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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

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Four comedians to watch at this year's Comedy Festival
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Four comedians to watch at this year's Comedy Festival

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Get your tickets to the Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards

Get your tickets to the Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards

Come celebrate Melbourne's best bars with host Matt Okine. Tickets are selling fast!

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The 5 best day trips from Melbourne
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The 5 best day trips from Melbourne

Take a break from the city with one of these out of town adventures

The best steak in Melbourne
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The best steak in Melbourne

In the mood for a red meat fix?

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

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list

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

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The best burgers in Melbourne
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The best burgers in Melbourne

The definitive guide to the best things you'll find between two buns

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

Eat out without breaking the bank 

The 40 best cafés in Melbourne
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The 40 best cafés in Melbourne

We've gathered together 40 of the finest cafés in Melbourne's north, south, CBD, and eastern and western suburbs

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Tickets are out for Time Out Bar Awards 2018

Tickets are out for Time Out Bar Awards 2018

Melbourne, it’s time to mark Monday February 26 in your calendar, because the annual Time Out Bar Awards are upon us

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Win a golden ticket to the season’s best comedy shows
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Win a golden ticket to the season’s best comedy shows

Comedy lovers are always faced with a bit of a problem during this time of year – with so many side-splitting comedy acts on tour how can you choose which one to see? Luckily, now you don’t have to. The good folks at A-List Entertainment are giving comedy connoisseurs the chance to win a golden ticket, putting your name on the door to see the funniest shows in town. The winner will receive a double pass to international stars including Wayne Brady and Ross Noble, plus homegrown comedians Kitty Flanagan and Akmal Saleh. While there can only be one golden ticket winner in Adelaide and Melbourne, ten runners-up will each receive two double passes to two shows. Simply sign up to our newsletter before Tuesday Mar 6. Fill out my online form. // var zw45is40zx5iqz;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'timeoutlondon', 'formHash':'zw45is40zx5iqz', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1154', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.eu', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}; s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'www.wufoo.eu/scripts/embed/form.js'; s.onload = s.onreadystatechange = function() { var rs = this.readyState; if (rs) if (rs != 'complete') if (rs != 'loaded') return; try { zw45is40zx5iqz = new WufooForm();zw45is40zx5iqz.initialize(options);zw45is40zx5iqz.display(); } catch (e) {}}; var scr = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0], par = scr.parentNode; par.insertBefore(s, scr); })(document, 'script'); //

Win a $500 shopping spree at Dandenong Market
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Win a $500 shopping spree at Dandenong Market

Since the 1860s Dandenong Market has been hawking fresh produce, delicious street eats and handmade goodies. The market also boasts an exceptionally diverse range of stall holders with more than 150 nations represented under the one big roof. To celebrate the massive and multicultural market we’re giving away $500 in vouchers to one lucky shopper to spend at Dandenong Market. That’s a lot of Dandee Donuts. The giveaway is all part of Dandenong World Fare happening at Dandenong Market on March 25, when more than 50 food trucks and stalls will descend on the market. Spend your $500 on World Fare Day or eke it all out over 2018 – the lucky winner has until December 31 to use their vouchers. To win simply enter sign up to our newsletter before March 23. Fill out my online form. // var z1r0s5ki0v5ippz;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'timeoutlondon', 'formHash':'z1r0s5ki0v5ippz', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1127', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.eu', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}; s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'www.wufoo.eu/scripts/embed/form.js'; s.onload = s.onreadystatechange = function() { var rs = this.readyState; if (rs) if (rs != 'complete') if (rs != 'loaded') return; try { z1r0s5ki0v5ippz = new WufooForm();z1r0s5ki0v5ippz.initialize(options);z1r0s5ki0v5ippz.display(); } catch (e) {}}; var scr = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0], par = scr.parentNode; par.insertBefore(s, scr); })(docu

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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 best laneways and arcades in Melbourne
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The best laneways and arcades in Melbourne

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

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 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

20 mind-blowing facts about Melbourne

How to be more Melbourne

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 ways to see Melbourne from above
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The best ways to see Melbourne from above

Seeing Melbourne from way up in the sky brings a whole new perspective to the city

The best hidden bars in Melbourne
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The best hidden bars in Melbourne

Melbourne does hidden bars like no other city. Luckily, we've put together this little scavenger hunt for you

25 tourist attractions that don’t suck
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25 tourist attractions that don’t suck

Just because they’re popular with visitors, doesn’t mean they’re lame

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

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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Side with Amex Melbourne | American Express x Time Out
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Side with Amex Melbourne | American Express x Time Out

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.    

Get down to Bodega Underground
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Get down to Bodega Underground

Head downstairs and get ready to shake off the week at Little Bourke Street's own basement taqueria Bodega Underground. Kick off your night with a snack fiesta and order up the tacos de pescado which sees battered fish, dressed in chipotle mayo and topped with avo and crunchy purple cabbage; or the tacos de pulpo with tender garlic octopus, pickled radish, and salsa macha with smoky charred chillies and pepitas. Vegans don't have to miss out either tacos de champiñones stuffed with adobo mushrooms and topped with Bodega Underground's vegan take on fried pork rinds. Then get the night really going with some cocktails, like the Espresso Martinez with tequila, espresso, dulce de leche caramel and fernet-vallet liqueur; a Pineapple Papi with mezcal apricot brandy, spiced pineapple, lime and orgeat; or a Aloe Señorita with tequila, elderflower, aloe vera and citrus. And if you're feeling really adventurous, why night try some smoky mezcal paired with an orange wedge and Sal de Chapulin (that's grasshopper-infused salt). Add in moody lights, a blues and soul soundtrack and the fact that it's open until 3am daily, and you've got a good night set ahead.

Max your summer in Melbourne
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Max your summer in Melbourne

The days are longer, the nights are warmer, and the city is packed with events every day of the week. Summer in Melbourne means a full social calendar, a Christmas break and the relief of not having to leave the house with ten layers on. Whether you’re in the mood for night markets, blockbuster shows or exhilarating sports events, we’ve got you covered with our summer hit-list. Tick them all off, and take summer to the max.   In association with  

Meet O’Brien Lager 3.5
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Meet O’Brien Lager 3.5

Australia’s top gluten-free craft beer baron O’Brien Beer is releasing another landmark brew, O’Brien Lager 3.5. It's the first naturally brewed gluten-free mid-strength beer to hit the market in Australia, meaning coeliac and gluten intolerant beer fans (or anyone) can get on board. The full-bodied lager counterbalances bitterness with a hit of robust malt and hop flavours, and the naturally brewed mid-strength sits at 3.5 per cent, making it the perfect summer brew. It joins O'Brien Beer's core range, which includes a Pale Ale, Premium Lager, Brown Ale and Light Lager, along with seasonal brews.  The key to making O'Brien Beers 100 per cent gluten free is the use of sorghum and millet, instead of the usual barley and wheat. The trick to ensuring it tastes great in getting the malting is just right. Over the years the brewery has perfected its own methods for malting the best gluten-free grains to use in the brewing process. The 3.5 Lager is now available to purchase at all First Choice Liquors nationally, otherwise you can order O’Brien Lager 3.5 from Rebellion Brewing online.

8 hot experiences to have this summer in Melbourne
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8 hot experiences to have this summer in Melbourne

The Christmas and New Year’s hullabaloo might be over but in Melbourne things are only just starting to heat up. The long days, mild nights and glorious weather mean it’s time to experience the best our city has to offer. Whether you're looking for rooftop drinks with a view or fabulous festivals, summer in Melbourne has it all with art, markets, food, film and more. Plus if your wallet is looking a little thin post-holidays there’s plenty of free and cheap events as well.

Gaijin
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Gaijin

This South Yarra Japanese fusion restaurant offers up a seriously extensive sushi, sashimi and snack menu, alongside premium sake, wine and Japanese tea.  The menu starts with izakaya-style snacks including big bang; nasu dengaku (eggplant); chicken karaage; seared scallop (Hokkaido scallops seared with butter, soy and mirin); crispy soft shell crab; and salmon tartare served on a nori tempura crisp. The creative sushi roll menu steers away from traditional rolls and mixes things up with all things crunchy, spicy, saucy and fresh. Order up a spider vs dragon roll with soft shell crab, tempura crunch and cream cheese topped with seared unagi and teriyaki sauce; or a Tasmanian roll with cream cheese, avocado and crab stick wrapped with salmon slices, rolled with sushi rice and nori then fried served with Gaijin spicy mayo and teriyaki sauce. The star of the menu though is the all-you-can-eat-sushi and sashimi (available Monday through Friday). Order up unlimited fresh salmon, kingfish or tuna sashimi; selected sushi rolls and share plates for just $50 (including sashimi) or $42 (excluding sashimi). Wash it all down with wine, sake, beers and more matching beverages. Head in to check out Gaijin's wide-ranging, contemporary menu and book in for a sushi feast today. 

Melbourne area guides

Melbourne CBD
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Melbourne CBD

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

Fitzroy
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Fitzroy

Arty shops, funky restaurants and bars and hipsters galore.

St Kilda
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St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

Carlton area guide
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Carlton area guide

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

Windsor area guide
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Windsor area guide

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

Collingwood area guide
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Collingwood area guide

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

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