9 October

Sugar Mountain 2016 announces brand new Sensory restaurant


Pictured: Tin & Ed

Prepare to have your senses stimulated. Sugar Mountain festival is planning to take festival dining to the next level with Sensory, a new immersive restaurant experiment taking place onsite at the Victorian College of the Arts that explores the relationship between sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

The sensory experience will be an exciting collaboration between Melbourne design gurus Tin and Ed, electronic musicians Cut Copy and acclaimed tapas restaurant Bomba. These Melbourne locals are each known for pushing the boundaries in their different disciplines.

The restaurant will be open during the festival on Saturday 23 January at the Victorian College of the Arts. Sensory will host four sittings of 90 people in a brand new indoor space and provide a 50-minute, four-course set menu – but it’s not just about the ingredients on the plate.

During the 50-minute sitting, guests will be treated to a visual and interactive environment created by Tin and Ed where all senses will be stimulated.… Read more

9 October

Melbourne and Sydney bars storm the list of world’s 50 best bars in 2015‏


We’re not short of good bars in Australia, so it was only a matter until the rest of the world noticed. The list of the World’s 50 Best Bars 2015 have just been released by the magazine Drinks International, and both Melbourne and Sydney have featured in the top ten.

Taking out tenth place is Fitzroy cocktail bar Black Pearl, which hosted a guest appearance by New York bar Please Don’t Tell earlier this year. The Brunswick Street favourite was also awarded the Torres Highest Climber award by Drinks International for rising 27 places this year.

Also representing Melbourne on the world stage is fellow Fitzrovian The Everleigh, sitting pretty at 25th place. This hidden speakeasy tucked away on Gertrude St is a deserving feature with its old-world feel, bottled cocktails, and their very own boutique hand cut ice company.

Sydney’s backstreet beauty The Baxter Inn came in at sixth in the world, becoming the highest ever ranked Australian bar.… Read more

24 September

Your Friday lunch sorted: Super Taco is giving away tacos

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There’s a new taco truck in town, and they’re giving away the tasty parcels for free

The guys behind Mr Burger, Welcome to Thornbury, Fancy Hank’s and Homeslice have joined forces to create Super Taco. Knowing that the taco food truck game has been well and truly covered, the guys have amped up the traditional taco by going throwing caution to the wind and chucking on less-than-traditional but no less delicious combos.

On their official launch date, the Super Taco team will be giving away three types of tacos: get your hands on the chicken and cactus (a traditional Mexican combo), the four mushroom and goat’s cheese and the Thai-inspired beef brisket and peanut taco. Good news for taco fans with gluten issues, everything on the Super Taco menu is gluten free as the soft tacos are corn-based.

While you’re there, don’t forget to sample tasty sides like their sweet corn on the cob with cheese and chipotle.… Read more

22 September

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park 2016: the line-up for another summer highlight drops


The annual gathering of lovers, musicians, families and friends hits Werribee Park again in January. Set against the backdrop of Werribee Park mansion, it’s the ultimate picnic with a playlist to match.

Get in now for early bird tickets – they’re on sale for $69 from Wednesday September 23 until Monday September 28, after which time they go up to the regular price of $89 online and $99 at the gate.

As always, the line-up is outstanding. Moroccan-born Hindi Zahra leads the fray with her brand of sweet, folky blues. Her voice has got a little of the Billie Holidays about it (the vinyl, record crackle on a lot of her tracks adds to the yesteryear air, plus she’s done a hell good cover of ‘The Man I Love’).

View the rest of the line-up for So Frenchy So Chic in the Park 2016. Werribee Park, Sun Jan 10Read more

22 September

The East Brunswick Club has reopened as a slick local with amped-up pub favourites


Many a tear was shed when the East Brunswick Club closed down in 2012. The original venue was a well-loved live music venue with a grungy reputation for hosting Melbourne’s newest talent as well as serving damn great vegan parmas. Now, it’s back as The East Brunswick Hotel.

There was an uproar when it was announced that property developers were going to erect an apartment block at the site. The old bandroom and bottle-o will still be sacrificed for the new development, but new pub owner Ron O’Bryan, who previously owned Collingwood’s The Vine, has given the pub a completely new look. Gone are the sticky carpets and dark lighting, replaced with white tiles, neon light fixtures and plenty of blonde timber.

Fans of the original venue may be thrown off at the sight of chandeliers and Scandi-chic bar stools artfully arranged in the downstairs bar and dining area, but there are throwbacks to the original East Brunswick Club with a feature wall of music posters, and exposed bones and brickwork that has witnessed the old bandroom’s best shows.… Read more