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LGBT events, gay clubs and bars and all that's queer in Melbourne

The best gay bars in Melbourne
Bars

The best gay bars in Melbourne

You would think what with the fanfare surrounding Sydney's annual Mardi Gras festival that the harbour city was the clear ringleader of Australia's gay scene, but Melbourne certainly gives its sibling some decent rivalry. After you're all partied out (for tonight), tick off our five ways to show your pride in Melbourne, or up your 'extra-curricular' game by visiting our top five sex shops.

Sex on premises venues in Melbourne
Sex and dating

Sex on premises venues in Melbourne

Guys, looking to get some action without navigating Grindr? You can always go to an SOPV. Here are Melbourne’s top five gay saunas and cruise lounges – remember to play safe. While you're at it, check out our list of top gay bars and pick-up bars.

The best outdoor queer-friendly bars in Melbourne
Gay and lesbian

The best outdoor queer-friendly bars in Melbourne

Summer’s the perfect time for birds of a feather to preen themselves, particularly if you're already out and about getting your Midsumma fix. We've found four outdoor bars for al fresco drinking and perving. Looking to push on? Check out the best gay bars and karaoke spots in Melbourne.

Hares & Hyenas
Gay and lesbian

Hares & Hyenas

Having been in operation for over 20 years, you’d expect Hares & Hyenas to be a well-oiled machine… but this humble-looking bookshop is more like a super power-packing transformer. Bookshelves stuffed with fiction, biographies, humour, photography, erotica, religion, gender, coming out, fanzines, health and educational tomes can be wheeled away so that the room is adapted into a venue with theatre seating, a stage, and a lighting and sound system. Whatever mode it’s in, there’s a fully licensed bar and café, and an exhibition lining the walls at all times. Hares & Hyenas is the project of Rowland Thomson and Crusader Hillis, who met at Melbourne University in 1975 and became partners a few years later. In the 1980s, Hillis owned an art-house video shop in Elwood, while Thomson co-owned Dizzy Spinners on Brunswick Street – an early incarnation of the current Polyester Records. In 1991 they joined forces to open Hares & Hyenas, which moved all over Melbourne before settling in Johnston Street’s Spanish quarter, where they’ve been made to feel welcome. “The changes in 20 years are fairly staggering,” notes Thomson. “People only used to come in wearing sunglasses.” It’s now become a hub for not only the queer community, but anyone interested in socialising in a literary setting. Hares & Hyenas plays host to two book groups, a stitch’n’bitch, ButchFemmeTrans, Rainbow Girls and Rainbow Guys, to name but a few regular meet-ups, and has put on 350 spoken word events. “We also did

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Melbourne International Arts Festival Festival Feasts
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Melbourne International Arts Festival Festival Feasts

If you're an arts lover, an adventure seeker or constantly on the hunt for new experiences, then October is one of the most exciting months to be in Melbourne. The Melbourne International Arts Festival (Oct 3-21, 2018) is a feast of world-class dance, theatre, music, visual arts, outdoor events and more.  While you're planning your perfect Melbourne International Arts Festival, it pays to take advantage of the Festival Feasts program, which gives you a special offer of a complimentary beverage with feast partners. The offer is available every day during the festival, and all you need to do is show a valid ticket at the venue when making a purchase. If you are booking online, select the Melbourne International Arts Festival promo. The offer is redeemable only when you make a purchase; check each venue for details. There is nothing like a drink to get the party started. Check out our Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018 highlights hit list.

Eva Rothschild: Kosmos
Art

Eva Rothschild: Kosmos

This is the first solo Australian exhibition of the Irish-born artist who's set to represent Ireland at next year’s Venice Biennale. For her illustrious two decade career, she’s used just about every material imaginable – concrete, leather, jesmonite, fabric and plastic – to create striking but minimal sculptures. She draws her inspiration from the minimal art of the 1960s and '70s, as well as classical architecture and pop culture. The exhibition at ACCA brings together recent work from the past decade with brand new commissions.

Learn how to cook with olive oil at the Moro Masterclass Series
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Learn how to cook with olive oil at the Moro Masterclass Series

There's a good chance you use it in your kitchen every day, but there's also a good chance you don't know how to unlock its potential. Moro Olive Oil is stepping in to change this with a series of masterclasses on olive oil. Each class will show you how to transform your cooking and appreciate different types of EVOO in your everyday cooking, with help from some talented chefs. Each Moro Masterclass will comprise a cooking demonstration led by a partner chef and a hands-on olive oil appreciation session run by a Savantes accredited olive oil expert.  After you get to enjoy each of the delicious dishes paired with a glass of wine, you'll get a Moro Extra Virgin Olive Oil to take home, plus a gift bag with recipe cards, merchandise and selection of other Moro products.  Check out the classes below and book in for your olive oil-focused cooking adventure! 

Mercedes me X Design: The Plant Society
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Mercedes me X Design: The Plant Society

Mercedes me is welcoming botany maestros The Plant Society for its very own venue residency this month, which will be complemented by both a custom installation and a super fun DIY workshop. The Plant Society is made up of some of Melbourne's coolest green-thumbed, interior-focused legends, spearheaded by founder Jason Chongue. First up, the greenery collective will be flexing their skills, installing a custom piece of greenery in Mercedes me's CBD café which will be the focal point of the weeklong residency.  You'll also get the chance to learn from Melbourne’s coolest interior horticulturalists when The Plant Society host a hands-on workshop on Monday October 15 at 6pm. Tickets are $30 and you'll learn all about all the ins and outs of taking care of indoor plants. Founder Jason Chongue will also be back in on Wednesday October 17 for an in-depth in conversation at 6pm. If you want to take a piece of the plant action home, the Plant Society will also have a pop-up shop so you can browse through a selection of succulents, ferns and indoor plants.  Whether you're a proud plant mum or a professional fern killer, the Plant Society's pop-up at Mercedes Me will have tips and tricks, plus take-home fun that'll no doubt enhance your knowledge of plants.  Grab your tickets to Jason Chongue's in conversation here and find out more about Mercedes Me x Design featuring the Plant Society here.