31 October

La Condesa brings the party with tequila raspados

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Fitzroy’s La Condesa always gets our brain lighting up like Mexico City with the flavours its kitchen pumps out. Inside the cantina you can have your fill of wings wrapped in a sweet, spicy, crunchy batter of rice flour, chipotle and agave syrup, with a cooling dipper of cucumber and mint yoghurt; or do the job with a fat quesadilla of mozzarella and chorizo mince that leaks orange oil down your arms.

But on to outside.

The taqueria in the backyard is greeting summer the proper way by serving three new raspados – or ‘Boozy Snow Cones’. Traditionally a family treat, these icy-cold raspados have been given the Fitzroy treatment by being injected with tequila. They come in strawberry and jalapeno, pineapple and coriander, and horchata flavours and they’ll set you back a mere ten bucks. You can also throw in three tacos for $12, or $10 on Tuesdays.

The raspados menu kicks off on November 1 – Dia de los Muerto – big style.… Read more

27 October

New music venue Railway Hotel Brunswick opens

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Melbourne’s live music scene is going to get a new major player – the once-defunct Railway Hotel in Brunswick has been refurbished and rebooted. The old-style boozer has a 200-capacity room, making it a touch smaller than the Gasometer and Tote, with a beer garden, mezzanine and lounge/bistro.

“Brunswick has become emblematic of what’s great about Melbourne,” says Railway Hotel’s head of marketing, Alistair Kennedy. “We have been inundated with requests to play the room and for locals to get involved in every aspect of the business.”

The venue is front-loaded with industry talent, not only former Future Entertainment Group director Alistair Kennedy, but also band manager and Thornbury Theatre booking manager Neil Wedd; booker Paul Allen (aka DJ Gringo) and publicist Erin Jameson. They plan to run a Wednesday to Sunday gig schedule, ensuring plenty of exposure for a divergent range of talent.

Says Paul Allen, “We’re wanting to attract local bands as diverse as East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Sun God Replica and Fraser A Gorman, along with labels such as AARHT, Poison City, RIP Society to name a few.… Read more

24 October

Melbourne is getting another escape room, and it’s also a bar

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You may have noticed that here at Time Out, we’re fully embracing the weird new trend of escape rooms. Really, what’s not to love? Getting trapped in dark rooms, racing against time, avoiding crazed murderers – leisure time well spent, we say.

Melbourne has six escape rooms now; some created by escape room fanatics from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Flemington, some with multiple themed rooms to choose from (we’re talking vampires, secret gardens and CSI labs). None of them (except Strike’s Escapism) offer post-escape beverages.

Until now. TRAPT Bar and Escape Rooms is just weeks away from opening. It makes so much sense: you can meet your team-mates for a pre-game pep-talk, then soothe the frayed nerves (or bolster wounded pride) after an hour of high-stakes puzzle-solving.

Stay tuned for our test-drive (and taste) of TRAPT.

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22 October

Cut Copy celebrates Melbourne’s dance culture with new Oceans Apart compilation

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What do you love most about Melbourne’s diverse club scene? Losing yourself to deep house at Brown Alley? Throwing shapes at a sweaty techno rave at New Guernica? Discovering your new favourite ’80s-revival electro duo at Boney? Debating the Melbourne Bounce movement?

Next month, Melbourne’s electro-pop titans Cut Copy will release Oceans Apart: a compilation of new music from 19 of our city’s most innovative dance artists, mixed into a continuous, 80-minute club set by the four-piece themselves.

The idea came to ‘Lights and Music’ frontman Dan Whitford in a local club. “We’ve always found deep inspiration in the music of our home city,” he says. “The dance scene in Melbourne has gotten so interesting over the past few years – someone should really document this!”

The result is a blissful, very danceable snapshot of Melbourne’s club culture. Somehow, the record feel cohesive, even while roaming from electro-pop to tribal funk and out into the far reaches of ambient house.… Read more

18 October

Dee Nolan book launch at Cutler & Co

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Dee Nolan is an award-winning journalist and editor who began her career in Melbourne. Not only is she passionate about writing, but farming and produce also. In her new culinary travel book, A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France, Nolan is able to use her interviewing skills to investigate first-handedly about the food cultures of regional France.

Such is the effect of Earl Carter’s picturesque photography in this beautiful 400-page hardback book, that you’ll feel as though you are looking out a train window as it cuts through the golden French countryside and beyond. Along the way you’ll visit the slopes of Burgundy that are conservatively dressed in vines. It is here in the valleys and to the west of the Saône River where, Nolan will show you, the most famous wines are produced, the Burgundies.

Nolan didn’t just take in the breathtaking sights but immersed herself in the culture, visiting local markets with some of France’s greatest chefs, cooking timeless classic recipes in home kitchens and strolling beside farmers as they take their cattle to the high pasture.… Read more