13 July

The Everleigh is opening a sexy, seedy sister bar in Chinatown

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It’s about damn time.

The Everleigh, the Gertrude St speakeasy with cocktails so fancy we named it 2014’s Bar of the Year, is opening a sister venue on Russell Street. Spurning the opportunity to recreate his masterpiece in prime CBD real estate, founder Michael Madrusan has teamed up with Sebastian Reaburn (ex-1806 and Lui Bar) to unveil Heartbreaker, a good-time joint complete with retro jukebox and pool table.

A world away from The Everleigh’s lush smoking room vibes, Heartbreaker will be a little more rebellious and rambunctious than its older sister and is inspired by the sexy-meets-seedy glamour of Los Angeles at night (think Drive or the latest series of True Detective for a mood match). And get this: there won’t be a single shaker or strainer behind the bar.

Fans of Madrusan’s top-shelf cocktails needn’t be disappointed, however, as the classic Martinis, Old Fashioneds, Negronis and Manhattans will come in bottled form, courtesy of The Everleigh Bottling Co.… Read more

10 July

Get your wallets ready: H&M’s second store bound for Ringwood


If you saw the lines snaking out of the GPO when the first H&M outlet opened early last year, you can probably guess the kind of crowds that that will be camping outside the new store that’s set to open in Ringwood’s Eastland Shopping Centre.

The latest store opening will be the Swedish retailer’s fifth store across Australia. There’s no word yet on the exact opening day, but you better believe that the retail giant will be bringing along more of its cheap and cheerful offering of Scandi-cool designs.

Known for bringing high-end designs to the high street, H&M’s clever collaborations with the likes of Lanvin, Versace, and more recently in Australia, Alexander Wang, has earned the retailer cred with the fashion-savvy crowd. With a designer collaboration yet to be announced for 2015, fashionistas should be on the look out for the next big design partnership.

The new Eastland store will sit amongst other retailers like David Jones and Nike in the new and improved shopping centre.… Read more

9 July

Waterslide Bar, a new cocktail venture from Fred Siggins (of Black Pearl fame), opens its doors in Southgate

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Once upon a time in early 1900s Melbourne, the area of Southbank where the Southgate complex now stands was inhabited by an entertainment precinct which included a waterslide that propelled Gold Rush era Melbournians into the Yarra River.

Taking inspiration from the Yarra’s playful history, Southgate’s Waterslide Bar is a luxurious watering hole with views of the Melbourne CBD skyline and Princes Bridge. Fred Siggins of Black Pearl and venue manager Tim Wastell (Rockpool Perth, The Blue Diamond, The Saint St Kilda) are behind the creative concept, cocktail menu and drinks list, which feature a range of signature and classic cocktails as well as an extensive selection of wines and spirits. There are nine pages dedicated to a hefty lineup of American whiskeys (including rye and bourbon) and other international varieties. If in doubt, go for any one of the signature cocktails, but definitely get a tipple of the good stuff straight up.… Read more

8 July

Get puttin’ at Howler’s pop-up Mini Golf-O-Rama


Limber up, channel your inner Tiger Woods and have a putt over a pint as Howler’s bandroom is transformed into Brunswick’s most laid-back country club for their Mini Golf-O-Rama. The performance space will turn into a custom-made nocturnal mini golf course with nine holes, each with its own theme. Complete with classic mini golf obstacles including windmills, sculptures and loops, punters will be able to putt through jungles, down volcanoes and to the beach.

This new little country club is free to enter with any purchase at Howler. So grab a drink, pick out a putter and practice your swing as guest DJs complete the experience with great tunes.

Howler’s Mini Golf-O-Rama runs from Sunday July 26 to Monday August 3. The course is open daily at 5pm and from 1pm on Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2. Read more

7 July

The 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival program is out, with films to break your heart, change your life and make you mad as hell

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, people went to the movies to be challenged, thrilled and see things they’d never seen before. Not anymore: glance down the multiplex movie times and it’s all same-same, sequel-sequel, high-concept romcoms, rogue agents and alien invasion

So thank heavens for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Their 2015 program is here and it’s got more to be excited about across 18 days than you’ll find in a year’s worth of regular cinema viewing.  The festival will held at various venues across Melbourne (Comedy Theatre is a new addition). Opening night will be held at Hamer Hall. Tickets go on sale July 10.

To help you narrow down your selection, Time Out has surveyed the field and chosen this year’s must-sees – plus the one film that we’re calling compulsory viewing. (Forget sleep, film lover!)

Melbourne International Film Festival. Jul 30 – Aug 16.Read more