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Post comedy cocktails? After show snacks? We're making your Festival even more delicious this year, with free meals and universal rewards every single time you spend at venues across Melbourne as part of our Drinking & Dining Program, powered by Liven.

See below for more info on the Festival's Drinking & Dining venues.

Download Liven for free on Android or iOS - and use the code MICF10 for $10 Liven Cash to kick things off! For more details, visit Find, eat, earn, repeat!

The George on Collins

Basement, Georges Building, 162-168 Collins St
03 9663 7226

Melbourne's newest New York style basement bar and restaurant, located at the heart of the Comedy Festival action. A perfect spot for pre-show dinner and drinks. 

Opening hours
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am–12am
Friday: 7:30am–3am
Saturday: 4pm–3am
Sunday: closed


Enjoy our Comedy share plates menu for $40pp inc drink throughout the Festival along with our daily happy hour from 4pm until 7pm.


275 Exhibition St
03 9663 7994

Trunk opened in December 2007 and quickly established itself as an exciting contender in Melbourne’s thriving food and wine scene. Occupying the garden corner of Exhibition and Little Lonsdale Streets, it boasts the largest outdoor courtyards in the CBD, and is home to a 150 year-old heritage listed Coral Tree, from which it gathered the name ‘Trunk’.

Opening hours
Weekdays: 7:30am-late
Weekends: 8am-late

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.

Opening hours
Breakfast: 6:30am-10:30am (11am on weekends and public holidays)
Dinner: 5:30pm-late


Receive a complimentary glass of selected wine upon presentation of a valid show ticket when dining.
*Minimum spend of $40 applies. One glass per person. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

Burma Lane

118 Little Collins Street
0408 739 825

Burma Lane: where Asia meets the world. Just like the country we take our name from, Burma Lane is all about the unexpected. The restaurant has taken inspiration from its namesake country to create a collision of flavours that wakes up even the most jaded of palates.

Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 12-3pm, 5pm-late
Saturday: 5pm-late


1 complimentary drink when spending $20 or more, upon presentation of same day Comedy Festival ticket.

Beer DeLuxe Fed Square

Federation Square, Flinders St
03 9810 0093

Craft beer, good food and great entertainment: centrally located in Federation Square, Beer DeLuxe offers the best in local and international beers (with over 150 beers on the menu, there’s something for everyone!) plus great quality beer food – think burgers and pizzas – to fill you up and keep you going!

Opening hours


7 days, 4-6pm
$9 selected pints
$7 basic spirits
$6 wines

Available all day
$16 burger & beer deal


250 Flinders Lane

Inspiration for 250 Flinders Lane came from the desire to create a larger footprint and depth of signature Italian products in a refreshed and reimagined way to suit a city landscape. We have achieved a food emporium experience that celebrates affordable luxury as well as honouring everyday moments in a modern Italian context.

Opening hours
Sunday-Thursday: 6am-11pm
Friday-Saturday: 6am-midnight

Campari House

23-25 Hardware Ln

Though we may sound like the Melbourne consulate for Italy’s beloved red aperitif, Campari House is actually the latest incarnation of an old-school bistro that opened its Hardware Lane doors in 1968. The famous Campari Bistro has been brilliantly rejuvenated into a fantastic five-level hospitality experience that reflects Melbourne's diverse restaurant and bar culture.

Opening hours
Restaurant: 11:30am-late
Lounge Room: Thursday-Saturday: 5pm-late
Rooftop: 11:30am-late


Present your Comedy Festival ticket and receive 20% off food and beverage in the restaurant.

Cabinet Bar & Balcony

11 Rainbow Alley
03 9654 0915

Cabinet Bar is a Comedy Festival ‘local', located just a skip and a jump from the Town Hall, and serving delicious share plates and beverages with a smile. A perfect before, after or in-between show venue.

Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 12pm-late
Saturday-Sunday: 2pm-late


Show your ticket to receive Happy Hour prices ANY TIME. $4 tap beers and $6 house wines.

Valid only on the date of ticket that is held.

Pay With Liven. Earn 15% Liven Cash.

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.

Opening hours
Monday-Wednesday: 3pm-1am
Thursday: 12pm-late
Friday-Saturday: 12pm-very late
Sunday: 12pm-late


$7 Young Henry tinnies
25% off all burgers - just show your Comedy Festival ticket

Pay With Liven. Earn 15% Liven Cash

The Crafty Squire

127 Russell Street

The Crafty Squire is the Melbourne home of the famous James Squire Brewhouse. With every James Squire brew on tap, and one of the few working micro-breweries in Melbourne’s CBD, Crafty is your destination to sit back with mates and enjoy a bevvie (or three) from Australia’s first brewer! Enjoy a mouth-watering pub meal with a native Australian twist in our restaurant, open til late for your pre and post Comedy Festival needs.

Opening hours
Sunday-Wednesday: 11am-2am
Thursday: 11am-3am
Friday-Saturday: 11am-5am


Show us your ticket to any 2018 Comedy Festival show and receive 20% off your bill.

Valid on the date of the show only. Not valid with any other offer. One discount per group, per day.

Good Heavens

Level 2, 79 Bourke St

Good Heavens! A rooftop bar on Bourke St pouring 80s inspired cocktails, craft beers and an all-Australian wine list! Enjoy the rooftop bar with a view before or after you chuckle. Possibly both? We like where your head's at.

Opening hours


2 for 1 cocktails from our Comedy Festival list to any ticket holder.

Fancy Hank's

Level 1, 79 Bourke St

Melbourne's most loved American-style barbecue. Here’s why: free-range meats from Gippsland cooked in a two-tonne custom-built smoker for up to 22 hours. Plenty of room, plenty of wine, plenty of vibe. Fancy Hank’s is the city’s favourite place to pinch a snag.

Opening hours


One free cocktail from our Comedy Festival list with dinner to any ticket holder.

The Duke

146 Flinders St

Established in 1853, The Duke of Wellington is Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub. We have a long history of entertaining locals and visitors alike, but we never rest on our laurels. We’re located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, opposite The Forum and within short walking distance of Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and the famous MCG sporting precinct. The Ground Floor is all about live sport and acoustic, and Level One's Wine Bar, Lounge and Dining Hall are perfect for unwinding over drinks and dining with friends.

Ground Floor hours
Monday-Friday: 7am-1am
Saturday: 9am-1am
Sunday: 9am-11pm

Level One hours
Monday-Saturday: 12pm-1am
Sunday: 12pm-11pm


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

The French Brasserie

2 Malthouse Lane

For the duration of the festival The French Brasserie will be offering ticket holders a fantastic Pre-Theatre 2-course menu with a Kir Royal cocktail upon arrival, for $35 per person. Seating times for these Pre-Theatre dinners start at 6pm and conclude at 7.30pm, Monday-Friday and we ask that people order before 7pm. Places are strictly limited, so be sure to book now and make the most of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival by making it dinner and a show. Bookings are a must, so secure your spot now! 

Opening hours
Order before 7pm (seating time 6pm–7.30pm) Monday–Saturday dinner


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

Harley House Bar and Grill

71 Collins St
03 9663 8333

Harley House is almost a Melbourne cliche - hidden in a laneway basement, behind the corner of one of the busiest streets in the city, you have to be either told to come here or go down the dimly lit staircase and take a chance on what you find. Inside is one of the busiest bars for Pisco in the world outside of Peru, serving trays of Pisco Sours and plates of fresh salty ceviche for those who come for authentic South American flavours or to check out the original Archibald Prize artworks of co-owner Vincent Fantauzzo. Whatever the reason for coming, once you have found us, you will always remember we are here.

Opening hours
Saturday-Wednesday: 4:30pm-late
Thursday & Friday: 12pm-late


After 6:30pm: 2 for 1 Pisco Sours when you show your Comedy Festival tickets.


212 Little Collins St

Hana is a seafood and cocktail bar inspired by the coasted town of Hana, Maui. 

Opening hours
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-11pm
Friday: 11:30am-1am
Saturday: 4:30pm-1am
Sunday: closed


The Basement, 195 Little Collins Street

Meatmaiden: An underground smokehouse and steakhouse of carnivorous desire. We specialise in premium cuts from the country's best meat producers. We fire up our custom-built smoker with ironbark from the Blue Mountains to deliver some incredible barbecue and dry-aged grill cuts in house for up to 40 days to pack in maximum tenderness and flavour. We also offer a carefully curated lineup of Australian craft beer, wines and a fun little cocktail list.

Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 12pm-3pm, 5pm-late


Show us your Comedy Festival ticket and receive our complimentary Comedy Fest Cocktail and a free canape to bite on.

No bookings required, however if you do wish to dine in before or after your show, just mention you are a ticket holder and we'll take care of the rest.

Valid only on the date of the ticket that is held. One offer per guest holding a valid ticket.

The Meatball & Wine Bar

135 Flinders Ln

The Meatball & Wine Bar combines classic Italian feel-good food with incredible Italian wine.

Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 8am-late
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-late

HOME Kitchen & Bar @ Mantra on Russell

222 Russell St
03 9245 3700

Home Kitchen & Bar is recognised by good food and drink, warm welcomes and thoughtful service. Maintaining a focus on "market to plate" where we plan, prepare and create seasonal food and drinks with sound techniques and a respectful approach to ingredients.

Restaurant hours
Weekdays: 6:30am-10:30am / 12pm-2pm / 5:30pm-10pm
Weekends: 7am-11am / 12pm-2pm / 5:30pm-10pm

Bar hours


Show your Comedy Festival tickets to unlock specials at the following Mantra restaurants:

HOME Kitchen & Bar @ Mantra on Russell (222 Russell St)

30% off full dinner menu – sit down only
Happy Hour prices across the bar all night
$5 bar snacks
$10 gourmet hotdogs

ALIBI Restaurant @ Mantra on Little Bourke (471 Little Bourke St)
20% off full dinner menu – sit down only
$25 for an ‘Alibi Tasty Plate’ and glass of House Wine or House Beer for 2 people

Spoonbill @ The Olsen by Art Series (637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra)
20% off dinner – sit down only

SPIRE Restaurant @ Mantra Southbank (31 City Rd, Southbank)
20% off bill, all day

Peter Cook Bar

Melbourne Town Hall

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

Opening hours
Open daily for evening performances


Grab a Coopers beer, Gentleman's Collection wine or Thatchers cider – the official drinks of the Festival!


401 Little Bourke St

Award-winning head chef Ollie Gould captures the artistry and exuberance of Palermo's cobbled urban buzz, toiling over its spectacle centrepiece: a tailor-made traditional Asado fire pit ablaze with whole splayed beasts. With its mouth-watering modern menu crafted for the carnivorous, Palermo fuses a contemporary twist with the age-old Argentinean tradition of sharing the finest Parrilla charcoal-grilled cuisine with friends, family and lovers.

Opening hours


Enjoy a complimentary glass of Argentinian Malbec when you show your Comedy Festival ticket and order the Coca Sarli menu.

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.

Opening hours
Thursday: from 6pm
Friday: from 5pm
Saturday: from 6pm


Enjoy an African beer or glass of wine and some tasty beef biltong for just $10 when you show your Festival ticket.

Pay With Liven. Earn 15% Liven Cash

polēpolē bar + kitchen

Level 1, 267 Little Collins Street

An East African-inspired kitchen and bar in the heart of Melbourne. They proudly serve African beers, fine wines and their modern African food is designed for sharing.

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

Opening hours
Tuesday-Saturday: from 5pm


Enjoy an African beer or glass of wine and some tasty beef biltong for just $10 when you show your Festival ticket.

Pay With Liven. Earn 15% Liven Cash

Red Spice QV

37 Artemis Lane
03 8660 6300

Modern Asian classics in the heart of Melbourne. Delight your tastebuds with creative and energising Asian flavours in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Red Spice QV delivers a mouth-watering selection of fresh local ingredients with the flair and flavours of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Burma, Laos and more.

Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 12-3pm & 5pm-late
Saturday & Sunday: 5pm-late


1 complimentary drink when spending $20 or more, upon presentation of same day Comedy Festival ticket.


Federation Wharf, Princes Walk
03 9654 9575

If you’re after an all-Australian experience, the menu at Pilgrim is sure to impress. With locally sourced produce and passionate staff that enjoy talking about it, it’s a great place to visit. With a perfect location overlooking the Yarra River, Pilgrim is the Aussie experience that’s fancier than a meat pie, but relaxed enough that you can pop in wearing your thongs.

Opening hours


$60 two course meal including arrival cocktail and choice of beer or wine with meal.

Conditions apply.

Pay With Liven. Earn 15% Liven Cash.

Punch Lane

43 Little Bourke Street

Punch Lane Wine Bar and Restaurant is one of Melbourne's original laneway gems. With bustling ambiance, 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 
Monday-Friday: 12pm-midnight 
Saturday & Sunday: 3pm-midnight 
Bar stays open until 1:30am Friday & Saturday

Kitchen hours 
Monday-Friday: 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm 
Saturday: 5pm-10:30pm 
Sunday: 5pm-9:30pm


Come by post show, present your ticket, and receive a free digestive with the purchase of a delicious cheese board.

Pay With Liven. Earn 15% Liven Cash,

Touche Hombre

233 Lonsdale St
03 9663 0811

Inspired by the back streets of Mexico, Touché Hombre aims to offer an immersive experience, dripping in authenticity and culture. The perfect spot for a casual but boisterous meal, supplemented with a cheeky side of tequila – there are 50+ variations behind the bar!

Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 12pm-late

Closed 29 March-5 April for kitchen renovations.


Pay With Liven. Earn 15% Liven Cash.

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 of the Arts Centre.

Opening hours
Tuesday-Friday: 4pm-1am
Saturday: 2pm-1am
Sunday: 2pm-late


Show us your Comedy Festival ticket for $4 sparkling wine, $4 pots and $8 pints of beer.

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.

Opening hours


Enjoy a complimentary glass of Argentinian Malbec when you show your Comedy Festival ticket and order the El Asado $60 set menu.

The Westin Melbourne: Lobby Lounge

205 Collins St

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.

Opening hours


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