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Drinking & Dining

Feeling a little peckish, or fancy a 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.

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

The George on Collins is a New York-style basement restaurant and bar located in the historic Georges building on Collins St. It reinterprets the best of old-fashioned hospitality, within a beautiful contemporary setting. The George has a rare kind of magic – the ability to adapt to different crowds, moods and moments.

The George on Collins has partnered up with Masterchef Khanh Ong to create a delicious range of quality Southeast Asian-inspired dishes, with a modern twist. Pair any of the dishes with one of the yummy cocktails on offer and you will be left very satisfied.

Opening Hours

Open for lunch and dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 

SPECIAL

Show your festival ticket to book a special Melbourne International Comedy Festival dinner banquet for $55 per person.
Dinner banquet includes a South Australian oyster; one of our hero dishes, shrimp dumplings with ginger, Sichuan oil and prickly ash; a shredded poached chicken salad; pork belly with apple slaw and sticky sauce; and wok tossed greens and rice.

Garden State Hotel

101 Flinders Ln
03 8396 5777

Set in the heart of Flinders Lane, Garden State Hotel is a sprawling four-level venue where outside becomes in and new experiences begin. From tried and true pub classics on offer in our public bar, to spectacular produce-driven dishes in our Garden Grill, local craft brews & curated cocktails –all your food & beverage needs are covered!

Opening Hours

 Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday from 12pm

SPECIAL

Book a table at Garden State Hotel during Melbourne Comedy Festival, show your ticket and receive a complimentary glass of house wine, pot of selected tap beer or a soft drink

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 dinner or a drink.

Opening Hours

Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday from 12pm

Transit Bar

Level 2, Transport Hotel, Federation Square
03 9923 2058

Right in the vibrant hub of Melbourne’s CBD at Federation Square, Transport Hotel is a launching pad for a truly Melbourne day or night out. Catch a game on the big screens, listen to some of Melbourne’s best live music or enjoy the view from our spectacular rooftop bar, Transit.

Opening Hours

Bookings available Thursday & Fridays from 3pm, Saturday & Sundays from 12pm.

SPECIAL

Choose any burger, served with chips, and a house beverage all for $25. Available on the rooftop at Transit Bar or in the public bar. 

Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct

3 Southgate Ave
03 9686 1000

Southgate is a vibrant restaurant, shopping and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Yarra River, directly opposite Flinders Street Station. With a diverse mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, it’s the perfect destination for a pre-show meal or post-show dessert.

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 10am - Late

SPECIAL

If you’re keen to offer a joke for a drink or sit down to a great value meal deal – this is the place for you. Check out all the special offers available on our website. 

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

Monday – Thursday: 7am – 10pm
Friday: 7am – 11pm
Saturday: 8am – 11pm
Sunday: 8am – 9pm

SPECIAL

30% off any bottle of wine with every purchase of a taglieri from the bar menu

Beer DeLuxe

Federation Square, Flinders St
03 9810 0093

Beer DeLuxe boasts Melbourne’s best beer food, tempting mains, interesting wines, stunning cocktails, and a craft beer list that has been lauded as the best in Australia by the experts at ‘Beer & Brewer’ magazine.

Monday - Thursday 12pm-10pm
Friday - Saturday 12pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm

SPECIAL

Show your ticket to receive 20% off your bill

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

Mondays & Tuesdays: 4pm til late
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm til late

SPECIAL

Exclusive Banquet & Bevvy combo for ticket holders, boasting a special dinner menu matched with a glass of wine or a pint of beer for $50 a pop!

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

Sunday - Thursday: 12pm - 9pm

Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 12am

SPECIAL

Show your ticket to receive 20% off your bill

Daughter In Law

37 Little Bourke St
03 9242 0814

Unauthentic Australian Indian in a fun a playful environment.
Cocktails, wine and good times.

Opening Hours

Lunch: 12 - 2:30pm Friday - Sunday

Dinner: 4pm till late 7 days

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 to catch up with friends over dinner and drinks or check out our rooftop bar.

Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 9pm
Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

SPECIAL

Show your ticket to receive 20% off your bill

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. A curated list of local wines, spirits and beers. Plenty of room, plenty of light, plenty of vibe. All smack bang in the middle of Bourke St.

Opening Hours

Wed - Thur: 5pm - 11pm
Fri: 5pm - 1am
Sat-Sun: 12pm - 1am

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket on the night to receive 2-for-1 special Comedy Festival Cocktail "The Applause": Gin, fresh citrus and Aperol, so you can buy yourself & your pals a round of applause. 

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

Wed - Thu: 5am - 11am
Fri: 5pm - 1am
Sat - Sun: 12pm - 1am

SPECIAL

Show your valid Festival ticket on the night to receive 2-for-1 special Comedy Festival Cocktail "The Applause": Gin, fresh citrus and Aperol, so you can buy yourself & your pals a round of applause. 

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: 12pm - Late

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.

Opening Hours

Wed - Sat: 5pm - Late

SPECIAL

Show your ticket for a Comedy Festival event you are attending on the same night and you’ll receive our free Comedy cocktail and canapé

Mister Munro

215 Little Collins Street
03 9669 0026

Mister Munro is a beautiful Art Deco-inspired foodie destination. This Modern Australian restaurant is located in the heart of the bustling CBD, on Little Collins Street – the ideal location for afterwork catch ups, an intimate date night or pre-theatre dinner with friends. Vibrant and fun Mister Munro reflects all there is to love about cosmopolitan Melbourne. Sophisticated yet welcoming to all.

Thursday to Monday 7am -10:30am, and 5pm - late

Pepe's Italian

275 Exhibition St
0396637994

Pepe's Italian & Liquor is an American-Italian restaurant located in the theatre district of Melbourne's CBD. Pepe's pays homage to the essence of the great restaurants of the mid-20th century New York and Melbourne, with luxe interiors, cathedral ceilings and feature mural by Belgian illustrator Jan Van Der Veken. Serving signature dishes like our spicy vodka rigatoni and veal parmigiana alongside classic aperatifs and martinis, Pepe's takes you back to the golden age of theatrical dining up with a distincly modern twist.

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: Noon - Late
Sat - Sun: 3pm - Late

 

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 tipple, a nightcap or follow the stairs down to sister venue Juliet Melbourne. Can't decide? Why not all three?

Opening Hours

Tue - Sat: Open from 3pm

SPECIAL

Ticket holders who spend $30 will receive a drink on us from a constantly rotating drinks menu. 

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

Every day: 5pm - Late

SPECIAL

Exclusive Banquet & Bevvy combo for ticket holders, boasting a special dinner menu matched with a glass of wine or a pint of beer for $50 a pop!

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.

After a total renovation, Vic's Bar is back, reinvigorated and better than ever! Located on the mezzanine level of The Victoria Hotel – it’s the perfect location for both guests in house, as well as locals.

Vic's Bar offers somewhere to catch up for a quiet drink, watch the game with your mates, enjoy a meal or just play a game of pool or two.

Opening Hours

Thursday to Saturday from 2pm until late

The Westin Melbourne: Lobby Lounge

205 Collins St
03 9245 3700

For casual dining, the Lobby Lounge serves up bar snacks and light meals in an elegant city setting. In the evenings, the bar comes to life with a menu of creative cuisine and specially crafted cocktails on offer.

The Lobby Lounge offers a specially crafted menu of Comedy Cocktails inspired by some of the world's funniest talent - guaranteed to put a smile on your dial. Take a seat in one of the luxurious club chairs and savour every sip or choose from the menu of light meals and bar bites before or after a show.

Monday - Sunday from 8am until late

SPECIAL

Comedy Cocktails for just $15 upon presentation of a 2021 show ticket (normally $20 each).