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Winter is coming… Or so we’ve been told, seems to be taking its sweet time though.

When it finally rears its chilly bonce, we want to be prepared. Thankfully, this isn’t Melbourne’s first time at the rodeo. Check out this list of climate induced pastimes procured for your experiential pleasure.

1. To the pub

Open fire you say? Lovely. Recently voted pub of the year, The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne has the lot. A stellar feed, a roaring fire and an enviable selection of crafty beers. Rainy day shmaney day.

Notable mention also goes out to Marquis of Lorne in Fitzroy, Richmond’s The Great Britain Hotel, Wesley Anne in Northcote and the Union Club Hotel, again of Fitzroy. I’m thinking fire themed pub crawl, please enjoy responsibly.

2. Winter Night Market

Kicking off in early June is the next round of this quintessential mid-week Melbourne mainstay. Some of the best food vendors in town congregate to bring you a smattering of their goods. Laced with free artisan and musical performances. This is the definition of melting pot. If it’s Korean Twist Potato you’re after, or a slab of melting brisket, this is the place. Running 5 ‘till 10 every Wednesday through Winter. Head to Queen Victoria Market for some FREE goodness.

3. Hit the Slopes

OK, so not technically the best way to stay warm granted, but, did you say toboggan? So, we hear that at Lake Mountain for the budget price of $56 is a bit of a steal. They have toboggan slopes, a Snowman village and some cross-country skiing. Bingo. Lessons are also available for newbies, a great jump off point for non-skiers with something for all the fam.

4. Board Game City

Well-equipped for the drizzle, Melbourne’s public house scene is awash with options for rainy-day funtimes. Playing Monopoly in public might not be the best way to make new friends but no one ever fell out over connect four, right? Try the Rooks Return in Fitzroy for some cosy low-lit fodder, or the aptly titled Marché Board Game Café on A’Beckett street in the Ceebz. Honourable mentions to The Fox in Collingwood and Katuk on Chapel who also have Mario Kart Wii on offer for any millennials who think that a jigsaw is self-righteous serial killer who cycles around on a little bike telling you you’re going to be playing a game. (You SAW that one yes?)

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