Start your week with a formal introduction to St Kilda and indulge the history nerd within. Starting at 4:30pm, St Kilda Free Walking Tours begin in front of the St Kilda Town Hall and end with a visit to the Little Penguins at sunset. The tours are held every day; we just recommend the beginning of the week for smaller crowds. Tip your guide at the end depending on how much you feel the tour was worth (and it’s worth it).
It’s time to warm up the vocal chords. Every Tuesday night from 8pm, Spanish-inspired bar and restaurant Lona St Kilda (like Barce-Lona) holds its beloved open mic night. Come down and check out the local talent, or have a go yourself. The best part? On Tuesdays they also serve $2.50 pots, $5 sangria and $5 tacos. Salud.
Unleash your competitive streak. Every Wednesday night from 6pm, Republica Bar and Restaurant on the St Kilda foreshore holds its Beach Volleyball night (with a live music in sound track). If you need some liquid courage, get down at 5pm for their happy hour before you play. Just like the beach scene in Top Gun. But not.
Chicken wings. All. You. Can. Eat. That’s right, on Thursday nights the beautiful retro-meets-contemporary pub The Newmarket Hotel has its beloved all you can eat chicken wing special. Setting you back only $15, be sure to wear something loose around the belly.
Every Friday, Captain Baxter holds a special banquet lunch for $35. Feast your tastebuds on five delicious courses of modern Asian-fusion, from coconut kingfish ceviche to grilled beef short ribs with crying tiger sauce and a complimentary glass of wine or beer (yes please).
If you’re looking for something wilder for your Friday night, we recommend the DJ night at Big Mouth on Acland Street. Though it may look more like a swanky art deco cocktail bar, make no mistake; the floor fills quickly with punters looking to shake off the week with their best moves. Oh, and if you get down between 6pm and 9pm, they offer two-for-one deals for their signature cocktails.
The ‘local’ for many St Kilda natives, The Prince of Wales front bar is the place to catch some of the city’s best bands and musicians early on a Saturday night. Munch down a classic pub meal and experience the Melbourne music scene up close. Stick around if you’ve had a few drinks – DJs start from 10pm.
Almost every Sunday since 1970, the St Kilda Esplanade Market sets up along – you guessed it – St Kilda Esplanade. Showcasing more than 140 Melbourne artists and craftspeople, this longstanding market has something for everyone, from jewellery and ceramics to handmade jams and olive oils. Open from 10am to 4pm in the cooler months and ‘til 5pm in the warmer months.