So the Melbourne Comedy Festival is in full throttle now, and we’ve picked out some of our top choices for a quick bite before (or after) the show. If you’re unsure what to see, we’d recommend Michael Shafar’s 50/50 or the Big Hoo Haa (more details about both below).
Melbourne Comedy Festival – where to eat before the show…
Now this segment actually could have a dual purpose. If you’re not catching a comedy show, you can refer to this as ” Where to eat while I wait for rush hour to pass as I don’t fancy sitting on a rail replacement bus for 5 hours”. Here’s our best quick bites in the CBD:
Drumplings – with their crazy dumpling flavours, Drumplings are sure to make your night a memorable one. Enjoy a casual cocktail or two as you munch on their signature cheeseburger d(r)umplings.
Homi – Speedily served Asian fusion at Homi makes it the perfect choice for a before show bite. Share a wide range of Aussie/Asian delights, ranging from small baos to larger noodle based mains. Make sure you grab some of their tater tots too.
11 inch pizza – Cute and cosy 11 inch whip up some of the best pizzas in Melbourne in our opinion. With all the classic options, and rotating specials (check out the boards), they’ll fill you up before you head off for lots of laughs. They do take away too, so you can always grab your leftovers for a late night snack.
Nong Tang Noodle House – with arguably the best noodles in Melbourne, Nong Tang – in the heart of Chinatown – brings you classic Asian cheap eats. With most stuff made in house, you’re getting top quality here and you should definitely sample a bowl of their noodles. Centrally located, this one is perfect if you’re rushed for time too as you should only have a short walk to most of the venues.
After the show…
So all those giggles can build up quite an appetite am I right? Head to one of these spots for a bite of dessert:
The Dessert Kitchen – This creative dessert bar are coming up with new dishes all the time and there’s always loads on the menu. Try their classic shaved ice, or look for one of their ever-changing Sundaes. If it’s cold, maybe give the waffles a go, pairing it with one of their adorable hot drinks. One things for sure, you’ll never be short of choice at The Dessert Kitchen.
Dex2Rose – Not only home to one of Melbourne’s best hot chocolates, Dex2Rose do some fab gelato creations too. Tucked away down a laneway it’s the ideal cosy dessert spot to finish off the evening.
Sweetie and Moustache – Dessert cocktails ahoy! If you’re fancying making dessert a bit boozy, Sweetie and Moustache offer some glorious dessert cocktails. Just remember the menus are different on the rooftop and downstairs so make sure you’re in the right area to sample what you want!
Shows to check out…
Michael Shafar’s hilarious 50/50 details his journey with testicular cancer over the past 18 months. Blending the serious and the light-hearted this laugh-a-minute stand up show is a great one to watch. All proceeds are also donated to Cabrini Hospital, so you get to enjoy Michael’s witty show and support a good cause at the same time.
Full details: https://www.michaelshafar.com/
Where: The Victoria Hotel – Boardroom, Little Collins Street,
When: Tues-Sat until 21st April – 7pm, Sunday’s until 21st April 6pm. Extra show Monday 15th April 8:30pm at Melbourne Town Hall – Backstage Room.
The Big Hoo Haa Melbourne showcases some of Melbourne’s funniest improvisers in this different every night extravaganza. Their final show for the comedy festival The Sexy show, featuring all things romance, and stars our very own fellow foodie Ash Phillips. If you don’t manage to catch them at the comedy Festival, you can always visit one of their regualr Friday night shows instead.
Full details: http://www.hoohaamelbourne.com.au/shows/
Where: Melbourne Town Hall – Powder Room, 100 Swanston Street
When: 15th April 7:15pm