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Boatrocker x Bad Frankie
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Boatrocker x Bad Frankie

Gin and beer, you're in the clear

Vin Halen
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Vin Halen

What's a better party than a rock 'n' roll wine party?

ANZAC Day Dawn Service
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ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Pay respects to ANZAC veterans and current serving personnel with the rest of Australia

Go Mad with Mukka
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Go Mad with Mukka

Get ready to get messy – you're going to get covered in colour at this Holi celebration

Rocky Road Festival of Flavours
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Rocky Road Festival of Flavours

Everyone’s favourite chocolate treat is getting its own festival

Top Designs
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Top Designs

See works from Victoria's best design students at Melbourne Museum – when they become famous you can say you saw them back when

Planetarium Nights
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Planetarium Nights

The Planetarium opens after hours for adults-only film screenings under the big dome

Big Dance Melbourne
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Big Dance Melbourne

Be part of Big Dance, a worldwide event where thousands of people perform the same choreography in famous locations

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Get your dancing shoes on, the Splendour sideshows have been announced

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Get your dancing shoes on, the Splendour sideshows have been announced
Peter Carey’s Bliss goes to hell in a Harry cart at Malthouse

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Peter Carey’s Bliss goes to hell in a Harry cart at Malthouse
Pidapipó is giving away free gelato this week

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Pidapipó is giving away free gelato this week
The NGV's Triennial is the gallery's most-visited exhibition ever

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The NGV's Triennial is the gallery's most-visited exhibition ever
South Yarra train station finally getting an upgrade

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South Yarra train station finally getting an upgrade
Julian Burnside: “I worry where our democracy is going”

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Julian Burnside: “I worry where our democracy is going”
It’s official: Melbourne really is the live music capital of the world

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It’s official: Melbourne really is the live music capital of the world
Melbourne's airport train line gets $5b from federal government

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Melbourne's airport train line gets $5b from federal government
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Have a beachy brunch with Newmarket’s Bottomless Martini Brunch Sundays
Things to do Have a beachy brunch with Newmarket’s Bottomless Martini Brunch Sundays

After a cracker of a Saturday night we all know what it’s like to feel a little bit dusty come Sunday morning. When you realise that you’ve got only a few precious hours of weekend freedom left the panic can really start to set in. Luckily the Newmarket Hotel has the perfect antidote. Take the edge off your Sunday mornings with the Newmarket’s Bottomless Martini Brunch Sundays. Their $35 package gives your two hours of delicious drinks down in sunny St Kilda. And despite the name the package includes more than just Martinis. During your two hours you can treat yourself to Espresso Martinis, Bellinis and Mimosas as well as selected beer and wine. Naturally you’re going to want some food to accompany your drinks so the Newmarket has cut its brunch buddies a deal. When you buy the bottomless Martini drinks package you can get any brunch menu item for an additional $15. Nothing pairs with a Mimosa quite like an eggs benny or if you've a sweet tooth get a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes with ice cream and candied bacon. There's a mean smashed avo on offer too, complete with tomato, chilli and poached eggs. Or wait around for the lunch menu and getting yourself one of the Newmarket’s hearty ‘big fella’ chicken parmas. There are three two-hour brunch sessions each Sunday. If you’re the sort of person who’s already jogged the Tan before 9am book in for the 10am session. For those who like to sleep in there are 11am and noon brunch sessions available as well. Come for the bo

Time Out Melbourne magazine
Things to do Time Out Melbourne magazine

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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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

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 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.

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

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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 area guide
Things to do Carlton area guide

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

Windsor area guide
Things to do Windsor area guide

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

Kensington area guide
Things to do Kensington area guide

Is Kensington the new North Melbourne? It’s a fair call, seeing as this little pocket of northside suburbia is gaining more restaurants, small-scale breweries and property-hunting 30-somethings by the second. Bordered by North Melbourne and the virtually indistinguishable suburb of Flemington, Kensington has northwest charm in spades: there are wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of public transport (the Craigieburn train line and the 57 tram run right through it) and green spaces aplenty. Whether you’re on the lookout for a cheerful breakfast joint, a new walking track or the best African food outside Footscray, Kenso’s the place. Looking for more fun in the west? Check out our guides to Footscray and Yarraville while you're here.

Collingwood area guide
Things to do Collingwood area guide

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

Footscray area guide
Things to do Footscray area guide

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

North Melbourne area guide
Things to do North Melbourne area guide

The wide streets of a country town and a lovely communal feel. Plenty of good bars.

Prahran area guide
Things to do Prahran area guide

Good shopping and lots of inventive restaurants and watering holes.

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Magic at Twilight

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Bars Slip into Waterslide Bar

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Magic at Twilight
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Eau De Vie launches the Star of Bombay Martini Trolley
Bars Eau De Vie launches the Star of Bombay Martini Trolley

Five-star Melbourne cocktail bar Eau De Vie has joined forces with Star of Bombay (luxury small batch, slow-distilled expression of Bombay Sapphire gin) to debut a swanky new Martini service, the Star of Bombay Martini Trolley. The custom-designed liquid nitrogen-fueled cocktail trolley will pay tribute to the ritual of creating an all-time favourite cocktail, the Martini.  Inspired by the lush service experience of the classic cocktail trolley, the Star of Bombay Trolley Service menu will pay respects to the great hotels and bars that created some of the most famed Martinis in the world. Cocktails include the Edwardian, which is a riff on the Savoy Hotel's signature Hanky Panky cocktail from 1903; the Captain Ritz, inspired by the Ritz Sidecar (known as the most expensive cocktail in the world); the Simpson Martini, Eau De Vie’s adaptation of the traditional Dirty Martini from the Connaught in London; and the Magda Martini, inspired by the Dukes Hotel in London.  For the Martini aficionados, you can also play by your own rules and create your very own personalised Star of Bombay Martini using bitters, brine and garnishes. You can enjoy a single Martini for $24 or enjoy a sample flight of four Martinis for $50. Reservations are essential for the Star of Bombay Martini Trolley experience. Call 03 8393 9367 or head to their website. Find out more about the Star of Bombay Martini trolley experience at Eau De Vie.

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