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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

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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

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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

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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.

Australia Day at Munich Brauhaus
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Australia Day at Munich Brauhaus

The Munich Brahaus will be celebrating Australia Day with an all-day party in the beer hall and beyond. They'll be hosting a special summer barbecue from 2pm, dishing out grilled corn on the cob, bratwurst, grilled chicken, veggie skewers and more delicious summer food. There will also be a drinks special which includes a peach, strawberry, mango and passionfruit Summer Schnapps Bellinis and buckets of craft beer including the Munich Lager. You can also stay tuned into Triple J’s Hottest 100 throughout the day, which will be streaming right across the dining hall, beer garden and bars. If you're a sports fan, you can also catch the Australian Open semi-final, screened live all day. They will also be introducing the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister challenge. One kilo of golden veal schnitzel comes topped with beetroot and everyone's favourite breakfast combo – crisp bacon and sunny side up eggs. The challenge – if you choose to accept it – is to finish the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister in less than one hour. If you are successful in your endeavour, you will receive your mega-meal on the house, a Schnitzelmeister champion T-shirt, your very own spot in the Schnitzelmeister Hall of Fame and of course bragging rights. So get down to Munich Brauhaus on January 26 for snags, schnitzel, dancing and steins. 

Pip Utton: Churchill, Playing Maggie and Adolf

Pip Utton: Churchill, Playing Maggie and Adolf

Award-winning British actor and playwright Pip Utton will be making his Australian debut when he tours three plays, each of which illustrates one of history's most notorious leaders. Utton's one-man performances offer theatrical portraits of German dictator Adolf Hitler and British prime ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. The series will each offer insights into the minds of these historical figures, all on the Theatre Works stage. In Playing Maggie Utton steps out as the Iron Lady, opening the stage up to audience questions, answering them in character as Margaret Thatcher. In Adolf, Utton transforms into the tyrant in the hours leading up to his suicide. Finally in Churchill Utton brings the great statesman to life, transporting the audience to London to enjoy the three things that Winston loved the most – hearing himself talk, a glass of scotch and a cigar.  In the current political climate, there's been no better time to look back at history's leaders – both good and bad – and see what their legacy has created.

Hong Kong 101
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Hong Kong 101

You could spend a week, a year or a decade in Hong Kong and never be bored once. Pulsing with energy and always evolving, it’s the perfect place to explore if you’re into people-watching, eating, shopping, hiking, partying, relaxing, art, history… or perhaps all of the above. Thanks to its compact size and zippy public transport system, Hong Kong is also remarkably easy to navigate, meaning you can cram a lot of action into a fairly short trip. The most unexpected part? A multitude of beaches and green hillsides are within easy reach of the city, providing the perfect respite when you seek it. Here are the must-see districts to explore in the days you have free either side of the Sevens.

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