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A guide to Melbourne events, attractions, outdoor adventures and more

Nightlife

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne

Your guide to making the most of Melbourne after dark, from cocktails and dancing to movies after midnight

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The best things to do in August

Critics' picks, free stuff and everything else worth seeing and doing in Melbourne in July

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The Melbourne Writers Festival line-up is out

With more than 350 thought-provoking events across ten days

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The Mystery Rooms

We put the newest escape rooms in Melbourne to the test

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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

The definitive Melbourne bucket list: knock off these 50 activities and you'll really, properly know our great city

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Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in this city for a lot less than you'd think

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Shopping

The best markets in Melbourne

From organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market happening near you this week

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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

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13 rainy day activities in Melbourne

When the weather's terrible, there's plenty of indoor fun to be had in Melbourne

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Our guide to Melbourne's best toilets (seriously)

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Dating in Melbourne

Restaurants

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne

Our favourite places for frocking up and impressing the pants off someone

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Bars

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

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Sex and dating

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne

From cycling tours to rooftop glamping, here are our suggestions for dates with a difference in Melbourne

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Sex and dating

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne

This city's full of nooks and crannies, so lock lips and make the most of them

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Bars

The best bars with board games in Melbourne

Long, tipsy games of Connect 4, Scrabble and Balderdash: now that's a foolproof date idea

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Restaurants

The best places for Tinder dates

Swipe right, eat right with our guide to setting up the perfect Tinder date in Melbourne

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Or try a romantic weekend getaway

Outdoor activities in Melbourne

Attractions

The best beaches in Melbourne

Don't scoff: Melbourne has some beautiful beaches and splendid spots to cool down on a hot day

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The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Check out our ten best spots to enjoy the view of the rising and setting sun around the city

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Five great Melbourne walks

Lace up your sneakers: our favourite places to promenade are all a stone's throw from the city

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Sport and fitness

The best places to swim in Melbourne

Don't restrict yourself to the pool: dip into Melbourne's most beautiful rivers, lakes and beaches

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Where to get your nature fix in the city

Get close to Mother Nature without leaving the inner-city at these five urban oases

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See Melbourne's best picnic spots

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Edward II

Reckon our leaders are terrible? It seems they had nothing on Edward II. The 14th century English king screwed up his reign so monumentally that his wife raised an army against him and he was toppled by his own son. Opinions change, of course, and now his greatest flaw has become his most endearing quality; despite intense pressure, he refused to give up the man he loved, Piers Gaveston.  Malthouse Theatre artistic director Matt Lutton had been fishing around for a queer play for a while, spurred by the fact that “you don’t really see any plays about gay public figures. Most gay characters are either private individuals or Disney villains.” Despite the implied outing of Jafar in this comment, Lutton has a point, citing Angels in America’s Roy Cohn as the only theatrical depiction of a famous gay man he can think of. And in that play, he virtually is a Disney villain. Christopher Marlowe’s 1592 version of Edward II has been radically reworked and updated by Lutton and playwright Anthony Weigh, stripping back the cast to five and focussing on “the lure and the destructive nature of individualism”. The result sounds more like a domestic family drama than the historical epic we might have expected. Johnny Carr, who plays the ineffectual monarch, agrees. “The original Marlowe is quite convoluted, quite sprawling, whereas Anthony’s take is really lean, really precise.” The overt queer politics have been played down, too. Obvious parallels to gay marriage will no doubt simmer under

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Men of Substance and Style

Once upon a time, being a man meant stepping in line. Now, it's those that break out from the crowd to find there own path that we admire most. Here are some of the agenda-setters working in Australia today – from barbers shaping the style of the guys in their states, to the game changers disrupting the way we do everything from dessert to social networking.

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Friday night fireworks at the Docklands

Who doesn't love fireworks? This winter, put a bit of colour into your Friday night with free fireworks displays at the Docklands.  The action begins at the waterfront from 7.30pm, but rock up early for a line-up of food trucks, roving performers and live music. From kids to couples, everyone is welcome – just make sure to check social media before you head out if the weather isn't looking great.  While you're in the Docklands, why not make an adventure of it? Get there early for a spin on the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena nearby, hitch a ride on the glittering Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or check out the range of pubs, bars and eateries in the area. Read more about Friday night fireworks at The Docklands.

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Dewar's Lock Inn

One of the great joys of being a whisky fan is trying the endless varieties that exist all over the world. In August and September, the world's most awarded blended whisky – Dewar's – is offering you the chance to enjoy free tastings, cocktails, sliders, scotch eggs and live music at a pop-up whisky cellar at the Grace Darling Hotel. Come join for a dram!

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