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

7 July

Color Run tickets are on sale now!

The Color Run 2014

Time to buy a gleaming white T-shirt, because tickets are on sale now for the annual Swisse Color Run. If you haven’t done this before, you’ll likely have seen the glowing pink, green and blue faces of those who have, leaving paint splotches all over Melbourne’s public transport system. The premise is simple: book your tickets before they run out, and run (or walk) five clicks around Flemington Racecourse as you get coloured paint chucked at you. Oh, and there’s pumping music, too.

The Color Run, Flemington Racecourse, Sat Nov 16Read more

25 June

Magnum Pleasure Pop-Up Store comes to Emporium Melbourne

Magnum Pleasure Store

Brace yourself ice-cream lovers: the Magnum Pleasure Store is about to land. Having already been a hit in Sydney, Paris, Shanghai, Amsterdam and New York, the pop-up store is a palace and temple to the diety that is unctous ice-cream on a stick covered in shards of glass-like chocolate. Best of all, the store will allow you the oppurtunity to design your own magnum – oh yeah – with your choice of chocolate (white, milk or dark) and and three to four of 18 toppings for just $7. When you’ve recovered from you euphoria, you’ll also be thrilled to know that it all comes at a very reasonable price. Hey, they do call it a pleasure store…

Magnum Pleasure Pop-Up Store, Emporium Melbourne, Jul 1-Aug 10Read more