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FULL 2019 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 12 FEB 2019

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Drinking & Dining

Feeling a little peckish, or fancy a post-show nightcap? Visit one of our awesome Drinking and Dining partners! Whether it’s a quick bite, deluxe dining or a drink to kick on with, we’ve got the perfect place for you. And keep your ticket handy – many of our partners offer exclusive deals to Festival-goers!

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


The George on Collins

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

Open from lunch ‘til late, The George has a rare kind of magic – the ability to adapt to different crowds, moods and moments. The perfect spot for pre or post-show dinner & drinks, or even a cocktail party!

Opening hours
Tuesday–Saturday: 11:30am–late
Sunday & Monday: closed

SPECIAL

A selection of Khanh’s favourite dishes as well as one hour of unlimited beverages to quench the driest of thirsts! For $60 per person you get to try dishes like crispy tofu puffs, wood ear mushroom spring rolls and Ca Mau sticky chili caramel chicken wings - you’re in for a delicious treat! Still want more draaanks? For an extra $10 we will give you 2 hours of bottomless beverages.

Garden State Hotel

101 Flinders Ln
03 8396 5777

Located on Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s heartland of dining and drinking, Garden State Hotel is a sprawling four-level pub with an indoor beer garden, Garden Grill bistro, and basement bar, The Rose Garden. Located a short stroll from Melbourne’s theatres, Garden State Hotel is the perfect spot for a pre or post-show drink or dinner.

Opening hours
11am–late

SPECIAL

Show your Comedy Festival ticket in the Garden Grill to receive:
$25: A choice of main meal, with beer, wine, or sparkling
$35: A choice of main and dessert, with beer, wine, or sparkling
Book: http://bit.ly/GSHMICF

Trunk

275 Exhibition St
03 9663 7994

Welcome to Trunk! Home to Trunk’s Restaurant and Bar, with its gorgeous architecture and stylish dining with a European menu, matched with an extensive local & international wine list. The American Diner, which serves classic American food all day, from breakfast & lunch through to dinner, until late. And boasting the biggest outdoor beer garden in the Melbourne CBD, to enjoy our craft beer menu and extensive cocktail catalogue.

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

Hotel Esplanade

11 The Esplanade
03 9534 0211

To put it simply, there is no pub quite like Hotel Esplanade. Since reopening in 2018, every square centimetre of this five-story venue is now open for your enjoyment! With 12 bars and two restaurants to choose from, The Espy is perfect for pre-show dining, or a post-show debrief.

Opening hours
Monday–Friday: 11am–late
Saturday & Sunday: 10am–late

SPECIAL

Show your ticket to receive 20% off your bill in The Espy Kitchen or Mya Tiger restaurant.

Gazi

2 Exhibition St
03 9207 7444

Looking for some fun before your show? You've come to the right place.

Gazi offers Greek street food with a modern edge. Inspired by the street art-filled district of Gazi in Athens, we celebrate the beautiful chaos created by the diversity of cultures that call Gazi home. We bring you a dynamic Greek food experience in Melbourne.

Opening hours
12-10pm

SPECIAL

Join us for a Gazi style aperitivo during the Comedy Festival: $30pp for a selection of bites and a delicious cocktail to help get the laughs underway.

Burma Lane

118 Little Collins Street
0408 739 825

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

SPECIAL

Show your Festival ticket and receive a free betel leaf canape.
2 for 1 Melbourne Gin Co “Laugh out Loud” cocktail $16.

Allegro Restaurant

The Westin Melbourne – Level 1, 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

SPECIAL

Present a valid 2019 show ticket to receive a complimentary glass of Gentleman's Collection wine with dinner.
*Minimum spend applies. One per person. 
https://www.marriottdeals.com.au/comedyfestival

Brunetti

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

Bombini Buzz

Hamer Hall, Southbank Promenade, 100 St Kilda Rd

Bombini Buzz café, eatery and bar at Hamer Hall alongside the Yarra River presents a selection of the finest locally-sourced produce. It’s a great meeting spot pre-show for coffee or wine or somewhere to kick back and discuss the comedy you’ve just seen over a late-night drink and local cheese platter.

Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 7am-late
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-late
Happy Hour drink specials: Mon-Sat: 5-7pm / Sun: 3-5pm
Opening and closing times are subject to performances in Hamer Hall and may change without notice.

SPECIAL

$8 cans of Squealing Pig wine

The Barre

Theatres Building, Level 6, 100 St Kilda Road

The Barre at Arts Centre Melbourne strikes the perfect balance. A vibrant and modern atmosphere, with a menu focused on seasonal produce, great wine and a classic cocktail list. The best place to start or finish your Comedy Festival experience.

Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 4pm-late
Happy Hour: Daily, 9-11pm / Friday, 4-7pm

SPECIAL

Festival ticket holders can enjoy delicious sliders and a can of Squealing Pig pinot grigio or rosé for $30.

Comedy Festival cocktail special: The Unladen Swallow $16 - Sailor Jerry Rum, coconut, chestnut liqueur and topped with prosecco

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

SPECIAL

Show your ticket to receive Happy Hour prices ANY TIME. $5 tap beers and $7 house wines.

Valid only on the date of ticket that is held.

Fatto Bar & Cantina

River Terrace, Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road

Fatto Bar and Cantina is a relaxed Italian bar and eatery overlooking the Yarra River with arguably the most unique and breath-taking view of the Melbourne city skyline.

Opening hours
12pm-late

Extended ‘Aperitivo Hour’: 4–6pm & 9–11pm

SPECIAL

Present your ticket to receive complimentary House marinated Mount Zero olives with first drink purchased. Plus, $12 Italian club sandwiches, available every day 4-11pm in the Fatto Bar.

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
11:30am-late

SPECIAL

Show your Festival ticket and receive a complimentary schooner of Hawthorn or glass of house wine with every main meal purchase.

The French Brasserie

2 Malthouse Lane

The French Brasserie are offering ticket holders a Pre-Theatre special of a 2-course menu and Kir Royal Champagne cocktail upon arrival for $35 per person. Seatings are Monday–Saturday, 6pm–7:30pm, and we ask that people order prior to 7pm. Bookings are a must, and please let our staff know on arrival that you're headed to a show, so we can have you in and out on time.

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

SPECIAL

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

polēpolē bar + kitchen

Level 1, 267 Little Collins Street

polēpolē is an African fusion restaurant and bar in the heart of Melbourne. We proudly serve African beers, fine wines and our modern food is designed for sharing.

Opening hours
Tuesday-Saturday: from 5pm

SPECIAL

Enjoy an African beer or glass of wine, and some berbere spiced fries for just $12.

Glamp Cocktail Bar

Level 2, 267 Lt Collins St
96502811

A Melbourne glamping (that’s glamorous camping for you newbies) bar. It’s the only venue 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

SPECIAL

Enjoy an African beer or glass of wine, and some berbere spiced fries for just $12.

Harley House Bar and Grill

71 Collins St
03 9663 8333

Descend the stairs into a space reminiscent of a New York style basement with powerful artworks, industrial chic and familiar service. Peruvian and Latin American fare to complement the best Pisco Sours in Melbourne.

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

SPECIAL

Festival patrons can partake in $15 Pisco Sours (and Flavoured Sours) and our $35 Comedy Festival menu.

HOME Kitchen & Bar @ Mantra on Russell

222 Russell St
03 9915 2500

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
12pm-11pm

SPECIAL

25% off full dinner menu when you show your ticket - sit down only. Plus, beer & burger deal for $20.

Campari House

23-25 Hardware Ln

Established in 1967, this inter-war-style address has fostered snazzy cocktails, refreshing bites and an authentic Melbourne experience, becoming one of the best bar restaurants in Melbourne. The Lounge will be open every night of the Festival for pre and post show drinks.

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

SPECIAL

Show us your Festival ticket and receive 20% off your food bill when dining in the restaurant.

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

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

SPECIAL

Show us your Festival ticket 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.

The Duke

146 Flinders St

Check out the recently-opened rooftop bar on top of Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub, at The Duke. 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. Come and see us for a cheeky pre or post show drink and a feed!

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

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

SPECIAL

Get 20% off your bill when you show your Festival ticket!

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
12pm-11pm

SPECIAL

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

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
12pm-1am

SPECIAL

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

Heroes Karaoke & Rooftop Bar

188 Bourke St
03 8639 0630

Heroes is Melbourne's newest and best karaoke & rooftop bar. Book a private karaoke room, sing for the crowd at our open mic, have drinks on our rooftop or grab a bite from our kitchen.

Opening hours
Tue-Wed: 4pm-12am
Thu-Sat: 4pm-1am
Sun: 4pm-12am

SPECIAL

Happy Hour all night: $8 pints and $6 house wines when you show your Festival ticket. Plus $15 Comedy Festival cocktail special!

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

23 Oliver Lane

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar is a pan-Asian eating and drinking space designed to cater for people wanting shared plates and cool drinks in a buzzing, stylish and fun street food environment. The bold and enticing menu takes inspiration from all over the Asian region with hits of hot, sour, salty and sweet. There is nothing subtle about Lucy Liu’s, that’s for sure!

Opening hours
11am-late

SPECIAL

ALL THE FUN STUFF’ ($40 per person)
KINGFISH SASHIMI with green chilli, hot mint & toasted coconut (to share)
TEMPURA SOFT SHELL CRAB with hot nam jim (one each)
CRISPY PORK BUN with spicy kimchi & kewpie mayo (one each)
DRUNKEN FREE RANGE CHICKEN with steamed jasmine rice (to share)

Meatmaiden

The Basement, 195 Little Collins Street

Meatmaiden is 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 to deliver some incredible barbecue and dry-age select cuts in house for up to 40 days before they hit the grill to pack in maximum flavour. Or come for the drinks, with a carefully curated list of Australian craft beers, wines and quirky cocktails.

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

SPECIAL

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.

Red Spice Road

27 Mckillop St
(03) 9603 1601

For over 11 years, Red Spice Road has been dedicated to serving you the best food Asia offers, in a buzzing and energetic communal dining environment. And you’ve been loving it, repeatedly naming Red Spice Road as home to Melbourne’s favourite pork belly.

Opening hours
12-3pm, 5-10pm

SPECIAL

Show your Festival ticket and receive a free betel leaf canape.
2 for 1 Melbourne Gin Co “Laugh out Loud” cocktail $16.

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 destination for pre-theatre dinner or a cheeky Festival nightcap. And visit our baby sister Juliet Melbourne (open Thu, Fri, Sat 5pm-1am) in the basement below Punch Lane for a sneaky late night treat!

Trading hours 
Monday-Friday: 12pm-1am
Saturday & Sunday: 3pm-1am

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

SPECIAL

Present your ticket to receive a free digestive with the purchase of a delicious cheese board.

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

SPECIAL

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

Supernormal

180 Flinders Lane
03 9650 8688

Supernormal offers a wide range of Asian inspired dishes, and delicious wines, sake, whisky and cocktails, all with a story to tell. The Supernormal menu is available all day for your pre and post-show enjoyment; a long lunch, an early drink or a late dinner.

Opening hours
11am–late

The Westin Melbourne: Lobby Lounge

205 Collins St

The Westin Melbourne’s Lobby Lounge offers a sophisticated setting to enjoy a cocktail pre-show or night cap post-show.

Take a seat in one of the luxurious club chairs and choose from an extensive beverage list and menu of light meals.

Opening hours
8am-late

SPECIAL

Enjoy an exclusive Comedy Cocktail for just $15 upon presentation of a valid show ticket (normally $20 each). 
https://www.marriottdeals.com.au/comedyfestival

Vic's Bar & Pool Room @ The Victoria Hotel

215 Little Collins St
03 9669 0023

In a city famous for its bars and nightlife, Vic’s Bar at The Victoria Hotel is one of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets. Vic’s Bar & Pool Room offers a relaxed atmosphere for those looking to unwind. With a generous selection of beer and wine, and a long list of cocktails to choose from, this is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon drink after spending the day exploring all that Melbourne has to offer. To top it off, Vic’s Bar & Pool Room offers a tasty bar snack menu and pool table, so unwinding of an afternoon can easily turn into a fun filled night.

Opening hours
Sunday–Thursday: 3pm–late
Friday & Saturday: 12pm–late

SPECIAL

Show your Comedy Festival ticket and receive 10% off the Vic's Bar food menu.