Junipalooza was brought to Melbourne by some of the biggest gin consumer resources available, Gin Foundry and The Gin Queen. With reputations and interests that stretch globally, the combined force and passion of these two produced a carefully curated exhibition of charismatic makers and top-notch gin. In such a big world where individuals and small businesses can easily get lost in the vast choices available, consumers are craving connection and unique experiences. Junipalooza effectively taps into the inherent appeal of new wave gin: the ability to connect with the maker’s origin story and intent. And in our pursuit of fabulous gins and makers willing to share their stories we also found connections with each other.Read More
Halloween is upon us and even though our gardens are laden with spring blooms, pumpkins abound in stores. I've always been partial to a horror film, cheesy or terrifying, and I love the fantasical tales of witches and goblins, the mythical night when spirits drift between worlds. It is a night ripe for Hocus Pocus, these are our picks for embracing your dark side this Halloween.Read More
Anyone who has ever set foot in the Spiegeltent will know that an evening at this historic venue will deliver a performance that is as decadently fabulous as the hand crafted mirror tent in which it is hosted. A night spent at the Speigeltent is a night spent in another world, under a sumptuous velvet canopy, surrounded by stained glass windows and beveled mirror columns, dancing the night away on the teak dancefloor.Read More
The sweet melody of Melbourne’s music mania’ took hold last Saturday night and Melburnian Guide caught some scintillating Australian talent as The Squeeze delivered performances ranging from ‘a cocktail of hip-hop, face-melting guitar and endlessly catchy rhythms’ to pure ‘addictive indie rock.Read More
We've made no secret of it, it's our favourite time of year. The balmy autumn evenings, the buskers our in force, the jaunty lights of the town hall and people rushing all about the CBD with grins from ear to ear. Check out all our selections from the program and may you have many laughs this festival season!Read More
We’ve loved exploring all that Melbourne and the world have had to offer this year and we’ve loved having our readers along for the ride! Here are our greatest hits for 2017:
3. The Argyle Op Shop, Hamilton
4. Piccolo Coffee Roasters, Warrnambool
Was there another post of ours that stood out for you? We’d love to hear it, let us know in the comments!Read More
Australians are renowned for a few things - a passion for sports, an abundance of natural wonders and an inability to take anything seriously. But right now, we are making an international name for ourselves for nurturing extraordinary talents of screen and stage. Amongst the flourishing Australian grass roots music scene two swanky brothers from Sydney’s Northern Beaches are showing us just how good we can be.Read More
What could be a more fitting performance during October to inhabit the Circus Oz Melba Spiegeltent than a wicked, tragic tale of lost loves and conflicting desires against the backdrop of a 19th century circus? A dramatic combination of music, dance, and circus performance, The Carnival of Lost Souls succeeds in capturing the audience in an eerie atmosphere and inspiring awe at the mastery of its cast. There could be no other venue than the Melba Spiegeltent, its mirrored walls reflecting the spectacles before us and magnifying their impact.Read More
Melbourne’s infamous Fringe Festival is notoriously left of centre, frequenters know to expect the unexpected. Willem Richards’ one-man comedy outing Full Metal Jacket and other impractical fashions, opened with a simple piece of comedic lip-syncing to Calvin Harris’ My Way; now a song I will never hear again without seeing his bouncing grin and explosively emotive face.Read More
Around the third week of August you start to hear it. The week before it is just a feeling, a heartbeat. The third week of August it becomes audible: the rush of blood in your ears, like holding a shell up to hear the ocean. Then when the first warmth of sunshine hits and you feel your nose beginning to defrost the thumping becomes louder, driving your feet to move a little bit faster as the sluggishness of winter melts away. Then on September 1st as the sun devours the grey rain clouds for the first time since May and the magnolias blossom, the drums of Spring reach their crescendo and the hope that Summer will come again is reborn.Read More
How does walking into total darkness sound? Being in a space where you can’t really tell the difference between having your eyes open or closed? Having to rely on your guide’s voice, and your other senses, to make your way?Read More
No matter my taste now, no doughnut smells better than one freshly cooked and rolled in cinnamon sugar! If cinnamon doughnuts represent the simplicity of childhood; then my high school years smell like sugar dough, are splashed with raspberry, and have all the gooey messiness of a jam doughnut.Read More
The royalty of immersive experiences, Secret Squirrel Productions, staged one of their twice-yearly productions of Underground Cinema over 20th - 30th July, with the thrilling medieval theme 'kingdom'. This was our first encounter with Underground Cinema and we dove into the opportunity to dress up and rove through the grounds of Eltham's Montsalvat, Jameson Whiskey night warmer in hand. Our night was full of fun, frivolity, intrigue, adventure and cinematic delight The Princess Bride at the end! Underground Cinema, we are hooked, when's the next one?Read More
July 14: La Fête Nationale française; the perfect excuse for a day of immersion in French food. To commemorate Bastille Day this year the Hotel Sofitel charged their Executive Pastry Chef, David Hann, with producing Éclairs with Flair!
We began our day in Sofi's Lounge with Chef Hann's pastry magic, feeling like 24 carat gold after indulging in some divine food art. All the eclairs were delicious and we had one or two stand out favourites, namely the lemon meringue and nutella fillings, the most beautifully decorated however was the violet.
We'll certainly be on the lookout for another fine dining dessert event from Chef Hann and the Sofitel!Read More
In a world where customers are looking for easier ways to filter down to businesses that match their needs and values, movements and the tracking of businesses committed to sustainable practices are invaluable. To contribute to our part in this, Melburnian Guide is collaborating with Responsible Cafes and The Last Straw to let you know which venues we've reviewed that have signed up to their sustainability pledges. We will indicate participating cafes by badging the review with the Responsible Cafes and The Last Straw logos, like for our recent review of The Grey Smith.
Melburnian Guide to are just as passionate about community as we are about coffee so this month we are launching a 'Businesses We Love' page which will feature eateries and businesses we encounter that use environmentally sustainable practices or show community leadership.Read More
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to join head chef at The Bunyip Hotel Brewery and Distillery, James Campbell, to learn Ice Cream 101 with a little impromptu cooking lesson. What an opportunity: going through the ins and outs of ice cream making with an ex-Movida chef; my heart beats faster and my toes tingle recalling the excitement of the day!Read More
Anyone paying attention over the last 20 years I don't believe would be able to resist Harry Potter Mania, so it comes as no surprise that we were keen to grab a table for Jaws Events' Harry Potter Trivia Night! We were modestly confident in the skills of our group and rightly so, emerging with 100%. Alas, having been sorted into Slytherin House at the beginning, victory was not to be ours, there were some last minute points awarded to some other House...Read More
With June’s arrival winter descends and this year it feels right on time. Each season holds its charms and a Melbourne winter is very much a diamond in the rough. The wind blows a gale and can chill to the bone, true. People rush up and down the city streets, cloaked in Brack’s black, shoulders hunched, dodging the slippery cobbles. Winter falls elegantly, the city twinkling through rain soaked nights almost like walking through the stars.
During the day cups of Proud Mary, Axil and Seven Seeds warm cold hands and in the evenings the haloed street lamps light the way to the revelry writhing beneath. Melbourne is nothing short of vibrant in the warmer months, as you would expect any city to be, but in winter it truly comes alive.Read More
We were invited along last month to see Melbourne improv comedy extraordinaires The Big HOO-HAA! in action at eclectic haven The Butterfly Club. In this review Jackson Millwood takes us through his experience. The Big HOO-HAA! are in residence at the Butterfly until Dec but given how fast this year is going add it to the top of your list of date ideas immediately.Read More