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Treat your dad in the Valley this Father’s Day

Forget socks and jocks, the Valley has everything you need to spoil your dad this Father’s Day.

From epic experiences to family fun, the Valley has you – and your dad– covered.
 

FOR THE DAD WHO DOESN’T WANT TO COOK

How many meals has your father lovingly prepared for you over the years? Well now’s the perfect time to show your gratitude and give him a night out to remember.

After years of chauffeuring kids, it’s time for Dad to party until late at Uh Oh Spaghettio with the Bakery Lane restaurant pumping out fun vibes and pasta eats until 1am each Friday and Saturday. For another late-night option, spoil him at Stranded Bar, a hideaway bar perched above Winn Lane where the staff spin vinyl classics until the wee hours.

For a fine dining option and a curated international wine list that will knock his socks off, you can’t go wrong at Rosmarino. The gorgeous Italian restaurant is in the Stewart & Hemmant heritage building and offers an A+ for ambience. For another intimate setting, try the elegant French brasserie Bisou Bisou at Hotel X or head upstairs and graze from an impressive menu at Iris Rooftop.     

 

FOR THE DAD WITH STYLE

Let Dad sit back, switch off, relax and enjoy a pampering experience and fresh look at The Public Barber. This gorgeous space evokes barber shops of old – simple, comfortable, welcoming and with a master barber who’s handy on the tools.

Take Dad’s slick cut and close shave to the next level with a stylish new suit. Oscar Hunt specialises in a uniquely Australian style of made-to-measure suiting. If your dad is more black-run than black-tie, get him ready for his next outdoor adventure with a gift from K2 Base Camp. The Valley store has been kitting out dads for hikes, runs, climbs, camping and skiing adventures for 30 years.

 

FOR THE DAD THAT HAS EVERYTHING

If he’s a foodie who loves fancy staples in the pantry like beetroot and plum chutney or rhubarb and ginger jam, grab the shopping bag and take him on a spree to the impressive Nug General Store in Bakery Lane. Take a hanky, because their neatly lined shelves will have him drooling.

Another must-stop for foodie fathers and those with a sweet tooth is Brooki Bakehouse. This Valley treasure trove has created every conceivable flavour of cake, macaron and cupcake.

A gift idea that’s sure to get him in a spin and won’t blow the budget is a new record from Catalog Music. Or, check out the shows at Fortitude Music Hall on the Father’s Day weekend and snap up tickets. One he might love is The Rolling Stones Revue celebrating 50 years of the Stones’ classics on Saturday 3 September.

 

FOR THE DAD WHO’S A BIG KID AT HEART

There are plenty of ways to play in the Valley, both night and day. Challenge your dad to a game of darts at Oche while you snack on mouth-watering share plates and gourmet pizzas. The bar staff also whip up a mean cocktail and have a range of great local and international beers on tap.

Enjoy a blast from the past at Netherworld, an arcade bar that’s filled with forgotten treasures from as far back as the ‘70s including 15 pinball machines and 25 arcade games. Netherworld’s kitchen serves up a diverse selection of bites, buns and bowls which you can wash down with your choice of 24 taps of local beer, cider and mixed elixirs.

There are more arcade games over at B Lucky & Sons – a little crazy competition always brings fathers and their children closer… right? Fair warning, he may just kick your butt in Space Invaders and Mario Kart. Or don your finest golf attire and tee off at Holey Moley, the mini-golf mecca that also has a fun karaoke bar, colourful cocktails and some of the wildest water traps and obstacles around.

- August 2022