Cheap EatsAfter Dark
Niagara Hotel, 385 Lonsdale Street
Located in theheart of Melbourne's CBD, the Niagara Hotel hasone of the city's best deals. For a very affordableprice, you can get yourself a pizza and a glass ofwine or pot of beer. Here you can choose from 17pizzas so you're bound to find one that tickles yourfancy.
Open Mon-Sat 11am-close.
Grill'd, 83 Acland Street, St Kilda
Specialising inburgers, burgers, and burgers, this is one of tenGrill'd restaurants around Melbourne, yet doesn'thave that 'franchise-feel' of other fast foodrestaurants. The varied menu has beef, chicken andlamb burgers, plus veggie ones too.
Open Sun-Thurs 11.30am-10pm, Fri & Sat until 11pm.
Degraves Espresso, 23 Degraves St
Tuckedneatly between Flinders Street and FlindersLane, Degraves Street is one of Melbourne'scoolest lanes for outdoor eating. If you like tonibble on your nosh, try the tapas in this caféwhich include dishes such as chorizo andSpanish potatoes. There's a particularly goodvibe here on Friday evenings.
Open Mon-Fri 8am-10.30pm, Sat 8am-6.30pm.
Spicy Fish Restaurant, 209 Little Bourke St
Somepeople tend to like their food spicy, others don't. Ifyou are one who does, this restaurant in the heart ofMelbourne's Chinatown is perfect for you.Specialising in traditional Shanghai and Szechuanstyle cuisine, prices are attractive and food is topnotch.
Open daily from 11.30am-10.30pm.
Southgate Food Court, Southgate ShoppingCentre, Southgate
Food courts were invented forthose times when hunger strikes but you don't knowwhat you want. When this happens go to this foodcourt on the banks of River Yarra.
Open Mon-Thurs 9am-pm, Fri & Sat to 10.30pm, Sun to 8pm.
Vineyard, 71a Acland Street, St Kilda
Extremelybusy at weekends due to a constant stream ofMelbourne bands that play in this St Kilda Bar,Vineyard is one of Melbourne's best live musicvenues. When things get quite busy though, you'llbe thankful of the large outdoor seating areaoverlooking Luna Park.
Open daily from 10am-3am.
Cookie, 1F 252 Swanston St
Wondering whyMelbourne is always referred to as Australia's mostEuropean city? 'Cookie' on Swanston Street willanswer that as it feels like it's been transporteddirect from Germany or Belgium. This beer hall,which doubles up as a restaurant, has an extremelyrelaxed atmosphere and a vast selection of beers.
Open daily from 12 noon-11pm.
Bar With No Name, 302 Brunswick Street,Fitzroy
Walking down Fitzroy's Brunswick St, it willsoon dawn on you that it is peppered with some ofMelbourne's coolest bars. Step inside 'Bar with NoName' and it you'll soon realise that this is arguablyits coolest. This bar is full of small nooks andcrannies perfect for catching up with friends.
Open daily from 4pm-1am.
Gay / Lesbian Melbourne
It may not be as famously gay as Sydney, butMelbourne's gay scene is extremely active. Themain 'strip' is Commercial Road in Prahan.
(143 Commercial Road) is a two-storeybar also known as 'the meat market'! Not faraway,
(119 Commercial Road) is oneof the road's firmly established gay bars and isopen over 20 years. While both these venuescater mainly for men,
(51Gipps Street, Collingwood) caters forMelbourne's growing lesbian community.
Red Rhythm, 10 Centre Place, Off Flinders Lane
When on a budget its always nice to enjoy cheapbooze that isn't from a supermarket or off licence.That's why Red Rhythm gets our stamp of approval.Every Thursday and Friday evening between 5pmand 8pm all beers in this extremely intimate bar arehalf price. To top things off, they give you a freebowl of chips too.
Open daily from 5pm-1am.
Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
It'sSaturday night. You want to finish the night off witha bang. You need to get to Bimbo Deluxe. Onceyou get by the burly bouncers, step inside to seewhy this is Brunswick Street's most happening club.
Open 12 noon-3am.
Don't MissMark Your Calendar
Aussie Rules game in the MCG
Built in 1853 andtoday home to 4 teams, the MCG is Australia'slargest sports stadium, holding over 100,000 people.The season starts each year in April and ends thefollowing September so if you're in Melbourne duringthese months make sure to get hold of a ticket for agame.
Ticket prices vary.
A drive to remember
The Great Ocean Road
Stretching 400kmbetween Torquay and Warrnambool, Victoria'sGreat Ocean Road is one of the world's mostspectacular ocean drives. Best known for the '12Apostles', a drive down this road is not to bemissed.
Autopia Tours operate 1 and 3-day tours from Melbourne which can be booked at www.hostelworld.com/tours.
Eureka Skydeck 88, Riverside Quay, Southbank
Perfect for visiting either during the day or at night,as this is the highest viewing platform in theSouthern Hemisphere it will come as no surprise tolearn that the views are breathtaking. Make sure notto leave withot checking out 'The Edge' - a glasscube suspended 300 metres above the ground.
Open daily from 10am-10pm; admission $17.50.
Melbourne's newest attraction,directly across from one of its oldest, Flinders StreetStation, is a mix of museums, restaurants, cafés andbars. It is also a great meeting place and home tolots of live entertainment at weekends. Drop into theMelbourne Visitors Centre on the square for detailsof what's happening there when you're in town.
Old Melbourne Gaol, Russell Street betweenVictoria & Latrobe Streets
Between 1842 and 1929when this 'gaol' was open, Melbourne's famous jailwas the scene of 135 hangings. The most famous ofthese was of Aussie bushranger, Ned Kelly.
Open daily from 9.30am-5pm; admission $22.
January - Big Day Out
Australia's annual 'Big DayOut' brings the world's top acts to the country's topcities and the end of January is when the tour visitsMelbourne. Acts who have played in the pastinclude the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Nirvana.
January - Australian Open
The Rod Laver Arenais the location for Australia's annual tennis open.The first of the year's 'Grand Slams', each year theworld's top players compete against each other.
January/February - Midsumma
Melbourne's3-week long gay and lesbian festival is its answer toSydney's Mardi Gras. Like most gay and lesbianfestivals, the highlight of the festival is the 'PrideMarch' which attracts 40,000 revellers.
Februay - St Kilda Festival
This annual festival inMelbourne's celebrated beach suburb bills itself asthe largest outdoor crowd gathering in Australia.Over the course of the festival, thousands visit toenjoy free music, extreme sports and much more.
March - Melbourne F1 Grand Prix
For four dayseach year Grand Prix fever takes over Melbourne.The race is the pinnacle of a 4-day event that seesmuch more take place down at Albert Park wherethe race is staged.
March/April - Melbourne Comedy Festival
Founded in 1987 by Barry Humphries and PeterCook, the Melbourne Comdey Festival is one of theworld's three biggest comedy festivals. Each year itattracts top comedians from both home and abroad.
September - Grand Final Weekend
Victoriacomes to a halt for Grand Final weekend when twoteams battle it out for the title of Australia's bestfootball team. The day before the big game bothteams parade through Melbourne city centre.
September/October - Melbourne Fringe Festival
This event brings contemporary and innovativework created by independent artists to a broaderMelbourne audience.
October - Melbourne International Arts Festival
The Melbourne International Arts Festival, whichbegan in 1986, takes place over 16 days eachOctober and includes dance, visual arts and more.
October/November - Melbourne Cup
Run on thefirst Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup isthe biggest horse race in the southern hemisphere.This event is so big that race-day itself is declared anational holiday!
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