Must see entertainment in Melbourne

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    Esplanade Hotel

    You could spend all day going from room to room now that the beloved 'Espy' is back, after a $15 million renovation. Antiques complement its Victorian…

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    Moonlight Cinema

    Melbourne's original outdoor cinema hits the Royal Botanic Gardens from the end of November through March, screening current releases and retro classics…

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    The Tote

    One of Melbourne's most iconic live-music venues, this divey pub has been hosting a roster of local and international punk, heavy metal and hardcore bands…

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    Palais Theatre

    Rising gracefully beside Luna Park, the art deco Palais (c 1927) is a St Kilda icon, with everyone from the Rolling Stones and Rufus Wainwright to the…

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    This 1936 art deco darling has had more ups and downs than a fading Hollywood star. Saved from permanent closure, it's one of Melbourne's best-loved…

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    At the back of a car park near the train tracks is not usually a great spot to hang out, but here you'll find a street-art-covered warehouse facade…

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    Red Stitch Actors Theatre

    Featuring a company of top-drawer talent, Red Stitch is one of Australia's most respected actors' ensembles, staging new international works that are…

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    Prince Bandroom

    The Prince is a legendary St Kilda venue, with a solid line-up of local and international acts spanning hip-hop, dance, rock and indie. It's been going…

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    Australian Ballet

    More than 50 years old, Melbourne-based Australian Ballet performs traditional and new works in the Arts Centre and around the country. Take an hour-long…

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    Wheeler Centre

    Set up by Lonely Planet founders Maureen and Tony Wheeler to showcase 'books, writing and ideas', this centre has become an important part of the city's…

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    Melbourne Recital Centre

    This building may look like a framed piece of giant honeycomb, but it’s actually home (or hive?) to the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (, with…

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    Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    The MSO has a broad reach: while not afraid to be populist (it's done sell-out performances with Burt Bacharach and Kiss), it usually performs classical…

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    In 2019 Melbourne's most legendary live-rock bar had to vacate its divey AC/DC Lane basement, ending up a few blocks away in this heritage-listed 19th…

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    Melba Spiegeltent

    Located onsite at Circus Oz's headquarters, this spiegeltent was built in Belgium in 1910. It's been here since 2006, when it was renamed after Aussie…

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    Comic’s Lounge

    There's stand-up featuring Melbourne’s best-known funny people most nights of the week here. If you like to live dangerously, Tuesday's when professional…

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    One of the city’s most atmospheric live-music venues, the Forum does double duty as a cinema during the Melbourne International Film Festival. The…

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    The band room here is one of Melbourne’s most popular midsize venues. It's seen plenty of action over the years, from Dinosaur Jr to the Buzzcocks. If…

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    Melbourne Theatre Company

    Founded in 1953, MTC is the oldest professional theatre company in Australia. It stages up to a dozen productions each year, ranging from contemporary …

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    Cinema Nova

    See the latest in art-house, docos and foreign films at this cinema, a locals' favourite. Cheap Monday screenings ($7/10 before/after 4pm).

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    Butterfly Club

    Down a typical Melbourne laneway, this eccentric little cabaret club stages acts from drag and improvised comedy to Glee singalongs and theatre. The rooms…