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Lost your bank card? No need to cancel it
Left your Bank of Melbourne card behind the bar by mistake? Dropped your wallet? No need to stress, the Bank of Melbourne has your back. Their mobile banking app enables customers to get cash out from your Complete Freedom account at any Bank of Melbourne ATM, and you can also temporarily lock your card, so there will no funny business while it’s out of your sight. Because it might find its way back to you – it might magically reappear behind the couch or in your other pants. In fact, research conducted in 2016* showed three out of ten people had a false alarm regarding a lost card that ended up being safe and sound after all. But what to do while you wait for your missing card to show up? We suggest you kick back and relax in one of these cash-only or cash-preferred venues in Melbourne... What's more, the Bank of Melbourne is giving $75 cash back to new customers that open a Complete Freedom everyday account online by September 28, 2018 and deposit $500 ($250 for Students/Under 21s) within 45 days of opening the account**. *2016 Lost Cards Report; the research was commissioned by Westpac and powered by Lonergan Research. **New Complete Freedom customers only. Offer period is Sep 3, 2018 to Sep 28, 2018. Read the terms and conditions at bankofmelbourne.com.au before making a decision and consider if the product is right for you.
Beer Deluxe Hawthorn is now serving craft beer brunch
The Hop Sessions has landed at Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn and it's all about showcasing the best local craft brews. To do so, they'll be hosting a craft beer brunch every Sunday from 11am. For $50 per person, you'll enjoy a two-hour package of craft beer where you can sample brews from the likes of Abbotsford's Moon Dog and Sydney’s Northern Beaches Modus Operandi, alongside Holgate Brewhouse, 3 Ravens and Hawthorn Brewing beers. The beer list changes weekly so you'll always find something new to try. Along with your schooners, you'll get to choose a meal from Beer Deluxe's brunch menu, which takes breakfast classics into pub meal mode. Choose between a breakfast burger with a milk bun, bacon, avocado, spinach, tomato relish and a fried egg; pulled barbecue pork burger with fried egg and hollandaise sauce; or a pulled chicken and corn omelette. If you're after a lighter option, opt for the mixed mushroom bruschetta with feta, lemon and parsley salsa; or crushed avo with pickled jalapeños and poached eggs. You can reserve a table anytime from 11am, so get a bunch of mates together and book in for the beer-focused brunch. Find out more about the Hop Sessions – Craft Beer Brunch at Beer Deluxe.
The 2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival is coming
Melbourne is known for its dynamic arts and culture scene year-round, but from October 3-21 it goes into overdrive when the Melbourne International Arts Festival takes over some of the city's most important public spaces, cultural institutions, galleries and theatres. If you're looking for a fiery public spectacle, French artists Compagnie Carabosse will be taking over the Royal Botanic Gardens with Fire Gardens, a series of huge, flaming installations that will light up the gardens for three nights only. The Royal Botanic Gardens will also play home to Lexicon, a new work (and the only Australian performance) by immersive circus arts troupe NoFit State. To follow on from last year's House of Mirrors, the trippy 1000 Doors will take over Arts Centre Melbourne's forecourt. It's a maze of doors, some locked, some open, some leading to corridors and rooms, and some leading to cupboards and dead ends. Visitors will be able to walk through the installation, opening whatever doors they fancy and discovering new and interesting pathways through the maze. Melburnian music lovers will want to nab tickets to 16 Lovers Lane, a one-night-only supergroup performance of the classic album with the original members of the Go-Betweens, Paul and Dan Kelly, Romy Vager, Laura Jean and Jen Cloher. Contemporary dance will also take centre stage with the Australian premiere of modern ballet A Quiet Evening of Dance, and a large-scale production of operatic dance piece Layla and Majnun. Check
Amex Eats: Dim sum to try in Melbourne
Melbourne is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.