The coronavirus pandemic means those of us who can are spending a lot more time at home. But that doesn't mean it's just you and the couch forever. Our beloved restaurants, bars, breweries, artists, comedians, creatives and entrepreneurs are figuring out ways for you to experience the best of the city while still staying safe. We've collected the best ways for you to experience Melbourne while staying at home here into this hub, so you can stay sane, comfortable, fed, watered and entertained at home – while helping small business owners, hospitality workers and creative people who desperately need your business.
You'll find everything from comprehensive roundups of the best films on streaming services to creative ways Melbourne's institutions are making their offerings available to those doing their bit and staying home. We've also got plenty of inspo for you to read to start planning your days for when you do get back out there. Read on for great tips for Time In, as recommended by Time Out editors.
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Food and drink
Virtual Drop-by Drawing
Live: Sundays at 9.30am For those looking to turn their self-isolation into self-improvement, the NGV has launched online drawing classes to turn you into Australia’s next top draughtsman. The gallery has taken its existing Drop-by Drawing program and upgraded it for online. The four-part virtual series will see Victorian artists like Minna Gilligan, Lily Mae Martin and Kenny Pittock showing you how to draw using step-by-step instructions.
BangPop Virtual Cooking Classes
Live: Sat Apr 18 at 11am Melbourne Thai restaurant BangPop is running online Thai cooking classes to help feed and entertain you during the shutdowns. BangPop is no stranger to cooking classes, having previously run them IRL out of the restaurant. They’ve adapted these classes for online, using Zoom to remotely teach budding chefs how to cook classic Thai dishes like pad thai and green papaya salad.
Melbourne Aquarium livestreams
Live: Usually twice a week Even though Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium is shut, it doesn’t mean the hard work of its team of aquarists and divers can’t be shared with the people of Melbourne. Following on from a successful live stream of fish feeding, the aquarium is now running more behind the scenes content and Q&As on its Facebook page. Check out Sea Life's Facebook page for more.
Live: Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 11pm Saturday nights on Chapel Street are noticeably quieter than normal at the moment. It takes more than Covid to shut down the party, however, with DJs at nightclub OneSixOne taking the good times online. Every Friday and Saturday night, OneSixOne DJs will be livestreaming sets straight from the club to your house.