Where to eat out in Melbourne before a weekend at the Melbourne Esports Open

Published on Jul 23, 2019

Heading to the Melbourne Esports Open this August? Why not add an extra day to your weekend and experience the hottest food Melbourne has to offer for esports fans.

Melbourne is an easy city to visit – you’ve got more options to eat out than just about anywhere else in Australia, and whether you land at modern Italian near Hardware Lane, dumplings in Chinatown, or ramen in the CBD, it’s hard to go wrong. To make things easy, we’ve picked our top spots for any esports-lover-cross-foodie to hit the day before #MEO2019.


Breakfast – Faraday’s Cage, Fitzroy

A buzzing embodiment of Australian cafe culture, Faraday’s Cage offers up some breakfast bangers like their pulled pork benny, or fried chicken burger with jalapeno mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes. Just make sure you save space for dessert – their cronuts are amazing, and made in-house.


Lunch – Leonard’s House of Love, South Yarra

As an esports fan, you’re probably familiar with Korean Fried Chicken, so why not take a trip back to the origins of the crispy treat at our next stop. Leonard’s House of Love is an American-themed dive bar just off Chapel Street serving up some of the best burgers and southern fried chicken you will have in Melbourne – along with some local brews to wash it all down.


Pre-Dinner – Harley House

Once you find Harley House, tucked away in a nondescript laneway in a discreetly-signed entrance, you’ll be welcomed into the latin-american joint by a slightly eccentric wait staff. Sit down and enjoy a Pisco Sour before tucking into all manner of Peruvian food – ceviche, empanadas, papa rellena (think Peruvian baked potato) and more.


Dinner & Live Music – the Corner Hotel

With live music on most nights of the year and a rooftop beer garden, it’s no wonder locals queue around the corner to get in to the Corner Hotel. It’s the perfect spot for classic pub food combined with sensational beats. .


Post-Dinner Drinks – GG EZ Bar

An esports foodie’s guide to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without a mention of GG EZ Bar, Australia’s top destination for a mix of competitive video games & drinks. Once you’ve dragged your esports-illiterate mates out the first time, they’ll be the ones asking to come back.


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