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Melbourne’s most Iconic Live Music Institutions

Wherever you lie on the musical spectrum, you’ll agree that there’s nothing quite like the Melbourne music scene; dynamic, inclusive and at times, down-right dirty. Well, we’ve got your top venues to experience the best live music Melbourne has to offer. Howler Bar 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056 Tucked...

Holy Truck! Food Trucks Are Taking Over The Gaso

Our beloved local bluestone, The Gasometer Hotel, has just added another layer to their already delicious onion of live music, cheap eats and good vibes.As of April 4th, The Gaso will be teaming up with Cluster Truck to provide a rotating array of the best food trucks in town for...

What’s On Guide: Thursday 29th March 2018

Are you sitting at home, bored? Listless? Wondering what to do this week? My, oh my, have we got a treat for you. Suffer a laugh-induced coma at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival or gain some knowledge at Melbourne Museum’s insane Vikings Exhibit. The week is positively brimming with events for you...

The Waterside Hotel – An Old Favourite Revamped

Your favourite corner pub, The Waterside Hotel, has had a little makeover. Hidden City Secrets had the privilege of attending their Welcome Back Party and we can confirm: she’s looking fabulous. All the best bits of the vintage pub remain, including its old-school feel and friendly atmosphere, though some definite...

The National Hotel is Throwing a Hawker Street Food Party

The Easter long weekend is fast approaching and The National Hotel in Richmond is hosting a holiday eve, Asian-inspired bonanza! The outdoor party in the beer garden will feature Hawker-style street food and will kick off at 6pm on the 29th of March, serving up a selection of pan-Asian inspired...

What’s on Guide: Easter Weekend

The Easter weekend is on its way! It’s a jam-packed few days in Melbourne, so prepare for the big event with our comprehensive guide of what’s on. If you don’t yet have plans, gather the mates, the kids, or anyone ready to party, because you will after this. The Food...

Secret Warehouse Music Gig: Solomun

Firstly, three time ‘Best DJ in the world’ Solomun is headed to Australia. Secondly, his Melbourne show is at an exclusive, secret-as-anything warehouse venue. Thirdly, this has got to be an epic event based on the first and second points alone. Solomun will be performing an extended set in one...

Melbourne’s Most Droolworthy Snacks

Picture this – you’re on your second kale-spinach-coconut-chia smoothie of the week. Empty tuna cans are building up in your bin, and broccoli is starting to taste like cardboard. Yep, it’s time for a little pick-me-up. You deserve a snack (or seven), and why not go all-out with one of...

Melbourne’s Best Spots for Dinner & a Movie

Foodies and Cinephiles, unite. The time has come to amp up your dinner-and-a-movie game. The game that has existed for generations, the game that has entertained countless first dates, and while having adjusted to the technology of the 21st century, it’s the game that we will continue to play for...

This Fun-sized Bar may just be the Smallest in the World

There’s only one thing that Melbournian’s value over their coffee, and that’s their exclusivity. From hidden bars, strict guest lists and top-secret laneway events, we can all attest to the pleasure of attending the forbidden fruit of V.I.P venues. Luckily, Le Bar Europeen has all your preferential needs sorted with...

4 Eco-friendly Restaurants in Melbourne

If you haven’t heard, green is the new black. From solar panels to worm farms, more and more Melbourne eateries are getting on board the eco-train. This means sustainable smashed avo and conscious cocktails for all. Here are 4 of the best spots to eat, guilt-free. Mesa Verde 252 Swanston...

A Spicy Latin Street Party is Taking Over Vic Markets

The hump day slump can be rough, so why not Flamenco dance your way through it? Queen Victoria’s Night Market is throwing a Latin Street Party on Wednesday 14th March and you’re invited. With live entertainment, mouth-watering paella and dance lessons at your beck and call, you won’t want to miss...

Top 10 Summer Beer Gardens

It’s March, which means winter is well on it’s way. Soon it’ll be seeya sunshine and hello dreary, depressing Melbourne weather. Chuck on your best hat and lap it up in the outdoors while you still can. Here are five of Melbourne’s sunniest beer gardens to enjoy a drink. Terminus...

5 Exotic Cuisines You Haven’t Tried Yet

Melbourne’s restaurant scene breeds a rich cultural diversity that simply can’t be topped. With a unique cuisine available on every street, graphited laneway or shopping strip, the options can prove to be overwhelming. Hidden City Secrets has discovered some exotic cuisines that might not be your typical picks, but are...

Brunswick Music Festival’s 30th Anniversary

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Brunswick Music Festival is once again lighting up the streets and bringing the beats to one of Melbourne’s most alternative, creative and multicultural suburbs. In the two-week-long, much-loved annual event, the very best music talent – both local and international – are showcased on...

A Garden State of Mind

Sitting in the cosmopolitan heart of Flinders Lane, Garden State Hotel presents us with a majestic four-level wonderland, held together by an aesthetically pleasing (insta-worthy) naturistic twist. Hidden City Secrets visited the green scenes of Garden State for their 2018 Welcome Back Party and took part in an evening of...

WIN 2 x Double Passes to the Gourmet Cinema

All the foodies, put your hands up. All the cinephiles, make some noise…? Well if you’re inclined to do both, then you can do so at this year’s Gourmet Cinema. And luckily, we’re giving away 2 x double passes to attend any of the below sessions this March as a...

Spend Chinese NY with Melbourne’s Best Dumplings

Good things really do come in small packages, and what better way to celebrate the lunar New Year than by chowing down on nature’s hot pocket, the dumpling! Whether you’re spending the Chinese New Year ridding yourself of bad fortune, taking in the glow of some lanterns or celebrating the light...

Riverside Bars You Can’t Miss This Summer

Before the summer ends, be sure to hit up one of Melbourne’s riverside bars and enjoy some drinks with friends whilst indulging in the 360-degree views of the sunny CBD.  Arbory Afloat 1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne CBD Spanning over 50 metres of the Yarra River, Arbory Afloat is a floating bar,...

What’s On Guide: Thursday 15th February 2018

The city lights up in February with White Night Festival, Lunar New Year celebrations, an open-air cinema at the MCG & more. Hit up these events and bedazzle your mates with your awesome plans, check out our top picks! White Night  Melbourne CBD Returning to Melbourne on the 17th of...

What’s On Guide: Friday 9th Feb 2018

Lonsdale Street turns into a mouth-watering Greek haven, plus an all weekend taco & tequila festival and the return of St Kilda Fest this coming Sunday & more. Stunted on what to do this weekend? Don’t fret – we’ve compiled our top picks for what’s on this week, so all...

Cocktails To Cure Your Hump Day Blues

Is the work week getting you down? Does ‘Friday’ seem like some kind of elusive, futuristic utopia? Did you arrive at work at 9:00am, work for eight hours, and then notice the clock still says 9:20am? (No, it’s not broken). Do not fear, relief is near. For that little midweek...

5 Galentine’s Day Activities For All The Single Ladies

Single ladies, rejoice. If you don’t have a honey, or if you’re just more interested in hanging with your girls this Valentine’s season, Hidden City Secrets have got you covered. This 13th of February, were celebrating Galentine’s day in full force. Creator, founder and CEO, Leslie Knopes (of Parks &...

Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Melbourne

It began with the golden blend of flour and water, and it only got better from there. Perfected over the years by the manual labour and worshipped passions of the world’s best Nonnos and Nonnas, the Italian cuisine has for many of us become one of the most comforting and...

What’s On Guide: Thursday 1st Feb 2018

The last week of Midsumma fest, the launch of the St Kilda Twilight Market, Garden State’s Welcome Back Party, Let Go Fest and more. Our comprehensive guide to what’s on in Melbourne this week! Grab your mates and plan ahead to ensure you have the most fun-filled, wild week possible....

Beat your NYD Hangover

No one wants to start the New Year seedy and hungover, so we’ve found and tested a few hangover cures that work for us and will hopefully work for you too! PREPARE YOUR BODY!  Before you leave to go to your big New Year’s Eve bash, preparation is the key....

10 Do’s and Don’ts this New Years Eve!

We’ve come up with some simple do’s and don’ts for New Years Eve so you can have a sparkling night and enjoy all the festivities (minus any embarrassing moments… we hope). Time to enjoy all the food and drinks before we start planning for all those New Years resolutions (that...

Where to go this New Year’s Eve

Want more insider articles like this? Click here to sign up to our newsletter. Time to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to all the New Year’s resolutions that we will not keep! Yes, the countdown has started to find a venue to bring in the New Year. Luckily we...

Top 10 Rooftop Bars

Want more insider articles like this? Click here to sign up to our newsletter. As the weather is warming up, there is nothing worse than an overcrowded sticky bar. Yes everyone, It’s coming up to summer so it’s time to be strategic and move our drinks outside. To help you...

The Five Best Bars to Hide From The Storm

Thanks Melbourne! 30+ degrees all week but when the weekend comes and we get hit with an epic storm. Not even surprised. But bad weather has never stopped any Melburnian from enjoying the weekend before. Let’s not start now. Check out the five best places in Melbourne to hide out...

12 Things Christmas Workers Don’t Want you to Know

It’s all smiles and pleasantries when you walk through the shop door, but behind closed doors, there are just some things retail and hospitality workers would never say to your face. HOWEVER, we’d like to divulge those secrets today and if you’re the one working this Christmas, we feel you....

6 Tips For An Epic Office Christmas Party

So you’re in charge of the office Christmas party this year? No pressure – just your boss and everyone you work with judging you. At Hidden City Secrets, we are the king of planning parties and picking the perfect venue, so follow our guide on how to host a headache...

Where To Host Your Office Christmas Party

Christmas is rapidly approaching and if you’re reading this, you are probably a little bit unprepared for your end-of-year office party. But that’s okay, we have your back and the boss won’t even know you left planning to the last minute with these exceptional venues. Cargo Hall 39 South Wharf...

Melbourne’s Top 6 Beach Bars

Want more insider articles like this? Click here to sign up to our newsletter. So, you’ve got salt in your hair and thongs on your feet but you want to make your way to a bar and soak up the warm summer afternoon or night? Sick of those silly dress...

Win 2 Tickets to the St Kilda Openair Cinema!

*GIVEAWAY TIME! WE HAVE 2 X DOUBLE PASSES TO GIVE AWAY TO 4 LUCKY WINNERS TO ATTEND A MOVIE OF THEIR CHOICE AT THE ST KILDA OPENAIR CINEMA!* Head to the Hidden City Secrets Facebook page and tag a friend or hot date you would take in the comments below....

Jack Daniel’s Free Music Event On Next Week

Want more insider articles like this? Click here to sign up to our newsletter   The Jack Daniel’s Barrel House makes its return to Melbourne next week the 17th of November 2017, featuring major independent Australian artists and local home-grown talent. And did we mention it’s free? In partnership with...

PSA: What’s on this week for Melbourne Cup

The 12th public holiday for the year is coming up (thank goodness). It is time to prepare where you will be spending your Melbourne Cup day placing your bets and enjoying a bev on your day off. We’ve found some places to enjoy your day off without having to trudge...

Unusual After Work Bars in Melbourne

Want more insider articles like this? Click here to sign up to our newsletter.   Bored of the usual Friday night after work drinks? Fancy drinking your way into a fairy-tale or sipping your night away out of a test tube or beaker? Here’s 5 of Melbourne’s most quirky themed...

Our Spring Racing Survival Guide

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival – possibly the funnest event Melbourne has to offer IF you know how to prepare for it. Every year, Melburnians manage to put on their fanciest hats and make the trek to Flemington to drink champagne in the sun, complain about how much their feet...

The Last-Minute Halloweener

Just because Halloween weekend is over, it doesn’t mean all the fun has to stop. The show must go on, and go on it shall. Firstly, we vote not club-hopping in a risque nurse’s costume. Secondly, we’ve found three activities you can do post-Halloween that will truly give you a fright,...

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Dine, Dance and Chill – Forget Your Worries At This All Purpose Venue

Thought the disco era was dead? Think again. Dr Morse keeps the party going in Abbotsford, 7 nights a week. The ultimate all-rounder, it’s the local go-to spot to let loose, any time of day. And they’re committed to the old school vibe, from the bare brick walls to the low tables, warm lighting an

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It’s Funky, Quirky and Anything Goes! Strut On Down To This Eclectic Bar for Your Next Function

“Find what you LOVE and let it KILL you.” In the heart of Windsor, Montrose Social is a hidden gem located on Chapel Street and decked out in groovy mix-match décor, walls splashed with funky graffiti, and a mural of the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. Snoop Dogg himself. Fitting in with Chapel S

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Live Out Your Bridgerton Fantasy At This Opulent Parisian Salon in Prahran

You will definitely been keeping on trend by having your next small function at this opulent Parisian salon in Prahran. So what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with the Modiste and live out your glorious Bridgeton fantasy… Oh how I burn for this function space… [MORE]  

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