The 2019 Comedy Festival runs from March 27 to April 21 and features more than 600 shows. Each one is a convenient excuse to catch a pre- and post-show dinner at one of the CBD's many good restaurants. We've pulled the best eateries together and included a few bars, if you really want to make a night of it.

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Meatmaiden

Go ahead and order up an American barbeque feast.

The Basement 195 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Hana

Catch a fresh poké bowl before the show.

212 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Palermo

250- and 450-gram meats cooked asado style.

401 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Rooftop Bar

A favourite among locals, ideal for a pre-show drink with a view.

Level 7, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000