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7 Must-Do’s for Melbourne Dudes This Winter

By Clare Acheson
17th May 2015

Guys, we love you. And, as it turns out, so does our beautiful city, which plays host to some awesome dude-centric events this winter. Want to learn where to get a sharp shave in the CBD, or track down the best men’s fashion in Melbourne? Maybe you’re more the brogues, scotch and cigars by the fire/laptop type? Either way, you’ll love these man-spirational must-do’s that are coming up. Read on…

Talk, Shop, Drink and Chow Down at The Festival of Steve

The bizarrely named Festival of Steve celebrates all that’s good and manly in Melbourne. The shopping, grooming and lifestyle event brings together the best men’s boutiques in Melbourne, including tailor Oscar Hunt, jewellery and accessories connoisseur Lord Coconut, hair and grooming experts Men+Co, and a whole host of food and drink purveyors including Temple Brewing Co and Mork Chocolate.

There’ll be a couple of seminars for you sartorial gents too—fancy finding out how the hipster has shaped men’s fashion, or have some tricky health and wellbeing questions? Come armed with your opinions and get ready for some awesome guy-culture insights.

The Festival of Steve | 12pm–11pm
Saturday 23rd May | The Kelvin Club, Melbourne CBD

Score The Latest Fashion Drops at Up There Store

South Melbourne men’s fashion store Up There sells some of the best local and international streetwear and men’s fashion in Melbourne. The converted terrace house makes for a truly unique shopping experience, and the staff are awesome when it comes to style advice. The perfect place for picking up the latest limited edition sneakers, or grabbing some hard-to-find Japanese imports.

Up There | South Melbourne

Up Your Style Game with Menske at Allpress

Home to all things stylish for dudes, Menske’s Winter Selection event is a must-do for any of you looking for some seasonal inspiration. Not only will Allpress be on hand to talk you through the perfect coffee, the guys from men’s style bible and blog Men In This Town will be dishing out tips in a series of studio talks. As well as Menske’s usual top pick of men’s fashion in Melbourne, Farrah design will be custom fitting belts and Cut Throat Supply Co will be freshening up your hairstyle. Get your (free) tickets asap!

Menske Winter Selection | Allpress Studio and Roastery, Collingwood
Friday 12th June, 12pm–6pm, Saturday 13th June, 11am–7pm, Sunday 14th June, 11am–5pm
Rsvp here

Step Into Some Luxury Shoes at Double Monk

It’s been said that a man should be judged on his shoes. If you’re due a new pair and are looking for a footwear classic from a globally renowned label, get yourself to Double Monk in Fitzroy—Melbourne’s best men’s fashion store for handmade leather shoes. Brogues, boots, loafers, Saint Crispins (yes, the restaurant is named after a shoe style!), they’ve got them all!

Double Monk also stocks a small selection of luxury ties and scarves, umbrellas fit for royalty, are partial to the odd scotch, and are hosting British shoe design legends GJ Cleverley later this month. Men, you know what to do.

Double Monk | Fitzroy
GJ Cleverley visiting for custom fittings on 22nd & 23rd May

Sip On a Top Shelf Scotch at The Melbourne Whisky Show

Second to shoes, any self-respecting gent should know his single-malts from his peated blends! Pick up a ticket for The Melbourne Whisky Show and get ready to taste your way through whiskies from 20 of the world’s best distilleries. As well as trying some tasty drams, you’ll be able to get top tasting tips from the industry’s experts. Want to learn how to sound like a whisky pro? Get this date in your diary, pronto.

The Melbourne Whisky Show 2015 | Stamford Plaza, Melbourne CBD
Friday 5th June, 4pm–8pm, Saturday 6 June, 12pm–4pm & 5pm–9pm
$75 pp, book here

Get Inked and Groomed at Eureka Rebellion Trading

Guys, if you’re the sort that goes hard when it comes to the character-defining things in life (music, personal style, choice of hot sauce…) then Eureka Rebellion is for you. The two-storey Collingwood institution houses a barber’s, a tattoo parlour, a rare record and music memorabilia store, and a small selection of foodie finds from around the world. Got a friend who’ll go nuts for that rare first press heavy metal vinyl? It’s an epic haunt for men’s gifts in Melbourne too.

Eureka Rebellion Trading | Collingwood

Become a Beer Pro at The Great Australian Beer Spectapular

If you love beer—I mean, who doesn’t?—you’re going to want to hot-foot it to the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, for The Great Australian Beer Spectapular, which brings together 120 of the best craft breweries from our beautiful country and the rest of the world. Taste your way to self-guided beer perfection or, if you’re looking to nail your beer knowledge, sign up for a masterclass.

The Great Australian Beer Spectapular | Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Friday 22nd–Sunday 24th May, various session times
Book here

(Editors note: Men of Melbourne, I know what you’re thinking—Who the hell is this chick telling you where to find your seasonal man-spiration? Unbeknownst to most, this lady writer is a men’s fashion and culture vulture, has written about dudes’ style around the world, and can tell her double woods from her double monks. Still don’t trust her judgement? Drop her a line here).

Image credit: Men In This Town via Facebook

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