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Beat Eats

With Julia Sansone

The Royal Croquet Club has grown considerably since it quietly occupied the banks of the Yarra River a few years back. This year, it’s returning with a killer music lineup alongside some of Melbourne’s most loved food trucks. The event will boast an expanded site at the Birrarung Marr and some of Melbourne’s hottest music acts like Dope Lemon (Angus Stone), Jarryd James, KLP and Touch Sensitive hitting the stage, with more acts to be announced. The food menu includes burger legends 8bit, satay sticks and pork belly from Hoy Pinoy and meaty sandwiches from Up In Smoke. Gelato Messina will continue to steal the hearts of sweet tooths and Pimm’s Garden will serve up fruity drinks perfect for those summer nights. Royal Croquet Club will run from Thursday December 8 until Friday December 23.
 
Located in one of Melbourne’s most contemporary hotels, the Cullen Hotel in Prahran, the Gramercy Bistro has transformed into an American-styled diner serving burgers, shakes and meals straight out of a 1950s movie scene. With a new range of beers, cocktails and share platters on the menu, the Gramercy Bistro has truly transformed into a go-to food spot. Let your taste buds travel to America and enjoy a New York strip steak, a Williamsburg pulled pork burger or even a good ol’ classic banana split at the Gramercy Bistro, located at 162-164 Commercial Road, Prahran.
 
With a growing community of beer lovers in Melbourne, it only seems fitting that Hopscotch is coming onto the scene. Melbourne’s latest urban beer bar, it will showcase 30 different beers on tap, with an exclusive brew from a Victorian maker hitting the bar every month. Good beer needs good food and Hopscotch are bringing just that, with a weekend breakfast menu and nitro ice-cream bar. If cocktails are more your thing, you won’t be able to go past a Hopscotch DIY Kocktail Kit, tap cocktails or spiked slushies. Hopscotch will open Friday December 9. They haven’t revealed much yet, but you’ll find it along the Riverside Quay in Southbank.