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Who's your daddy?

No two dads are alike. But if Father’s Day has taken you by surprise and you’re too old to be gifting him papier-mâché craft creations, then we suggest you compare him to one of these famous dads, and follow our handy guide for what to buy, where to go, and what to do. Papa will thank you later.

Your dad is... Keith Richards

He grew up in the heyday of rock’n’roll, he wears AC/DC, Chisel and Led Zeppelin band shirts and refuses to cut his hair. He thinks electro is what happens to music when it dies and goes to hell. Beers, bourbon and steak are rock fuel, vegan wraps are not.

Where to shop

The Searchers
Since opening in 2008 as a second-hand bookstore, this unassuming Fitzroy gem has evolved to include a healthy range of used records, helpfully divided into genres such as punk, soul and disco.

What to do

Fraser A. Gorman
Evoking the Americana and folk stylings of Justin Townes Earle or even Bob Dylan, this Melbourne singer-songwriter always puts on a solid show and a damn impressive harmonica solo.

Where to eat

Northcote Social Club
It's a hipster pub, but Keith Richards Dad can't turn his nose up at Northcote’s live music hero. Meals go beyond the parma and pie frontier; you can get confit duck with lavender mash if you want to go wild.

Your dad is... Don Draper

He likes whisky, suits, cigars. He taught you that quality is worth paying for, but he’s also always got to be ahead of the pack. He’s not a hipster, but he’s definitely eaten at that restaurant you haven’t even heard of yet.

Where to shop

Harrolds: Collins Street
Harrolds is the men's emporium for the label-obsessed gentleman with cash to splash. Labels include Balenciaga, Givenchy and Giuseppe Zanotti and Tom Ford.

What to do

Father’s day tasting of old & unusual whiskies
Bar owner and whisky connoisseur Julian White will whisk your dad away on a fine liquor adventure, covering the rarity of certain drinks, processes involved and an in-depth tasting.

Where to eat

Mister Jennings
Chef Ryan Flaherty has dropped a bomb of smart-casual excellence on Richmond, where you can start – and end – with drinks at the bar, or strap in for some of the most innovative dishes being plated in Melbourne now.

Your dad is... Darryl Kerrigan

Nobody's cooking beats your Mum's, and he reckons fancy restaurants are for suckers. He's also probably a bib-tucker, so nowhere that will intimidate him/embarrass you or lead to arguments about tipping, and waiters with stupid asymmetrical hair.

Where to shop

Aussie Disposals
From camping to hunting, you'll find bush-proof, tough-as-nails gear and gadgets to get Dad through an intrepid adventure or a camping trip to Bonnie Doon. You can bet on a pretty big Father's Day sale, too.

What to do

Starlight at Melbourne Planetarium
Watch Dad's eyes widen as the Melbourne Planetarium's huge dome takes him on an epic journey through the solar system, supernovas and the sun.

Where to eat

The Rainbow Hotel
Yes, the Rainbow does a great steak, but for us, it’s Twitch – the chocolate-nosed patron saint of this down-to-earth pub – that keeps us coming back.

Your dad is... Bert Newton

You can’t buy him season tickets to the Opera or the MSO, because he’s already got a lifetime membership. He shed a single tear at Les Mis and didn’t even care. A café is always tasteful if attached to a gallery or museum. Toupee? What are you talking about?

Where to shop

Simon Johnson Warehouse
The warehouse of the well-known providore that stock products you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere, including oils, preserves, olives, jams, confectionery, nectars, condiments and sauces.

What to do

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece
The human body in Greek art is the focus of the British Museum’s travelling exhibition, which features famous works including Discobolus, the discus thrower that makes the roadtrip to the Bendigo Art Gallery worthwhile.

Where to eat

Flower Drum
For a Bert Newton dad, the dining experience hinges a great wine list and exceptional service. Flower Drum is almost four decades old, but this is still beautiful, classic Cantonese for the here and now.

Your dad is... Phil Dunphy

He knows that the best part of having kids is finding a legitimate reason to go to Scienceworks, the Royal Melbourne Show and the Collingwood Children’s Farm. He’s on board for another round of Nerf War even if you’re not. He’s wearing a T-shirt that he got for free at a fun run in 2005.

Where to shop

Chapel St Bazaar
With pieces up to 90 years old, step back in time in the wonderful world of Chapel St Bazaar. Find Dad a piece of pop-culture nostalgia, an old toy or gadget, or even some furniture or electrical gear.

What to do

For a puzzle-loving dad looking for something new and exciting, there’s no going past Melbourne’s new trend of escape rooms. Strike QV's Escapism will have your whole family uncovering clues and high-fiving as you go.

Where to eat

Mrs Parma's
A Phil Dunphy dad is more about the good times than the fine dining, and here, you can choose from 11 different (often crazy) toppings, including vindaloo, kalamata, roasted pumpkin and the chicken parmageddon.

Your dad is... Bernie Focker

You’ll find him at CERES on the weekend, picking up a box of organic veggies and sipping chai. He’s heard that ‘rumour’ about Vibram toe shoes being terrible for his feet, but he doesn’t believe anything the Man says. He brings his baby to Meredith.

Where to shop

Bee Sustainable
Does Dad need a new hobby? Encourage him to join the growing colony of urban beekeepers and visit this East Brunswick oasis to find out how the little honey-makers can change his life.

What to do

Edible weed walk
Learn how to forage in the urban wilds, discover what is and isn't poisonous and uncover many more gems of lost knowledge that will change the way you look at your garden.

Where to eat

Vegetarian restaurants
Chances are, Burnie Focker Dad doesn't like food with faces. Equipped with our list of vego-friendly restaurants catering to all tastes, you can't go wrong.

Your dad is... Ron Swanson

He knows that real men make their own furniture. He hunts and goes fishing. Log cabins are his natural habitat. He’s considering leaving Melbourne to avoid the hipsters.

Where to shop

Pickings and Parry
Military-style cotton undershirts, leather stationery sets, pocketknives, moustache wash and motoring goggles; you thought it was near impossible to buy Dad a present, but you just hadn’t heard of Pickings and Parry yet.

What to do

Smokin' and Drinkin'
You know that Ron Swanson Dad’s favourite dessert is meat. Smokin' Barry's are stepping out of their truck and popping up in the Marquis kitchen, offering cognac and low, slow and smoky, barbecued meats.

Where to eat

Railway Club Hotel
On offer are huge hunks of fat-marbled cow from Cape Grim, dry-aged on site and prepared with precision. They’re served the way nature intended: with béarnaise, truffle butter, and brandy cream peppercorn sauce.

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By Rose Johnstone & Gemima Cody   |  

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Around Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Date Sun 07 Sep 2014

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