Where to Dine During Comedy Festival! 丑

Melbourne International Comedy Fest is comin' up quick! For the best festival experience - fuel your funnies with fine eats.

Liven has partenered with MICF to offer you a supercharged drinking and dining program - boasting some of the best bars and restaurants surrounding all the festival action!

Pay and earn with Liven at all locations below, for the duration of the festival! New Liven users can redeem the code "MICF10" to grab $10 to spend at any venue listed below.

Furthering on this, for the month of April we're featuring a venue a day - offering a supercharged promo code for single day use to our Melbourne email subscribers. Subscribe now if you haven't already!


Polpol + Glamp - 15% Liven Cash
A modern African menu made for hands on sharing, Polpol has a focus on bold flavour pairings and game meats. Above Pol, find Glamp - an energetic Safari style cocktail bar serving African inspired cocktails and nibbles.

Shows nearby:
Sean Patton: Number One @ Melbourne Town Hall, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Headliners @ Max Watt's, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Puppetry of the Penis @ Athanaeum Theatre on 3-8 April


Cabinet Bar and Balcony - 15% Liven Cash
A step above the CBD streets, serving cocktails, tapas and flatbread pizza; with quirky Parisian-style decor and a Swanston St facing balcony.

Shows nearby:
Comedy Up Late @ Max Watt's on 31 Mar, 9 and 16 Apr
Mark Watson @ Melbourne Town Hall, 29 Mar - 9 Apr
Sophie Willan @ Melbourne Town Hall, 29 Mar - 22 Apr


Punch Lane - 15% Liven Cash
A police station turned wine bar, with an eclectic collection of one of a kind vintage furnishings. A seasonal menu offering contemporary Mediterranean plates, wine and a selection of cheeses.

Shows nearby:
Comedy Zone Asia @ Chinese Museum, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Emily Tresidder: No, You Hang Up! @ Imperial Hotel, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
This is a Sketch Show @ The Improv Conspiracy Theatre, 30 Mar - 22 Apr


Mamak - 20% Liven Cash
Award-winning Malaysian! Mamak Melbourne opened it's doors in 2012, bringing the same amazing, authentic taste that the original Sydney stores became renowned for.

Shows nearby:
Dice Paper Roll Live @ Storyville on 15 and 22 Apr
Chris Dewberry: Irresponsibily Irreverent @ Basement Cafe, 29 Mar - 21 Apr
Aaron Pratt: Pratt Fall @ Basement Cafe, 12 - 21 Apr


Bomba - 15% Liven Cash
Tapas downstairs, rooftop bar five floors up! Bomba promises simple, signature Spanish tapas - and drinks that'll keep you kickin' on for your Comedy Fest night out.

Shows nearby:
Wil Anderson: Wilegal @ Comedy Theatre, 28 Mar - 22 Apr
Alcohol is Good For You Too @ Coopers Inn, 28 Mar - 22 Apr
Why You're Not Dead Yet @ Loop Project Space & Bar on 18, 19 and 21 Apr


Sarti -15% Liven Cash
Fusing tradional and contemporary Italian cuisine - with a focus on fresh produce, fit with dynamic new flavour combinations.

Shows nearby:
Comedy Pub Crawl @ The Carlton Club / The Exford Hotel, 29 Mar - 21 Apr
Giant and Angry @ Fad Gallery, 28 Mar - 21 Apr
All Around the World: The International Comedy Showcase @ Elephant and Wheelbarrow, 28 Mar - 22 Apr


Izakaya Chuji - 15% Liven Cash
Established in 1989, Izakaya Chuji is one of Australia's oldest authentic Izakaya-style dining experiences. Socialise over share plates, sake and Japanese beer. Casual, comfortable and the perfect fit for your MICF night out.

Shows nearby:
Cam Knight: Get Rich or Die Crying @ Mantra on Russell, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Daniel Townes: The World is Amazing and Everyone's A Winner @ Greek Centre, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Bart Freebairn: Super Joke Volcano @ Pomodoro Sardo, 29 Mar - 22 Apr


Kumo Izakaya - 15% Liven Cash
Gourmet Izakaya-style dining, in a sleek Lygon Street location. Allow the in house wine and sake specialists to recommend the best drink to compliment your chosen plates.

Shows nearby:
Joe White: Ethiopian & Still Not Hungry (Pt2 Canada Edition) @ Afro Hub, 28 Mar - 22 Apr
Hashtag TeacherLife @ Princess Hill Secondary College, 3 - 6 Apr
Im.mortal @ Cinema Nova Bar, 3 - 19 Apr


Portello Rosso - 15% Liven Cash
A trip to Spain, without the jetlag. Portello Rosso serves seasonal Spanish tapas and sangria; in a space that's gorgeously reminiscent of a dimly lit, rustic wine cellar.

Shows nearby:
Angela Green: Media Madness @ Campari House on 13 & 14 Apr
Best of British @ Exford Hotel, 28 Mar - 22 Apr
Festival Showcase @ Exford Hotel, 28 Mar - 21 Apr


Seamstress - 15% Liven Cash
Dry martinis, seasonal cocktails and a light pan-Asian dinner menu. Housed in a 120 year old former textile factory, Seamstress is inspired by the sounds of jazz & blues. Silk shirt draped ceilings, ornate walls and multiple levels of comfortable seating.

Shows nearby:
Amos Gill: Where Have I Been All Your Life? @ Chinese Museum, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Celia Pacquola: All Talk @ Comedy Theatre, 28 Mar - 17 Apr
Shayne Hunter: Blaze Against The Machine @ Pomodoro Sardo, 29 Mar - 22 Apr


Swiss Club of Victoria - 25% Liven Cash
Founded in 1973, Swiss Club resembles a traditional Swiss Gaststube - serving fondue, r繹sti, and seasonally inspired weekly specials. They'll be playing host to numerous acts throughout the Comedy Festival.

Shows nearby:
Rhys Nicholson: Seminal @ Swiss Club, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Tom & Olly: A Thousand Laughs @ Garden State Hotel, 29 Mar - 8 Apr
Woah, Alyssa @ Cage Me a Peacock 4 - 22 Apr


Belleville - 15% Liven Cash
Rotisserie chicken, cocktails, group eats and live beats. Situated in the historic building that was once home to the Globe Hotel.

Shows nearby:
Nick Capper: Quantum Bad Boy @ Belleville, 28 Mar - 22 Apr
Double Denim Adventure Show @ Belleville, 27 Mar - 22 Apr
Jack Druce: Kitchen Bird @ Belleville, 9 - 22 Apr


Gingerboy - 15% Liven Cash
Inspired by buzzing Asian marketplaces - Gingerboy serves up hawker style street food, with customised 'feed me' banquets and amazing cocktails.

Shows nearby:
Nurse Georgie Caroll: The Gloves are Off @ European Bier Cafe, 28 Mar - 11 Apr
Amy Cunningham: Eat the Teeth @ Imperial Hotel, 28 Mar - 21 Apr
Kirsty Webeck: I Get It Now @ Imperial Hotel, 28 Mar - 22 Apr


Lello - 15% Liven Cash
Pasta handmade daily, an elegant interior and a carefully selected collection of wine and Italian micro-beers. Lello is modestly magnificent, authentic Italian.

Shows nearby:
Angella Dravid: Down the Rabbit Hole @ Forum Theatre, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
David O'Doherty: You Have To Laugh @ Forum Theatre, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Jason Byrne: The Man With Three Brains @ Forum Theatre, 29 Mar - 22 Apr


The George on Collins - 20% Liven Cash
A New York style basement bar in the heart of the CBD - with an interior crafted by award winning architect Hecker Guthrie. The George is a classic location for cocktails, share plates and express lunch.

Shows nearby:
Akmal: Transparent @ Athanaeum Theatre, 28 Mar - 22 Apr
Stephen K Amos: Bread and Circuses @ Athanaeum Theatre, 28 Mar - 22 Apr
Laura Davis: Ghost Machine @ The Butterfly Club, 28 Mar - 22 Apr


Brunetti on Flinders Lane - 20% Liven Cash
An iconic Italian cafe renowned for outstanding coffee, gelato, and pastries both savoury and sweet. Beginning in Carlton, since spreading to 4 sites across the city.

Shows nearby:
The Very Big Laugh Out @ Fed Square, 30 Mar - 22 Apr
Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey @ ACMI, 29 Mar - 22 Apr
Daniel Sloss: Now @ ACMI, 29 Mar - 22 Apr


Bottega - 20% Liven Cash
Classic Italian ambiance and carefully crafted menu including many housemade pasta dishes. Bottega also homes a two or three course pre-theatre menu.

Shows nearby:
Caili Christian & Donna Collins: Awkwardness @ The Croft Institute, 10 - 21 Apr
Tom Gleeson: Sure Thing @ Comedy Theatre, 11 - 19 Apr
Asaf Gerchak: The Only Happy Man in Sadtown @ Imperial Hotel, 28 Mar - 22 Apr