The ProBlogger Training Event kicks off on Friday. My organisation skills have so far extended to trying to hide breath mints from a three year old and deciding whether to take a laptop over an iPad. So far I have the below items and a migraine from working out the logistics of storing a dress and reading an email from Darren Rowse that mentioned something about comfortable shoes.
I endured the Melbourne commute for almost ten years. The following tips are free:
- Never travel without Myki. No not a cuddly comedian but a contentious public transport card. I’ve been lending mine to my spouse and I might have flipped my lid over its return last night “I never said you could keep it!!” – transit police are notoriously “friendly” in our town.
- Myth: Melbourne has the best coffee. It might, but I also think it’s a contender for the worst. Don’t buy one from any place that’s serving dim sims at 8am.
- Taxi ranks can be found outside Crown or the Intercontinental at the Rialto. I don’t recommend the one outside Flinders Street Station – in fact just stay away from there altogether.
I made you a map…..
Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006
If you’re after top notch bar snacks, delicious cocktails and great people watching, Neil Perry’s Waiting Room fits the bill. Open late. Bookings Recommended for 6 or more people. Cocktails $19
Rialto Towers, Level 55/525 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Since I might need to remortgage the house and wait six months to get into Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde, the newly opened Lui Bar is a less expensive alternative. Open late, no reservations. Entry depends on capacity but with views from the 55th floor it could be worth a look. Cocktails $19
495 Collins Street, Melbourne
Just inside the foyer entrance on Collins Street, this is a casual hotel bar that does a great Cucumber Collins. Open until 12am. Cocktails $20
For pubs try:
6. Turf Bar
7. Irish Times
Up this end of town Melbourne Coffee Review recommends Eclipse Coffee, tucked underneath the Rialto or across from the Alto Hotel is Kinfolk – a cool cafe with a conscience.
I am a complete conference noob but I do love Melbourne. Hopefully some of these tips actually help someone. If you’re heading to ProBlogger feel free to say hello – I don’t bite. In fact I’m just pretending this whole thing doesn’t exist until about 6am Friday.
Any other Melbourne tips you’d like to share or even know?