18 August

Time Out Melbourne crowns the city’s best restaurants at the annual Food Awards


Eating and drinking our way around Melbourne is what our team of food reviewers do best, and our annual Food Awards is the one night each year when we recognise the champions of the restaurant scene (and throw one hell of a party).

Over 220 industry heavyweights, professional eaters and Time Out readers gathered under the terracotta-covered ceiling at Gazi to find out which eateries would take home accolades across ten categories. Andrew McClelland (who you might have seen spinning tunes at Finishing School and Yeh Yeh) hosted the awards, and while guests crunched soft shell crab souvas and sipped cocktails, the nominees crossed their fingers.

Here’s who won the third annual Time Out Food Awards:

Hot Talent Award
Blayne, Chayse and Tyson Bertoncello, O.My

Best New Restaurant

Best Casual Dining Restaurant
Tipo 00

Best Bang for Buck
Hakata Gensuke (Melbourne)

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Best Café
Piggery Café

People’s Choice
HuTong Dumpling Bar

Chef of the Year
Scott Pickett, Estelle, ESP, St Crispin

Restaurant of the Year

Legend Award
Hana Assafiri, Moroccan Soup Bar

Scroll through our photo gallery for a glimpse of the action, and read more about why we chose these venues as this year’s winners.Read more

17 August

Rock your socks off in 2016 with the We Will Rock You musical

Posted by in Music, News, Theatre


British rock legends Queen may not be in action as often as we’d like these days, but their hit stage musical We Will Rock You is set to tear up stages across Australia with a futurist comedy narrative by Ben Elton set to Queen’s biggest hits.

This hilarious performance will feature 24 of Queen’s best-known singles, including: ‘We are the Champions’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ and of course, ‘We Will Rock You’. The show opened on the West End in 2002 and has been running for an impressive 12 years. The 2016 show will include Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor and a rockin’ band behind the cast.

In a tale of the struggle of up-and-coming artists in the cut-throat music market, We Will Rock You tell the story of a group of young bohemians with a desire to stand out in an industry determined to quash individuality.… Read more

17 August

The Northcote Social Club re-opens after weeks of refurbishment


After closing its doors for a few weeks in the name of a needed refurb for the front and bandroom bars, the Northcote Social Club’s open again for business today – all in time for its tenth birthday bash.

From old man pub to one of Melbourne’s finest live music venues, the NSC has come a long way in the past ten years. “You’re fixing things as you go, with these old building,” Andrew Mansfield, part owner and managing director of the NSC, says. “The bars and the spaces themselves never really had a proper going over. When we started, we installed a new beer system and tarted up the bars a little bit – but that was about it. It’s amazing what you can get used to in an operational way. Ten years along, it felt like the right time to refresh and put a bit of love back into the building a put a bit of love into the infrastructure.”

Aside from the bar refurbs, you can look forward to a new full service bar out on the deck, which means that you won’t need to head inside anymore for a beverage.… Read more

13 August

RetroStar’s online store opens next week


As of 10am, Wednesday August 19 you can add the joys of internet shopping to the RetroStar vintage-retail stable. Naturally, the brand is keeping its Aladdin’s cave in the glorious, Art Deco Nicholas Building, but you’ll be able to browse the RetroStar wardrobe from the comfort of your couch.

Melbourne’s vintage set and thrifty shoppers have hit up the store for years for choice finds (where else would you get a vintage ’50s Irish linen dress with shamrocks for $80?). Tucked away on the first floor, it’s always felt like an amazing shopping find and it impresses the shit out of interstate guests looking for new kit. RetroStar has also delighted on a regular basis with its deadly warehouse sales – have you pencilled the weekend of August 22-23 into your diary? That said, a good online find brings a satisfaction all of its own.

Go to RetroStar online, sign up for its newsletter and get a fiver off your first online purchase over 40 bucks.… Read more

13 August

Score a ballot ticket? Now check out who’s on at Meredith Music Festival this year


Aunty Meredith is turning 25 this year and to celebrate her silver jubilee the Supernatural Amphitheatre will be hosting some appropriately festive acts for the occasion. Meredith will run through December 11-13 this year and as per usual, there will be no headliners at this one-stage festival so in no particular order, here’s who punters can expect at Aunty Meredith’s quarter century bash this summer:

Big Daddy Kane

Ice T said “Big Daddy Kane can rap circles around cats”, referring to the likes of current hip hop kings Jay-Z and Nas. This will be Big Daddy’s first time in Australia, so be prepared to see the New York rap king turned R&B smooth operator turn it on for Aunty Meredith.

Father John Misty

Everyday, someone somewhere is probably serenading their significant other with Father John Misty’s ballad ‘I Love You, Honeybear’. The former Fleet Foxes drummer will be bringing his beautifully miserable folk song and love ballads to Meredith.… Read more