Bohemian Birthday Bash
Nov
14
to Nov 15

Bohemian Birthday Bash

Celebrate 7 years of your favourite spot at The Moat's Bohemian Birthday Bash - an evening of dancing, drinking and unbridled revelry.

From 7pm on Wednesday 14 November, enjoy roaming canapés and nibbles, live music from the Sugar Fed Leopards and interactive life drawing with Dr Sketchy's. All party-goers will receive a drink on arrival, and there'll be celebratory specials all night long.

Dress in your bohemian finery and come kick off your heels on our dance floor!

Purchase your tickets here!

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Neil Pigot presents the Rubáiyát: an Artists' Salon
Oct
7
12:30 PM12:30

Neil Pigot presents the Rubáiyát: an Artists' Salon

'Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.’

And so cries the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Edward FitzGerald’s Victorian era translation of 11th century quatrains written by the Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet Omar Khayyám.  With a narrative that spans a single day from dawn ‘til dusk, the Rubáiyát offers up a wisdom that is simultaneously carefree, rebellious and deeply profound as Khayyám reflects upon the riddle of life and the transience of all things while finding solace in the unerring beauty and material pleasure of life.

At the Moat last year we presented the poetry of the Sufi mystic Rumi with great success and have brought together that same creative team to breathe life into this Victorian lens on medieval Persia. Over lunch Melbourne actor Neil Pigot will read an epic poem where the sequence of a day acts as a metaphor for the passage of a life, one in which animated clay pots ponder and discuss the mysteries of their existence while a man urges his audience to defy fate, destiny and the unknowable mysteries of existence by taking to present pleasures, significant among which is good food, good company and a good glass of wine or two. 

Neil will be joined by Persian musicians Murat Yucel and Alisha Brooks (Unified Gecko, Baro Banda) who have toured extensively throughout Turkey, Europe and Australia. As part of the Melbourne group Bashka they create music which brings to life old folk songs, gypsy ballads and dance music from the dusty streets of old Turkey. Together with friends on tradition instruments they will create a fantastical, sometimes explosive, always poetic musical soundtrack for the reading.

Tickets are $55 for a two-course lunch and show, available now.

Image: 'Enduringly Ephemeral' by Hannah Bertram

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival  "The Best Of" School of Hard Knock Knocks
Apr
5
to Apr 15

Melbourne International Comedy Festival "The Best Of" School of Hard Knock Knocks

FEW COMEDIANS CAN BOAST that they were coached by arguably the best in the business. “The Best Of”brings together an eclectic group who have two things in common – they’ve all graduated from the School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy school and they are hilarious!

This is the freshest batch of curated talent. No two nights at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) are identical as our handpicked line-up performs their funniest tried-and-tested sets, alongside comedy veterans Ben Horowitz and Dave Ivkovic. See these pre-famous comedians before they are a somebody!

Price: $25 full / $20 concession

Where: The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
(underneath the State Library of Victoria)

Enquiries: (03) 9094 7820

Tickets via the link below

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The Love Boat meets The Titanic
Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

The Love Boat meets The Titanic

ANTI-VALENTINE'S NIGHT AT THE MOAT

Is your one true love yourself? Do you have a partner but can't bear the thought of spending the night surrounded by other couples staring deeply into each other's eyes? Or are your friends just better?

We're turning up the cheese-factor for another commercial holiday. Join us on the lower deck for some cruisey tunes and delicious two-course meal for $35. 

From 6pm
Delicious share fare for $35 per person
BOOK NOW – 03 90947820


We'll be in our best oceanic threads. Put on your captain's hat and come on down.

 

 

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VI: Birthday Celebration
Nov
10
4:30 PM16:30

VI: Birthday Celebration

Come and celebrate six years fuelling Melbourne's literati. We are so proud of what the Moat embodies. We are in awe of the conversations shared, the books written and published, the essays and submissions drafted, the ideas born and lubricated over glasses of rosé which have gone on to live and breathe as part of Melbourne's hungry arts and culture. Let's cheers to that.

Join us for DJs (to be announced) plus canapés and sparkling wine by Ginger Prince on us. 

When: Friday 10 November 2017  
Time: Kicking off the party with happy hour from 4-30pm. 

Bookings available for groups of 6+ – call (03) 9094 7820 now

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What are we doing here? November artist salon
Nov
1
7:45 PM19:45

What are we doing here? November artist salon

'What Are We Doing Here?' is a series of boutique salon style performances that collide words and music with ideas curated by the wind. Combined with the Moat's food, wine and bohemian atmosphere, we aim to create a space to breathe on the first Wednesday of every month.

This month Neil Pigot sings while John Thorn plays The Changi Songbook. Beautiful, well-constructed traditional Jazz, Swing and 30’s dance band songs that speak about hope.

When: 1 November 2017
Time: 8:45pm show time
Cost: $10 entry

Book for dinner from 7pm and get the best seats in the house.
Contact us on (03) 9094 7820 to book now!

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A night of Yoruba beats
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

A night of Yoruba beats

From 6:15 pm - 7:15pm, our friends upstairs at The Wheeler Centre are hosting Fela Kuti: Opposite People, a panel discussion in honour of the African artist and activist who pioneered the sound and spirit of Afrobeat.

To help mark the 20th anniversary of Fela Kuti's death, we'll be following on with the celebrations downstairs at the Moat. Mix it up a bit and join us for a fun night of Yoruba beats courtesy of a stellar DJ line up (TBD), from 7:30pm until late. The perfect spot for Friday night drinks, a bite or two, and a delicious blend of jazz, funk and African soul. 

More details on The Wheeler Centre's Fela Kuti: Opposite People here:https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/fela-kuti-opposite-people

Don't miss out! Give us a call to reserve a table: (03) 9094 7820

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What are we doing here? Artists salon – October
Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

What are we doing here? Artists salon – October

What are we doing here? An artists salon 

What Are We Doing Here? is a series of boutique salon performances combining words, ideas and music with a quality Moat dining experience. 

When: TBD
Time: 8:45pm show time
Where: The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale St


Neil Pigot and Sarah Sutherland will be performing Arrabal's early one act theatre of panic masterpiece Orison. Sexy, hilarious and profoundly unpredictable, the play will be accompanied by original compositions and a touch of jazz from the internationally renowned cellist and composer Caerwin Martin.
 

Cost: $10 entry
Book for dinner from 7pm and get the best seats in the house


Contact us on (03) 9094 7820 to book now!
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