He might say he doesn’t need presents, or pretend to like the socks, but every Dad deserves something special on Father’s Day. Here are some experiences and gifts to please every gentleman. Most are best enjoyed together, so you can treat yourself on 3 September too.
Time for a tipple
Whisky is both steeped in history and of the moment, as the recent rise of bars such as Whisky and Alement attest. On Father’s Day, resident bartender and author Luke McCarthy will lead a tasting of rare blended Scotch whiskies. Savour six drops from decades past and two contemporary whiskies while being regaled with the stories behind them.
If Dad’s more of a red-wine guy, he will surely love Bohemian Bar and Restaurant’s Shiraz Masterclass. Sommelier Gavin Wraith will guide a Father’s Day tasting of six wines, matched to cheese and snacks. He is joined by Damien Agnel, shiraz specialist and M. Chapoutier Australia’s brand ambassador, in revealing this grape variety’s delicious story.
Meat lover’s masterclass
Join Meat Market’s head chef as he runs the class through the tips, tricks and secrets of making a perfect burger. Beef Up Your Burger Game’s only test: devouring your creation with a beer or wine alongside Dad and your new foodie friends. Cap off this A+ experience by taking home recipe cards and 800g of burger patties you’ve had fun perfecting.
Want to treat Dad to a stroll across the hallowed turf of the ‘G? That’s just one of many amazing moments on a guided MCG Tour. Other highlights include visiting the player change rooms, MCC Library and the legendary Long Room.
While away the afternoon together at the National Sports Museum, also located within the MCG. Displays celebrate Australia’s rich sporting history, from footy and cricket to golf and boxing. In the Game On! interactive gallery, the hands-on challenges (ideal for some friendly father-son or father-daughter competition) include archery and reaction testing.
Last-minute gift ideas
They may not admit it, but many gents fancy chocolate as much as ladies do, so make his day with something sweet. Find classic treats at venerable Australian retailer Haigh’s, a Belgian beauty at Chokolait, or create a unique gift at KitKat Chocolatory. There are more cocoa-licious ideas on the What’s On blog, including our World Chocolate Day post.
Unlike those socks, Dad won’t need to feign delight in receiving anything from Men’s Biz. Every one of their sophisticated shaving, grooming and skincare products and accessories make gorgeous gifts. Still not sure? From thrillers to biographies, there’s something to suit every taste and budget at Melbourne’s bookstores, such as these five favourites.