Public Bar used to house Melbourne’s fishy favourite, Miss Katie’s Crab Shack, which has since found a new home at Rochester Castle. In its place, the boys behind Public have opened a new elaborately named sandwich and jaffle bar. Eschewing bog-standard sandwich fillings, Sir Chicory St. Claire’s Sanctioned Digestive Parlour‘s menu takes a few leaps into the wild. Try a pulled-rabbit roll with spicy rabbit and slaw, stick with the rabbit theme for the bunny jaffle, try the drunken grilled cheese sanga (cheese, onion and beer) or go wild and order the bonkers-sounding potato gem and jalapeño mash sub with Napoli sauce (surely as naughty as vegetarian food gets). If you prefer to play it safe, there’s a Reuben or BLT; if you want to scare your doctor, opt for the unashamedly calorific tinned spag and cheese jaffle.… Read more
If you love the faux-chorizo tacos, lemon-scented carrots and preach-free good vibes at Smith & Daughters, great news: you’ll soon be able to get a second fix of guiltless deliciousness at Smith & Deli. Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse – the inked-up babes behind both Smith ventures – wanted to bring something convenient and conscious to the ’hood. Smith & Deli is their one-stop shop – expected to open in late April – where lucky locals can pop in for a takeaway coffee and bagel, pick up a soup or salad for lunch, or take home all the provisions for a delicious DIY dinner. Jewish deli items such as matzah ball soup and knish will be available, along with hearty meat-free lasagne and pies. Not your average corner shop.
How’s this for a scoop: Ben & Jerry’s have an annual tradition that we wish other providers of sweet treats would emulate. Once a year, Ben & Jerry’s stores globally give away a free scoop of their famous ice-cream to all comers. Now that’s the kind of marketing exercise we can get behind.
So on Tuesday April 14, be sure to celebrate what’s left of the warmer months by sampling the selection of flavours at the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop on Chapel Street and in Hoyts Cinemas at Highpoint shopping centre in Maribyrnong.
The only thing left is to decide which flavour takes your fancy – Chocolate Fudge Brownie; Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough; Phish Food? Our tip: bring buddies and share the love.
Dark Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Art’s festival of music, performance, food and art, celebrating the winter solstice with a nod to pagan notions of staving off the darkness and bringing back the light.
This year’s Dark Mofo (Jun 12-22) will be only the third, but the event has already built up a reputation by dint of its strong theme and its even stronger programming choices, which include exclusives for cult artists such as Diamanda Galas and Sunn O))); they also balance out big ticket items with free art and their Winter Feast festivities down on the water front – an outdoor market that serves up street food (with a strong focus on local produce) alongside performance and music – and lots of outdoor fire.
This year, the festival will expand its scope, creeping up beyond the confines of the harbour city all the way to Cradle Mountain.… Read more
If, like us, you were disheartened when you heard the news back in February of another much-loved Melbourne music venue going into administration, you’ll be stoked to hear that the Hi-Fi Bar has been given a new lease of life. The venue, as well as its sister bars in Brisbane and Sydney, has been taken over by Max Watt’s Operating Pty Ltd and rebranded as Max Watt’s House of Music.
Even better news for punters is that business is continuing as usual at the venue, with nightly shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival currently playing, and upcoming shows from the likes of Peaches, ASAP Ferg, 360 and San Cisco going ahead. The new managers have promised renovations to the aging venue as well in the coming weeks, with upgrades to the lights and sound systems in the works.
Band bookings and marketing will be handled by Melbourne-based company The Venue Collective, who add Max Watt’s to their portfolio of intimate music venues including The Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club.… Read more