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Dumpling Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung
Photograph: Vince Calligiuri

Where to eat and drink at White Night

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

By Delima Shanti and Cassidy Knowlton

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

11. Garden State Hotel

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Melbourne

Open until 3am.
Look out for: Decadent toasties, fries, or a miso-roasted lamb pitta wrap served with fries. Summer cocktails will also be on offer.


14. Ponyfish Island

Bars Southbank

Open until 5am.
Look out for: Probably the best view of the Melbourne skyline from under the Evan Walker Pedestrian Bridge. 

Food truck at Welcome to Thornbury
Photograph: Graham Denholm

15. Food trucks

Food trucks will be located at the following locations:
- Carlton Gardens, Rathdowne St
- Corner of Russell and La Trobe Sts
- Bourke St (near Russell St)
- Collins St (near Elizabeth St)
- Birrarung Marr
- Alexandra Gardens (on Boathouse Drive)

Your White Night gameplan

Know where to go when you gotta go

A pair of feet with pants around the ankles
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Where to pee at White Night

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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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