If you’ve managed to coordinate four people or more to agree on a film and meet up – we salute you. The next hurdle is finding a restaurant to accommodate the lot of you. That’s where we can help.

If you haven’t tried Lucy Liu Bar & Kitchen yet, that’s a great one for groups. Lump your posse into a communal booth and let the lazy Susan do all the work.

For something more casual, slip up to Loop Roof for a bar snack spread. The communal tables are conducive to group share plates of gruyere croquettes or vodka-cured salmon, and the city views are brilliant.

And if the big screen illumination of Nima Javidi’s premiere Melbourne isn’t enough local cityscape for you, head up to Rooftop Bar for a view of the real thing. Not even this particularly frosty cold snap can take away from the skyline illuminated in multi-coloured baubles; and with the gas heaters turned up full blast. This is still one of the best places for a mid-winter open-air drink.

End the night at Shebeen where the cocktails are plentiful and the band room allows for boogies until late. The laidback bar serves an interesting mix of beers from around the world that you can invest quite a few hours in trying out.

See our full MIFF Food and Film Guide here..

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