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Evita review
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Evita review

This Tina Arena-led production is seductive, powerful and completely rewarding – but you need to work for it

Body Electric Dance: Let's Go Crazy
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Body Electric Dance: Let's Go Crazy

Watch a troupe of amateur dancers covered in sequins and glitter give it their absolute all

Rooftop Cinema
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Rooftop Cinema

Melbourne’s Rooftop Bar is your destination for high-flying al fresco film screenings this summer

Collins Place Design Market
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Collins Place Design Market

Find that perfect handcrafted gift for Christmas

Monochromatic High Tea
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Monochromatic High Tea

Sofitel is serving up a black and white high tea to celebrate the NGV’s epic new Escher exhibition

Friday Nights at the NGV
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Friday Nights at the NGV

Your social calendar is sorted for the warmer months with great tunes at the NGV

Alliance Française Christmas Market
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Alliance Française Christmas Market

Do Christmas the French way with Alliance Française's annual festival market

The Sisters' Christmas Market
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The Sisters' Christmas Market

Stock up on artisan gifts for Christmas Day

The Theatre is Lying at ACCA
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The Theatre is Lying at ACCA

[Sponsored] Explore truth, lies and illusion in this new art and theatre exhibition

Mickey Mouse in the Arthouse
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Mickey Mouse in the Arthouse

Celebrate Mickey’s 90th anniversary at a free art exhibition

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A cauldron of Harry Potter merch is now available in Melbourne

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A cauldron of Harry Potter merch is now available in Melbourne
Dating IRL: Amelia and Brigette

Dating IRL: Amelia and Brigette
You can get TWELVE different kinds of Spritz at Brunetti this summer

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You can get TWELVE different kinds of Spritz at Brunetti this summer
New swimming pool proposed for the banks of the Yarra

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New swimming pool proposed for the banks of the Yarra
Most Melburnians think the city is too crowded

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Most Melburnians think the city is too crowded
There’s a massive meteor shower about to happen over Melbourne

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There’s a massive meteor shower about to happen over Melbourne
Where to find Californian redwood forests in Victoria

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Where to find Californian redwood forests in Victoria
You can now get vegan bubble cup in Melbourne

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You can now get vegan bubble cup in Melbourne
You can now fly nonstop between Bendigo and Sydney

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You can now fly nonstop between Bendigo and Sydney
Soon you'll be able to picnic on the Yarra when GoBoat launches this summer

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Soon you'll be able to picnic on the Yarra when GoBoat launches this summer
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Competitions and announcements

The Theatre is Lying at ACCA
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The Theatre is Lying at ACCA

Explore truth, lies and illusion in this new art and theatre exhibition

Win four tickets to electronic music festival Electric Gardens
Music Win four tickets to electronic music festival Electric Gardens

Dance all night to some of the world’s best electronic and house music

Win the Ultimate Business Lunch for four at San Telmo
Restaurants Win the Ultimate Business Lunch for four at San Telmo

Got a client you need to impress, or a team you need to reward for a job well done? How about a business lunch at San Telmo – and we’ll pick up the tab?

MPavilion opens with a program of 400 free events
Things to do MPavilion opens with a program of 400 free events

The summer pavilion opens in the Queen Victoria Gardens with a calendar of arts, architecture and culture-focused events

Four reasons why Chadstone – The Fashion Capital is the destination for all things Christmas
Shopping Four reasons why Chadstone – The Fashion Capital is the destination for all things Christmas

The yuletide spirit is strong at Chadstone

Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior
Things to do Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior

See all the high octane action in person without having to spend a cent

The Suit Concierge
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Ladies and gents, suit up at this custom tailor in Richmond and enjoy a discount on your first order

Time Out Melbourne magazine
Things to do Time Out Melbourne magazine

Time Out is now a free magazine

Timbuk2 are helping you to break up with your bag
Shopping Timbuk2 are helping you to break up with your bag

The San Francisco bag outfitters are opening up shop in Melbourne

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

Wondering what to do in Melbourne? Take a look at our ultimate bucket list: 50 fun things to do in Melbourne, plus what makes the city great, from the food to the festivals and everything in between.

The best free things to do in Melbourne
Things to do The best free things to do in Melbourne

Expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions for zero dollars

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 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

Where to find Melbourne's best street art
Art Where to find Melbourne's best street art

When you think Melbourne, some of the words that come to mind surely must be 'coffee', 'laneways' and 'street art'. Street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory. Continue your art journey through Melbourne at these free galleries, or purchase your very own piece of art at one of these weird and wonderful shops.

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 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 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

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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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Our guide to casual dining in Melbourne with American Express

Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne

Twirling spoons at the ready? We’ve scoured Melbourne’s many Italian restaurants to find these Nonna-approved pasta dishes, from pillowy soft gnocchi to tangy pesto just made to be sopped up with bread. The best part? You’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express. Buon appetito!    

Dim sum to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Dim sum to try in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.

More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20

You can find something cheap and delicious on almost every street in Melbourne – the city has never had an issue in feeding the masses for less than a tenner. It's not all dims sims and jam doughnuts either: in the world's most liveable city, $20 will get you treats like goat's cheese churros, pillowy xiao long bao, and pear and black pudding tarte tatin. And when it comes to the bill you can pay with confidence, knowing these venues take American Express.     

Top Melbourne falafel dishes
Restaurants Top Melbourne falafel dishes

Plant eater or not, the thrill of landing a plate of crunchy, just-fried falafel is the stuff of every food nerd’s dreams. These deep-fried balls of goodness can look and taste slightly different depending on which country they come from. Syrian and Lebanese falafel tend to have a chickpea centre, while Egyptian ones are usually made of ground fava. Use our cheat sheet to track down your favourite version in Melbourne, and pay in confidence with American Express.

Stir fries to wok your world
Restaurants Stir fries to wok your world

A good stir-fry is all about the breath of the wok – that magical combination of heat, impeccable timing and squeaky-fresh produce that transports you straight to the backstreets of buzzy Asian cities. Whether it’s a smoky char kuey teow, crunchy Laotian noodles or an upgrade on the classic beef and black bean, we’ve sought out the best stir fries in Melbourne. Check out the diverse range of dishes that come alive in the wok, and pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.

Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne
Restaurants Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne

We love a good rooftop and a pub will always earn an extra special place in our heart if it’s got a great beer garden – so it’s agreed by almost everyone – dining in the sunshine is always a good idea. With that in mind, we scoured the city for the best terraces, balconies, rooftops and gardens, where you can enjoy an alfresco snack and a brew or two. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants 20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20

Melbourne’s vibrant food scene has no shortage of treats that won’t bust your weekly budget. From tasty Mediterranean and Asian classics to Middle Eastern and American dude food, these are all excellent dishes by chefs at the top of their game. All these venues take American Express. Would you like a complimentary side with your meal? Check out these Side with Amex venues.    

Superb sushi for a light bite
Restaurants Superb sushi for a light bite

Creative sushi chefs and excellent produce make Melbourne a great place to explore the magical combination of rice, seaweed and protein. The fact that it makes for a swift, filling and inexpensive lunch makes sushi an irresistible siren song to busy workers and students, who flock to the hundreds of restaurants that fill every corner of the city. To make things even easier, at all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express.

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The Taste of Tasmania
Travel The Taste of Tasmania

It seems everyone’s talking about Tasmania these days. It comes as no surprise when you consider just how much this southern state punches above its weight in terms of attractions, nature adventures, top-notch wineries and incredible restaurants.   One way to get amongst the best of the Apple Isle is by attending the much-lauded (and free!) Taste of Tasmania festival, which is set to take over Hobart this summer. Running from December 28 to January 3, the Taste of Tasmania is a free festival that celebrates all of Tassie’s best bits, from world-class food and locally made malt whisky to local musicians, artists and more. It takes place on Hobart’s fabulous waterfront and features 47 diverse ticketed events, including fine dining events, masterclasses and cooking demonstrations. There is also 110 market stalls, free live entertainment, cooking workshops and more, letting both locals and visitors get amongst the action.   The Taste of Tasmania is Australia’s oldest and largest food and wine festival, and in 2018 it’s celebrating its 30th birthday. A highlight of this year’s festival will be the culinary program, which features workshops on cheese, gnocchi and sausage making, bush tucker tours, an abalone masterclass, fermentation classes, a pickle party, a gin supper club, yum cha events for kids and a huge barbie breakfast with all profits raised going to support vulnerable Tasmanians. Everything is proudly 100 per cent Tasmanian, with over 110 stallholders showcasing local

The Smith's New Years Eve Celebrations
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The Smith's New Years Eve Celebrations

This New Years Eve, Prahran's Smith Hotel will be transformed into the Garden of Eden as it sheds the old year and steps into 2019 in style. The night kicks off at 8pm and will run until late. To start, head chef Andrew Brahram and his team will be cooking up a storm for guests, who can sit down and enjoy a three-course meal with a glass of sparkling wine for just $65 per person. The menu will feature canapés of fresh oysters and parfait en croute with a choice of two entrées: an heirloom tomato, ricotta and peach tartine, or a snapper crudo with pickled carrot, licorice and sorrel. Mains include crispy skinned ocean trout marmitako, a grilled wagyu rump or an orzo risotto. There will be dessert, of course, so get ready to dig into cherry and coconut souffle with dark chocolate sauce, or a cheese platter with Cornish Yarg, fruit bread, poached figs and lavosh.  Or if you’re not interested in dinner, take advantage of the four-hour drinks package at the newly opened Atrium bar. It’s just $90 per person and includes roving canapés and live entertainment. The selection of canapés includes oysters with Chardonnay vinegar granita; cured Hiramasa kingfish with pickled cucumber and lime purée; goats curd and carrot tarts; vegetable frito; steak tartare; chicken liver parfaits and more. You can book your spot here, and do so quickly because spaces are limited.

Colour/Party
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Colour/Party

QV Melbourne is doing Christmas a little differently this year, doing away with your twee preconceptions and thinking a little outside the (gift) box. Throughout November and December the precinct is embracing the most wonderful time of the year with a festive (and free) party that combines Christmas traditions with bright colours, fun food and cutting-edge technology. From November 23 right through to December 21 QV Melbourne will be hosting Colour/Party, a bright, colourful celebration of the festive season. This isn’t your usual Christmastide pop-up. QV are skipping the kitschy decorations for a fun, innovative and interactive selection of events. Santa is cool, but QV want you to meet someone else this Christmas at Colour/Party. Introducing the QV Cane-Deer, a jolly augmented reality (AR) Christmas creature created by Sydney-based creative studio Vandal. QV Cane-Deer is a scruffy but cute reindeer who loves candy, dislikes One Direction and was pipped to the post to lead Santa’s sleigh by Rudolph. Head along to QV to meet Cane-Deer for yourself. He’s the official host for the party and will be popping up all over the Colour/Party activation: find him on the permanent big screen in QV Square where he’ll be inviting visitors to dance or play with him (or you can give him a big high five). QV’s Cane-Deer is definitely not camera shy and he hopes you’re not either because he’d love to snap a selfie with you. To get a photo with the cheeky character (or transform into h

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Travel Summer events in South East Queensland

During summer in Queensland it’s all systems go on fun and frivolities. The southeast corner in particular becomes a flurry of activity, including sporting tournaments, music festivals, art exhibitions and much more. As 2018 ticks over to 2019, you can watch all the tennis action in Brisbane, let your hair down at one of the country’s biggest folk festivals, and enjoy a spot of polo by the beach. Culture buffs can peruse international works of contemporary art, while sports nuts sit it out for three days at the Gabba with eyes fixed on a cricket ball. In between the formalities there are plenty of other places to chill/explore (depending on your energy levels), including Brisbane’s inner-city beach at South Bank, which makes even locals feel like they’re on holidays; the hill with a view, Mt Coot-tha; and wine trails through the Granite Belt. You can also head offshore to Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Islands, the latter being the world’s largest sand island, or get lost in the hinterlands behind the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Of course, the coasts are also ripe for beachy stuff, so bring your towel and a surfboard.

Amex Eats: Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Amex Eats: Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne

Twirling spoons at the ready? We’ve scoured Melbourne’s many Italian restaurants to find these Nonna-approved pasta dishes, from pillowy soft gnocchi to tangy pesto just made to be sopped up with bread. The best part? You’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express. Buon appetito!    

Amex Eats: Superb seafood in Melbourne
Restaurants Amex Eats: Superb seafood in Melbourne

It’s always a good time to indulge in fancy seafood. We scoured the city for the best fish and shellfish dishes around, spanning pastas, rolls, tacos, sashimi, mousse, croquettes and much more. Then, when it comes to getting the bill, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus
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Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus

It's never too early to get kids interested in classical music, and who better to do it than the world's most famous musical child prodigy?  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will come to life on stage, accompanied by a live accordionist and accomplished circus performers. Expect physical comedy, daredevil acts and of course, Mozart's famed music.  But who is Mozart, really? Is he the pun-loving, cheeky larrikin known to his friends? Or is he the genius musician and composer, performing in a wig before kings and courtiers? Through this performance, audiences will get to know both sides of the musical genius.  It's a performance of musical mayhem, and it's appropriate for children aged three and up. 

Amex Eats: Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne
Restaurants Amex Eats: Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne

We love a good rooftop and a pub will always earn an extra special place in our heart if it’s got a great beer garden – so it’s agreed by almost everyone – dining in the sunshine is always a good idea. With that in mind, we scoured the city for the best terraces, balconies, rooftops and gardens, where you can enjoy an alfresco snack and a brew or two. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

Win four tickets to electronic music festival Electric Gardens
Music Win four tickets to electronic music festival Electric Gardens

Electric Gardens is making a triumphant return to Melbourne, with a bigger and better line-up than ever before. The event is going until 1am, so there will be full warehouse vibes. Underworld is headlining, so you know it’ll be an epic party. House maestro Erick Morillo and techno DJ Eats Everything will be supporting. Live and loud will be Bag Raiders and Set Mo. Electric Gardens will rock Shed 14 in Docklands on January 18, and you can win a pass for you and three mates to go to the show. Enter below before Monday January 7. Enter here

Hop over to a lush new brew garden this summer
Bars Hop over to a lush new brew garden this summer

They’ve got one rule down at Beer DeLuxe: beer is king. With this in mind, they’ve recently given their Federation Square location a princely facelift, adding a royal forest of botanicals to their beer garden. Here, you can spend sunny afternoons tasting paddles of their best brews and working your way through the hearty menu of one-hand munchers, pizza pies and meat-bread combos. They've got more than 20 taps frothing the best brewed stuff and endless bottles from ambers to pale ales and wheat beers to barrel-aged Belgium styles. You could be in for a long, lazy afternoon getting to know Beer DeLuxe's beer bible under the shade of their sprightly young ferns and fresh new plant walls. Oh, and there’s also some tasty drops of vino, for those more inclined to a grape fermentation. Got something worth celebrating? Gather the office crew or your best mates and raise a pint to the year that was in the garden, spread some Christmas cheer, or rejoice in a golden toast to the sunshine itself. The brew masters at Beer DeLuxe will set you up with space for up to 20 party people, a $600 bar tab and $400 of piping hot pizzas and moreish grazing plates for their hop garden Christmas party package. Simply send a line to the events team to organise a happy beer celebration, right down to last-minute festive plans. If you’re a popular beer-lover and need something a little larger than the $1,000 package, this can also be happily arranged. The more beer, the merrier.

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