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19 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This April

19 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This April

by Elizabeth Maidment @ The A List | The Urban List

Most of the best things in life are free, right? With Melbourne’s unpredictable weather getting colder (at least, that's how it feels), it’s the perfect time to catch up on all the freebies our favourite city has to offer. These won’t break your bank. You won't even need to scrounge beneath the couch for shrapnel. 

We've got book clubs, markets galore, a Section 8 bday party and even a cactus carnival! Strap in Melbourne cheapskates, you're in for a ride. 

The Queen Vic Night Market

Warm up your Wednesday night at the Queen Vic night markets. This year marks the 20th anniversay, and you can stock up with your favourite local designers, treats and food. Dig into poke bowls, American-style bagels, doughnut balls and Pimm’s cups and live music all night long. 

Where: Queen Victoria Markets When: Every Wednesday till 11 April, 5pm – 10pm For more info, click here.

Easter on Fitzroy Street

Hop into Easter with a street party on St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street. No dodgy kebabs here (well, maybe a few). Expect free family events like face painting, clowns, street entertainment and heaps more. 

Where: Fitzroy Street, St Kilda When: Sunday 1 April For more info, click here

Section 8 Birthday Weekender

Melbourne’s favourite pallet bar turns 12 this month, and they're throwing a party fit for a tween (a very mature tween). Local acts, international DJs and drink specials will be running all Easter long weekend. It’s the perfect way to let off some steam and have a boogie in the Melbourne sunshine.

Where: Secton 8, CBD When: March 29 – April 2 For more info, click here.

Melbourne Book Club

Love reading but struggling to find a book club to join? On the first Tuesday of every month, the Melbourne City Library hosts their very own book club:. Reading a wide range of fiction + non-fiction books, chosen by their members. Sign up, book worms. 

Where: Melbourne City Library When: 3 April, 6pm – 7pm For more info, click here

Brazilian Jazz At Vamos

Free jazz? You better believe it. Come on down to Vamos every Friday night in April and enjoy Brazillian Jazz classic tunes. Dany Maia and her band will be running the show, and if you can't samba when you arrive, you certainly will when you leave. Now how does Girl From Ipanema go again...? 

Where: Vamos, Little Bourke St When: Every Friday Night in April (7pm9pm) For more info, click here.

Melbourne Central Cactus Carnival

Don’t get in a prickle, the Cactus Carnival is arriving at Melbourne Central for all things succulent. We're talking pop-up tequila bar with margaritas, cacti-themed foods and drinks, and a real life cactus garden. It’s running for one weekend and one weekend only, so get on it. 

Where: Melbourne Central When: 13 – 14 April For more info, click here

Footscray Finds Market

If flea markets are kind of your thing, kick off the start of April with some bargain-hunting in Footscray. You'll find this market in the carpark of the Footscray Library. It's always a cracking day out. Think tonnes of individual stalls and car boot rummages. From home-made goods and housewares, vinyl records, plants, and clothing: you don’t want to miss this one. 

Where: Footscray Library Carpark When: Sunday 15 April For more info, click here

NGV Triennial

Nooooo. Don't leave us Triennial! We'll be good, we swear! Yep, it's finally happening: the NGV Triennial Exhibition is wrapping up on 15 April. If you haven't seen it yet, now's your last chance. It's easily the cultural event of the year. 

Where: NGV When: Open till 15 April For more info, click here

Big Dance Festival

Ready to bust a move? There's a FREE dance fest making its way to Castlemaine this month. Even if you own two left feet and three right ankles, this thing will get you up and moving like a pro. Good excuse for a very funky road trip. 

Where: Castlemaine When: Sunday 29 April  For more info, click here.

2011 Throwbacks

Time to party like it’s….2011. Bringing back the R&B sing-alongs, you’ll be busting out moves on the dance floor to the likes of Beyonce, Adele, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez + Taylor Swift. There'll also be FREE entry into SuperSmall Club from 9pm till10pm.

Where: SuperSmall Club When: Friday 6 April  For more info, click here

Hawthorn Makers Market

Hawthorn Craft Market is relaunching as the Hawthorn Makers Market, and this month is the gran opening. With a spotlight on bespoke fashion, art, homewares and artisan food, this one will satisfy all the market-lovers out there. 

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre When: Sunday 8 April, 10am – 3pm For more info, click here

Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Winter

Acclaimed Melbourne author, Dmetri Kakmi (known for his writing for The Boy By The Gate) is showcasing the emergence of 18th century gothic sensibility in literature, art and music. Apparently this year is a big one for gothic stuff. It's the bicentenary of the first publication of Frankenstein and the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights. This could get spooky. 

Where: Noel Shaw Gallery, University Of Melbourne  When: All month  For more info, click here

Peanut Butter Festival

Go nutty for the best festival of the year—lashings of peanut butter will be served at Preston’s Food Truck Park and the line-up looks amazing. They're getting a whole bunch of different brands of peanut buttery goodness and testing to see which one crunches best. 

Where: Preston Food Truck Park When: April 20 – 22 For more info, head here.

Sit n’ Stitch

Learn some new embroidery skills and meet a bunch of new people at the Sit n’ Stitch workshops by the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria. You’ll develop hand embroidery skills and techniques and receive a free embroidery kit to take home at the end. 

Where: City Library, 253 Flinders Ln  When: 11am – 1pm, 20 April  For more info, click here.

Seed + Plant Swap

Listen up, green thumbs, the great seed and plant swap at the Kathleen Syme Library is back! Come along to trade with other food gardeners, worms and to learn more about composting. BYO seeds for swapping. 

Where: Kathleen Syme Library When: 21 April, 10am – 12pm For more info, click here

Red Dog on Broadway

Doggy lovers will love this one. Celebrate your furry friend (or the one you want to have) in a customisable dog portrait class. The Dunolly Ministry of Fun will be hosting five doggie portrait painting workshops, with all the paintings being exhibited in shops and spaces during the Tiny Towns Art Trail. And it's 100% FREE. Noice. 

Where: Dunolly Tennis Pavilion, Cnr Barkly Street & Thompson St, Dunolly  When: April 21– 29 For more info, click here

The Field Revisited

The Ian Potter Centre at the NGV is celebrating its 50th bday, and they’re re-mounting the first ever exhibition that opened way back in 1968. The all-original works are going to be on display from the 27 April. Head down and get some culture. 

Where: NGV Ian Potter Centre When: 27 April until 10 August For more info, click here

New Histories

Using reimagined pieces to create new forms of art, The Bendigo Art Gallery is bringing back ten works from its 19th and early 20th century pieces. There's a whole range of mediums on offer, such as performance, sound, film, textiles, and paintings. Make sure you stop at Balgownie for a cellar door refresh sesh. 

Where: Bendigo Art Gallery When: 42 View Street, Bendigo (10am – 5pm) For more info, click here

Elsternwick Pottery Classes

It's time to get your hands dirty. To celebrate their grand opening, the folks at Ceramiques pottery studio in Elsternwick are offering free classes this month. If you've been itching to try something new, why not give sculpting a shot? There'll be a ban on recreating the scene from Ghost though, sorry.

Where:  Ceramiques, Elsternwick When: April 2-27, class times vary For more info click here.

Bullet Journal Workshop

Check out the latest productivity craze at the in-store workshop and Q&A event with bullet journal enthusiest, Kimmy of Bumble Bujo. 

Where: Milligram, Melbourne Central When: Wednesday 11 April, 6pm-7:30pm For more info, click here.  

Calligraphy And Brush Lettering 

Watch and learn, people. Witness Emma Witte from Black Chalk Collective demonstrate calligraphy and brush lettering, and attempt to give your own notebook a dose of spunk.

Where: Milligram, Melbourne Central When: Saturday 28 April, 12pm-4pm For more info, click here.

Image credit: NGV

Melbourne’s Best Steak Nights

Melbourne’s Best Steak Nights

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Ahh, the humble steak night. Nothing brightens up a mid-week session like getting a massive porterhouse, chips, salad and a pot for under $20 (or even $15 in some glorious cases). Meat and money on the same plate, that’s what we’re talking about.

There’s probably about 10,000 steak nights in Melbourne, but these are some of our personal faves. Good value and tender beef, together at last. Just cover us with mushroom sauce and let’s get started.

Monday Steak Nights

The Builders Arms

The Builders Arms in Fitzroy just launched a new Monday steak night with some serious sizzle. You get a 250g Meatsmith porterhouse (shiiiiiit), chippies, salad and a very smashable wine.

Cost: $19 When: From 5:30pm For more info, click here.

Temperance Hotel

Monday’s can be rough, but this helps: chef’s cut of beef, chips, salad and a beer/wine/cider for just $18 at Temperance Hotel. This one runs every Monday and Tuesday, but you often need to book. It gets pretty popular.

Cost: $18 When: Mondays & Tuesdays For more info, click here.

O’Connell's

How does a $20 ‘Steak & Grape’ grab you? O’Connells is a South Melbourne gem, tucked into the leafy backstreets, and every Monday night they serve up 250g grass-fed porterhouse with chips, gentlemen’s relish and a glass of red. Nice.

Cost: $20 When: Mondays, from 5pm (in the bar) For more info, click here.

Tuesday Steak Nights 

Richmond Club Hotel

One of our all-time favourites on Swan St, and they do a ripper steak night every Tuesday & Wednesday. $18 gets you a giant scotch fillet, chips and salad, and it even runs over lunchtime.

Cost: $18 When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, lunch – dinner For more info, click here.

Great Northern Hotel

$14 rump steak? Where do we sign. Set up camp in The Great Northern’s airy beer garden and tuck into a proper butcher's cut. You can get chips and salad or mash and veggies, and it comes with sauce. Kick things up a notch with $18 scotch or porterhouse (dinner sesh only).

Cost: $14 When: Tuesdays, lunch & dinner For more info, click here.

The Bridge Hotel

Tuesday seems to be steak central in Richmond. The Bridge Hotel are also running an $18 special, which gets you a dirty great porterhouse, chips and salad. $16 parmas too, if that’s more your speed.

Cost: $18 When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, lunch – dinner For more info, click here.

The Exchange

Probably our favourite pub on Bay St, The Exchange offers up five different cuts on Tuesday nights (plus chips and salad). Take your pick and hand over $19. Easy done.

Cost: $19 When: Tuesdays For more info, click here.

Wednesday Steak Nights 

The Prahran Hotel

The Prahran Hotel is here to save the Humpday with $18 steaks running all day long. Probably wise to swing by between 5pm and 7pm though—that’s also their happy hour. $7 pints and $7 house wine sounds pretty good to us.

Cost: $18 When: Wednesdays all day For more info, click here.

The Kingston Hotel

One of Richmond’s forgotten pub gems, The Kingston run a Steak & Pie night every Wednesday. It usually draws a pretty big crowd. $14 bucks gets you a 300g porterhouse (generous) plus scalloped potatoes and a rocket salad.

Cost: $14 When: From 5:45pm, Wednesdays For more info, click here.

The Cornish Arms

This place is known for top-notch vegan fare (and a swanky new rooftop beer garden), but they also do $16 steaks on Wednesdays. You get a 250g porterhouse with loads of optional sides.

Cost: $16 When: Wednesdays For more info, click here.

Thursday Steak Nights 

The Railway Club Hotel

Port Melbourne's go-to for steak-hungry punters, the Railway Club Hotel is one of the busiest, most successful steakhouses in Melbourne. Thursdays is the night you want to come: for just $12.50 you can pick your cut and pair it with chips and sauce. Red wine jus, bandy & peppercorn or good ol’ mushroom. Nice.

Cost: $12.50 When: Thursdays (book in advance) For more info, click here.

Prince Alfred Hotel

You’ve busted out of Melbourne Uni and you’re craving some serious steak. PA’s is the place to go. They've just undergone a massive refurb, and there’s a wicked $15 steak night running every Thursday. Head up to the new rooftop and tuck into steak, chips and salad (plus trivia from 7pm).

Cost: $15 When: Thursdays For more info, click here.

The Swan Hotel

Good old Swan. How many nights have we spent here? Let’s make it a few more with $15 steaks every Thursday night. You also get a roquette salad, scalloped potatoes and a choice of four sauces.

Cost: $15 When: Thursdays For more info, click here.

The Rose Hotel

Tom Hogan and John Tennent have done a great job with The Rose, and their steak night always draws a ripper crowd. No wonder too: $16 for rump steak, chips, gravy and salad. Not a bad feed at all.

Cost: $16 When: Thursdays For more info, click here.

Friday Steak Nights 

Abbey Rd Cafe

The elusive Friday steak night. Abbey Rd in St Kilda runs a Friday T-Bone steak night where you get a mammoth T-Bone, chips and salad for a cool $24. If you’ve ever actually sat down to eat a T-Bone, you’ll know that’s pretty good value.

Cost: $24 When: Fridays For more info, click here.

They might not be on special, but here's where to get Melbourne's best steaks

Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis 

7 Celebrity Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Right Now

7 Celebrity Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Right Now

by Mathew Trenear @ The A List | The Urban List

Some celebs just won’t quit with one skill. No, they’re set on showing us just how damn talented they are across all of the channels and thankfully, it’s bringing a solid set of LOLs to our ears. The humble podcast has had a celeb-style makeover (Snookie we are looking at you, doll), and our list of faves will no doubt get you giggling.

Here are the best celebrity podcasts ready for your subscribing pleasure.

Anna Faris | Unqualified

Superstar actress, model, producer, comedian and now self-proclaimed relationship guru, Anna Faris' podcast is here to help you with allll of you love-life woes (or lack of) and we’re loving every second of it. The title of the podcast, “Unqualified” gives us enough understanding to realise that we are listening to someone on the same wavelength as us when it comes to all that lovey-dovey stuff #finally. Teaming up with all of her celeb friends, you may just find yourself listening to Nick Jonas describing his perfect girlfriend and realise it is you he has been waiting for his whole life. You may now kiss the bride Mr. Jonas.

Shaquille O’Neill | The BIG Podcast With Shaq

More than just a podcast about basketball, sports and fitness, Shaq takes to the mic for this one to chat about fun and topical subjects that may not really be relevant to your life, or his for that matter. Regardless, Shaq is a guaranteed laugh and you defs will not regret spending an hour listening to his take on any beef in the NBA. Grab a drink and take a seat because we’re always down for some gossip, especially when it’s coming from Big Shaq.

Alec Baldwin | Here’s The Thing

Alec Baldwin takes us inside the offices, locker rooms and apartments of some of the best artists, politicians and performers going around in his fabulous podcast. He gets into the nitty gritty with his guests, finding out what it is that keeps their brains ticking at night and how they got to where they are now. Listen to stories from Barbra Streisand’s childhood, then go all the way to Bernie Sanders and his polarizing political views. Here’s The Thing will challenge, entertain and amuse you all at once.

Snoop Dogg | Double G News Podcast

Hide yo’ kids cuz Snoop D-O-Double-G is here and his podcast is exactly what you’re expecting, plus a whole lot more. An all-star guest list from the entertainment world joins Snoop for full length interviews talking ‘bout anything and everything, and trust us, we mean everythingggg. #PuffPuffPass Tuesdays is the most chilled out segment you will listen to this week, and ‘hood news’ catches you up on all things pop culture, Snoop style that is.

Paula Deen | What’s Cooking

The mother of American cooking, Paula Deen, is here to teach you all her kitchen hacks (via podcast) that will make you the best chef in the house. Joined by her son Bobby, they throw it back to the Deen house when he was a little one and let us in on how to make the ultimate southern fried chicken. We know you’ll be making it as soon as you are physically able to. Trust us on this one, Paula should have included stretchy pants in the recipe, they’re a must.

Russell Brand | Under The Skin

Sitting down with people from all walks of life with the goal to uncover what’s beneath the surface of them and the ideas of our culture, Russell Brand is sure to get you thinking after listening to his great podcast. With the help of professors, celebrities, survivalists and beyond, he attempts to break down the constructs of our society and determine what exactly makes the human race tick. Thinking caps on team.

Snooki | It’s Happening With Snookie And Joey

Snookie and her BFF Joey are here to spill the tea on all things Hollywood gossip, celebs and pop culture news, you better believe these two will have you in stitches by the 30-second mark. A glass of vino is a must with this one, just to add to the experience. Celeb friends join the podcast, including foodie god Jonothan Cheban, to chat everything from Netflix shows to fitness hacks. Strap in for the rollercoaster that is (and can only be), Snookie.

Want more? Check out the 13 True Crime Podcasts You Need To Listen To

Image Credit: It’s Happening with Snookie and Joey

Five Reasons Why You Should Make Uncle Collins Street Your Pre-Theatre Spot for Dinner

by admin @ Uncle Restaurants

We opened our Collins Street restaurant in February 2017 after achieving revolutionary success from our first branch on Carlisle Street St Kilda back in 2013. Same name, same familiar faces and dishes – but with some cool new twists including new dishes and cocktails. We do lunches, dinners and everything in between – but you..

50 Things To Do In Melbourne For Under $50

50 Things To Do In Melbourne For Under $50

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

Exploring the world's most liveable city doesn't have to hurt the old hip pocket. We've put together a list of the Top 50 fun, delicious, and occasionally FREE things to do in Melbourne for less than a crisp pineapple (that's a $50 note, donchaknow)

Reckon you're a professional tight arse? How many of the below have you ticked off? Time to hunt for loose change behind the couch cushions, guys. These are the best things to do in Melbourne under $50. 

Indulge in 3 scoops of Gelato Messina for $7, or go all out & feast on 21 scoops for $49. Score.  Hit up the American Doughnut Kitchen at Queen Vic for their famous hot jam doughnuts: 6 for $5, baby.  Check-in for a private group tasting at Whisky & Alement. Taste four specialty whiskeys for only $50 per person.  Do your noggin a favor and take a class. It can be anything from basket weaving to cooking—prices vary, but you can usually swing something for cheap.  Check out Bounce Inc’s ninja warrior course (a freestyle playground comprised of 15 different obstacles). $16.90 gets you one hour See dinosaurs, creepy crawlies and more at Melbourne Museum. Adult tix are $14 and kids go free!  Take the ferry to Williamstown for the day. An adult ticket is just $28 return, which leaves you plenty for fish and chips.  Get your geek on at Scienceworks. $14.00 per person gets you in the door (the Planetarium is $8 extra).  Get up close & personal with the animals at Melbourne Zoo. Tix these days are $36 for adults, $18 for kids (the little ones are free on the weekends).  See a movie at the 3rd largest screen in the world, IMAX. Prices vary according to movie and times.  Start your weekend off right with a FREE coffee tasting at Proud Mary’s. They run every Saturday morning at 10:30am.  Buy a $50 ticket to The Break Room. Break things. Feel good. Head to Republica on Thursdays for happy hour, live music and beach volleyball, in that order.  Go old school at the Astor Theatre. A double feature is usually only $17, or $14 on Wicked Wednesdays.  Relive some iconic sporting moments (and a few pies) on a guided MCG tour. Adults are just $24.  Belt your heart out at KBOX Karaoke—$33 a head and all the applause you can grab.  Stalk your favourite food truck and get your fill of food for around $15 (who are we kidding, you're getting two plates, right?) Check out Mountain Goat Brewery on a Wednesday night for a free tour (and a cheeky brew or two).  Pretend you're Tiger Woods (you know, before it all fell apart) at Albert Park Driving Range. 50 balls will set you back $10.50.  Try barefoot bowling with your mates at Fitzroy Bowls Club for $15 per person (FYI: it's $20 from Nov-Dec).  The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is the perfect spot to walk or ride. Plus access is 100% FREE.  Fill your belly at one Melbourne’s best parma & pot nights. You’ll find deals as cheap as $15! Drive around Toorak trying to locate the Real Housewives of Melbourne. It's free (if you don't count the hit to your human dignity).  Be impressed at Improv night at The Big Hoo Haa every Friday night. Tix are $28pp. Find Nemo and friends at Melbourne Aquarium. Only $33.60 for an adult if you book online. Grab a mate and challenge them to a round of mini golf at Holey Moley. You can do the full 27 hole course for 49.50pp. No cheating now.  Blow off some steam with a game of pool at Red Triangle for $16 a table (half price if you go before 6pm!). Check out the latest exhibition at NGV. Pricing depends on the exhibition, but there's often a few freebies on show. The old hands-against-the-waterwall costs nothing, too.  Feast on perfectly cooked crab at Miss Katie’s Crab Shack. $27 gets you crab, corn cob & a kransky. Score.  Hit up Strike Bowling with friends and enjoy two games for $29 per person.  Stuff your face with dumplings & BYO wine in Chinatown. If it's over $50pp you're doing it wrong.  Get moving! Check out where you can work out in Melbourne for free.  Grab some cheap tapas (four for $15) at Asian Beer Cafe from 11am-11pm.  Get in the fiesta mood with four tacos at Chingon for only $23! Plenty leftover for margaritas, right?  Laugh out loud at Comedy Night at European Bier Cafe (on Thursdays). Entry's low as $12, depending on who’s performing. Head to Huxtaburger and get a DRAANKS meal—add Huxtabrew or glass of Huxtawine and large chips to your burger for $11.50.  Ooh & ahh over the cute animals at the Collingwood Children's Farm. Only $20 for the whole fam.  Get drunk on a budget at The Shaw Davey Slum. Order a $10 jug of house beer or cider on Saturday or Sunday. Game changer.  You haven’t lived until you’ve had a cheese & liquor flight at Milk the Cow. And they start from just $20.  Literally 'chill out' and enjoy a drink at the Chill On Ice Lounge. Entry is a cooool $39.  Drive to the Peninsula Hot Springs for one of THE MOST relaxing experiences ever. Entry is $40 during off-peak.  Test your knowledge at The Local Taphouse's famous Sunday night trivia. Entry is free! Increase your swagger factor with a $50 cut throat shave or haircut from Kings Domain.  Freak out over the best froyo in Melbourne at Yo-Chi. $50 will get you enough to feed an army  Rent a kayak and explore Fairfield Boathouse & Tea Gardens (your pup can hop on the boat too).  Check out the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. They run a bunch of free exhibitions, workshops and educational programs.  Seek out a vintage gem at one of Melbourne's best op shops. $50 will buy you a whole bloody wardrobe.  Chuck $50 of petrol in the tank and cruise down to Torquay for a gloriously free surf.  Hop on the free City Circle Tram and see Melbourne's best sights. Jump on and off as you please.  Ride the Scenic Railway allllll day long with a $49.95 unlimited ride pass at Luna Park

Catching waves costs next to nothing. Here are all the best spots for learning to surf near Melbourne

Image Credit: Peninsula Hot Springs 

There’s A Pyjama Party Fun Run Coming To Melbourne

There’s A Pyjama Party Fun Run Coming To Melbourne

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

St Vincent’s Hospital is putting the ‘fun’ in Fun Run this year. To celebrate their 125th bday (happy birthday, you utter legends) they’re hosting a Princes Park fun run in April...and you can wear your PJs.

Let’s clarify slightly. If you sleep in the nude, or tops without bottoms, that’s not gonna fly. We’re talking daggy flannel pyjamas, satin onesies, novelty chicken costumes, or silky boxer shorts (if they have ‘Horny Little Devil’ or VB cans on the back, that’s probably okay...but you should consider chucking them for the sake of future partners).

All money raised from the PJ run will go toward the 57,000 patients treated every year at St Vincent’s. Runners can pick from either a 3km, 6km or 10km track—consider the breathability of your pyjamas before committing to the 10km...

And bouncing along in your onesie isn’t the only thing on offer: there’s also gonna be free entertainment, face painting (shotgun tiger), a jumping castle for the kids, a petting zoo and food trucks galore. All participants will also get a free running t-shirt and goodie bag.

Registrations are open this week, so get cracking.

The Details

Where: Princes Park, Carlton When: Sunday 15 April, 9:30am Dress code: Pyjamas For more info, click here.

More good news—Silent Comedy is coming back to the Arbory for the MICF. Get around it. 

Image credit: Daily Telegraph 

30 Thoughts We Had During Last Night’s Episode Of Bachie In Paradise

30 Thoughts We Had During Last Night’s Episode Of Bachie In Paradise

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Going into last night’s episode we were pretty damn ready to call it a day. Between the Flo love triangle, the new Jake love triangle and the fabulous bartender that is being wasted on this show, we were pretty done. But between Blake calling Laurina the wrong name and Tara being her usual fabulous self, we’re back. Oooooh, we are back. 

Here are 30 thoughts we had while watching last night’s episode of Bachelor In Paradise.

Another day has dawned in the Love Shack and we’re already bored of people talking about how obsessed they are with Ali.  OK, we get it, Ali is beautiful. No really guys, we GET it.  The tally stands at four: Mack, Jarrod, Michael and a confused shell-of-a-sleazy-man Jake all just asked the producers whether it would be too far to bring in giant sumo suits to fight over Ali and we think it’s juuuuust far enough.  Jarrod (sans sumo suit and rocking his best smug face) wanders over Ali and says “oi, so like, you wanna go on a date with me?” to which she responds with a big ol’ sigh and a “fiiiiine”. She then proceeds to awkwardly laugh at his jokes, beg him not to kiss her please for the love of God, and tell the camera repeatedly that she has absolutely no romantic interest in the poor man. No, really, like none.  The one thing she doesn’t do is tell Jarrod that she’s friend zoned him hard. Just when we thought Jarrod couldn’t get any redder, they make him dance next to Ali. Meanwhile, on the beach, Leah is telling Mack that she’ll be spewing if he doesn’t give her his rose because he owes it to her… Then says that even if he was the last Bach-man on the island, she probs still wouldn’t give him her rose.  And that, my friends, is why Leah is on our shit list. Again. Just when we thought she’d come good. Meanwhile, Florence can be heard in the distance arguing that Megan is a lesbian so it should really be impossible for her to steal her man.  Nina just keeps interrupting her with a serious case of word vomit about the hot and heavy kiss she heard totally happened at the Love Gate between Megan and Jake the night before. She doesn’t even pretend that she isn’t loving every single minute of the drahmz.  Flash to the beach and Jake and Megan are reclining while he tells her that ‘babe, You look great in that bikini babe. Babe.” Insert multiple scenes of Flo really giving it to Megan about how truly awful manwhore Jake is, plus another not-scene of her throwing her champagne at Jakes back. Jake missed the altercation and so did the camera men but if Michael says it happened then it totally happened. We think.  And while Florence is still telling the team about throwing her champagne at Jake (which may or may not have actually happened) Oshy wanders in, in a jacket that’s frankly not appropriate Fiji wear, and announced a rose ceremony.  Cue Flo repeating over and over again “oh no, I think I made a mistake” and packing her bag immediately.  Now if you’re not already strapped in, you better do it fast because all we know is the rose ceremony is about to begin, Tara looks absolutely babe’n, and emotions are about to run high. We have a feeling that Jarrod is about to lose out to literally any guy that gives out their rose first.  Jarrod unfortunately is the only person who hasn’t picked up on the vibes, so he’s pulling Keira away to pat her on the knee patronisingly and tell her that while he felt a spaa-aaa-aarrk he’s just thrown her into the yeah-nah pile because Ali is his new Queen and owner of the love fern 2.0. Now we feel sorry for Keira. Can someone please explain to us how the Channel Ten editors have done such a good job that we now feel sorry for Keira? Okay, the rose ceremony. Mack walks up to the plate and, shock horror, throws a big pie in Leah’s face and chooses Ali.   Jarrod looks more devastated than that time someone pissed in his love fern and we’re more excited than, well, that time someone pissed in his love fern. Question: Who would be the better stalker, Mack or Jarrod? Jarrod walks up with a face like a slapped arse and chooses Kiera and seriously, the sass she’s throwing is everything. Again, whyyyy do we feel sorry for Keira?  As more and more people make their choices, Jake is getting increasingly red, teary and agitated so he naturally tells Michael to choose Flo for him because he’ll cry if he doesn’t. Honestly, we couldn’t make this shit up and also, get out Jake.  Now for the best part of the night. Blake walks up and calls out Lenora. LENORA GUYS. HE CALLED LAURINA, LENORA (!!). Cue awkward giggles and Laurina dropping Blake like a dirty street pie. Tara must be sticking with Sam purely so she can make him wash his hair. Jake just said he’s going to cry again and we need him to leave.  Michael picks Leah just to stick it to Jake and honestly, he’s is suddenly our third favourite person on the island. Jake on the other hand feels personally victimised by Michael because he didn’t want to deal with the consequences of his own shitty, shitty actions. Idiot. And that’s it team; our final Flo scene and while we wish the girl well, we’re glad we can stop watching her love triangle (square?).

Catch up on all things Bach right here

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There’s A Massive Food Truck Festival Happening In The CBD Next Month

There’s A Massive Food Truck Festival Happening In The CBD Next Month

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Us Melburnian’s sure do love a food truck park. If we’re not devouring morsels of food flung from a truck at The Food Truck Park, Hank Marvin, or Welcome To Thornbury who knows where you’d find us—probably in a gutter somewhere.

But anyway, the masterminds behind The Food Truck Park will be putting on the biggest food truck festival—the aptly named Food Truck Festival—the world’s most liveable city has ever seen in May, and it’ll be held smack back in the CBD at Birrarung Marr.

The festival will be divided up into north, east, south, and west Melbourne so we’ll really find out where your loyalties lie as the trucks inject food straight into your mouth from each of Melbourne’s most popular neighbourhoods.

South side forever btw.

There will be more than 40 food trucks at The Food Truck Festival, featuring cheese, fried chicken, tacos, Asian, vegan, beer, wine, and a ton of other options yet to be announced. There will also be a district named Sweet Lane which will serve up some of Melbourne’s best desserts.

The full lineup will be announced closer to the event, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

The Details

What: The Food Truck Festival When: Wednesday 2 May – Sunday 6 May Where: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne For more info head here.

Did you know a Viking bar just opened up in Melbourne? It's called Mjølner, and you can read all about it here.

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Why Uncle Collins Street is the Best Spot to Enjoy a Spring Racing Tipple (or Two)

by admin @ Uncle Restaurants

Spring racing season in Melbourne comes with an electric buzz in the atmosphere, fine fashion and (fingers crossed) some excellent weather here and there. Naturally the best place to be when the races are on is at the racecourse itself but when you can’t be there (thanks boss), Uncle Collins Street is the next best..

All The Documentaries You Should Be Watching This Month

All The Documentaries You Should Be Watching This Month

by Elizabeth Maidment @ The A List | The Urban List

From true crime to food glorious food, we’ve got the round-up of everything doco-related you should be watching this month. So slip on your PJ’s, make yourself a cuppa and snuggle up—because we’ve got a damn good list.

The Naked Truth

An undercover Netflix exposé that's hot off the presses (it goes live on 17 April). The Naked Truth follows under-reported subjects like money laundering, government secrecy and online fraudulence. It’s an interesting watch if you’re into real-life investigative journalism. If that doesn’t entice you: it was nominated for an Emmy and a National Press Club award. Fourth Estate represent! 

Ugly Delicious  

Star chef David Chang leads his friends on a mouth-watering chase for the world’s most satisfying eats (even if they look terrible). It's all about how food brings us together, not just through family, but also through nations and culture and all that jazz. Chew this one with your eyes closed—it's time we started appreciating ugly. 

Flint Town

Shot over a period of two years, film-makers reveal some serious social issues in the town of Flint in Michigan. Flint Town doesn't shy away from the underbelly: poverty, crime, living conditions, community and the officers trying to serve them, you'll see it all. It can get a tad depressing, but it's still compulsory viewing. 

Shot in the Dark

This one isn't a crime show per say. It's a doco that follows how freelance videographers capture the world around them when it comes to emergency situations. Follow three ‘stringers’ as they scour the evening streets for fires, floods and emergency cases where they can shoot the ‘perfect shot’ for the news anchors. If you've seen the Jake Gyllenhaal movie Stronger, you'll know what you're in for. 

Girls Incarcerated: Young and Locked Up

Following the lives of Madisen juvenile correctional facility, this eight-episode documentary series is raw AF. It doesn't just look at why these girls are behind bars, it follows their hopes and dreams for a better life. Better pack your tissues with this one, it can get emotional.

Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show

The first documentary film to turn the camera on itself and show the world what it's like to be a showrunner, liaising with big companies and making sure that the shows that you watch go to air every day. Not only is this series engaging, but it also features some of your favourite stars from comedy + drama. Think of it like Unreal but for real. 

Conspiracy

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, right? Did Avril Lavigne die and get replaced with a body double? Did we really walk on the moon? Did Hitler escape or did he actually shoot himself in the bunker? This documentary series from Mark Bazeley uncovered the way certain people think...and sometimes not think enough. 

Chef’s Table

If you haven't got addicted to this yet, make April the month. Chef's Table follows the world's most famous chefs in some of the fanciest Michelin-starred restaurants (inc. Melbourne’s own Attica!) In-depth interviews, behind-the-kitchen scoops and a healthy dollop of food porn. This one will have you drooling in front of the TV.

Roxanne, Roxanne

This heart-wrenching documentary series follows Lolita “Roxanne Shantè” Gooden from the age of 14 as she fights the Queensbridge Projects in New York to protect her family. It's about how she's risen to become one of the most successful Africa-American hip-hop legends, despite the odds being stacked against her.

I Am Innocent

Unlike traditional crime docos, where they're trying to prove someone's guilt, I Am Innocent does the opposite. It's all about how the truth can be manipulated and people become wrongly accused of crimes. Meet the people trying to clear their name and get out of jail. Some heavy viewing, but it's well worth it. 

Wild, Wild Country

The most unusual and controversial documentary on the list, Wild Wild Country shines a light on a city in the Oregon desert, and the battles of the locals who occupy the town. We won’t give too much away, but it involves the first bioterror attack in the US as well as llegal wiretapping. Truth really is stranger than fiction. 

Missed last month's batch? Check out March's documentaries here.  

Image credit: Shot In The Dark 

Melbourne’s Most Fancy Easter Choccies

Melbourne’s Most Fancy Easter Choccies

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

This one goes out to the all the penny-counters out there who haven’t already spent all their pocket money on discounted 150g Cadbury Easter bunnies while grocery shopping since Boxing Day—you’re stronger than we are. In the spirit of baby Jesus’ resurrection, we’ve put together a list of all of Melbourne’s most ~premium~ Easter choccies, and yes they may break the bank, but by golly your mum/dad/gf/bf/bff/fave The Urban List writer will love you for it (and they’ll make for a bloody good Insta, too).

Monsieur Truffe

Monsieur Truffe are one of Melbourne’s finest chocolatiers and choccie makers. Their chocolate originates from a one-man operation in Prahran Market eleven years ago, and has since expanded to a large factory space in Brunswick (you go, Glen Coco[a]). This Easter you can stock up on their delicious gluten-free, fair trade, handmade goodies including the ‘Sardines Box’ and the whimsical Bunny In Car’ which are every bit as delicious (and sustainable/healthy/allergy-friendly) as their names suggest. They've also got the 'Small Rooster' available which you can get in 37% Dominican Republic milk blend, or 72% Dominican Republic dark blend if you're hardcore. Good news too, as their entire dark chocolate range is Vegan-friendly/dairy free.

Pana Chocolate

Speaking of raw, organic and handmade chocolate, Pana Chocolate are the cool (and super allergy-friendly) kids on the block. This year their luxurious choccie hampers like the 60% Easter Egg Pack, or the Medium & Large hampers which include a range of blocks, eggs, and bunnies. You just have to look at these bad boys to know they’re the good stuff; they’re dark, heavy and glistening with the very real possibility of heart failure (a mild one though, these guys are totes the healthy version of choc). Grab any of these bad boys in their Richmond store (and keep the box forever because it’s luxe AF).

The Ministry Of Chocolate

If you’re after an aesthetic almost too good to eat, you need The Ministry of Chocolate. Think chocolate eggs the size of mangoes decorated in edible graffiti, candied fruit and lego (LEGO). If these elaborate edible details get your palms sweating and your heart beating, then you need the ‘Block Egg’—Belgian milk chocolate with edible blocks attached, ‘The Hosier Lane Egg’—Belgian milk couverture with splashes of colour, and the ‘Fruit & Nut Egg’—dark Belgian couverture drizzled with dark, milk and white couverture and finished with dried fruit and nuts on the outside. We won’t even mention the ‘Half Egg’ edible chocolate bowl filled with truffles and mini speckled eggs...

Koko Black

Koko Black is the Meryl Streep of the Melbourne chocolate industry—it’s been around for ages and hasn’t aged a day in thirty years, but it’s also bloody delicious. Each year they deliver the cream of the crop during the Easter season, and this year is no different. Up for grabs is their silky smooth 34% ‘Milk Chocolate Bunny’, their beautiful (and damn cute) chocolate ‘Egg Pops’, packets of 34% ‘Mini Speckled Eggs’, and the oh-la-la-oh-my-word-hooley-dooley ‘Hazelnut Praline Quail Eggs’ (THEY COME IN A SMOL EGG CARTON AND EVERYTHING). You can pick up some of these delish choccies from their stores which you can find here.

Burch & Purchese

If wowing the pants off your friends and fam is the way you roll at Easter, then Burch & Purchese are the choccie-connoisseurs you need on speed dial. What may look like abhorrently expensive children’s toys are in fact very delicious handcrafted Belgian chocolates (I KNOW). This year their range includes hand-painted speckled eggs in white, dark and milk chocolate flavours. You can also get your greasy mitts on the classic ‘Alien Egg’—made from handcrafted Belgian milk and white chocolate, and also RIDICULOUSLY beautiful.

The Chocolate Box

The Chocolate Box is a local fave and are the masters of some of our crowd favourite Easter treats. We’re talking ‘Milk Chocolate Easter Bilbies’, ‘Milk Chocolate Half Egg with Chocolate Coated Raspberries’, ‘Dark Chocolate Half Egg with Chocolate Covered Fruit & Nut’ and—wait for it—’Milk Choc Half Egg with Belgian Chocolate Freckles’. You can grab these choccies at their stores in the CBD, Alfred Hospital, Camberwell and Port Melbourne.

Bibelot

If we also had a premium art roundup, Bibelot’s 2018 Easter range would feature on that too. This year the choccie wizards behind the name have baked (?) up an Easter collection which takes inspiration from the unique colours, textures, and characteristics of rare gemstones. The 5 distinctive marble-coloured eggs have each been hand-painted on-site in South Melbourne, and each contain a combination of signature 'comfit'—a French technique of coating nuts or fruit in chocolate to create bite-sized morsels.

Gelato Messina

We'd love to talk to you more about what Gelato Messina has on offer this year, but they're already sold out. See what you missed out on here.

Chocolatier

If you’re someone who likes a hella lotta choice with their premium Easter choccie, then you need to bookmark Chocolatier’s website in your browser toot sweet. Each year they put forward a delicious (and thorough) range of premium Easter chocolates, and 2018 doesn’t disappoint. This year they have their standard dark and milk chocolate eggs, as well as their ‘'Enchanted' collection of eggs, along with other delicious options. They're also currently doing a collab with Cold Rock where you get ice cream thrown inside half a Chocolatier egg at your local Cold Rock store, worth checking out.

Cacao

If there’s a special someone in your life who needs to be treated right, and by treated right we mean given the gift of the world’s most beautiful Easter egg this season, then look no further than Cacao chocolates, they’re the most pimped-up/luxe/fancy AF Easter range in all the land (Melbourne). You can choose from the ‘Half Dozen’—six hand-painted speckled milk chocolate eggs in a carton, or the ‘3 Little Chicks’—threehand-painted milk chocolate chicks painted with flicks of chocolate paint, or land yourself their decadent 10-piece Easter gift box. You can pick up any of these bad boys at their CBD, St Kilda, Westfield Doncaster and Highpoint locations.

Gânache

Gânache is the no-frills, back-to-basics counterpart of the elaborate Melbourne chocolate scene. Their range is full of rich chocolate classics that’ll win over hearts faster than a baby Labrador sneezing. These include their milk chocolate ‘Floppy Eared Bunny’, classic ‘Milk Chocolate Bunny’, Melbourne themed ‘Praline-Filled Milk Chocolate Half Egg’, groovy ‘Graffiti Praline Bunny’ and tubes of ‘Freckle Eggs’ and chocolate coated Easter almonds. Hot foot over to their CBD and South Yarra location to get your greasy mitts on these.

The Crux & Co

While The Crux & Co are known for their incredible desserts and sweet treats, this little patisserie flew out of the woodwork at the whisper of premium Easter chocolates, and good thing they did because their range would stop traffic (if not our diets). Get your mitts on their delightfully colourful hand-painted Easter eggs at their South Melbourne store, or their patisserie on Little Collins.

Godiva

You can taste the 92 years of connoisseur experience in Godiva’s luxurious Belgium chocolates. Their 2018 Easter collection is directed towards the curious, adventurous and the downright indecisive. There are Easter assortments to suit everyone’s requirements, ranging from 4-16 pieces of succulent chocolate, including white chocolate with a hazelnut praline ganache, milk chocolate orange ganache and dark chocolate banana caramel. Splurge on their dazzling Beaded Egg containing 16 pieces of premium chocolate Easter eggs­–good G*d, Godiva, you’ve got us drooling.

Haigh’s Chocolates

As Australia's oldest family-owned chocolate maker, operating since 1915, the guys at Haigh’s know the true meaning of the words ‘premium chocolates’. For Easter, of course, they’ve got your traditional milk and dark chocolate Easter Eggs down pat. They’re also slinging along chocolate Easter bilbies, chickens, hens, frogs, ducks and even Codfish! These puppies range from a mere 20g to a whopping 500g, that’s right…half a kilo of decadent chocolate.

Mörk Chocolate

The Mörk cocoa artisans roast their own cocoa beans in their Chocolate Brew House in North Melbourne and create chocolates that are truly works of art. Their Easter Egg fillings are different to anything we've ever seen before. Including raspberry sherbet, earl grey & biscuit, passionfruit, roasted cacao nibs, sesame gianduja (hazelnut paste), and mint crisp. Scrum-diddly-umptious.

Xocolatl

This father and daughter duo are handcrafting their own Belgian couverture chocolate into literal masterpieces at Xocolatl. Their hand-designed chocolate figurines of bunnies, hens and even an egg man are guaranteed to knock your socks off. Better yet, their Easter Art Series collection features hand decorated chocolate eggs inspired by artists such as Miro, Pollock and Mondrian. Guaranteed to make your jaw hit the G*d damn floor.

Chocolate is one thing, but we all know it's not Easter without a decent helping of Hot Cross Buns. We have checked out all the good HCBs in Melbourne, find out which was the best here.

Image credit: Koko Black

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by admin @ Uncle Restaurants

12 Markets To Hit Up In Melbourne This April

12 Markets To Hit Up In Melbourne This April

by Gen Phelan @ The A List | The Urban List

Get ready to drool over hot jam doughnuts and vintage denim after a weekender bender of market hopping. As usual there's market pandemonium in Melbourne this month, probably because we're about to enter a world of eternal darkness and rain. 

Proceed at risk of self-inflicted bankruptcy and a severely good time. Here are some of the best markets to check out in April. 

School Holidays At The Queen Vic Market

Wrangle the troops. Queen Vic Market is where you can let other people wear your kids out this holidays (no more boredom and ‘MUUUUUUM’-ing). There’s heaps of arts and crafts on the agenda, and even big kids can rejoice at the sight of glitter glue.

Where: Queen Victoria Market When: Sunday 1 April - Thursday 12 April, times vary For more info, click here.

Red Hill Community Market

It’s dubbed one of the most popular markets in Vic, with over 300 vendors selling fresh, home-grown produce. You’ve got lush scenery, an escape from the hustle and bustle, and good people getting good food into your basket. Winery hopping sesh post-perusal? Now that’s how you Saturday.

Where: Arthur's Seat Road, Red Hill When: The first Saturday of every month until the end of May, 8am-1pm For more info, click here.

Rose Street Market

Every Saturday and Sunday, Rose Street Market features this city’s most dazzling movers and shakers breaking into the design scene. There's homemade wares galore, top notch nosh and even a bloody rooftop bar. Uh, woah.

Where: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy When: Saturday 7 April, 11am – 5pm For more info, click here.

Casey Urban Makers Market

Handmade and handcrafted goods galore at this market in Casey. A beautiful indoor market to while away the hours on your cruisy Saturday, this one will satisfy all your beauty, lifestyle and fashion desires. And free music performances to boot.

Where: Casey Stadium, 65 Berwick-cranbourne rd When: Saturday 7 April, 10am- 3pm For more info, click here.

Vegan Market of Melbourne

Vegans, it’d be sinful not to get down to this cruelty-free mega-market. Formerly coined the Vegan Mini Market, this bad boy has expanded in all of its vegan food and fash glory to bring you a larger spree of morally-conscious curated stalls. Hit it hard.  

Where: 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford When: Saturday 7 April, 9am – 3pm For more info, click here.

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Small market stalls, big dreams. This market fanfare in Belgrave will see deluges of coffee, live music, bouncy castles (score) and even a FREE hot yoga class at 11:30 for all you flexi folks. Meet you on that castle. Not kidding.

Where: Reynolds Ln, Belgrave When: Sunday 8 April, 9am-2pm For more info, click here.

Mornington Racecourse Market

Any excuse for a peninsula road trip, right? You’ll end up knees-deep in an eclectic range of bling, garbs and homewares at the Mornington Racecourse Market. We’re especially excited to raid through all of the pastel sartorial goodness from Sarah Alyce Designs.

Where: Racecourse Road, Mornington When: Sunday 8 April, 9am – 2pm For more info, click here.

Footscray Finds

For our vintage obsessed city-dwellers, this is a reason to par-tay. There’s a combo of stalls and car boots brimming with thrifting potential. On the gastronomy front, expect food and drink from Biggie Smalls, Cobb Lane, Brew Sisters, Oscar's Vintage Coffee Van, Boho Blends and the Copper Pot.

Where: Footscray Library Car Park, 56 Paisley St, Footscray When: Sunday 15 April (3rd Sunday of every month), 8am-1pm For more info, click here.

Markit

‘Mark Markit in your diary right now, Mark,’ is what you’ll be saying ahead of Mother’s Day next month. Now in its 9th year, this market palooza is all about dinky ceramics, incredible fashurn and some of Melbourne's best food and coffee from Q Le Baker, Coffee Supreme, Mörk Chocolate, Candied Bakery, All Day Donuts and 5 & Dime Bagels. Delish.

Where: Fed Square When: Sunday 22 April, 10am-5pm For more info, click here.

Camberwell Sunday Market

Trash and treasure. It’s the kind of alliteration that Sundays were made for. Have a lazy morning, spend two hours patting your dog, then saunter on over to the classic Camberwell Sunday Market to sieve through some golden nuggs of pre-loved, vintage goodies. Oh, and there’s HOT JAM DOUGHNUTS. Maybe make that saunter a sprint.

Where: Market Place, Camberwell When: Every Sunday, 6:30am-12:30am For more info, click here.

Prahran Market

If you’re after organic produce, sustainable seafood and free-range meats, crack out your hessian bags and hit the Prahran Market running. Open five days a week, you won’t need to go anywhere else for your weekly fresh food shop.  Pro tip: stop in at Maker & Monger for their ridiculous All American grilled cheese. 

Where: 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra When: 7am to 5pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 10am to 3pm, Sundays For more information, click here.

Docklands Sunday Market

Fresh churros are just one of the wonders you’ll encounter at the Docklands Sunday Market. Boasting truckloads of beauty products, clothing, food and crafts, it’s the ideal way to serenade our city on a Sunday. Come via yacht for extra fun.

Where: NewQuay Promenade, Docklands When: Sundays, 10am–5pm For more info, click here.

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There’s An Honest-To-God Ron Swanson Appreciation Day Happening In Melbourne This Weekend

There’s An Honest-To-God Ron Swanson Appreciation Day Happening In Melbourne This Weekend

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Oh lordy, yes. Welcome To Thornbury, you’ve outdone yourself with this one. Melbourne’s favourite food truck park has decreed that on Saturday 7 April, they shall hold a Ron Swanson Appreciation Day.

If you’re not a Parks & Rec fan, this information probably won’t mean much. If you’re a sensible, well-adjusted human with a fine appreciation for moustaches, steak, Lagavulin whisky and no-nonsense haircuts, this information may cause involuntary urination. We’re just that damn excited. (If you need a refresher on why Ron Swanson is life, read this)

Here’s what the gang has in-store:

All-day breakfast (naturally), including Swanson favourites like ‘Turf n Turf’, ribs, steak and ‘all the bacon and eggs that you have’. The guys at the bar will also be slinging Lagavulin and whisky cocktails, including an “extremely potent” Snake Juice mix (you have been warned).

Need more? Lil’ Sebastian will be making an appearance. We literally have no words.

The Details

Where: Welcome To Thornbury, 520 High St, Northcote  When: Saturday 7 April, 12pm – 11:30pm Dress code: Whatever you want. It’s a free country. Whisky: Neat. For more info, click here.

It's gonna be a big weekend: ACMI is also running a brand new Alice In Wonderland exhibition

Image credit: Parks & Recreation 

‘Queer Eye’ Season Two Is About To Drop On Netflix

‘Queer Eye’ Season Two Is About To Drop On Netflix

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

Uh stop errythang, the (new) Fab Five are coming back to good ol’ Netflix and oh thank God. 

This seriously feel-good re-do of the OG show ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ (we still miss the inspirational sass of Carson Kressley that graced our pre-teen lives) has just been renewed for another season which means we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness exclaiming ‘can you believe?’. And we are totally okay with that.

ICYMI, this addictive show follows five fab queer guys who advise other guys on all things fashion, grooming, food, culture, design and seemingly transform their lives for the better. Which basically means you’ll want to grab the tissues because you’ll be rollin’ through all the highs and lows of an emotional rollercoaster in just one episode.

The release date hasn’t exactly been dropped yet but stay tuned because word on the street is it’s just on the horizon. Our lives just got 257 per cent better.

Love procrastinating? Here are 10 books that will change the way you think.

Image credit: Queer Eye

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16 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

16 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

by Megan Whitfield @ The A List | The Urban List

The week is winding up and we can practically taste the sleep-in. But before you nap away the entire weekend (we've been there), there are some goings-on you may just want to check out. Boozy brunches, food festivals, art openings...these might just be worth getting out of bed for. 

Here are 15 things to do in Melbourne this weekend. 

All Weekend

Business Beatings

The life of an entrepreneur can be tough. Local artist Ben Hutchinson has captured the struggle through a series of dramatic (and tiny) illustrations, demonstrating the trials and tribulations business is built on. It’s all about the blood, sweat and tears. Check 'em out at the excellent Squishface Studios (one of our favourite Brunswick gems). 

Where: Squishface Studios, Brunswick When: April 6 –13, 6pm – 9pm For more info click here.

Elsternwick Pottery Classes

It's time to get your hands dirty. To celebrate their grand opening, the folks at Ceramiques pottery studio in Elsternwick are offering free classes this month. If you've been itching to try something new, why not give sculpting a shot? There'll be a ban on recreating the scene from Ghost though, sorry.

Where:  Ceramiques, Elsternwick When: April 2-27, class times vary For more info click here.

Top Designs 2018 at Melbourne Museum

Between cramming for the next exam (sorry, carefully studying well in advance) and figuring out where to go for schoolies, some talented teens have produced some very cool art pieces, films and products. Celebrating the budding designers and artists of tomorrow, Melbourne Museum is showing off a selection of work from the top VCE and VET students from across the state. Admission is included in museum entry: $14 for adults, free for Students and Concession.

Where: Melbourne Museum When: March 17 – July 15, 10am – 5pm For more info click here.

Como Fashion Quarter Exhibition

Como house is transforming into a fashion gallery as it brings the National Trust Costume Collection to life. Each quarter of the house will be curated by a different Melbourne artist, as they style a unique assortment of everyday clothing and elite fashion. Make sure you swing by The Stables afterwards for thier insane mitraillette sandwich. 

Where: Como House, South Yarra When: Friday 6 April – 1 July, 10am – 4pm For more info click here.

St Erth Apple Festival

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, you may never have to see a doctor again after the St Erth Apple festival. Wander the heritage orchard then join a masterclass in all things apple. There's also free mini workshops throughout the day. Entrance is $10 bucks, or free for kids under 16 (or members of the Diggers Club).

When: April 7 – 8, 9am – 5pm Where: St Erth, Blackwood VIC For more info click here.

NGV Colony Exhibition

While the Triennial wraps up, the NGV is keeping our afternoons filled with two new exhibitions based around Australia’s colonial history. Offering artworks in a range of media, from Indigenous cultural objects to fashion and textiles, the free exhibition explores the art produced in response to this controversial time in our history.

Where: Ian Potter Centre, Fed square When: March 15 – July 15 For more info click here.

Thursday 5 April 

Goldeluck’s Doughnuts Opens

Oh Eastland, you know the way to our hearts. A Melburnian favourite, Goldeluck’s is popping up this Thursday, satisfying our every craving for baked deliciousness. They’re the brains behind the first ever doughnut-croissant hybrid, and that’s only the beginning...Sweet tooths, check this one out. 

Where: Eastland Shopping Center When: April 5, 9am – 5:30pm For more info,click here.

Ladies BYO Vinyl Night

Ladies, ever dreamed of hitting the decks with some sweet tunes? Now's your chance.  The B.EAST and Melbourne Records Club are throwing a female—DJs—-only BYO Vinyl night in Brunswick East. Fellas are more than welcome to come enjoy the tunes, but bring only your dancing feet.

Where: The B.EAST, Brunswick East When: 7pm-11pm For more info click here.

Saturday 7 April 

Ability Fest

An all-inclusive musical festival is giving music lovers the chance to get lost in the moment, regardless of disability. And all proceeds going towards the Dylan Alcott Foundation. Nice. They’ve got themselves a ripper line-up too, with the likes of Client Liason and Flight Facilities gracing the stage, a fully accessible venue and AUSLAN translators for all main-stage acts. Ages 18+.

Where: Coburg Velodrome When: April 7, 2pm – 10pm For more info, click here.

NGV After-Dark Teen Party

As part of their Triennial exhibition, the NGV is throwing teens an exclusive after-dark party, filled with DJs, food, art tours, dancing and heaps more. Sorry big kids, attendees must be between 13-17 and show a valid Senior School ID. Tickets are a measly $10.

Where: NGV When: Saturday 7 April, 6pm – 9pm For more info, click here.

Bon Fromage Cheese Tasting 

If there’s anything we love more than cheese, it’s free cheese. Fortunately, the Bon Fromage European Cheese Festival has us covered. Some of the tastiest, creamiest, stinkiest (if that’s your thing) cheeses from Europe will be on offer at a sampling session over in Clifton Hill. Way better than that cheese toastie we were going to make for dinner. 

Where: McCoppins Deli, Clifton Hill When: April 7, 11am- 6pm For more info, click here.

Sunday 8 April 

Rooftop Artists Market

Here in Melbourne, we love a market almost as much as we love a good rooftop. Notel is bringing us the best of both worlds, with a showcase of some of Melbourne’s coolest artists. Bibleot Ice cream and First Press Coffee are on board too. It's the perfect way to round off your weekend (and recover from the night before).

Where: Notel, 388 Flinders Ln, CBD When: April 8, 11am-3pm For more info, click here.

Fromage A Trois Cheese Festival

Buckle up, guys. Fromage A Trois cheese fest is back this weekend, and it’s looking feta than ever (last cheese pun—we promise). It'll be taking over Werribee Park Mansion this Sunday with dozens of cheese artisans, cheese markets, picnic blankets, live entertainment and gourmet hampers from the guys at Richmond Hill Cheese & Larder. 

When: 11am6pm, Sunday 8 April Where: Werribee Park Mansion For more info, click here

April Brunch Club

Did someone say bottomless brunch, or are we dreaming? Melbourne favourites The Botanical and Madame Brussels are coming together for an Alice in Wonderland-inspired brunch session, with food andd drink in abundance. Like as much as you want sort of abundance. Don’t be late for this very important date.

Where: The Botanical, 169 Domain Rd, South Yarra When: April 8, 12pm-3pm For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Parks and Recreation Trivia Night

Is Ron Swanson your mentor for all big decisions in your life? Read up on your Pawnee town history recently? Now’s the chance to show off your knowledge at a Parks and Rec trivia night. With a bar tab on the line, choose your teammates wisely. No one wants a Jerry. Come on, treat yo self.

Where: Various. Check the event page. When: April 11, 7:30pm – 10pm For more info, click here.

Grampians Grape Escape

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—Australians know good food. The Grampians is proving that once again with their annual Grape Escape. It’s a weekend wine festival that promises great local food, plenty of vino, and all-round entertainment for the whole family. Masterchef addicts (guilty) can even enjoy a master class from fan‑fave Matt Sinclair.

Where: Halls Gap Recreation Reserve, Grampians Road, Halls Gap When: May 5 – 6, 2018 For more info, click here.

Hungry for more? There's a massive food truck festival coming to the CBD next month

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Why You Should Take Your Dad to Uncle This Father’s Day

by admin @ Uncle Restaurants

Mouth-watering Vietnamese dishes. Tasty beers. Cool beats. There’s nothing else the special man in your life ought to want – except for maybe a night off doing the dishes, perhaps. Both our restaurants are open for business on Father’s Day this year (September 3rd, in case you forgot the date) and best of all, we’re..

Saigon Street Eats answers all our Vietnamese foodie prayers

Saigon Street Eats answers all our Vietnamese foodie prayers


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The Best Places To Eat On Chapel Street

The Best Places To Eat On Chapel Street

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Chapel Street’s a melting pot of, well, melting pots, with every cuisine imaginable lining its expansive street. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose the right foodie destination to satisfy your rumbling tum, especially because the famed street is three suburbs long.

Fortunately for you we’ve done the difficult and delicious task of trying them all so you don’t have to (it’s a hard knock life for us). Here are some of the best restaurants to eat at on Chapel Street.

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

South Yarra

Abacus is the go-to place for anyone wanting to impress their out-of-town mates. It’s decked out it beautiful bronze trimmings, soft wood furnishings and a butt load of plants. Better yet, it’s menu is bloody delicious. Swing by at basically any time of the day - breakfast, lunch or dinner - and they’ll have a little summin’ summin (or seven) for everyone. We highly recommend their Margherita wood-fired pizza.

Hanoi Hannah

Windsor

One of our favourite Hawker-style bars on the strip is Hanoi Hannah, which is serving up Vietnamese realness errday on High Street. Think piping hot pho, Peking duck, curry chicken, rice paper rolls and a loooooong list of delicious beers, wines and cocktails to ease it down you gullet. Eat in or takeaway, the choice is yours.

Tokyo Tina

Windsor

Cut from the same cloth as Hanoi Hannah is another one of our Asian-style faves - Tokyo Tina. This Japanese-style street food haven is famous for its karaage fried chicken, pork belly bao, okonomiyaki Japanese pancake and oodles of spiced edamame. It’s fab for a work lunch thanks to its private booth out the back, and a popular hot spot for birthday dinners thanks to its killer vibe (and food).

Hawker Hall

Windsor

Yet ANOTHER hawker-style hot spot on the street is the aptly named Hawker Hall. With the slogan ‘open late for hungry people’ and a menu that’ll have your mates rolling you out the door, there’s no place we’d rather go on an empty tum. Enjoy dumplings and buns, roti, satay barbecue, salads, noodles, rice, curries, stir-fries, greens, sweets and drinks galore. Plus Gelato Messina is just down the road, ripe for a second dessert stop...

Lucky Coq

Windsor

Did somebody say $4 pizzas? That’s right, frems, Bimbo’s southside brother has daily food specials that’ll give your wallet a much-need break. On the reg, this cheap and cheerful pub throws done hella affordable pizzas, jaffles, salads, sides and drinks. You can sit inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs or on the deck. And at $4 a pizza, it’d be rude not to have at least two.

Mr Miyagi

Windsor

We can’t write a list about Chapel Street food oases without mentioning Mr Miyagi aka. Mr Melbourne. This Japanese-style restaurant has a modern twist on its menu (and a cheeky take on dining) that has diners queueing up down the street every week, so book ahead if you can or get there bang on 5:30 to avoid a lengthy wait. Dishes to wrap your lips around include the salmon nori taco, Mr Miyagi fried chicken, tempura broccoli and prawn and ginger dumplings. You’d also be crazy not to try their famous frosé.

Journeyman

Windsor

But what about brunch?? Chapel Street is packed with first-class Melbourne cafes (Abacus above included), which makes it hard to choose a standout, however one we can’t stop ogling is Journeyman. This ritzy little number has everything: stellar decor, great coffee, friendly service and extraordinary breakfast dishes. If you eat anything on Chapel Street, make it the Persian Feta Potato Croquette. Holey moley.

Feel like spreading your wings beyond the narrow stretches of Chapel Street? Here's every Melbourne cafe you should've had breakfast at by now.

Image credit: Abacaus Bar & Kitchen | Michelle Jarni

All The Food Shows You Should Be Watching On Netflix RN

All The Food Shows You Should Be Watching On Netflix RN

by Sophia McMeekin @ The A List | The Urban List

Not satisfied with three meals a day, foodie TV is now a bona fide outlet for the food obsessed to drool over the world’s best eats. Whether you’re a cheesy competition fan or after something more, er, mature, here are the best new food shows on Netflix.

Ugly Delicious

Like everything Momofuku chef David Chang touches this show has a rebellious streak, as he attempts to shake off old-school foodie pretentions to put the focus back on food that’s plain old delicious. His shtick is equalizing the culinary playing field as he traces the history, variations, and cultural relevance of some of your all-time favourite foods stuffs — pizza, fried chicken, Chinese food. He’s as likely to show you the artistry behind a hundred-year-old recipe as he is to roll through a KFC, and it makes for seriously salivating viewing. Dispersed with Lucky Peach-esque graphic design and quirky animations, plus a couple of Chang’s famous mates including Aziz Ansari and Jimmy Kimmel among others, this is a fresh new food series for a new generation of diners.

Nailed It

Bless this show’s buttercream-centred heart. Nailed It is a charming and refreshing take on the tried and kind of tiresome bake-off TV show model. You know the format already: three contestants hustle to create baked goods of various difficulty levels for a panel of judges with a nail-biting countdown timer ticking ominously in the background. The difference is Nailed It’s contestants are about as far from the egomaniac chef-wannabes you typically see on cooking shows as you can get. Adorably novice bakers, they seem to find their many screw ups and botched baking attempts as funny as the audience does. The judges are also completely refreshing: they’re genuinely nice in the face of some truly dodgy baking efforts, and they’re all kind of hilarious. This is a rare find: a cooking show with a sense of humour that’s genuinely funny, and genuinely sweet.  

Rotten

A true crime mystery for the foodie crowd, Rotten is a six-part documentary series that delves into the business behind the everyday foods we take for granted (garlic, honey, etc.) and the frankly terrifying worldwide food waste problem. Exposing the economic factors that influence every stage of the food cycle, from cultivation to the supermarket, but with no clear heroes or villains, this doco is about making informed choices. Essential viewing if you’re a tad behind the eight ball when it comes to the sustainable living thing.

Somebody Feed Phil

Hosted by Everybody Loves Raymond creator, Phil Rosenthal, this food-centric travel show is so watchable it almost makes you forgive him. Phil’s boyish enthusiasm for everything edible is contagious, as he explores the world’s unusual cuisines and local culinary specialities. His affable, uniquely Jewish take on the world’s cuisines is light hearted and relatable. Be warned, you will be booking flights to any of his culinary travel destinations by the 10 minute mark.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Think your Mum’s the best cook in the world? Get in line. The Big Family Cooking Show pits multigenerational British families against each other in the hunt for the greatest family of cooks in all the land, as they cook up a storm in their own homes to impress the judges, including Rosemary Shrager of Ladette To Lady fame. If the thought of all that washing up doesn’t turn you off, TBFCS has the same cosy vibe as the iconic Great British Bake Off, only with more gravy.

Chef’s Table: France

The first single-destination based spinoff of the game-changing Chef’s Table series is focussed on France, the home of haute cuisine, but it’s not all foie gras and frog’s legs. Instead, the series follows chef’s who have subverted the country’s cooking traditions to make their own unique mark on the foodie landscape. Like the original series, Chef’s Table: France is about a lot more than really, really good looking food; it’s a beautifully shot meditation on art, fanaticism, and the lifelong quest for perfection. Any food fan worth their salt will love every second.

Image credit: Nailded It, Netflix

Saigon Street Eats, 249 Carlisle St in Balaclava - Restaurant menu and reviews

Saigon Street Eats, 249 Carlisle St in Balaclava - Restaurant menu and reviews


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20 Things You’ll Understand If You’re The Only One Not Engaged In Your Group

20 Things You’ll Understand If You’re The Only One Not Engaged In Your Group

by The Urban List Sydney @ The A List | The Urban List

Diamonds are forever. Or, at least Instagram photos of diamonds are forever. That’s the reality of the one friend that hasn’t got the rock yet and couldn’t give a flying floral centerpiece about it.

Once engaged, life becomes a haze of calligraphy, penis straws, and wishing well poems. Isn’t life grand? No, really, it is. The average wedding costs $40K. So take your ringless finger and go splash out on a bottle of vino. Then crack it open and enjoy this list. Cheers.

Your social media feeds are a whooole lot less #foodporn and a whole lot more #shesaidyes than they used to be. You’ve had to get three extra jobs to fund the endless engagement parties, hens parties, and destination weddings you’re invited to. And you can’t wait to plan your extravaganza party and make everyone wear their hideous bridesmaids dresses. You’ve memorised most episodes of ‘Friends’ to play over in your head when people give you advice on being as single as a leftover Pringle. You’re incredibly happy for your friends and all, but you still don’t feel old enough to have your own Medicare card. Your girlfriends might be rocking rocks, but they ALWAYS ask to ‘play with your Tinder’ if you’re single. And they’re weirdly interested in all the unsolicited dick pics you may or may not get. Your Mum has started raising a single eyebrow when you tell her that your third friend got engaged in the past three months. And you SO has started to shift uncomfortably every time an invite comes in the mail. You’ve perfected the poker face when a friend tells you of their Cinderella-themed wedding. You live in fear of being matched with the ‘filler’ groomsman in the wedding party. You know the one. But then again, a dashing single groomsman is the perfect way to say thank you. If you’re into that sorta thing. You and your SO have come up with the perfect, charming, witty comeback to ‘So… will you be next?’ You resent people for assuming you’re gagging for a ring. Or that your SO is either planning something big, or terrified of commitment. Taking a spontaneous summer getaway is off limits, because weddings. You’ve been to every. Single. Winery. In the vicinity of your city. Because weddings. Coming up with fresh, funny, romantic, and tear-inducing speeches is a tiresome task when you have to do one every other weekend. Your fridge used to be a place to store food, now it’s a shrine to all the relationships you’re not having. You know your imaginary Harry Potter wedding will sh*t all over theirs, anyway. 

Are you the engaged friend? Check out The Millennial Guide To Throwing An Epic Wedding

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The Epic Light Festival You Don’t Want To Miss

The Epic Light Festival You Don’t Want To Miss

by Dasha Koryagina @ The A List | The Urban List

Forget what you know about the Southern Lights. Aurora Australis? Please…we have something much more exciting for you! Come this June, Queenstown’s waterfront is set to transform into a magical forest wonderland, lit up with interactive light sculptures and illuminated art installations.

Kicking off on the 1st of June, Queenstown’s annual LUMA Southern Light Project is determined to enchant its guests with interactive, thought provoking light displays, music and entertainment! Utilizing more than 90,000 individual lights, both international and local artists are sure to dazzle with their creativity, producing stunning geometric works against the iconic backdrop of the Queenstown lakefront.

You’ll have four days to witness the glory of this free event, connecting with strangers on a moody winter night through a shared appreciation of art and music. And, with plenty of food vendors partaking in the event, you can be sure your taste-buds will be just as delighted as your mind! What more could you want?

The Deets

What: LUMA Southern Light Project

Where: Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown

When: June 1st—4th, 2018

Get more info here!

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Why You Should Dine at Uncle on Grand Final Day 2017

by admin @ Uncle Restaurants

Heading out to dinner after the big game this weekend? Give the traditional pub a miss this year and head over to Uncle Collins Street for a Grand Final dinner with a twist. While there won’t be any meat pies and sausage rolls in the house, rest assured there’ll be sticky hot and sour chicken..

Mopho Canteen

Mopho Canteen


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Southside pho-natics can get their fix at this casual Vietnamese canteen.

The NGV Is Throwing A Teen After-Dark Triennial Party

The NGV Is Throwing A Teen After-Dark Triennial Party

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

How do you do, young people? First of all, please DM us your secret to eternal youth. Second, we have some news. The National Gallery of Victoria is throwing you a very special after-dark art party.

It’s all part of the NGV Triennial (AKA the greatest cultural phenomenon of all time), and the program is looking outrageously youthful. One night of DJs, food, after-dark art tours, drag, dancing and good wholesome fun.

Here’s a little taster of the program. Melbourne DJ Slimewave and iconic Karen From Finance will be leading the crowd, singing pop hits and spinning RnB tracks all night. T2 will be slinging iced-tea and Pidapipo will be handling the gelato (they’ve invented three new Triennial flavours, just for the event). You’ll also be able to watch poetry slams and check out the Triennial exhibits after hours (when all the plebs have gone home).

Want to get on this one? Too easy. Just rock up on Saturday 7 April with a valid Senior School ID. You have to be between 13 and 17 to get in. Tickets are just $10 (or $8 if you’re already an NGV member).

Stay cool, you crazy kids. 

The Details

Where: NGV When: Saturday 7 April, 6pm – 9pm. For more info, click here

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Three Epic Uncle Collins Street Dishes You Must Try This Spring

by admin @ Uncle Restaurants

If you ignore the rampant hay fever-inducing pollen in the air and the random (but constant) moments of rain, Melbourne can be a pleasant city during spring. As the city wakes up from its winter hibernation, there is an urgent sense of freshness and joy awakening in the crisp air – much like your first..

Parmesan Cheese Ice Cream Is Now A Delicious Reality

Parmesan Cheese Ice Cream Is Now A Delicious Reality

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Ice cream is good. Cheese is good. So, by definition, cheese ice cream, is good.

And that’s what you’re going to get at this year’s Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival at Werribee Park Mansion. If you’re not familiar with Fromage a Trois, you can check out our rundown here—but today we’re going to focus on the delicious announcement that you can get your mitts on Billy van Creamy’s delicious limited-edition flavours at this year’s event.

Billy van Creamy—well known for making some of Melbourne’s best natural ice cream—have put together their “rich and intense” Parmesan Cheese Ice Cream, which from all reports, tastes grate.

No longer is parmesan restricted to pre-dessert eating, and we are absolutely here for this.

However, if Parmesan Ice Cream seems a little bit hard to swallow, Billy van Creamy will also be dishing up a thick, and super creamy Mascarpone & Blueberry flavour which might tick a few more boxes.

The Details

What: Parmesan Cheese Ice Cream Where: Billy van Creamy at Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival When: Sunday 8 April For more info on Fromage a Trois, head here.

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17 Shows To See At This Year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival

17 Shows To See At This Year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

This is our favourite time of the year. There’s a nip in the air, lights and bunting take over the CBD, and the funniest comedians in the world roam the streets of Melbourne for four glorious weeks. Better see a chiropractor ‘bout that funny bone—MICF is back for 2018.

As always, there’s the never-ending list of shows to see. (TBH, you can do a lot worse than grabbing a flyer from the young comics outside Town Hall and taking a punt.) But we’ve chucked together a little list here anyway. 17 shows to check out at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The Big Names

David O’Doherty

The DOD. The man who famously put the ‘aha’ in ‘Yamaha Keyboard’. David O’Doherty has been slaying show after show at The Forum for yonks, and they’re consistently hilarious. It might be the accent, it might be the way his hair erupts from his cranium in a shaggy mane. Who knows. He’s just f*cking funny. Check out his Grand Designs vid above and tell us we’re wrong.  

Steven K Amos

Steven K Amos is the consummate stand-up pro. You know how Malcolm Gladwell reckons you can only become an expert after 10,000 hours’ practise? Well Amos left the 10,000-hour mark behind YEARS ago. This year’s show is called Bread & Circuses—pretty much a chuckle-filled distraction from the general state of the world.

Kyle Kinane

American comics often struggle to penetrate the Aussie market, but Kyle Kinane is funny enough to make it on any continent. Easily one of the most talented US comics in the last 10 years, he’s been nominated for a Barry Award and starred in a bunch of Comedy Central specials. Check him out before the hype really hits.

Judith Lucy & Denise Scott

The Grand Dames of the Australian comedy circuit, and this time you’re getting two-for-one. Lucy and Scott are setting expectations low this year—they’ve called their show Disappointments, which is one show title that actually succeeds in being funny. Get in quick for this one—they’re only doing a limited run.  

The Up-And-Comers

James Veitch

If you’re a TED Talk fan, you’ve probably seen James Veitch floating around the internet. He sold out last year with his show Dot Con (literally sold out, not in a figurative, creatively barren sort of way), and this year he’s back with Game Face. Geeks and people dating geeks, this one’s for you.

Danielle Walker

Anyone who wins RAW Comedy is a bona fide future star, and Danielle Walker is ready to hit the big time. Her show this year is called Bush Rat, and here’s a little excerpt: “Hi, I’m Danielle. My Grandad calls me Bush Rat. Once I was bored and e gave me a magnifying glass to burn my dead dog’s name onto a piece of wood so we could put it on his grave”. Yeah, this girl is special. See her now, gloat for years to come.

Demi Lardner

Demi Lardner has won just about every award for being funny there is in Australia. Director’s choice at MICF, Underbelly Award at the Adelaide Fringe, Best Newcomer at Sydney Comedy Festival...the list goes on. Completely nuts and a certifiable genius, here’s a little taster from her I Love Skeleton blurb: “Demi contains nutrients including lactose and is an important source of protein, since each glass of Demi contains almost eight grams.” Well, quite.

Rose Callaghan 

Rose has been laying low since storming onto the comedy scene in 2016 (where she picked up Best Comedy at the Sydney Fringe and sold out her MICF run). This year it's No Way Rosé—a bubbly look at all the terrible things that happen when you slam back too many 'cougar juices' (to borrow Rose's words). Rave reviews follow this lady everywhere. Check it out and you'll see why. 

Local Acts

Alex Ward

Alex Ward made her MICF debut last year and sold every single ticket. That sort of first-year hype is rare, so you should probably get down in 2018 and see what all the fuss is about. She’s a warm and self-depreciating stand-up with a wicked tongue and talent to burn. This year she’s at Trades Hall with her new show, Good, Great.

Aunty Donna

We’ve been fans of these guys for years. They’ve steadily built a cult following with their surrealist, off-the-wall sketch comedy, and we’re proud and paid members of that cult. This year they’re heading back to school with Glenridge Secondary College. It’ll be educational, it’ll be weird, it’ll be funny. You should see it.

In Konversation

Gee Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan have done well for themselves. What started as a spoof Youtube cooking channel has grown into a cultural juggernaut, with TV shows and a big scoop of lucrative fame. You can catch Kate and Kate this year for one very special show—a sit down chat with another legend, author and TV star Benjamin Law. #Keen.

Michael Shafar

Michael Shafar quit law to do comedy, which turned out to be a pretty good call. He's gone on to sell-out shows at the Melbourne Fringe and MICF, not to mention being a writer on The Project (yeah, you know those zinging one-liners? Michael writes a lot of those). This year he's back with Kosher Bacon. Highly recommend.

Splash Test Dummies

Last year we got Trash Test Dummies, and now we've got Splash Test Dummies (sensing a theme here). The guys responsible are Jamie Bretman, Simon Wright and Jack Coleman, circus pros and acrobats who've built something that's half Cirque de Soleil, have...god knows what. Should be an interesting one. 

The Weird & Wonderful

Tim Key

Pinch us, we might be dreaming. We first saw Tim Key a billion years ago during his Slut Trilogy, and we’ve never forgotten the experience. You can’t really compare Tim Key to anyone that isn’t Tim Key—if you’ve seen his stuff before, you’ll know what we mean. Part poetry, part comedy, part dark and terrifying meta-art. If you only catch one show this year, make it this one.

First Dog On The Moon

“First Dog will prepare you for the looming collapse of civilisation and the demise of everything you ever cared about.” Well thank god someone is. If you’re a long time fan of Australia’s most famous and subversive comic strip, this is your chance to meet First Dog in the flesh. Prepare for the Apocolypse...

Cam Tyeson 

Shout out to the beardy Big Man, Cam Tyeson. Editor at Pedestrian TV and all around good guy (despite his weird Stone Cold Steve Austin fetish). Cam is still one of our favourite writers of all time, and now you can see the words coming out of his mouth instead of his fingers. The show’s called Mainlander. Fingers crossed it’s a sell-out and Cam can upgrade that hideous Cactus Jack t-shirt he wears like a second skin (that’s right, Cam. We’re watching you.)

WTF Renaissance

Every year the MICF throws up a few shows that aren’t strictly stand-up (Hannah Gadsby’s excellent National Gallery art history tours spring to mind). Well this year we’re getting WTF Renaissance—a meme gallery brought to life, taking over The Malthouse with very serious Renaissance paintings...and very funny modern-day captions. It’s kind of hard to explain. 

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The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

by Tayla Rabie @ The A List | The Urban List

Did you spend Easter digital detoxing and enjoying some rayz? That sounds great and all, but you’ve missed the new stuff happening in Melbourne this week. We've got menu revamps, kitchen collab’s and all-out wars against plastic. Confused? Don’t worry, we’re here to catch you up.

Here’s all the news you missed this week.

Archie Green has launched an Australian Brasserie-themed new menu, and their happy hour makes us very happy. $9 per stem and $10 cocktails all week from 4pm-7pm…drink up.

South Melbourne Market has declared war against plastic and will go plastic bag free this April. Paving the way, guys. Love it! 

French restaurant, Bistro Gitan have introduced an express lunch menu running from 12pm-3pm on weekdays.

This month’s Deadman’s Dozen from Marion is available to try at home, 12 bottles of wine for only $270 ($22.50 a pop)!

Burger Project unveiled their new stack: a triple-decker limited edition burger called The Barnyard. You'll be able to get it from 2 April – 31 May. The Barnyard Stack is paired up with the cult beer, Newtowner Pale Ale from Young Henry’s

Bomba’s Rooftop Bar is closing for a makeover and will return mid-July. Not to fear, the Tapas Bar will stay open to keep you well fed and hydrated.

Coombe Yarra Valley Winery has revamped its Autumn Menu and renovated its cellar door. Good excuse to get your drink onnn.

Lord of the Fries just launched a new all-day brekky range, that’s 100% Vegan! That’s right: Vegan chick’n bacon waffles, eggs and fakin’ bacon.

You can now recreate your own house out of LEGO pieces from Little Brick Lane. Maybe make your room an en-suite while you’re at it…a girl can dream.

A massive food truck festival is coming to Melbourne this May. Over 40 food trucks will make an appearance at The Food Truck Festival. Come starving.  

The NGV Triennial exhibition is wrapping up next week, and its most definitely worth a visit. What are we going to do without this in our lives? 

This free dance fest is guaranteed to make you shake that thang like Shakira.  

Preston’s Food Truck Park is hosting a peanut butter festival, with peanut buttery concoctions that will outrank your PB&J sammich.

Not to be out-done, Welcome To Thornbury dropped a Ron Swanson Appreciation Day on us. It's kicking off this weekend. 

Image credit: Burger Project 

Parts Of Melbourne’s CBD Could Become Car-Free In The Near Future

Parts Of Melbourne’s CBD Could Become Car-Free In The Near Future

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

This morning, the City Of Melbourne has thrown forward a couple of discussion papers that will help shape the future of the Melbourne CBD.

One big piece of news is that they’re considering car-free “superblocks” in the CBD that will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists, reduce on-street parking, create more green spaces, and allow more alfresco dining and street trading.

“Allocating the majority of space to cars when most people walk or take public transport is not sustainable." Melbourne considers a Barcelona "super block" solution. pic.twitter.com/p9jBoW17Y5

— Kent Lundberg (@kentslundberg) April 4, 2018

The idea is similar to that found in Oslo, Norway, where the city plans on making its CBD car-free by the end of next year. Bloody bold.

At the moment 61% of the Hoddle Grid is taken up by roads and on-street parking, so if this happens it’s going to create a ton of new space for you to hang out in—but also for those guys that spray paint themselves in gold and pretend to be statues.

The great part about all this is that you can have your say, head to participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au to vent give your considered opinion.

If you're keen for a walk before this happens, check out our rundown on the best walks near Melbourne.

Image credit: City Of Melbourne

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