• If you’re a fan of whiskey, or books, or both, Dublin-born Eamonn Hennessy’s new Northcote bar, Buck Mulligan’s is your new summer home.

• Down the road in Fitzroy, Bar Liberty has opened a more relaxed, graffiti-covered version of itself in an adjoining courtyard.

• In South Yarra, the man behind cafes Mammoth and Touchwood has opened a Parisian-inspired bistro on the Botanic Gardens. It's open from morning to night.

• Do you like barbeque? If so, get your ticket to The Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival, which is returning in February with two of America’s most famous pitmasters.

Broadsheet’s team of editors, writers and photographers ate and drank a lot in 2016, but some dishes stood out. Here's a wrap of the dishes we ate, and loved, this year.

• Teen doughnut-making sensation Morgan Hipworth (of Bistro Morgan) is opening his first doughnut store. To celebrate he’s giving away free doughnuts this Monday (December 19).

DineSmart is underway with some of Melbourne's best restaurants asking diners to donate $2 per bill towards local homelessness charities. It's a simple idea that helps thousands. Get behind it.