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Tomás Ford's Crap Music Rave Party
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Tomás Ford's Crap Music Rave Party

The worst tunes for the best party times can be found at Evie's Disco Diner every second month

Science on Show
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Science on Show

Melbourne Museum is bringing rare items from its collection out for one day only

Taste of HWKR
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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 at the Queen Victoria Market

Time Out Food Awards
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Time Out Food Awards

Save the date for Time Out's night of nights

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

West Projections Festival
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West Projections Festival

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

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

MWF Opening Night Gala: You are Here
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MWF Opening Night Gala: You are Here

What better to celebrate a festival of life and death than a celebration of life in all its joyful forms?

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

Marta Dusseldorp stars in this hit Broadway play about what happened after Nora Helmer slammed the door behind her

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The world's most famous artworks will come to life in Opera Australia's 2019 season

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The world's most famous artworks will come to life in Opera Australia's 2019 season
The new Melbourne Art Trams designs have been revealed

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The new Melbourne Art Trams designs have been revealed
MasterChef winner Sashi Cheliah is opening a pop-up restaurant

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MasterChef winner Sashi Cheliah is opening a pop-up restaurant
More than 1,000 Melbourne bus drivers will go on strike tomorrow

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More than 1,000 Melbourne bus drivers will go on strike tomorrow
The Time Out Food Awards are this Monday

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The Time Out Food Awards are this Monday
Melbourne is no longer the most liveable city in the world

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Melbourne is no longer the most liveable city in the world
Six horror movies that inspired Jakop Ahlbom to scare the bejesus out of you on stage

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Six horror movies that inspired Jakop Ahlbom to scare the bejesus out of you on stage
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Catherine Tate on her first Australian live shows: 'Does anyone know who I am there?'

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Catherine Tate on her first Australian live shows: 'Does anyone know who I am there?'
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Canberra’s huge flower festival returns with nighttime illuminations
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Win a trip to Fremantle and see the Little Creatures Brewery
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It’s a cross-continent beer crawl for you and three mates

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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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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

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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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