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The best things to do this week

Urban Picnic at Starward Distillery
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Urban Picnic at Starward Distillery

Pack a picnic and enjoy some of Australia's favourite whisky at this picnic in the heart of Port Melbourne

All Sorts
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All Sorts

The team behind Poof Doof have launched a new and fabulous day party by the beach

Nikka Whisky Tasting Night
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Nikka Whisky Tasting Night

Taste some of Japan's finest whiskies and expand your drinking horizons

The Theatre is Lying
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The Theatre is Lying

Explore truth, lies and illusion in ACCA's latest ambitious exhibition

Mt Baw Baw Slip-n-Slide
Things to do Mt Baw Baw Slip-n-Slide

Relive your youth by sliding down Mt Baw Baw

Cocktail masterclasses at Red Spice Road
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Cocktail masterclasses at Red Spice Road

Learn how to make twists on classic cocktails (and drink your creations, natch) all summer long

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Harry Potter Film Concert series
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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Harry Potter Film Concert series

See Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with a live orchestra

Australian Open
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Australian Open

Get all the on-court action at the Australian Open

All You Can Meat
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All You Can Meat

Get your mitts on unlimited – yes, unlimited – meat at this riverside haunt

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

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The latest news

Fitzroy Beer Garden has opened a beach bar for summer

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Fitzroy Beer Garden has opened a beach bar for summer
Beloved live music venue Cherry Bar is moving out of ACDC Lane

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Beloved live music venue Cherry Bar is moving out of ACDC Lane
The guide dog tram is returning to Melbourne this month

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The guide dog tram is returning to Melbourne this month
A huge rhino sculpture is coming to the St Kilda foreshore

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A huge rhino sculpture is coming to the St Kilda foreshore
Work out every day in February and help fight cancer while you do it

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Work out every day in February and help fight cancer while you do it
10 weird and wonderful things we saw at Mona Foma 2019

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10 weird and wonderful things we saw at Mona Foma 2019
The 19 things we'd like to get rid of in Melbourne

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The 19 things we'd like to get rid of in Melbourne
18 moments that make Melburnians happy

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18 moments that make Melburnians happy
This Caribbean restaurant has launched all-vegan Tuesday nights

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This Caribbean restaurant has launched all-vegan Tuesday nights
This Midsumma comedy show is searching for non-toxic masculinity

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This Midsumma comedy show is searching for non-toxic masculinity
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Competitions and announcements

Win a double pass to a Thai-themed food and cocktail party
Travel Win a double pass to a Thai-themed food and cocktail party

Join us for a night in Bangkok with street food and cocktails at the Village People Hawker Food Hall

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

Australia Day Races
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Australia Day Races

Spend Australia Day at the races enjoying the sunshine with a stellar barbecue feast

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

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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.

Windsor
Things to do Windsor

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

Collingwood
Things to do Collingwood

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

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.

Williamstown
Things to do Williamstown

We should err on the side of caution when describing Williamstown as “greater Melbourne”. Not only will the locals love to tell you it’s only 20 minutes to the city (and no tolls!), but there’s a beach that’s accessible via public transport, a gorgeous pier to stroll down and stunning views towards the city and across Port Phillip Bay. As Melbourne's first seaport, Williamstown has swiftly developed into a trendy seaside suburb with a village feel. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants, you can hop on a bike and circle the water’s edge, or just find a quiet spot to sit and think about all the things you still have left to do. Looking for more fun in the west? Check out our guides to Footscray and Yarraville while you're here.

Carlton
Things to do Carlton

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

St Kilda
Things to do St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

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.

Footscray
Things to do Footscray

Multicultural hub, with dining options from all over the world and a thriving food scene.

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10 fun events you can't miss this summer in Melbourne
Things to do 10 fun events you can't miss this summer in Melbourne

The long days, mild nights and glorious weather mean it’s time to experience the best Melbourne has to offer. Whether you're looking for drinks with a riverside view or fabulous festivals, summer in the city has it all with art, markets, food, film and more. Plus if your wallet is looking a little thin post-holidays there are plenty of free and cheap events as well.

Midsumma Extravaganza
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Midsumma Extravaganza

Some of the hottest stars in showbiz are going to be performing at Midsumma's night of nights, the Extravaganza. The night is hosted by comedy superstar Rhys Nicholson, and it promises to be an absolute riot.  Trevor Ashley (Fat Swan, Little Orphan TrAshley, Diamonds Are For Trevor, I’m Every Woman) is producing and performing in the show, and he says it's going to be an absolute hoot.  "Last year it was just comedians, but this year, of course, they’ve got a fabulous nine-piece band on stage, fabulous singers getting up on stage and singing songs, drag queens, burlesque, as well as comedy. It's got a bit of everything." As well as Nicholson and Trevor, the show will include Barry Award winner Zoe Coombs Marr, Take Me Out host and household name Joel Creasey, cabaret superstar Carlotta, GLOBE Artist of the Year Mama Alto, The Voice star Sheldon Riley, 3RRR Breakfasters host Geraldine Hickey, Black Comedy writer Steven Oliver, ten-time Golden Guitars Winner Beccy Cole, singer Libby O'Donovan and cabaret/circus/burlesque YUMMY.   And it's not over when the house lights go on. "It will be a great night out, the Arts Centre are keeping the bar open after the show so everyone should stick around after the show and have a drink," says Ashley. "There will be a DJ. It will be really fun to have so much campness in one grande dame of a hall."

Five ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon
Bars Five ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon

A lot of fuss is made about pairing your food to your wine, but not everyone likes wine. Luckily, beer is often the perfect match to a meal, especially when you’re talking spicy food and delicious salty bar snacks. Blue Moon Belgian White is a refreshing, citrus-laced brew that is increasingly finding its way behind bars across Melbourne’s drinking and dining scene. Next time you find yourself at one of these Melbourne establishments pair your schooner of Blue Moon Belgian White with one of these meals to experience the beer (and your food) at its best.

The Exchange Pop-Up Beach Club
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The Exchange Pop-Up Beach Club

You'll be able to enjoy the bright, blue ocean and fresh, white sand of Port Melbourne Beach with a little extra luxury this January. Over the Australia Day weekend, the Exchange Hotel will be setting up a pop-up beach club to make your trip to the seaside a little more interesting. The club will run from Saturday, January 26 to Monday, January 28 and will be open from noon to 9pm each day. It features some live entertainment, plenty of snacks, spritzes, and beer on tap, so you won’t run out of refreshments while you soak up the sunshine. If lounging about isn’t your thing then you can also try your hand at a game of volleyball or grab some food from the barbecue. On January 26, you'll also be able to hang around after closing for the Exchange's Australia Day After Party. The event is taking place near the Exchange Pub on Bay Street, so you should have no trouble finding it. To make things better, the pop-up club is free to attend. Find out more about the pop-up beach club on the Exchange website here.

Pause Fest
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Pause Fest

Pause Fest returns this year with a line-up of panel discussions, keynote talks, workshops, and exclusive experiences over three days, giving you the kind of career inspiration that cannot be Googled. There will be seven stages and more than 200 speakers at the three-day festival this year. Get involved with panel talks, hands-on workshops and educational talks on the hot topics in tech like diversity, VR, Blockchain and digital cultures. The latest wave of speakers includes industry insiders like Dr Marissa Rosenberg (Senior Research Scientist for neuroscience at NASA), Julia Khusainove (Experience Design Manager at Airbnb), Lydia Hummel (VP Design and Studio Director at Tiffany&Co), Paolo Malabuyo (UX Director at YouTube) and Ricardo Prada (Director of UX for Google). There are several tickets available for purchase, including a Creator Ticket for people looking to sell their ideas and work (you'll need to apply for this one in advance), an Explorer Ticket for those of you looking for professional development, a Leader Ticket, for teams seeking business and investment opportunities, and a Retreat Ticket for executives looking to meet like-minded individuals and some of the biggest names in the business. Prices vary so be sure to check out the website for more information and to book yours.

The Smith is getting Melbourne’s first prosecco fountain
Things to do The Smith is getting Melbourne’s first prosecco fountain

Now listen, you may not have considered that your life is missing a bottomless prosecco fountain (or maybe you have, who are we to assume how you live?) but that doesn’t mean that it’s not true. Specifically, you’re missing a bottomless prosecco fountain in the shape of a lion’s head, and fortunately for you, the Smith Prahran is here to fill that sparkling void. Every Sunday from 2 ‘til 4pm, the Smith will have a bottomless prosecco and spritz fountain as part of its $60 Sparkling Spritz package. Starting on January 27 and running throughout summer, the deal includes access to on-tap sparkling, as well as a selection of delicious picnic nibbles. On offer is a grazing menu of corn and blue cheese croquettes, smoked almonds, hummus and bread, chicken liver parfait doughnuts, a charcuterie selection (which changes weekly), fried chicken and caviar, and pepper berry cauliflower fritos. This is the first time a prosecco fountain has graced Melbourne's streets. It will be held in the Smith’s newly restored atrium and set to the backdrop of some chill acoustic tunes. Not a bad plan for a Sunday arvo, wouldn't you say? Book your spot on the Smith’s website here.

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