Time Out Food Awards 2018: recap
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What's on in Melbourne this August
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Does Opera Australia have a problem with women?
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The best things to do this week

Gravy and Greyhounds
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Gravy and Greyhounds

Adopt a greyhound this weekend at the Ascot Lot

A Doll's House, Part 2 review
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A Doll's House, Part 2 review

Marta Dusseldorp stars in this hit Broadway play that serves as a sequel to Henrik Ibsen's classic

Taste of Tramcar
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Taste of Tramcar

Enjoy high tea, cheese and wine or a champagne breakfast as you cruise around Melbourne in a burgundy tram

Taste of HWKR
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Taste of HWKR

This funky CBD food hall is throwing a food party – and you’re invited

Central Beer District
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Central Beer District

Taste some of Melbourne's best craft brews at the Queen Victoria Market

West Projections Festival
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West Projections Festival

See the streets of Melbourne's western suburbs light up this August

Chocolate Afternoon Tea
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Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Pull up a seat at Little Collins St Kitchen for a very chocolatey afternoon treat

The Fall
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The Fall

This Edinburgh Fringe hit from Cape Town makes its Australian debut

An Ideal Husband review
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An Ideal Husband review

Gina Riley leads a starry cast in Melbourne Theatre Company's zesty fresh take on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy

Second Last Rites: Magda's Funeral
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Second Last Rites: Magda's Funeral

Attend Magda Szubanski's funeral, hosted by Magda Szubanski

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The latest news

This show from South Africa brings a real-life protest to the stage

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This show from South Africa brings a real-life protest to the stage
The barbecue whizzes at Bluebonnet are opening in Brunswick East

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The barbecue whizzes at Bluebonnet are opening in Brunswick East
One of Melbourne's most adventurous theatre-makers has a new show about working with children

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One of Melbourne's most adventurous theatre-makers has a new show about working with children
Hisense Arena will be renamed Melbourne Arena

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Hisense Arena will be renamed Melbourne Arena
Does Opera Australia have a problem with women?

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Does Opera Australia have a problem with women?
You can now get salted caramel bubble coffee in Melbourne

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You can now get salted caramel bubble coffee in Melbourne
Dating IRL: Miranda and Mark

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Dating IRL: Miranda and Mark
Babajan is now open for dinner

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Babajan is now open for dinner
Paul Kelly announces an outdoor Making Gravy concert with guests Angus and Julia Stone

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Paul Kelly announces an outdoor Making Gravy concert with guests Angus and Julia Stone
Peninsula Hot Springs has opened the first ice cave in Australia

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Peninsula Hot Springs has opened the first ice cave in Australia
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Win tickets to a San Francisco-themed party
Travel Win tickets to a San Francisco-themed party

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Win a double pass to taste over $15,000 worth of Australia’s best wine with Langton’s
Things to do Win a double pass to taste over $15,000 worth of Australia’s best wine with Langton’s

Try the best wines in Australia at this exclusive event

Win a VIP trip to Argentina
Travel Win a VIP trip to Argentina

You could win a trip to Miller Music Amplified in Buenos Aires featuring Bastille

Pierrick Boyer Café Patisserie
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Pierrick Boyer Café Patisserie

A top pastry chef has just opened a café in Prahran

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The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

This is it: the definitive list of the people, the places and the things that make our city so great

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
Bars The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

The best day trips from Melbourne
Travel The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne.

The best laneways and arcades in Melbourne
Things to do The best laneways and arcades in Melbourne

Wander down a cobbled alley to find what these icons are hiding

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's best restaurants, from fine dining to cheap eats

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
Things to do Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in Melbourne for a lot less than you'd think

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
Bars The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

The best day hikes from Melbourne
Travel The best day hikes from Melbourne

For a breath of fresh air, head out of the city this weekend with our guide to Melbourne’s best day hikes.

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Melbourne area guides

Melbourne CBD
Things to do Melbourne CBD

The heart of the city, home to Chinatown and some of Melbourne's best restaurants and arts institutions. 

Fitzroy
Things to do Fitzroy

Arty shops, funky restaurants and bars and hipsters galore.

St Kilda
Things to do St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

Carlton
Things to do Carlton

Exceptional Italian food, gelato and coffee, plus an excellent museum and theatre.

Windsor
Things to do Windsor

Great vintage stores, and don't miss the famous Art Deco Astor Theatre.

Kensington
Things to do Kensington

Kensington has northwest charm in spades: there are wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of public transport and green spaces aplenty.

Collingwood
Things to do Collingwood

Inventive bars, geek girl boutiques and envelope-pushing eateries. Plus live music institutions. 

Footscray
Things to do Footscray

Multicultural hub, with dining options from all over the world and a thriving food scene.

Elsternwick
Things to do Elsternwick

Whether you are after great eats, a night out or a film at a Victorian-era cinema, Elsternwick is a great place to find yourself.

Prahran
Things to do Prahran

Good shopping and lots of inventive restaurants and watering holes.

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Side with Amex restaurant finder – dining with a complimentary side dish

Melbourne CBD
Restaurants Melbourne CBD

Get a free side dish at these Melbourne CBD venues

Melbourne's south
Restaurants Melbourne's south

If you're south of the Yarra, here is your list of venues that you coud get a free side at. 

Melbourne's east
Restaurants Melbourne's east

The eating is good in Melbourne's east, but it's even better at these leading restaurants.

Melbourne's north
Restaurants Melbourne's north

Pay with your American Express® Card and you'll be rewarded with a complimentary side.

What is 'Side with Amex'?
Restaurants What is 'Side with Amex'?

What is ‘Side with Amex’?‘Side with Amex’ is an instant rewards program by Time Out in partnership with American Express for American Express Card Members. How does ‘Side with Amex’ work?Participating American Express Venues will offer their customer a free side dish with the purchase of a main meal, when paid for using an American Express Card. How do I find out about participating venues?Participating venues will be included on each city’s Time Out website. This list will be updated constantly so keep checking back to find more participating venues in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. When does Side With Amex end?Side With Amex is a 2017/18 initiative split into two phases:• Phase 1: 01 November 2017- 31 August 2018 Is there any limit to the offer?Each venue has committed to supplying the first 200 customers, paying with an American Express Card, with a free side dish per bill. A customer may only redeem one free side with each payment, when purchasing a main meal. How do I take advantage of ‘Side with Amex’?Whether you're an American Express Card Member, or an American Express accepting Merchant, you can read more about 'Side with Amex' below.      

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Your guide to all 'Side with Amex' venues. Get in for your free dish before it ends.

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What's better than a main meal? One with sides. Pay with your American Express® Card at these leading restaurants, and you'll be rewarded with a complimentary side for your first main meal ordered. Want to know more? Check out our Side with Amex FAQ. For more great offerings, return to the American Express casual dining guide.    

September at Drum Theatre
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September at Drum Theatre

This September the Drum Theatre is gearing up for three gigs that'll have dads a-rockin'. Instead of getting your dad another pair of useless socks or a OTT lunch, you can give him the gift of live music. Get groovy on September 1 at the Australian Bee Gees Show, which will bring a visual and musical discotheque to life with some help from classic tracks by the Gibbs brothers. The show has been performed around the world for the past 20 years and is now coming to Dandenong direct from Vegas. Or you can catch Aussie rocker Ian Moss live in concert in acoustic mode on Friday, September 14. If it's more musical nostalgia you're after, then book tickets to the Bootleg Beatles on September 16. Direct from London, this world-class Beatles show will take audiences on a ride through the band's iconic back catalogue, including a special tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the White album. These guys are the real deal, having performed across the world and even at Glastonbury Festival. Each concert will tap into all the hits your dad (and you) know and love, making for a memorable evening that's about enjoying the music, nostalgia and each other's company. Whether he's a disco dad, an Aussie rock die-hard or a Beatles fanatic, each of the evenings will offer up a one-off chance to celebrate at the Dandenong theatre.

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Travel Win tickets to a San Francisco-themed party

Ask anyone what US cities are on their wishlist and you can bet San Francisco makes the cut. And if you’re thinking about a trip to the City by the Bay then you’ll want to head down to San Francisco Travel’s big party on Wednesday, September 5 (flowers in your hair optional). A celebration of the new direct flights from Melbourne to SFO – just a 14 hour 20 minute skip across the Pacific – the party will be held at Easey’s in Collingwood. All food, drink and entertainment is provided and the party will feature everything you love about this gateway to Northern California: we’re talking SF-inspired cocktails, burgers with a Bay Area twist, cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Summer of Love, the Giants, and some classic San Fran wine country drops. But here’s the kicker: everyone who attends the party will have the chance to win a trip to San Francisco by answering five quiz questions. Sound like fun? Time Out has 25 party double passes to give away, so your chances are pretty good, and all you have to do to win one is sign up to Time Out’s weekly newsletter by August 29. Already a subscriber? You can still enter by signing up below – and we won’t send you multiple newsletters, because for heaven’s sake why would we do that? So we’ll see you down at Easey’s – and, like Tony Bennett, you could be leaving your heart in San Francisco some time very soon. Fill out my online form. // var z2e05ni0rg4q71;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userNam

Blasted
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Blasted

When Blasted premiered in 1995, it left audiences reeling. The Daily Mail famously labelled it “a disgusting feast of filth” and critics dismissed its graphic scenes of rape, torture and mutilation as a cheap ploy for attention by its creator, British playwright Sarah Kane. Kane died by suicide four years later, at the age of just 28. More than 20 years later, the talented Anne-Louise Sarks is introducing the play to a new generation, in a production with Malthouse Theatre starring Fayssal Bazzi (Sami in Paradise), Eloise Mignon (The Wild Duck) and theatre veteran David Woods. As the play opens, a misogynistic middle-aged journalist is attempting to seduce a naïve and troubled young woman in an expensive hotel room. But when a soldier and a war zone explode through the window, a nightmarish train of events is set in motion.

Winter sundowners on the Duke Rooftop
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Side with Amex in Melbourne's north
Restaurants Side with Amex in Melbourne's north

If you live in the north and love eating out, listen up. Pay with your American Express® Card at these leading restaurants, and you'll be rewarded with a complimentary side for your first main meal ordered. Want to know more? Check out our Side with Amex FAQ. For more great offerings, return to the American Express casual dining guide.    

BP Kings Way
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BP Kings Way

BP's Kings Way store is not your average servo. It's been meticulously designed to provide for an easy and comfortable experience, whether you're in a rush to pay for your petrol and get back on the road or you want to settle in for a barista-made coffee and breakfast.  Self-service kiosks allow customers to pay for their petrol or pick up a quick snack or machine-made coffee and get back on the road in no time. But for those after a bit more, there is a trained barista on site 24 hours a day to make real coffee in both Signature (bold and spicy) and Carino (light and caramel) blends, and pastries and bagels are baked in store for a warm and delicious breakfast. If you're feeling more like a cold drink with a caffeine hit, cold brew and nitrogen-infused cold brew are available on tap (the nitro cold coffee looks like a Guinness, with tiny bubbles to give it a bright and refreshing taste). And if you're after something a bit more on the healthy side, protein-packed chia bowls, granola bowls and yoghurt are also available. Stools inside and outside encourage lingering over breakfast, and Wi-Fi and charging ports are provided, if your car isn't the only thing that could use a little fuel.  It's not just breakfast, either. BP offers healthy options for lunches, dinners and snacks. There are sandwiches, wraps and salads ready to eat in store or to take back to your office, apartment or car, and ready-made meals from Gyoza Girl and YouFoodz can be taken away and heated up for a p

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