Melbourne: A guide on what to do after 5pm on weekdays.

FYI: Click ‘ Details’ to expand the days.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, be aware that some things are currently closed

Hi Pals,

Working that 9-5 [“what a way to make a living”] can make socialising a little bit difficult when you don’t want it to revolve around drinking. Now, Melbourne sure is big on that- but it’s also big on food, arts and culture!

I’ve gone ahead and read through numerous threads, forums, books and magazines to make a Monday – Friday after work/date/socialising calendar. All you really need is your Myki. Some I’ve done, some of my friends have and others I’ve just found through their websites or word of mouth.


So, with that – Here’s a list of things to do in Melbourne after 5pm on weekdays.
Last Update: February 2019

If you’re feeling like checking out a museum – check out my guide on museums.
Want to go for a walk in a park? Check some CBD favourites here.

Within this article they’re categorised under:
Currently On: update on what’s currently on.
All Week: Things you can do all week.
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday 
Worth A Check: Things that have sporadic times/hours/days.

I’ve included a KEY to make the information more user-friendly!
Information: ⏰ Times  📆 Dates 📍Address
Transport from Flinders unless otherwise specified.
🚃 Train  🚌 Bus 🚊Tram 🚗Car.
Other: 💰 Cost. 🍺 Happy Hour 📝 Things to note.
All links* are to their main websites / social media ie: FB.

Currently On:


Holey Moley

⏰ 12:00 – 24:00
📍CBD – 590 Little Bourke St
💰 $16 – $42
If you love mini-golf and also drinking whilst playing mini-golf then Holy Moley is probably for you. You can get $5 hats, now whether or not you’ll wear them again – probably not but they make a good photo op, especially with their Game of Thrones style end hole.

The Astor Theatre.

⏰  Generally around 19:30
📍St Kilda- Chapel St & Dandenong Road
🚃 Sandringham 12 m  🚊 #5 / #64 – 19m 🚗 0h 15m
💰 $17.50
The Astor is famous for showing cult classics, favourites and new releases. Opened in 1936 it still has the same foyer outlines and golden curtains that open before each show.

Red Triangle Snooker Room

⏰  12:00 – 2:00
📍Fitzroy – 10 Argyle Street
🚊 #96 – 20m / #11 – 20m
💰 $18 per hour.
An unlicensed venue that offers milkshakes, pool and snooker. Very large lists of rules if you’d like to read it and 3 free coaching sessions (Monday-Tuesday) for beginners.

ICUE Billiards

⏰  17:00 – 1:00
📍CBD: 191 Little Lonsdale Street
💰 $20 per hour.
A licensed venue from 5pm – 1am venue it’s one of the many places in CBD Melbourne that offers alcohol as well. The location is great and they’ve got the normal pool room aesthetic.

Half Price Tickets

⏰  Open 11:00 – 18:00 – Shows from 18:00
Mondays only until 14:00. Saturday until 16:00. Closed Sundays.
📍CBD – Melbourne Town Hall Administration Building, Cnr Collins and Swanston Street
💰 Varies per show/tour.
Half Price Tickets is a great place to grab show/tour tickets on the day. They have a range of shows from Musicals, Ballet, Comedy and Theatre all discounted. You cannot book online however you can see what’s listed on the day and some future options.

$30 Tickets @ Arts Centre Melbourne

⏰  Open 18:00
📍CBD – 100 St Kilda Road (Box Office, under the spire on Level 5)
💰 $30
 “A minimum of 20 tickets are available every night*from 6pm, for $30 each, with a limit of 2 tickets per person per night. These tickets are allocated across one or more eligible performances that night so the show could be anything from classical music to the circus”

Climb @ North Side Boulders

⏰ 12:00 – 22:00
📍Northcote – 109 – 113 Helen Street
🚃 South Morang – 28 mins.
💰 $17.00 + Equipment Hire $4.50
📝 Check out the “what’s on” for things like $5 yoga!
 “Northcote Northside Boulders has been designed as a theme park for boulderers. There’s a true slab, a connecting archway, plenty of overhang and fun arêtes to help compliment everyone’s climbing styles from beginner to elite!”

Play @ General Public

⏰ 12:00 – 24:00
📍Dingley – 366 Boundary Rd
🚃 Frankston +  🚌 828  1hr 10m
🚗 0hr 35m.
💰 Varies.
🍺 16:00 – 18:00
The entertainment at General Public will have something for everyone. Ten pin bowling, arcade games, beer garden and food you’ll find something to waste your time with.

Food @ Lentils as Anything

⏰  17:00 – 21:00
📍Abbotsford- 1/3 St Heliers St
🚃 Hurstbridge / South Morang 30 m   🚗 0h 20m
💰 Pay as you feel rec: $15+
Set in an old convent and with all “proceeds going towards training and employment opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, including those who have been marginalized.” It’s a pay as you feel however they have a sign advising where your money goes. It’s one of my favourite places in Melbourne.

iDarts Hive

⏰  17:00 – 1:00
📍CBD: 19-21 Russell St
💰 $2pp per game
Electronic Darts so you can’t possibly prick yourself! Depending on your skill level, you could have 10 games in an hour or 2-3 in an hour!

Axe Throwing @ Maniax

⏰  17:00 – 21:00
📍Abbotsford- 1/3 St Heliers St
🚃 Hurstbridge / South Morang 19 m   
💰 $50pp for groups 8-15.
📝  They do have single/couple bookings on selected Saturdays.
2 hours of axe throwing awesomeness! 1-on-1 coaching, time for target practice, then an organised tournament amongst your group to see who will be crowned the axe throwing champ and win bragging rights for years to come!

Play @ Playtime

⏰ 09:00 – 02:00
📍South Bank – Unit 129/27 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
🚊 #35 #70 #75 – 14m
💰 $1 – $5.
📝  Play Card is free with a minimum load up of $1.00
With over 150 arcade games, you won’t struggle to find something to play! Arcade games range from $1-$5 and they have the load up deals of $15 +bonus $5,  $25 +bonus $10, $35 +bonus $15 etc.

Cheese @ Milk the Cow

⏰  17:00 – 23:00
📍 Carlton – 323 Lygon Street
🚊 #1 / #6 – 20m
📍 St Kilda –
🚊 #16 – 27m

💰 $58.00 per person.
Hot Pots, Fondue, Cheese Wheels complimented with Beers and Wines? What’s not to love about the two-location late night spot. Can’t possibly eat all the cheese? Just take it to go!

 Art @ Life With Paint

⏰  19:00 – 21:00
📍Varies, mainly CBD.
💰 $50.00 (if you bring a friend) $65 (individual)
📝  includes all instruction and art materials.  +check the dates/locations for other days!
Offering a step by step guild on how to create a 16×20 reproduction of an artwork. Learn how to paint Freda, Golden Tears, Sunflowers and a range of others. No experience needed!

Arcade @ Pixel Alley

⏰  17:00 – 24:00
📍Collingwood- 95 Smith St
🚊 #86 from Bourke. 20 mins.
💰 $ 1- 2 game.
📝 Each day they have a different game for free.
Now, I love Pixel Alley. Pinball machines, Big Buck, Street Fighter – this has something for everyone. If you’re a poor loser/winner – it’s even better because you’re going to be one of them. If you buy any of the speciality drinks, you’ll get a free token for selected games.

 Squash @ Melbourne City Baths

⏰  9:00 – 22:00 closes 20:00 Fridays.
📍CBD – 420 Swanston Street
💰 $15.90
📝 They also have Spa, Sauna and Pool Facilities.
With racquets, you can rent and it apparently burning up 1.034 calories per hour it’s no wonder a few people like to play Squash.

Jump @ Bounce Inc

⏰ 10:00 – 21:00
📍Glen Iris – 2 Weir Street
🚃 Glen Waverly – 27 mins.
🚗 0hr 15m
📝 Bring a pair of runners for the X.Park
💰 16.90.
You can pretty much channel your inner kid for this one, including injury. The X-Park is a parkour type run around, so bring closed shoes. You’ll get some cool socks and be able to spend a good hour or so here.

Escape @ RUSH

⏰ 10:00 – 23:00
📍South Yarra- 4/230 Toorak Rd
🚃 Sandringham  – 9 mins.
📝 Bookings Required.
💰 via players: 2$46pp, 3-$44pp, 4 $42pp, 5 $40pp, 6+ $38pp
 “You haven’t truly lived until you’ve been forced to utilise every ounce of wit, every brain cell and every IQ point to win back your freedom.” If you’re wanting to make, or break up the relationship/friendship/colleague relationship then maybe RUSH is your type of activity. I haven’t personally done this, but it’s on my list.

Boardgames @ Marche

⏰  11:00 – 23:00
📍CBD – 63 A’Beckett Street
💰 $12.00 in cafe 3 hrs + 1 drink / $15.00 private room 3hrs  + 1 drink.
If you’re wanting to chill out for a bit and play some board games, then this place is probably for you. From Cards Against Humanity to Hive – Catan to Monopoly, they’ll have your basics covered!

Play @ Queen of Spades

⏰ 11:00 – 22:00
📍Fitzroy – 189 Smith St
🚊 #86 (from Bourke)
💰 $5 per person
Queen of Spades has an all-day brunch menu which means constant smashed avo! Also, it has a range of board games to select. As one of Melbourne’s first board game bars, it also hosts tournaments and has themed evenings.

Music @ Birds Basement

⏰  Dinner shows at 19:30
📍CBD – 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne
💰 Varies per show.
📝 $15 consumption fee to sustain the venue.
I’ve only been here once, to see Molly Ringwald (Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) sing Jazz. It’s a wonderful venue, lovely wine and has some great food selection to pick from.

If you’re into Jazz- it’s worth noting to check out these ones as well –
The Paris Cat, The Jazz Lab, Uptown, Dizzy’sLido, Open Studio, 303, or Lebowski’s



Comedy @ Spleen Bar

⏰  20:30 – 22:30
📍CBD – 41 Bourke Street
💰 Free (Gold coin donation appreciated)
🍺 16:00 – 19:00
A comedy show which has a range of different comedians. They’ve had Wil Anderson, Frank Woodley and Josh Thomas. It packs up fast, so get there early.

Dance @ No Lights No Lycra

⏰  19:00 – 20:00
📆  June 6 – August 29
📍Brunswick- 49 Nicholson St
🚊 #96 – 0 hr. 36m
💰 $8.00
Like to dance while nobody is watching? This is the place for you – darkness, music and your best dancing gear you’ll work up a sweat and can then drop by one of the many bars open for a beer or soda.

Food @ Epocha

⏰  17:30+
📍 Carlton – 49 Rathdowne Street
🚊 #1, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72   (3 stops)
💰 $58.00 per person.
Four-course menu? Check. Handmade pasta? Check. Very large wheel of cheese? Check. Great wine menu? Check.

Film @ Sun Theatre

⏰  17:00 – 24:00
📍Yarraville-  8 Ballarat St
🚃 Werribee, Williamstown
💰 $11.00
The Yarraville Sun Theatre is an 8 screen theatre that focuses on style, screening, sound and seating – no really, the seating is amazing. With the Iconic Sun sitting on top, a decorated back and wonderful (really) seating, people have been coming here for yonks.

Film @ Nova Cinema

⏰  17:00 – 24:00
📍Carlton-  380 Lygon Street
🚊 #1 / #6
💰$7 before 16:00 — $10 after
Nova is one of the biggest independent cinemas in the Southern Hemisphere. It also has the cheapest tickets within Melbourne. With a licensed venue, famous choc tops and the fact it was selected by The Age as one of Melbourne’s favourite spots – it’s no wonder why this place is popular.

Film @ Kino Cinema

⏰  10:00 – 22:00
📍CBD – 45 Collins St
💰$11.00 online (inc booking fee)
One of Melbourne’s premier metropolitan cinema.

Dance @ The Quiet Man

⏰  20:00
📍Flemington – 271 Racecourse Road
🚃 Craigieburn 15 m  🚊 #57

🍺 16:00 – 18:00
If you’ve ever been curious about Irish Dancing, The Quiet Man is probably the place for you. A place for beginners to experts and everyone in between – you can get jumpy and active!

Music @ The Vault 

⏰  19:00 – 24:00
📍Yarraville-  13 Ballarat St
🚃 Werribee, Williamstown
💰 Free
The Vault holds Open-Mic night showing “acoustic musings of local talent and well-established musicians from all around town.”

Pool @ The Market Hotel

⏰ from 11.30 till late
📍South Melbourne – 160 Clarendon Street,
🚊 #12 – 13 mins.
📝 20% off all food all day
💰 Free.
“Recently renovated venue offers sports bar, dining spaces, rooftop beer garden and function rooms.”

Comedy @ The Local

⏰  Doors open 19.30pm for a 20.30pm show
📍St Kilda – 184 CARLISLE ST.
🚃 Sandringham 17mins 🚊 #3 / 16 – 25 mins. 
💰 $15 ($12 Concession)
Hosted every Monday night by the legendary Janet McLeod with some of the finest comics from Australia and around the world while mixing it with the best up-and-comers.


Burlesque Show @ Speakeasy HQ

⏰  Dinner shows at 19:30
📍CBD – 522 Flinders Street, Melbourne
💰 $9.00 for general, unreserved seating.
📝 “Knock three times & say the password  ‘Knuckles Sent Me’.” Book online.
Burlesque dancers, cabaret artists, circus acts, comedians, tap dancers, and magicians to name some of the acts.

Film @ Hoyts Cinema

⏰ Various Times.
📍CBD Melbourne Central
💰 $15.00
We love to call Tuesdays “Tight Ass” because generally, a range of places have discounts. Especially the cinema! So if you’ve wanted to check a new release out – this is the day to do it!

Skate @ Docklands Skate Rink

⏰ 18:00 +
📍Docklands – 105 Pearl River Road
🚊 #35 / #70 – 20mins

💰 $11 + skate hire $3-$5
📝 does not run on school holidays or public holidays.

Trivia @ Belgian Beer Café

⏰ 18:30
📍CBD – 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank
💰 Free
With 1/2 price beers on tap after trivia and a chance to win $100, it’s no wonder that the Belgian Beer Café gets a crowd. Located on the Southbank, it’s perfect to walk along the shore on the way back to Flinders as well.

Trivia @ The Rochester

⏰  19:30
📍Fitzroy-  202 Johnston St
🚊 #11  – 22m (from Collins)
💰 Free.
📝 Bring photo ID. 18+


Dance @ The Salsa Foundation

⏰  18:00
📍CBD – 600 Little Collins St
💰 Free
Always wanted to learn how to Salsa? Free Beginners Salsa is probably the best place to start! Get active, laugh & generally have a lot of fun!

Sing @ KBOX Karaoke

⏰  17:00 – 24:00
📍CBD –  52 La Trobe Street,
💰$38 per person (Includes 2 drinks.)
Advising that it has the most extensive song list in Melbourne, KBOX is going to be able to give you a song of choice. From Destiny’s Child to a bit of Backstreet Boys you’ll be able to sing your heart out.

Trivia @ Lucky Coq

⏰  20:30
📍Windsor-  Cnr Chapel Street & High Street
🚃 Sandringham 18 m  🚊 #6  – 26m
💰 Free.
📝 Bring photo ID. 18+
Trivia where there is $4 pizzas, a bottle of wine for those who are amazing at making paper planes and also a $50 and $30 voucher up for grabs – what’s not to love?

Trivia @ Great Northern Hotel

⏰ 18:30
📍CBD – 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank
💰 Free
This is one of my favourite trivia places – with competitions such as “pick a crowd member who’s the fastest skuller” to figuring out a mash-up of a celebrity – this trivia will have you enjoying your night.

Skate @ Flemington Rollerfit

⏰ 19:30 – 20:30
📍Flemington -167-175 Mount Alexander Rd
🚊 #59 – 22m 
💰 $25 + $5 skate hire.
Ever saw yourself as a Roller Derby person? Well, even if you haven’t – you’ll still probably be into this. Beginners (learning to skate) & Intermediates are welcome here on Wednesdays, so grab some comfy pants (maybe some knee pads) and head on over!

Laser @ Strike Bowling

⏰ 10:00 – 24:00
📍CBD – Shop 305, Level 3, 211 LaTrobe St,
💰 $10.00
“unlimited laser skirmish…all day, not just after 5.”

Comedy @ Crab Lab

⏰  Doors open at 19:30 for 8:30 – 22:30
📍CBD – 16-20 Corrs Ln (House of Maximón)
💰 Free (Gold coin donations welcome)
Read a review by the Herald Sun here – but they have free popcorn (SCORE) and very cheap beers.


Trivia @ Penny Black

⏰  20:00
📍Brunswick – 420 Sydney Road
🚃 Upfield -21m  🚊#19 – 27
💰 Free
Trivia is set inside and prizes up for grabs. Penny Black has a range of beer on tap, great food prices and a lovely little beer garden out back if the trivia gets too intense.

Comedy @ European Bier Café

⏰  20:30 – 22:30
📍CBD – 120 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
💰 $12
The European Bier Café puts on a great show of comedy for only $12. I’ve seen Dave Hughes, Arj Barker and Ross Noble here to name a few, but I always get a lot of laughs. They have a podcast as well filmed before the show called Little Dum Dum Club in which they speak to the comedians.

Laser @ Kingpin Bowling

⏰  19:00
📍South Bank – 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
🚊 #35 #70 #75 – 14m
💰$30 (5 games)
5 for the price of 3 missions? Battle it out! They recommend booking in advance to ensure you get a spot!  Practice your style and learn new tips and tricks!

KBOX Karaoke

⏰  17:00 – 24:00
📍CBD –  52 La Trobe Street,
💰$38 per person (Includes 2 drinks.)
Advising that it has the most extensive song list in Melbourne, KBOX is going to be able to give you a song of choice. From Destiny’s Child to a bit of Backstreet Boys you’ll be able to sing your heart out.

Trivia @ Katuk

⏰  19:30
📍South Yarra- 517 Chapel St,
🚃 Sandringham -12m  
💰 Free
Offering 2 jaffles for $10 on the night and open doors at 17:00 that a few people head off to Katuk to get their brains buzzin’.

Soul  @ Cherry Bar

⏰  20:00
📍CBD – AC/DC La, Melbourne
💰 $10.00 entry
Catch some soul music (popular music in the United States as it evolved from the 1950s to the ’60s and ’70s originating from the African American community) at the infamous Cherry Bar.

Improv Sketch Comedy @ Improv Comedy

⏰  19:00 – 10:15
📍CBD – Level 1, 19 Myers Place
💰 Free, $5,  $10
“You’ll never see the same show twice, comedy is created live on the spot, and we have freshly-written sketches for you every month.”

Comedy + Karaoke @ The Rochester

⏰  20:00 Comedy + 22:00 Karaoke
📍Fitzroy-  202 Johnston St
🚊 #11  – 22m (from Collins)
💰 Free.
📝 Bring photo ID. 18+


The Break Room

⏰  18:30 – 20:00
📍Collingwood – 29 Budd St,
💰 $50.00
📝 Wear jeans and closed shoes
Got some pent-up anger? Recently broken up with someone? Feeling road-raged in Ubers? Well, the break room is probably something for you. You’ll need to wear jeans and closed shoes – other than that, they’ll give you a bat and some things to go break.

Comedy @ Coopers Inn

⏰  20:00 – 22:00
📍CBD – 282 Exhibition St
💰 $15 – book tickets online.
🍺 16:00 – 19:00
The Coopers Inn is one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs.  Comedy shows that’s just started up, They’re saying they’ll have a range of interstate & local acts – the perfect way to start the weekend.

Cone Cocktails @ Lustre Bar

⏰  14:00 PM – 3:00 AM
📍CBD – Level 1 / 252 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
💰 $25 2 x same creation $40 x 2 different.
📝 Melbourne DJ spinning some funky, feel-good vibes to kick-start your weekend as well
Served in a silver cone stand these cones are filled with Alcohol. Choc Drizzled and 4 different flavours you can relax to start the weekend. They’ve also got amazing homemade brownies (seriously to die for) at $10.

Rides @ Luna Park

⏰  Closes: 20:00 (Winter Holidays) 22:00 (Spring Holidays)
📍St Kilda – 18 Lower Esplanade
🚊 – #16
💰 $2 entry + tickets at $10 single ride + $50 unlimited rides.
📝  Recommended to check times online, can close due to weather.
Opened in 1912, Luna Park is iconic for Melbourne. It’s opening mouth is one you’ll see in Instagram over and over. It’s also got the oldest working rollercoaster in the world (although once you go on it, you’ll be debating if it is actually a roller coaster)

Dance 80’s @ Groove Bar

⏰  19:00 +
📍Crown Casino
💰 Free
Who doesn’t love the 80s? With free entry, crown location and a massive playlist of 80s hits -you’re going to have a good time.

Improv Sketch Comedy @ Improv Comedy

⏰  19:00 – 10:15
📍CBD – Level 1, 19 Myers Place
💰 Free, $5,  $10
“You’ll never see the same show twice, comedy is created live on the spot, and we have freshly-written sketches for you every month.”


Worth A Check

Melbourne Museum x Nocturnal 

⏰  19:00 +
📆 Fridays 07/21 –
📍CBD – 11 Nicholson street
💰 Online $35 Adult / $30 Concession (AUD)
The Melbourne museum places on bands while you can grab a drink from the bar and have a dance. The bottom floor is open to the public so you can look around at the exhibitions as well.

Classes @ Laneway Learning

⏰  18:00 +
📍CBD + Surrounding Suburbs.
💰 $16+ per class.
Classes taught from the likes of University Professors to Small Business Owners. They’ve got those who love a particular hobby or a certain niche – you’re sure to find a class for something!

Nights @ Australian Centre for the Moving Image

⏰  18:00
📍CBD – Federation Square
💰 Varies.
Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art. They have monthly, bi-fortnightly events as well as a range of films that are on late.

Nights @ State Library Victoria

⏰  Varies.
📍CBD – 328 Swanston Street
💰 Mostly Free.
The Library hosts “all kinds of talks, workshops, films, guided tours and more, for audiences across all age groups, including families.”

Book Launch @ Readings

⏰  Open 09:00 – 22:00
📍Carlton-  309 Lygon Street
🚊 #1 / #6
💰 Mostly Free.
Whether it be a book launch, podcast discussion or workshop, Readings often has a range of different events. They do have other store locations – yet Carlton probably has the most nearby to also check out!

What’s On in Melbourne

This website holds the latest events, restaurants, shopping destinations and things to do. Brought to you by the City of Melbourne.
I particularly find it hard to navigate and it lump sums a lot of things unless you do it by category. However, it’s still a great resource. Check out here to see a map that’s powered by Beat Magazine which is a great resource for music!

** Have something I missed? Leave a comment below or email so I can add it in!**

As always, stay cool. – Sarah.

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