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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 or download a menu of all partners and offers.

The George On Collins

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

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD in the heritage Georges Building, you will experience a fun, upmarket dining environment while you share plates from The George on Collins modern Southeast Asian influenced cuisine.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm - late
Open Sunday 2nd April: 12pm - 10pm (closed all other Sundays)

Perfect for

Pre or post-show cocktails accompanied with a delectable South-East Asian inspired meal.

Download their special Melbourne International Comedy Festival menu.

Brunetti Oro

250 Flinders Ln
03 9347 2801

Brunetti Oro Flinders Lane is a Melbourne dining icon. A feast for the senses, Brunetti Oro is a destination for tempting cakes and pastries complemented by a signature blend of coffee and a wide selection of savoury options including panini, pizza and hand made pasta.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 7am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 7am – late
Sunday: 8am – 9pm

Perfect for

A pre or post show pizza and wine!


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

A large bustling venue that is part bar, part restaurant, part shrine to nostalgia far passed collectively under one roof. Let the aromas from the Thai kitchen harken you to the streets of Bangkok or traversely enjoy a vino, stein or cocktail in the Beerhall.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

Express service from the kitchen to get you in and out in time for the show, walk ins welcome.

Lord Lygon

66 Lygon Street

Named after the legendary bon vivant, Lord Lygon Wine Shop packs a bucket list of wines with top grapes from Australia and beyond. Mix and match small bites for maximum pleasure or choose the charcuterie pairing. The toughest thing you will have to endure is where to start on the 300+ wine selection.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Thursday: 4pm - 10pm

Friday to Saturday: 3pm - 10pm

Perfect for

A glass of wine and a delicious bite before or after your show at Trades Hall

The Crafty Squire

127 Russell St
03 9810 0064

Enjoy hand-crafted beers from pale ales to pilsners, along with classic pub fare, wines & cocktails at the Crafty Squire. Stop by for a quick bite & beer in their Craft & Brew bars on the ground floor. For something more formal, head up to Crafty Kitchen restaurant on level one.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

Pre or post show cocktails and wine.


Fed Square
03 9245 3700

A day to night eatery and bar, located within ACMI at Federation Square.  Our menu is design by Karen Martini.

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Thursday: 12pm - 10pm

Friday to Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

Perfect for

Delicious antipasti and cocktails

Robata Japanese Grill

2 Exhibition St, Melbourne
03 9989 3575

A little trip to Japan in the heart of Melbourne serving up inspired and delicious Japanese cuisine.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

Robata's Quick Bites menu is a perfect pre-show dinner, enjoy this tasty selection of dishes and complimentary drink designed to have you fed and out the door in one hour.

Mister Munro

215 Little Collins Street
03 9669 0026

A quintessentially Melbourne restaurant, MISTER MUNRO, is located in the heart of the bustling CBD on Little Collins Street. As hosts of many shows during this year’s Comedy Fest, we are the ideal location for your pre-theatre dinner. 

Opening Hours

Breakfast - Monday to Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am; Saturday & Sunday: 7am - 11am

Dinner - Tuesday to Thursday: 3pm - 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 12pm - 10pm

Perfect for

Dinner next door to The Victoria Hotel

Yassas, The Greek Way

Mid Level Southgate, 3 Southgate Avenue
03 9690 6205

We are traditional Greek street food with a Melbourne twist, your experience begins the moment you step into our restaurant.

Opening Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30am - 9pm

Friday to Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm

Perfect for

An ideal option for a delicious meal before or after the show.

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

23 Oliver Ln
03 9639 5777

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar is an eclectic Asian eating and drinking space designed to cater for people wanting Asian sharing tastes with cool drinks in a buzzing, stylish and fun street food environment. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

Delicious share plates and great vibes

Ombra Salumi Bar

76 Bourke Street
03 9639 1927

Ombra is the Grossi family’s salumi and cicchetti bar, based on the ideals of preservation. This preservation refers to produce, as well as lifestyle and culture by using techniques that, for centuries, have prolonged nature’s bounty through processes like drying, smoking, salting, fermenting, pickling and candying. 

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Friday: 5pm - 11pm

Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Perfect for

Pizza, share menus and wine

Mejico Tequila Bar and Restaurant

1 Pink Alley
03 9671 4376

A fun and vibrant Mexican restaurant, brimming with tequila, mezcal and the freshest ingredients

Opening Hours

Breakfast - Monday to Friday: 7am - 11am

Lunch & Dinner - Monday to Saturday 12pm - late

Perfect for

Delicious modern Mexican cuisine

The Duke of Wellington

146 Flinders St
03 9810 0066

Established in 1853, The Duke of Wellington is Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub. Hit the public bar on ground floor for a quick beer & bite before the show, or for something a little more formal, book a spot in the dining hall or wine bar on level one.

Opening Hours

Ground Floor; Monday to Sunday: 11am - late

Level One; Tuesday to Thursday: 11am - 9:30pm 

Friday & Saturday: 12pm - late

Rooftop; Monday to Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

Pre or post show at the Duke’s pop-up Negroni bar, located on their popular rooftop.


86a Collins Street
03 9671 4376

Indu is an immersive, sensory experience, showcasing modern Sri Lankan and South Indian flavours in a dimly-lit, cosy setting.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

A taste of Southern Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine in the heart of the city.


44 Little Bourke Street
03 9653 1600

Longsong bar is a sensory experience for the sophisticated sipper, the social drinker and the mixology aficionado. Our menu pays homage to Longrain's Thai fare but in a bar setting, each dish cooked over live flames and hot coals. Longsong bar is located upstairs from Longrain.

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Thursday: 5pm - late

Friday: 4pm - late

Saturday: 5pm - late

Perfect for

Cocktails you won't find anywhere else inspired by Thai flavours

Juliet Bar

Basement/37 - 41 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
03 9245 3700

They are all about championing arts and culture at Juliet, reflected in the decor, food, drink and music choices. Juliet celebrates the past with the art deco interior and choice of music stylings, while looking to the future with a female focused wine, beer and spirits lists.

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Thursday: 5:30pm - late

Friday to Saturday: 5pm - late

Perfect for

Beer, wine and spirits surrounded by a relaxed artistic decor.

Punch Lane

43 Little Bourke St
03 9639 4944

Punch Lane is a cosy and inclusive Wine Bar and restaurant, which prides itself on serving delicious food  and mouth-watering cheeses, all matched with exceptional wine and service.

Opening Hours

Tuesday: 3pm - late

Wednesday to Friday: 12pm - late

Saturday: 3pm - late

Perfect for

Good food, exceptional wine, and a great time.

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. Enjoy a beer in the Public Bar, a bite in the lush Beer Garden, a cocktail in the Rose Garden or transport yourself to Italy with Tippy-Tay.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

A relaxed pre-show drink and snack in a sprawling tiered Beer Garden.

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 pre-show dinner and drinks or post-show sweet treat and nightcap.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - late

Perfect for

Shopping, food and entertainment.


87 Flinders Ln

Adventure awaits…  Enjoy a night out with good company, shared pizzas and quality drinks. If you’re after adventure in true Melbourne style, step through the wardrobe to discover our hidden cellar bar. Here we invite you to settle in and appreciate a well-mixed drink or two.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 4pm - late

Friday to Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

Pre or post show pizza, cocktails and good company. 

The Westin Lobby Lounge

205 Collins St
03 9245 3700

Join us in the Lobby Lounge for 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. For those running into a show at The Westin, there is also the quick-service LOL Bar with a range of wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10am - late

Perfect for

Light meals and bar bites before or after a show.

Cabinet Bar & Balcony

11 Rainbow Alley
03 9654 0915

A stones throw from Melbourne Town Hall, Cabinet Bar has everything you need for a pre or post show drink and dine. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere indoors or our balcony among the trees of Swanston Street.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Thursday: 4pm - late 

Friday: 12pm - late

Saturday to Sunday: 2pm - late 

Perfect for

Your post-show cocktails, drinks and debriefs!

Commune Wine Southbank

Upper-Level Southgate, 3 Southgate Avenue
03 9279 6440

Commune Wine is a wine bar located in the Southgate building. We encourage you to explore their retail wine wall, and perhaps take a bottle with you, too. The main dining room is ideal to settle in and relax, offering full ‘a la carte’ so you can sit back & enjoy.

Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday: 4pm - late.

Friday: 12pm - late.

Perfect for

A glass of wine and snack pre + post show

Transit Rooftop

Level 2, Transport Hotel, Federation Square
03 9923 2058

Stop by Transit Rooftop on your way to the show for fabulous cocktails, delicious food and spectacular views on our warm heated terrace. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 3pm - 11pm

Friday: 3pm - late

Saturday & Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

Spectacular views, food and drinks.

The Barre

Theatres Building, Level 6, 100 St Kilda Rd
03 9281 8317

The Barre occupies a sleek space, wrapping around the side of the ground level of the iconic Theatres Building. Find a seasonal, modern Australian menu designed to bring out the best of local produce. Accompany your meal with a choice from the extensive drinks list or enjoy a range of premium alcohol-free drinks.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 4pm - late

Perfect for

An intimate, modern atmosphere with food and drinks to match.

Transport Public Bar

Ground Floor, Transport Hotel, Federation Square
(03) 9654 8808

Right in the vibrant hub of Melbourne’s CBD, Transport Public Bar is a launching pad for a truly Melbourne day or night out. Enjoy a pub classic overlooking the Yarra river, Federation Square and Flinders Street.

Opening Hours 

Monday to Sunday: 12pm - late

Perfect for

A burger, served with chips, and a beverage on the rooftop at Transit Bar or in the public bar. 

The Toff In Town

Lvl 2 Curtain House 252 Swanston St Melbourne 3000 Australia

Featuring two distinct spaces, with Carriage-Side offering a cocktail bar and intimate dining, and Stage-Side, where you can catch a Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. The menu boasts award-winning Thai cuisine along with a tipple to match. 

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm - late

Perfect for

A drink in the Carriage side before your show Stage side!


The Basement, 195 Little Collins St
03 9078 7747

Meatmaiden is one hell of a steakhouse. Bringing you the best premium bbq and grill in Melbourne, our large and energetic basement restaurant and bar and down-to-earth staff make us the perfect CBD venue for an indulgent dinner or some snacks and drinks before or after your show 

Opening Hours

Lunch - Wednesday to Friday: 12pm - 2:30pm

Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm - late


Perfect for

Premium BBQ using select cuts and delectable sides

Taxi Kitchen

Transport Hotel, Federation Square
9654 8808

Set high above the city streets & boasting some of the best views of Melbourne’s skyline & the Yarra River, Taxi Kitchen is the ultimate in service and style. Focusing on sustainable, locally sourced produce, Executive Chef Tony Twitchett delivers a modern Australian menu with a distinct Asian influence.

Opening hours

Wednesday: 5pm - late

Thursday to Saturday: 12pm - 3pm; 5pm - late

Sunday: 12pm - 3pm

Perfect for

Delicious, modern cuisine to share.

Bar Clara

87 Little Bourke Street

Bar Clara specialises in seasonal cocktails and a warm welcome. Our intimate basement location is perfect for date night, pre-show drinks, and after work cocktails. Our bartenders actually like people and the green velvet couches and chilled beats will ensure you are comfortably settled and ready to explore!

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 5pm - late

Perfect for

A specialty cocktail, pre or post show.