Melbourne’s second oldest pub is now the hottest live music venue in town

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By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

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.

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Custom tattoos are so passé: get a custom t-shirt instead at Melbourne’s Das T-Shirt Automat

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By Play Melbourne in New Fashion on Friday 12 June 2015

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.

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Lucy Folk’s food-themed jewellery is so tasty it’s almost edible

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By Play Melbourne in New Fashion on Friday 5 June 2015

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!

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Yep, there really is a bar in Melbourne named after an eccentric 19th century brothel owner

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By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 29 May 2015

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.

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Melbourne’s smallest gallery is located outside Australia’s smallest bar!

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By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 22 May 2015

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.

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Only in Melbourne would they turn an unused car park into an edible gardening club

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By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Monday 18 May 2015

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.

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This awesome Melbourne bar donates money to the country your beer is from

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By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

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.

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Want to see the best street art in Australia? Just venture down Hosier Lane in Melbourne

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By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 May 2015

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.

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This Melbourne bar comes with THE best view in the city, guaranteed!

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By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 1 May 2015

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.

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Have you been pronouncing your favourite cities wrong? This guide will help you not look foolish

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 16 February 2015

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.

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All hail the most surprising department store in Melbourne

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

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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.

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Shag: Melbourne’s must-visit thrift store

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 17 November 2014

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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.

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Check out some of Melbourne’s best street art at Hosier Lane

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 11 November 2014

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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.

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Melbourne’s open air cult movie cinema (with food trucks)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Monday 10 November 2014

With summer right around the corner, the last thing you want to be doing is watching a movie inside. The Shadow Electric takes advantage of all that glorious Melbourne weather and puts on an open-air cinema starting in late November. This outdoor cinema takes place at the Abbotsford Convent, just a jump off the train […]

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In Melbourne, you can order a toastie and catch it from the sky!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 7 November 2014

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Jafflechutes, which declares itself to be Melbourne’s first float-down eatery, actually lets you pay for a toasted sandwich (known colloquially in Australia as a jaffle) via Paypal and wait for it to fall from the sky in a parachute! It started with an idea to create pocket parachutes for people who live on storeyed buildings and forget their keys.

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