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, entertainment and exercise 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!

Break a full Bodhi sweat

Cool and conveniently located, Bodhi & Ride offers an exhilarating range of spin classes in the heart of the city. Get your active wear on and hot foot it down to Goldie Place as soon as work is over for one of their 6pm classes. With a penchant for spinning RnB classics, the 45 minutes of cycling fun will go by in a breeze.

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

Comedy, live music, theatre and more

Halftix at Town Hall have daily discount tickets available for shows all across the city. Get in before they close and you could pick up cheap entry to the likes of The Butterfly Club, Malthouse Theatre, The Comic’s Lounge and more. It’s cash only, so hit up an ATM before visiting.

Aperol at Brunetti Flinders Lane

Ease your way into the evening with a $10 Campari or Aperol spritz at Brunetti City from 4pm to 7pm. Team it with snacks like gnocchi fritto, pizzas topped with prosciutto, fig and gorgonzola and those cakes, yes, those cakes.

Three pieces of bread with sardines, sun dried tomatoes and herbs on a plate

Team an Aperol Spritz with a delicious Italian snack at Brunetti 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 $6.

Late night shopping

Beat the weekend crowds by getting a dose of retail therapy after work. Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne Central both open until 7pm weeknights, or 9pm on Thursday and Friday. QV Retail’s stores also leave their doors open until 7pm, and 9pm on Friday.

A person walking in a shopping centre and holding shopping bags

Emporium Melbourne

Discount dining

Brooklyn Depot’s happy hour (3pm to 6pm) dishes up $6 American-style cheeseburgers, $8 mushroom or chicken burgers, $5 schooners and $10 cocktails. For south-of-the-border snacks, try Touche Hombre’s tiny tacos – $5 for two, 4pm to 6pm daily.

Or trade your corporate office for Father’s Office, where $1 wings, $2 arancini and a range of drink specials are on offer from 5 to 7pm. And if you sneak out early on Thursdays, you’ll be just in time for $15 burgers from the European Bier Cafe (served from 12 to 4pm).

A burger on a white plate with chips beside it

Burger and chips for just $15 at European Bier Cafe