Enough’s enough, Listers. It’s time to reject the siren call of tea+toast+OITNB, pop on your ‘outside clothes’ (aka, pants) and turn that seasonal-affective-disorder frown upside down! Yup, Melbourne is bringin’ the heat this month, with a sizzling array of shopping, art and music events on offer, plus epic eats and drinks, natch.
To help you whittle down July’s must-do’s to a manageable number, we’ve whipped up the MINI Edition, counting down our top 10 things to do in Melbourne this July! How many can you tick off?
10. Christmas in July
It’s time to jingle those bells and mull that wine—Christmas in July is here. Make like the northern hemisphere and embrace the frosty festive spirit by gathering the troops for an epic mid-year Christmas celebration. We’re heading to Pope Joan for their fancy three-course Chrissy feast.
9. New Opening Alert: Woody P
Flinders Lane is one of our favourite Melbourne dining precincts, and it just got even better with the arrival of Woody P. The Italian-inspired menu is super delish, with pizzas, pastas, salumi and share plates on offer. On our wish list? The roast potato, truffle and persian fetta tortellini, with cauliflower and cavolo nero. Winter comfort food at its best. Plus, they take bookings!
8. Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam at Mt Buller
Winter means two things: tighter pants and ski season. If you’re more the après-ski type and prefer watching others face plant, the Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam on July 11th is for you. Not that there will be much face planting here, when the country’s top pro-boarders go head to head in this epic annual freestyle event. Now in its 10th year, the best snow boarders in the bizniz will take to Mt Buller’s famed Burton Cattleman’s Rail under lights, in this super-charged, super-chilly, action-packed ski season highlight.
7. Roast Marshmallows at Highline Restaurant
If you avoid camping like the plague, but are nuts about marshmallows, Highline Restaurant in Windsor has just the thing to tickle your comfort-loving fancy. New to the dessert menu are the Strathbogie Cooked Marshmallows—these delicious handmade parcels of marshmallow-y goodness are delivered to your tabletop, ready for you to toast to your desired degree of gooeyness over a flaming Strathbogie pinecone. Take that, campfire.
6. Friday Fright Night at Lido Cinemas
Hawthorn has a shiny new cinema that’ll scare the bejaysus out of you. Just kidding! That’s only on Fridays, when Lido Cinemas have teamed up with Monster Fest to present Friday Fright Night, running every, er, Friday. Described as “a depraved cavalcade of the latest, greatest and rarest cult and horror cinema from Australia and around the globe”, we’re wetting ourselves with anticipation. Pick up some tickets and grab someone you’d quite like to grab onto. You know, for the scary bits.
5. Game On at Pixel Alley
If you like your beers American, your bars divey (in a good way), and Donkey Kong is your homie, you’ve found your perfect hang in new Fitzroy bar, Pixel Alley. From the folks behind Mr Wow’s Emporium, this pint-sized arcade bar is home to retro video games and paraphernalia, boozy bubble cups and gooood times.
4. The Finders Keepers Markets Returns!
Refer to number 10—it’s Christmas in July, so it’s time to treat yourself at The Finders Keepers! From Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July, Melbourne shoppers will work themselves into a retail frenzy at this epic annual market. Held in the gorgeous Royal Exhibition Building, check out over 250 art and design stalls and discover established and up and coming design talents. Suss out the full line up and plan your attack here.
3. Check out New Melbourne Bar, Boilermaker House
This stunning new Melbourne bar is the stuff whisky, beer and cheese-lovers’ dreams are made of. Tucked away on Malthouse Lane, entering Boilermaker House is like stepping into another era. Expect dapper, bearded bartenders who are waaaaay cooler than you, a mammoth selection of top shelf drops, and dark and cosy corners for indulging in your guilty pleasure of choice. Oh, and a charcuterie board that will blow your mind.
2. Get Your Nutella Fix at Myrtles Crepes
Want to know where to get Melbourne’s best crepes? We’re Nutelling you. Just kidding! They’re at cute-as-a-button Northcote creperie, Myrtles. Did we mention they also serve booze? Do as we’ll be doing this Bastille, and celebrate la Liberté by stuffing your face with delicious crepes at Myrtles.
1. David Bowie is at ACMI
Bow down to the genius that is Bowie—David Bowie is is now showing at ACMI. The acclaimed exhibition from London V&A Museum touches down on our shores on 16th July, and is a must-see for any art-music-culture buff. Explore over 300 Bowie-related objects, from lyric sheets to stage sets, photographs, rare videos, costumes and more. A rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a true cultural icon. Not to be missed.
Can't wait to hit up all the events this month? Well why not WIN somethin' while you do?! Simply Instagram and tag @miniaustralia and #theminiedition when you are at any of the 10 July events, and you’ll be in the draw to win a feasting menu for 4 at Woody P, plus a bottle of Prosecco on arrival!