Monthly wrap: best of July 2016

We went all over Melbourne in July: partying and gym-ing at St Hotel in St Kilda; seeing magic in Northcote; and quaffing wine in South Melbourne. Read our highlights for July 2016, and watch our video!

Menu Launch Party at St Hotel

You know it’s going to be an epic launch party when The Plus Ones are co-hosting! Along with our pals at Zomato, Uber, and St. Kilda Tourism & Events, we threw a party to celebrate St Hotel‘s new menu.

St Hotel was the place to be on Friday 15 July, with hundreds of guests filling both levels in the huge building. We were treated to acoustic music downstairs from singer/songwriter Jayden Reid. Upstairs our partner in crime at Boozy Brunch, DJ Mark John, spun some amazing tunes.

Food-wise, my favourite had to be the Moonlit Flat oysters, which made their way around downstairs several times. I also got my paws on some pork and ricotta sliders, and the mini doughballs filled with cheese (aka gougeres) were a treat. Guests could try samples of Stone and Wood‘s craft beer and wine, but I opted for a huge, refreshing bottle of East 9th Brewing‘s Fog City cider. Take a look at our video for how it all went down!

– Theresa
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa is pleased she got to party with so many people from TPO’s audience.

St Hotel
54 Fitzroy St
St Kilda VIC 3182

Melbourne Magic Festival 2016

John Archer at the Melbourne Magic Festival

John Archer was the first magician to fool the amazing Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller on their first ever ‘Fool Us’ television show.  If you haven’t seen the show before then you should; it’s a lot of fun.  Flying all the way from the UK to perform at The Melbourne Magic Festival, Archer took to the performance with the professional air of someone who could do this show blindfolded. His polished performance included audience participation, card tricks, and a few comedy songs on his ukulele. It’s safe to say my plus one and I were left wondering how a few of these tricks were performed – it must be magic.

– Tomas
Tomas Zagoda is a filmmaker, writer, coffee addict and tall person who does not play basketball. You can follow him@TomasZagoda.

John Archer performed at the Melbourne Magic Festival 28 June to 2 July at the Northcote Town Hall. The venue is accessible. No doubt the festival will return in 2017. 

Chapel Fitness

Chapel Fitness Open Day

If you want to get your summer body looking fit and firm then look no further than Chapel Fitness. It’s the perfect gym for the everyday lad or lady.

If you’re like me and find it hard to motivate yourself to exercise then you’ll enjoy the many classes that Chapel Fitness has to offer. Their open day on July 8 started with an 8.30am Bootyfit class run by Wendy Roche. It’s great to work out with a group of ladies knowing the trainer has your best interest at heart – working on your booty.

The highlight of the open day was listening to Sarah Holloway the co-founder of Matcha Maiden. She told her journey of quitting her day job as a lawyer and starting her own organic green tea business. Her number one tip being ‘Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will’.

The open day was a great start to my Saturday. Now I’m looking forward to returning for more Bootyfit classes.

– Amber
Amber B. is a lover of active wear and a try hard fitness fanatic.

Chapel Fitness (2 Chapel St, St Kilda) is open Monday to Saturday from 6am to 9pm, with shorter opening hours on Saturday. Check out their website for information on their classes.

Squashed Grapes

Squashed Grapes launch at St. Ali

New Aussie wine website Squashed Grapes is here to help you with all your vino habits. Fellow TPO writer Claudia and I attended their launch party at St. Ali in South Melbourne (which is worth a visit if you’ve never been).

Everything about the party was top-notch: from a table of wine glasses, each with a card with our name on it; to the flowers and balloons surrounding the sparkling station. We spent quite some time there trying glasses of Bress bubbles, before making our way to a smaller room. Rumour had it one of the Young Winemakers of the Year was pouring tastings of everything from Sutton Grange from Bendigo, to Hahndorf Hill from Adelaide Hills.

Claudia and I had a boogie in front of the awesome live band, traipsing home with gift bags with adorable little bottles, into which you can pour the remains of a bottle of wine to help preserve it. If the quality of the wineries at the launch is anything to go by, you definitely won’t have anything left if you order a bottle from Squashed Grapes.

– Theresa
The Plus Ones’ co-founder, Theresa needs help deciding which bottles of Aussie wine to order next. 

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Rocs Bar @ The Jam Factory

The Jam Factory has a new groove, or rather a new Roc. Named after one of the founding members of the Village Cinema Group, Roc’s Bar, is a sleek new jazz bar where the more discerning among us can enjoy a tipple pre or post show.

On the opening evening we were treated to a pre Jason Bourne extravaganza. Several delicious canapés from the executive chef and more than just a tipple. Couple this with gourmet liquid nitrogen popcorn (I’m not sure if this is a permanent feature, but it should be!) and some smooth jazz tunes from Voice finalist, Atlanta Coogan, and we set for a slick evening.

Rocs Bar - Jam Factory 1

– Rukmal
The Plus Ones’ co-founder, Rukmal lives and breathes events. 

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-Team TPO

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Martini Mondays, Melbourne Magic Festival, Helen Reizer and 23 Media.
Photo credit: Squashed Grapes, Melbourne Magic Festival, Chapel Fitness.