Valentines Day 2017

Looking for a special somewhere to take your honey this Valentines day? Well look no further! No matter if you’re into a cocktail flight, a bit of fine dining or a casual feast, Melbourne has something for you and your favourite person. Single? Not that into it? Completely disenchanted? We have things for you as well…Happy Tuesday Lovers!

CBD –  Southbank – NorthSouth – East  – West – Something Different

CBD

  • 1806 (169 Exhibition St, Melbourne) – The date night of all date nights, the pressure always mounts on Valentine’s Day. We all know the way to a heart is through the stomach, and nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a candlelit dinner for two at one of Melbourne’s most romantic Cocktail bars in 18o6.  Be spoilt with flowers & Sparkling wine and sit back and enjoy our five course dinner with cocktails. Prices are $150 per person including complimentary sparkling wine. Book online here.
  • Bistro Vue (430 Lt Collins St, Melbourne) – Join Bistro Vue for dinner, a 6 course degustation for just $190 per person with an optional wine match at $100 per person.  Book by calling 9691 3838.
  • Bomba (103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) – Bomba are offering a set menu for Valentine’s Day this year with 4 courses dinner and is $65 a head and you can book by calling 9077 0451.
  • Burma Lane (118 Little Collins Street, Melbourne) – Order the $79 or $89 banquets to enjoy with your loved one or group of friends and receive a complimentary glass of bubbles. To book, call 9615 8500.
  • Eau De Vie (1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne) – Valentine’s Day is a day to treat yourself and the ones you love. Eau-de-Vie’s intimate atmosphere creates the perfect ambience and setting for this special day. Valentine’s Day at Eau-de-Vie will be a sophisticated and elegant affair, celebrating love, friendship and family. Our exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner includes a beautiful 3-course meal, Champagne on arrival and a shared cocktail for just $90 per person. For all reservations and enquiries please contact Sarah on 0412 825 441 or melbourne@eaudevie.com.au
  • Gazi (2 Exhibition St, Melbourne) – Treat your Valentine to a night to remember at GAZI with the tastiest Greek street food, friendly service and an awesome atmosphere – all under our famous terracotta pots! Gazis special Valentine sharing menu offers 10 delicious dishes, all for $99 per person (excluding drinks). Choose from two dinner sittings – an early two-hour session from 5pm or a later sitting from 8:15pm.  Call (03) 92077444 or email reservations@gazirestaurant.com.au
  • The Grand Hyatt (123 Collins St, Melbourne) – Make a Grand gesture this Valentine’s Day when you book a romantic dinner for two at Collins Kitchen. Enjoy a magical evening while you indulge in a decadent four course dinner complimented by Vranken-Pommery Diamant Brut for $179 a head. The perfect way to say ‘I love you’ For reservations call 9653 4831.
  • The Hotel Lindrum (28 Flinders St, Melbourne) -Looking for a special way to spoil your other half this Valentine’s Day? Hotel Lindrum offers a 5-course Valentine’s Day Dinner in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. The Valentine’s Day Dinner menu includes seasonal fare served in the intimate environment of felt restaurant. Dinner is $130 a head. All guests receive glass of champagne on arrival and a rose to take home Book by calling 9668 1111.
  • The Lui Bar (lvl 55, 500 Collins St, Melbourne) – Bring your date to one of the finest bars in the sky and enjoy a two courses and a canape  for $85 per person, For reservations call 9691 3888.
  • Nieuw Amsterdam (106 – 112 Hardware St, Melbourne) – Treat your special someone to a 3 course lovers feast! Nieuw Amsterdam is hosting an exclusive Valentine days banquet for $75 pp for 3 courses or $110 with paired wines. Expect to see decedent dishes such as the pork & quail terrine, and grilled lamb rump. Email: bookings@nieuwamsterdam.com.auor Call: 9602 2111
  • Pastuso (19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne) – Looking for a lovely place to spend Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you sorted! Enjoy a romantic Peruvian set menu, which includes a glass of Cava on arrival and a decadent dessert @ $100 per person. Book online here.
  • The Press Club (72 Flinders St, Melbourne) – Celebrate the Valentine’s Day in style at The Press Club! Relax in designer ambience, and enjoy our famous Greek hospitality while feasting on a delicious menu created just for this special day. $225, 6 course degustation menu. Early sitting: arrive 6 – 6:30pm (two hours), Late sitting: arrive 8:30 or later. Bookings: (03) 9677 9677 or reservations@thepressclub.com.au
  • Red Spice Road ( 27 McKillop St, Melbourne) – FOn this day of romance, the team will be getting you in the mood for love with our specially crafted Valentine’s Day menu. Suitable for the lovebirds, or a group effort with friends and family – Valentine’s Day at Red Spice Road is going to be a marvelous affair! Menu for $89pp and will include a glass of bubbles or tap beer on arrival. Call (03) 9603 1601 for bookings.
  • Rendezvous Hotel (328 Flinders St, Melbourne) – Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne Straits Cafe is offering a Valentines Day Three Course dinner with bottomless sparkling wine for $89 per person. Book your ticket and see the menu here.
  • Syracuse (23 Bank Pl, Melbourne) – Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Syracuse with an amazing seven course degustation curated by acclaimed Chef Philippa Sibley. On hand for your special evening, our Sommelier, Florian Valieres and his team will guide you to the perfect pair from our extensive beverage list.  Dinner is $95pp or $150 with paired beverages. Call (03) 9670 1777 to secure a reservation.
  • Vamos (37 Little Bourke St, Melbourne) -Come on down to Vamos for a very special Valentine’s Day Event! Vamos have a Flamenco show for you accompanied by a 6 course tapas meal and a delicious chocolate dessert platter! Tickets include one glass of Spanish sparkling upon arrival! Places are limited so book yours now below. Just $140 per couple. Book online here.

Southbank

  • Bohemian (35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) – If sangria and Spanish cuisine sound like your ideal date, head down to Bohemian this Valentine’s Day to enjoy a flavoursome three-course meal just like they do in Spain. Available lunch & dinner, devour a tapas platter to share, before choosing out of roasted duck, calamari scallops or lamb neck for main and a cheese selection or trio of desserts to finish. Treat your special someone with a night together sharing Spanish flavours and sparkling city views. $110 per head. Call  9682 0566 to book.
  • Fatto (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Head Chef James Kummrow has designed a special menu for you to share this Valentine’s Day. Dine in the beautiful Cantina or sit on the under cover terrace, both with unrivaled City skyline views. Enjoy a 3 course menu includes an Aperol Spritz and features some of the Fatto favourites including Spanner Crab Spaghettini and Chocolate Mousse with Vincotto Strawberries. Call 8698 8800 to book.
  • Left Bank (1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank) – Book a table on the terrace for two and enjoy the sunset on Melbourne’s premier strip Southbank. $95 includes a romantic 3 Course Menu & a glass of Champagne. Book events@leftbankmelbourne.com.au or by phone on 9682 4500.
  • Plus 5 (37 South Wharf Prom, South Wharf) – Treat your partner to a night of champagne, oysters and cheese at one of Melbourne’s most iconic waterfront locations. With a choice of two diverse and delicious grazing packages – Oysters or Cheese – guests won’t be disappointed, as they sip on a glass of G.H Mumm champagne. For an ambient and intimate space to celebrate V-Day a little differently this year, head to Plus 5.  A bottle of G.H Mumm Champagne & Oysters $99 or a bottle of G.H.Mumm Champagne & cheese board $99.
  • Sake (100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank) – Spoil that special someone with lunch or dinner at Saké this Valentines Day. Indulge in a beautiful set menu and glass of Champagne for $110pp. Book online here.

North

  • The Astor (418 Lygon St, Carlton) – Celebrate with your loved one, while sipping on French Champagne and dining on The Astors excellent modern Australian menu. They are offering four delicious courses and a glass of French Champagne on arrival for $85 a head. Book by calling 9347 7419.
  • Clever Polly’s (313 Victoria St, West Melbourne)  – Want to impress that special someone on Valentine’s Day? Clever Polly are open for dinner from 6pm with our five course menu plus the option to match wines- or choose from the wide selection on our shelves. Call 9077 9294 to book.
  • Hellenic Republic (434 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – Spoil your Valentine with a night to remember at Hellenic Republic! Choose from the al carte menu or treat yourself to one of our delicious banquet options featuring a shared menu of mezethes, mains and desserts. Early sitting: 5:30pm onwards, Late sitting: 8pm onwards. Ph (03) 9381 1222 or email: brunswick@hellenicrepublic.com.au
  • Kumo (152 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – Enjoy a special 7 course dinner at Kumo for Valentine’s Day. Romance your partner amidst the stunning Japanese art-deco inspired dinning room whilst feasting on the sumptuous cuisine for $80 a head. Book by calling 9388 1505.
  • Matteo’s (533 Brunswick St, Nth Fitzroy) – Matteo’s has 3 options to help make your Valentine’s day a little bit special. The first option is a tasting menu with wine which is a set menu of 10 small tasting plates served over 4 courses with matched wines for $250 per head or there is the second option of a 4 course mini al a carte dinner for $130 per head. The last option is a plate of 3 desserts to share per couple, a glass of 2007 Le Tertre du Lys d’Or Sauternes each and Happy Lab Lovers Candy to take away & share available after 9.30pm for $35 a head. Click here to see the full menu online and for bookings, call 9481 1177.
  • Merricote (81 High St, Northcote) – Its almost Valentines Day once again and Merricote will be open for dinner with a five course menu created by Head Chef Matt Binney to enjoy with your loved one. Five courses $120pp, drinks match available or choose from the wine list. Head to our website to book or call 9939 476
  • Panama Dining Room (3/231 Smith St, Fitzroy) -Surprise your partner with a romantically charged evening at the Panama Dining Room this coming Valentines Day. With bubbles on arrival followed by an exquisite 3-course meal. Price is $79 per person. Book online here.
  • Pope Joan (77-79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East) – Grab your Adam or Eve and join us for a lovers feast under the stars this Valentine’s Day as Mr Wilkinson stokes the love pit for a special, romantic summer cookout in our very own Garden of Eden. You can choose your own sensual delights or let Mr Wilkinson wine and dine you till you’re practically throwing your clothes off. There will be plenty of shared dishes of the best seasonal produce; you can caress your lover’s hand as you reach for the next bite To book call Pope Joan on (03) 9388 8858 or email contact@popejoan.com.au.
  • Rumi (116 Lygon st, Brunswick East) – Enjoy an amazing 5 course set dinner with your loved one at Rumi. Dinner is just $69 a head with an optional drinks match . To book, call 9388 8255.
  • Saint Crispin (300 Smith Street, Collingwood) – Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. Chef Chris Haydon has designed a special five course Valentine’s Day menu that includes a glass of Champagne on arrival.The cost is $150 per person, to book, call on 03 9419 2202 or email info@saintcrispin.com.au.

South

  • The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with an indulgent Four Course Set Menu at The Botanical. Reservations are now being taken for two sittings in their stunning Restaurant Dining Room:
    ​7pm or 7.30pm. 4 Course Set Menu for$85 per person, inclusive of a glass of NV Pommery on arrival. Book your place here.
  • Caffe e Cucina (581 Chapel St, South Yarra) – a few days to Valentine’s Day and you haven’t made plans yet? What about some Italian romance to spoil your precious one? The Chef has created a special 3 Course Menu to delight your taste-buds for $115 per person. Call 9827 4139 to book.
  • Circa, The Prince ( 2 Acland St, St Kilda) – Spoil the one your care about this Valentine’s Day with an intimate dinner for two. Held in Circa’s iconic dining room, indulge in five tantalising courses designed to entice your Valentine. Dinner is $110 a head and you can book by calling  9536 1122.
  • Entrecote (131-133 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Come celebrate your love in true Parisian style. Four course set menu $99.90 a head or Spoil ton chérie with our exclusive balcony tables overlooking the Botanical Gradens and a glass of Perrier-Jouët Belle Époche for $149.90 per head. Call 9804 5468 to book.
  • The Graham (97 Graham St, Port Melbourne) – Join The Graham for Valentine’s Day Dinner. The Graham is the perfect setting We have your Valentine’s Day covered. Great food, friendly service, wonderful atmosphere…. let’s not forget excellent wine selection! Dinner is $120 a head for 4 courses. Call  9676 2566 to book.
  • Jardin Tan (Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra) – Share the calendar’s most romantic day in the serene surrounds of Jardin Tan. Ease into the evening with a cocktail as you await the magical Jardin Tan menu offering. Express yourself in an idyllic setting dotted by true French-Vietnamese flavours and visual aesthetics and make this a night to remember. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked by calling 9021 2111.
  • Morris Jones (163 Chapel St, Windsor) – Spoil your special someone at Morris Jones this Valentines Day. Treat them to 4 course with a glass of sparkling for $110 per person. Call 9533 2055 to book.
  • Tu Restaurant and Bar (41 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – La Saint Valentin au Tu – come and celebrate St Valentines at Tu. Special set menu with a glass of Pommery for $80 a head.  Lovely intimate dinner for couples, great friends, confirmed singles, the recently dumped, people from countries banned by the US (non alcoholic drinks available 😊) and anyone else that likes amazing French cuisine.
    Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Call  9867 3725 to book.
  • Woodland House (78 Williams Road, Prahran) – Woodland House are getting romantic with dinner this Valentine’s Day.8 courses of delicious, romance-inducing fine dining – sure to impress the loved one in your world. Dinner is $180 a head. Book by calling 9525 2178.

East

  • Barnone (72 Auburn Parade, Hawthorn East) – Join Barnone for a romantic evening in Camberwell’s favourite date venue.
    Special offer for the night is a food board for two with two cocktails for $64. Book via eventbrite or call us (03) 9882 1086 to reserve your table.
  • The Grand Hotel (333 Burnley St, Richmond) – The Grand has prepared a romantic dinner for two in the Italian style. with 3 courses for $75 per person and 4 courses for $90 per person (menu here). Book by phone on 9429 2530.
  • Hellenic Republic (26 Cotham Road, Kew) – poil your Valentine with a night to remember at Hellenic Republic! Choose from the alcarte menu or treat yourself to one of our delicious banquet options featuring a shared menu of mezethes, mains and desserts. Early sitting: 5:30pm onwards, Late sitting: 8pm onwards. Call 9207 7477 for bookings.
  • Kritamos Hellenic Cuisine (280 Bridge Rd, Richmond) – the day of love is fast approaching. Book now for a special meal with your special someone. Valentine’s Day banquet- $60pp. Live Greek mellow tones. Complimentary surprise gift upon arrival. Call 9428 2222 to make your reservation.
  • Noir (175 Swan St, Richmond) – Fancy a bit of French for Valentines Day this year?Bring your loved one to Noir for a 3 course dinner for $90 a head.  Call 9428 3585 to book.
  • Salona (260A Swan St, Richmond) – For all you “Food Lovers” out there Salona has the perfect Valentine’s Day planned for you. An 8 course Chef Degustation $69 per head. Call 9429-1460 to book.

West

  • The Boat House (7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds) – Spoil your special someone at The Boat House. Dine on 3 course with a glass of sparkling for just $65 a head. Book by calling 9375 2456
  • Hellenic Hotel (28 Ferguson St, Williamstown) – Spoil your Valentine with a night to remember at Hellenic Republic! Choose from the al carte menu or treat yourself to one of our delicious banquet options featuring a shared menu of mezethes, mains and desserts. Early sitting: 5:30pm onwards, Late sitting: 8pm onwards. Ph: (03) 9393 1000 or email: williamstown@hellenicrepublic.com.au
  • Junction Beer Hall and Wine Bar (15 Hall St, Newport) –  Valentines is only a couple of weeks away and it will be love at first bite in The Wine Room. With the perfect intimate setting for your effortless Valentines. Chef has designed a LOVE-LY 6 Dish Dining Adventure for just $55 or you can treat your special one to our “Perfect Match” Experience which is a 6 Dish Adventure matched with beer or wine for only $89. Call now so you don’t miss out – 9391-8188

Something Different

  • Bangpop (35 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf) – Swap roses for tequila at BangPop’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner. Gather a group of friends and head down to BangPop from 6pm to enjoy succulent Thai dishes all made with ingredients sourced locally and straight from Thailand. Say ‘no’ to commercialised holidays and ‘yes’ to split bills with friends!
  • Freddie Wimpoles (125 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – Romance not your thing? Freddie Wimpoles hear you and are F*ck Valentine’s Day beach party for the disenchanted. Grab your togs, boardies, tight red one-piece, thongs & cheesy hawaiian shirts and come down to Freddie’s. They have prizes for best Beach Party gear! They got sexy summer cocktails! Plus They’ll be bangin’ out cheesy RnB classics all night.
  • Lulu Cafe and Gallery (506 Queensbury St, North Melbourne) – Single? Don’t wanna be? Join Lulu for some slow dating! Learn about yourself and have fun with others. At Lulu cafe & gallery tonight 6-8pm $20 entry, rego via  alivewpassion@gmail.com with details of name, age, gender, preference
  • Madame Brussels Cocktail Bar (3/59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne) – The Madame has declared that Tuesday the 14th February shall be singles night at Madame Brussels so gather all your single ladies (and guys) get a jug or two of punch and start flirting (innuendo welcome)!
  • The Moat (176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne)  – The Moat welcome all and everyone, regardless of relationship status. If you are alone or with friends or even if you are a couple that couldn’t bare having to sit with 20 other couples in a disconcertingly quiet room, this night at The Moat is for you! Tiki bar, Live music, Share fare and Strictly unromantic! Book by calling 9094 7820.

Where to Watch Superbowl 51 in Melbourne

It’s Superbowl season again and even though I have zero understanding of the game, I do rather like standing around in a room full of enthusiasts while drinking beers and eating wings at 10am on Monday morning while all other sensible people are at work or in bed. To that end, here are a few places in Melbourne who are opening early, putting on the burgers and laying down some kegs or cans for your sporting enjoyment.

CBD

  • The Duke (146 Flinders St, Melbourne) – Join The Duke for Super Bowl 2017! Kick off at 10am, game shown live and loud. Enjoy a $20 pot and parms between 12pm and 3pm. For bookings or more information on the event call 9810 0066.
  • Elephant and Wheelbarrow (94-96 Bourke St, Melbourne) – Join The Elephant and Wheelbarrow for all the action of the Superbowl as well as $6 pints of Coors as well as food specials. Doors open at 10.30am.
  • Melbourne Public (11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) – Pull on your jerseys – it’s that time of year again. The annual Super Bowl party returns to Melbourne Public – with multiple screens dedicated to bringing to you all of the live action from Texas.  Open from 8am, book a day off work and hang out with your buddies – playing American-themed games & selecting from an American inspired menu.  VIP booths available, a free breakfast burger for those who book a reserved seat, Budweiser beer bucket specials & more. Tickets start from $15 a head with packages for groups. Get your tickets here.
  • Ms Katie’s Crab Shack and Ding Dong Lounge (1/18 Market Lane, Melbourne) – Watch the 2017 Super Bowl at Miss Katie’s Crab Shack and Ding Dong Lounge. Doors open at 9am with all the action live. Grab some of Miss Katie’s famous Fried Chicken and Waffles, Mac & Cheese croquettes, BUFFALO WINGS and shack dogs or you can build your own Bloody Mary $16, choose your own adventure and create the most over the top bloody Mary from a wide selection of garnishes, pickle juices, hot sauces, seasonings and spices. For bookings and enquires  email: info@misskatiescrabshack.com
  • Royal Melbourne Hotel (629 Bourke St, Melbourne) – Come in and watch the match and enjoy the specials on offer Including $7 Buds, $9.90 Buffalo Wings and $11.90 Chilli Fries. Open from 10 am.
  • P.J. O’Briens (Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Southbank) – Join P.J.O’Brien’s Southbank for one of the biggest sporting events in the world! On Monday 9 February, doors open at 9am with an All American Menu & Beers including $7 Bottle Coors and $25 Bucket of 4 Coors. Watch the game Live with sound on all screens. Book by calling 9686 5011.
  • The Turf bar (131 Queens St, Melbourne) – Watch the Super Bowl in Melbourne at the venue that started it all – Turf Sports Bar. Some seating still available but be quick for one of the biggest days of the year!  Otherwise it’s standing room. Doors open 9am, with an All American Menu and buckets of Budweiser (4) for $25, plus prizes and giveaways. Email turf@turfbar.com.au or call 9670 1271.
  • Wharf Hotel (18-38 Siddely St, Melbourne) – Super Bowl 51 broadcast  over 8 large plasmas! $14 Super Bowl eats: Southern Fried Chicken | Hot Dogs + more, $9 Budweiser | $25 Budweiser Buckets and $20 Breakfast Nachos + Bottle of Budweiser. Doors open 9am | Broadcast from 10am live Huston. Entry is free and you can book by calling 03 8680 6000.
  • Young and Jacksons (1 Swanston St, Melbourne) – Watch the absolute best from the NFC and AFC battle it out for this seasons finale, and taking home the majestic Lombardi trophy.  Doors open at early for all the coverage and build up footage. Book the day off work, grab ya mate, pull on your jersey, and head down to Young and Jackson. They will have all the usual ‘merican beers, a specially designed menu (did somebody say “wings”?!), and smokey Jack Daniels bloody mary’s to offer y’all. Coverage on our huge HD screen will transport you to all the action over in Houston, Texas.  War paint, banter, and friendly rivalry is all encouraged!

Southside

  • The College Lawn (36 Greville Street, Prahran) – From 10am to 2pm the College Lawn is offering you an all inclusive package for the Super Bowl. Food, Drink plus big screens to watch the game, all for $85 a head. You can book your spot here.
  • The Fifth Provence (3/60 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – The Annual Super Bowl Party is on and it is better than ever! With 4 big screens and an additional 100″ Projector Screen showing the action with full commentary. They’ll also be doing $28 Budweiser Buckets (4), All American food specials, Budweiser give-aways & Live Tunes straight after the game! $10 Entry Fee. Call (03) 9534 4005 to book.
  • Half Moon (120 Church St, Brighton) – Half Moon have got all the pre-game, during-game and post-game goodness going on from 9am, including Coors Beer buckets and Bourbon Bloody Marys to get the party going! They’ve also sorted out a delicious American-style brunch menu to keep you satisfied all day long.
  • Inkerman Hotel (375 Inkerman St, Balaclava) – Catch every agonising touch down, field goal, conversion & foul of the 51st Super Bowl. $5 Budweiser stubbies available throughout the game!
  • The Local Tap House (184 Carlisle St, Balaclava) – Join The Local Tap House upstairs at Wilfreds Bar from 10am to kick off Superbowl 50 party shown on the big screen live! For $25 you’ll get a can of Sierra Nevada and American themed food throughout the game. Don’t go somewhere else and drink watered down yellow fizzy beer! There’ll be 20 craft beers on tap as well as cans from Sierra Nevada Golden Road Brewing and Founders Brewing Co. Get your ticket online here.
  • Middle Park Bowling Club (101 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park) – Super Bowl LI is nearly upon us and where better to watch it than Middle Park Bowls Club! Buckets of Budweiser for $20 and you’ll also receive a FREE Budweiser Cap with each bucket purchased.  It’ll be a great atmosphere down here with American Style Chicken Wings and Succulent Ribs being served from 10am. Door Open 9:30am!! Bookings Essential! Call the club on 9690 4048 to reserve your spot now!
  • The Prahran Hotel (82 High Street, Prahran) – Cheer, cheer, the Superbowl is here! Request an RDO immediately for the Prahran Hotel’s annual Superbowl Party. Doors open at 9am with all the action screened live with sound on 9 plasmas. To celebrate the Superbowl, Prahran Hotel will run an American dude food specials menu and $20 buckets of Miller (4 stubbies). Think Southern fried chicken nuggets with bacon mayo, mini dagwood dogs, an American double Angus burger with cheese and bacon and smokey BBQ ribs.
  • The Precinct (60 Swan St, Richmond) – The Precinct’s Annual Super Bowl party is the ultimate way to watch Super Bowl 51 live from Houston Texas! This is the first year post refurb that it’ll screen on the massive courtyard TV as well as across the other 5 huge screens throughout the venue. Doors open at 8am with the kitchen serving up Texan style food and $25 Budweiser buckets. $15 for a general entry ticket or $25 for a reserved seat. Get your ticket here.
  • Rosstown Hotel (1084 Dandenong Rd, Carnegie) – The Rosstown will be showing the 2017 Super Bowl in our sports bar on Monday the 6th February. Doors open at 9am. Meals deals and Budweiser specials will be available from 9 – 2.30pm. Group table bookings available from 9am.
  • Silver Lake Social (198 Chapel St, Prahran) – Doors open at 9am with a 10.30am kickoff. There is limited space available so first in first served! They’ll have plenty of Buffalo Wings with pickled ranch, as well as the following drink specials for the duration of the game: $10 Brooklyn Lager pints, $12 Brooklyn & Woodford Reserve Boilermakers, $12 Woodford Reserve Tap Cocktails, Brooklyn & Salitos Beer Bucket Specials
  • Skinny Dog Hotel (155 High St, Kew) – Take the day off and join the Skinny Dog Sports Bar for Super Bowl! Get the party started with buckets of Bud for $20 and epic Bloody Marys! They’ll be serving American BBQ style food all day too. Come cheer on your team at Skinny!
  • The St Kilda Branch (204 Barkley St, St Kilda) – Catch the Superbowl 50 live at The Branch with 5 Hours of all inclusive drinks from 10am. Tickets – $65 The game will be on the big screens. Secure your tickets here.
  • The Swan (425 Church St, Richmond) – Join The Swan Hotel for the 51st Super Bowl on Monday 6 February from 10am. They have $25 Bud Buckets, USA food specials and prizes and giveaways. As well as spot prizes for the best dressed fan!

Northside

  • The Birmingham (333 Smith St, Fitzroy) – Open from 10am with  Ribs and Wings specials and an all day Happy Hour including $7 pints of 4 Pines APA and Melbourne Bitter.
  • The Catfish (30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Showing Super Bowl 51 live on the big screen at the fish from 8am Monday! Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks and beers flowing all day!
  • The Great Northern Hotel (644 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) – It’s nearly that time of year again! Super Bowl Monday – the greatest excuse in the world to drink great American beers and eat delicious American food before midday. Make sure to book your tables early to get the best spots.
  • The Leveson (46 Leveson Street, North Melbourne) – Join the Leveson for their annual Super Bowl party. There are 3 ticket types available, the VIP ticket for $90 which includes your a private room, a buffet and your first 3 drinks, or $80 for 2 drinks and a 3 course lunch or general admission for $15 which includes entry and your first drink. To book, call 9328 1109.
  • The Old Bar (74-76 Johnston St, Fitzroy) – This year The Old Bar will be showing the Super Bowl on their brand new projector and booming through the PA.They will be opening at 8am which is both gross and amazing. Food will be provided by Lou’s Dogs. The event is sponsored by Brooklyn Lager and we will be selling cheap jugs all day.
  • The Rochester (202 Johnston St, Fitzroy) – Come get into the spirit for the 51st Super Bowl at the Rochey. Opening the doors at 9am, with the game set to kick off around 10.30, they’ve got your day covered with the big game shown on the big screen and on TV’s throughout the venue, dude food specials such their new world famous cheese burger and hot dogs, as well as beer specials such as buckets of PBR cans for $25. Get in quick and reserve your spot now for you and your mates: eatdrink@rochey.com.au.
  • The Royal Derby Hotel (446 Brunswick St Fitzroy) – Book your table now for superbowl 51 at the Royal Derby Hotel – Fitzroy’s Home of Sport have Budwieser buckets and an all American menu especially for the day. Book you table now: Enquiries@royalderbyhotel.com.au or call 03 9417 2321 during business hours.
  • The Penny Black (420 Sydney Rd Brunswick) – Penny Black are throwing the biggest Super Bowl party on the northside. They’ll be showing the game on two big screens, with the pre-game entertainment starting at 9am.  Grab yourself a bucket of Bud for $25 and 1 kilo of wings for just $10 or our American burger special – that’s double patty, double cheese and a whole lotta USA vibe!
  • The Provincial (299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – Join The Provincial for the Super Bowl 2016! Kick back and watch the big game with $20 beer buckets, or a $10 hotdog and Coors combo. For more information call 9810 0042.
  • The Valley (McPherson St, Moonee Ponds) – How does relaxing in the summer sun watching the epic Super Bowl final LIVE on a Super Screen sound? Well that’s exactly what you’re in store for at The Valley! With FREE entry you will have more to spend on the delicious Food Trucks on-site and at the bars which will be selling $5 Budweiser’s throughout the game. The spacious lawn and decking will be filled with furniture and the atmosphere abuzz as one of the biggest sporting moments for 2017 gets underway. Score a touchdown at The Valley this Super Bowl Monday and don’t miss a moment of the action!
  • Victoria Hotel (380 Victoria St, Brunswick) – Doors open at 9am. $20 buckets of Coronas and Buds all day plus Wings, Sliders, Nachos and Hot Dogs. Book your table now – 9388 0830

Where to get Coffee on Christmas Day in Melbourne

Getting a great coffee at Christmas can be tricky… unless of course, you are fortunate to live near one of these fabulous establishments. Here is a list of some gloriously giving cafes around town who are opening to caffeinate you and your loved ones this Christmas. Let me know if I have missed yours and I will update as I go along. Merry Christmas to you all.

South of the Yarra

Beavers Tail Social Club (160 Barkly St, St Kilda) – Open 8am-1pm for coffees and nibbles
Bees Knees Cafe (Shop 2, 854 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully) – Open from 8am-12pm for coffees.
Boosa (716 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East) – Open from 8am – 4pm for breakfast, lunch and coffee
Depot de Pain Black Rock (28 Bluff Rd, Black Rock) – Open 7am-2.30pm with full service.
Drugstore Espresso (194 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – Open from 8am-12pm for coffee and takeaway food.
Ebenezer Coffee and Wine Bar (615 Balcombe Rd, Black Rock) – Open from 7am -11am for coffees.
Elwood Food and Wine Bar (201 Ormond Rd, Elwood) – Open from 7am-12pm for takeaway coffee.
Fergus (301 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East) – Open from 7am-11am for coffee and pastries.
Finders Keepers Cafe (89 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn) – Open 8am-11am for coffee and pastries.
Frank and Ginger (101 Orrong Rd, Caulfield) – Open 8am-11am for coffees
Hobba (428-430 Malvern Rd, Prahran) – Open 7am-11.30am for coffees and pastries.
Maling Room (206 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and pastries.
Noisette (412 Centre Rd Bentleigh/84 Bay St, Port Melbourne ) – Open from 7am – 1pm for bread, coffee and cake.
One Origin Specialty Coffee (83 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern) – Open 8am-1pm for coffees and pastries.
St Ali (12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne) – Open 7am-6pm with full service.
The Valley Foodstore (75 Chadstone Rd, Malvern East) – Open 7am-11am for coffee.
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Arbory (Flinders Walk, Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am – 1am for coffee, drinks, all the things.
Depot de Pain at The Blackman (452 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Open 6.30am-2.30pm with full service.
Momami (679 Latrobe St, Docklands) – Open from 7am-11am for coffee and breakfast.
Queen St Rescue (189 Queen St Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am-4pm with full service.
North of the Yarra
Admiral Cheng Ho (325 Johnston Street, Abbotsford) – Open 7.30am-10.15am for coffee with all the proceeds going to the pickers and children of Brazil’s coffee farm at Bom Jesus
Ampersand Coffee and Food (863 High St, Thornbury) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and pastries.
Capeside Coffee (119 Cape St, Heidelburg) – Open from 8am-10.30am for takeaway coffee.
De Clieu (187 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Open 8.30am-3am with normal menu and coffees.
Depot de Pain at Rathdowne Village (693 Rathdowne St, Carlton) – Open 7am-2.30pm with full service
Everyday Coffee (33 Johnston St, Fitzroy) – Open from 9am-12pm for take away coffee.
The Long and Short (314 Victoria St, Brunswick) – Open from 8am-2pm for coffee and sweets.
Ministry of Cakes (571 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Open from 9am-12pm for coffee and cake.
Northern Perk Cafe (710 Sydney Rd, Brunswick)-  Open from 7am-4pm with breakfast, lunch and coffee.
Pavlov’s Duck (401 Smith St, Fitzroy) – Open from 8am – 1pm for coffees and takeaway food.
Smug Relish (510 Lygon St, East Brunswick) – Open from 8am- 4pm for breakfast, lunch and coffees.
Sookie La La (593 High St, Northcote) – Open 8.30am-11am for coffees and pastries.

Halloween and The Day of the Dead Meet Melbourne Cup Weekend

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Melbourne is once again living up to its reputation as place that will take any reason to have a party and run with it. Last years Halloween went off and as this years falls into place with a (sort of) long weekend, it promises to do the same.

Northside 

Acqua E Vino (18a Ballarat St, Yarraville) – Halloween Fancy Dress Party at  Acqua e Vino. $20 entry with complimentary 1st drink on arrival. DJ playing sexy 90s mixes from 6pm till 12am. Tickets on door or pre sale call 96879006.

B.E.A.S.T (80 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – This October 31st, The B.EAST is throwing a MASSIVE cocktail and Mariachi infused Day of The Dead Party with a little help from Espolón and a LOT of tequila.  They’re putting together a full tequila cocktail menu, Mexciana-style B.East eats, Mexicali Djs and Mariachi band LOS ROMANTICOS in full Mariachi dress, there’ll be FREE facepainting from 7pm-9pm, so paint your face, dress up and come and drink some tequila! Best Calaveras makeup (not done by our face painter!) will win a $100 voucher.

Carwyn Cellars (877 High St, Thornbury) – Carwyn Cellars “Taco of the Dead” party is right around the corner (Tuesday Nov 1st), and they’re teaming up with Melbourne Hot Sauce, Garage Project, Wolf of the Willows Brewing & Rogue Ales & Spirits to throw one hell of taco & beer filled party. Enjoy a menu of four different mind blowing TACOS. Plus the official launch venue for Garage Project’s 2016 Day of the Dead Beers and a one-off collaboration keg between Wolf of the Willows and Melbourne Hot Sauce – A Mango & Habanero spiked India Saison.

Flem-Ken Bowls Club (Smithfield and Racecourse Rd, Flemington) – Hendo from BrewCult and Fraser from Exit Brewing, jointly known as Frendo, are returning to Flem-Ken Bowls Club on Cup Eve. Given the date is October 31, they are calling it “Halloween with Frendo”! Tickets are just $12 for two 330ml stubbies of your choice from BrewCult’s Spoiler Alert Pale Lager or Reset Robot Pale Ale, or Exit’s Saison, Amber or India Pale Ale. Get more info and tickets here.

Howler (7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick) – Things are going to real spooky in the beer garden for HOWLERWEEN on Sunday 30 October! Put on your best costume and get down to tunes spun by Lotus Moonchild and friends from 2:00pm until late. Entry is FREE! If their tunes don’t make your skin crawl their puns will. With the official murder on the dance floor crew.Costumes encouraged, puns are a must.

The Kodiak Club (272 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – The Kodiak Club is celebrating Halloween the American way, so bring your scariest costume and join them for a spookylicious night full of booze and jams. Drinks of the night: Rogue: Dead Guy Ale, Cam’s Punch, Bloody Mary (Caesar) and lots of treats and Apple Pops. Make sure you don’t miss this one!

3 Ravens Brewery (1-3 Theobold St, Thornbury) – A Halloween party that will leave Wes craven turning in his grave! 3 Ravens Brewery & Ironbark BBQ reunite for one night of terrifying beers, Halloween dress, barbecue and live music from: Vulgargrad – Russian Criminal folk music, The Dead Amigos – Blues, rock and funk, Pugsley Buzzard – Blazing boogie and stride piano. Dress to scare! Prizes will be awarded

The Retreat (280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Venture to the dark side and celebrate Halloween on Cup Eve! Hosted by The Knave, Shack Shakers will take over the pub, spinning Howlin’ Wolf inspired old school tunes and serving up prizes for best dressed along with drink specials, espresso martinis and more. Gothic-country will be supllied in the front bar by Jemma Nicole and a collection of friends and foes. FREE ENTRY – all kicks off at 7pm and won’t shut down until the wee small hours.

The Rum Diaries Bar (334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – It’s the spooky season again! Get your freak on with plenty of Rum filled fun this Monday. Trick or treat your way into some scary assed Haloween cocktails and many a spine chilling tune.

The Park (12 Watton St, Werribee) – Doors open 5pm, DJs running from 7pm, drinks and food specials running all night with a special trick or treat on the door.

The Penny Black (420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick)  –  When two beautiful holidays roll into one, why not add another? Welcome to our DAY OF THE DEAD Halloween, Cup Day, long weekend extravaganza.  Spot prizes for best, most outrageous costumes on the night, drink specials flowing all night thanks to Espolòn Tequila and to top it off Woodlock playing LIVE and FREE in the bandroom. Live artwork and face painting so get down!

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Nieuw Amsterdam (106-112 Hardware St, Melbourne) -Halloween is almost here and this is one party worth coming to! This years Halloween theme is Dead Celebrities, so whether it’s Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe or Michael Jackson, you can live out your wildest dead celebrity fantasies at this party. And if you don’t have a favourite dead celebrity, why not come as a celeb you wish was dead – Kimmy K or Donald Trump anyone? There will be big prizes for best costumes on the night, as judged by management. Also, there’ll be running competitions throughout the night where you could win a heap of bar vouchers! Expect the creepy and the spooky throughout the venue – running ’till dawn, this is going to be epic. Free entry.

Asian Beer Cafe (Level 3, Melbourne Central) – Join The Asian Beer Cafe for their day of the dead Halloween party and grab your chance to win a $1,000 abc bar tab for best costume! This year’s Halloween party is going to be the biggest one yet, thanks to sponsor Tiger Beer, they are giving away HUGE GIVEAWAYS you won’t want to miss!

P.J. O’Brien (Southgate, Southbank) – Cup eve becomes ‘All horrors eve’  this Halloween at PJs. Have a horror of a time with the Hi-Jacked Penguins live on stage from 9pm. $10 shocktails that will haunt your mind, free entry and horror face painting  from 7-9pm. With shocks & horrors around every corner its sure to be a killer night.

Spice Market (Beanley Lane, Melbourne) – Join Spice Market this Monday for our annual Herradura Day of the Dead Halloween Party! Free entry! | Doors from 8pm. Complimentary Herradura Cocktail for everyone in costume! Day of the Dead Face Painting available!Best dressed will win a bottle of Herradura Ultra Tequila with mixers, announced at midnight! Enjoy Insta-photobooth to capture your memories on the night by @littlepixelbox

Vamos (1/37 Little Bourke St Melbourne) – Vamos has been open for two years and they are going to celebrate with a Day of the Dead party! Come along dressed in your best “Dia de los Muertos” costume and make up and enjoy a range of great entertainment to make even the dead come to life on the dancefloor! Cocktails include Zombies and Corpse Revivers! Tickets $10 presale

The Wharf Hotel (18-38 Siddeley St, Melbourne) – The Wharf Hotel presents their 6th Birthday Halloween Bash! Join them Friday 28th October, from 5pm for Spooky cocktail specials plus a Complimentary Trick or Treat Candy Bar. Live acoustic from 6pm  Dress in your Halloween best and go into the draw to win a $200 bar tab.  Complimentary drink on arrival for the first 50 RSVP’s here.

Southside

Antique Bar (218 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick)  – Come! Enter the graveyard if you dare, go past the ghosts to the demon’s lair. Hold on, hold on with all your might do all that you can to survive this night. If you are strong and brave and bold, join us in fun, but be always aware that terror and fright will also be there! Grab your costume, everyone is welcome. Dress up for your chance to win one of five $50 drink cards!
Drink specials all night long.

Hats and Tatts (78 Cecil St, South Melbourne) – Hats and Tatts knows that Melbourne likes an excuse to get dressed up! So this is just for you….. Sunday 30th October at Hats and Tatts, are throwing a Holloween party. They’ll have drink specials and of course the Final of FAMOUS LAST WORDS. So get your thinking caps on for some crazy costumes as there will be some prizes for best dressed

Holy Grail (67 Chapel St, Windsor) – Its that time of the year yet again! Join Holy Grail on Saturday 29/10, for the ultimate Halloween party held at holy grail chapel st, presented by Plantation Rums and The Westwinds Gin.  Come dressed up and get ready to wake the dead! They will be running all night Halloween inspired cocktails, photo booths and free drinks. Sharpen your fangs everyone!

Lulo Latin Kitchen and Bar (798 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn) – Lulo Presents: Halloween on Glenferrie Road! Dress Code: As scary as you dare: Door prizes and prizes for the best dressed. Kids Trick or Treat from 4pm , Adults after dark…Cheap thrills and cheap drinks like $10 Cocktails and $8 Butcher’s Bride Pale Ale Pints

Moondog (17 Duke St, Abbotsford) – Moondog is opening on Monday so as to celebrate Halloweeeeeeeen with a party at the brewery bar! Come on down for spooky pumpkin ale, a zombie face painting station, scary pizzas, trick or treating, and disco tunes galore. Boo!

The Nash (344 Victoria St, Richmond) – A National state of emergency has been declared as the afflicted threaten to take over.. Hungry for a good feed, the bait has been set. Unarmed and unaware, they can’t keep to themselves..Come and celebrate the end of the world, stock up on moonshine & munitions at the last remaining safe haven. You’d be brainless to miss this.  Free Entry, Dress up for a free drink on arrival! Halloween inspired games!

The Royston (12 River St, Richmond) – Check out the tap list for The Roystons Cup Eve Pirate Life tap takeover on Monday night. Pretty damn exciting.
In fact they are planning on having such a good time they are closing Cup Day to recover. See you Monday from 4pm!!!!

 

 

Warming up in Melbourne During July

Half way through the year already and the Middle of Winter but Melbourne is still going strong. Not only is it the best time of year for oysters but it’s also truffle season (if you’re a bit of truffle novice, here’s a good place to start). The weather is perfect for pub meals by the fire, roasts and red wine, all things I adore.

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This month kicks off with 4th of July festivities showcasing an absolute stunning array of beer, whisky and cocktails, starting from the 2nd and going all through the week, it will be a great chance to try something new over a few hamburger and wings, perfect for this weather, no?

Bastille

Keeping to the red, white and blue theme, July is also Bastille Day on 14th July, a day for all the Francophiles and lovers of French food and wine. Melbourne being the lovely beast that she is, is blessed with some truly magnificent French restaurants who are pulling out all the stops to make the day sparkle with  joie de vie.

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The weekend of the 16th and 17th July is given over to the Australian Drinks Festival. Your ticket gives you access to pop up bars, tastings and masterclasses with some of Australia’s foremost experts on spirits, wines and beers. You can also get tickets which allow you to distill your own gin, have a tipsy afternoon tea

The Food Truck Park are heating things up this Winter with a Bollywood themed food truck festival running from 22nd July-24th July. They will be bringing the colour and glam of Bollywood to Preston with dancers, Indian music and classic bollywood flicks playing all weekend on the big screen.

All this cold weather and heavy food can make you feel a little lethargic and out of shape so why not shake it off at a midwinter dance, 30th July in Brunswick East? Money raised from ticket sales goes towards raising literacy levels in our youth. There will be food and drinks for sale on the night including pies from Boscastle and  beers from Temple Brewing who have kindly sponsored the evening.

If you think that 6 months is far too long to wait until Christmas or maybe your one of those who have always felt that a hot Christmas day just isn’t right? Why not grab some mates and book into one of the many Christmas in July being hosted around town. Check out a few of them here.

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Photo via Bendigo on the Hop

Just putting this here, Bendigo on the Hop is on once again. Yes it is in August (20th August to be exact) but I didn’t want you all to miss out. I made the trek last year and it was so much fun. You can take the Vline up and stay over night, I stayed at The Schaller Studio which is so lovely (bike hire and umbrellas for you to use as you wish as well as free wifi which is as rare as hens teeth in Australian hotels) and made a weekend of it. Bendigo is such a gorgeous place and this event gives you a chance to wander your way around while sampling some fabulous beers. I had such a great time, I am doing it all over again this year.

 

 

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