1 May

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew is heading southside

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Our favourite brother’s Wagyu burgers are heading southside. Follow them

Burger fans, rejoice: your mates at Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew in Fitzroy are unleashing a second shrine to Wagyu burgers and craft beer in South Yarra. You can get your meat fix in what was once Café Greco from 6 May.

Owner Marcelo Tummino (founding partner of The European and Melbourne Supper Club) says: “We’ve had customers travelling from the Southern suburbs to Fitzroy for our burgers for years now, so we thought we’d bring the burgers to them. It’s exciting to be a part of the evolution of Chapel Street’s food culture – we want to create a sense of place, somewhere everyone is welcome, from big family dinners to first dates.”

Tummino has decorated Brother Burger South Yarra with knick-knacks sourced from eBay wins and rural rummaging in sheds and paddocks. The fitout features recycled materials, loft-style windows, red leather booths, a metal-panelled wall and more than 800 vintage meat grinders from Tummino’s collection. You’ll be able to watch chefs pressing patties and baking buns in the open kitchen; other items to look out for include Reuben sandwiches, fish and chips, pulled pork buns and salads.

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1 May

Flight Facilities to play live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the Melbourne Festival

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The first taste of the Melbourne Festival is so sweet that we’re counting down the days. Sydney indie-electronic duo Flight Facilities will play live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, re-shaping their five-year catalogue of singles and hits into soaring orchestral arrangements.

You’ll know them from tracks like ‘Foreign Language’, ‘With You’ and last year’s epic, seven-minute ‘Clair De Lune’, which points to Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell’s love of classical music. “We’re taking on the challenge of reinventing not only the way we approach our live show, but our original pieces of music, too,” they explain. “For us, the opportunity to have Melbourne Symphony Orchestra reinterpret the contemporary as classical, can only be described as ‘a dream come true’.”

The show promises to span five years of work, while including newly written orchestral parts and an immersive videoscape.

This project follows on from last year’s Melbourne Festival, which saw masterful producer Jeff Mills join the MSO to create an almost otherworldly fusion of electronic and classical music.… Read more

30 April

Bartronica combines vintage video games and fun-times drinking

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Flex your knuckles, gamers: this CBD arcade bar delivers vintage video games, craft beers and cocktails

Wish you could summon your homies and trounce them at Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario KartMortal Kombat, Gun Fight or Fire Escape, while sipping on an ice-cold craft beer or imaginative cocktail? Well now you can, thanks to Bartronica, Melbourne’s first vintage arcade bar. Pick from free-play or coin-operated arcade machines, stake out the Nintendo 64 or rest between fighting marathons on the comfy couches. Bartronica holds regular tournaments – top scores are immortalised (for one night) on the chalk board – and singles’ nights. There’s even a beer garden that pretends it’s in New York. Game on.

Bartronica3000, 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

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30 April

Denis the Menace café is on its way

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Less Gnasher – more future coffee, breakfast and brunch

Having graced Greville Street with St Edmonds, Adam Wilkinson (pictured above) has turned his sights to Cremorne: his second outpost will open in June, in a converted up-cycled warehouse on Chestnut Street.

Remember comic book hoodlum-hero Dennis the Menace, and his four-legged sidekick, Gnasher? Adam does: his second café, Denis the Menace, aims to marry the mischief of kids with the ambitions of adults. This equates to a fitout that’s both fun – there’s an interior forest – and sustainable: solar panels, a worm farm (yup) and bio-tank.

Architect Simon Cookes (Duckbuild) says: “Though designed thoughtfully, it was also playful, spurred on by character Dennis the Menace. We pictured a boy building with his grandfather, armed with a twig sling shot and good intentions.”

Crockery is local – sourced from Kilman in Ballarat – and chef Simon Neale (ex-St Edmonds) has devised a menu with a healthy bent: acai, blueberry and coconut water smoothie bowl topped with fresh coconut, watermelon, banana and passion fruit; Japanese-style omelette with spanner crab, shichimi, seaweed salad, mung bean and coriander miso sauce; ocean trout poached in coconut curry with kaffir lime, for example.

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30 April

Glamp: Melbourne’s latest Africa-inspired watering hole

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Out of Africa – and into the CBD: Melbourne gets a double shot of African-inspired fun in one little building

We’d happily whittle an evening away drinking crisp African beer and gnawing on biltong at Polēpolē, but now we’ve got a reason to head upstairs: Glamp, the second African-inspired watering hole in what was once the Kitten Club. Both bars are captained by fun, young husband-and-wife team Dean and Jeanelle Mariani – they’ve got a crush on the continent, thanks to a four-month trekking trip in 2011.

Polēpolē’s fitout is pretty restrained; Glamp’s (courtesy of Studio Equator, the creative agency behind Bluetrain, Alumbra and Salon De Sushi) is more Carry On Up The Jungle. There’s an indoor safari tent with cushions and curtains, a life-sized rhinocerous called Heavyweight guarding the DJ decks and entrance, and a Lion’s Den with hand-painted walls, African hanging baskets and a psychedelic lion rug that Tony Montana would have killed for.

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