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The best things to do in Melbourne this Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Celebrate your extra day off with these fun things to do over the long weekend (June 9-11)

Food at Mork Chocolate Brew House
Photograph: Graham Denholm

The actual date of Queen Lizzie's birthday may have long gone (it's on April 21), but we'll take this belated celebration anyhow. There's plenty to do around and out of Melbourne this long weekend, so pack the car for a short getaway or hang out for a killer staycation where you can see world-class works of art, celebrate the work of Winona Ryder or drink wine at the zoo.

Flying solo? Here are a bunch of fun things to do alone in Melbourne. And if the weather turns, remember to consult our rainy day guide, too. 

Things to do over the long weekend

Warriors: Guardians of
and Cai Guo

See the world-famous Terracotta Warriors

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank

For more than 2,000 years an army of 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors have stood guard at the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, in the Shaanxi province. The army was entirely unknown until it was discovered by farmers digging a well in 1974. A delegation of eight warriors are visiting Melbourne as part of an exhibition at the NGV called Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality. Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is one half of a two-part exhibition, alongside Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape.

Revolutions exhibition - Melbourne Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions

See Beatles memorabilia in this '60s exhibition

icon-location-pin Melbourne Museum, Carlton

This exhibition comes from London's Victoria and Albert Museum and includes more than 500 objects. Highlights include John Lennon's real-life glasses and the uniform he wore on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, handwritten lyrics for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", Mick Jagger's stage costume and a guitar the Who's Pete Townshend once smashed on stage. The handwritten lyrics to 'Revolution' show an insight into Lennon's songwriting process, with words that rhyme with 'revolution' scribbled down the left side of the page ('constitution', 'institution', 'revelation', 'dissolution', confusion', 'intrusion'...). 

See-through igloos on a Melbourne rooftop
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Pop-up locations

Go ice skating in Fed Square

icon-location-pin Federation Square, Melbourne

The Skyline Terrace at Federation Square (the roof of the Fed Square car park) is home to the Winter Village: a (faux) snow-covered pop-up bar inspired by European winter markets. The pop-up is surrounded by snowy pine trees à la the Black Forest, while inside guests can enjoy an ice skating rink, 21 toasty warm private igloos and a mega igloo where it snows (inside!) every hour.  You can stave off the winter chill at Feast Kitchen and Sip Bar. There are winter-themed treats to keep you warm or you can book a private igloo and get an inclusive food and beverage package. 

Tablelay at Pontoon
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Go to a snow party at Pontoon

icon-location-pin St Kilda
Love the snow but can't make it to the mountains? On Saturday, June 9 beachside bar Pontoon will be transforming into a winter chalet with a snow machine, DJ tunes, half-priced tapas, bottomless paella for $25. Keep warm with $5 pots, $5 wines, $10 Espresso Martinis, $10 Cherry and Cinnamon Sours and mulled wine for $10.
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State of Grace 2018
Photograph: Supplied
Bars, Wine bars

Sip on bottomless G&Ts at State of Grace

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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. 

Restaurants, Cafés

Warm up with one of the best hot chocolates in Melbourne

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?

Table with plates of food and cocktails
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Get your money's worth out of a bottomless brunch

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.

Perserverance pub
Bars, Pubs

Sing Happy Birthday to Queen Liz at the Perseverance

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

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.

Rather get out of town?