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24 ways to hang out alone in Melbourne

24 ways to hang out alone in Melbourne
Photograph: Graham Denholm

There's an art to hanging out by yourself. At worst, you'll end up sitting on a park bench staring wistfully at passers-by. At best, you’ll enjoy a marvellous escapade where the only person calling the shots is you. Make time for yourself and try out Melbourne's best adventures for one.

Eat and drink

 

1. Pull up a bar stool at Pellegrini’s and work your way through a huge bowl of ravioli.

2. Grab a seat at one of Melbourne's many warm and friendly little bars: we’ve found that the bartenders at Lulie Street Tavern, Black Pearl and Rooks Return are particularly talkative with solo patrons.

3. Eat a plate of dumplings in Chinatown – you'll probably be shoved on someone else's table anyway.

4. Arm yourself with a magazine, a novel (or, if you're feeling creative, a notebook and pen,) and try a new place for brunch.

5. Dine in a restaurant with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs at work: visits to Cumulus Inc, Pastuso and Chez Dre are delicious and fascinating.

Shop

 

6. Go vintage shopping at one of Melbourne’s cavernous bazaars: our favourites are the Chapel St Bazaar and Brunswick East’s Lost and Found. Being alone means you can rummage for hours, guilt-free (and try on the weirdest ’80s prom dresses and faux-fur pimp coats you can find).

7. Explore the left-field shops underneath Flinders St Station. Read a quirky zine at Sticky and discover locally designed jewellery at Corky St Clair.

8. Go crate-digging in record stores all over the city: we recommend Greville Records and Northside Records.

9. Pick up a tattered old novel in a second-hand bookshop and wonder where the time went once you’re half-way through the story.

Play

 

10. Pick up a console at Bartronica, Pixel Alley or Forgotten Worlds and try to beat your own high score at these vintage video game bars.

11. Enjoy company of the feline persuasion at the Cat Café.

12. Enrol in a dance or circus class that scares you. Unlike your mates, you’ll never have to face your classmates ever again if you don’t want to. Bust out your best moves at Bey Party or Chunky Move.

13. Lace up your sneakers and run the Tan!

14. Wander around your favourite ‘hood with a camera and practice your photography skills.

15. Head to the Melbourne Museum and spend the whole time in the dinosaur area (or, if you’re insane, in the Bugs Alive! room).

16. See quality art for nothing at Melbourne's free art galleries. Spend hours gazing at a piece that inspires you, or – if you're not into it – shamelessly get through the whole gallery in five minutes.

17. See the world from up high. Have a drink at Rooftop Bar, the Lui Bar or the Eureka Skydeck and watching the miniature city buzzing along.

18. Sign up for a spot of public service, like volunteering at your local op shop. A good deed only counts if you do it under the radar.

19. Explore the Abbotsford Convent: you’ll find more than you think.

20. Go to the movies: you'll feel like a kid wagging school again.

Relax

 

21. Take a walk through the Melbourne General Cemetery for some quiet, reflective time.

22. Overcome the mental hurdle of going to a bathhouse: it’s one of the best ways to chill out. Soak, steam and get a shiatsu massage at the tranquil Ofuroya Japanese Public Bathhouse.

23. Treat yourself to a beauty treatment: get your nails did, or get a massage.

24. Go swimming at one of Melbourne's most beautiful public swimming spots.

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Patrick s
Patrick s

25. Succumb to a messy mental breakdown because in the act of trying to have a good time and desperately telling yourself that you're 'okay' with going it alone, you're unwittingly wallpapering over the gaping chasm of loneliness inherent in a world designed for and defaulting to groups of people over the individual.

Wait staff will ignore you, you'll end up sitting in the most awkward places in the room, people will completely ignore your personal space more than usual, you'll get stuck near the couple who just have to smooch every 20 seconds, hundreds of people will sit anywhere BUT in your row in general admission seating, and you'll get so bored and lonely that your bravery won't be worth a damn.

Don't get me wrong, I don't let a lack of friends or companions prevent me from doing the things I really want to do, but I have to acknowledge that it is often times awkward and lonely as heck out there.

Lucky C
Lucky C

All these are wonderful activities to be done alone. You can also hang out alone at Lucky Coq in Windsor. An incredible place to have fun and unwind yourself with the food, music, and drinks.