A themed cocktail bar atop a sprawling city terrace? What’s not to love. Grab a cheeky cocktail (the Madame’s D.D. Cup is a delicious choice) at the Madame Brussels hedge bar, then pull up a chair on the faux grass and settle in for a sky-high garden soiree with serious retro flair.
Go on a guided tour of the Queen Victoria Market
Wandering through the produce-laden aisles of the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and sampling cherry-picked items from some of the top traders is about as close to culinary heaven as a foodie can get. But getting an insider’s knowledge of which vendors to hit for the silkiest hand-made pasta or stinkiest artisan cheese courtesy of an expert guide – that’s priceless. On this 90-minute small group walking tour, you’ll get to taste test the produce at some of the market’s best stores, as well as indulge in a glass of local wine, a seasonal fruit platter and, of course, a famous QVM hot jam doughnut.
Melbourne BBQ School Classes
Don’t just talk the talk. Master the art of the grill at Melbourne BBQ School and you’ll be able to walk the walk, too. Learn everything from American-style meat smoking to the secrets of perfectly seared seafood, and get ready to cook up a storm. With your newfound command of the coals, your next backyard barbie is bound to be a hit.
Bourke Street Green
Industrial chic meets urban oasis at this chic garden bar, where concrete tables, timber booths and a retractable roof make it the ideal all-seasons entertainer. Whether it’s laid-back after-work drinks or a long lazy lunch with friends, Bourke Street Green is prime territory for a drop of fine Victorian vino, a bite of artisanal pizza, or a BSG signature cocktail – our pick is the Blood Orange South Side Fizz with Nosferatau blood orange gin, lemon juice and mint. All in the heart of the Bourke Street business district.
Get into the spirit of long lunches on board Arbory Afloat, Melbourne’s largest floating outdoor restaurant and bar. A built-in pool, private cabanas and day beds evoke an Aussie beachhouse vibe, while the summer-inspired menu includes a selection of fresh-made woodfired pizzas, chicken and gravy sandwiches and lobster spaghetti, as well as a curated list of the finest local gins.
The Duke of Wellington
For a slice of history, head to The Duke of Wellington, Melbourne’s oldest pub. This iconic heritage-listed hotel has occupied the corner of Flinders and Russell streets since 1850, with the first beers flowing from the taps in 1853. Though the original facade remains, the interiors have undergone a swanky facelift. Head up to the rooftop for sublime city views, as well as royally good pub fare, including maple and buffalo fried chicken, club sandwiches and classic chicken parmas.