16 March

Melbourne Monopoly is coming and you’re invited to choose properties on the board

Melbourne Monopoly

Melburnians will soon be able to buy properties on Collins Street, go to jail and hit bankruptcy all whilst sipping a single origin, as Melbourne is set to be saluted with its own official Monopoly edition.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle made the announcement, stating that Melbourne’s draw-card as the world’s most liveable city “deserves to be recognised in the world’s most famous game”.

You’re invited to vote for which properties you want to see on the board, as the game designers open their community chest for input from those who know the laneways best. The Lord Mayor nominated major players such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Royal Exhibition Building in his address, hoping that he too would have the chance to lay down a house at the Queen Victoria Market. Collins Street has been primped and primed to take the coveted navy stripe of Mayfair but the final decision remains to be seen.… Read more

7 January

Wait – ANOTHER slip’n’slide is coming to Melbourne, and it’s this month!

Slidestreet (166)

For those excited by the pending arrival of Slide Melbourne in February, the fun’s set to start earlier than you thought. Rival event Slidestreet will be setting up – also in Lansdowne Street – on Saturday, January 24, and have all the permits in place. It premiered in Perth back last month and was a hit.

Then length of two AFL ovals, this will be next-level fun, operating between 9am and 7pm. Fitzroy Gardens will also be turned into a hub of live entertainment, with Nova 100’s Deano broadcasting live, DJs, food trucks, a pop-up bar and water-based activities.

You can buy tickets from 9am on Monday 12 January.

The race to slide has been won, it seems…

Slidestreet, Lansdowne St, Melbourne. Sat Jan 24.Read more

11 September

Megan Washington announces free pop-up show in Melbourne

Everybody loves a free concert, and Megan Washington – whose long-awaited second album There There will be released tomorrow – knows it. So she’s going to be celebrating her new music with a series of free pop-up shows in three Australian cities, starting tomorrow in Brisbane. She’ll hit Melbourne on Saturday and finish up in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. Head to Fed Square to hear the ARIA winner sing from 1pm. And while you’re at it, read what she had to say about making the album in her interview with us.

Fed Square Live: Megan Washington, Fed Square, Sat Sep 13, 1-2pmRead more

14 August

Gin in gaol and rum on a boat. Appropriately thematic pop-up bars are coming!

Gaol pop up

So it turns out the good folks at the National Trust like to party. Following on from a few shindigs they threw at the Old Melbourne Gaol last year they’re holding three pop-ups in the coming months.

The first two are back at the gaol – in September it’s a night revolving around vodka cocktails, live music and running around defunct prison. In October, its the same deal, only this time, the bar will be slinging gin. Which seems appropriate.

And who wants to drink rum on the Polly Woodside (without breaking and entering – which we’ve all considered)?

Tickets get you two drinks on entry and access-all-areas rights to the historical venue of your choice. There’s also a cash bar, and beer and wine for anyone not into hard liquor. And food, for anyone not into getting loose – and then possibly lost in prison.

Fun ahoy!

Melbourne gaol pop-up bar, Fri Sep 5; Pop-up rum bar on the Polly Woodside, Fri Nov 21.Read more

30 July

Get your petting on. The Cat Café is officially open

Ready for your love

The day has come, cat fans. The Cat Café is officially open for business, right opposite the Queen Vic Markets. But before you chuck a sickie, here are some essential Cat Caff facts. First up, you need to head to the website to make a session booking (and right now the first five days are already booked out). You can book an hour at a time and the rate is $10 per person, per hour. On the food of drink front, we have some slightly bad news (or good, if you’re a hygiene freak) courtesy of council regulations. To be able to serve food at all, owner Anita Loughran tells us they’ve had to jump through some serious health and safety hoops, and they’re only able to serve tea and instant coffee with powdered milk and pre-wrapped goods like muffins, chips and chocolates. But who needs a single origin macchiato when there are 11 frisky felines pawing for attention?… Read more