Melbourne Nightlife

Entertainment

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Melbourne is a vibrant city with an exciting nightlife. Whether it’s clubbing until dawn at dance venues, catching a cabaret show, or a visit to the Crown Entertainment Complex, home to Australia’s largest casino, cinemas, discos, and designer stores, there is something for everyone. Melbourne has a strong bar culture and bars can be found all over Melbourne.

Crown Entertainment Complex

Crown is Melbourne’s premier entertainment venue, it is located on the Southern bank of the Yarra River. Crown houses bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shows, hotels and shopping with the centre piece being the Crown Casino.

Crown Casino

The Crown Casino is one of the largest gaming facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, with the main gaming floor stretching half a kilometre. The casino has over 300 gaming tables operating 16 games.

Bars

Crown has many bars and lounges, which serve cocktails, drinks, and food, with some providing entertainment as well. Atrium Bar, Fidel’s Bar and Lounge, JJ’s Bar and Grill, Las Vegas Bar, The pub at Crown, Sports bar, Steakout, Tonic, and Velvet Bar are all located in the complex.

Restaurants

Crown’s 26 Restaurants offer world class cuisine. You can dine outdoors at the Riverside eateries, grab something quick from the international food court, or savour premier dining at some of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

Entertainment

Some of the biggest names in local and international entertainment have appeared at the Crown. The Palms at Crown and the Palladium at Crown are the two major showrooms; they host concert and theatre performances.

There is a Multiplex cinema showing the latest movies on seven traditional screens and six gold class screens.

The King Pin bowling lounge features state of the art bowling lanes, licensed bars, funky DJ music, pool tables, and UV bowling.

There are two interactive game parks, Galactic Circus and M9 Laser Wars. Crown offers free live entertainment in its many bars and restaurants, from Jazz to dance bands, and DJ’s to Rock and Roll.

Crown’s newest music venue, Live, opened in 2006 and features a variety of live musical entertainment.

Club Odeon is Crown’s nightclub, offering party goers a range of live entertainment.

Shopping

Crown has some of the world’s leading designer boutiques in its elegant shopping arcades. Designer brands such as Burberry, Prada, Versace, Lois Vuitton, and Montblac can be found at Crown, There are also many other general fashion and merchandise shopping arcades with a stand out being the Warner Bros Studio store, which is a must see for kids of all ages.

Crown Entertainment Complex is at Southbank, Melbourne (03 9292 8888).

Cinemas

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

ACMI screens a range of films and videos. Federation square (03 8663 2200).

Cinema Nova

380 Lygon Street (03 9349 5201).

Crown Entertainment Complex

A multiplex cinema complex. Southbank (03 9292 8888)

IMAX Theatre

The IMAX cinema is in the Melbourne Museum. Rathdowne Street, Carlton (03 9663 5454).

Kino Dendy Cinemas

45 Collins Street (03 9650 2100).

Moonlight Cinema

An outdoor cinema in the Royal Botanic Gardens (03 9428 2203).

Comedy

Melbourne is a city of many things. It has bars, fine dining, and live music, but so do many other cities. But one thing that makes Melbourne truly unique is that on top of all this, it is a city that loves to laugh. Melbourne is home to the globally recognised and appreciated Melbourne Comedy Festival. International acts fly into the city for a month of laughs. The city turns into a comedy hub where almost every bar, theatre, and restaurant becomes host to acts large and small and invites audiences from all around the world, to sit, eat, drink, and laugh the night away.

Founded in 1987 The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is an Australian institution and is well respected along with Montreal and Edinburgh as being one of the largest comedy festivals in the world.

But Melbourne isn’t only funny at festival time; it has a sense of humour that stretches throughout the calendar year with incredible comedy troupes, venues, and performances that continue to keep audiences laughing rain or shine.

Melbourne is the Australian destination for no-name comedians searching for their big break and there are many open mic nights throughout the week where you can go and see the next big thing making his or her nervous start to a big career.

At the local comedy clubs (of which there are many) you can stop in for a drink and watch the local comedian’s road testing new material. The comedy clubs are a great place to see new comers, international guests, and comedy teams entertaining themselves as much as the audience.

Comedy@Spleen is a great venue and comedy hotspot featuring drop in famous comedians and local talent. It is a great place to start taste testing Melbourne���s comedy cuisine.

You can find Comedy@Spleen at 41 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

IMAX

IMAX Melbourne Museum is the location for the largest movie screen in Australia, measuring 32m by 23m. IMAX uses Large Format Film to present an image with unparalled size and clarity. The IMAX Melbourne Museum site has been operating since 1998.

IMAX movies under sixty minutes in length have lower admission prices than the feature length moves that are shown there, such as Tron Legacy 3D or Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 – 3D.

Their educational film library contains the movies African Advenure 3D, Antarctica, Blue Planet, Born To Be Wild 3D, Bugs 3D, and Dinosaurs Alive 3D.

Theatre hire and private screenings, catering, and function rooms are available. To book these or for other information the phone number is (03) 9663 5454.

Tickets to IMAX movies can be purchased over the internet up to one hour before they start. It is necessary t