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Where to eat and drink at White Night

Keep yourself energised to make it past dawn at these recharge stations

Photograph: Vince Calligiuri

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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Epocha

4 out of 5 stars

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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Carlton
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Mr Tulk

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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Melbourne
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Din Tai Fung

4 out of 5 stars

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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Melbourne
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Boilermaker House

4 out of 5 stars

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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Melbourne
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Touché Hombre

3 out of 5 stars

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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Melbourne
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Beneath Driver Lane

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Melbourne
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The Mill House

3 out of 5 stars

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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Melbourne
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By: Rebecca Russo