Where to eat and drink at White Night

Keep yourself energised to make it past dawn at these recharge stations
Dumpling Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung
Photograph: Vince Calligiuri
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If you're in it for the long haul, there's only one way to do White Night. The all-night arts festival stretching from the Arts Centre to Carlton Gardens starts at 7pm on February 17 and goes until 7am on February 18, so you'll need to keep yourself well fed and hydrated. Good thing there are lots of bars and restaurants open around the Melbourne CBD during White Night to do the job, with most of these venues licensed to serve you a tipple with your midnight snack. 

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The best places to eat and drink at White Night

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People eating inside at Epocha Carlton Melbourne
Restaurants

Epocha

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Open until "late".
Look out: Lots of small plates to share while you talk about the projection on the Royal Exhibition Building and the cartoon animals set up in Carlton Gardens.

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Inside at Mr Tulk
Restaurants

Mr Tulk

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Open until 7am.
Look out for: Simple but delicious bites (think wraps and toasties) along with an overwhelming pastry and sweet selection. 

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Dumpling Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung
Restaurants

Din Tai Fung

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Open until "late".
Look out for: The signature xiao long bao, the steamed soup dumplings pleated to a perfect 18-fold pucker, are the Platonic ideal of the XLB.

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Bars, Craft beer

Boilermaker House

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Open until 6am.
Look out for: The winning combination of whisky and beer to pick you up in the middle of the night. Plus try the cheese and charcuterie for a much-needed salt infusion. 

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Restaurants

Touché Hombre

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Open until 7am.
Look out for: Gringo influences in the form of sticky lamb ribs or traditional Mexican fare like soft tortilla tacos with pulled pork and pineapple.

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Bar at Beneath Driver Lane
Bars, Cocktail bars

Beneath Driver Lane

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Open until 7am.
Look out for: Cocktails, whisky, blues, good service and perhaps most importantly, Reuben sandwiches.

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Bars, Craft beer

The Mill House

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Open until 7am.
Look out for: Comfy leather stools and curvaceous booths to give you a break after all the standing and walking. Try the Freedom Blueberry Rye served on the rocks, or shoot back the charry Ole Smoky Harley Davidson version.

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Your White Night gameplan

Know where to go when you gotta go

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Photograph: Anna Kucera
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Where to pee at White Night

Nothing kills your vibe like a sudden urge to pee at an inconvenient time – especially when it’s in the middle of a 12-hour art party in the CBD. White Night is providing toilets at a number of convenient street corners across the CBD, check 'em before you wreck 'em.

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