It was another loaded week in our freezing city, so you’re forgiven if you missed a few things. Maccas launched a new burger, about 517 new bars opened up, and CBD shopping centres outdid themselves getting ready for Shop The City.
Here’s all the news you missed in Melbs this week. Bring a comfy chair.
- Maccas unleashed the Grand Big Mac. We tried one and can confirm it tastes like a regular Big Mac, only grander.
- Hoyts just launched its new LUX menu, courtesy of celeb chef Manu Fiedel. Give popcorn the flick—these guys have stepped up their game.
- Old mate Bimbo Deluxe was tragically gutted by fire. Good news is, they’ve announced they’ll be back in a few months. In the meantime, get your $4 pizzas at The Lucky Coq.
- Port Fairy announced they’re bringing back the hilarious Dachshund Dash.
- Shop The City fever gripped the CBD. Emporium created an Alice In Wonderland pop-up room (very trippy), Melbs Central announced an Ultra Violet Party, and QV opened their Nordic Winter Village (with build-your-own-s’mores).
- You can get a photo of your dog dressed up like a sailor this weekend (don’t ask).
- Neptune are hosting live jazz afternoons this weekend as part of the Stonington Jazz Fest. Check 'em out on Friday and Saturday.
- One of Melbourne's healthiest cafes, Cornerstone of Northcote, just launched twilight tapas and cocktail nights! You can check it out on Friday and Saturday evenings starting RN.
- Melbourne got a bunch of new openings. Our picks are Rebel Blue, INES and ALFIE’S Wine + Grill.
- Our beloved Pie Shop is turning one! And to celebrate, they’re launching a brand new apple pie: The Rita. You can get it in-store next week.
- Fatto is bringing back their legendary $10 chilli crab spaghettini lunch deal next Monday. This one’s gonna get busy.
- The Victoria Hotel just launched a new range of meal deals. We’re partial to the $20 steak lunch on Fridays (start the weekend early and push on all arvo).
- Celeb chef Stephanie Alexander has united the greatest chefs in Australia to take part in the inaugural ‘Turning the Tables’ campaign. Basically from 3 – 31 May, Australia’s top restaurants will collect $1 per meal towards the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Grossi, Tipo 00, Epocha, Pastuso, Anchovy, Ezard, Geralds Bar and The Lake House are all taking part. Dig deep, guys.
- The Cricketer’s in Port Melbourne is running Botanical Thursday gin flights. More G&Ts than you can poke a swizzle stick at. Check 'em out next Thursday night.
Image credit: Fatto