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 2) always comes along faster than you expect. It pays to be prepared, which is why we’ve put together a list of 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

Sheraton Melbourne Father's Day lunch
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Little Collins St Kitchen barbecue lunch

If your dad loves food, and a lot of it, treat him to a barbecue buffet lunch at Little Collins St Kitchen this Father’s Day. The three-hour buffet is packed with “dad” food: we’re talking sticky pork spare ribs, whole baked snapper and a make-your-own burger and hot dog bar.

Veggo dads are catered for too with plenty of vegetarian sides and meat-free options at the burger bar. As well as a hearty list of mains, the buffet also features a seafood salad bar, plenty of charcuterie and antipasto treats and a choice of four different dessert options – we like the sound of the mandarin, vanilla and Cointreau chocolate mousse.

As well as the smorgasbord of food, all dads at the buffet receive unlimited Stella Artois during their lunch.

Father's Day at Belles Hot Chicken
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Belles Hot Chicken boozy brunch

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This Father’s Day Belles Hot Chicken is putting on a special brunch menu featuring the three Ws: that is waffles, wings and whisky. On both the Saturday and Sunday of the Father’s Day weekend, Belles Hot Chicken is hosting a boozy brunch featuring one of the most American of food combinations, chicken and waffles.

Belles will be dishing up baskets of spicy dark meat chicken and waffles all Father’s Day weekend for $20 a pop. You’ll also be able to try Belles’ smokey maple Old Fashioned (made with Buffalo Trace whiskey) or team dad’s lunch with a Belles Boilermaker (that’s a shot of whisky and a pot of beer for the uninitiated).

If your day is more of a lamb fan, Belles are also doing their $20 waffle brunch with spicy lamb cutlets instead of chicken. Bookings are essential and can be made online.

Sweet Set at Grub
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Father's Day at Grub

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Grub is offering two different dad experiences this Father’s Day. Downstairs they’re teaming up with Thornbury-based brewery 3 Ravens for a special lucky dip. Each table will have a shot at drawing from the lucky dip barrel – draw a golden bottle cap and you’ll score your own six-pack of 3 Ravens lager. Teetotal dads won’t miss out either if they win – they’ll score a 1,000 piece puzzle. The regular breakfast and lunch menu will be available.

Sweet-toothed dads can also book in for a posh prosecco afternoon tea upstairs at Grub. The sweet and savoury tasting menu includes a glass of Puncheon Darts prosecco as well as tea and coffee for $79. The event is being hosted by the Don’t Lose Your Temper crew, so expect to taste some of their most popular pastries as well as some special Father’s Day treats.

Pascale Bar and Grill QT Melbourne
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Whisky tasting at QT Melbourne

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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.

Gelato Messina VHS cake
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VHS cake at Gelato Messina

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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.

Bibelot and Starward Whisky chocolate Father's Day treats
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Bibelot and Starward Whisky’s chocolate whisky treats

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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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Restaurants, Asian

Free beer for Dads at Supernormal

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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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Fatto Bar and Cantina meal deals

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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.


Uncle St Kilda

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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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