In town for the weekend without the wife or girlfriend? Hit the town with these fun, quirky spots where it’s guaranteed you’ll have a ‘beery’ good time.
Start with a drink at the quirky Captain’s of Industry (2 Somerset Place) which is part café, part barber shop and also a great Friday night bar.
Then jump on a tram down to Victoria Street in Richmond for a fantastic cheap and cheerful Vietnamese dinner or walk up from Victoria Street into the hidden surrounds of Mountain Goat’s very own micro brewery (80 North street Richmond). The owners throw open the brewery on Wednesday and Friday nights and you can sample a range of beers, enjoy a freshly cooked pizza and even have an impromptu tour of the brewery.
After you’ve eaten head back into the city and check out the huge range of bars, cocktail bars and rooftop bars within one block of your hotel (see the Concierge Desk for directions);
Goldilocks (a ‘secret’ rooftop bar you must enter through the noodle shop!)
The Union Electric (a great vibe in this new ‘hipster’ bar in Chinatown)
Belleville (perfect if you like chicken with your beers and cocktails)
Cookie (always lively, great drinks and delicious Thai food)
Section 8 (infamous Melbourne bar made out of shipping containers and pallets)
Start with a breakfast in one of Melbourne’s famous laneways. You can’t go past the many café’s in Degraves Street and Centre Place for a wonderful and social start to the day. Try Lorca (9 Centre Place) for great Huevos ala Flamenca (Spanish brekky).
Then why not spruce up for the rest of your big weekend. How about a beard trim or a cut throat shave at the wonderfully old school Barber on Degraves (26 Degraves Street)?
But if you really want to take your grooming up a notch then why not treat yourself at One for Men (17 McKillop street), Australia’s first men’s’ only salon and spa offering massages, beauty treatments and all types of grooming services. Why should the women get all the day spa pampering?
Whilst in the area don’t forget to pop into Melbourne’s pop culture specialists, Minotaur (121 Elizabeth street). Follow the stairs down on Elizabeth Street to discover an Aladdin’s cave of Simpsons, Dr Who, Sons of Anarchy etc memorabilia. Their huge store also has novels, comics, wrestling DVDs, rock n roll collectors’ items and more Star Wars merchandise than you can point a light saber at.
Next up it’s time for a tour of the famous MCG and maybe a visit to the National Sports Museum at the same venue.
You’ll no doubt be famished by now so head to nearby Easey Street in Collingwood for a hearty burger lunch at the 5 storey diner Easey’s (48 Easey St. Collingwood) which is topped by three actual train carriages. The whole complex is designed by famous Melbourne architects ITN and is definitely worth checking out.
After that, there’s some time for shopping in Brunswick Street which is full of cool and crazy stores. We know shopping makes you thirsty so why not drop into Naked for Satan (285 Brunswick street Fitzroy) for a refreshing drink. Make sure to check out their rooftop bar Naked in the Sky which has great views over the city.
Now it’s time to show off an impress your mates with some old school gaming skills at Pixel Alley (95 Smith street Fitzroy), the only bar where you can enjoy a drink and play vintage arcade games like Space Invaders and Pac Man at the same time.
For dinner enjoy some of the great restaurants along Brunswick and Gertrude street, or if you feel like a ‘real man’s meal’ then head to Le Bon Ton (51 Gipps street Collingwood) which is a saloon style smokehouse and beer garden, specializing in grills and barbeques form the deep south of the USA.
Start off with the great value Big Brekky in our Soul Café or if you’re really hungry go for our all you can eat hot and cold buffet in the Louden.
Time for a bit of Sunday morning golf, but instead of having to queue up and pay exorbitant green fees, why not try some indoor virtual golf? Just a few minutes walk from the hotel at GolfTec (136 Exhibition street), you can play 9 holes at Pebble Beach or St Andrews for only $35. Or why not improve your swing with a coaching session?
Next jump on a tram from the city heading to Prahrahn and St Kilda. Cruise down Chapel Street for a spot of shopping and make sure you stop off at Greville Records (152 Greville street Prahran), Melbourne’s best record shop with a huge range of new and second hand music and stacks of vinyl.
Lunch and a Sunday session next at the Lucky Coq (179 Chapel street Windsor), where you can catch some live music whilst scoffing down $4 pizzas.
Continue on to St Kilda for some Sunday sunset drinks. You can’t beat the beach views from the hip and happening Captain Baxter (18 Jacka Blvd St Kilda) and they have great cocktails.
Lastly finish off your Sunday night back in town with a few late night drinks at the newest ‘dive bar’ in town; Heartbreaker (corner Lonsdale and Russell streets).
Our Boy’s Weekend Guide was written by Nick Phillips. For more recommendations or tips visit him at the Concierge Desk.