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Everything You Need To See, Eat And Drink At The Australian Open This Year

By Stephanie Chadwick
19th Jan 2022

Game, set, match! The Australian Open has kicked off and while tennis is the main event, the very best of Australian hospitality is coming together at Melbourne Park to create a once in a grand slam experience.

AO22 have levelled up this year with curated menus by world-famed gastronomers and boozy pop-ups by iconic liqueur brands. Melbourne’s food is in an arena of its own and the Australian Open is proud to show it off with its line-up of events and offerings.

Dylan Alcott Art Mural

Archibald Prize-nominated artist Felix Von Dallwitz is constructing an 8-metre-long mural made of over 4000 tennis balls in honour of Dylan Alcott’s final Australian Open. The mural is to pay homage to Alcott’s 15 Grand Slam singles and coveted Grand Slam title. You can watch the artist at work while savouring one a free Piccolina choc-top. Made from freshly churned vanilla gelato and covered in Belgian couverture milk chocolate, they make the perfect treat for your sunny walk to the tennis.

THE DETAILS:

When: Friday 21 January until Wednesday 26 January
Where: Federation Square’s River Terrace
For more information, click here.

Canadian Club Racquet Club

The Canadian Club Racquet Club is back for its eighth consecutive year and is ready to swing back into action for the 2022 Australian Open. This is a non-ticketed event where you can soak up the sun, kick back with a CC & Dry and feel like you’re courtside with the tennis playing on the big screen.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Grand Slam Oval
For more information, click here.

Canadian Club Soda & Lime Garden

The Canadian Club Soda & Lime Garden is set right in the centre of the action at the Grand Slam Oval. Ticketholders can head over to test drive the new CC Soda & Lime in the Garden while kicking back with mates.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Birrarung Marr
For more information, click here.

Rockpool Bar & Grill

For a spectacular dining experience at the Australian open look no further than the Rockpool Bar & Grill. Rockpool’s award-winning team have partnered up with one of the world’s best chef’s, David Pynt of Burnt Ends, to create an experience exclusive to AO22. To choose three courses from a signature menu dine indoors or take a seat in the alfresco space to dine a la carte.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Centrepiece, Level 1
For more information, click here.

Maha Restaurant Superboxes

Sit back and enjoy a premium dining experience without missing a minute of the action thanks to Maha. Book a private Rod Laver Arena Superbox and be served up exquisite Middle Eastwrn dishes from Shane Delia’s renowned restaurant Maha. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Rod Laver Arena, Level 4
For more information, click here.

Penfolds Bistro & Restaurant 

For a refined dining experience head over to Penfolds Restaurant to indulge in an epic four-course menu curated to pair with Penfolds wines, including a glass of Grange. Or for a more relaxed dining experience head to the Penfolds Bistro for a two-course meal on the terrace which has been decked out to be a rose-coloured vision.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Centrepiece, Level 2
For more information, click here.

Atrium Eatery & Bar

Ben Shewry’s Atrium Eatery and Bar are dishing up a menu of sustainable dishes with a side of sweeping city views on the River Terrace. But if that’s not enough to justify a visit they are also serving signature cocktails shaken and stirred by infamous mixologist Michael Madrusan. The drinks will feature native botanicals to complement the terrace scene of lush plants and a water wall facade. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: AO River Terrace
For more information, click here.

Glasshouse Dining by Guy Grossi

Melbourne’s Godfather of Italian dining, Guy Grossi, is bringing his signature cuisine and The Glasshouse menu to the Australian Open. The renowned chef who too is playing at the top of his game has designed a memorable three-course meal for you to devour while you watch tennis history unfold.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Glasshouse
For more information, click here.

City Italia

The Australian Open has rounded up some of the best Italian eats in Melbourne and lined them up for your convenience. Queue up at Marameo or Pepe’s Italian for creamy pasta you won’t forget. Or for cheesy pizza that’ll be sure to put you in a food coma, lineup at 400 Gradi.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Grand Slam Oval
For more information, click here.

Europa Lane

Europa Lane has brought a taste of Europe to the Australian Open. Scoff down a mouth-watering souvlaki from Stalactites or a truffle mushroom melt from Nico’s

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Grand Slam Oval
For more information, click here.

Dumpling Corner

Choose from Oriental Teahouse’s ginger prawn or vegetarian dumplings, or David’s roast duck dumplings. Or better yet, don’t choose and get all three and share a feast with friends.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Grand Slam Oval
For more information, click here.

Hawker Stall

The Hawker Stall is delivering the goods with dishes from some of Melbourne’s fave restaurants. Order a feast worth of food with the pork hotdog from Gingerboy, salt and pepper squid from Longrain, Korean fried chicken boa from Lucy Liu and yakitori chicken from Robata

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Grand Slam Oval
For more information, click here.

Big Esso by Mabu Mabu

First Nations food favourites now have a home at the Australian Open. Mabu Mabu’s Big Esso are dishing up contemporary style meals that are designed to be shared with friends and are made from Indigenous ingredients. Try out the Kingfish Namas, Kangaroo Tain Snack Pack and Charred Cavassa for a delicious culinary adventure.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Western Courts
For more information, click here.

Mr Miyagi

The Mr Miyagi pop-up at the Australian might be the easiest way to feast on the iconic hoisin duck and vegan eggplant buns if you’re hard-pressed to find a booking at the restaurant. But be sure to save room for the gravy fries, they are worth every bite.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Western Courts
For more information, click here.

Fish Bowl

Fishbowl is offering tennis-goers customisable Japanese salads if they’re looking for a healthy bite or something fresh to combat the heat. They are selling their three most popular bowls; Mr X with chicken, The O.G with sashimi and Tofu Boys with kale.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Beach House
For more information, click here.

Grainshaker Australian Vodka Bar

Grainshaker Australian Vodka is coming to life this year at the Australian Open as the official vodka sponsor. You’ll find their copper pot distilled vodka mixed into cocktails at venues all over Melbourne Park but you should catch up with friends and cool off between games at the Vodka Bar.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Beach House & Court One
For more information, click here.

Peroni Bar

Take a break from your action-packed day and retreat to the Peroni Bar located at Beach House. Here they pay tribute to their storied Italian heritage with a Mediterranean-inspired Aperitivo Bar. Here you can be served in style by the official beer sponsor of the Australian Open.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Beach House
For more information, click here.

Pipi’s Kiosk

Pipi’s kiosk is bringing its contemporary menu from Albert Park to the Australian Open. Here you can snack on fish and chips, fish burgers and potato cakes to ensure you don’t get hungry during the match.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Beach House
For more information, click here.

Piper-Heidsieck Cabanas & Champagne Bar

Cheers to the Australian Opens triumphant return over a glass of Piper-Heidsieck. They’ve set up an oasis complete with cabanas and a champagne bar, so if you weren't having a good time before, you will be after a visit to the bubble oasis.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Beach House
For more information, click here.

Oakberry

For those who are after fast food without compromising on nutrition, Oakberry is whipping up Acai smoothies and Acai bowls. Slurp down the Fuel Up smoothie, a blend of coconut milk, banana, whey protein, honey oats, peanut butter and Acai. It is sure to help you stay focused on the big game.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Beach House
For more information, click here.

4 Pines Bar

Wash down your food truck finds with a cold 4 Pines beer. The Australian craft brewery from the Northern Beaches of Sydney has stationed itself at the Australian Open to supply tennis watchers with a refreshing Aussie beer.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Court Three
For more information, click here.

Gordon’s Gin Bar

Soak up the Australian Open atmosphere and kick back with mates at the Gordon’s Gin Bar. Sip on a cheeky G&T while enjoying the good tunes and even better vibes with their alfresco seating right next to the music stage. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Court One, Practice Village & Garden Square
For more information, click here.

Little Luna

Head over to Little Luna for a mid-match pick me up. Their baristas are ready to give you a caffeine fix, as well as hot toasties and fresh muffins to help you replenish after watching a stressful set.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: AO Ball Park
For more information, click here.

Daniel’s Donuts

Get your round holy dough fix with one of Daniel’s Donuts. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a flavour that isn’t to your liking. See if you can get your sticky hands on a jam or Nutella filled one, you won’t be disappointed.

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 January
Where: Court One
For more information, click here.

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