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What’s Trending In Melbourne This January

By Sophie Colvin - 10 Jan 2017


Keeping up with the best events, new openings, pop ups, and good things to eat in Melbourne is no mean feat (and we would know!). To make your life that little bit easier, and because we love a good list, we’ve teamed up with Peroni to bring you What’s Trending: A one-stop guide to everything worth checking out in your city this month, so you won’t miss a thing. 

Summer is in full swing and Melbourne is kicking up her heels with an impressive selection of new openings and events. We had had a lengthy list to choose from this month, thanks Melbourne!

Here are our top 10 picks of what’s trending this month.

#1. Portsea Polo Is On Again

2017 Is kicking off on a strong note with Melbourne (and the rest of Victoria’s) event of the year—Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo! Tickets are a little thin on the ground, but if you head here, you’ll still be able to snaffle a few. Fashions are a highlight of the day. Think easy and breezy—Fascinators are a no-no, but hats are encouraged. Wedges or sandals are the footwear of choice for most. You can expect to find fast horses, great sport and plenty of top-notch food and drinks.

#2. Last Chance To Catch Lee Mingwei: Moving Garden At NGV

Lee Mingwei is highly recognised for his interactive artworks. Lee’s exhibition, Moving Garden is in its final month at the National Gallery Of Victoria and it really shouldn’t be missed. The exhibition is filled with fresh flowers. Exhibition attendees are invited to take a flower with them when they leave the museum, on the condition that they agree to do two things: First, to make a detour from their intended route when leaving the NGV for their next destination; second, along this detour, to give the flower to a stranger who they feel would benefit from this unexpected act of generosity.

#3. The Book Of Mormon Opens In Melbourne 

After much anticipation, The Book Of Mormon is finally opening in Melbourne this month. Tickets are all sold out for January, but there’s still plenty left for the following two months. Ask any of your mates that saw an obligatory show on Broadway when visiting NYC and I’d bet my bottom dollar they chose Book Of Mormon. Lucky for all those non-jetsetters, now’s your chance.

 #4. Cirque du Soleil Kooza Opens in Melbourne 

If you’ve ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show, you know that they’re mesmerizing, wonderful and a fantasy all at once. If you haven’t been, well, now is the time for you to change that. The world famous human-only circus is bringing its Kooza show to Melbourne. Packed with equal parts theatre and acrobatics, you can grab tickets now. Kooza is in Melbourne from 20 January until 12 March.

#5. Zoo Twilights Kicks Off

Zoo Twilights is back again at Melbourne Zoo and the line-up is stellar. Nestled amongst the zoo animals (well, sort of) you can kick back, grab a picnic and listen to the likes of The Rubens, Tegan and Sara, The Living End and many, many more. Zoo Twilights runs from 27 January to 11 March and really is one of our favourite ways to spend a summer evening.

#6. Tinker Cafe Has Opened

Brought to you by the good folk that created Legacy Café, Penta, My Other Brother and a few other coffee hotspots, Tinker is a welcome edition to Northcote’s High Street. With it’s ultra white interior, generous servings and epic list of side options, it’s quickly hit our ‘regulars’ list. Our pick? The peanut butter and raspberry smoothie… totally divine.

#7. Grab A Picnic And Head To The Coast For Australia Day

As far as coastal hotspots near Melboune go, we feel like the eastern side of the bay often gets neglected for it’s more famous cousin, The Great Ocean Road. There are plenty of picnic spots around the Mornington Peninsular, on beaches, in parks and in national parks BBQ areas. Sorrento is our pick this Australia Day. Get up early, grab a Peroni and settle in and listen to the Hottest 100 in style.

#8. The Botanical Takes Over The Portsea Hotel For Summer 

One of our favourite Melbourne restaurants/bar/café extraordinaires, The Botanical, has headed south for the summer to take over The Deck at the Portsea Hotel. Head down for gorgeous scenery, luxe deck settings and plenty of oysters.

 #9. Good Heavens Rooftop Opens 

Because Melbourne can never get enough of rooftop bars, the gents at Fancy hanks have heard our calls for another sun-catching spot to grab a drink. Perched on top of Fancy Hanks, Good Heavens has a swish set up with plenty of umbrellas, an epic CBD view and plenty of drinks options to choose from. What more could you want?

#10. BBQ Heaven With YAKS

YAKS BBQ Festival is back and we hear it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Held over two days, the festival welcomes some of Melbourne’s best meat-cooking and barbecuing maestros. You’ll be able to enjoy meaty feasts and master classes, live band music and cook-offs. Held from 4-5 February, you’ll need to grab tickets now.


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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!

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