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Six reasons to leave your desk on time

Staying late at work might be the new normal, but it’s important to factor in me-time too. These great drinking, dining and entertainment bargains will have you logging off in no time.

Tixatsix at Arts Centre Melbourne

Fancy seeing top-notch classical concerts, dance, theatre or opera for just $30? Then get on board with tixatsix, Arts Centre Melbourne’s fab discount ticket offering. Take your spot in the queue for the box office before the magic hour (6pm) to score up to two tickets to a just-announced show and let your evening venture into the unknown. Eager ticket buyers start queuing from 5pm so be early.

Learn an instrument at The Music Gym

Ever wanted to learn a musical instrument, but couldn’t find the time? Book in for an after-work class at The Music Gym. Offering group music classes in piano, voice or guitar, students can attend casually, or sign up for three to six-month membership for weekly unlimited music lessons. Class options range from absolute beginner to advanced, and all the instruments are provided on site.

Oyster happy hour at Entrecote

From 4pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday, say ‘bonjour’ to discounted food and drinks at moody French diner Entrecote. The Parisian-style steakhouse’s Happy Hour menu boasts $2.50 oysters, a crack-worthy creme brulee as well as Champagne and wine specials.

a plate of oysters with sauce and lemon next to a glass of wine

Don’t miss oyster happy hour at Entrecote City

Cinema Nova Monday nights

Movie night never looked so good with Cinema Nova’s Monday night deals. Movie tickets are $7 before 4pm and $10 afterwards. That leaves plenty of change to spend at the Nova Bar’s happy hour from 4pm to 6pm, where select drinks are $7.

Late night shopping

Beat the weekend crowds by getting a dose of retail therapy after work. Emporium Melbourne, David Jones and Myer Melbourne in Bourke Street Mall and  Melbourne Central are open until 7pm weeknights, or 9pm on Thursday and Friday. QV Melbourne’s stores also leave their doors open until 7pm, and 9pm on Friday. You can also fit in an after-work shop at Melbourne’s GPO with H&M staying open until 8pm Monday to Wednesday and 9pm Thursday and Friday. When you’re done, Ca de Vin is a perfect dinner spot in nearby Postal Lane.

People walking past an old building at twilight

H&M at Melbourne’s GPO

Discount dining

If you love Mexican flavours, head to Touche Hombre’s Refresco Hour between 5 and 8pm Monday to Wednesday, for their $18 house margarita and ‘taco secreto’ combo. It’s also available 6 to 8pm on Saturdays. Trade your corporate office for Father’s Office, where a $15 cheap eats menu and a range of drink specials are on offer from 5 to 7pm, or grab  midweek espresso martini for $10 at Melbourne Public during their extra-long 4-7pm weekday happy hour.

A cocktail on a table in front of a tray of tacos

Touche Hombre