Looking for some fun places to wine and dine before and after this Live at the Bowl concert? Inspired by the dreamy beats of Running Touch, we’ve picked some perfect places to stop by.
If you’ve got tickets to see Running Touch, you know you’re going to be in for a magical, multi-sensory night. Take that as your cue and start your day with a breezy cocktail at Arbory Afloat, that bright striped outdoor bar that bobs alongside the Yarra. (Super handy if you’re catching the train in as it’s right next to Platform 13 too.)
Suitably blissed out, you can keep the colourful times coming by heading down to Docklands and having some retro fun on the arcade games at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Try your luck at the games or see what your future holds, according to the mystical Zoltan. Feel like something a little more mellow? The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is the perfect way to feel like you’re floating on air while the city glitters below.
Now that you’ve tripped some afternoon lights fantastic, wend your way back into the centre of the city for a bite to eat. Aim for the neon cherries in the window of Supernormal on Flinders Lane and order up a couple of those famous lobster rolls, all sweet, soft and succulent.
You can keep the hyper-coloured dining vibes going with some ‘unauthentic’ Indian street food with a twist at Jessi Singh’s beloved Daughter in Law. The décor is bright and the flavours are bold. The Colonel Tso’s Cauliflower will snap, crackle and pop on your tongue.
With gates at the Bowl opening at 6pm, the timing couldn’t be better for taking in the free Vault Sessions: Live and Lo Fi gig on the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt. Grab a drink, sit back and enjoy a free performance by trippy experimental electro musician Cayn Borthwick from 5:30pm. Now you’re in the mood!
After the magical set from Running Touch, you’ll be on an electro high. Keep the vibes going by dipping down the laneway alongside Chin Chin to GoGo Bar for some killer cocktails and DJ tunes or follow your nose to the late night supper menu at Bodega Underground. Sip on a margarita and snack on crunchy totopos at this subterranean Mexican bar as the sun goes down over the Bowl. Can you think of a better way to end a perfect Melbourne day?