You may have noticed that here at Time Out, we’re fully embracing the weird new trend of escape rooms. Really, what’s not to love? Getting trapped in dark rooms, racing against time, avoiding crazed murderers – leisure time well spent, we say.
Melbourne has six escape rooms now; some created by escape room fanatics from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Flemington, some with multiple themed rooms to choose from (we’re talking vampires, secret gardens and CSI labs). None of them (except Strike’s Escapism) offer post-escape beverages.
Until now. TRAPT Bar and Escape Rooms is just weeks away from opening. It makes so much sense: you can meet your team-mates for a pre-game pep-talk, then soothe the frayed nerves (or bolster wounded pride) after an hour of high-stakes puzzle-solving.
Stay tuned for our test-drive (and taste) of TRAPT.
With our St Kilda cover story we hark back to an era when blood flowed in the streets, not frozen yoghurt, and music rang out of every delapidated mansion. But lest you think we’re condemning what was once called “Berlin-by-the-Sea” to being a ’burb of lost bohemia, we’ve found plenty to celebrate, with all sorts of movers and shakers fighting to keep St Kilda a creative refuge.
We thought you might need heating up, so we bring you ornate tea sets issuing curling steam; warming whisky in twinkling bars; and the fire-stoking smile of Kat Stewart. Autumn’s advance also means Melbourne gets extra cultural – and I do believe there is a correlation. It’s the more frostbitten cities that make the most of their cosy libraries, museums and literary centres.
What do you demand of a café? 1950s sundaes, croquet on the lawn and a view of people doing the downward dog? Probably not, but you can – because that’s the sort of madness Melbourne comes up with, as immortalised in our cover story. On the subject of lunacy, Moomba, the grand dame of the City of Melbourne, turns 60 in March, so go and goggle at King Bert Newton in the parade. One day, I shall be Queen.
We send out the sturdiest souls we know to investigate Melbourne’s guilty pleasures for this month’s cover story. If you’re planning on following suit, be warned: you’re going to need to dress up. Whether you choose the path of gold lamé catsuit, stained jogging pants, leather chainmail or incognito trenchcoat is up to you, but choose widely – the new friends you make will expect you to stay in character.