We’ve teamed up with Peroni to bring you our What’s Trending hit list: your monthly guide to maximising life in the city. We’re cutting through the chatter and counting down our top 10 hottest new openings, events, and trending happenings in Melbourne this month, so you won't miss a thing.
From brand spanking new bars to the latest brunch spots, we are—yet again!—presented us with a cacophony of fantastic eats, drinks and things to do in Melbourne. If you’re looking for the hottest tickets in town, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything that’s on our radar for November. How many can you tick off?
#1: The Last Of The Races!
The absolute hottest thing to do right now is pop on a fascinator and a frock (or a suit and tie, gents) and hot-foot it down to the remaining race events this spring. Haven’t managed to make it to one yet? The Dunkeld Races, Sandown Spring Carnival and Moonee Valley Night Races are still to come, on Friday 13th and Saturday 15th November. Get going, folks.
#2: Chef’s Signature Cookbooks = Your Coffee Table Must-Have
Chef’s signature cook books are the hottest new literary releases this month, with Hana Assafiri of Fitzroy North’s famous Moroccan Soup Bar, Johnny di Francesco of 400 Gradi, and Andrew McConnell of Cumulus fame launching new titles this side of Christmas. Pre-order yours and get ready for some home-cooked feasting.
#3: Mammoth Café IS Worth The Hype
A superstar team of Melbourne café owners and restaurateurs has come together to launch Mammoth—Armadale’s newest café. If you know your brunch in Melbourne, the very idea of Barry, Touchwood, and Hammer & Tong joining forces is enough to get you drooling… And, happily, it’s totally worth the hype.
#4: The Ugly Duckling Opens In Richmond
Richmond’s Swan Street is fast becoming an epic food and drink strip, with venues such as Botherambo and Feast of Merit setting the bar. The latest addition is The Ugly Duckling—an absolutely beautiful wine bar that serves local and international beers, delicate snacks and all the champagne you can handle. If you’re looking for a luxe night out, make it The Ugly Duckling.
#5: Bird's Basement = New York-Style Jazz, Italian Dining
Melbourne has seen an epic jazz revival lately, and the latest area to announce a jazz club is William Street. New York music hot-spot Birdland is opening a brand new location that will come complete with local and international talent, Italian dining and table service. Opening in February 2016, this is one to get in your diary now.
#6: Say Hello to Messina Windsor!
Messina’s new venue in Windsor is open and we can’t WAIT to get licking some mind-blowing gelato flavours. The Chapel Street store is a mecca for dessert enthusiasts, and has opened at just the right time for the summer heat.
Keen to get the inside scoop on where Messina’s founder goes for his pizza? Read our full profile here.
#7: Relaxing Pool-side = The Thing To Do
Melbourne’s best open air pools are back in action, which means you can relax pool-side in Fitzroy, Carlton, Coburg, the inner city and tonnes of other suburbs. Grab your favourite giant sunnies, pop on your new bikini and dive into summer, folks!
#8: Luxe Cold Coffee
Luxe cold coffee = the only way to keep cool right now, and Melbourne (as is to be expected) is home to some fantastic takes on the classic iced drink. If you’re looking for a chic and sweet creation, Vertue of the Coffee Drink’s affogato is worth a sip. Want a citrus twist? Head to Industry Beans for a cold drip spritz. And if you’re too lazy to actually leave the house, First Press have you covered. Delicious.
#9: 127 Brunswick St is Five Floors Of Food Heaven
Five entire floors make up 127 Brunswick Street, a brand new restaurant, bar and coffee spot run by the team behind Espy, Ichi Ni and Ichi Ku. Featuring everything form hawker food, to an Izakaya, to a rooftop drinks venue, you’ll be stuck in there for days exploring all the different options. Our hot tip for a food adventure.
We're beyond thrilled to partner with Peroni to bring you the What’s Trending series—our monthly guide to the hottest new openings, events, and Instagrammable happenings in Melbourne. Each edition of What’s Trending is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and served to you by Peroni—our go-to beer when we’re after something deliciously crisp to sip. Look out for our monthly Peroni What’s Trending hit-list for everything hot in your city right now, and while you’re working your way through the list, relax with a long cold Peroni at the hotspots marked with a ribbon. Buon Appetitio!
Image credit: Mammoth by Jenna Fahey White for The Urban List