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Allegro Restaurant

205 Collins St

Located on the first floor of The Westin Melbourne, Allegro Restaurant offers a relaxed inner city setting for a pre or post show dinner. Enjoy the unique platter dining concept offering a menu of modern cuisine made from the freshest seasonal produce. Choose from two platters (entrée and main or main and dessert) accompanied by a glass of wine.


Open: Daily from 5.30pm.


Special offer: Enjoy platter dining for just $45 per person (normally $55) upon presentation of a valid Comedy Festival ticket. 

For reservations call 9635.2222 or email allegro@westin.com

Bar Ampere

16 Russell Place

Bar Ampere is an unconventional bar and eatery with no set dining times. European inspired food is served 7 days a week. Bar Ampere boasts Australia's largest absinthe offering along with a comprehensive cocktail and European wine list. Our house made Jake Leg ginger beer has become one of the many signatures of our hidden Melbourne Gem.


Open: Mon - Fri | 11am - 3am  

Sat - Sun | 4pm - 3am.


Comedy Express meal of 2 share plates with 2 glasses of beer or wine for $45.

Brunetti & Campari Spritz Point

214 Flinders Lane
(03) 9663 8085

Located in Melbourne's City Square directly opposite the Town Hall, Brunetti is extending their hours to ensure comedy goers are hitting that coffee espresso fix! You can also pop into the iconic Brunetti at 380 Lygon St, Carlton, after a visit to Trades Hall.

You can also take in a drink or bite to eat at the Brunetti Spritz Point at City Square!


Open 7am till late


Burma Lane

118 Little Collins Street

Burma Lane brings diners a modern Australian take on the best of Burmese cuisine. Executive Chef John McLeay draws on Burma’s diverse flavours and cooking styles to create delicious dishes inspired by Burma created in Melbourne, and always delicious! 


Open: Mon - Fri | 12pm- 3pm | 5pm till late

Sat | 5pm - till late


Express Lunch / Pre- Comedy Banquets available from $29.50pp. Receive a Comp glass of wine, beer, soft drink on presentation of festival ticket show for that day.

Cheap Date Mondays - Lunch and Dinner (excludes $29.50 banquet)

Campari House

23-25 Hardware Lane

Situated on Hardware Lane, Campari House caters for every need from an ecletic dinner in the Restaurant, a drink under the stars at the Rooftop Bar or a secluded cocktail in a private booth in the Cocktail Lounge. Choose the atmophere of your night at one of Melbourne’s best kept laneway secrets. 


Dining Room Open: Mon - Fri | 12pm - late. Sat & Sun | 9am - late
Lounge Room Open: Thur - Fri | 5pm until late, Sat | 7pm until late
Rooftop Open: Mon - Wed | 12pm - 11pm, Thurs - Sat | 12pm - 1am, Sun | 2pm - 11pm


Guests who show their Melbourne Comedy Festival Tickets will receive 20% off their final bill when dining in the Restaurant, and a complimentary house beer or wine valid in our Lounge Room before or after the show.

Captain Melville

34 Franklin Street

Housed within Melbourne’s oldest pub, Captain Melville is a window into the unique and colourful history of Melbourne. Explore the New Orlean's style front bar or the large dining hall, or search beyond the bookcase to find Melville's hidden gem the Loch & Key. Serving a fine selection of Australian craft beers and wine combined with high quality pub food done well, Captain Melville invites you to "Live for the day- Let tomorrow take care of Itself".


Open: Mon -Sun | Till late


All Day Happy Hour for Comedy Festival Ticket holders!

The Crafty Squire

127 Russell Street

Located in the heart of the CBD, the Crafty Squire is one of Melbourne’s best pubs.

This iconic venue has recently undergone extensive renovations to offer you modern bar, restaurant and function facilities across two levels. But never fear – the Crafty Squire is still home of the famous James Squire Brewhouse!


Open 7 days.


Offer: Show your comedy festival ticket to our staff to receive 20% off food and drink (not in conjunction with any other offer).

The Duke

146 Flinders St

Established in 1853, The Duke is the oldest licensed pub in Melbourne. Offering modern bar, restaurant and function facilities, The Duke is a true Melbourne pub icon. Located opposite The Forum and within easy walking distance of Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and the famous MCG sporting precinct.


Open 7 days.


Offer: Show your comedy festival ticket to our staff to receive 20% off food and drink (not in conjunction with any other offer).


146 Flinders St

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s nightlife precinct overlooking The Forum Theatre, Dutchess offers a Manhattan inspired lounge experience featuring expertly crafty cocktails, extensive wine list, innovative food menu and dancing late into the night.


Open:  Tues-Fri | 12pm-late, Sat | 4pm-late


Offer: Show your comedy festival ticket to our staff to receive 20% off food and drink (not in conjunction with any other offer)

The French Brasserie

2 Malthouse Lane

The French Brasserie serves up a medley of light, cherished brasserie dishes in a contemporary, inviting space of soaring ceilings and vast glass expanses. Guests can choose to dine in a range of surrounds, whether it be upstairs in the mezzanine area, inside at intimate tables or relax outside on the terrace.


Order before 7 PM (seating time 6.00 PM – 7.30 PM) Monday – Saturday dinner.


The French Brasserie is offering all ticket holders a Pre-Theatre Menu – 2 courses with a Kir Royal on Arrival for $35.00 per person.

French Brasserie

Glamp Cocktail Bar

Level 2, 267 Lt Collins St

An oasis in the heart of Melbourne, where you can experience glamping, African safari style. Indulge in a new coffee cocktail menu & unique twists on the classics. Up the stairs from polēpolē bar. #OasisInMelbourne


Open: Thu - Sat | From 6pm


OFFER: African beer or glass of wine with Gato Pima bites (fried split pea and chili fritters with yoghurt) for $10 with a valid Comedy Festival ticket.


At Grilld our mission is simple to make burgers good. All of our products are made from the highest quality, freshest ingredients. We use 100% grass fed lean beef & lamb and our meats are free from added hormones & antibiotics.

From Flinders Lane to Southern Cross, QV to Degraves, Southgate to Swan Street there's sure to be a Grill'd close to your Festival show! Click here for Grill’d locations.


Open from 11am, click here for specific location opening hours.


To celebrate being the official burger of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, come and enjoy a burger & Coopers Pale Ale or glass of wine for $15 – the perfect pre or post show delight!

Participating restaurants only. See grilld.com.au/comedy for details.


Hairy Canary

212 Little Collins Street
(03) 9654 2471

One of Melbourne's signature well-hidden institutions, Hairy Canary pairs cocktails with tapas in its funky perch above Little Collins Street.


Open: Mon - Tue | 3pm - 1am

Wed - Sat | 3pm - 3am.

Sun | 3pm - 1am


It's prime location right in the hub of the Festival and late closing makes Hairy Canary the perfect place for a cocktail or coffee both before and after a show.

Hairy Little Sista

240 Little Collins St
(03) 9639 7778

Hairy Little Sista is the much younger sibling of Hairy Canary. It is defined by an imaginative tapas menu, extensive booze selection, and of course, the association with it's big brother up the road.


Open: Mon - Fri | 7am - Till Late

Sat | 9am - Till Late

Sun | 9am - 4pm


Little Sista offers a wide range of exclusive wines, craft beers and ales, an innovative cocktail list, Toby Estate coffee, loose leaf teas and delicious freshly made food along with a warm and welcoming atmosphere featuring 'happy to be here' staff


64-66 Acland St

Situated in the heart of St Kilda, just over 100 metres from The Palais Theatre and boasting one of St Kilda's largest outdoor dining areas, be prepared for Lona's unique experience of high quality Pintxos / Tapas, wines, cocktails, pink neon lights and fun.

With a passion for offering traditional Pintxos, Lona sources many products directly from Spain whilst choosing to proudly select quality produce from our own backyard including Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese Co. (Shepparton), Sedgley & Sons Wines and Quince Paste (Metung), GoGF Gluten Free Bread (Melbourne) and Flinders Island Meats (Tasmania).


Open: 12pm – 1am | 7 Days


Mention "Comedy Festival" & receive $3.5 pots, $5 glasses of wine/bubbles & $10 selected cocktails

Long Room

Georges Building,162-168 Collins St

Located in the heart of the city, Long Room bar and restaurant is a unique space for corporate functions, personal celebrations, dinner or just a great night out with friends. From tapas and sushi to a selection of the world's finest drinks, let Long Room give you and your guests a true Melbourne experience.


Open: Tue - Thur | 4pm – midnight, Fri - Sat | 4pm -3am

*Kitchen is open until 10pm Tues & Weds and 11pm Thurs – Sat


On presentation of a Comedy Festival ticket for the same day, patrons can receive the following special offer which is designed for two or more people; Select four Tapas items from the Comedy Festival Menu and receive 2 glasses of house white, red or sparkling, domestic tap beer or soft drink for only $40.


The Basement, 195 Little Collins Street

Meatmaiden delivers choice cuts from the grill and smoker in the CBD. Descend the metal stairs to this underground restaurant and bar and you’ll be met with a wall of premium 40-day dry-aged meat, some killer cocktails and craft beer and wine. 


Open: Mon to Sat | 12pm – 3pm | 5pm - late



Meatmaiden will be lubricating Comedy Festival punters with a free special cocktail before or after the show. Show your Comedy Festival ticket for that day to their staff and the drink is on them!

Meat Fish Wine

31 Artemis Lane

Meat Fish Wine is a restaurant and wine bar in Melbourne’s QV precinct that uses the best of local produce combined with ingredient focused cooking to create a dynamic, seasonally driven menu. Try the delicious farm-to-table inspired menu and enjoy a glass of wine from Australia or around the world.


Open: Mon - Fri | 12pm-3pm | 5pm - till late

Sat | 6pm - till late


Lunch Special/ Pre-Comedy Banquet from $29.50pp. Receive a complementary glass of wine, beer, soft drink on presentation of festival ticket for that day. 

Happy Hour offer takes place from 4.30 - 6.30pm Mon -Sat and includes special list of beverages and nibbles.

The Metropolitan

263 William Street

The Metropolitan Hotel is a contemporary pub with a focus on local produce, craft beer and spirits and a sharp wine list. The Met has been a William Street staple for over 160 years, great for your pre-show dinner or a cheeky late-night cocktail.


Open: Mon - Sat | Till late


20% off food bill for all Comedy Festival ticket holders.

Tickets must be presented and be for the current day. Limit one per Comedy Festival ticket.  Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

Nieuw Amsterdam

106-112 Hardware St
(03) 9602 2111

Nieuw Amsterdam is a late-night, New York-style bar and eatery. This double level venue is located in a 1880s iron foundry building, said to have named the Hardware Street precinct. 



Lunch: Wed- Sunday | Dinner 7 days.

The Bar: Sun- Thurs | 5pm-3am

Fri - Sat | 5pm-5am


Uptown in our restaurant: $35 for a 2 course dinner and drink. Guests in before 7pm choose from 1 of 3 appetisers and 1 of 3 mains, plus a beer, wine, house spirit or soft drink.

Downtown in our bar: $20 for a Bourbon, Beer and Burger (available until 2am).


19 ACDC Lane

A modern Peruvian Grill, Cevicheria and Pisco Bar taking you on exciting journey of discovery through the coast, Andes and the jungle of Peru’s beautiful food and culture. Pastuso Peruvian Grill was established in July 2014, by the minds behind the acclaimed Argentinian restaurant San Telmo.


Open: 7 Days | 12pm - Late


$59 feed me menu, Chef's recommendation on the day.

polēpolē bar + kitchen

Level 1, 267 Little Collins Street

An East African inspired watering hole and kitchen in the heart of Melbourne. We proudly serve African beers, crafty cocktail jugs, and fine wines. Our tasty food – ribs and not ribs – is designed for sharing. Down the stairs from Glamp Bar. #BeersRibsBeats

PS… polēpolē is pronounced pol-eh-pol-eh.


Open: Mon - Sat | From 5pm


OFFER: African beer or glass of wine with Gato Pima bites (fried split pea and chili fritters with yoghurt) for $10 with a valid Comedy Festival ticket.

Pomodoro Sardo

111 Lonsdale Street

The foundation of outstanding food rests in the freshest highest-quality ingredients. At Pomodoro Sardo, we go the extra mile to ensure we create truly outstanding meals using this philosophy. Pomodoro Sardo provides an environment inspired by the traditional "Sardinian Table", where hospitality and service is foremost, people relax, share and enjoy each other's company. Get to know a little bit about Sardinia!


Open: Tue-Fri: 11am - 3pm | 5pm till late Sat: 5pm till late


Try the taste of Sardinian hospitality with the special $40 Comedy Menu, which includes a complementary glass of wine matched to your meal.

Punch Lane

43 Little Bourke Street
03 9639 4944

Punch Lane Wine Bar and Restaurant is one of Melbourne's orginal laneway gems. With a warm, bustling atmosphere, an extensive wine list and a wide selection of cheeses Punch Lane is your late night destination for a cheeky Comedy Festival nightcap. 


Trading hours 
Mon to Fri - 12pm to midnight 
Sat and Sun - 3pm to midnight 
Bar stays open until 1.30am Fri & Sat 

Kitchen hours 
Mon to Fri - 12pm to 2.30pm 
Mon to Fri - 5.30pm to 10.30pm 
Sat - 5.30pm to 10.30pm 
Sun - 5.30pm to 9.30pm 


Pop by post show and receive a free digestive with the purchase of a signature Punch Lane cheese board.

Red Spice Road / Red Spice QV

27 McKillop St

Red Spice Road and Red Spice QV are the perfect destinations for fun and fabulous meals with friends and family. Led by acclaimed chef John McLeay, our menu draws on freshness & flavour to create delicious modern South-East Asian food with Melburnian attitude, in the heart of the city.


Open: Mon - Sun | Lunch 12 - 3 | Dinner 5pm - late 

Sat | 6pm - late


Express Lunch/Pre-Comedy Banquets at Red Spice Road and Red Spice QV from $29.50pp. Receive a Complimentary glass of wine, beer, soft drink on presentation of festival ticket show for that day

San Telmo

14 Meyers Place

Following the Argentine ethos that eating, drinking and most importantly life are there to be enjoyed with friends, family and lovers. From midday to late at night we offer a shared menu bringing people together just like a family Asado in Argentina.


Open: 7 Days | 12pm till Late


$60 menu, includes all our favourite dishes. Bookings recommended.


87 Flinders Lane

Stroll down the iconic Flinders Lane and enjoy a taste of Italy in Melbourne. Terra Rossa is the perfect spot for a pre or post show dinner, a quick pizza or a delicious cocktail. We stay open late and we take bookings! What’s more do you need to ask?!


Open: Mon - Fri | 8am - late. Sat - Sun | 12pm - late


$25 for one course and $40 for two courses including a beer, wine or soft drink. Plus, mention the word “ridere” (which is the Italian for laugh) and get a complimentary glass of sparkling!

Transport Public Bar

Ground Floor, Transport Hotel, Federation Square
(03) 9654 8808

Transport is Melbourne’s iconic destination for fast service, slick tunes and good times with a bit of something for everyone. Groups, suits, sports fanatics, travel addicts; your journey is our destination. Come for lunch, dinner, after work drinks or weekend catch ups and soak up the sun or some live sounds.


Open: Seven Days | 11am - Till Late


Festival Ticket Holders will receive 20% off their bill, when food is ordered.

Transit Rooftop Bar

2 Transport Hotel
(03) 9923 2058

Transit is a Melbourne rooftop bar perched above Federation Square which enjoys views across the Yarra River from Richmond right across towards Southbank. Seven days a week, from 12pm guests enjoy a range of beers, wines and spirits plus bespoke cocktails and food crafted direct from Tony Twichett’s team at the onsite Taxi Kitchen.


Open: Mon-Thurs | 12pm -12am
Fri-Sat | 12pm- Till late
Sun | 12pm–10pm


Festival Ticket Holders will receive 20% off their bill, when food is ordered.


275 Exhibition St
(03) 96637994

Welcome to Trunk’s Restaurant, Bar, Diner, and the CBD’s biggest Beer Garden. Choose from casual fine dining Mediterranean and pizza in the Restaurant, or try the Diner’s Pancakes, Eggs and hot coffee breakfast and famous burger and shake for lunch and dinner.


Open: Every day |  7am – Till late


Try the chef designed Feed Me Menu for groups beginning at $50 a head for mains + sides. The ideal way to share a meal with friends, family & colleagues.

The Westin Melbourne: Lobby Lounge

205 Collins Street

The Lobby Lounge at The Westin Melbourne offers a sophisticated setting to enjoy a cocktail pre-show or night cap post-show. Take a seat by the open fireplace in one of the luxurious club chairs or enjoy a balmy Melbourne evening on the terrace and choose from an extensive beverage list and menu of light meals.


Open: Daily from 8am till late.


Special offer: Enjoy a drink from the special Comedy Cocktail menu inspired by some of the world’s funniest talent for just $15 (normally ($20) upon presentation of a valid Comedy Festival ticket.

World Restaurant & Bar

4/2 Riverside Quay

Overlooking the banks of the Yarra River, World Restaurant & Bar boasts an eclectic mix of food, wine, music and culture. With an internationally inspired menu, extensive drinks selection and live local music, World offers a relaxed & vibrant atmosphere for all.

 Enjoy city views on the open-air river terrace or dine in our bustling restaurant.


Open: Mon - Fri | 7.30am - till late.

Sat - Sun | 8.30am - till late.


Show us your comedy festival ticket and receive 20% off your bill. Bookings are recommended but not essential. *Discount available with any official 2016 MICF ticket. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid for function bookings. Maximum discount available is $45. One discount per table.