23 October

The Yarra gets a new buoyant hang-out spot: Arbory Afloat


Starting Tuesday October 27, the Arbory Bar and Eatery will open Arbory Afloat, a floating bar that will bob along next to the main venue next to Flinders Walk on the Yarra River. The oasis-like bar will be decked out in an appropriately nautical fashion, with a completely differently food and beverage menus to its landlocked sibling.

Punters will get to sample Chef Nick Bennet’s seafood-heavy menu, which includes a raw bar (think caviar and oysters with some French bubbly) and charcoal grill menu featuring Japanese inspired numbers like miso marinated eggplant and tuna with bonito mayonnaise. Look out towards  the iconic Melbourne skyline and sip on the summery cocktail list which includes updated takes on summer classics like the blood orange Americano, the Nautical Rose (Lillet Rose with a dash of lemonade).

Tori Allen Events and interior design firm We Are Huntly collaborated on the pop-up project, which will run through the Melbourne Cup Day and feature tunes from Melbourne nightlife fixtures Chico G and Paul Jager (of Hugs and Kisses fame).Read more

22 October

One of last year’s hottest dance parties is returning in December

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Last year, Australian touring agency Fünf brought the likes of Hot Chip, Matthew Dear and Henry Saiz to the Docklands for one of the year’s hottest house and techno parties, complete with light installations and boats on the river.

That’s right: Holeandcorner is back. This time, it’s being held a week before Christmas, and with an equally impressive line-up. Topping the bill is Detroit producer Moodymann (pictured) AKA Kenny Dixon Jr. Joining him will be Berlin-based British luminary Scuba and experimental Croatian techno producer Petar Dundov. Local talent is also well-represented, with disco stalwart Late Nite Tuff Guy and Tornado Wallace, who is returning to his home town for a bit before returning to his second home, Berlin.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday October 27. We don’t yet know what the venue will be, but the organisers have promised that it will be “transformed into the type of visceral, otherworldly urban habitat that made last year’s party so special”.… Read more

22 October

It’s official: Matilda the Musical is coming to Melbourne next year; tickets are on sale now

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Six years. That’s how long Melbourne audiences will have had to wait for Matilda, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s story, when it opens in March next year.

‘Work of genius’ is an overused appraisal, but this time you can believe the hype. The show quickly became a blockbuster on London’s West End, then Broadway, picking up rave reviews along the way. Right now it’s showing in Sydney (and was dubbed “a freaking masterpiece” by Time Out Sydney in their five-star review). Matilda continues to make its way into all-time favourite lists for Minchin’s lyrical brilliance, writer Dennis Kelly’s innovative storytelling and excellent performances.

Predictably, Minchin’s show – which follows the journey of mistreated, extraordinarily intelligent Matilda – is packed with wonderfully revolting moments for kids (remember Bruce Bogtrotter and the chocolate cake scene?) and wistful childhood nostalgia for adults.

Tickets are on sale now – buy one soon, lest you end up in a chokey of despair when you miss out.

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19 October

Get booking: Dinner By Heston opens tomorrow


Didn’t make it into Fat Duck when it opened at Crown Casino earlier this year? Heston Blumenthal’s team are back in town starting Tuesday October 20 with Dinner by Heston, and if you didn’t score on the Fat Duck ballot during its six-month residency, chances are you would have been among the first punters to be offered a seat at the new restaurant.

The more casual Dinner by Heston is not as extravagant as the Fat Duck, so you won’t have to sell a kidney for a meal there. While the original Hyde Park venue played on the concept of reviving historic British fare that has fallen out of favour, the permanent Australian outpost of Dinner by Heston will feature Australian touches like kangaroo meat and a lamington-inspired cake.

Dinner by Heston will open daily for dinner and lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, while the bar featuring cocktails by London bartender Tony Conigliaro.Read more

15 October

Good news! The City Loop now has phone reception. Here are five ways to celebrate

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Twelve kilometres. That’s the length of the network of tunnels in which Melbourne’s commuters weren’t able to text, call, tweet, ‘gram, browse the internet or watch YouTube videos. Until now. You can get a lot done from Southern Cross to Flinders; tick these off on your ride home tonight.

1. Meet someone on a dating app and set up a date
Celebrate your newfound connectivity by connecting with a prospective squeeze. Tinder, Grindr, whatever – get on there and find out whether they’re more of a Belgrave/Lilydale or a Craigieburn type.

2. Tweet something stupid that you overhear
Now that the mighty mX has fallen, you’ll have to look elsewhere for your embarrassing commuter gaffes. Listen carefully for the moment when you can take someone’s conversation out of context (or, hell, just make something up yourself, no one will ever know); then stifle your laughter as you punch out their unfortunate comment in 140 characters or less.… Read more