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Shhhh… here’s a secret insider’s guide to Melbourne for creatives

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Melbourne has been chosen as the host to kick off the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, and luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of things to see while you’re there.

Aside from your usual tourist hot spots – such as Federation Square, ACMI, Flinders Street Station, Eureka 88 Sky Deck, and the many museums and galleries that make Melbourne special – there are some hidden gems you need to see.

CURTIN HOUSE
Curtin House on Swanston Street (CBD) is one of the best places to relax with a drink while viewing the city from above.

Curtin House

The top level of the six-story art nouveau building is where Roof Top Bar is located, along with a little burger shack to satisfy your hunger as you watch the sunset. The venue is also a place to catch a seasonal film as the night crawls in.

Moving down a few levels, the restaurant The Toff in Town is set up with art, train carriages, a theatre, and a DJ’s booth. The food served is small, casual, and made for sharing. But best of all, the restaurant is open ’til late.

Toff in Town

While you’re out having drinks, there are a couple of themed bars you need to check out.

MADAME BRUSSELS
Madame Brussels is a provocatively-themed, casual bar that’s decked out with astro-turf, pink walls, and white garden furniture. It’s quite a saucy little place and has some raunchy themes as the venue is a former brothel.

Madame Brussels

THE CROFT INSTITUTE
Another popular themed bar in the city is The Croft Institute. Part of the fun of this place is finding it. You’ll be sent down a twist of alleyways, and just when you think you’re lost, you’ll find the creepy looking entrance. Once you enter, you’ll be thrust into a science-themed bar with some pretty eerie vibes.

If you head up to the toilet, you’ll definitely feel goosebumps, no thanks to a television stuck on static, some dim light bulbs, and a few disturbing hospital beds.

The Croft Institute

MILK THE COW
Of course, Melbourne has plenty of cheese and wine bars too. Milk the Cow is a cheese bar you cannot miss. Sink your teeth into some luscious fondue with house bread and crackers and try not to have lactose regret later.

They also have a pretty hefty wine list so you can enjoy a frosty white, mellow red, or even a fruity rose.

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HEINEKEN SATURDAY
Of course, for the upcoming F1 in Melbourne, there’s the mega Heineken Saturday’s, which have developed quite the reputation around town. The pop-up mini-festivals have killer live music, awesome drinks and a pumping atmosphere.

Heineken Saturdays

They put on a hell of a show for the Royal Croquet Club, and now they’re bringing it back for the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix on March 25. Find out all the info at the Heineken Facebook page.

PIDAPIPO
After you’ve had some fun there, you can head back over to Carlton and try some of Pidapipo’s artisanal gelato in a whole bunch of flavours.

Oh, and they even have Nutella on tap, so bring a bucket!

Pidapipo

The F1 is ‘more than a race’. It transforms entire cities into playgrounds, and with the help of Heineken, will turn Melbourne into the place to be from 23-26 March for the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Check out their Facebook and Instagram to find out how you can have an absolute cracker of a weekend.

About the author

Bronte is a media student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). She enjoys music, fitness, and exploring the city.

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