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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

Open from lunch ‘til late, The George has a rare kind of magic – the ability to adapt to different crowds, moods and moments.

Opening Hours

Open for lunch: Thursdays & Fridays 
Open for dinner: Wednesday – Saturday every week 

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, Garden State is here to water and feed your every need.

Opening Hours

Lunch: Friday and Saturday from 12pm
Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm

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

Espy Outdoor is open for lunch Friday to Sunday from 12pm, and dinner Monday to Sunday from 3pm.
Mya Tiger (level 1) is open for lunch Friday to Sunday from 12pm, and dinner Monday to Sunday from 3pm

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 comedians and musicians on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Opening Hours

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

The Westin Melbourne: Lobby Lounge

205 Collin 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.

High Tea

Unwind for the afternoon with friends or family and revel in a delicate selection of sweet and savoury treats. Indulge in the sophisticated surrounds of the Lobby Lounge or enjoy as takeaway in the comfort of your home.

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Thursday from 7.00am to 9.00pm
Friday & Saturday from 7.00am to 10.00pm
Sunday from 8.00am - 4.00pm

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.

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


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 – Sunday: 8am – 9pm

Cabinet Bar & Balcony

11 Rainbow Alley
03 9654 0915

Tucked behind Little Collins Street, next to Melbourne Town Hall, this welcoming laneway space is reminicient of a soft lit Parisian night spot, decorated with a blend of European furnishings and retro-chic decor.

It is the perfect venue for a quick meet up, a meal before a show or a cruisy Sunday session. You can watch the sun go down and the passers below on Swanston Street, while you enjoy cocktails, wines from the carefully chosen list or a delicious meal.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday 4pm – 11pm
Saturday 2pm – 11pm


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

Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm til late

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

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 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: 12 - 2:30pm Friday - Sunday

Dinner: 4pm till late 7 days

The Duke of Wellington

146 Flinders St

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

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

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

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

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


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: Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5.30pm - Close

Pepe's Italian

275 Exhibition St
03 9663 7994

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



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

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 dinner or drinks drinks.

Opening Hours 

Monday - Wednesday: 5pm - 11pm
Thursday: 5pm - 1am
Friday: 4pm - 1am
Saturday: 5pm - 1am

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: Fri - 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Thu - Sat - 6pm-10pm


Level 1, 200 Bourke St

Pinchy’s seafood restaurant and champagne bar is a seaside oasis in the heart of Melbourne. Inviting our guests to experience typically indulgent delectables such as lobster rolls, Champagne and Chablis, we seek to make the finer flavours in life more accessible, encouraging our guests to enjoy shared dishes in a casual style.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling Bourke Street, Pinchy’s boasts one of Melbourne’s favourite balcony bar destinations, with an insta-worthy interior to boot. So if seafood and champagne, cocktails or chablis tickles your fancy, you know where to find us.

Opening Hours

Thu: 6pmM - 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm - late
Sun: 12pm - 4.30pm

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

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

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

Fri & Sat: 6pm - Late