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It’s Friday night & time to ditch the office for something perhaps a little more refreshing & a little more tasty. Who’s with me? Thankfully, this weekend my good friends at American Express have partnered with The Urban List to create the Urban Weekender (presented by Shop Small). No what exactly does all this mean I hear you pondering? Well for this weekend only, Amex Card Members are invited to come along & experience some of the delicious offers at an array of my favourite local bars, cafes & hotspots around town. So what are you waiting for? Grab your Amex & get involved!

Buying drinks with American Express credit cardCheers with Aperol Spritz Going out on the weekend with my Amex credit card Cutting a pizza at Ladro in Melbourne Drinking Aperol Spritz at Ladro in Melbourne Blogger Lisa Hamilton eating takeaway pizzaEating chocolate ice-cream cone

Naturally, when I first saw the incredible list of participating restaurants & eateries in the Urban Weekender, I went with the pizza/ice-cream option. My first stop? Ladro. Their chefs certainly know how to create a mouth-watering pizza & they are one of my go-to’s around town (yep there is more than one location!) The Ladro bar also make a mean Aperol Spritz jug, so really this option was a no-brainer. And the best part is, if you’re an American Express Card Member you can get a complimentary Rucola Insalata (aka my fave salad ever) with every pizza this weekend! Belissimo!

Next stop, & I blame my sweet-tooth for this, is Ganache Chocolate. This chocolate lounge has it all, from
bite size pieces to sharing blocks to macarons to frozen treats. One waffle cone and chocolate ice-cream for me
please! This weekend, you can try their Urban Weekender Chocolate Platter, featuring a chocolate
macaron, chocolate pralines, a slice of our decadent Triple Chocolate Mousse plua either a hot
chocolate or a chocolate cocktail. Now if that doesn’t sound like dessert heaven, I don’t know what does.

But, not to worry, if that dinner & dessert duo doesn’t tickle your tastebuds, there are a tonnes of great venues participating with promotional items at each. They’re all listed below so you can map out your weekend with ease!
You can also see a full list of what’s happening this weekend (November 4th & 5th) here. Plus, if you’re travelling or live in one of Australia’s other wonderful cities, you can check out the offers in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth too.

Happy weekending with Amex!

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The Urban Weekender Amex Deals:

Jalisco – Corona & Tequila Shot $10 and $3 tacos

Meatball & Wine Bar – $10 Spaghetti meatballs and $6 Negroni on tap

Rice Paper Sister – a cocktail of your choice paired with Black Sesame Crab Wafers, ‘Babi Guling’ Balinese Roast Suckling Pig and a super secret special Urban Weekender dish @ $35 a head.

Rice Paper Scissors – $12 stolen bike cocktail

The Noble Experiment – $30 Espresso Martini with dessert of your choice

Sash Japanese – sushi nachos & a South American cocktail!

Leonards House of Love – the ultimate hangover cure: a bacon clad bloody mary, a choice between a
cheeseburger, mushroom burger or vegan burger and a side of potato gems for $24

Mukka – South Indian bottomless brunch

Archie’s All Day – Baja fish tacos, 3 for $15 or $20 with a beer

Ichi Ni Nana – Summer Thyme Spritz, a homemade sour lemon & thyme jam, sloe gin topped with prosecco

Village People – Summer Thyme Spritz, a homemade sour lemon & thyme jam, sloe gin topped with prosecco

Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall – will host the Golden Cap Giveaway where you can win a year’s supply of riggers from the beer hall, free pots of beer, free tasting paddles or a private brewery tour.

Tokyo Tina – Suntory Whisky Baba (Whisky Soaked Sponge) with Ginger Creme Pat & Chargrilled Pineapple.

David’s – Special 3 course duck banquet at $49 per person.

Oriental Tea House – offering bottomless ice tea



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  1. The urban weekender will make the outing times more fun and joyous with the loved ones. The offers and deals are too good to resist. The enormous options that you offer are highly appreciable. Love it..!!

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