What’s Up, Buttercup…things to do and see in January

Hi all,

Firstly, I hope you had a great Christmas and are gearing up for a fabulous New Years Eve (and if you’re still looking for something to do, check out the NYE page which is still being added to on a daily basis).

No matter if you are heading out, watching fire works, or hanging out with family and/or friends, I hope you have a marvelous one. A big thank you to you all for giving your time to have a look at what goes on here at WUB headquarters. Moves are afoot to make it even better and more user friendly in 2015. If you have any suggestions as to what you’d like to see, we’d love to hear from you.

Whats coming up in Melbourne and its surrounds in January

If you’re heading towards the peninsula this summer, check out Gertrude St Enotecas pop up restaurant at the stunning Avani Winery (98 Stanley’s Rd, Red Hill) . Run in conjunction with Gourmet Traveller, the instillation is running for 4 weeks from Wednesday to Sunday during January for lunch. Tickets to the lunch are $75 or adults, $25 for kids and can be booked here.

Melbourne loves it’s BBQ and in January (and a wee bit of Feb) is when we have our BBQ festival, a 4 day competition run from the Queen Vic Market culminating in a family BBQ on the first of February. There are masterclass for you to get involved with and much BBQ to get your hands on. Get more info here.

For the first time, this Australia day weekend, there is to be an International Street Food festival. A two day event on the 25th & 26th January, held at the Royal Showgrounds. There’ll be food trucks, masterclasses, celebrity chefs, kids zones, and bands playing all day. Tickets start from $34, you can get more info here.

Every Sunday in January, The Robert Burns Hotel are putting on a Sunday Spanish feast. A buffet with all your favourite Spanish dishes for just $35 a head. Dinner is from 6.30pm-8.30pm and you can find out more at their site or by calling 9417 2233.

Having chocolate withdrawals from Christmas? The Immigration Museum is putting on a chocolate workshop that will suit you to a tea then. Only $15 and for a little bit more, you can indulge in a beer workshop on the same day. Belgium beer and chocolate matching has to be one of the best ways to spend a Sunday. Find out more here.

And of course, there is always the events page to turn to if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration. Don’t forget to check back as it is updated regularly.



What’s up, Buttercup…Things to do plus sunny Sunday sessions

Hi all,

So we are a week in to 2015 and have survived our first bout of infernal weather for the year, yay us! To celebrate, I thought I’d tell you of a few Sunday spots that have come to my attention lately because playing loose and free on a school night is something we all need to do occasionally right? If your favourite spot not there, let me know via the comments or send your thoughts to melissa@whatsupbuttercup.net  all feedback is appreciated and will be read while martinis are being consumed on a deck somewhere.

Sunday Sessions

St Kilda Pelican have a very tempting Sunday Special happening. Not only do they give you $10 cocktails but they have $2 oysters all day! Perfect after a stroll down the pier.

Fatto Bar & Cantina have once again opened up their courtyard area and turned it in to a fancy pop up bar overlooking the Yarra. Open from 4pm-11pm, you can grab yourself an Aperol Spritz, play some Bocce, snake on some Italian treats or just sit back and chat while a DJ plays you some fabulous tunes.

The Adelphi Hotel are opening  their magnificent rooftop each Sunday for a summer long, pool party spectacular. Have a dip in their famous pool then sit back with a fabulous cocktail or 3. Bring your towel and let them sort the rest. More info here.

Heading out of town then consider a Sunday at The Portsea Hotel. On the 4th, 11th and 16th January, they are hosting Good Life Sundays. DJ’s, paella, an all day BBQ and $5 Coronas all set against the gorgeous Portsea coast, may as well stay for a week.

If you’re over in the east, The Collection Bar in Richmond have some fabulous specials with $1 chicken wings, $5 cans of beer and $9 bloody marys. Perfect for a recovery session as well as a Sunday session.

Also in Richmond is The Royal Saxon, with DJ’s and drink specials all day not to mention a stunning beer garden. Grab a $10 roast pork panini, a $10 Aperol Spritz or one of their amazing beer/wine specials, get a spot under their big tree, sit back, relax, done.

What’s coming up

It soon to be tennis season and before the Australian Open starts, you can get in the mood by hanging out at the Kooyong Classic. If you are so inclined, you can not just watch the tennis but also stay around after for drinks, tunes and snacks at the Kooyong Garden Party.

The first big food dinner of the year goes to Hammer & Tong with the first of their Meet the Maker dinners this time with 4 course and 4 different wine makers there to talk you through their selection. I’ve been to a couple of Hammer and Tongs dinners, once by myself and once with a group, both times were just brilliant. More info here.

With Australia Day coming up (more info on whats on then in a week or so) it’s time to cast your votes. Not just for the music hottest 100 but also for craft beers hottest 100. Vote for your top 5 Australian beers and go in the running for a slab of the top 5 beers. Voting closes 8th Jan so best be quick! Place your votes here.

Every Friday night in February, experience an evening of summer delights with bar and food pop–up stalls in the Immigration museum’s courtyard. Explore a delicious wonderland with the sounds and smells of summer in the city, and taste your way around the world with Argentinean BBQ, Korean street food, Jamaican cuisine and a whole lot more! More info here.

Melbourne Latin Summer Festival is happening on the 10th Jan at Fed Square. It is a free event with that is in it’s 3rd year that is commitment to bring you the best of the Latin American culture including all categories of art, culture & entertainment from Latin America. For more info on whats happening, check out their Facebook page here.



What’s up, Buttercup…Foodie Gifts and Where to Get Your Christmas Caffeine Fix

Merry Christmas week Buttercups,

Hopefully you’re all off work now and ready to enjoy a week of festivities or if not, that you at least have a bottle of something nice to keep your spirits up, so to speak. Speaking of festivities (and spirits), the amount of pubs/bars that are offering a massive night of drinks specials and mayhem on Christmas eve, leads me to believe that a list of cafes which are open for coffees on Christmas day may come in handy to some of you (also offering to go and get coffees allows you a wee bit of respite from the family while making you look incredibly generous, win/win). We’ve also added a few last minute Christmas gift ideas for you in just case you were at a loss of what to get your favourite relative/friend/neighbour/blogger/whatever… And if you’re spending Christmas/New Years in Sydney instead of Melbourne, we have you covered for that as well with our all new What’s up Buttercup Sydney. It’s not quite as extensive as Melbourne yet but still full of some good info on where to spend your time over the break.

Where to go for Coffee in Melbourne on the 25th December (this list will be updated as more come to light)

Dead Man Espresso (35 Market Street, South Melbourne) – Open from 7am-11am for coffees only

St Ali (12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne) – Open 7am-6pm with full service.

Einstein’s Relative (1/9 Yarra St, South Yarra) – Open 7.30am-2.30pm with full service

Hobba (428 Malvern Road, Prahran) – Open 7am-11am for coffees

Sprout Cafe (48 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea) – Open 8am-1pm with full service

Depot de Pain Black Rock (28 Bluff Rd, Black Rock) – Open 7.00am-2.30pm with full service

Huff Bagelry (112 Koonang Rd, Carnegie) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and bagels to order

Frank and Ginger (101 Orrong Rd, Caulfield) – Open 7am-11am for coffees

Einstein’s 251 (251 Hawthorne Rd, Caulfield) – Open from 8am-5pm with full service

30 Mill Espresso (66 Milton Parade, Malvern) –  Open 8am-12pm coffees only

Fergus (301 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East) – Open from 7am-11am for coffee and pastries

Gardiner and Field (43 Union St, Armadale) – Open 7am-11pm for coffees only

Platform Espresso (1529 High St, Glen Iris) – Open 8am-12pm for coffees only

Finders Keepers Cafe (89 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn) – Open 7.30am-10.30am for coffee and pastries

The Mailing Room (206 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury) – Open from 7am-11am for take away coffee

Queen St Rescue (189 Queen St Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am-4pm with full service

Depot de Pain at The Blackman (452 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Open 6.30am-2.30pm with full service

Everyday Coffee (33 Johnston St, Fitzroy) – Open from 9am-1pm for coffee

Depot de Pain at Rathdowne Village (693 Rathdowne St, Carlton) – Open 7.00am-2.30pm with full service

Last minute gift ideas or the food inclined

For the wine fans, give the gift of experience this year with a ticket to a wine tasting event. World Malbec day and Game of Rhones are offering early bird tickets to their events next year. If white’s more their thing, then a ticket to the Riesling Riot may be in order. They are great value, great fun and far less likely than a bottle to break in the post.

If food is more their thing, why not shout them dinner with a Good Food Gift Card? I was given one of these last year and it was brilliant to be able to choose where I wanted to go and their are some great food options to suit everyone. Also in the food area, why not consider a voucher for Prix Fixe? As the price is fixed, their will be no scary surprise for your loved one at the end of the meal and also, if you’re lucky, they may take you.

Have a happy and safe Christmas all and as always feel free to add your own coffee/gift suggestions in the comments.


What’s up Buttercup? Amazing events + happy hours.

Hi all,

Another week gone and another week closer to that special hell we only have once a year, my birthday (oh and I guess there’s that Christmas gig too). In an effort to not think about it I have been turning to wine but as the What’s up Buttercup swear jar is running low (note to self: must swear more in the new year) I have been trading on the kindness of happy hours and as I like to pass a kindness on, I thought I’d pass along a few gems that I have come across in the past lately…you’re welcome! Missed you favourite? Add it to the comments…you know, for research purposes…

The Imperial South Yarra – Went here for the first time last week and all I can say is $6 for all drinks (well not the verve but all the rest) between 5pm-7pm Monday to Friday plus $10 pizzas. Seriously. I had a lovely time drinking Chandon for 6 bucks a pop and they also have free wifi which is why I now intend to hold all my meetings here during the afternoon.

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 Stokehouse City – I was in town around 5ish looking for somewhere to spend some time between appointments and wandered into the Stokehouse and was immediately happy that I did. Not only was the service delightful but they had a lovely Italian Pinot Grigio for just $7 a glass. If that’s not your thing, you can get a Pizini Prosecco for $5, an Aperol Spritz for $10, a James Squires 150 Lashes Pale Ale for $4/$8 or a Birra Moretti for $5. Add oysters for just $1.50 and you have one of the classiest happy hours in town. Happy hour is from 4pm-6pm, Monday to Saturday.

Bistro Vue – This happens to be one of my old favs, the Bistro Vue happy hour runs from 5pm-6.30pm every Monday to Friday and gives you 50% off all pints of tap beer including 1664 and house wine (very nice house wine as well, much nicer than my house) all served up in a relaxing French bistro setting.

Junction Beer Hall – Some people think that all we do is gallivant around the south and CBD, sipping champagne and eating oysters. This is untrue, sometime we go west and when we do, The Junction Hotel in Newport is one of our favourite spots. The Junction has a beer hall (with proper beer) and a wine bar and between 5-6pm, Monday to Friday they have $5 pints, wines and vodka. With some of the best craft taps in the west, this is an amazing bargain.

What’s Coming Up

The Adelphi Hotel are opening up their roof top for a once a week, summer long, pool party spectacular. Have a dip in their famous pool then sit back with a fabulous cocktail or 3. Bring your towel and let them sort the rest. More info here.

Cafe Vue is hosting it’s last ever Mixology event this Friday and they are taking it out in Christmasy style with the theme. Fictional Christmas. $95 for 5 course and 5 cocktails, this is an absolute bargain (been 3 times, loved every time) and it’s your last chance to try it! More info here.

DuNord are giving you a chance to have a very Swedish Christmas eve. Dinner is just $65 a head and you also get a Christmas cocktail to kick the night off!. Booking information here.

Also updated are the New Years Eve and Christmas pages so don’t forget to check back and see if there is anything you fancy!

Have an eventful week!

What’s Up and What’s New

Hi all

As you may have noticed, What’s up Buttercup has changed a little. Gone are the long weekly posts filled with text and in its place is the brand spankin’ new calender! This will be an easier way to reference and find events around Melbourne and beyond. In addition to this, the weekly post that used to contain the information that is now in the Calender will become more like a newsletter highlighting major upcoming events you may have missed, new openings around town, some of my favourite old places, drink specials, happy hours, competitions and the like. I you have anything that you would like to hear about or have any feedback regarding the changes, please feel free to comment at the end of the post or email admin@whatsupbuttercup.net as I would love to hear what you think.

Happy Eating,


Picks of the week

  • The Botanical are having a lunch on 9/12 to celebrate what has been the end of an amazing year in wine. They are cracking out some of their top wines for you to drink along side a 3 course lunch all for just $95 a head. All info here.
  • Boccaccio Cellars in Balwyn are hosting a Champagne Masterclass on the 10/12 with all your favourites (ok, they are my favourites) on pour for you to try. The Masterclass is $75 a head and you can find details here,
  • Nieuw Amsterdam are partnering with Trophy Wife Nail Art to bring you Tips and Sips on the 14/12. An afternoon dedicated to glamour, sophistication and of course, booze. Tickets range from $80-100 and all details can be found here.

Coming Up…

Tis the season and all and if you’re still in a pickle about where to go for your Christmas Lunch or for your New Years Eve celebrations, make sure you check out my handy dandy guide to what’s happening in Melbourne. You’ll find Christmas here. and New Years here.

With December being such a massive month, January is looking a bit quiet but this all changes in February with GABF, the Geelong Craft Beerfest and the Riesling Riot for Riesling Down under, just to start. Make sure to check back regularly for new additions.