The Christmas and New Year’s hullabaloo might be over but in Melbourne things are only just starting to heat up. The long days, mild nights and glorious weather mean it’s time to experience the best our city has to offer. Whether you're looking for rooftop drinks with a view or fabulous festivals, summer in Melbourne has it all with art, markets, food, film and more. Plus if your wallet is looking a little thin post-holidays there’s plenty of free and cheap events as well.
‘Tis the season to be drinking alfresco. If you can’t get away to a remote sun-drenched somewhere then Good Heavens should be next on your list. The Palm Springs themed rooftop bar will put a bit of sunshine back into your life even on a grey Melbourne day. Enjoy updated old school cocktails like Piña Coladas while watching the crowds down below on Bourke Street.
The Blender Artist Markets have outgrown their laneway digs and have moved into the District at Docklands. Come to see the work of Melbourne’s talented artists and designers but stay for the live music, open studios, fully licensed bar and nearby food trucks. Plus it’s free to enter.
If you’re back at work already it’s hard enough to function let alone plan meals. Give yourself the night off every Wednesday and grab dinner at the Queen Victoria Night Markets. Over 60 stalls will be tempting guests with poké bowls, bagels, souvas and heavenly Greek doughnuts. You can also quench your thirst with Pimms jugs and sangria.