Need a good read at the late hour? Look, buy, browse and even smell the books at the Readings Carlton bookshop till as late as 11pm. Aside from featuring a vast assortment of books, the bookstore also makes it a point to help and support local authors with prizes. Staff here are friendly and helpful and are always on hand to give you useful recommendations on what to read next. They also have other outlets across the city, including one in the very Instagrammable State Library Victoria.
9. Visit a Melbournian beer garden and food truck park
Once an old car factory, Welcome to Thornbury is now a popular beer garden with a rotating schedule of food trucks. The first permanent bar and food truck stop in Melbourne, it is also dog-friendly, making it a hit with the locals.
The park, which is a 20-min drive from Fraser Place Melbourne, opens Tuesdays to Sundays from afternoon till late – perfect for after-work gatherings or simply winding down for the night.
10. Work your brains at a pub
A pub might be one of the most unlikely places for a quiz, but that’s exactly how it’s done in Melbourne. These fun trivia nights at some of the clubs in the city feature questions on everything from British comedies to alien conspiracy theories. Moreover, you can test your general knowledge with a cold beer and a plate of fish sticks on the side.
If you’re game, in the CBD there’s The Mitre Tavern, holding the record for Melbourne’s longest and continuously running trivia night. For fans of the silver screen, here’s an option for you: Cinema Nova hosts a trivia night at their bar on Tuesdays where you stand a chance to win movie tickets, DVDs and even books!
11. Check out quirky street art and graffiti