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Plan for your next long lunch or party at Merrywell Bar and Dining
Looking for somewhere for an after-work drink, an end of financial year party, a casual business lunch, a birthday party or a big night out? You'll want somewhere central, fun and accommodating with a cool vibe. If there are terrace views over the city and a cosy fireplace, even better. And of course, a weekend lunch option with flowing fancy booze would be an excellent bonus. Merrywell Bar and Dining ticks all these boxes and more. Conveniently located at Crown, the venue serves a creative Modern Australian menu devised by executive chef Kevin Chung in collaboration with Daniel Wilson – the guy behind Huxtaburger – and their deft dishes span Asian, Mexican and Middle Eastern flavours. We can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend afternoon that at a long lunch – it’s a tradition honoured at Merrywell Bar and Dining via the bottomless lunch menu. For $60 per person you can choose two food options (including things like zesty tequila guacamole, beef rendang spring rolls and perfectly crunchy Japanese fried chicken) and get unlimited Bellinis, Domaine Chandon NV sparkling, Pikorua sauvignon blanc and Four in Hand shiraz between noon and 3pm. That's three delicious hours of drinks and food. Need a spot for your end-of-financial-year party? Merrywell Bar and Dining has a private dining room and takes bookings for parties of all sizes. Or perhaps you’re just looking for a place for a really great after-work drink. For May and June, Merrywell Bar and Dining has teamed up w
The ultimate Tassie road trip you never knew you needed
Tassie is small enough to conquer in an extra long weekend but big enough to support all the incredible farm-to-table eateries, small-batch distilleries and eye-popping nature that it’s become known for. The best way to get there is by ship – Spirit of Tasmania, to be exact. The reason? Taking your own car to traverse this stunning isle means you can explore more than just the big cities. So take a break from Hobart and explore the rest of Tasmania, where the number of gorgeous things you’ll see and experience is bonkers high.
Transport is your go-to bar for live music all weekend
Whether you want to dance the night away to electronic beats or chill out with some cool afternoon soul and blues, there's nothing quite like a venue with live music. Melbourne is the live music capital of the world, after all, with one in four Melburnians going to a gig every single week of the year. And if you're looking for a bar in Melbourne CBD with live music every weekend, you should head to Transport Bar in Fed Square. Kick off the weekend right with knock-off drinks at Transport on Friday nights. Not only are there a whopping 17 beers on tap and a long list of wines, cocktails and bottled beers, but there is also a six-hour DJ set to keep your toes tapping all night. The music is an energised mix of sounds and styles ranging from RnB, soul and rap to funk and disco, and guaranteed to get you moving. Heading into the city to check out the latest exhibition at the NGV, take in a show at the Arts Centre or watch live theatre at MTC on a Saturday? Head to Transport before or afterwards to enjoy late afternoon live blues and soul music. It's the perfect way to wind down after a day of art, or to chill out before heading to the theatre or an evening performance. Enjoy stone-fired pizzas, share a charcuterie platter with friends or go for pub classics like schnitzel or steak while listening to some of the best musicians in Melbourne. After the sun sets and you're in the mood for something a bit rowdier, Transport has you covered with DJ sets to keep you dancing all nig
The George on Collins is launching two tasting menus from ex-MasterChef Khanh Ong
Once upon a time, there was the power lunch – a meal where high rollers took their wheeling and dealing out into restaurants around the city. The George on Collins has revamped the idea with a focus on the time it takes to get the most out of your meal in what they’re calling the Hour of Power. Designed to show off the flavour-packed creations of their new partner – MasterChef 2018 contestant and DJ, Khanh Ong – two new “feed me” menus will be available for lunch and dinner from Tuesday–Friday and Saturday evenings starting June 4. Photograph: Supplied There is the Little Hanoi for $42pp, where Khanh selects favourite dishes for you from the extensive Vietnamese menu. Think Bo La Lot, grilled beef and betel leaf skewers, lamb cutlets with tamarind and millionaire eggplant with Vietnamese mint and sesame dressing. If you’re feeling a little hungrier, and have a little more time on your hands, option two is rightfully named the Big Saigon. For $58 per person, feast on more of the menu with a few sweet treats thrown in. Expect banana parfait and chocolate mousse, or ricotta, pineapple and jackfruit spring rolls with ginger syrup and green peppercorn ice cream. Whether it's a swift, satisfying lunch meeting or you want to get in a quick dinner before a show or night on the town, it’s going to be a fuss-free choice. Photograph: Supplied Ong, whose infectious smile and passion for Asian cuisine made him a viewer favourite in the MasterChef kitchen last year, has revitalised