14 March

Could we have our own King’s Landing on the Stokehouse site?

Posted in Food & Drink, News

Hopefully, it looks like thisHopefully, it looks like this

You’ve only got two more months in which enjoy Stokehouse: Shed Edition. Four architects have been chosen by the Van Haandel group to  go head to head in a cage match submit designs for the new restaurant, to be built on the charred remains of the original Stokehouse which burnt down earlier this year.

In one corner you have Robert Simeoni of Robert Simeoni Architects who has the clean beachy beauty of the Seaford Lifesaving Club under his belt, taking on Sean Godsell of Sean Godsell Architects whose work  includes the environmentally goal-kicking Connect Four-esque RMIT Design Hub. You’ve also got Graham Burrows of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (Frankston Yacht Club) and  John Denton of Denton Corker Marshall – the firm which put that nice big ramp-to-the-skies on top of the Melbourne Museum. The point being, whoever wins, we’re looking at a very sodding fancy place to eat by the sea.

On the 11th of May, the quick fix pop-up that the Van Haandel group erected as a relief shelter for their forlorn diners, will be closed and the formal rebuild will begin. Get in while you can.

Stokehouse Pop-Up, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda.Read more

15 February

Kanye is coming to Melbourne this May

Posted in Music, News

Kanye West

So it’s been widely reported by outlets including the Vine that posters for Kanye West’s Yeezus tour are popping up all over the place. We don’t know much about it at this stage except that yep, Kanye is coming, and that yep, it’s happening in April and May 2014. Tickets go on sale through Live Nation on Friday February 21, but at the moment there is nothing on the Live Nation website to give us any more details. We’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE: The dates are in – Kanye will be in Melbourne May 6.Read more

10 February

COS comes to Melbourne

Posted in News, Shopping & Style

COS comes to Melbourne

Another day, another overseas brand descends on Australia

The first COS (that’s short for Collection of Style) will open at Melbourne’s the Strand, on Elizabeth St later on this year. Melbourne will be the first city in the southern hemisphere to have a COS of it’s own. If you’re not familiar the brand, it’s an offshoot of Swedish mega-retailer H&M, that delivers high-quality, minimal basics and timeless staples. Marie Honda, COS’ Overall Brand Responsible explained to Today Online: ”I would like to think that they are essential pieces in your wardrobe. But they are also very modern. And it’s important that you have the right cut for the season or the right finish for the material.” This move comes off the back off news that Melbourne will also be the first Aussie home for a bunch of other international retail big-wigs including parent label H&M at Melbourne’s GPO, Japan’s Muji and Uniqlo at Chadstone and Emporium respectively, and possibly even a Marks and Spencer.… Read more

7 February

The Workers Club is a changin’

Posted in Food & Drink, News


Change, friends, is inevitable. And over the past two weeks, Fitzroy institution the Workers Club has been quietly going through a few.

Now before you panic, hear this: Monday nights at the Workers’ Club will remain a wonderland of cheap dranks. There will even be the added bonus of cheeseburgers from 10pm. Free cheeseburgers. Sounds good, yeah? Well, the good news doesn’t stop there. Twerkshop, the Ghetto Zumba workshop set to make you sweat, is sticking around too.

So aside from fattening us up with free burgers, what is actually changing?

Well, after years of hosting great musical talent before they hit the big time (Tame Impala and Lorde to drop a few names), the Workers Club is now fortifying that reputation, bringing on a new booking team to ensure they move onwards and upwards.

Enter Indra Adams, a Melbourne music mogul with over a decade of experience booking talent for venues like the Espy and Ding Dong lounge as well as being the founding director of his own agency, Singhala Music. Alongside Adams stand Rachel Marzorini, who will be assisting with administration, and Rose Callaghan: Twitter extraordinaire and social media boss.

Sometimes change can be kind of uncomfortable. But we’re thinking that with a new booking team dedicated to continuing to build and strengthen the Workers’ connection to local musicians (and with all the other things we love sticking around), this is a well-executed leap in the right direction.… Read more

6 February

Offspring is turning Bala’s into a temporary Mexican restaurant

OffspringThe good old days, before anybody died.

If you’ve strolled along Brunswick Street lately and wondered what oh what will become of the now defunct Bala’s Food Source, we can tell you that it’s about to become a Mexican restaurant. Which probably won’t surprise you. What will surprise you is that you won’t ever be able to eat there.  The crew behind OffspringMelbourne’s hit adventures-in-neurosis TV drama,  have commandeered the space and are currently turning it into a faux cantina for a shoot next week. After that, the real new leaseholder will be moving in and starting up a traditional Italian trattoria. Fun fact.… Read more

18 January

Stokehouse destroyed by fire

Posted in Food & Drink, News


Last night, what started as a small kitchen fire at St Kilda’s Stokehouse took hold of the landmark beachfront restaurant, and over five hours burnt the two storey building to the ground.

Time Out worked closely with the staff and crew of the Van Haandel group earlier last year, holding our first ever Time Out Taste Test at the Stokehouse, and later, our inaugural Food Awards at Trocadero, and so we’re saddened by the tragic loss for all who know and love the restaurant, especially owner Frank Van Haandel for whom the St Kilda venue was especially important.

Thankfully, the dinner service had ended and floor staff were able to evacuate everyone from the venue. We’re also cheered to hear that Van Haandel intends to start on plans to rebuild as soon as Monday.… Read more

23 December

We can see our house from here

Posted in News, Outdoor Melbourne

Melbourne Star

After many engineering difficulties – and nearly five years after it was shut down – the Southern Star Observation Wheel today reopened as the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. As well as offering a bird’s-eye view of the city, there’s a new educational aspect: through displays and audio you’ll hear all about the history, culture and eccentricities of Melbourne.

There are some special Christmas activities planned, so get the family down to Docklands to be entertained by music, face painters and “other surprises” between the following hours:

Monday, December 23: 11.45am – 4.45pm
Tuesday, December 24: 10am – 3pm
Thursday, December 26: 11am – 4pm

Melbourne Star, 101 Waterfront Way, DocklandsRead more

22 December

Greg Hunt backflips on whaling

Posted in News, Politics

Captain Siddharth Chakravarty - Sea Shepherd

Environment minister Greg Hunt has reneged on his promise to send a boat to monitor the whaling season in the Southern Ocean.

In a move that won’t surprise Sea Shepherd, Hunt now intends to send an A319 aircraft, staffed by Customs personnel, which will “send a clear message that the Australian government expects all parties to abide by the laws of the sea”.

Also, the intended ship is tied up rounding up boat people.

A plane can sporadically monitor proceedings, but is not equipped to prevent any violent clashes between Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd ships, nor witness all developments.

When Labor were in power, Hunt put pressure on them on three occasions to send a ship to monitor whaling – and so now Greens are calling on him to resign.

To quote Captain Siddharth Chakravarty, who Time Out Melbourne interviewed just before the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker set sale from Melbourne, “The Australian Government has made this statement many times – it’s always a promise that’s made pre-election. The last vessel that went down was over a decade ago. Since then, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and now Tony Abbott have promised one but not delivered. What’s worse is it’s patrolling the waters for asylum seekers, when something that’s a Federal Court ruling that bans the Japanese from taking whales should be a much bigger cause for the government.”

Read the full interview with Captain Sid.… Read more

26 November

Skrillex and Blur out: festival favourites dropping like flies

Posted in Music, News


Ahhh… we do not like reporting more bad news for local music festivals, but there’s been two big hits in about as many days. First Blur announced they were pulling out of the Big Day Out, writing on their Facebook page: “Only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organisers, they can’t let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won’t be there. We’ve done our very best to work with the organisers and considered every option to make it happen, but they’ve let us down and let everyone else down too.”

And now Dog Blood will no longer be performing at Stereosonic, after one half of the duo – DJ Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex – pulled out. According to a statement from Stereosonic: “Sonny Moore of Dog Blood has expressed his regret towards the announcement: ‘Due to unfortunate circumstances that are beyond my control, I won’t be able to make the Dog Blood Stereosonic dates this year.  For the record, I love the Stereosonic team and the One Love crew who puts on these events and this has nothing to do with them on their side.’”

In ‘Some Solace’ news: Dog Blood’s other half, Alex Ridha, will perform as Boys Noize at the festival.… Read more

18 November

Supernormal! Messina! Alimentari! Food news

Posted in Food & Drink, News

Supernormal Canteen

So last week we had a little ‘this looks promising’ rant about Thomas Olive cocktail bar, which opened above Saint Crispin last Wednesday. Now we would like to upgrade that to straight lunatic rave about just how good it is. You’re escorted up the perilous stairs, and James Tait, he of the gentle Scottish brogue and nice neat hair, is shaking up some of the finest classic French cocktails in town. There’s an Alouette, which sees gin and rum (together at last!), given a refreshing kick in the pants by grapefruit and a little orange bitters, and he’s got a whole menu of potent anis for diluting with a dash of water into a manageable aperitif. Snack-wise, the charcuterie board is a festival of dried and cured meats, only improved by getting a bowl of big crunchy pork skin crackers and using them as a meat raft for your biltong and boiled quail eggs. Get in while the getting is good.

In other news on Smith Street – boulevard of dreams – the folks behind Brunswick Street Alimentari have swung open the doors to their new place just next to Gorski and Jones. Inside it’s a long, tiled room of house-made and neatly packaged Italian eats that you can ram in your handbag and pretend you made yourself.… Read more