22 July

Uber is delivering ice cream all day this Friday – here’s how to get it

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Last year, something delicious happened. Uber announced that it would deliver ice cream on demand, to your door, for one day only. Finally, it’s back.

Start stretching your texting thumb, Melbourne: from Friday morning Uber will deliver frosty treats courtesy of Gelato Messina (you know, that place on Smith Street that is always packed) to wherever you are. #UberIceCream madness will take over 254 cities across 58 countries, including 17 in Australia. Hell, they’ll even deliver to your tent at Splendour in the Grass.

Gelato Messina has worked with Uber to create uberX Scoop; a special flavour blending hazelnut gelato with white chocolate, hazelnut fudge, milk choc chips and wafers. Yes.

To get on board, enter ICECREAMOZ in the promotions section of the Uber app, then open the app on Friday July 24 between 11am and 5pm, set your location and request ICE CREAM.

Never used Uber before? Even better: sign up to Uber and you’ll get $20 off your first ride, or one whole, tasty tub of uberX Scoop.Read more

21 July

Black Pearl wins prestigious international cocktail award in New Orleans

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Fitzroy’s Black Pearl is home to vintage glassware, good vibes, great tunes and faultless, carefully constructed cocktails made by liquor masters like Evan Stanley (Time Out’s Bartender of the Year in 2014). We know that, and so do you – and now, so does the world. Black Pearl has claimed the title of Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar at the ninth annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, held in New Orleans.

Considering the speed at which the Pearl’s bartenders pump out high-quality cocktails, it’s no shock that the Brunswick Street bar has taken out the top prize. That said, this is no mean feat: contestants compete against over hundreds of nominees and are judged by a panel of 100 industry professionals.

The award ceremony is part of the greater event, Tales of the Cocktail, which hits up New Orleans every July, pulling industry heavyweights, spirits ambassadors and drinking enthusiasts from all over the world to rub shoulders with the best in the business (and get amongst the open bar).Read more

15 July

Jamie Oliver’s Mobile Kitchen gets into gear at Princes Park

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Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food revolution has taken meals on wheels to a whole new level, bringing a 15-metre long mobile kitchen down under.

Continuing his campaign to make healthy eating more accessible for those of us who spend most days sitting on office chairs and resorting to the old faithful takeaway joint after work, Oliver’s Mobile Kitchen will present interactive cooking classes and demonstrations as part of the Ministry of Food initiative.

The City of Melbourne is partnering up with the Good Food Foundation to deliver Jamie’s Ministry of Food program, which will be stationed at Princes Park for 10 weeks. The program will equip more than 550 Melbournians by offering two cycles of five-week cooking courses. The first round of classes is sold out, but the second cycle starting August 17 is open for bookings now.

Our favourite British import has been quite the vigilante when it comes to providing a practical solution to issues of obesity and diet-related disease brought on by a lack of cooking skills (#Mac’N’Cheese) and the plethora of fast food options.… Read more

13 July

The Everleigh is opening a sexy, seedy sister bar in Chinatown

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It’s about damn time.

The Everleigh, the Gertrude St speakeasy with cocktails so fancy we named it 2014’s Bar of the Year, is opening a sister venue on Russell Street. Spurning the opportunity to recreate his masterpiece in prime CBD real estate, founder Michael Madrusan has teamed up with Sebastian Reaburn (ex-1806 and Lui Bar) to unveil Heartbreaker, a good-time joint complete with retro jukebox and pool table.

A world away from The Everleigh’s lush smoking room vibes, Heartbreaker will be a little more rebellious and rambunctious than its older sister and is inspired by the sexy-meets-seedy glamour of Los Angeles at night (think Drive or the latest series of True Detective for a mood match). And get this: there won’t be a single shaker or strainer behind the bar.

Fans of Madrusan’s top-shelf cocktails needn’t be disappointed, however, as the classic Martinis, Old Fashioneds, Negronis and Manhattans will come in bottled form, courtesy of The Everleigh Bottling Co.… Read more

9 July

Waterslide Bar, a new cocktail venture from Fred Siggins (of Black Pearl fame), opens its doors in Southgate

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Once upon a time in early 1900s Melbourne, the area of Southbank where the Southgate complex now stands was inhabited by an entertainment precinct which included a waterslide that propelled Gold Rush era Melbournians into the Yarra River.

Taking inspiration from the Yarra’s playful history, Southgate’s Waterslide Bar is a luxurious watering hole with views of the Melbourne CBD skyline and Princes Bridge. Fred Siggins of Black Pearl and venue manager Tim Wastell (Rockpool Perth, The Blue Diamond, The Saint St Kilda) are behind the creative concept, cocktail menu and drinks list, which feature a range of signature and classic cocktails as well as an extensive selection of wines and spirits. There are nine pages dedicated to a hefty lineup of American whiskeys (including rye and bourbon) and other international varieties. If in doubt, go for any one of the signature cocktails, but definitely get a tipple of the good stuff straight up.… Read more