Dharma Dance: Carnegie Studio, 2/61 Koornang Rd, Carnegie, Friday 23 March 7.15pm-8.45pm. Feel empowered by your body expression through free flow movements.
Curtin House Rooftop Bar & Cinema
Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne. Experience a Melbourne night at its best, sitting above the rooftops, looking at a star-studded sky, sipping a cool glass with a burger and enjoying your favourite movie. Featuring Wonder Woman, Lady Bird, Blade Runner 2049 and others. See what's on at 2017.rooftopcinema.com.au. Adults $22, Concession $18, and blankets on hire for $5. Seating starts from 9.00pm and films at 9.30pm. Phone 9654 5394 for information.
Carnegie Studio, 2/61 Koornang Rd, Carnegie, Friday 23 March 7.15pm-8.45pm. Feel empowered by your body expression through free flow movements. Support your physical fitness, your emotional balance and further your personal development and healing. All welcome, no experience necessary. Bookings $25 at www.summerhealingyoga.com.au/event-update. For information contact Laurence on 0420 802 044.
Priscilla – Queen of the Desert
Regent Theatre, 191-197 Collins Street. Tuesday to Sunday, various times, CLOSES Sun 18 March. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. The iconic and glittering hit musical spectacle, featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 head-dresses and a nonstop parade of dance-floor classics, returns for its 10th anniversary celebration tour. For bookings and info phone 1300 11 10 11 or visit priscillathemusical.com.au.
City Eat & Drinks
Supafish Floating Bar
Sandridge Public Landing & Berth, Southbank Promenade, Southbank. Every day 12 noon to 1am. Burgers, brunch, salads and tapas style snacks by Hotel Jesus. Drinks menu offers Corona beer, Lazy Yak ale, Bonamy's cider, wines and cocktails. Bookings not required. Group bookings available at limited times. Visit supafish.com.au for more details or just drop in.
BangPop Thai Vegan Dinner
35 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Wednesday 21 March, 7-10pm. BangPop are delighted to bring you their 6th 6 course Vegan Thai Dinner, for one night only. Fragrant thai curries, betel leaves, fresh and vibrant Thai desserts, with a choice of specially selected natural vegan wines. Tickets $85.00 (food only) or $114.00 (food and wine). Bookings at myguestlist.com.au. For more information visit www.bangpop.com.au or call 9245 9800.
Newquay Promenade, Docklands. Every Sunday 10am to 5pm. Stroll along the peaceful promenade and browse the sights, sounds and scents of stalls selling handmade clothing, jewellery, art, homewares and toys. Fresh coffee, juice and snacks available, and sometimes live music. For details visit www.melbmarkets.com.au/docklands-sunday-market.
GO Game Market
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton. Sun 25 March 12 noon to 4pm. Free market for videogame consoles, games, hardware, software and accessories of all generations. Some boardgames for sale. A great chance to hang out with videogamers and boardgamers young and old. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page.
Holey Moley Mini-Golf Bar
590 Little Bourke Street. Open Mon-Fri from noon and Sat-Sun from 10am. Cocktails, karaoke and a 27-hole mini-golf course. Phone 1300 727 833. Mini Masters competition in March and April with $10,000 prize money. Registrations close March 18. For details on how to enter head to holeymoley.com.au/masters.
Royal Botanic Gardens, 100 Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne. Tue-Sun 7pm-11pm. Enter via Gate D on Domain Rd. Socialise and picnic on the beautiful Central Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens, then watch the latest films and previews on the big screen. Major films coming up include The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Black Panther and others.. All ages welcome, wheelchair accessible. BYO and licensed. Tickets $19, concession $16.50, child/senior $14.50, family pass $50. Full program and bookings at www.moonlight.com.au.
555 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Open Tues-Sun 10am-10pm. Immerse yourself in Virtual Reality at Melbourne's latest family entertainment centre. Over 10 extraordinary new worlds suitable for all ages. Defend your castle from invaders, dodge bullets or have a multiplayer dance off. Cost $35 per person, or $28 per person Tues-Thurs before 5pm. For details and bookings phone 9080 5745 or visit virivr.com.au.
Indian Festival @ Queen Vic
Queen Victoria Market, Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets. Sat 24 March 9am-3pm & Sun 25 March 9am-4pm. Melbourne's favourite marketplace is transformed into Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi's oldest and busiest markets. Two days bustling with cultural activities, Bollywood beats, and food vendors serving colourful flavours from all over India. Browse the Indian handicrafts, try Bollywood dancing, learn to tie a sari, apply some henna, take part in a yoga class or indulge your senses in a cooking demonstration. Special offer $68 VIP Foodie Experience includes a special tasting menu of four items, a drink and your own designated serviced area. For information phone 9320 5822, email email@example.com, or visit qvm.com.au.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2018
Friday 16 March to Sunday 25 March. In 25 years the showcase of Australian food and wine has grown from 10 events to over 300 events all across Victoria. From Vegan dining to family cooking, Ethiopian cuisine to pizzas, sauces and stirfries. Exploring cocktail bars and dining venues, discover local highlights, meet international celebrities. Something for everyone but bookings are necessary, and some events are selling out quickly. See the program at www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/program.
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery
141 Queen Street, Melbourne. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Based on Venerable Master Hsing Yun's Buddhist ideal, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery encourages an appreciation of traditional and contemporary concepts of Eastern philosophy and culture. There is an Exhibition Room, a Tea House and Meditation Room. View world-class exhibitions of Buddhist art, enjoy the diverse vegetarian menu, and refresh yourself with special blends of tea. Programs are often accompanied by public demonstrations, such as tea-preparation, music performances on traditional instruments or calligraphic painting. Phone 9642 2388 or visit www.fgsmelbourne.org.au.
Living The High Life In Melbourne's Rooftop Bars
Although autumn is now here, we can take advantage of the continuing pleasant weather to enjoy Melbourne's many rooftop bars. Here are a few you might like to try out.
The Rooftop at QT
133 Russell St, Mon-Thu 4.30pm-1am, Fri-Sun noon-1am. Phone 8636 8800.
Enjoy cocktails and sunset over Melbourne’s rooftops, with glamorous designer decor and cutting edge sound and music. It's best to get there early. Seats in the outdoor lounge on the deck are popular. You can book a space for $85 per person for 12-50 friends.
Good Heavens is like a tropical island in the clouds, serving casual bar food such as cheeseburgers, spicy Southern fried chicken, and chilli nachos with brisket mole from the downstairs restaurant Fancy Hanks. Their cocktails, inspired by the 80s, include the Electric Blue and the Poco Loco, their own version of Pina Colada. Note that they do not take bookings on Friday or Saturday. Visit www.goodheavens.com.au for details.
Palmz Rooftop Bar
The Carlton, 193 Bourke St. Open daily 4pm-3am.
Palmz also has a tropical theme, set above the Carlton Club, decorated with palm trees and stuffed exotic animals such as a giraffe, a thatched roof bar, in fact everything except a beach. The bar has retractable roof awnings to protect you if it rains. Phone 9663 3246 or visit www.thecarlton.com.au.
Curtin House, 252 Swanston St. Open daily 12 noon to 1am.
You can get the elevator, but some people recommend climbing seven flights of stairs to take you past the interesting food venues and design stores, often changing. During summer there is a rooftop cinema until the end of March. The Rooftop has heaters in winter, making it a great venue all year round. Phone 9654 5394 for information.
2-8 Bourke Street. Open 11 am until late.
Imperial Hotel is the third oldest pub in Melbourne. Overlooking Parliament House, the Imperial also gives a 360 degree view of the city. This is the place for live soccer fans, and is the official home of Liverpool supporters. It stays open late for all matches. For information and bookings phone 9810 0062 or visit bourkestreetimperial.com.
Level 3, 59 Bourke Street. Open daily 12 noon to 1am.
This bar is like a garden party in a French bistro up above the streets. The drinks menu shows a sense of humour in the double meanings. A sense of fun and elegance is the theme here, from the light snacks to the waiting staff. To get the idea, look at the FAQs on the website. Phone 9662 2775 or visit www.madamebrussels.com.
161 Spring St. Open daily 5pm-3am.
Another bar with a European atmosphere, Siglo is so popular it is sometimes best to go there very late. The main focus is on classic cocktails, spirits & champagne, with a selection of bar snacks and even fine Cuban cigars. Siglo doesn't take bookings, but has an “intimate venue” for up to 8 people.