Australian whisky masterclass with tasting (Saturdays) from RedBalloon
A taste of whiskey in Father's Day is a must. For whisky lovers, learn about the Australian whiskey industry with Whisky and Alement. Plus, enjoy free tasting throughout the session. Session is available during Saturdays.
Inclusions: 7 whisky samples to taste, 1.5 hour presentation, session lead by professionals
Location: 270 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Up to 46% off drinks and snacks at the Melbourne Marriott from Groupon
Get your dad a taste of beer, wine, champagne, cocktail and a couple of bar snacks this Father's Day. Elements Bar at Melbourne Mariott also serves a wide choice of burgers, sweets, savoury snacks and more.
Inclusions: Bar snacks, cocktails, beer and wine for two
Get yourself and your dad a Winter Indulgence Japanese menu that includes a crab salad, roasted cauliflower soup and more. Enjoy a traditional dining whilst chefs prepare the food right in front of guests at Riverside Teppanyaki by Kobe Jones.
Treat your dad to an indulgent brunch or an Italian feast at one of West Melbourne's newest restaurants, Sassy X. Some of the restaurant's stand-out dishes include the blue swimmer crab sliders and pan-friend sweet potato gnocchi.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Choose from the Father's Day lunch, where there's a full brunch menu on offer plus a free juice, coffee or beer and gift pack for Dad, or a four-course set menu dinner. Don't worry - the dinner also includes a gift pack plus free wine or beer for Dad.
A St Kilda stalwart, Claypots is the destination to make a beeline for when the call for succulent seafood near the beach is made.
Claypots, naturally, are available, as are seasonal meze, mussels, oysters and flathead.
Address: 213–215 Barkly Street, St Kilda
Supernormal Canteen, St Kilda
Transport him to the busy streets of Tokyo where there's a constant buzz in the air and seafood is heroed in every other dish.
Make yours a snack of typhoon shelter school prawns or skip ahead to warming wonders like sweet corn congee with smoked butter and nori and twice cooked duck leg.
Can't decide? Treat him to the banquet meal for an eight-course selection of Supernormal's most popular offerings. Pair it all with an Asahi beer or umeshu spritz and you can leave confident that Father's Day was a complete success.
Address: 2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Ichi Ni Izakaya, St Kilda
You’ve taken dad to the pub every Father’s Day but this year, you want to put a little twist on the old fave.
Try Ichi Ni out. It’s a bar of the Japanese kind and couples yakitori, sushi and sashimi with pristine views of Port Phillip Bay.
Two-course steakhouse meal with drinks for 2 from RedBalloon
Get yourselves some mouth-watering cuts of beef, chicken and calamari this Father's day at The Meat and Wine Co. With a selection of beer, wine or soft drinks at the side, it makes the perfect evening dining for any casual celebration.
Inclusions: 2-course meal with two glasses of wine, soft drink or beer
Casual meets classy at this modern Australian outlet where the ingredients are fresh and the plating is masterful.
The market's finest fish meets pasture-fed fillets on the menu and cocktails that won't cost you the earth, though dad doesn't have to know that.
Treat him to lunch then stick around until 4pm for happy hour. It's what we'd do, too.
Address: 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Park Street Pasta, Southbank
If fancy is not Dad's style, this neighbourhood gem doesn't disappoint. The fare is Italian, the atmosphere is warm and the service is friendly.
Dishes are humble but flavoursome, reminiscent of "mama's home cooked meal" and you have the option for your own pasta dish or a meatier meal to share.
But only if you want.
Address: 268 Park Street, South Melbourne
Mesh Crown Melbourne, Southbank
Dad a bottomless pit? He'll appreciate Mesh.
Housed within Crown Melbourne, it's a family-friendly environment with a buffet selection that is impressive to say the least. Expect freshly carved meats, fresh seafood and more than a handful of desserts destined to be scoffed down by all.
The Sunday seafood buffet runs from midday to 3pm, costs $69.50 per adult and comes with 4 hours of parking and free flowing sparkling.
Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne
Brunswick, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Abbotsford
Carlton brewery tour with beer tasting and lunch from RedBalloon
Get your dad to visit the Australia's most famous and largest brewery, The Carlton Brewhouse. It is also home to mouth-watering burgers, chicken and more. Enjoy the day whilst talented local musicians play in the background.
Inclusions: Guided brewery tour, beer and cider tasting, and a pub lunch
For any carb-loving dad, this is an Italian feast not to miss: four courses for lunch or dinner complete with a free glass of wine or beer for Dad.
Choose from dishes like an antipasto plate arancini balls to start, followed by a pasta choice like lamb ragu, mamma's meatballs. The star of the show is the slow-roasted pork to share (with a vegetarian option also available).
If you have room leftover after all of that, there's panna cotta, tiramisu or nutella mousse to finish things off.
Housed within an old metalworks factory, Cutler & Co. is a topnotch fine dining venue with a personality.
Its menu options are opulent, ranging from chefs and sommeliers' selections where you put the experts behind the wheel, to an à la carte menu of no more than four options per meal (ie, entree, main, salad, dessert).
If dad's a believer that it's better to be great at one thing than good at many, he has to pay a visit to Cutler & Co.
Address: 55–57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
No Father’s Day lunch list would be complete without Huxtaburger. The burger joint has a cult following that stretches into Sydney and has a small but mighty list of greasy and addictive burgers.
Don’t forget the chipotle fries. Oh, and napkins. Lots and lots of napkins.
Another chain that’s worthy of dad is Meatball and Wine Bar. Its menu screams carnivore with Wagyu beef jerky, meat and cheese boards, customisable meat balls (choose your meat, sauce and sotto palle) and sliders to name a few options.
Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting Paddle and Cheese from RedBalloon
Celebrate Father's Day with something unique like engaging in a distillery tour. Tiny Bear Distillery offers short tours with one of the gin makers. By then, finish the day with gourmet cheese board and tasting paddle.
Inclusions: Tour of Tiny Bear Distillery, gourmet cheese board and tasting paddle
Go the extra mile and take dad on a road trip to Mornington Peninsula for a relaxing afternoon break.
It might just be an hour from the city, but it'll feel worlds away at this luxury country hotel. Sunday is the day to indulge in its signature afternoon high tea. It's three tiers of finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and decadent beverages.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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