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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

Sun - Mon: CLOSED 

Tues - Thurs: 11.30am - Late

Fri: 11.30am - 3am

Sat: 5pm - 3am

SPECIAL

Show your Festival ticket valid for that evening and take advantage of The George's delicious feed me menu at $45pp. For sit down bookings with a minimum of 2 people or for a large group up to 45 people. 

Garden State Hotel

101 Flinders Ln
03 8396 5777

Set in the cosmopolitan heart of Flinders Lane, Garden State Hotel is a sprawling multi-levelled wonderland designed for good times. From the tiered Beer Garden, to the grungy basement Rose Garden bar, or the decadent Garden Grill restaurant, Garden State is here to water and feed your every need.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 12pm - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that evening to take advantage of the following offers:

Your choice of main meal + a beer, wine or sparkling for $25
Your choice of main meal + dessert + a beer, wine or sparkling for $35

Hotel Esplanade

11 The Esplanade
03 9534 0211

Restored to its former grandeur and glory in late 2018, Hotel Esplanade is St Kilda’s favourite meeting place. Home to a dynamic range of lifestyle experiences with a range of drinking, dining, music and arts on offer, The Espy is much more than just a pub. With 12 bars and two restaurants to choose from, The Espy is perfect for pre-show dining, or a post-show debrief.

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 12pm - Late

Sat - Sun: 11am - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night and receive any pizza + beer or glass of house wine for $25. 

Transit Rooftop Bar

Level 2, Transport Hotel, Federation Square
03 9923 2058

Transit Rooftop Bar is located on level 2 of Transport Hotel at Federation Square. This swinging live music cocktail lounge boasts some of the best views of Melbourne. The large outdoor heated deck and cosy inside area have a distinct speakeasy feel and the swinging gig line-up features some of Melbourne’s finest Jazz, Blues, Soul and Funk musicians Thursday – Sunday nights.

Opening Hours

Sun - Thurs: 12pm - 11pm

Fri - Sat: 12pm - 2am

SPECIAL

Festival goers, show your valid Festival ticket for a show that evening to take advantage of a Burger & Beer special at Transit Rooftop Bar for $20.

Offer includes the grilled wagyu and bacon burger, fries and a schooner of Kosi. (Vegetarian options available)

Allegro Restaurant

The Westin Melbourne – Level 1, 205 Collins St

Allegro is The Westin Melbourne’s signature restaurant, serving a seasonal menu featuring contemporary Australian cuisine and fresh, local produce. With elegant surroundings, intuitive service and an expansive outdoor terrace; Allegro Restaurant offers a sophisticated yet unpretentious experience for your pre-show dinner.

Opening Hours

Breakfast Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 10:30am (Sat - Sun 11am)

Dinner Mon - Sun: 5:30pm - 10pm

SPECIAL

Show your festival ticket to enjoy a two course meal paired with a glass of selected wine or local beer for $49 per person.

Brunetti

250 Flinders Lane
03 9347 2801

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

Mon - Thurs: 7am - 10pm

Fri: 7am - 11pm

Sat: 8am - 11pm

Sun: 8am - 9pm

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that evening to receive 20% off any hot beverages. 

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

Mon - Fri: 12pm - Late

Sat - Sun: 2pm - Late

SPECIAL

It's happy hour every hour! Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night to receive $5 Furphy's and $7 house wines all night long.

Cookie

Level 1, Curtain House, 252 Swanston St
03 9663 7660

Cookie is a Melbourne institution. Follow the stairs up from Swanston Street to the first level of Curtin House. Upon entry, you are sent in to sensory overload, with a combination of semi-formal and casual seating. This Western European inspired beerhall offers traditional Thai food accompanied by a decadence of choice and sophistication when it comes to booze.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 12pm - 3am

Kitchen Open

Sun - Thurs: Until 11pm

Fri - Sat: Unti Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night and get an express pre-show dinner of Pad Thai + a pot of beer for $20. 

Cookie is also doing a hilarious deal on Charlie Chaplin Cocktails at $15 each. 

The Crafty Squire

127 Russell Street
03 9810 0064

The Crafty Squire, Craft Beer Bar and Microbrewery – home of the famous James Squire Brewhouse, the only working microbrewery in Melbourne’s CBD! Enjoy hand-crafted beers from Pilsners to Pale Ales , along with great pub fare and extensive wines and cocktails. Whether you choose to enjoy a mouth-watering pub meal, catch some live sport on our big screen TVs, or hold your next party or event in one of our function spaces, The Crafty Squire is a fine example of a true ‘local’ pub in the Melbourne CBD.

Opening Hours

Sun - Wed: 11am - 2am

Thu: 11am - 3am

Fri - Sat: 11am - 5am

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival Ticket to a show that night to receive 20% off your bill!

Daughter In Law

37 Little Bourke St
03 9242 0814

Internationally acclaimed Chef Restaurateur Jessi Singh brings ‘unauthentic’ Indian to Melbourne's Little Bourke Street with Daughter In Law. The buzzing 95-seater venue boasts an innovative wine list, self-serve beer fridge and an ever-changing menu all set to a soundtrack of 70s Bollywood tunes.

Opening Hours

Lunch:

Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2:30pm

Dinner: 

Sun - Mon: 5pm - 9pm

Tues - Sat: 5pm - 10pm

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket to a show that evening to receive a special $30 express thali. Available from 5pm. 

The Duke of Wellington

146 Flinders St
03 9810 0066

Established in 1853, The Duke of Wellington is Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub. With a diverse clientele and talented crew at the helm, we look forward to welcoming you, whether you’re here pre comedy for a bit to eat or post comedy to enjoy a drink on our rooftop.

Opening Hours Level 1 & Rooftop

Mon - Sat: 12pm - 1am

Sun: 12pm - 11pm

Opening Hours Ground Floor

Mon - Fri: 7am - 1am

Sat: 9am - 1am

Sun: 9am - 11pm

SPECIAL

Show your Festival ticket to receive 20% off food and beverages on Level 1, Monday – Thursday throughout the Festival.

Fancy Hank's

Level 1, 79 Bourke St
03 9453 2882

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

Mon - Sun: 12pm - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night to receive 2 for 1 cocktails from the list of specially curated Comedy Festival Cocktails. 

Fatto Bar & Cantina

River Terrace, Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road
03 8698 8800

Fatto Bar and Cantina is a relaxed Italian bar and eatery overlooing the Yarra River and arguably has the most unique and breath-taking view of the Melbourne city skyline. Led by Venue Manager & Head Chef James Kummrow, Fatto serves contemporary takes on classic Italian food, taking pride in Italian food made by hand with pasta made fresh daily in venue and a menu driven by the best seasonal produce.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 12pm - Late

SPECIAL

Flash your valid Festival ticket for a show that night and receive a pasta + glass of wine for just $19. (conditions apply)

Good Heavens

Level 2, 79 Bourke St
03 9453 2882

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

Mon - Thu: 4pm-11pm

Fri - Sun: 12pm-1am

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night to receive 2 for 1 cocktails from the list of specially curated Comedy Festival cocktails. 

Harley House Bar & Grill

71 Collins St
03 9663 8333

Harley House is an Institution - One of Melbournes best kept secrets, discovered by word of mouth. Pisco sour is the cocktail to drink in our company + our authentic Lima-centric city menu will keep you fully engaged.

Join the club?

Opening Times

Tues: 4pm - 10pm

Wed - Sat: 12pm - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night to receive 2 for 1 Pisco Sours (conditions apply)

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.

Opening Hours

Breakfast, Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 10:30am (Weekends 7am to 11am)

Lunch, Mon - Sun 12pm - 2pm

Dinner, Mon - Sun: 5:30pm - 10pm

Bar Hours

Mon - Sun: 12pm - 11pm

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

23 Oliver Lane
03 9639 5777

Distinguished by its kaleidoscope of cultures and flavours and its iconic red light beaming brightly onto a backstreet laneway, Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar is a quintessential Melbourne experience you’ll will want to repeat, over and over again.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 11am - Late

Marameo

6 Russell Place
03 9639 7822

It's all about having a good time at Marameo, a cheeky Italian all-day dining venue from the team behind Il Bacaro and Bar Carolina. Offering playful Italian bites and an extensive drinks list, guests can grab a seat at the bar for salumi and spritzes, sun themselves on the terrace with a Prosecco in hand, or settle into a booth in the restaurant to tuck into perfect pastas.

Opening Hours

Lunch:

Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3pm

Dinner:

Mon - Sat: 5.30pm - Late

SPECIAL

Pop into Marameo for a pre-theatre pasta fix and cure your cacio e pepe craving, with a splash on the side. From 5:30pm, show your valid Festival ticket to a show that night to receive your cheesy spaghetti with a cheeky spritz for just $20. Pick your poison from the dedicated menu, with flavours like Limoncello and Tarragon on offer.

Meatmaiden

The Basement, 195 Little Collins Street
03 9078 7747

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 with ironbark from the Blue Mountains to deliver some incredible barbecue; and dry-age grill cuts in house for up to 40 days to pack in maximum tenderness and flavour. We also offer a carefully curated line-up of Australian craft beer, wines and a fun little cocktail list.

No booking required, just drop in and flash your ticket. If you do wish to dine in at Meatmaiden before or after the show, mention you are a Comedy Fest ticket holder when booking and we’ll take care of the rest.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sat: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - Late

Sun: CLOSED

SPECIAL

Each guest holding a valid Festival ticket to a show that evening will receive a complimentary Prawn Cocktail Croquette and Comedy Festival Cocktail named the "Blue Lagoon." Offer limited to one per person, per night. 

Mesa Verde

Level 6, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St
03 9654 4417

Mesa Verde is located on the 6th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Curtin House. Our aim is to pair the beauty of long established Mexican flavours and techniques with Australian innovation and creativity whilst utilising seasonal and local produce. Mesa Verde boasts one of Australia’s largest collections of tequila and mezcal with a range of flights for the curious novice or the seasoned aficionado. Be sure to add a few dashes of our explosive house-made Hazard Sauce to any dish - It’s guaranteed to make you see double and feel single. 

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 4pm - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket to a show that night to enjoy a specially curated set-menu for $35 per person, along with 20% off beverages. (Tickets must be for the date of use)

Mister Munro

215 Little Collins Street
03 9669 0026

MISTER MUNRO Restaurant & Bar is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on Little Collins Street – right in the middle of the festival. The ideal location for your pre-show dinner or post-show drinks. Celebrating the best in Victorian produce, Mister Munro features a relaxed and locally-sourced menu full of all-day favourites such as charcuterie plates, a signature seafood platter as well as decadent desserts.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 6am - Late

Comedy Festival Extended Happy Hours

Mon - Sun: 4:30pm -7:30pm

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night to receive a free a free pot Lovedale lager / glass of Jade Estate white / glass of Deakin Cab Sav or soft drink with every meal purchased.

Book dinner in advance to receive a bottle of Jade Estate / Deakin Cab Sav or 2 pints of Lovedale Larger to enjoy complimentary with your meal. (Tickets must be valid for a show that evening.)

Mrs Singh

88‭ Flinders Lane
03 9654 6526

Internationally acclaimed Chef-Restaurateur Jessi Singh has introduced Melburnians to another lady: Mrs Singh. A vibrant wine bar and store, Mrs Singh is ready to service every indulgence with a roaming Champagne trolley, a 300-strong wine list and a concise menu of small plates showcasing punchy Asian flavours and Indian flair.

Opening Hours

Lunch:

Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2:30pm

Dinner: 

Sun - Wed: 5pm - 11pm

Thurs - Sat: 5pm - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket to a show that evening to receive a $20 glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut NV. Available from 5pm.

Peter Cook Bar

Melbourne Town Hall

The laughs continue off stage at the Peter Cook Bar, the official bar at the Melbourne Town Hall. 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 Melbourne Gin Company cocktail – the official drinks of the Festival!

Pinchy's

Level 1, 200 Bourke St

Enjoy the views high above the bustle of Bourke Street or nestle up in a cute booth indoors... What better way to enjoy yourself this Melbourne Comedy Festival then with a visit to the recently opened Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar. Sample delicious and sustainable seafood dishes whilst enjoying a variety of champagne-based cocktails and wine. It’s seafood in the city that’ll make you go “Mmm!”.  

Opening Hours

Wed - Sun: 11.30am - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid festival ticket for a show that evening to receive Pinchy’s signature fresh lobster on a crunchy French-style roll with a glass of wine for just $25. 

Punch Lane

43 Little Bourke Street
03 9639 4944

A Melbourne dining icon, Punch Lane is one of the city's first laneway wine bars. Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from the theatre district, the vibrant venue offers a seasonal menu, epic cheese selection and extensive wine list. Head in for a pre-show tipple, drop past for a nightcap or follow the stairs down to sister venue Juliet Melbourne after your show. Can't decide? Why not all three?

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 12pm - 1am

Sat - Sun: 3pm - 1am

SPECIAL

Iconic laneway bar Punch Lane has created a bespoke dish for MICF-goers. Flash your valid Festival ticket a show that night to receive a cheesy baked gnocchi with taleggio, 'nduja and autumn greens + your choice of a beer, red or white wine for just $29.

Nothing funny about that!

Seamstress Restaurant & Bar

113 Lonsdale Street
03 9663 6363

Seamstress Restaurant & Bar opened in 2007 in Melbourne's historic Chinatown district. Housed in a 120 year-old former textile factory and one-time Buddhist Monastery, our 50 seater dining room celebrates the merge of traditional pan-asian ingredients with modern kitchen techniques. Conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne’s theatre district, Seamstress is the perfect venue for your pre-show dinner or post-show drinks. Join us for a relaxed evening and we’ll be sure to get you to your show on time. 

Opening Hours 

Mon - Thur: 12pm - 11pm

Fri - Sat: 12pm - 1am

Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct

3 Southgate Ave
03 9686 1000

Southgate is home to over 30 restaurants, bars and on-the-go food outlets. Being in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, our restaurants know a thing or two about pre-show dining, and will be sure to have you at your seat by the time the lights go down.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 10am - Late

SPECIAL

Check back soon to see what exclusive specials will be on offer throughout the Festival.

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

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - Late

Sat - Sun: 8am - Late

 

The Toff

Level 2, Curtain House, 252 Swanston St
03 9639 8770

The Toff is one of Melbourne's most premier live music venues and late-night bars. The cocktail bar and dining room features a unique carriage with private booths, the perfect spot to dine before or after a show. Stage-side is home an eclectic range of local and international artists, live music, comedy, cabaret and theatre performances transforming into an electric late night club.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 5pm - Late

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket for a show that night to take advantage of these two meal offers:

The Toff Comedy Meal for $25 - Taro Dumpling, Papaya Salad & Penang Lamb Curry + 1 Pot of Kokomo Ale / Boomtown Pinot Gris/Riesling / chilled Glou Glou Rouge (Vegetarian options available)

The Toff Comedy Snack for $15 - Popcorn Chicken + 1 Pot of Kokomo Ale / Boomtown Pinot Gris/Riesling / chilled Glou Glou Rouge (Vegetarian options available)

The Victoria Hotel: Vic's Bar & Pool Room

215 Lt Collins St
03 9245 3700

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

Sun - Thurs: 3pm - 11pm 

Fri: 12pm - 1am

Sat: 2pm - 1am

Comedy Festival Extended Happy Hours 

Mon - Sun: 4:30pm - 7:30pm

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket to a show that evening to receive a glass of Jade Estate White / Deakin Cab Sav or pot of Lovedale Lager with every meal purchased.

The Westin Melbourne: Lobby Lounge

205 Collins St
03 9245 3700

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

Mon - Sun: 8am - Late

SPECIAL

Visit the Westin Lobby lounge to sample which Comedian's cocktail gets you all giddy.