The best things to do in Melbourne in October
Wondering what to do in Melbourne in October? We can help
Espresso Martini Festival adds a third day
Missed out on the first and second rounds of tickets? Due to (insanely) popular demand, you're in luck
The NGV's neon pink car wash
Playing is encouraged at the NGV's recently unveiled Architecture Commission
Meet Melbourne's matchmakers
These modern-day cupids are doing things the old-fashioned way – face-to-face!
The best of Melbourne
50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
The definitive Melbourne bucket list: knock off these 50 activities and you'll really, properly know our great city
Cheap things to do in Melbourne
If you know where to look, you can get by in this city for a lot less than you'd think
The best markets in Melbourne
From organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market happening near you this week
The best escape rooms in Melbourne
The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?
13 rainy day activities in Melbourne
When the weather's terrible, there's plenty of indoor fun to be had in Melbourne
Events this week in Melbourne
Kylie on Stage
Stage costumes by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier shine as Arts Centre Melbourne pays tribute to one of Australia’s brightest stars
A festival of European cheeses is coming to Melbourne
Footscray Night Market
Footscray Station will host the western suburb's busiest night market in November
Melbourne Design Market
Melbourne's original Design Market is the perfect spot for gift shopping and DIY ideas
Dating in Melbourne
The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne
Our favourite places for frocking up and impressing the pants off someone
The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots
The most adventurous dates in Melbourne
From cycling tours to rooftop glamping, here are our suggestions for dates with a difference in Melbourne
The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne
This city's full of nooks and crannies, so lock lips and make the most of them
The best bars with board games in Melbourne
Long, tipsy games of Connect 4, Scrabble and Balderdash: now that's a foolproof date idea
The best places for Tinder dates
Swipe right, eat right with our guide to setting up the perfect Tinder date in Melbourne
Outdoor activities in Melbourne
The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne
Check out our ten best spots to enjoy the view of the rising and setting sun around the city
Five great Melbourne walks
Lace up your sneakers: our favourite places to promenade are all a stone's throw from the city
The best places to swim in Melbourne
Don't restrict yourself to the pool: dip into Melbourne's most beautiful rivers, lakes and beaches
Where to get your nature fix in the city
Get close to Mother Nature without leaving the inner-city at these five urban oases
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Winning Tastes asks: What do you like to eat and drink?
Winning Tastes celebrates the best of the best in food and drink from Australia and beyond. Highlighting award-winning contenders from the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria's awards programs, Winning Tastes is a great way to find out about the best food and drink products around, as judged by events including the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, Australian International Beer Awards, Australian International Coffee Awards and Australian Distilled Spirits Awards. To make the Winning Tastes experience better for users, Winning Tastes is asking readers to fill out a simple survey on consumer food and drink interests and habits. Survey participants will be well rewarded, by going in the draw to win twelve bottles of wines awarded with the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards tick of approval. The survey runs now until Friday October 28.
Melbourne's favourite local bookstores
Good bookshops offer expertly curated ranges and equally expert staff. Very few other shopkeepers can rival the knowledge and passion booksellers have for their treasures. Hand written endorsements, honest discussion and that blissful sense of tranquility all help make bookshops wonderful places to idle away an afternoon. But, of course, they can be great for last minute gifts, and other panic purchases, which is why it’s so helpful when they have no minimums on card payments. It’s a little thing, but it’s definitely a factor in making these seven booksellers so superlative.
Jack Daniel’s serves Australians an American Tradition
As the weather heats up, Jack Daniel’s is coming to the rescue of your house party, barbecue or end of the work-week kickback, with their new American Serve. It gives you a stronger Jack taste while still only being two standard drinks, served up in a neat little 250ml can. Leave the glass bottles, cups and two-litre soft drinks at home and sling a four-pack of Jack Daniel’s American Serve cans and some ice into your esky for a little American flavour that will go with you, anywhere. The reason they’ve gone with a 10% ABV for the cans comes down to taste. If you’ve spent any time propping up a dive bar in America you’ll know they favour less mixer in their standard serves, and the American Serve is designed to bring that ratio across the Pacific. And as Australians say goodbye to long, sweet drinks and hello to shorter serves, the 250ml size fits right in – more of the good part, less sugar. If you like to mix it up a little, you’re in luck. The American Serve comes in three flavours: there’s cola for traditionalists, lemonade for a refreshing citrus taste, and a dry ginger ale for a sharper option. American Serve is available in all good bottle shops. RRP of $25.99 for a four-pack.
Taste of Melbourne
Taste of Melbourne heats up again at Albert Park's Pelican Lawn in November, when Melbourne's hottest restaurants will be temporarily popping up alongside masterclasses from top chefs, pop-up bars, cooking demonstrations, and market stalls from artisans providores. This year's four-day festival includes some new names, so we've made things easier for you with our top five picks on what to see, eat, and drink at Taste of Melbourne this year. 1. Say hello to Pickett's Deli and Rotisserie and Hotel Jesus There are a few exciting Taste debuts this year, none more so than Pickett's Deli and Rotisserie and Hotel Jesus, which both opened in September. Pickett’s Deli, Scott Pickett’s new deli and eatery, opened at Queen Victoria Market recently to serve market-goers their morning breakfast and take-home meals. Northcote's Estelle Bistro will also be making its first Taste debut. Meanwhile, Hotel Jesus comes from the team behind Mamasita to serve up casual Mexican fare and mezcal tastings. 2. Revisit old favourites Taste of Melbourne repeat offenders MoVida, Cumulus Inc and Supernormal are returning to bring foodies delicious Spanish tapas and contemporary takes on Asian food respectively. Our tip: make room for both MoVida’s fish tacos and Andrew McConnell's famous lobster rolls and twice-cooked duck bao from Supernormal. 3. Check out one of Victoria's best regional restaurants We get it, we can’t all drive to the Grampians for a long lunch at Royal Mail Hotel, which is why we