is back in this charming sequel, with Emily Blunt leading the charge in a most delightful way.

  • SEANCE 2019

    The spine-chilling shipping container experience is popping up at the Queen Victoria Market — enter if you dare (and aren't claustrophobic).

  • TWENTY-NINE CHEESE GNOCCHI

    South Yarra's Cucinetta is serving up this extremely cheesy gnocchi for two weeks only.

  • SUNSET SOUNDS 2019

    A series of free outdoors gigs held in parks across Melbourne. BYO picnic.

  • VITRA 100 MINIATURES

    A curious German exhibition of classical chair designs is heading to Melbourne — and they're all fun-sized.

  • MPAVILION MUSIC MEETS

    Queen Victoria Gardens' epic ampitheatre-like pavilion will be filled with (free) live music every weekend in January.

  • PIXAR PUTT

    A Pixar-themed mini golf course pops up in Federation Square for a month.

  • PORTARLINGTON MUSSEL FESTIVAL 2019

    Celebrate Port Phillip seafood by spending a day at the nation's mussel capital.

  • FOMO 2019

    The one-day one-stage festival returns with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Mura Masa at the helm.

  • SO FRENCHY SO CHIC IN THE PARK 2019

    Spend an afternoon at Werribee Mansion drinking Champagne, eating cheese and frolicking on the lawn.

  • MELBOURNE MUSIC BUS TOUR

    Take a bus ride through Melbourne's music history.

  • THE WIZARD'S BRUNCH

    A Harry Potter-themed feast in the 'Great Hall' for muggles.

  • KING & GODFREE

    The 135-year-old institution has been reborn as a three-level Italian food mecca.

  • SIBLING CAFE

    The Kinfolk team's volunteer-run cafe in Carlton North.

  • 400 GRADI YARRA VALLEY

    The Neapolitan-style restaurant opens its latest digs — in a winery.

  • PRINCE DINING ROOM

    An all-day St Kilda restaurant in the former Circa space.

  • MYA TIGER

    An opulent Cantonese eatery inside St Kilda's new-look Espy.

  • SHOP225

    This Coeliac Australia-accredited pizzeria is serving up some of the city's best gluten free and vegan slices and pastas.

  • PORTSEA HOTEL

    The Mornington Peninsula spot now boasts a whisky bar, stunning events space and Cali-style burger bar, all overlooking Port Phillip Bay

  • GRAND LAFAYETTE

    An all-day eatery serving up $33 all-you-can-eat Japanese feasts and vibrant Asian-inspired brunches.

  • THE GREVILLE

    Do dinner and drinks down below before heading upstairs for a dance afterwards.

  • SEBASTIAN BEACH GRILL & BAR

    This Basque-inspired waterfront bistro grills seafood and pours sangria on a sprawling shaded deck right on the sand.

  • COMPA

    Brunswick Street's Sicilian-style gelateria.

  • QUEEN VEE'S

    A lively Caribbean eatery with a heap of vegan-friendly options.

  • KAZUKI'S RESTAURANT

    The acclaimed fine diner has brought its famed Japanese fare from regional Victoria to Carlton.

  • MORGAN'S SORRENTO

    A sprawling restaurant serving seafood and local Mornington Peninsula beer and wine right on the foreshore.

  • LENNY 3206

    This corner cafe in a heritage-listed building has Aperol spritzes and cookies 'n' cream hotcakes.

  • SHINBASHI YAKINIKU

    Carlton's all-you-can-eat DIY Japanese barbecue joint.

  • AREPA DAYS

    The sister cafe to Fitzroy's Sonido boasts an arepa lab out back.

  • GALAH

    An Aussie-themed cocktail bar and bottle shop.

  • ISHIZUKA

    The eatery specialises in a balanced kaiseki by acclaimed Japanese chef Tomotaka Ishizuka.

  • BOMBA ROOFTOP

    The Spanish restaurant's rooftop serves up Catalan toasties and gin cocktails under the CBD stars.

  • HALF ACRE

    A dilapidated mill that's been transformed into a top-notch wining, dining and partying destination.

  • THE ALBION

    The historic pub is back with a new rooftop bar and a 5am weekend licence.

  • ARCHIE BROTHERS CIRQUE ELECTRIQ

    A circus-themed arcade bar from the Holey Moley crew complete with bowling, dodgems and colourful cocktails.

  • CHACHO'S

    Windsor's fun Mexican-inspired pizzeria and tequila bar.

  • STATE OF GRACE

    The CBD venue has reopened in a new and improved location complete with a hidden drinking den.

  • GO NOODLE HOUSE

    The Malaysian chain's first Australian outpost serves dumplings, pan mee and one giant bowl of noodle soup.

  • THE BEACH HOTEL

    This Albert Park boozer has scored a new look and revamped offering of refined pub classics and lots of wines.

  • RED PIGGY

    An affordable Southeast Asian eatery and bar with a covetable CBD rooftop.

  • ISH

    A two-storey modern Indian eatery serving up gluten-free naan and spicy 'risotto' in Fitzroy.

  • BAR OUSSOU

    With regular live music, a rollicking dance floor, a leafy courtyard and French Senegalese food, this is one of Sydney Road's best local haunts.

  • AMELIA SHAW

    A sleek weekend-only cocktail bar above the Retreat Hotel.

  • EYDIE'S

    A Lygon Street favourite with a late-night happy hour.

  • SIG. ENZO APERITIVO BAR

    An aperitivo bar perfect for a spritz, some snacks and some solo time.

  • ATTICUS FINCH

    A Lygon Street spot with cosy nooks, DJs on Fridays, a cute courtyard and the best cheese plate in Brunswick.

  • UNCLE JOE'S

    A small Brunswick East bar with David Bowie above the bar and Patti Smith in the bathroom.

  • DUKE OF KERR

    Located on a quiet corner in Fitzroy, this neighbourhood cafe is serving up all-day breakfast and booze, seven days a week.

  • NAVI

    An innovative 25-seat restaurant from an acclaimed chef in Yarraville.

  • EVERYDAY COFFEE CARLTON

    This beloved Melbourne coffee chain's Carlton outpost is part coffee shop, part book shop.

  • KILDERKIN DISTILLERY

    Ballarat's small batch distillery producing gins and whisky.

  • FOSSEY'S GINPORIUM & DISTILLERY

    An old-timey gin distillery and bar found on the country streets of Mildura.

  • ANIMUS DISTILLERY

    Kyneton's own gin distillery and cocktail bar.

  • BENZINA CANTINA

    An authentic Mexican eatery from the mind behind Los Hermanos.

  • EAST BRUNSWICK HOTEL

    The historic three-level pub has reopened with live music and an underground dining space.

  • CITRICO

    A lively new Chilean spot in Fitzroy North with an ex-Rockpool chef.

  • FUTURE FUTURE

    This little Richmond eatery is slinging meatball katsu-sandos, donburi bowls, cocktails and rare Japanese sake.

  • CHEEK

    A new no-rules CBD barbecue restaurant from the Dexter team.

  • BRUNETTI

    A Melbourne cafe institution has a modern makeover on Flinders Lane.

  • INNOCENT BYSTANDER

    The Yarra Valley winemaker's Healesville venue is part cellar door, part pumping wine bar.

  • DOOT DOOT DOOT

    Jackalope Hotel's opulent fine diner.

  • BRAE

    Dan Hunter's acclaimed Great Ocean Road fine diner.

  • WICKENS AT THE ROYAL MAIL HOTEL

    Dunkeld's fine diner where you can indulge in degustations and a 28,000-bottle wine cellar surrounded by bush.

  • MONTALTO

    This Mornington Peninsula institution has a winery cellar door, cafe and fine dining restaurant.

  • FRANKIE

    A perfect pastel diner serving up great pan-Asian food in Geelong.

  • RESTAURANT IGNI

    This Geelong fine diner is one of Victoria's best restaurants.

  • LAURA

    A faultless degustation-only restaurant in the middle of a 50-acre Mornington Peninsula winery and sculpture park.

  • ELICHI

    Bayside's rule-breaking Indian eatery from the Babu Ji team.

  • SUPER LING

    This Chinese eatery is doing Hakka-style cuisine, with surprising dishes like mapo tofu jaffles, and a Chinese take on the mille feuille.

  • CHOP SHOP KOREAN BBQ

    A neon-lit Korean barbecue joint in the heart of the CBD.

  • BUILDERS ARMS HOTEL

    Andrew McConnell's refined pub offers British-inflected fare, a strong wine selection and a lovely little courtyard.

  • THE INCUBATOR

    Collingwood's bar and brewery dedicated solely to IPAs.

  • BAR CARLO

    A tiny laneway bar serving up panini and coffee by day, and cicchetti and spritzes by night.

  • JOANIE'S BARETTO

    Thornbury's cute neighbourhood Italian bar serving spritzes cicchetti and bowls of pasta.

  • URBAN ALLEY BREWERY

    Docklands' massive sustainability-focused craft brewery and pub.

  • PROJECT281

    Brunswick's greenery-filled cafe and coffee roastery.

  • GRACEBURN WINE ROOM

    Mac Forbes' Healesville cellar door now serves weekend dinners.

  • BABAJAN EATERY

    The Carlton North favourite now does dinner two nights a week.

  • BLUEBONNET BARBECUE

    The beloved Texan-style barbecue joint's new permanent home.

  • MAMOR CHOCOLATES & HIGH TEA SZALON

    This Collingwood chocolate shop hosts Champagne brekkies, dessert nights and decadent high teas.

  • TEA ROOM AT NGV

    Pair your trip to NGV International with a few tiers of finger sandwiches and scones.

  • ONLY MINE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

    Stop by this chocolaterie in the Dandenongs for specialty bars and next-level sundaes.

  • LITTLE LON DISTILLING CO.

    A tiny CBD gin distillery that open its bar three nights a week.

  • DRUMPLINGS

    Melbourne's most unconventional dumpling diner.

  • ONDA

    A bright and inventive South American eatery in Richmond.

  • CANNOLI BAR

    Australia's first store dedicated entirely to the famous Sicilian dessert.

  • B. LUCKY & SONS

    An adults-only arcade bar offering vintage games, prizes and alcoholic bubble tea until 3am.

  • CAPITANO

    Italian food with an Aussie edge and revamped classic cocktails in the Beaufort's former Carlton space.

  • GARCON PARIS STEAKHOUSE

    A French CBD bistro inspired by Parisian steakhouses.

  • LESA

    Embla's rustic upstairs restaurant is primed for feasting and much wine drinking.

  • GOLDEN MONKEY

    A Shanghai-style basement bar harbouring custard buns and punch bowl cocktails.

  • PARCO

    A tiny cafe in the middle of the street near Carlton's Argyle Square

  • WILLOW WINE CAFE

    Here, you can drop-in before work for a Five Senses coffee, then after for a glass of Victorian wine.

  • HORN PLEASE

    Rule-breaking Indian fare in North Fitzroy.

  • SAN ANTONE BY BLUDSOS

    Texas-style smoked meats in Southbank.

  • ROYAL SAXON

    This bar-bistro hybrid has a little something for everyone.

  • BELLS HOTEL

    A classic pub with fantastic daily specials that are sure to please the locals.

  • EAST CHINA TRADING COMPANY

    A dumpling, cocktail and 200-strong rum bar tucked down a CBD laneway.

  • THE PROVINCIAL HOTEL

    The grand old dame of Brunswick Street.

  • LAUNDRY BAR

    Twerk till the early morn in this Fitzroy favourite.

  • PERSEVERANCE

    Get a big dose of 90s nostalgia at this hip and happening Brunswick Street hang-out.

  • WOOLSHED

    A waterfront gastropub where you can relax and soak in your surroundings.

  • THE CARLTON CLUB

    Party like an animal at this inner-city jungle oasis.

  • SWAN HOTEL

    Glide in and grab a pint or dance away the night in this classic Richmond bar.

  • EUROPEAN BIER CAFE

    A triple-level bar boasting a broad spectrum of local and international beers.

  • KINGSTON HOTEL

    Enjoy tasty house-made pasta, in one of Richmond's finest beer gardens

  • COMMON MAN

    There's nothing common about this pub, from an ice-skating rink to raging fire pit, it's full of surprises.

  • MOTHERS MILK

    Partake in some whisky business in this grungey late-night Melbourne bar.

  • THE STORE ROOM

    A modern speakeasy that's tough to locate, but well worth the effort

  • MASTER DEN'S POPPU UPPU

    A Japanese-style hot pot restaurant has popped up in the old Kappo space.

  • NAXI FOLK

    An all-day eatery in Hawthorn serving up authentic Yunnan fare.

  • TRINKET

    A plush two-storey cocktail lounge with a secret basement bar, fireplace and boozy brunch sessions.

  • TRANSPORT HOTEL

    A multifaceted venue located in Federation Square — whatever you're after, it has you covered.

  • WATERFRONT PORT MELBOURNE

    Situated on Station Pier, this sleek establishment offers waterside views, fresh seafood and fine wines.

  • THE MEAT & WINE CO SOUTHBANK

    Get your meat fix in the middle of the CBD at this soaring three-level steakhouse.

  • CAMPARI HOUSE

    Navigate the four levels of this hospitality extravaganza with a Campari — or two — in hand.

  • THE BANK ON COLLINS

    Finally a bank you might actually want to visit.

  • MIDDLE PARK HOTEL

    An inviting gastropub overlooking Albert Park Lake and Melbourne city centre.

  • ST. MORITZ ST KILDA

    Australia’s 1900s ice-hockey scene lives on in the heart of this St Kilda resident.

  • THE SMITH RESTAURANT

    Escape the bustling High Street, and chill out in the courtyard of this sleek gastropub.

  • NEWMARKET HOTEL

    Top-notch pub classics, exciting architecture and a dedicated gig space — the Newmarket Hotel is a triple threat.

  • PENTOLINA

    This CBD eatery serves fresh pasta made in-house daily, and it has dietary-requirement friendly options.

  • MR TUCCI

    This sibling-owned Glen Iris cafe feels like a conservatory and serves up cakes baked by 'Mum'.

  • VILLAGE BELLE HOTEL

    St Kilda's old-meets-new pub with a standout Sunday roast.

  • THE PALACE HOTEL

    This South Melbourne pub has an impressive list of craft brews — and a resident dog.

  • THE EXCHANGE HOTEL

    A cosy Port Melbourne pub that offers cheap feeds and plenty of live sports.

  • FITZROY SOCIAL

    An effervescent city bar with an atmosphere that's as colourful as the surrounding murals.

  • HAMPTON WINE CO.

    Great bar food and take away wines on a sleepy strip in Hampton.

  • THE TIPSY COW MALT & VINE CO.

    A neighbourhood bar that loves whisky and dogs.

  • BENJYS

    Lygon Street's dog-friendly karaoke bar.

  • REPUBLICA

    A sprawling bar right on St Kilda Beach.

  • STAPLE PROVIDORE & CAFE

    A sunny St Kilda spot with street-side seating suitable for dogs.

  • TIPICO

    Windsor's new modern Italian eatery with local flavours and a sleek design.

  • MATILDA 159 DOMAIN

    Restaurateur Scott Pickett's new sprawling restaurant is an ode to Australia.

  • CIAO CIELO

    This refined Italian eatery in a historic courthouse will transport you to Tuscany for the night.

  • PROMISE BAR

    Prahran's hidden speakeasy doesn't have a cocktail menu — or a front door, for that matter.

  • LOBBY COFFEE & WINE

    A 35-seat cafe and wine bar on the site of what was Seven Nightclub.

  • LITTLE SICHUAN

    Build your own hot pot at Dainty Sichuan's new Box Hill outpost.

  • BAR ROMANTICA

    A Lygon Street institution has been transformed into a sleek late-night Italian bar and eatery.

  • FLATIRON SIDE DOOR

    This charming wine bar and garden is a home away from home for Kew locals.

  • GREEN LIGHT DINER

    A 1920s-style late-night diner in that bar at Flinders Street Station.

  • WHALER

    This sophisticated Prahran bar offers a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street.

  • NATURAL HISTORY

    Melbourne's new museum-inspired all-day bar, grill and cafe.

  • GOOD TIMES MILK BAR

    A modern diner with old-school shakes, all-day breakfast, burgers and a dog-friendly courtyard.

  • SUNDA

    Where Southeast Asian flavours meet native Australian ingredients.

  • GOLD LEAF DOCKLANDS

    Try and leave room for dessert at this inner west yum cha joint.

  • MJOLNER

    Melbourne's Thor-inspired bar and restaurant riffs on the feasting halls of Valhalla.

  • BETA BAR

    Forget Throwback Thursday — this bar is conjuring the nostalgic feels on Fridays.

  • PIXEL BAR & CAFE

    Feast on competitiveness – and jaffles.

  • MAHJONG RESTAURANT

    Decent dumplings and bao by the beach.

  • SECRET KITCHEN CBD

    Traditional Chinese cuisine done well.

  • CRYSTAL JADE

    Reliable yum cha is the middle of Chinatown.

  • SPICE TEMPLE

    Neil Perry explores regional Chinese fare at this fiery eatery.

  • ANGUS & BON

    Pair quality steaks and cocktail-fuelled feasts on weekends.

  • LOVER

    A moody restaurant and cocktail bar on Chapel Street.

  • BAR SARACEN

    Punch Lane's modern Middle Eastern diner.

  • DUNNING KRUGER

    Pair cocktails and slices of house-made pie at this Brunswick bar.

  • GREEN MAN'S ARMS

    A vegan pub with house-made falafel, halva ice cream and sparkling kombucha on tap.

  • TOWN HALL HOTEL

    A classic neighbourhood pub serving eggplant parmas from a fairy-lit beer garden.

  • THE FITZROY PINNACLE

    Fitzroy North's oddly-shaped corner pub.

  • HAWKER CHAN

    The cheapest Michelin-starred food in the world has arrived in Melbourne.

  • THE ROY

    The space behind Polly is now a laidback beer-toting sports bar.

  • PALERMO

    An Argentinian restaurant serving up smoky meats and bold red wines in the CBD.

  • OMBRA SALUMI

    A salumi and wine bar from the Grossi family.

  • BENEATH DRIVER LANE

    Blues and bourbon in a moody underground space.

  • SAXE

    Delicately plated Modern Australian cuisine in the legal district.

  • TOKOSAN

    Karaoke, cocktails and all-you-can-eat temaki.

  • LONGSONG

    At David Moyle's latest you'll find killer bar food and creative cocktails.

  • WATERSIDE HOTEL

    The historic building features five separate hospitality spaces, including a Champagne lounge and a craft beer bar.

  • KISUME

    Chris Lucas's three storeys of Japanese grandeur.

  • BAR CAROLINA

    Sleek lines, warm smiles and impeccable stuzzichini.

  • BAD LOVE CLUB

    Cafe by day, bar by night, sugar coma by choice.

  • JULIET

    Punch Lane's basement raclette, jazz and wine bar.

  • STORYVILLE

    Where sipping insect-garnished cocktails from a magical toadstool bar is just a regular night out.

  • LAZERPIG

    Standout slices and great wine matched with DJs and a mesmerising disco ball.

  • ANNAM

    Forget cheap banh mi. This new Vietnamese restaurant serves tuna tataki with cumquat, salted caramel fried ice cream and gin cocktails.

  • METHODIST COFFEE

    A beautiful cafe and roastery in one of Hawthorn's heritage buildings.

  • LELLO PASTA BAR

    Serving up Italian breakfasts, early morning cocktails and eight types of regional pastas on Flinders Lane.

  • PICCOLINA GELATERIA COLLINGWOOD

    The gelateria's flagship store has a tiled pozetti bench, an open kitchen and a bar for lingering over ice cream.

  • RYNE

    Acclaimed chef Donovan Cooke is offering up a modern riff on classic French flavours.

  • PT LEO ESTATE

    A 134-hectare Mornington Peninsula property boasting an evolving sculpture garden and a former Rockpool chef.

  • PROJECT FORTY NINE

    It’s a little slice of Beechworth in the suburbs.

  • FATHER'S OFFICE

    Overlooking the State Library, this CBD bar serves up burgers, wings and a generous happy hour.

  • BRIDGE HOTEL

    This huge Richmond pub with a laneway running through the middle.

  • POKE THE BEAR

    This Northcote cafe is heavy on the breakfast puns and poke bowls.

  • MASSI

    Your CBD pitstop for all things Sicilian — including Aperitivo Hour.

  • BOSOZOKU

    A Japanese biker gang-themed joint with Mario Kart battles, karaoke rooms and a dry ice spa.

  • SUPERNORMAL CANTEEN

    Andrew McConnell's gone more casual with his canteen, serving up highballs, fancy cup noodles and, yes, those lobster rolls.

  • THE MODERN EATERY

    Like your sushi partially grilled? This is the place for you.

  • GLACé

    Serving up artisanal ice cream, ice cream push pops and ice cream macarons.

  • FANCY HANK'S

    A two-storey barbecue joint complete with its own rooftop bar.

  • UNION HOUSE

    A gastropub that'll please the masses.

  • HIGHTAIL

    Order Belles Hot Chicken, Mr Burger or Super Taco straight to your table at this food court-like eatery.

  • MR WEST BAR & BOTTLESHOP

    A two-storey bar and bottleshop in the heart of Footscray.

  • ARLECHIN

    Grossi Florentino's basement bar is serving snacks and cocktails until 3am every night.

  • PROUD SPROUT

    Nepalese brunch on Collingwood's Smith Street.

  • BONTEMPO PIZZERIA

    Valoriani clay oven woodfired pizzas, local beers and bottled cocktails in Fitzroy.

  • PIXEL ALLEY

    Fitzroy's retro arcade bar with Donkey Kong-themed cocktails, American tinnies and all the Street Fighter II you can play.

  • PALLINO BAR

    Place bocce in summer or cosy up with a glass of wine in winter at this High Street bar.

  • LUCKY COQ

    Prahran's late-night bar slinging pizzas till 3am.

  • WINGS OF GLORY CBD

    South Melbourne's wing haven has come to the CBD — with $1 wings on Wednesdays.

  • ABACUS

    This Chapel Street eatery serves everything from breakfast and coffee through to pizza and cocktails.

  • THE GEORGE ON COLLINS

    What was once The Long Room has undergone a $4 million transformation into an all-day bar and eatery.

  • RESTO BOBO

    A casual French restaurant that specialises in tarte flambée — that is, French pizza.

  • WHITEHART

    Melbourne CBD's new two-storey car park container bar.

  • NEPTUNE FOOD & WINE

    An ambitious two-level Windsor wine bar with a 'fireplace lounge' and 'cocktail saloon'.

  • PARADISE ALLEY

    A casual Collingwood warehouse bar connected to Backwoods Gallery.

  • BAR JOSEPHINE

    A Footscray dive bar for any night of the week.

  • WELCOME TO THORNBURY

    A permanent food truck park boasting a rotating menu of street food snacks.

  • OSTERIA ILARIA

    A CBD wine bar and Italian eatery from the pasta kings next door at Tipo 00.

  • FEEFEE'S BAR

    An old-school rock 'n' roll bar inspired by The Runaways.

  • UITGANG BAR

    Richmond locals finally have a permanent public watering hole, with ten beer taps on rotation.

  • PIQUANCY

    The Babu Ji team open a second Indian restaurant with lamb stew, a self-serve beer fridge and flaky naan.

  • OUT OF SUNDALAND

    Thornbury's more casual, less expensive answer to Chin Chin.

  • HOLEY MOLEY GOLF CLUB

    Melbourne's insane two-storey mini-golf bar.

  • HENRY ST BREWHOUSE

    An apartment-sized Kensington brewery bar that opens to the public three times a week.

  • HOGGET KITCHEN

    For those thirsty for great wine, the freshest of produce and stunning scenery, the drive to this regional Gippsland restaurant is well worth it.

  • BURGER PROJECT MELBOURNE CENTRAL

    Neil Perry's third Melbourne burger joint.

  • THE MILL BREWERY

    Collingwood's new small-scale brewery and tap room.

  • PAWN & CO.

    Get your drink mixed by a church organ and sit in an old tram carriage at the bar where everything is for sale.

  • THE ALLEY

    An all vegan cafe with wines and vegan maple bacon burgers on the menu.

  • ETTA

    The team has collectively worked at Attica, Cutler & Co, The Roving Marrow and Rosetta.

  • SOUK

    Hummus, cocktails and Turkish dumplings in a pink-hued CBD space.

  • THE RECREATION

    A Fitzroy North wine bar, bottle shop and bistro doing considered comfort food.

  • QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

    A non-traditional Mexican restaurant doing meatballs, vegan food and one of the best corn dishes out.

  • TERMINUS HOTEL

    The Abbotsford pub sports a classy revamp but maintains the things that matter most: beer, bingo and counter meals.

  • AN UONG | EAT. DRINK. VIETNAM

    Take a journey through north, south and central Vietnamese cuisine in Richmond.

  • UNCLE COLLINS STREET

    Casual Vietnamese fare in a breezy CBD space.

  • THE SILVERLAKE SOCIAL

    A Prahran bar sporting a pool table, Buffalo wings and an extensive back bar of hard-to-find American booze.

  • HOUSE OF CORRECTION

    An upstairs CBD cocktail bar at the old site of Melbourne's longest-running porn cinema.

  • HOLY MOLY

    Hawthorn's 24-hour club now has a late-night pizza joint.

  • STARWARD WHISKY DISTILLERY

    Melbourne's award-winning whisky now has its own public warehouse distillery bar.

  • HENRY SUGAR

    Rathdowne Street's neighbourhood bar doing inventive food and delicate desserts.

  • THE CORNER HOTEL

    Richmond's iconic live music venue reveals a refurbished rooftop.

  • NAPIER QUARTER

    A small all-day cafe and wine bar winning locals over in the backstreets of Fitzroy.

  • DRINKWELL

    A no-frills backyard bar behind Johnston Street's Bar Liberty.

  • FONDA COLLINGWOOD

    Melbourne's cheap and colourful Mexican chain takes over two storeys on Smith Street.

  • RAMBLR

    A casual fine diner pushing experimental dishes and some seriously memorable meals.

  • PONTOON

    The Stokehouse Precinct's casual beachside bar.

  • STOKEHOUSE

    It's been a long time coming, but the St Kilda institution is back.

  • LONG CHIM

    David Thompson's acclaimed Thai restaurant has come to Melbourne.

  • COLONIAL BREWING CO.

    This Port Melbourne brewpub serves up tap beer, tinnies and pizza.

  • MEATMAIDEN

    The CBD's own BBQ meat basement.

  • ROXBOROUGH

    A beautifully balanced all-day Acland Street eatery from the owners of Fitzrovia.

  • SUGAR SKULLS

    A hyperlocal taco joint on Mount Alexander Road.

  • BETTY'S BURGERS

    Queensland's cult favourite burger bar has come to Melbourne.

  • RED DOOR YUM CHA

    Quality yum cha housed in an antiques and furniture store.

  • DAVID'S

    Authentic Chinese fare hidden away from the hubbub of Chapel Street.

  • GOOD HEAVENS

    A CBD Palm Springs-inspired rooftop bar above Fancy Hank's.

  • GILSON

    An all-day European-style eatery across from the Botanic Gardens.

  • COMPTOIR CELLAR & BAR

    A boutique bottle shop and wine bar beneath a Collingwood apartment building.

  • THE CRAFT & CO.

    A Fitzroy cafe that's also a brewery, a roastery and a deli.

  • TALLBOY & MOOSE

    A Preston brewpub doing one-litre cans of beer.

  • THE NORTH MELBOURNE HOTEL

    This pub does a solid European menu and $5 wines.

  • THE ROSE FITZROY

    The Fitzroy mainstay has a new lick of paint and an upstairs wine bar.

  • STOMPING GROUND BREWERY & BEER HALL

    Collingwood's expansive brewpub.

  • EMPIRE STEAK

    Melbourne's own steak sandwich-dedicated eatery.

  • UNCLE DREW

    A classicly Melbourne cafe with enough originality to make it memorable.

  • IDES

    Attica's Peter Gunn opens his first permanent restaurant.

  • HOTEL JESUS

    A Smith Street taco joint from the team behind Mamasita.

  • ROOFTOP AT QT

    The CBD slick rooftop bar on top of the QT.

  • SPRING AND SUMMER

    An ex-Chin Chin chef opens a St Kilda restaurant for all seasons.

  • NOOM DUCK

    An ex-Chin Chin chef is cooking Asian fusion and seafood by the water in Port Melbourne.

  • THE BATHS MIDDLE BRIGHTON

    Fantastic fine dining paired with floor-to-ceiling views over the bay.

  • CHALAWAN

    Modern Thai food served with a Melbourne twist and some truly great cocktails.

  • SAINT LUCIA

    Comforting Caribbean food on Chapel Street.

  • FRIED AND TASTY

    KFC, upgraded.

  • VAPORETTO BAR & EATERY

    An enchanting Venetian bar that nails all the best bits of Venice.

  • MELETOS

    Dine on premium Modern European dishes with panoramic views of Victoria’s wine region.

  • ASTROLUXE

    Breakfast luxury arrives in Bentleigh East.

  • GARDEN STATE HOTEL

    Flinders Lane's new four-storey pub.

  • LANKAN TUCKER

    This Brunswick West cafe proves there’s much more to Sri Lankan food than just rice and curry.

  • HAWKER BOYS

    Asian fusion hawker food in Hardware Lane.

  • WHITE MOJO BALWYN

    The second carnation of the CBD cafe brings croissant burgers to the suburbs.

  • HIGHER GROUND

    The Kettle Black team have opened a mammoth new CBD cafe — and it's a beauty.

  • PHILIPPE

    The French chef's new venture features his signature rotisserie chook.

  • NOISY RITUAL

    Brunswick East has a boozy new destination.

  • GAMI CHICKEN & BEER

    Exactly what it says on the label.

  • LûMé

    Take a gamble on a colossal 18- to 20-course gastronomic degustation — with no physical menu in sight.

  • DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL

    Heston's take on classic Victorian dishes will have you wondering why they went out of style in the first place. 

  • GEORGE JONES

    A polished all-day eatery not previously seen in the Pascoe Vale area.

  • BIRD'S BASEMENT

    You'll get dinner and a show at Melbourne's newest jazz bar.

  • SAGRA

    A Malvern restaurant with all-day Italian dining, a rooftop bar and even a gallery.

  • EAT'ALIANO BY PINO

    Bad puns aside, this Windsor Italian joint is seriously good.

  • CECCONI'S

    Top-notch Italian food. Essential Melbourne dining.

  • SUPERNORMAL

    Lobster rolls and karaoke, together at last.

  • HOBBA

    A tyre factory transformed into one of Prahran’s prime cafes.

  • FRANKIE SAYS

    The Hoy Pinoy team have a permanent venue along the Yarra.

  • SECOND HOME

    A cafe-goers home among the gumtrees.

  • HENRIETTA'S CHICKEN SHOP

    A top-tier inner city chicken shop for modern Melbourne.

  • SAKE FLINDERS LANE

    Australia’s own masters of contemporary Japanese dining have welcomed a new culinary hotspot to their growing brood.

  • HOST

    The couple that brought us Twenty & Six have opened a new venue with a focus on dinner.

  • COPPER POT SEDDON

    A pan-European menu that inexplicably works exquisitely.

  • BIGGIE SMALLS

    Shane Delia's new school kbabs aren't exactly traditional — but that's not to say they're inauthentic.

  • AMARU

    Intimate degustation dining from an ex-Vue de Monde chef.

  • HOCHI MAMA

    This Vietnamese mama packs a real punch.

  • TAHINI

    A Lebanese diner from the guy behind Code Black Coffee.

  • ROYAL STACKS BRUNSWICK

    The wildly popular burgers and frozen custard creations have come to Sydney Road.

  • PIDAPIPO GELATERIA

    After a successful pop-up 'test lab', Pidapipo is back for good.

  • KITTY BURNS

    This Abbotsford cafe boasts riverside charm, ample outdoor seating and a vast selection of beverages and brilliant food.

  • BACK ALLEY SALLY'S

    Jerome Borazio's new bar is a first for Footscray.

  • BAR LIBERTY

    This Fitzroy wine bar has quite the sense of adventure.

  • TETSUJIN

    Emporium's new sushi train and barbecue has a little something for every taste.

  • SANTONI

    The Hawthorn pizza bar now does breakfast — and with panoramic views to boot.

  • MEATWORKSCO

    Dig into something braised, smoked or slow-roasted at South Melbourne's meatiest cafe.

  • EMBLA

    Raise a glass to Melbourne’s wine bar renaissance.

  • STH CENTRAL

    Tommy Collins' South Yarra eatery.

  • 400 GRADI ESSENDON

    The ultimate trifecta for the pizza pros.

  • UP IN SMOKE

    Footscray's newest (and only) barbecue joint.

  • IL MELOGRANO

    The best scoop this side of Sicily.

  • TENPIN KITCHEN

    This restaurant's game is punchy and practiced.

  • THE WHARF HOTEL

    Berth at this Yarra-side bar for a beer and the best view.

  • THE BOATHOUSE

    Follow the river out west for all-day outdoor dining.

  • MR LAWRENCE

    Watch the bay with a beer at the old London Hotel.

  • DEXTER

    Hot, sugary brisket doughnuts await you at Preston's no-rules BBQ place.

  • ENTRECOTE

    Dine like a Parisian — late, simple, with fries.

  • GG RESTAURANT & BAR

    Earnest European fare in East Melbourne.

  • THE BLACK TORO

    Make sure you leave room for dessert.

  • THE FLYING DUCK HOTEL

    Prahran's favourite old Duck flies again.

  • GLAMORAMA

    Late night dishes, drinks and debauchery.

  • HEARTBREAKER

    An American-style dive bar through and through.

  • SMITHWARD

    A new Smith Street small bar with a well-selected wine list and a Parisian aperitif-style menu.

  • THE KILBURN

    Whisky bars don't get much better than this.

  • THE UGLY DUCKLING

    Don’t let the name fool you – Richmond’s newest wine bar is no ugly duckling.

  • SABA'S ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT

    Brunswick Street adds injera to its inventory.

  • MARION

    True to form, Andrew McConnell serves up another Gertrude Street gem.

  • ICHI ICHI KU IZAKAYA

    Quality Japanese food, without the monstrous bill.

  • SUN MOTH CANTEEN & BAR

    Coffee, wine and wi-fi in the CBD.

  • KIRK'S WINE BAR

    A quaint city wine bar sans pretension.

  • DIN TAI FUNG EMPORIUM

    Dumpling magic from the ultimate dumpling masters.

  • NEW SHANGHAI

    Next-level food court dumpling dining.

  • SHAKAHARI

    Melbourne's oldest vegetarian restaurant.

  • LAMARO'S BODEGA

    This classic family pub has ditched the schnitzels for Spanish-style tapas.

  • THE MILL HOUSE

    Channel the Prohibition era and sip moonshine below street level.

  • BOTTEGA

    Perfect for a romantic dinner or a few lunchtime drinks.

  • CICCIOLINA

    A bayside pioneer, bringing Italy down under since 1993.

  • EN IZAKAYA

    Salmon and hamachi kingfish sushi and Grade 9+ wagyu beef meatballs.

  • KENZAN

    Several of Melbourne's best Japanese chefs owe a debt of a gratitude to Kenzan.

  • SON OF TUCCI

    For the first time in a long while, Mount Waverley has a new son. 

  • WATERSLIDE BAR

    A bar standing in the spot of a waterslide has big expectations to fill.

  • RICE PAPER SCISSORS

    Enjoy all the Asian fusion food at Rice Paper Scissors' new Fitzroy venue.

  • SAINT.URBAN

    High-class fare without the attitude.

  • SHAWCROSS PIZZA JOINT

    Don't ask for large unless you really mean it.

  • THAIGER RABBIT

    A quirky Thai oasis in the middle of Victoria Street.

  • THE BEATT

    If this is what balanced living looks like, we want more of it.

  • CHATO

    Bite-sized tapas and sip-sized wine, paired in perfect harmony.

  • HASH SPECIALTY COFFEE

    Hashtag delicious.

  • STRAY NEIGHBOUR

    The new neighbour set to elevate the dining scene of Preston.

  • LEONARD'S HOUSE OF LOVE

    Drink tinnies, down burgers, dance and play pool in Leonard's lounge room-like bar.

  • YOMG GLEN WAVERLEY

    Who would have thought a frozen yoghurt joint could do burgers this good?

  • THE STONE HOTEL

    A brand new pub for Fitzroy's busiest intersection.

  • BAHARI

    Modern Greek food fit for traditional full-to-the-brim feasting.

  • BOILERMAKER HOUSE

    The perfect combo of whisky, beer, cheese and charcuterie.

  • LULIE ST TAVERN

    Abbotsford's no-frills, neighbourhood warehouse bar.

  • HARLEY HOUSE

    Picanteria-style Peruvian fare is the new face of this subterranean city space.

  • TEMPLE BREWING COMPANY

    Brunswick East's own microbrewery offering much more than just beer.

  • MJR TOM

    Call in ground control, there's another bar on Smith Street.

  • BISTRO AT THE VILLAGE MELBOURNE

    Solid European fare turning the Village into St Kilda Road's saviour.

  • UNION ELECTRIC

    Peking duck pancakes and espresso martinis in a rare cosy Chinatown space.

  • UNDERWOOD WINE BAR

    Venture north of the main Fitzroy drag for a no-nonsense glass of red.

  • GRUB FOOD VAN

    Laid-back backyard in summer, cosy comfort cafe in winter.

  • TRAMWAY HOTEL

    A classic Fitzroy North pub.

  • CAZ REITOP'S DIRTY SECRETS

    Late night cocktails in Collingwood.

  • GLAMP BAR

    Because sometimes you don’t feel like roughing it. And why should you?

  • ANCHOVY

    Chef Thi Le's pet project on Bridge Road. And it's good. It's really good.

  • TRANSFORMER

    More than meets the eye.

  • THE ROCHESTER HOTEL

    The Rochey has been rejuvenated, and it's no longer just your average local pub.

  • BEACH BURRITO FITZROY

    The novelty factor runs high at Beach Burrito, but so does the casual, easy-eating Mexican fare.

  • SAMURAI

    Reliable, humble Japanese classics on the cheap.

  • PIZZA MEINE LIEBE

    Pizza worth the trip up north.

  • BOWL BOWL DUMPLING

    Filling the dumpling-sized hole on Smith Street.

  • LOST HEAVEN

    A light and bright piece of Sichuan utopia.

  • CHEZ DRE

    A French-inspired cafe serving cakes, brunch and a killer chocolate croissant.

  • ROSA'S CANTEEN

    Rosa Mitchell has opened up a second spot in the CBD.

  • BOY & CO.

    Taking shakes and fries to a whole new level.

  • MR SCRUFF'S

    Afternoon burgers, after-work beers and after-midnight boogies — all at the one place.

  • MINAMISHIMA

    Down a narrow street just off Bridge Road, there is a quiet oasis of calm — and a journey to be taken. 

  • SEZAR

    A CBD restaurant championing contemporary Armenian food.

  • ARBORY BAR & EATERY

    With great views and even better food, this is one platform you won't mind getting delayed on. 

  • SIR CHARLES

    A cafe by day and restaurant by night, Sir Charles puts an Asian twist on old-school Fitzroy.

  • RUPERT

    This is one foxy dwelling to get trapped in.

  • TOKYO TINA

    The third sister has been born, and she brings a Japanese edge to the family.

  • L'HOTEL GITAN

    From Paris to Prahran, this is Jacques Reymond's attempt at the French gastropub.

  • CAFE DI STASIO

    The upper echelons of elegance, service and rich Italian food. 

  • GROSSI FLORENTINO

    Littered with Italian murals and quintessentially traditional food, this Italian institution has been pumping since '28.

  • FRANCE-SOIR

    Melbourne's quintessential French bistro.

  • FLOWER DRUM

    Elegance and attention to detail at one of Melbourne's oldest Chinese restaurants.

  • PELLEGRINI'S ESPRESSO BAR

    Melbourne's quintessential drop-in dining Italian institution. 

  • MAGIC MOUNTAIN SALOON

    An eatery and bar spawned from one of Melbourne's best hospo pedigrees.

  • BOTHERAMBO

    Richmond's newest Asian joint is a little bit different to its Victoria Street neighbours.

  • MARQUIS OF LORNE

    The Marquis of Lorne is alive again with same old-pub charm and a modern Melbourne menu.

  • ST HOTEL

    Once a questionable choice of venue, the Saint Hotel has been transformed into a sleek Thai dining space and bar.

  • THE ROOKS RETURN

    Your local better watch out — The Rooks Return threatens to take its place.

  • HEARTATTACK AND VINE

    The new Italian kid on the Carlton block is cool, comfy and serves chicchetti all night.

  • DOC MARTIN'S

    Swill spirits on the sidewalk with the Doctor.

  • THE GRAND TRAILER PARK TAVERNA

    East Coast trailer trash at its finest (and funnest).

  • JARDIN TAN

    A bit of Vietnamese exoticism in the middle of the Botanic Gardens.

  • C.H. JAMES

    Find yourself in Fairfield’s newest cafe and you won’t find the same old fare.

  • MILK THE COW CARLTON

    Carlton cheese dreams at the Cow.

  • THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    The General Assembly keeps things simple with craft beer on tap, good bar food and riverside views.

  • NAUGHTY BOY

    It doesn’t matter if you’re naughty or nice when brunch is this good.

  • TIPO 00

    You won't find any superfoods here — just rich Italian comfort food and big, buttery bowls of pasta.

  • TONKA

    Accessible Indian-inspired cuisine with a fine dining twist.

  • SAINT CRISPIN

    A special dining experience on Smith Street.

  • GIN PALACE

    Luxe, dim and full of your favourite spirit: gin.

  • NEAPOLI WINE BAR

    A little-known wine bar with a lot of potential.

  • CITY WINE SHOP

    The best people watching, wine sipping spot on Spring Street.

  • LONGPLAY

    Eclectic, laid back and charming, this Fitzroy North bar was made for dates.

  • COOKIE

    One of the classic 'cool' bars in Melbourne never fails to disappoint.

  • BORSCH, VODKA AND TEARS

    There's no doubt that Borsch is a stalwart, and a damn fine one at that.

  • THE POST

    Recently refurbished, The Post is now a pretty schmick St Kilda gastropub.

  • BLACK PEARL

    A Fitzroy cocktail bar with attitude and atmosphere.

  • WABI SABI SALON

    Fun, fusion Japanese that can be found on both side of the river.

  • IZAKAYA DEN

    A classic option for cool and classy Japanese.

  • BIG BOY BBQ

    Slow cooked meat any way you like it.

  • TRUNK DINER

    An outdoor American-style diner smack bang in the CBD.

  • GRADI CROWN

    Bigger, louder and shinier than before, Gradi 2.0 opens at Crown.

  • PARK STREET DINING

    The Nicholson Street favourite has undergone a refresh, gaining a new open kitchen, and serving up a range of a cicchetti and handmade pastas.

  • GAZI

    Greek street food in a Calombaris' casual fine dining setting.

  • THE GEM

    A Collingwood gem serving up great pub food and true Americana.

  • TOASTA

    A food truck bringing that golden toastie crunch to the people.

  • TRUMPY

    A cosy new addition to High Street's bar scene.

  • NORTHERN GIT

    Sophisticated British comfort food adds a much-needed destination to Thornbury's dining options.

  • PASTUSO

    Fun, convivial Peruvian dining in the CBD.

  • CHEW BURGER

    Get chewing on some of the north's best burgers.

  • FORESTER’S BEER & MUSIC HALL

    50 beers on tap and 32 different craft brews from around the world, and around the corner.