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15 Of The Best Things To Do In Melbourne If The Weather’s Bad This Month

By Phoebe McRae
23rd Jul 2018

Guys. We need to talk. It’s officially the middle of winter and to be quite frank, we’re not happy about it. We’re cold and all we ever see on our ‘Gram feeds are our soon-to-be-ex-friends having the time of their lives in Europe. But fear not! We’ve teamed up with Bank of Melbourne to hunt down 15 of the best things to do if the weather’s bad in Melbourne (which it most definitely is). In fact, if you're looking for a way to fund your next winter outing (because ICYMI this adulting business is expensive)—you could find out more about a new Bank Of Melbourne Complete Freedom Account. When you open a new account by 24th August 2018 get $50 cash back when you deposit $500 ($250 for students/under 21s) within the first 45 days*. 

Here are the best things to do when the weather let's you down in Melbourne.

Sweeten Up At Sugar Republic

Two words, people: Sugar. Republic. AKA the ginormous interactive candy museum that’s popped up in Fitzroy and is literally the stuff of your sweet, sweet, sugar-filled dreams. If jumping out a birthday cake straight into an adult-size pink ball pit doesn’t sound like a good time to you, we don’t know what does. Complete with a doughnut igloo, a fairy floss swing, a soft-serve ice-cream machine AND a sherbet-filled rainbow bridge, your ticket includes free lollies, treats and ice cream. Bring on the sugar high.

When: Now-August 27
Where: 377 Smith St, Fitzroy
For more info, click here.

Exercise Your Mind At The Music Gym

Forget about getting physical and exercise your mind at The Music Gym. Offering up group based guitar, piano and voice classes in a totally laid-back way, even if you haven’t picked up an instrument since year 6 (or ever), you’ll fit in. Oh, and if you’ve still got that trumpet stashed in the back of your closet, book yourself into an off-peak spot for a little bit of DIY training—you’ll be surprised by how much you can remember.

When: Check out the timetable here.
Where: E09 Galleria, 385 Bourke St, Melbourne
For more info, click here.

Get Your (Board) Game On

We’re quite partial to a board game or two (read: Monopoly and only Monopoly), so imagine our excitement when we found out about Queen of Spades—a cafe dedicated to board games. We don’t mean a cafe with board games. We mean a cafe slash bar with over 50 different type of classic and cutting-edge games, from Mysterium to Pictionary. The best part? They also serve beer for brain power. Our tip: get there early because LBH, you’ll never want to leave. (Board) game on!

When: Everyday, from 11am to 11pm
Where: 189 Smith Street, Fitzroy
For more info, click here.

Taste Test A Vegan Roast

We know, we know, you’re confused and you’re also quite skeptical. We were too. But this is very much a don’t knock the vegan roast at A Fan’s Notes until you try it type situation. For only 15 buckaroos, you can wrap yours lips around a stack of all the best roast veggies and a crumbed and golden tofu slab that will seriously warm your belly (and shock your taste buds). Don't forget to ask for extra vegan gravy (yes, vegan gravy is a thing).

When: Thursday nights
Where: 787 Nicholson St, Carlton North
For more info, click here.

Get Cultured At The NGV

The NGV is never a bad idea. Pop by any day of the week, month or year, and you’ll find something to keep you occupied. Right now we’re loving the MoMA at NGV exhibition, showcasing over 200 pieces from the New York gallery’s iconic collection, including works by the big guns like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein. Get amongst NGV Friday Nights for true NYC vibes and a side of live jazz.

When: Now-October 7
Where: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more info, click here.

Practice Your Jazz Hands

FYI you don’t have to be fluent in jazz to nab a table at Bird’s Basement. Hidden away in the CBD, this effortlessly cool New York style jazz bar serves up impressive cocktails and delicious eats while you kick back, relax and enjoy the smooth sounds of both local and international live jazz performers. Perfect for when the weather is not ideal (read: right now), it’s the kinda place that will impress the pants off your parents and guarantee a second date.

When: Varies
Where: 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne
For more info, click here.

Warm Up With Hot Yoga

When you’re so cold you can’t feel your feet, we strongly suggest you give hot yoga a go. Not only are most hot yoga rooms set to a toasty forty degrees (praise be), you’ll be working up a real sweat that will you have begging for the cold. Time to start practising your downward dog.

Where: Various locations in Melbourne
For more info, click here.

Lock Yourself In An Escape Room

ICYMI escape rooms are having a major moment right now. Whether you want to force a little team bonding between your work colleagues, or crack the code with the help of all your besties, being locked in a room together is bound to get your heart pumping. Our advice: hit up Ukiyo’s The Crumbling Prince and be prepared to scream.

When: Sessions take place Monday to Friday, 12pm to 10pm
Where: 54 Moreland Road, Brunswick
For more info, click here.

Netflix & Chill Bake

If there’s one thing this bad weather makes us want to do, it’s bake. Brownies, cookies, cake—you name it, we’ll bake it. Follow our lead and kick things off with this epic chocolate mousse recipe then binge away the days with your latest Netflix addiction (The Staircase, anyone?) and a healthy dose of calories.

Lose Yourself To Dance

Channel your inner dancing queen (or king) and hit the d-floor courtesy of Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s The Gallery Workout. For a limited time only, the renowned American contemporary dance company will be hosting 50 minute exercise tours through the corridors and gallery spaces of Arts Centre Melbourne and the NGV. You can expect squats and a whole lot pop.

When: Thursday to Saturday until 18 August, 7am + 8:30am
Where: Smorgan Plaza, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more info, click here.

Suss Out The Latest Movies

We’ll never get sick of going to the movies. The popcorn alone is reason enough but there’s something about kicking back in a room full of strangers, sharing the big screen, and having a good old LOL, cry or scream together. From Hereditary and Ocean's 8, to Deadpool and Jurassic World, there's something for everyone ATM, so take a seat at your cinema of choice (you can find our faves here) and stay warm with an extra large frozen coke.

Scale A Wall Like Spider-Man

Rock climbing walls are popping up all over town and Peter Parker would be bloody proud. The ideal exercise for people who hate exercise, strap yourself in and scale your way to the very top. Wall heights vary so weigh up your experience before you book in.

Whip It Good At Caribbean Rollerama

Round up your gang, hire a pair of skates and let the good times roll at Caribbean Rollerama (it literally sounds like a good time). With general skate sessions happening almost all day, erryday, don your best 90s outfit and attempt the moonwalk. Extra points if you end with a twirl.

When: Find weekly session times here.
Where: 1298 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby
For more info, click here.

Plan A Summer Holiday

What goes around comes around, and by the time it’s summer here, it’ll be winter in Europe. Show off to your Northern Hemisphere friends with a trip down the Great Ocean Road come December. A stop at Falls Festival for New Year’s and tourist shot at the Apostles = mandatory. It might not be the Cinque Terre but it’s close enough.

Bounce Your Way To A Summer Bod

If you pay any attention to us at all, you’ll realise our main aim in life is to avoid exercise. Unfortunately, we eat so much food that we don’t have choice, and when it’s absolutely freezing outside, it means we go trampolining at Bounce. Work up a serious sweat, tone your limbs and get a summer bod without even noticing (wellll, at least until you start panting).

When: Monday to Sunday, times vary per location
Where: Glen Iris, Essendon Fields + Blackburn North
For more info, click here.

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Bank of Melbourne and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy

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Image credit: Michelle Jarni | Sugar Republic

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