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Cinema with a View

Stop what you’re doing. We have found the best date night ever, available nearly every night in April! Spend a night under the stars, with breathtaking views and catch a flick at Luna Park. This iconic location will be the place to be this April, with some of the best movies in recent years, as... more info


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Easter Sunday: Rooftop Reggae Party

What do Easter Sunday, Rum and reggae have in common? Absolutely nothing. Other than your Easter Sunday could be spent in the best way possible, with booze, dancing, live music and the sounds of the Caribbean. The Cauliflower Hotel & Forgotten Cask Rum Bar are proud to present a FREE Rooftop Reggae Party to help... more info


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Our Top Picks For The Comedy Festival

Going to comedy shows and laughing for hours on end is really hard work, so thankfully, we’ve done all the hard work for you and reviewed a number of comedy shows going on in Melbourne at the moment. Yes, we know this was a hard thing for us to do so have some sympathy as... more info


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Bar Hopping Down Flinders Lane

Flinders Lane is synonymous with all things food and drink, and is arguably Melbourne’s best go-to dining destination. Its cobblestone pavement is always busy with people queuing for restaurants and bars – how very Melbourne – or those merely taking a stroll absorbing all the sites and smells of Melbourne’s beautiful CBD. If you’re after... more info


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A Comedy Duo To Watch Out For – The Lioness

Giveaway time! We have a 1 x double pass to give to a special someone to hilarious comedy show – The Lioness. The winner will be drawn this Friday the 31st of March, so get in quick! To enter, head to The Hidden City Secrets Facebook Page here and tag a friend you would take... more info


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A Picnic On The Peninsula Is Coming

Grab your picnic blanket and get ready for an afternoon of sun, music, wine and food on the Peninsula. The Peninsula Picnic will take over the beautiful grounds of the Mornington Peninsula racecourse on April 1st for a day long event, hosted by the very best restaurants and wineries the beautiful region has to offer.... more info


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Best Bars for Pre Footy Drinks

Tis the season to get rowdy. Let me hear you yell FOOOOTTYY! Soon the streets of Richmond will be taken over by colourful paraphernalia and colours of our favourite teams. Some of you are rejoicing, some of you are groaning in despair, some probably don’t even really care, but, since we are Melburnians, regardless of... more info


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Top 5 Picks For St Paddy’s Day

Don’t know what’s the craic for St Paddy’s Day? Fear not! This year St Patrick’s Day falls on Friday 17th March, so prepare the liver for a long weekend of celebrations. We have complied a list of the hottest parties to satisfy the inner Irishman. Grab your Lucky Charms, your pint of Guinness, and check out... more info


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Top 5 Picks for St Paddy’s Day

It’s that time of year again where everyone channels their inner Irish. Whether you’re from the homeland, you’re pretending to be for the day, or you’re a leprechaun and still not sure sure sure, St Patrick’s Day falls on Friday 17th March, so it’s time to get your liver ready for a weekend full of fun! Not... more info


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TRAINSPOTTING LIVE: Win 2 x Double Passes

Critically acclaimed comedy show Trainspotting Live has hit Australian soil, and we’ve got 2 x double passes to give away for their show next week – Wednesday the 22nd of March at 7:30pm! Just tag a friend in the comments section of the post to win. You’ve probably seen the trailer for T2 Trainspotting – a sequel to... more info


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Melbourne’s Donut And Beer Festival

Stay calm, but a donut and beer festival is hitting the shores of Melbourne on Sunday the 12th of March between 2 – 8pm and on Monday the 13th between 12 – 6pm… Try naming a more dynamic duo. We’ll wait. You know that episode in The Simpsons where Homer has a dream he’s in... more info


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Our Top Picks For This Labour Day Weekend

Ah, long weekends; that extra day of sleep-in, lounging on the couch or hanging out with friends and family. That satisfied feeling of knowing you can do whatever you want on a Sunday night and not have to partake in any commitments on the Monday. The story goes that long weekends were created by the... more info


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Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival

  This “two day seafood street party” is back for its fourth year, and will be held at South Melbourne Market on Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th. The festival will showcase more than five tonnes of delicious seafood while you enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz from some of Australia’s best bands. Some of... more info


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The Frugal Person’s Guide To VAMFF

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival has arrived to our fair city once again; and once again, the glitz and the glamour is tenfold. It’s quite easy to get overwhelmed by the number of fashion shows on, the pop-up events scattered throughout the city and the celeb after-parties that you heard about from a friend of... more info


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Your Guide to Art Month Sydney

Founded in 2009, Art Month Sydney is a month long festival which presents and celebrates contemporary art throughout the city of Sydney, showcasing art through an exciting program of exhibitions, workshops, live talks and studio openings. Art Month Sydney is a non-for-profit festival produced by The Australian Art Events Foundation and runs through March. A... more info


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Sober in Sydney – 5 Things To Do This Weekend

Embarking on a month long alcohol-free detox seemed like a good idea on January 31st after a two months of over-indulging. Each February, hundreds and thousands of Australians commit to Feb Fast, abstaining from alcohol for the final month of summer. Feb Fast is an incredible organisation that asks Australia to ‘pause for a cause’,... more info


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Taste of Sydney – For Friends Who Feast

Taste of Sydney is back, transforming Centennial Park into a foodie mecca over four days. In partnership with Electrolux, Taste of Sydney brings together Sydney’s very best restaurants and chefs from the 9th of March until the 12th, showcasing some of the finest culinary Sydney has to offer. Very rarely are the biggest names (and... more info


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Twilight At Taronga Zoo

It’s that time of year again where the flowers have budded and the animals are frolicking, and luckily, Taronga Zoo understands just how important it is to plan an outing to the zoo at this glorious time. They also understand how live music and picnicking in the great outdoors are three things that just scream... more info


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Hollywood Comes To The G

Outdoor cinemas seems to be all the rage right now, but Cinema at the G offers a very unique opportunity. For two nights only, you can enjoy a movie under the stars inside one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues, the mighty MCG. After a very successful first year (watch the recaps below) , Cinema at... more info


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How To Do White Night Right

It’s White Night and once again, you haven’t planned on how best to navigate your way through the swarms of people that are anticipated to turn up for this year’s event. “Where are we going?”, “what are we doing now?”, “how long until we get some grub?” are the  phrases you’ll hear on repeat from... more info


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Top 5 Quirky Date Ideas This Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again, and if you’re smart, you’ve probably already planned a lovely date night for you and your partner. If, however, you’re like the majority of us who once again have forgotten (wasn’t it New Years like yesterday!?) or perhaps you’re a tad bored of the usual romantic gestures, we’ve compiled... more info


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Have A Picnis This Australia Day At The Calyx

What better way to spend Australia Day then with a picnic and some Cabernet… In the heart of Sydney’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens you’ll find The Calyx, a state of the art venue that is architecturally magnificent and fuses art with theatre and leafy green surrounds. On the 26th of January, why not do something... more info


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The Night Market Is Back!

For one night and one night only, Carriageworks is set to transform itself into an Asian inspired, culinary wonderland. Curated by award winning chef Kylie Kwong, The Night Market happening on the 28th of January is offering all the sites, sounds and smells of contemporary Asia, from Harajuku to Beijing and everywhere in between. The... more info


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Where to have a ripper ‘straya day

If you’re not chucking some shrimp on the barbie whilst drinking VB’s and listening to the Triple J countdown in someone’s backyard with all ya mates, then chances are you’re looking for somewhere to let off some true blue steam and celebrate all that this great country of ours has to offer. Word of advice:... more info


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Best NYE Events Around Sydney

I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a bit of a whirlwind. From the chaos that ensued from Pokemon Go, the excitement and drama of the Rio Olympics, the passing of legends like Prince and Bowie, the phenomenon of ‘dabbing’, the fruition of the mannequin challenge (still unsure as to who and... more info


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The Ultimate New Years Eve At STUDIO

If bringing in the New Year 300 metres above Sydney’s CBD sounds like your type of party then STUDIO, Sydney Tower is the place for you. Toast the end of the year and count in 2017 in ultimate style, enjoying a six course degustation menu with matching wines whilst soaking in unparalleled views over Sydney.... more info


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What’s On In Sydney This Weekend

Sydney’s summer, and the associated lead up to Christmas, is like no other in the world, what with its sun-soaked days and balmy nights, Aussie-centric festivities and not-so-traditional-traditions. Whether you’re excited about the big day or not, ‘tis an inevitable eventuality, so you may as well get amongst some of the exciting activities which are... more info


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What’s On in Melbourne This Weekend

Christmas is creeping ever closer, team. Whether that makes you want to deck the halls, or hit the deck, ’tis unavoidable. So whether you’re looking to gift buy, or looking to avoid buying gifts this weekend, here’s what’s going on around Melbourne to satisfy all you little christmas elves (and grinches). Deutsche Schule German Christmas... more info


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The Inevitable Return of The Night Noodles

Theeeey’re baaaaack! The Night Noodle Markets, that is. If you haven’t been before, then imagine all the sights, sounds and smells of an ‘Asian hawker market’, combined with the vibe of a large scale outdoor festival. Got it? Good, because the fourth year of this event looks set to be even better than the last three,... more info


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Best Bars to Soak Up the Sun in… St Kilda

Melbourne! Spring has sprung, the sun has decided to shine upon us and what else would we want to do as Melburnians but raise a toast? More to the point, where better to do so than St. Kilda? To celebrate, we’ve scouted all the best beach spots for you to soak up the rays (and... more info


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What’s On In Melbourne This November

Did you hear that? That’s the sound of 2016 whizzing past at a rate of knots. That’s right – Halloween is over, but as it’s still not quite Christmas (you hear that, David Jones? Get those decorations down for at least another month, please) that can only mean one thing – November has arrived. Often... more info


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Melbourne Cup Day: Best Bars, Off Track

By Courtney White You may or may not be aware that Melbourne has a few extra public holidays on it’s books… but shh, don’t let the rest of Australia know. One of these beauts is set for Tuesday 1st November, and this time it’s in celebration of Melbourne Cup Day. If neither you – nor your... more info


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What’s On In Sydney This November

By Sam Howard Hey Sydney! What did you have planned for this November? Maybe you wanted to experience a flashback in time at a vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll day, take your date to explore the night sky or maybe even see some native fauna at night? Try something new this month by getting involved with... more info


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What’s On In Melbourne This Weekend

 By Courtney White Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October Spring has finally sprung here in beautiful Melbourne… and not a moment too soon! As the weather warms up, it’s getting to that time of year where we can feel a little more confident in  packing away our winter woolies, tentatively stepping back outside without an umbrella,... more info


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On the Hunt for Melbourne’s Best Burger?

Were you to ask a random selection of the folks on Melbourne’s streets to conceptualize their own version of Melbourne’s best burger, you’re likely to realize that you’ve got a slim chance of gathering anything even resembling a consensus. Fortunately, we’ve finally got the means to decide, once and for all, who the real Burger... more info


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Top 12 Christmas Party Venues in Sydney

Forget the 12 days of Christmas, this list of the 12 best party and function venues in Sydney is the gift you and your office really need. Yes, it’s that time of the year again – the one some call the ‘most wonderful’ of the year – but that really depends on a number of... more info


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Run, Brett! Run!

Brett Hillier is not going to be completing an easy feat. He’s running from Melbourne to Perth- over 3500km to raise money for The Bully Zero Foundation Australia. Along the way he’s going to visit schools to educate kids on how it’s not uncool to be kind. Hidden City Secrets got the chance to chat... more info


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Top Ten Things To Do in Melbourne This October

Hey, folks. So 2016’s been an interesting year so far, huh? If you’d have told my 2015 self about… well, any world event thus far, I would’ve had a good old laugh and told you to calm down on the neuroticism. However, now in the tenth month of this topsy-turvy year, we here at HCS... more info


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Blue Moon Melbourne Night Markets

Once in a blue moon, something incredible happens. That something is happening TONIGHT… and the first Thursday of every month to come. Yes that’s right – the good folks down at The Evelyn Hotel are back at it again with the Blue Moon Melbourne Night Markets – a new concept event which brings independent musicians,... more info


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Top 5 Waterfront Bars in Sydney

Forget heaven, summer is knock knock knocking on our doors, so why not answer? That’s right, it’s time to get back outside, into the sun, and down a couple of pints. Beer, cider, wine, whiskey, cocktails and tapas all await you in a myriad of hidden laneway pubs, sun-soaked rooftop venues, outdoor beer gardens, waterfront... more info