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You know you want it: Shop The City Melbourne

Get ready for Melbourne’s biggest night of shopping. Shop the City Melbourne is here, Wednesday May 17th, to rock your world with a range of fashion focused free events, activities and discounts across Melb’s favourite shopping precincts, including QV, the Strand, Emporium and Melbourne Central. Enjoy a free butterbing cookie, wander through the night garden, then apologise to your roommate for not paying rent because you spent your entire pay on over 300 deals available for one day only. Freebies include: Oyster Magazine AW17 edit for all the new seasons lewks St Kilda’s famous Matcha Mylk bar pops up, giving away their free famous lattes Butterbing cookie sandwiches are also on the fly for free (so good we had to mention them twice!) Try Grill’d’s new wagyu beef menu Early birds can enjoy a free gift treasure hunt Most importantly – free parking from 5pm till midnight. More info: http://www.shopthecity.com.au/

Good Beer Week is upon us

Gather your steins, boots, and Granddad’s best mug, Good Beer Week is upon us again for another year from the 12th to the 21st of May. Filled with a brimming cornucopia of events, this year brings with it a variety of themed moments spread across Melbourne City, such as Beer School, Pint of Origin, Foodie and Good Times. Beer DeLuxe once again remains the heartbeat of the festival, with their prime location in Fed Square. Should you miss the festival’s opening party on the 12th, fear not: Beer DeLuxe are here to feed and water you in the best possible way. A six course-six beer night with a kiwi flavour (The country, of course – Liberty and Epic brewing from NZ fill your glasses), Palate to Plate menu offerings and Granddad’s Supper – The Boilermaker edition degustation on Saturday night are sure to tantalise. Should you be the discerning type and seek education with your ale, Good Beer Festival has you covered. Meet the founder of Sierra Nevada beer baron Ken Grossman on the Wednesday to chat about becoming …

No Ifs, just Putts – Melbourne’s new indoor mini golf is teeing off

There is a graph somewhere in the universe that places all people in Melbourne on a spectrum. At one end of the spectrum is people who love the city for a lazy lunch, cheeky drink or just generally doing very little while consuming delicious calories to their hearts content. At the other end is the people who love to move and explore. Probably wearing sensible shoes with arch support, these people adore bubble soccer, know to the block the nearest rock climbing centre, and always book a hotel with a gym. If, like me, you sit somewhere in the middle, Melbourne has blessed us with the perfect spot to have a cocktail in one hand, and some kind of sporting accessory in the other – enter Holey Moley Mini Golf Bar. After gleefully donning your visor, enter a clash of pop culture and twee knick knacks and enjoy 27 themed courses, such as Game of Thrones and The Simpsons, while replacing your hard earned calorie deficit (Golf is a sport, right?) on cocktails like Happy Gilmoreo (Chambord …

Delight your Mum this Mother’s Day

Your mum deserves a solid gold statue in her honour, and a thousand roses delivered fresh every day. Since that’s not usually in the budget, we’ve gathered some ideas in advance to treat Mum this Mother’s Day (Sunday 14th of May if you really need help) Let her pick her own present @ The Queen Victoria Markets Spend the morning strolling through the abundance of the Queen Vic, sampling some of Melbourne’s most delightful handmade skincare and homewares. Finish it off by picking up a fresh bouquet of mum’s favourite flowers. Where: The QVM can be found between Queen, Peel, Victoria and Franklin Street Discover more: Here Treat her to a lush lunch  @ The Swanston Hotel Enjoy a three hour buffet in the stylish surrounds of the Swanston Hotel, choosing from over 20 options including a seafood bar, carvery, cold and salad options and, of course, dessert. All mothers enjoy a glass of sparkling and a box of chocolates to make their day even more special. Where: 195 Swanston Street, CBD 3000 Discover more: …

WIN: Double passes to the 20th Spanish Film Festival

Thanks for your entries! Our competition is now closed   The Spanish Film Festival evokes reel inspiración with outstanding films from across Spain, exclusively at Palace Cinemas. Discover a charming array of Spanish films ready to tantalize, amuse and evoke. This year, the festival welcomes Australia’s most beloved Spaniard Miguel Maestre as its newest and cheekiest ambassador, who will be joining audiences for a flamenco sensation at the viewing of Sara Baras, All Her Voices.  True spanish lovers can join in the fun, with 10 x Double passes up for grabs, valued at $30.00. Simply fill in your details to enter below. Terms and conditions are available here

Kid-free activities for the Easter long weekend

The Easter weekend isn’t just for kids – adults can binge on chocolate enjoy themselves too. Foot loose and child free? Dig in, with not a rabbit in sight: Adult Easter at Chapel Street Precinct Cocktails, plus Chocolates that match said cocktails. Need we say more? Ten of the Chapel Street precinct’s most famous locations want to treat you with a stunning drink and chocolate treat to match. Check them out here and plan accordingly Catch a game at Etihad Stadium Etihad is merely a hop, skip and a jump from Southern Cross station, and is hosting three fantastic AFL matches this weekend. Catch North Melbourne v Western bulldogs on Friday,  Carlton v Gold Coast Suns on Saturday, or Collingwood vs St Kilda on Sunday. Find out more here  Have a giggle or two  – Melbourne Comedy Festival With the festival in full swing, there are plenty of acts to catch over the long weekend. From Alanta Colley’s Parasite Lost to Ahir Shah’s Appearing In Order, there’s something for everyone’s taste. Find the lineup here Sing your heart out – Rainbow Karaoke Sing …

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International Record Store Day – April 22nd

At the hotels we all love our local vinyl record shops. Did you know all three of our Concierges own turntables and have substantial vinyl record collections? This month gives us the perfect excuse to go record shopping on Saturday April 22nd, the International Record Store Day. It’s the 10th anniversary of this fabulous day where special limited edition releases flood into record stores and bands play in or outside the shops. This year our choice of venue is only a few minutes’ walk from our hotels and being only 9 months old it’s one of Melbourne’s newest record shops. Situated in the gorgeous art deco Mitchell House (358 Lonsdale Street), Rock Steady Records is a really cool shop owned by Pat who is fresh from a short stint (14 years) working at Basement Discs and before that the much loved (and much missed) Au gogo Records. Pat seems to be relishing finally owning his own place and his enthusiasm is evident even before you walk into the shop when you see the amazing large …