As Melbourne’s weather takes a turn for the arctic (seriously, the zoo’s penguins have apparently put in a request for a transfer to warmer climates) it’s nice to reflect on the good things happening in our sub-zero city. And there’s been a lot of good this week. We’re talking CBD après-ski festivals, brothels-turned-bruncheries, and the imminent arrival of an actual hot tub cinema. Life’s pretty good when you measure it by hot tub cinemas.
So here you go Melbourne. Here’s all the news you missed this week. Get around it.
- Hot Tub Cinema Club announced that they’ll back up their Sydney success with a two-week pop-up in October.
- We took a peek inside the House of Lulu White, a former brothel that’s now doing seriously good brunch.
- Section 8 announce they’ll be throwing an epic après-ski festival this weekend. Fake snow, live DJs, free-flowing whisky and an ugly jumper comp—we’re there.
- We plotted your ultimate Splendour roadtrip, and it doesn’t include lukewarm McMuffins or dodgy roadside coffee.
- South Yarra just got a freaky Japanese outlaw burger bar...and it’s got a dry-ice spa. Long story...
- Prahran's Toko officially closed its doors and announced a move to the CBD (details still TBC). In its place will be Tokosan, a more casual Japanese eatery, with a karaoke room and live DJs. It's set to open in September, so watch this space.
- Our team pushed Mi Goreng packets to their absolute limit, all in the name of science (and partly in the name of boredom).
- The Block Arcade welcomed its newest tenant, Beechworth Honey: an all-Aussie honey emporium with a real life hive in the window. Buzzin’.
- Greek doughnut truck St Gerry’s opened their first bricks and mortar store, and we went along for a tasting (those dough balls won’t scoff themselves).
- Madame Brussels announced their European Night Market is back for another year, with grub from Göz City, Les Crêpes de Marion, Bavarian Bangers and Pierogi.
- The Prahran Hotel launched a new menu, designed by Colombian-born chef Mauricio Navarra. It's going to feature rustic, Latin American flavours and a crispy pork knuckle to die for. Keen.
- We took stock of the year so far and rounded up the five best new restaurants you need to try.
- The Gertrude St Projections Festival kicks off today (can you believe it’s been running for 10 years?), and this year’s roundup is gonna feature Aussie artists like Yandell Walton, Ray Thomas, Susan Forrester and Jody Haines.
Image credit: Jenna Fahey White | House Of Lulu White