The best things to do with Dad on Father’s Day

This year, skip the shops and take your pa on the town

Father’s Day (Sun Sep 3) always comes along faster than you expect. It pays to be prepared, which is why we’ve come up with ten Melbourne venues doing extra special events for Father’s Day. Plus, choosing experiences over gifts means that you get to spend quality time together, doing something that you’ll both enjoy.

For more ideas, check out our list of 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die. Thinking of getting out of town this weekend? Check out 10 places in Victoria that look nothing like Victoria.

Father's Day in Melbourne

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Whisky tasting at QT Melbourne

QT Melbourne’s Pascale Bar will be putting their extensive whisky collection on show for a series of whisky tastings served with matching canapés. Sample pairings include beef tartare with Bulleit Bourbon, barbecue octopus with Lagavulin 16 and panna cotta with local faves Starward. Available from 6pm on Thursday August 31 to Saturday September 2, it’s $60 per person for five pairings. Call ahead to book.

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Melbourne
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VHS cake at Gelato Messina

The Gelato Messina masterminds have done it again: this Father’s Day they’ve made a fully edible VHS tape. The cake is basically a chocolate Negroni in gelato form: chocolate orange cake, layered with vermouth gelato, almond crunch, more chocolate orange cake, negroni gel made with Archie Rose gin and blood orange mousse. It’s then topped with an edible VHS chocolate layer (the box, however, isn’t edible). It’ll serve around 6-8 people and costs $55. Pick yours up from Messina’s Fitzroy or Windsor store. Order in advance online.

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Fitzroy
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Bibelot and Starward Whisky’s chocolate whisky treats

To celebrate Father’s Day, cake masters Bibelot have teamed up with the local whisky makers at Starward Whisky to create a delicious chocolate truffle featuring Starward’s signature whisky. These handmade chocolate morsels feature a soft centre of butter crème permeated with whisky and a crisp chocolate exterior that’s finished with a dark chocolate couverture. They’re available for pre-order online and instore until sold out.

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South Melbourne
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Free beer for Dads at Supernormal

The crew at CBD eatery Supernormal are taking bookings for Father’s Day lunch and dinner and to celebrate, they’ll be shouting dads their first beer to help get the celebrations started. The menu will also feature Supernormal’s signature suckling pig alongside some seasonal additions and a catch of the day. Left your shopping to the last minute? Supernormal also sell Sake sets, beer glasses, sesame grinders, t-shirts and their own Supernormal cookbook.

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Melbourne
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Fatto Bar and Cantina meal deals

Spoil Dad with a modern interpretation of Italian classics at Fatto Bar and Cantina. This all-day eatery, located at Hamer Hall overlooking the Yarra River, will be offering meal deals for Father’s Day. For $50 per person, you’ll get a two-course meal with a Peroni tin (or a glass of Prosecco), or for $60 a head, you’ll get three-courses with the same drink offer. Children can get any main from the kids menu, a soft drink and gelati for dessert for $20. Start perusing their menu and book in a spot now.

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Southbank
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Uncle St Kilda

St Kilda’s mod-canteen Uncle are throwing a $49 per person banquet with complimentary beer for dad when he dines with another guest. Dig into Uncle’s Vietnamese eats, from traditional pho and crisp banh mi to smoked curries and wok tossed wagyu brisket, and pair it with one of their signature cocktails. It’s the perfect pat on the back for the old dadster.

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St Kilda
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Three-course luncheon at Terindah Estate

Get out of town and head to the Bellarine Peninsula’s Terindah Estate for three-course lunch. Kicking off at 12.30pm at the Shed, guests can soak in the views across the bounding lawns, vines and Port Phillip Bay while digging into local produce on dishes such as duck rillette, roast pork belly and a chocolate espresso cake to finish. Lunch is priced at $60 per person, with a special children’s menu available for $20. Book ahead to secure your spot.

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Dine at Eureka 89

Head along to Eureka 89, a sky-high dining experience located on the 89th floor of the Eureka Tower. Book in for a three-course lunch with the family: it begins with entrées of prawn cocktails, followed by a main of Cape Grim sirloin and braised cheek with roasted potatoes and a grain and seed salad, then top it all off with a cheese and dessert platter. The meal and drinks is $140 per person for adults, $100 for children aged 13-17 and $55 for children 12 years and under (with a children’s menu available on request). Bookings are essential.

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Southbank
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Talk and taste with Wolf of the Willows Brewery

Book dad into a Father’s Day talk and taste event at Elsternwick venue Bang Bang. Helmed by Cheltenham-based brewing company Wolf of the Willows, this event begins with a two-course brekkie created by Bang Bang head chef Matt Dunbar. For $25 a head, you’ll get a first course of congee followed by your choice of brisket, smashed avo, pork belly or eggs on toast. The Microbrewery will then take over and run you through the creative process of developing their ales. Tastings will follow. Book your tickets to one of Sunday’s two sessions at either 9am or 11am.

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