The best secret gardens in Melbourne
If you've seen everything there is to see at the Royal Botanic Gardens, it might be time to stop and smell the flowers at these unsung gardens around Melbourne. Here you'll find gardens devoted to Australian natives, fancy ferns and some not-so-ubiquitous plants like cacti, rhododendrons, tulips and lotuses – perfect for when you need some green in your life. Want more green? These 10 national parks are within driving distance of Melbourne and here's our guide to getting your nature fix in the CBD.
Five things to see at Melbourne Fashion Festival (if you are not into fashion)
In Melbourne's jam-packed festival calendar, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival can be overlooked as only appealing to those who know their Guccis from their Calvins. But you don't have to be Anna Wintour to appreciate the multitude of events, talks, exhibitions and shows on during the festival. We have put together a guide for those who who might be a bit runway shy. More into comedy than fashion? The Comedy Festival might be more your scene. All that fashion have you in a buying mood? Check out Melbourne's best markets.
The best events at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
This year, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival turns 26, and the festival is putting on more than 300 events throughout Victoria to celebrate. MFWF will be celebrating the best in local and international gastronomic talent for just over a week. Below is our list of highlights – but make sure you check out the full program. Test your foodie credentials by seeing how many of Melbourne's 50 best restaurants you've ticked off, and keep up to date with our latest reviews.
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If you only have a little bit of time to spend but want to experience the best Melbourne has to offer, we have you covered. From lush parks and gardens to world-class museums and out-of-the-way secret bars, here is an itinerary to make the most of your precious hours. But where should you start? Here's our guide to where to stay in Melbourne. On a budget? Check out our cheapskate's guide to Melbourne.
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This South Yarra Japanese fusion restaurant offers up a seriously extensive sushi, sashimi and snack menu, alongside premium sake, wine and Japanese tea. The menu starts with izakaya-style snacks including big bang; nasu dengaku (eggplant); chicken karaage; seared scallop (Hokkaido scallops seared with butter, soy and mirin); crispy soft shell crab; and salmon tartare served on a nori tempura crisp. The creative sushi roll menu steers away from traditional rolls and mixes things up with all things crunchy, spicy, saucy and fresh. Order up a spider vs dragon roll with soft shell crab, tempura crunch and cream cheese topped with seared unagi and teriyaki sauce; or a Tasmanian roll with cream cheese, avocado and crab stick wrapped with salmon slices, rolled with sushi rice and nori then fried served with Gaijin spicy mayo and teriyaki sauce. The star of the menu though is the all-you-can-eat-sushi and sashimi (available Monday through Friday). Order up unlimited fresh salmon, kingfish or tuna sashimi; selected sushi rolls and share plates for just $50 (including sashimi) or $42 (excluding sashimi). Wash it all down with wine, sake, beers and more matching beverages. Head in to check out Gaijin's wide-ranging, contemporary menu and book in for a sushi feast today.
Time Out Bar Awards 2018: recap
Four hundred people packed into the warehouse-style waterfront bar the Woolshed on a surprisingly mild Melbourne evening, complete with sunset, to celebrate the 2018 Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards. Guests arrived to the sweet sounds of the the Horns of Leroy; fueled for the coming party on boudin sausage on dirty rice, jambalaya, fried chicken, fried shrimp, po’ boys and gumbo; and washed it down with Southern Comfort, Yenda beers, Monteith's Crushed Cider cider and wines from Reverie by Debussy. Then it was time to announce the winners of its 2018 Bar Awards, celebrating Melbourne’s best bars across 11 categories. Fitzroy wine bar Bar Liberty was named Bar of the Year during the lively awards event, held at the Woolshed in Docklands and hosted by comedian Matt Okine. As well as the top gong, Bar Liberty, took out the award for Best Wine Bar for the second year running. “Bar Liberty exemplifies the best of what Melbourne bars have to offer in 2018, from service to wine to spirits, to cocktails to food,” said Time Out writer and bars professional, Fred Siggins. “Everything they do is incredibly high quality, and really good fun. They're pushing the boundaries of what a bar can be more than any other venue in town right now.” Another Fitzroy establishment, Japanese-influenced the the Elysian Whisky Bar, also made a splash at the awards, firstly by taking out the reader-voted People’s Choice award, then by winning Best Bar Team for its dynamic duo of Kelvin Low and Yeo Wong
5 works at the NGV Triennial that will change the way you think about art and technology
It's no secret that technology is evolving more rapidly than ever before – but have you paused to consider how these advances have woven their way into the world of contemporary art and design? The NGV Triennial (on now until April 15) explores exactly this. Of the 100 artists whose work has taken over all four floors of the NGV International, many have created work that wouldn't be possible without advanced technology; think everything from 3D printing to military-grade surveillance equipment. The result is an immersive experience that will challenge what you thought you knew about the possibilities of art and technology. Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia are the principal partner of the first-ever NGV Triennial. They have worked in partnership with the NGV for a decade, championing forward-thinking artists who move our cultural landscape forward. They're committed to helping you think differently about the limits of design, style and technology; whether that's in relation to an NGV exhibition or driving a car. Remember, the exhibition closes on April 15, so make sure you visit before it’s too late.
Meet O’Brien Lager 3.5
Australia’s top gluten-free craft beer baron O’Brien Beer is releasing another landmark brew, O’Brien Lager 3.5. It's the first naturally brewed gluten-free mid-strength beer to hit the market in Australia, meaning coeliac and gluten intolerant beer fans (or anyone) can get on board. The full-bodied lager counterbalances bitterness with a hit of robust malt and hop flavours, and the naturally brewed mid-strength sits at 3.5 per cent, making it the perfect summer brew. It joins O'Brien Beer's core range, which includes a Pale Ale, Premium Lager, Brown Ale and Light Lager, along with seasonal brews. The key to making O'Brien Beers 100 per cent gluten free is the use of sorghum and millet, instead of the usual barley and wheat. The trick to ensuring it tastes great in getting the malting is just right. Over the years the brewery has perfected its own methods for malting the best gluten-free grains to use in the brewing process. The 3.5 Lager is now available to purchase at all First Choice Liquors nationally, otherwise you can order O’Brien Lager 3.5 from Rebellion Brewing online.