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Summer events in Melbourne
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Summer events in Melbourne

There's nothing like warm summer nights, cocktails on a rooftop bar or sun-drenched pool parties. This is your guide to having your best Melbourne summer ever

Melbourne’s train lines ranked from best to worst
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Melbourne’s train lines ranked from best to worst

From Sandringham to Sunbury, here is the hierarchy of the rail system

Things to do on January 26 in Melbourne
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Things to do on January 26 in Melbourne

We've picked out the main events on the day, from rallies to parties

The best things to do at Midsumma Festival
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The best things to do at Midsumma Festival

Break out your rainbow colours: Melbourne's celebration of queer culture is back, and bigger than ever

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The best new openings in Melbourne
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The best new openings in Melbourne

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new and notable restaurants, cafés and bars

The best restaurants in Melbourne
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The best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to absolutely everywhere you should be eating in Melbourne

The best patisseries in Melbourne
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The best patisseries in Melbourne

Got a sweet tooth? Melbourne's patisseries are making amazing treats for you

The best cheap eats in Melbourne
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The best cheap eats in Melbourne

Eat out without breaking the bank with our guide to 20 fantastic meals under $20 in Melbourne

The best burgers in Melbourne
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The best burgers in Melbourne

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to summon your stretchy pants

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Win a three-day ticket to Pause Festival
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Win a three-day ticket to Pause Festival

Pixar's Brian Green leads an all-star line-up at this year's festival of bright ideas

Win a VIP experience at Shimmerlands
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Win a VIP experience at Shimmerlands

Get pampered with free drinks, free food and tickets to see 'La La Land'

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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
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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
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The 50 best bars in Melbourne

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

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
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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 markets in Melbourne
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The best markets in Melbourne

Start your engines, shoppers: from organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market near you

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

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

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Where to find street art in Melbourne
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Where to find street art in Melbourne

The street art laneways and hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping

The best restaurants on Lygon Street
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The best restaurants on Lygon Street

Where to eat along Melbourne's quintessential restaurant strip in Carlton

Shopper's guide to Chapel Street
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Shopper's guide to Chapel Street

Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Melbourne's famed shopping strip

26 ways to be a dickhead in Melbourne
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26 ways to be a dickhead in Melbourne

Melbourne, we love you, but sometimes you can be a bit of a dickhead

The best escape rooms in Melbourne
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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

24 things to do alone in Melbourne
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24 things to do alone in Melbourne

Spending time in the city by yourself? Check out Melbourne's best adventures for one

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Win tickets to an exclusive Time Out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea
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Win tickets to an exclusive Time Out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea

  Nominated for FIVE Golden Globe Awards:• Best Picture (Drama)• Best Director – Kenneth Lonergan• Best Actor – Casey Affleck• Best Supporting Actress – Michelle Williams • Best Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan Time Out has 50 double passes to see Manchester by the Sea at Palace Kino, Melbourne. Manchester by the Sea tells the story of the working class Chandler family from Massachusetts. After his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly passes away, Lee (Casey Affleck) is made the legal guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). Lee is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Manchester by the Sea is the new film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret). "Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief" - Time Out New York Manchester by the Sea will be released in Australian cinemas on February 2. To enter, simply enter your details below before 10am on Friday, January 20. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now!   Terms and condition

Open Sessions at the Australian Open

Open Sessions at the Australian Open

The Australian Open is underway and whether or not you're a tennis fan, you'll want to head down to Melbourne Park and check out all the action on offer. In addition to tennis stars battling it out on court for grand slam glory, the Open Sessions will see top-notch Australian and international musicians ripping it up on the Australian Open Live Stage.  The series of gigs is on throughout the tournament: expect the likes of The Living End (Jan 19), Jimmy Eat World (Jan 20), Peking Duk (Sat 21), DMA's (Jan 22) and so many more. You can also catch all the tennis action on the big screens, so don’t worry; you won’t miss a serve. Sounds pretty ace if you ask us. The gigs are free if you've already bought a ticket to that day's tennis. Ground passes start at $25 for adults, and $5 for kids, and get you access to all that's on offer at the Australian Open.

Crown Live on the Riverwalk
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Crown Live on the Riverwalk

The Riverwalk on Southbank will become a bustling street fair for ten days this summer, with food stalls, pop-up bars and big screen where you can watch all the tennis action. The esplanade along the Yarra will transform into your ultimate summer party playground. Stock up on snacks from the likes of The Merrywell (think mini Wagyu beef burgers and Yankee dogs), Gradi (big slices of pizza), Gochi (they'll be doing fresh sushi and sashimi) and Movenpick (ice cream, of course). Best part is, entry to Crown Live is completely free.  You can also grab a refreshing drink from pop-up bars from Chandon and Kirin. Pimm’s Summer Garden will also have fruity cocktail jugs and outdoor games.  So round up some mates and head to Crown Live for a perfect afternoon by the river.

Chinese New Year at The Valley
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Chinese New Year at The Valley

The Valley will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a night of colourful Chinese entertainment and racing. There will be 12 different food trucks on site, all peddling Asian delights from satay skewers to dumplings and baos to duck pancakes. There will also be plenty of traditional Chinese entertainment including dragon dancers, fire breathers, fireworks and giveaways. Hong Kong pop sensation Det Dik will be bringing his high-energy hits to life on stage, while Mandarin race caller Jamie Pi will be calling the feature race on the night. Best of all entry to the night is free, so get your family and friends together and head to the Valley for a night of racing fun.

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