This year Melbourne is playing host to one of the greatest music legends of our time: David Bowie. ACMI presents David Bowie is, an exhibition straight from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London-an exhibition, which I should add, turned out to be the fastest selling exhibition in the history of the V&A Museum.
From the outside, The Grace Darling Hotel looks like an untouchable piece of history. But beyond the bluestone – built in 1854 – is one of Melbourne’s hottest live music venues, and you’re invited to rock out with the best of ’em.
You want to personalise your style but going with a tattoo is just a little bit too permanent. There’s a solution: Melbourne’s Das T-Shirt Automat. This is where you come when you want to be unique. When you want fashion that’s not in the stores. You see, Das T-Shirt Automat prints t-shirts from your drawings or digital files.
If you love food just as much as you love jewellery, read on. There’s a very quirky boutique you need to check out in Melbourne’s CBD: Lucy Folk. Opened in 2011 by jewellery designer Lucy Folk, today her namesake flagship store is jam packed full of pizza, nachos, chips, and other iconic Aussie snacks – all in jewellery form!
With a name like Madame Brussels, you might be mistaken for thinking this Melbourne bar was named after an aristocrat. But as a matter of fact, Madame Brussels is named after an eccentric brothel owner of the 19th century.
You might think that all art galleries are huge buildings full of empty space and a few pieces of art stuck on the walls. Not in Melbourne. This city’s smallest gallery is called Trink Tank and it’s located right outside Australia’s smallest bar, Bar Americano.
If you’ve laughed at the thought of gardening while living in a big city, Popup Patch proves it can be done, and collectively, too! Using the roof of an unused car park behind Federation Square, a handful of Melburnians got together to create a popup vegetable garden smack bang in the heart of the city, where everyone can enjoy getting their hands dirty while harvesting their very own produce.
When was the last time you went to a non-profit bar? The fact is, most bars are in it for themselves, but one very special bar in Melbourne’s CBD is aiming to change the way we think… and drink.
If you’re looking to set your eyes on some serious street art – street art where some of the world’s best artists come to play – you don’t have to travel to New York or Buenos Aires. Some of the very best street art is right in Melbourne’s backyard. And by backyard I mean smack bang in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
It’s not everyday you get to sip on your favourite drink while admiring the gorgeous view on top of a building in Melbourne’s CBD, but this bar gives you that and more. Located in Swanston Street’s Curtin House, Melbourne’s Rooftop Cinema is not only home to great outdoor movie events, but is also home to some of the city’s best cocktails and brews. Yup, that’s right. There’s a fab bar waiting for you, aptly named Rooftop Bar.
There’s something irritating about people not pronouncing your home city correctly, even after you’ve told them repeatedly the ‘e’ is silent or there’s no stress on the last syllable. To save us all a headache and hours of debate, thrillophilia put together a list of commonly mispronounced cities to educate us on the correct way to say them.
We’re not really sure how to describe Ussed&Abbussed, but here’s a start: a self-styled ‘fashionable store in Cremorne catering for the label conscious’ that 1. claims to be the largest new and vintage retailer in Sydney; 2. carries over 2,000 labels at discounted prices; and 3. counts fashion models, designers, actors and editors among its clients.
If you’re on a shopping excursion in Melbourne, there’s one must-visit store you’ve got to pay a visit to: Shag. Located along trendy Chapel Street, this funky thrift store is filled to the brim with treasures you won’t be able to find elsewhere.
When you think of Melbourne, you might think of shopping, lattes and football. But stroll along Hosier Lane and this Victorian capital is going to blow you away with some of Australia’s best street art. Positioned right opposite Federation Square in Melbourne’s city centre, this laneway is home to some of the world’s most iconic urban art, created by leading artists, including Ha-Ha, Psalm, Meggs, Vexta, and Civilian.