Either my family’s remote beach property in North Queensland, a hotel room, the Time Out office or my rather girly studio apartment/sanctuary in Carlton, Victoria.
What do you do?
I’m the national audience manager for Time Out, Sydney and Time Out, Melbourne. My job is to make people read us, love us, talk about us, party with us and buy us.
Describe your perfect day out in Melbourne….
Brunch on Gertrude St, Fitzroy, vintage shopping for treasures (Savers in Brunswick, Sacred Heart in St Kilda, The Camberwell Market or Chapel St Bazaar), checking out ACMI (there’s always something on), pre-dinner drinks at Lily Black’s or Bar Ampare (or a Rooftop Bar if it’s warm), dumplings in Chinatown, followed by a movie at the rooftop cinema (summer only), post-movie cocktail at Madame Brussels and if I’m still standing, a night cap at Black Pearl. Heaven!
Melbourne is renowned for its hidden bars and restaurants. What are some lesser-known ones readers should try?
- Bar Ampare – It has a great back-story you can read here. Get in the know and you will look not only super hip but quirky and knowledgeable on dates!
- The Beaufort – A Carlton seafarer’s dream and so new you can smell the fresh paint. It’s a love mission from my favourite boozy couple (in work – not behaviour) Lois and Dave Kerr.
- Little Blood – Above The Kodiak Club on Brunswick St. It’s a blast if you’re into tequila and a great place to take over with a group of your pals.
If you wanted to see some great live music, what Melbourne venue would you head to?
I have a soft spot for the dirty rock heritage (and dirty rock boys) of The Espy (plus I love going to recordings of Rockwiz!). Ding Dong Lounge has just been revamped and seems to be going a treat – I saw Gossling there recently and the sound was great, it’s still one of the less pretentious venues.