Must see entertainment in Melbourne

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    AAMI Park

    Known in AFL-mad Melbourne as the not-round ground, this rectangular pitch is enclosed within a striking honeycombed-bioframe stadium with a capacity of…

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    Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar

    After the Public Bar, a much-loved local institution, closed, Last Chance took over in the same spirit. There's been no spit-and-polish here and it's just…

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    Melbourne Park

    Home to the Australian Open tennis championship, the Melbourne Park precinct has 34 courts, including its centrepiece, Rod Laver Arena, and Melbourne…

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    Taking over from one of Melbourne's most infamous rock 'n' roll bars (called Pony), this new version may be more sanitised, but the good news is it's…

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    Melbourne Arena

    Opening in 2000, this multi-purpose stadium is home to the Melbourne United basketball team ( and the Melbourne Vixens netball…

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    Marvel Stadium

    This easy-to-access Docklands stadium seats around 50,000 people for regular AFL games and the odd one-day cricket match, Rugby Union test and Taylor…

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    Sun Theatre

    Boutique art-deco gloriousness is on offer at this golden-age cinema, with eight individual theatres named after old cinemas from around the western…

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    4D Dynamic Cinema

    This small cinema, smack bang in the middle of the city, uses synchronising chair movements, wind and in some cases a splash of water to add an extra…

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    Rod Laver Arena

    This giant, versatile space with a retractable roof is used for headline international concerts and the Australian Open tennis championship. It's not the…

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    Chunky Move

    This acclaimed contemporary-dance company performs mainly at the Malthouse Theatre. It also runs a variety of contemporary and hip-hop dance classes and…

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    Flemington Racecourse

    Home of the Victoria Racing Club, Flemington has regular horse-racing meets, climaxing with the Spring Racing Carnival (including the Melbourne Cup) from…

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    Evelyn Hotel

    Playing mostly local acts, the Evelyn also pulls the occasional international performer. The Ev doesn’t discriminate by genre: if it’s quality, it gets a…

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    Musica Viva

    Nationwide chamber-music company Musica Viva stages 'Coffee Concerts' five times a year at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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    John Curtin Hotel

    Popular with nearby uni students, the John Curtin is a great pub for a beer; it also hosts a solid line-up of local indie and rock bands upstairs most…

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    Melbourne Opera

    A not-for-profit company that performs classic and light opera in various venues, including the Regent Theatre.

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    Chamber Made Opera

    Founded in 1988, Chamber Made Opera showcases contemporary music and music-based performance art at various venues around the city and state.

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    This early Victorian theatre (completed 1842) stages drama, opera, concerts and comedy. It's also home to Melbourne's oldest library.

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    Opera Australia

    The national opera company performs with some regularity at the Arts Centre.

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    Sells discounted tickets to shows and concerts on the day of performance. Must be bought in person with cash.

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    Comedy Theatre

    Built in 1928, this midsize 1920s Spanish-style venue is dedicated to comic theatre, stand-up and musicals.