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Make a night of it:

Sui Zhen and Yusupha Ngum & the AFFIA Band

If you’re heading to the Bowl to see Sui Zhen and Yusupha Ngum and the AFFIA Band, why not bookend the show with some classic Melbourne experiences to really make a night of it? Here are some ideas for where to go before or after the show, whether you just want a casual drink or something more.

Be inspired by the gentle, floating electronica of Sui Zhen and ascend the stairs to the eclectic Union Electric. This greenery strewn, indoor/outdoor bar is a gem in the middle of the city, hiding in Heffernan Lane. Cocktails are expertly crafted and there’s luscious pizza if you want to make a meal of it.

Keeping with an esoteric theme, you could sneak up to another hidden wonder – Goldilocks, at the top of Denyers Building on Swanston Street. (If you’re not sure where it is, it’s just a couple of doors up from Curtin House, home of Cookie and Rooftop Bar.) This little beauty puts an emphasis on local wines and beers, takes its sustainability seriously, and also offers a very Melbourne experience – dumplings with a view.

Now, if you want to take the upbeat party rhythms and infectious beats of the world-renowned Yusupha Ngum & the AFFIA Band as your cue, we can suggest a couple of places that can put a party on your plate.

Why not get spicy with some fragrant dishes at Carlton’s Casa Tajine? Their Moroccan menu is heavy on the tajine, naturally, so order up one of these hearty, homely, flavour-packed dishes. If you want to skip around Spain, grab a booking at Melbourne’s legendary laneway restaurant, MoVida. Think funky anchovies, aged Jamon Iberico, oozy croquetas…

If you’re going to the gig with friends, Emerald Peacock is a perfect group option, with their lavish cocktails and curated grazing platters that are made for sharing. It’s on an astroturfed rooftop too, so there’s a bonus good time right there.

When the show is over, your head and your heart will be full with the party spirit. And when that hits, there’s no other place to go than The LuWOW. This crazy, kitschy tiki bar on Little Collins Street is a joyous explosion of retro South Pacific colour, with more leopard print, shell art and tiki mugs than you can poke a bamboo stick at! Order up a Mai Tai, swing with the soundtrack and keep the good times rolling.

If you’d rather take it down a notch instead of ramping it up three, the rooftop bar five floors above Spanish restaurant, Bomba, might be more your style. The drinks are superb and there’s a fabulous bar menu of zesty tapas. Warning – those corn ribs are mighty addictive.

Happy Mondays is a celebration of what Melbourne does best: live music. Every Monday night in February, two iconic music venues unite to curate a gig at the Bowl. The month-long series channels the spirit of a classic pub residency with some of the best local acts.

Part of Live at the Bowl’s partnership with Melbourne Music Week–Extended.

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