Things to do over the long weekend
What's better than soup? Noodle soup. We've scoured the city for the best noodles soups for you to warm yourselves up with while the chill sets in.
Stiff upper lip, old chap! What ho! Another gin and tonic is just the ticket! Practise those phrases, as State of Grace is serving up unlimited gin and tonics for $55 on the Queen's Birthday Saturday – what could be more British than that? You can choose whatever flavour you like, and the G&Ts come in adorable (and oh so English) teacups.
The humble hot chocolate has come a long way from the days of Nestle powder. We're particularly spoiled here in Melbourne, with venues taking to mugs of gooey, molten chocolate with the same sort of all-consuming fixation usually applied to coffee. Head to one of these venues for Melbourne's best hot chocolate; or, if you're looking for other ways to escape the gloom, why not try Melbourne's best dumplings or pubs with fireplaces instead?
Going out for breakfast is a prized cultural tradition in Melbourne, and adding a drink to the mix is a sure-fire way to make the most of your weekend hours. These are the bet bottomless brunches in Melbourne, to make the most of that Monday off.
Persa is holding a cracking birthday party for our dear monarch. There will be two hours of bottomless drinks from 8-10pm (beer, wine and vodka), and jaffles are available for just $10. It's $30 entry, and DJs will be playing kickin' tunes all night. Even the 93-year-old queen would have a blast.
While snow may not fall on Melbourne during winter, those cold months really can get you down. Thankfully, our city has no shortage of cosy neighbourhood pubs with fireplaces to warm your toes.