If you do decide to let loose, QT is within easy reach of theatres, galleries, boutiques and some of the best restaurants and bars in town. Here are a few of our favourites.
SUPERNORMAL J-pop vibes unite with Andrew McConnell’s dynamic menu of Asian-driven party food. A meal at the bar, replete with pickles, dumplings and spicy salads, is a Melbourne rite of passage. (180 Flinders Lane; supernormal.net.au)
TIPO 00 You’d be hard-pressed to find a better plate of pasta and glass of wine in the city. Next door, sister restaurant Osteria Ilaria is also worth a visit. (361 Little Bourke Street; tipo00.com.au)
EMBLA Favourite hangout of many of the chefs during The World’s 50 Best, this cosy wine bar also offers seriously good food. (122 Russell Street; embla.com.au)
FRENCH SALOON Expect French bistro classics executed with delicious finesse. Order a Lillet Blanc or Le Spritz for complete cultural immersion. (L1, 46 Hardware Lane; frenchsaloon.com)
BAR LOURINHÃ Latino snacks and fiesta fun brought to you by celebrated chef Matt McConnell. (37 Little Collins St; barlourinha.com.au)
SOI 38 Authentically spicy Thai noodle soup served from a hole-in-the-wall eatery inside a car park? How very Melbourne. (38 McIlwraith Place; soi38.com)