Melbourne is well known for its vibrant and varied nightlife. From restaurants, to nightclubs, to theatres and comedy clubs, the city has something to offer you no matter the hour. Visitors can have a tough time managing to explore all that it has to offer, so we’ve compiled a list of the best nights out to help plan your stay in Melbourne.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Laughter is the best medicine, and your next night out could be just what the doctor ordered. Comedy is at the heart of the city, and Melbourne boasts a large selection of comedy clubs and nightlife spots where comedians are cracking up audiences. Melbourne’s funny side reaches the punchline at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), which in 2014 is being held from the 26 March to the 20 April.
The MICF is the third-largest comedy festival in the world and features dozens of performances that are held in various venues around the city. The festival plays host to local and international artists who delight audiences with their plays, sketches, musical shows and art exhibitions. Nothing is taboo at the festival and you can look forward to a side-splitting night of laughter.
If you’re ready to get your funny bone tickled you have to act fast! Tickets to the festival can be bought online, but the festival also features many free shows that are held all over Melbourne. If you can’t make it to the festival, fear not. Melbourne will provide you with plenty of opportunities to get your laughs on and comedy shows run all week long.
Pro-tip: if money is an issue, try to grab a star headliner on a weekday, Tightarse Tuesdays being, as the name implies, the best day to bag yourself a bargain on a big comedy ticket,
Laugh the night away: http://www.comedyfestival.com.au
Melbourne Aquarium Friday Drinks
The Melbourne Aquarium houses hundreds of exotic and unusual aquatic wildlife species and is definitely one of the must-see attractions during the day. However, every Friday night, the aquarium transforms into the ideal place to kickstart your weekend revelry at the Friday Drinks event where the gigantic tanks and displays provide a stunning backdrop to visitors who can stroll between them while sipping cocktails or drinking wine.
Unwind at the end of the week and take your relaxation to new depths. Cocktail in hand, you can wander through the aquarium and admire the rare and colourful species of fish or get close to the penguins. Stationed around the building are stalls where you can sample canapès or enjoy dessert while surrounded by sharks.
Although the least likely place to spend the night out, the Melbourne Aquarium manages to change that and turn your next Friday night into an original outing to enjoy with friends or for meeting new people. Impress your companions with some marine knowledge you’ve found online and make this a fun night to remember.
If you’re looking for a night out with a twist then look no further. The Crown Casino in Melbourne is just the place for a thrilling and fun night out alone or with friends. Play the night away and try your luck at the biggest gaming establishment in Oz. In fact, the Crown Casino holds the record as the largest casino in the whole Southern Hemisphere!
If you’re looking for a big win, rest assured you’re going to find a lucky seat at one of Crown’s 500 poker tables. If you’re not new to the cards, why not check out the Crown’s Poker Room, a dedicated space for poker pros where you can play for higher stakes. There’s never a quiet moment on the floor as you’ll be surrounded by over 2,500 slots machines spinning away all night long.
You can rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest poker players at Crown’s since it hosts the Aussie Millions — the Southern Hemisphere’s richest poker event — and is the home of the Asia-Pacific division of the World Series of Poker.
If you’re too tired to venture out to the casino, playing online games from your hotel room is an easy alternative. But why do that when you’ve got such amazing venues just a taxi ride away?
Melbourne Music Week
The Melbourne Music Week (MMW) offers revellers an opportunity to listen to some of the hottest gigs during seven days of non-stop music madness. MMW features a programme jam-packed with cultural and arts events that celebrate Melbourne’s world-famous music and arts scene.
The line-up at a typical MMW has international artists performing side by side with local talent at venues spread all around the city. The event caters for all kinds of musical tastes from the mainstream to the underground scene. But this event doesn’t promise only music. It showcases Melbourne’s artistic community ranging from theatre to film.
Visitors can attend various workshops during the day and enjoy the main performances at night. The dates for the fifth edition of MMW haven’t been announced yet, but in the meantime you can enjoy Melbourne’s thriving music scene during the many concerts and events that are held in the city throughout the year.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Melbourne is a haven for foodies with its wide variety of fine dining venues, homely pubs and food stalls dotted around the city offering an international mix of cuisines. Early in the year, you can sample the best of Melbourne’s culinary delights and the annual Food and Wine Festival which this year will be held from 28 February till the 16 March.
The Festival promises a fantastic night out that will satisfy you and your stomach as you meander through Melbourne’s streets. This food extravaganza – now in its 21st edition – showcases the variety of the city’s unique venues. You can take it al fresco in the charming alleyways, or enjoy a candle-lit dinner on a rooftop overlooking the city’s bustling nightlife.
If all this festival talk gave you an appetite but you can’t join for the big event, worry not! You can visit hundreds of other food and wine events that are organised all year round in Melbourne. Any time you’re in the city, you’re in for a gastronomic celebration of epic proportions thanks to the award-winning restaurants that serve food with a passion and warmth that will make every night an experience to remember.
End The Day With A Good Night
The city of Melbourne offers a fantastic nightlife with entertainment options for any type of visitor. Whether you’re looking for food, art, culture or a fun night at the casino – Melbourne delivers all this and more with nightlife so full, you’ll have to force yourself to go to bed!