Nightlife

Clubbing, nightlife and going out in Melbourne

Nightlife

Your ultimate guide to 24-hour Melbourne

We investigate how we became a city of night owls and show you how to make the most of an increasingly sleepless city

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Rave of Thrones: The Resurrection

Hold the door! DJ Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor) is returning to Melbourne in October

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Five things we learned about Dita Von Teese

We take some inspiration and guidance from the reigning queen of burlesque

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Melbourne has a new 24-hour nightclub

Best of all? It's called UNTZ UNTZ

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Your guide to clubbing in Melbourne

Clubs

The best nightclubs in Melbourne

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Clubs

Where to party on weeknights

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Clubs

Clubs that stay open all night

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Bars

The best Sunday sessions

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Clubs

Where to dance to hip-hop

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Late-night fun in Melbourne

Nightlife

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne

Your guide to making the most of 24-hour Melbourne, from drinks and dancing to midnight feasts

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Bars

The best late-night bars in Melbourne

No lockouts here! When you're keen to kick on, consult our guide to classy fun after one

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Restaurants

The best late-night eats in Melbourne

You're up late. You need a feed. We're not here to judge, we're here to help

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How Melbourne became a late-night city

How did we become a city of night owls? And what does the future hold for Melbourne's nightlife?

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The people who keep Melbourne running after dark

Meet the people working through the night to keep the city ticking, from public transport to police

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How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life

The Night Network, explained

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Edward II

Reckon our leaders are terrible? It seems they had nothing on Edward II. The 14th century English king screwed up his reign so monumentally that his wife raised an army against him and he was toppled by his own son. Opinions change, of course, and now his greatest flaw has become his most endearing quality; despite intense pressure, he refused to give up the man he loved, Piers Gaveston.  Malthouse Theatre artistic director Matt Lutton had been fishing around for a queer play for a while, spurred by the fact that “you don’t really see any plays about gay public figures. Most gay characters are either private individuals or Disney villains.” Despite the implied outing of Jafar in this comment, Lutton has a point, citing Angels in America’s Roy Cohn as the only theatrical depiction of a famous gay man he can think of. And in that play, he virtually is a Disney villain. Christopher Marlowe’s 1592 version of Edward II has been radically reworked and updated by Lutton and playwright Anthony Weigh, stripping back the cast to five and focussing on “the lure and the destructive nature of individualism”. The result sounds more like a domestic family drama than the historical epic we might have expected. Johnny Carr, who plays the ineffectual monarch, agrees. “The original Marlowe is quite convoluted, quite sprawling, whereas Anthony’s take is really lean, really precise.” The overt queer politics have been played down, too. Obvious parallels to gay marriage will no doubt simmer under

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Men of Substance and Style

Once upon a time, being a man meant stepping in line. Now, it's those that break out from the crowd to find there own path that we admire most. Here are some of the agenda-setters working in Australia today – from barbers shaping the style of the guys in their states, to the game changers disrupting the way we do everything from dessert to social networking.

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Friday night fireworks at the Docklands

Who doesn't love fireworks? This winter, put a bit of colour into your Friday night with free fireworks displays at the Docklands.  The action begins at the waterfront from 7.30pm, but rock up early for a line-up of food trucks, roving performers and live music. From kids to couples, everyone is welcome – just make sure to check social media before you head out if the weather isn't looking great.  While you're in the Docklands, why not make an adventure of it? Get there early for a spin on the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena nearby, hitch a ride on the glittering Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or check out the range of pubs, bars and eateries in the area. Read more about Friday night fireworks at The Docklands.

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Dewar's Lock Inn

One of the great joys of being a whisky fan is trying the endless varieties that exist all over the world. In August and September, the world's most awarded blended whisky – Dewar's – is offering you the chance to enjoy free tastings, cocktails, sliders, scotch eggs and live music at a pop-up whisky cellar at the Grace Darling Hotel. Come join for a dram!

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