Drinking & Dining

Allegro Restaurant

205 Collins St

Allegro is The Westin Melbourne’s signature restaurant and serves up modern Australian cuisine in a relaxed inner city setting. Elegant surroundings, intuitive service and an expansive outdoor terrace make it the perfect choice for a pre-show dinner.

Breakfast 6:30am - 10:30am (11:00am on weekends and public holidays)

Lunch 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner 5:30pm - late


Receive a complimentary glass of selected Brown Brothers wine upon presentation of a valid show ticket when dining.*

*Minimum spend applies. One per person.


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.

7:30am – Midnight

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.


Mon - Fri | 10am - 3am  

Sat - Sun | 4pm - 3am


Take advantage of their Comedy Express Menu: 2 share plates* with 2 glasses of wine or beer for just $45 until 3am every night

The 4 person charcuterie will count as two share plates


Globe Aly (Off Lt Bourke St)

Belleville is a restaurant, cocktail bar and entertainment venue housed in a historic multi-storey building in Chinatown’s Globe Alley. Murals by American artist Mike Giant line the walls, local breweries feature on tap and the venue’s acclaimed rotisserie chicken makes Belleville a perfect pit-stop before comedy festival shows. 

Monday - Sunday: 11am - 1am


Stay for a feed after the show! 

Special 'Up Late' menu available from Thursday - Saturday 10.00PM - 1.00AM during the Festival. 


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.


Open 7am till late

Burma Lane

118 Little Collins Street

Burma Lane. Created in Melbourne, inspired by Asia. Experience everything we love about multicultural Australia in a hip, fun, eclectic environment. The food is modern Australian with distinct Asian influences, designed around light bites moving to the more substantial. All delicious and perfect for sharing a quick bite or a lingering meal.

Monday - Friday: 12 - 3pm, 5pm - late

Saturday: 5pm - late


A complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink when you show your Comedy Festival ticket for the day and spend $20 or more.

Campari House

23-25 Hardware Ln

Though we may sound like the Melbourne consulate for Italy’s much-loved bitter red aperitif, Campari House is actually the latest incarnation of an old-school bistro that opened its doors in 1968. Showcasing modern Italian inspired cuisine we hope to reflect the diversity of Melbourne’s unique dining culture while staying true to our traditional roots.


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


Receive 20% off your restaurant bill when you present your Comedy Festival ticket.

The Crafty Squire

127 Russell Street

The Crafty Squire is the home of the famous James Squire Brew house. Whether you’re in the mood for mouth-watering pub food or just want to try some of James Squire’s finest craft beers, the Crafty Squire is a true example of a “local” pub in Melbourne CBD.

Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 03:00am

Fri: 11:00am - 05:00am

Sat: 12:00pm - 05:00am

Sun: 12:00pm - 03:00am


Show your Comedy Festival ticket and receive 20% off your bill.

Garden State Hotel

101 Flinders Ln

Welcome to Garden State Hotel - A sprawling four level pub set in the cosmopolitan heart of Flinders Lane, where outside becomes in and new experiences begin.

Monday - Sunday: 11am until late


A 2 course meal plus a matched glass of wine for $39. This offer is valid Sunday through to Thursday, 5-7pm upon presentation of Comedy Festival ticket.

Cabinet Bar & Balcony

11 Rainbow Alley
03 9654 0915

Just a hop, step and a jump from the Town Hall, Cabinet Bar is your ultimate Comedy Festival venue. Our friendly staff will be serving delicious share style food, and an array of beverages late into the evening.

Pop in pre, post or in-between shows seven days and nights a week.

Monday - Friday: 12pm - late

Saturday - Sunday: 2pm - late


Show your festival ticket to receive HAPPY HOUR prices all day every day.

$4 tap beers and $6 house red, white & bubbles

(valid only on the date of ticket that is held)

The Carlton Club

193 Bourke St
03 9663 3246

The Carlton Club is a Melbourne institution with an exceptional personality to match. The venue boasts five spaces set across three levels; on level one, you’ll find The Carlton Bar and Restaurant, level three the Hasti Bala and Palmz Deck. Make your way to the very top for our tropical paradise in the sky, the Palmz Rooftop. We serve food on all of our levels.

Mon - Wed: 3:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu: 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat: 12:00 pm - very late
Sun: 12:00 pm - 3:00 am


Spend $10 on food and receive a free pot or house wine. Present ticket to redeem.  Offer valid for the same day as a ticket. One per person.

$10 Espresso Martinis from Sunday to Thursdays. Present ticket to redeem.  Offer valid for the same day as a ticket. One per person.

polēpolē bar + kitchen

Level 1, 267 Little Collins Street

An East African inspired watering hole and kitchen in the heart of Melbourne. They proudly serve African beers, crafty cocktail jugs, fine wines and their modern African food is designed for sharing.

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


Open: Tue - Sat | From 5pm


Enjoy an African Beer, or glass of wine, and some tasty Gato Pima bites (fried split pea and chilli fritters with yoghurt) for just $10.

The Duke

146 Flinders St

Established in 1853, The Duke is the oldest licensed pub in Melbourne. We’re located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, opposite The Forum and within easy walking distance of Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and the famous MCG sporting precinct.

Open 7 days.


Show your Comedy Festival ticket and receive 20% off your bill.

Glamp Cocktail Bar

Level 2, 267 Lt Collins St

A Melbourne glamping (that’s glamorous camping for you newbies) bar. It’s the *only* venue in Melbourne that will let you drink mouth-watering cocktails and nibble on modern African snacks under a safari-style canvas tent.


Open: Thu - Sat | From 6pm


Enjoy an African Beer, or glass of wine, and some tasty Gato Pima bites (fried split pea and chilli fritters with yoghurt) for just $10.

The French Brasserie

2 Malthouse Lane

A visit to the theatre isn't complete without a visit to The French Brasserie. Make it lunch or dinner + a show, making the most of our the specially curated Pre- Theater Menu. Indulge in 2 courses plus a Kir Royale for just $35! Bookings are a must, so secure your spot now! 


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


Ticket holders receive pre-show 2 course menu with Kir Royal for $35.


146 Flinders St

Located right in the heart of the CBD, Dutchess offers a Manhattan inspired lounge experience featuring expertly crafted cocktails, extensive wine list, an innovative food menu and dancing late into the night; the complete night out. Open until late, Dutchess is the perfect destination for a pre-show dinner or late night cocktail and bite to eat.  

Tuesday – Wednesday
5pm – 1am
12pm – 1am
12pm – 3am
5pm – 3am


A 2 course menu for $40,  just show your MICF show ticket to redeem this offer.
The Cocktail Hour: All cocktails $11, Tuesday-Saturday
The 11th Hour: All cocktails $11 between 11pm-1am

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

43 Little Bourke Street
0421 645 345

Sophisticated Modern Australian restaurant with a seasonal menu and a vast wine list

Monday to Friday - 12pm to Midnight

Saturday and Sunday - 3pm to Midnight

Bar stays open until 1.30am Fri & Sat


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

Punch Lane

43 Little Bourke Street
0421 645 345

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 - 5.00pm to 10.30pm 
Sun - 5.00pm to 9.30pm


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

Hairy Little Sista

240 Little Collins St
(03) 9639 7778

Lively breakfast/brunch cafe and happening evening wine bar for light bites, nachos and burgers.

Monday - Friday: 7am - 1am

Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 1am

Harley House Bar and Grill

71 Collins St
03 9663 8333

Harley House is almost a Melbourne cliche- basement, laneway, hard to find.

We do the best Pisco Sours in town and are famed for ceviche.

A little bit New York, a litle bit Berlin, 100% Melbourne.

Tuesday to Friday from 12pm

Saturday from 4:30pm


2 Pisco Sours for the price of one, on presentation of a comedy festival ticket 


The Basement, 195 Little Collins Street

Basement restaurant & bar in the heart of the CBD incorporating smoke and fire and bringing select cuts of meat to the people.

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


Complimentary Comedy Cocktail and an amuse bouche (haha) when you show us your ticket for a Comedy Festival event you’re attending that night.

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


Come in for Nieuw Amsterdam's comedy deal. Show your ticket and enjoy a Buger, Beer and Bulliet Bourban, all for $20! This deal will run from 5pm - 2am, everyday of the Festival.

LOL Comedy Festival Pop-Up Lounge

212 Little Collins St

LOL COMEDY FESTIVAL LOUNGE POP UP is a dedicated Melbourne International Comedy Festival Lounge which runs for the duration of the comedy festival from 3pm until late. Perfect for pre-show and post-show drinks and bites, LOL Comedy Festival Lounge is conveniently situated on Little Collins Street.

Mon-Sun : 5pm - Late 


$6 beer/wine/bubbles and $10 Melbourne Gin Company specials on presentation of a Melbourne Comedy Festival ticket.

Limit to one offer per ticket. 

Peter Cook Bar

Melbourne Town Hall
03 9245 3700

The Peter Cook bar is the official bar at the Melbourne Town Hall where the laughs continue of stage. Come in for a drink and take a seat in this historic Comedy Festival bar. 

Open daily for evening performances.


Grab a Coopers, Brown Brothers or Thachers Cider – the official drinks of the Festival!

Red Spice QV

37 Artemis Lane
(03) 8660 6300

At Red Spice QV it’s all about great flavours and fabulous dining experiences. Our menu draws on flavours we love, using Melbourne’s freshest ingredients to create delicious modern Asian food with Melbournian attitude. Led by acclaimed chef John McLeay, shared dishes are the norm in a bright and vibrant venue.

Monday - Friday: 12 - 3pm and 5pm - late

Saturday - Sunday: 6pm - late


A complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink when you show your Comedy Festival ticket for the day and spend $20 or more.

Red Spice Road

27 Mckillop St
(03) 9603 1601

Red Spice Road is a unique South East Asian-style dining experience in the heart of Melbourne. Led by acclaimed chef John McLeay, shared dishes are the norm with a menu that emphasises freshness, presentation and above all, flavour. Diners should be able to recall with pinpoint accuracy the flavours they experience.

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

Sat | 6pm - late


A complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink when you show your Comedy Festival ticket for the day and spend $20 or more.

Swiss Club Restaurant

89 Flinders Ln (btw Russell & Exhibition Sts)
03 9245 3700

Swiss Hospitality is legendary! This 117 year old club’s restaurant has the atmosphere of a traditional Swiss “Gaststube” with casual booths around the bar and a formal dining area at the rear. Roger has been the face of the club for over 20 years. Our menu features Swiss culinary delights such as Cheese Fondue, Rösti & a Schnitzel Menu like no other!

Mon-Fri, 12.00pm - 3.00pm for Lunch 

Fri, 6.00pm - 10.00pm for Dinner


Show your ticket for the nights show and receive our famous Swurger & Chips (Swiss Schnitzel Burger) and a pot of Carlton draught for $15

Terra Rossa Restaurant and Bar

87 Flinders Lane

Pizza, pasta and mozzarella are our thing.  We love having guests over to visit.  You can come in off the street or give us a shout beforehand to book.  We’re very accommodating. Oh, and we have one of the most handsome Italian’s in Melbourne as our pizza chef. Fact.

Mon - Fri: 11:30am - late

Sat - Sun: 5pm - late


Enjoy a pre (or post) show meal at Terra Rossa 1 course - $25pp or 2 courses - $35pp Includes a glass of house wine, beer or soft drink.

Available every day before 7pm Bookings essential on (03) 9650 0900 or

Plus, mention the secret word DIVERTENTE when booking the Show Package and receive a complimentary Comedy Fest Cocktail!

Waterslide Bar

Shop MR3, Mid Level East End, Southgate Building

Waterslide Bar creates the pleasant impression of being somewhere familiar. Typical to Melbourne bars, you’ll find hidden alcoves and booths, so all sorts can lounge and enjoy the glittering view of Melbourne’s city skyline. Waterslide is a much-awaited signature cocktail bar, positioned within walking distance to the Arts Centre.

Tuesday - Friday: 4pm until late

Saturday - Sunday: 2pm until late


Show us your ticket for $ 4.00 Sparkling wines, $ 4.00 pots and $ 8.00 pints of beers.

Young and Jackson

1 Swanston St

Situated on the vibrant corner of Swanston and Flinders street Y&J's is the perfect place to meet before or after your comedy festival event. Australia's most iconic pub Y&J offers light meals, pub classics and casual dining across its three floors as well as an extensive range of tap beer, Australian wine and in-house cocktails. 

Every Day, 10:00am - Late


Comedy Festival pre-theatre menu upgrade

Main course, glass of wine or beer, a coffee and a treat $34

Comedy festival ticket holders can treat themselves by upgrading to a glass of Brown Brothers 18 Eighty Nine Shiraz or Pinot Grigio when ordering from our pre-theatre menu

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.


Enjoy an exclusive Comedy Cocktail for just $15 upon presentation of a valid show ticket. (Normally $20 each.)