Here are a few veggie restaurants with comments….
The Vegie Bar
380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (03) 9417-6935
fun atmosphere, huge meals, reasonable prices, beer
Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant
201-203 Faraday St, Carlton (03) 9347-3848
Fine dining, great service, organic vine.
Moroccan Soup Bar
183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North (03) 9482-4240
no soup for you! Cheep fast, satisfying.
Gopal's Vegetarian Restaurant
139 Swanston St, Melbourne (03) 9650-1578
The Krishna’s are consistent….
The White Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
185 Victoria St, West Melbourne (03) 9326-6040
Simulated meats and cheep prices.
as you may have heard melbourne is home to a vibrant bar scene.....they lurk in the most unusual places. i have gathered a list of some of the best based on input from the dac volunteers and my own vague memories. there should be something for everyone...
see you monday!
83 Smith St, Fitzroy (03) 9486-0999
Corporation La (off Flinders La), Melbourne (03) 9654-9744
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
25 Bennetts La, Melbourne (03) 9663-2856
Botanical Hotel The
169 Domain Rd, South Yarra (03) 9866-1684
nice view of the gardens. no: 8 tram from swanston st
103 Flinders La, Melbourne (03) 9639-8122
creat tunes and live music. ***
138 Commercial Rd, Prahran (03) 9529-2088
commercial road is for men who like men...
149 Commercial Rd, South Yarra (03) 9827-5997
The Croft Institute
Croft Alley, Melbourne
Deco Wine Bar
209 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North (03) 9486-6746
Dizzy's Jazz Bar
90 Swan St, Richmond (03) 9428-1233
55 Elizabeth St, Melbourne (03) 9620-3899
Elou's Stray Kat
19 McKillop St, Melbourne* (03) 9670-0890
9 Drewery La, Melbourne (03) 9654-8000
125 Flinders La, Melbourne (03) 9654-3622
43 Hardware La, Melbourne (03) 9642-1142
50 Johnston St, Fitzroy (03) 9419-7111
Lounge Bar Club Cafe
Flr 1,243 Swanston St, Melbourne (03) 9663-2916
The Melbourne Supper Club Bar
161 Spring St, Melbourne (03) 9654-6300
nice wine list....
3-5 Hosier La, Melbourne (03) 9663-9202
The Night Cat
141 Johnston St, Fitzroy (03) 9417-0090
161 High St, Prahran (03) 9533-8433
Robot Sushi & Bar
12 Bligh Pl, Melbourne (03) 9620-3646
Tony Starr's Kitten Club
Lvl 2,267 Lt Collins St, Melbourne (03) 9650-2448
swinging 30 somethings....(who-ever you are)
106 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne (03) 9663-0221
close to conference, cool ****
245 Gertrude St, Fitzroy (03) 9416-2689
So, you're about to arrive in Melbourne, just before the conference, and am wondering what to do. Well, I'd think about checking out Federation Square, there are plenty of cinemas in the city centre (major commercial ones but also art house). For arthouse I'd check out the Kino (eastern end of Collins St), the Lumiere (Lonsdale St between Russell and Exhibition Streets), or the ACMI screenings (which I think might be free this Sunday afternoon) which are at Fed. Square.
For food, well hard to go wrong as long as you keep away from most of the cafes and restaurants that run down Swanston St. (Good rule, further north up Swanston St, that's closer to RMIT btw), the better the food. Don't bother with anything between Collins and Bourke Sts, once north of Bourke I still wouldn't stop until you've crossed Little Bourke, then you can start looking. There's an asian soup place (Mekong, I think) that is awesome, just ask for the beef or chicken soup, don't bother with the menu.
For breakfast Hairy Canary on Little Collins St, just up from the Town Hall, would be worth a look. Isn't cheap but usually good. There's also the Italian place next to the Town Hall (cnr Swanston and Little Collins) that is OK.
Chinatown runs along Little Bourke from the top of Spring St (the eastern end of the city) down to Swanston St. Hard to go wrong here but local knowledge is useful. Supper Inn (in the delightfully named Celestial Lane) is a perennial favourite. Always full.
Oh, Federation Square now has lots of cafes, haven't been so can't say but reports are excellent food but priced for the visitor or the professional... You'll find heaps of 'what to do in Melbourne' information at the Melbourne visitor centre which is at Fed Square, right on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets. If you cross the Yarra (that's the river just next to Fed Square) you'll find dozens of cafes right along the south bank, it continues for about a kilometre I guess, into the casino precinct which is also full of riverside cafes. Broad range of food and prices, if the weather's good this can be very nice. Usually some good buskers down here on a weekend if you want 30 minutes of circus style entertainment.
Cafe Baloo is the place to do!
I can recommend it 9/10.
I am munching on Baloo food as I do this. We are burning the midnight oil in the DAC office tonight (which looks like a tornado has hit it). We have lots of brown boxes stacked very haphazardly on top of each other. They contain all kinds of goodies that you will get in your conference packs (that's if the satchel thingies arrive from Sydney in time - shit...one more thing to stress about!)
Anyway, I best get back to it. Here are Baloo's details:
258 Russell St, Melbourne (Russell St runs parallel to Swanston where the conference venue is)
Eat in or Take away
Odd menu mixture of Indian Curries & Italian Pasta
I recommend the Dhal & the basmati rice, which is cooked to perfection
Oh yeah, if you have any queries about administrative stuff, I'll do my best to help you out. email@example.com
Things are looking good for next week. See yas all then. Safe travels.
PS. 'Thank wish' to all the volunteers who are doing such good stuff for us.
The MelbourneDAC performance night is falling into place (literally :-) ). It is Tuesday, May 20th, from 9pm at <drumroll>
397 Lt Latrobe St
Bourgie is a new and very typical Melbourne bar. No signage to speak of, down a narrow city back street, local knowledge only.
List of performers available shortly.
17 Market La Melbourne
310 Flinders La, Melbourne
61 Flinders La, Melbourne
126 Lt Collins St, Melbourne
1 Flinders La Melbourne
35 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne
161 Spring St, Melbourne
ezard at adelphi
187 Flinders La, Melbourne
17 Market La, Melbourne
Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar
168-170 Lt Collins St, Melbourne
27 George Pde, Melbourne
Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant
201-203 Faraday St, Carlton
Walter's Wine Bar
Shop Ur1, Southgate, Southbank
11-25 Crossley St Melbourne
if you can get past the pop up menus/ visit citysearch to find specific information about Melbourne events, food, bars etc…
Melbourne prides itself on great coffee.
Druids, Cite Espresso and Caffeine are all on Swanston St close to Storey Hall.
What does all that mean? Well, Storey Hall is where the conference is being held, it is part of RMIT. Swanston St is where you'll find Storey Hall, and when you step outside of Storey Hall then the road right in front of you is, you guessed it, Swanston Street. Now, directly over the road, right next door to the Hungry Jacks, is Cite Espresso. Good coffee, better cakes and puddings, wonderful traditional pizza. Caffeine is sort of part of the Storey Hall complex, just walk along Swanston Street to the north (that's to the right if you have your back to Storey Hall) and it's about 20 metres away. Druids is over the road, about 50 metres to the north. Dark, busy, make more latte's an hour than probably anywhere else in Melbourne. Go here for fast strong coffee, but not the food. (Anyway most of your stuff is catered during the day anyway...)
Izakaya Chuji is at 165 Lonsdale St, in the city. This is 5 minutes from RMIT (the conference) and is open every day except Sunday. Cheap Japanese food, middle quality but for the price excellent.
RUE BEBELONS: 267 Little Lonsdale St (just off Swanston St), Melbourne.
Enjoy: musica latino; smoking inside; cheap tasty coffee and wine-
Open: mon-fri 8am-3am, sat 11am-3am, sun 2pm-8pm
SAHARA: Upstairs, 301 Swanston St, Melbourne.
Enjoy: fresh produce from the Queen Victoria Markets turned into tasty sandwiches and bagels; bread and dips; tim tams with your coffee; imported beers; eclectic record collection from jackson 5 to yo yo ma-
Open: lunch til late