• Family-friendly Jetty Road Brewery has opened in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula.

• Riddik is a spacious, slick new cafe in an old ANZ bank in Lower Templestowe. Try the coffee-rubbed beef burger.

• French-born baker Quentin Berthonneau has trained at Vue de Monde and Chez Dre. His new bakery and patisserie is now open.

• The Roy is a new cocktail-cum-sports bar in Fitzroy, by the owners of Polly. Settle in for the game, and top-shelf whisky.

• From tonight, The Beaufort will become "The Trashfort" until February 3, when punk anti-waste crusaders Trash Tiki come to town.

• Carlton North’s Park Street is giving away a wedding package valued at $20,000. Are you free on August 25?

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• Melbourne’s rapidly expanding 100 Burgers Group (Welcome to Thornbury, Mr Burger, Belle’s Hot Chicken) has taken over the historic Prince Alfred Hotel on Grattan Street in Carlton.

• After almost a decade working in Melbourne’s best cafes, Jonathan Bentley has returned home to Phillip Island to open one of his own.

• Archie Green is a new all-day diner in the city filled with hanging plants, emerald-coloured booths and a turquoise glow.

• Hunted & Gathered now has a minimalist, industrial cafe space, so fans of its small-scale chocolate can linger a while.

• After months of lease extensions and general uncertainty, Abbotsford’s Lulie Street Tavern – the bar that was always slated to become apartments – is closing. Its new location? 150 metres away.

• Cedar Fox, a new gin distillery in Coburg North, has roots in heavy metal and beer.

• 17 Warburton Lane used to be a regular city bar. Now it’s a laneway piano bar: enter for show tunes beneath chandeliers and pontoon lights.

• Low-carb and low-alcohol beers are marketed as “healthier alternatives”. But is drinking them worth it? Our resident nutritionist separates fact from fiction.

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