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Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 5:40pm

Builder’s Arms Hotel is housed in one of Gertrude Street’s most distinct corner blocks.

 

Two dining areas provide an a la carte menu, counter meals and a degustation experience in the formal dining room, Moon Under Water. It’s a delightfully refined yet relaxed atmosphere that reflects the area’s sophisticated but far-from-dicky attitude towards good food. In fact a word, I just...

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 5:40pm

The Lincoln in Carlton stands on a corner block, as did most pubs back in 1854. It served beer then as it serves it now but with a bit more pizazz.

 

It’s still a pub, but not as you’d traditionally know one: there’s no sticky carpet and no seedy old mate who hasn’t gotten out of his seat for 17 years. The reinvigorated Lincoln doesn’t look all that different from its original...

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 5:37pm

In 1928, US President Herbert Hoover described prohibition as “a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.”

 

Prohibition failed miserably due to the not-so-subtle rise of the speakeasy, and this era is largely where one of Melbourne’s best cocktail bars gets its name. The Noble Experiment in located in the heart of Smith Street. Owners...

Posted 27 Feb 2015 @ 3:48pm

Melbourne is set to get a brand-new video game bar.

 

Located on Flinders Lane, Bartronica offers an extensive arcade collection, featuring old-school favourites such as Sonic and Mario Kart.

Posted 27 Feb 2015 @ 12:04pm

A new laneway festival – Melbourne Art Restaurant Cocktail Sound (MARCS) – is set to take over AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place.

 

The festival will be held in March, as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and will feature hawker-style street food, street artists and live music. Food will be served by Papa Goose, Pastuso, Terra Rossa and The...

Posted 26 Feb 2015 @ 10:23am

Some of Melbourne’s best restaurants are popping up at Seaworks along with some local Williamstown favourites and the latest in gourmet vendors. 

 

Pier to Plate is a unique food event to delight the palate, enrich the senses and offer something to suit all tastes and budgets. Seaworks is working with Seafood Industry Victoria to deliver a pier to plate experience. Fresh fish...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:18pm

Next door to this well-known pub on Sydney Road is the Post Office Hotel’s restaurant space, the Dining Hall. 

 

The Dining Hall has a distinct mess hall-type feel, but it’s nonetheless laid-back, fun and atmospheric, with the Pub neighbouring serving up incredible burgers with house-made buns and pickles. The large space is refined, but definitely not stuffy, fitting in...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:17pm

“You’re not thinking clearly, not of us are. We need bread.” No truer words have been spoken about carbs than these uttered by George Bluth, basically telling everybody to fuck Atkins.  

 

Sauced Pasta Bar is also here to debunk the myth that pasta and carbs are the enemy. Owner Sylvan Spatarel has a background in health and fitness: the reality is carbs are essential for a...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:15pm

Who is this Penny Black? What’s her deal? Research (read: one Google search and a Wikipedia page later) tells us she wasn’t a real person, but the name given to the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in the public postal system. 

 

What has this got to do with beer and food then? You’d be surprised, plus we’re sure you enjoyed the random bit of trivia. It is, in fact, a...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:15pm

While last year’s dessert trends revolved around the doughnut, 2015 is definitely the year of the scroll. If cafés were to be embodied as cartoon characters from your childhood, Eat A Scroll would definitely be Cheer Bear, this place will just make you happy. 

 

Eat A Scroll launched last year as a pop up shop and remains Melbourne’s only dedicated scroll shop and café until they...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:11pm

The Tramway Hotel has been locals’ favourite for yonks, but since the new owners Andrew ‘Pugs’ Lyngcoln and Janelle Magee took over six months ago, there’s absolutely no reason why folks shouldn’t travel far and wide to enjoy their new menu of totally mouthwatering street food. 

 

Head Chefs Kyle Curran and Mathew Zolli still have burgers (for which The Tramway is kinda famous),...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:10pm

There’s a lot of ‘same same’ in Victoria Street – same, sad-looking vegetables, same restaurants, same barbequed ducks (they’re just sleeping…upside down…and inside out) in the window. 

 

Shizuku Ramen, however, is different. Named after the Japanese word for ‘droplets’, Shizuku prides itself on honoring ramen-making as a day-long process; every drop counts. They like to call it...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:07pm

"We live in an era of violent changes, of accelerated development, in which settled forms are breaking under life’s pressure," said Witold Gombrowicz of his 1937 novel, Ferdydurke. 

 

This novel explored the problems of immaturity and youth, the creation of identity in interactions with others, and dealt with ironic, critical examination of class roles in society and culture. It...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:05pm

You wouldn’t think The Exchange Tower, located in the heart of Melbourne’s business and legal district, would house a breakfast and lunch spot worth going to, but don’t let the polished, corporate appearance of this building fool you; what you’ll find inside is far from your run-of-the-mill, pre-packaged affair you’d normally expect.

 

It’s a rewarding search albeit preceded by...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 5:00pm

Grumpy’s is tucked away in that grey area of Smith Street where gentrification has taken hold exactly the right amount. 

 

The interior decoration is tasteful, fun and a little bit quirky, and there’s a pretty little deck out the back to enjoy a cold brew in the warm sun. The lighting is nice, the staff are friendly but unobtrusive and in many ways it would be the perfect place...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 4:59pm

In 2010, Lounge reinvented itself after a long history of being a university hangout. 

 

With an impressive rebranding campaign came the addition of Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen in 2013 that’s helped turn Lounge into a Mecca for those in search of comfort food in the middle of the CBD. The balcony overlooks busy Swanston Street, with cocktails ready for enjoyment in the shade....

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 4:55pm

Mesa Verde’s owner loves Spaghetti Westerns. A film that particularly resonates with him is Sergio Leone’s 1971 flick Duck, You Sucker!, also known as Fistful of Dynamite. 

 

Set during the Mexican Revolution, the film features a lone soldier of fortune with a love for TNT who becomes involved with a rebellious group who tries to rob a bank in a town called Mesa Verde. When a bar...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 4:54pm

In a few words, at Belleville: “sharing is caring.” Finders & Reverse Archaeologists, the Office of Public Works (The B.East, Ferdydurke, Section 8), in association with Catherine Duggan in 2013 opened the door to strange histories: from chief magistrates charged with bigamy, to a pub, an animal hospital and lost magician mysteries.

 

The hero of Belleville’s menu is their...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 4:51pm

It seems everyone in Melbourne knows someone who works or used to work at The Grace Darling.

 

It’s amazing how it brings people together and there’s a definite and undying fondness among people of all ages, Melburnians and tourists alike. This bluestone beauty is a pub as charming and sweet as its name would suggest, but with just a tinsy splash of that typical Collingwood grit...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 4:48pm

While the Carlton end of Lygon Street focuses solely on Italian (for the most part undoubtedly touristy Italian at that), the East Brunswick end is a hodgepodge of just about everything.

 

Rather than trying to capitalise on a menu with too much variety, The B.East has one purpose: to be the burger overlords of the strip. They’ve well and truly achieved this since they opened in...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 2:07pm

As of last year, Melbourne was ranked the world’s sixth most expensive city, according to The Economist. It’s not surprising then, that going out for dinner can sometimes be a headache, especially when you’re short on the monies. It’s a tough one. You want to impress your date, but a cheap and potentially questionable meal at a shitty dumpling house where the food comes out a little too...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 7:56am

This is pretty exciting. First debuted in July 2011, Beat Eats began as a monthly section within the pages of Beat Magazine. Three years on, the team at Beat decided our food section deserved to be its own, separate entity. 

 

It’s been a frantic few months of designing, writing, photographing and tasting (how awful, right?), but we’re absolutely thrilled with the results and we...

Posted 20 Feb 2015 @ 12:31pm

Finger lickin' rotisserie chicken is just around the corner. 

 

The Office of Public Works crew, who brought you The B.east, Ferdydurke and Section 8 now bring you Belleville; and with it, chicken in all her succulent glory to the CBD. Chef Jarrod Moore (B.east)’s primary focus on the menu is quarter, half and whole free-range, oh-so-juicy rotisserie chickens, which they like to...

Posted 19 Feb 2015 @ 3:06pm

Now in its third year, the internationally-renowned Carnivores Ball unites meatlovers once again.

 

Four courses will feature input from Austin Pitmaster Evan LeRoy of Freedmen’s BBQ, Peter Bouchier butchers, George Tomlin (The Town Mouse), Flinders Island Lamb, Bluebonnet BBQ, Certified Australian Angus Beef and an incredible sweet finish from Gelato Messina. Set in the Ormond...

Posted 18 Feb 2015 @ 4:47pm

Fitzroy's newest meatball joint is popping up at The South Melbourne Market from Wednesday February 18 for two weeks.

 

The menu will be built around local, organic and free range produce. Meatballs & Sons will feature three different dishes each week, expect to see crowd favourites like their hot and crusty pork belly rolls, Thai chilli chicken meatball wraps and Greek lamb...

Posted 18 Feb 2015 @ 2:29pm

New Gods, Some Blonde DJ and Castlecomer will be making up the day's entertainment. 

 

Around 5,000 people will get the chance to hurl over 300,000 roma tomatoes at their opponents. There'll also be delicious food, drinks and a costume contest held prior to battle kick off. All tomatoes used in the battle will be items previously marked for disposal.

Posted 17 Feb 2015 @ 12:45pm

Shadowfax Wines in Werribee Park is set to be transformed when the inaugural I'm New Here event takes place next month.

 

I’m New Here will host a superb range of dishes including wood fired pizzas, pork sliders with slaw, salt and pepper calamari and many more, using the best and fresh ingredients from the season.
 
“This event, staged amongst the splendour of the...

Posted 16 Feb 2015 @ 4:17pm

Now in its fourth year, MICE celebrates the lifeblood of Melbourne. 

 

The event regularly welcomes more than 100 exhibitors, including an exciting list of coffee roasters, green bean traders, machine manufacturers and distributors, complimentary equipment providers, coffee educators, and more. 
 
Visitors will engage with exhibitors in free workshops at various...

Posted 12 Feb 2015 @ 4:26pm

Northcote welcomes a new pizza place. 

 

Lievita specialises in pizza, Roman street food-style, i.e. pizza baked in rectangular trays and sold by weight. The process of ordering is simple: choose your pizza, decide how hungry you are, decide how much you want and off you go. The 72-hour rising time of the dough means the pizza 'al taglio' is lighter and healthier.    

Posted 12 Feb 2015 @ 4:07pm

Meatopia returns for another year, this time at The Deck at The Prince.

 

Now in its fourth year, the Great Southern Beef and Lamb Meat Feud is all about devouring some of the juiciest and most delicious meats there are. For six hours, attendees will get to scoff and score dishes from Meatball & Wine Bar, Fancy Hanks BBQ, Newmarket Hotel, Middle Park Hotel, Peter Bouchier...

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