July 24-26: Open House Melbourne, St Ali and Madame Truffles Banquet and the European Night Market


Melbourne A La Mode

DATE: Fri 24 – Sat 25 Jul
TIME: Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 6pm
LOCATION: The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
COST: Free entry
WEBSITE: www.hawkeyevintage.com

What’s going on: Melbourne A La Mode allows you to shop amongst Melbourne’s most influential designers and brands, displaying new collections and clearance on past collections! All housed in the newly renovated George Ballroom, this is an exciting event for all y’all fashionistas out there!!


European Night Market

DATE: Fri 24 Jul
TIME: 5pm – 10pm
LOCATION: Madame Brussels Lane, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.madamebrusselslane.com.au

What’s going on: Embrace the things we love about winter, like mulled wine and hearty food at the European Night Market! Rug up and get amongst the delicious authentic European food offerings, beer garden, live music and, of course, market stalls.


Whisky Live

DATE: Fri 24 and Sat 25 Jul
TIME: Fri 6pm, Sat 1pm (sold out) and Sat 6:30pm
LOCATION: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda
COST: $99
WEBSITE: www.whiskylive.com.au

What’s going on: Whisky lovers – where you at? Boy is this the event for you! It’s basically a Whisky convention. Sample all the whiskies you can handle under the one roof – new, undiscovered brands or rare and old favourites. Enjoy a chat with the makers and gain a greater understanding of your tipple!


Veuve Clicquot Carnaval 

DATE: Fri 24 Jul
TIME: From 10pm
LOCATION: Ms Collins, 425 Collins Street, Melbourne
COST: $20 entry after 9pm
WEBSITE: www.mscollins.com.au

What’s going on: Ms Collins brings the heat of Brazil and her love of champagne together as she presents the Veuve Clicquot Carnaval. DJs will be bringing the tunes and there are special activations and prizes to be won on the night! So make sure you get your butt in a booth or on the d-floor at Ms Collins!


Open House Melbourne 

DATE: Sat 25 and Sun 26 Jul
TIME: 10am – 4pm
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.openhousemelbourne.org

What’s going on: The doors to some of the most interesting buildings in this city are open! Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been connecting people with good design and architecture. Explore some amazing buildings, such as Melbourne Town Hall, The Hotel Windsor, the Esplanade Vaults and Como House and Gardens, by getting access to areas not normally available to the public.


The Creator’s Market

DATE: Sat 25 Jul
TIME: 10:30am – 4pm
LOCATION: Prahran Town Hall, 180 Greville Street, Prahran
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.thecreatorsmarket.com.au

What’s going on: Pop into The Creator’s Market after work to discover exciting pop-up stores and stalls featuring everything from fashion to fine art, candles to wood carvings and edible delights to soap bombs. They have really got everybody’s tastes covered, so come and see what might tickle your fancy!


Great Craft Beer Face Off Aus Vs NZ

DATE: Sat 25 Jul
TIME: 12pm – 6pm
LOCATION: Foresters Hall, 64 Smith Street, Collingwood
COST: $30 online, $35 on the door
WEBSITE: www.forestershall.com.au

What’s going on: The age old battle of Aussies Vs Kiwis even affects the world of beer! Celebrate 34 exceptional craft beers from Australia and New Zealand as they go ‘head to head’, and this is your chance to rate them!! Enjoy a day of craft beer trans Tasman magic!


St Ali and Madame Truffles Banquet

DATE: Sat 25 Jul
TIME: 5:30pm, 6pm or 8pm
LOCATION: St Ali, 12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
COST: $70 ($40 for wine matching)
WEBSITE: www.stali.com.au

What’s going on: Madame Truffles is Australia’s only specialist truffle store who sources the highest quality truffles from around the country. And they are teaming up with St Ali for a fancy truffle dinner for the 5th year running. The menu created by Andy Gale, will be bistro-style with matching wines by Jess Ho. Sounds truffly and delish!


European Winter Laneway Festival

DATE: Sun 26 Jul
TIME: 12pm – 5pm
LOCATION: Bridge Hotel, 642 Bridge Road, Richmond
COST: Free entry
WEBSITE: www.thebridgehotel.com.au

What’s going on: Experience the sights, smells, flavours and spirit of wintery Europe in good old Richmond. The Bridge Hotel is hosting their annual European Winter Laneway Festival and it’s going to be an absolute ball. Imagine their famous laneway littered with pop-up food stalls, authentic bevvies on offer, as well as fun games and Euro inspired entertainment!


Mini Golf-O-Rama

DATE: Sun 26 Jul (continues until 3 Aug)
TIME: From 1pm
LOCATION: Howler, 7 – 11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
COST: Free entry with any purchase
WEBSITE: www.h-w-l-r.com

What’s going on: Pint and putt golf – genius concept! For the next week, Howler’s bandroom is going to be transformed into one damn fine laid back country club! Complete with classic mini-golf obstacles, putt your way around the custom-built 9-hole course and swing that club to the sweet tunes provided by guest DJs.

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