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Murder in Cell Block M
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Murder in Cell Block M

Participate in an immersive theatre event in a speakeasy, solve a murder and wash the whole thing down with excellent cocktails

Wonderland Late Nights
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Wonderland Late Nights

Experience ACMI's Wonderland exhibition with DJs, live performances and cocktails – and without the children

Rice Paper Scissors' Vegan Brunch Bash
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Rice Paper Scissors' Vegan Brunch Bash

Rice Paper Scissors is hosting an all-you-can-eat vegan brunch

Italian Wine and Food Festival
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Mangia, mangia! Get ready for the third annual Italian Wine and Food Festival

Hip Hop High Tea
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Enjoy a vegan high tea accompanied by '90s hip hop and R'n'B in funky laneway bar Belleville

Barkly Barks Dog Festival
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Barkly Barks Dog Festival

A festival dedicated to our favourite four-legged friends is everything you hope it would be

Burn City Smokers residency at Grand Hyatt Melbourne
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The barbecue legends make a return to the CBD

The House of Bernarda Alba
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The House of Bernarda Alba

One of Australia’s most awarded playwrights brings Federico García Lorca’s classic to a scorching Australian summer

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The last petrol station in Melbourne’s CBD is getting demolished
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Supernormal's ramen is back again – and you can get it southside
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I got naked and spilled my guts at Arts House's new exhibit (and you should too)
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One of Melbourne's best set designers brings WA mining country to the stage
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Twirl away your Monday blues with Fatto
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Win a Flight of Fancy wine tasting for you and six friends at the Duke
Things to do Win a Flight of Fancy wine tasting for you and six friends at the Duke

The Duke is giving you and up to six friends the chance to win an afternoon of wine tasting in their swish upstairs wine bar. The bar’s Flight of Fancy offers a rotating trio of wines from regions all over the world – one week you might be tasting three of the tastiest wines from Italy; the next you might be sampling the top drops from the Mornington Peninsula. This is one for the true wine lovers, as the Duke’s Flight of Fancy tastings allow you to compare and contrast each wine and discover the subtleties of different wine regions.Feel like going on a viticultural adventure? Enter the competition below for your chance to win a Flight of Fancy trio of wine tastings as well as matching bar snacks for you and six friends at the Duke. Entries close Thursday May 31. Fill out my online form. // var z124hhrq1pxtgon;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'timeoutlondon', 'formHash':'z124hhrq1pxtgon', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1136', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.com', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}; s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'www.wufoo.com/scripts/embed/form.js'; s.onload = s.onreadystatechange = function() { var rs = this.readyState; if (rs) if (rs != 'complete') if (rs != 'loaded') return; try { z124hhrq1pxtgon = new WufooForm();z124hhrq1pxtgon.initialize(options);z124hhrq1pxtgon.display(); } catch (e) {}}; var scr = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0], par = scr.parentNode; par.insertBefore(s, s

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Time Out Melbourne magazine
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What's better than getting your hands on a fresh copy of Time Out Melbourne? Getting your hands of a fresh copy for free. This year, Time Out is going quarterly in Melbourne and Sydney – and we're celebrating by handing out copies of our new-look autumn issue across both cities for two days. What's more, our new magazine is packed with all the winners of our 2018 Bar Awards, making it your ultimate guide to Melbourne's bar scene (cheers!). Read on and you'll also find a swag of fun Melbourne International Comedy Festival interviews, new restaurant reviews, and all the best events happening in Melbourne from March through to May. So where can you get it? Free copies will be distributed on Thursday and Friday, March 1-2 between 7am and 10am at following locations: Flinders Street Station (Princes Bridge exit on Thursday and Swanston Street exit on Friday) Melbourne Central Station (Swanston Street exit and La Trobe Street exit on Thursday and Swanston Street exit and Elizabeth Street exit on Friday) Flagstaff Station (William Street exit on Thursday and La Trobe Street exit on Friday) Richmond Station (Swan Street exit) Look for the friendly Time Out crew in white T-shirts, and remember: you can only get your free copy from 7am to 10am this Thursday and Friday.  We think you'll like our new look. Time Out Melbourne magazine subscriptions Following a decision by our magazine distribution service to cease all subscription services in 2018, subscriptions to Time Out Me

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

Fitzroy
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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
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Good shopping and lots of inventive restaurants and watering holes.

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