Melbourne’s Top 5 Spots for Mates Dates

Who doesn’t love their mates? Here’s five places to show ‘em a great time in Melbourne!

Where to Eat

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Friends of Mine


If you and your gal pals love a fancy breakfast, you’re in for a taste of the high life at Friends of Mine, because this gorgeously rustic little eatery has everything. And we mean everything. They’ve got all-day breakfast (possibly man’s greatest invention ever), high tea, champagne breakfast… Simply bring your friends and they’ll do the rest! Find out more

“Beautiful coffee & wonderful food. Menu features lovely in season produce. Have had several great breakfasts here, but the favourite is probably the smashed avocado, buttery mushrooms, feta & basil on wholegrain toast – a real winner! Be prepared to wait for a table on weekends, as this place is very popular.” – Sarah00

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Hell of the North


It might sound like a character from Game of Thrones but Hell of the North is actually a rather excellent late-night French restaurant. Overflowing with wine, this sultry venue serves up a delectable menu of European-inspired goodness in perfect sharing proportions, including beef tartare, pulled pork doughnut and a beautifully creamy gnocchi. Combine that with their spectacular wine list and you and your buddies have got yourself a party. Bon appetit! Find out more

“I am in love with this place! Hell of the north has become a favourite for the best wine, dinner and desert. I will be coming back again and again!” – TasmenJ

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Naked in the Sky


A prime rooftop setting, beautiful city vistas, sumptuous food and a funky, rustic style? This Naked in the Sky joint is going places! The $9 lunch menu is a real winner, and the drinks range is so enormous that there literally is something for everyone from the guy you went to high school with, to the funky artsy neighbour who just moved in. Find out more

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Where to Play

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Cocktails and Canvas

Moonee Ponds

Sometimes, you simply want to say, “You know what? Life’s too short. Sip some wine and learn to paint”. Cocktails and Canvas exists for just such occasions, and offers you expert artistic tuition in a fun, relaxed atmosphere whilst you sip away on your drink of choice. No prior experience is necessary, and you won’t believe what you can achieve in the space of three short hours. Find out more

“I had never painted art before and the first comment I made was that I can’t paint. I’m so glad Cocktails and Canvas helped me to prove myself wrong. Now I do a lot of art at home as well as regular sessions at Cocktails and Canvas. It’s a lot of fun, builds your confidence, provides a chance to catch up with friends and the staff are encouraging and friendly.” – Melissa Petrovski

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Galactic Circus


Laser tag, bowling, fast food, booze, and enough arcade games to keep you busy from now until next Valentine’s Day. Yeah. Yeah, that’ll do just fine. You better turn your phone off because we’ll be busy Mario Karting, House of the Deading and lasering each other until we don’t know what’s what. Then we’ll have a beer and a burger, and do it all over again! Find out more

“Young, old or young at heart I always have had good times here. Was addicted to the old crazy taxi game back in the day and plan on ringing in birthday number 24 here this year with close friends. Perfect birthday venue for us big kids as King Pin has a fully licensed bar merely ten steps away, fast food is a short escalator ride away and who seriously ever says no to drunken laser skirmish?” – Emma-Lou

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