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Melbourne’s Best Outdoor Bars for Winter

Winter is coming. Ignore the wails of despair in the distance, because we’re here to make winter just a little bit more bearable. There is no need for hibernation. Grab your mates, your beanie, maybe some gloves, and get ready for a night on the town! That’s right, up and...

Melbourne Dishes To Try Before You Die

You could spend a life time eating out every night and still never try all the food that Melbourne has to offer. It’s a hard task choosing a restaurant, let alone choosing what to order from the menu. But if you want to get a taste of Melbourne and some...

You Know You’re From Melbourne When…

You know you’re from Melbourne when…   You wear A LOT of black No, we aren’t going to funeral, we’re just from Melbourne.  It’s tres chic, versatile, and makes up 90% of our wardrobe*.  This can be very frustrating when you are trying to find a particular black top amongst...

Cheap Eats in Melbourne

Residing in the most liveable city in the world has its perks, we have amazing… well, everything, especially food and drinks! We are spoiled for choice with some of the best cafes, bars and restaurants Australia has to offer. However, this high standard of living may have cost us a mortgage and possibly...

5 Uniquely Melbourne Date Ideas

Out to impress? In the dog house? Losing your eyesight from straining to read the menu at too many candle lit dinners?  It’s time to give the ol’ ‘Netflix and chill’ a rest for a while and treat your significant other to something a little more exciting. Take the pressure...

Top 10 Cafe Function Spaces in Melbourne

Party planning can be stressful.  And expensive.  Whether you’ve got an upcoming birthday, baby shower, engagement, or work function, the pressure of pulling off a smooth-running event on a budget can be enough to discourage you from celebrating at all. Luckily for us, there’s plenty of beautiful cafes all over...

Melbourne’s Best Markets

There’s no better place to spend a lazy afternoon than at a market, and luckily, Melbourne has plenty of them to offer. Markets are a great place to find some pre-loved goods, shop for a bargain and get your daily intake of those leafy greens! But they’re also much more...

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...

6 Wineries To Try

Cellar door… One of the most beautiful phrases in the English language. Not because of the phonaesthetics or that Drew Barrymore told us that in Donnie Darko, but because it almost always equals wine. Here in Victoria we are lucky enough to share the state with over 600 wineries. What’s...

Drinking & Dining Specials At The Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back and some of our city’s best bars and restaurants are really getting around it… Whether you’re a comedy enthusiast with dozens of tickets lining your pockets, or you’re a comedy newbie heading along to the festival for the first time, who doesn’t love a...

The Hidden Gems Of Richmond

Richmond is a classic Melbourne destination for those far and near; with its old-world charm, narrow alleyways covered in posters and its vibrant array of cafes, restaurants and shops – everything is right at your fingertips in the 3121. If you’re a local, you might think you know everything there...

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...

Where To Get A Drink On The SouthSide

To Northsiders, the South is just a blur of AFL players, beautiful blondes in yoga pants, Range Rovers and rose. Waiting in line for a table at Top Paddock is just as popular as hyphenated surnames. Green juices are big, as are soy chai lattes. However, what many Northsiders don’t...

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 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...

Where To Get A Drink On The Northside

Northside vs. Southside. It’s the local Melbourne battle as old as the city itself. Separated by only a few kilometers and of course the Yarra River, the difference in the two areas is what makes each their own. But today, we are focusing solely on the slightly more hipster, somewhat...

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...

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...

The Do’s And Don’ts of Hosting Your Own Event

You may have an upcoming birthday, anniversary, wedding or even a corporate function that requires some major levels of planning, organisation and creative flair. Now, we know you’re no superhero who can multi-task the grueling processes of hosting your own event or function, so we’ve asked the experts and got...

Top 5 Rooftop Bars In Melbourne

Summer is drawing to a close, but not before she sinks her teeth in for one last blast of warm weather. Make the most of the last rays of sunshine, and soak up as much as you can before the looming clouds of winter roll in, dooming us all in...

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...

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...

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...

Your New Stomping Ground

In the late 1800s, Collingwood was the home of Australian brewing. It’s been over 100 years since a commercial brewery has opened in the ‘Wood, but the team behind the Local Taphouse and GABS festival have now returned brewing back to it’s original ‘Stomping Ground’. Open seven days a week,...

MELBOURNE IN 24 HOURS

24 hour fun is not just reserved for White Night. Melbourne is fast becoming a 24-hour city with trams and trains running throughout the night, and restaurants and bars open late. There is always something to do, regardless of the time of day and with so many options available, we...

The Quirkiest Bars In Melbourne

Long gone are the days of sitting at the current ‘it’ bars, surrounded by the same old hipster furnishings, with pot plants hanging by your head, gilded mirrors in the toilets and abstract paintings lining the wall. Like yeah, that all sounds great, but have you ever been to a...

Melbourne’s Favourite ‘Feed Me’ Menus

If you are as indecisive as me, you know the struggle faced when attempting to choose a single item from a menu. You panic every time the waiter approaches your table, get extreme food envy when you see what the person next to you is eating, and feel intense regret...

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...

Albert Park Welcomes Greener Pastures

“I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” …Louis Armstrong most definitely anticipated the opening of Greenfields when writing his most famous song, and we agree, oh, what a wonderful world it is...

Hair Of The Dog

A half-eaten sausage roll in your handbag, mysterious leg bruises and an epic hangover are all signs of a good time the night before. When you want to feel better stat, sometimes a Berocca and Bacon and Egg McMuffin just won’t cut it. All hail the Bloody Mary. Traditionally made...

Dining After Dark

Summer in Melbourne means long warm nights, a few too many drinks, and the necessary pre-bed greasy meal to soak up the evening’s festivities. However, late night dinners are no longer reserved for people stumbling out of the club after a night out. Whether you are a shift worker, can’t...

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...

Say Mahalo To The Evolution Of The Poke Bowl

Mahalo Poké, located on Swan St in Richmond, began as an UberEATS only business, but has recently opened its doors to customers to become the freshest kid on the block, in every sense of the word. Look out for the salmon pink exterior on the corner of Swan and Lennox...

Melbourne Top 5 Architectural Hotspots

Melbourne is an eclectic city that is arcade aplenty, and home to great coffee. Ranked as the world’s most liveable city six years running, Melbourne’s current population sits at over 4.5 million and is set to soar in years to come. In addition to spiralling arcades and delectable coffee, Melbourne...

10 Things Only Hospitality Workers Will Understand

Every industry has its perils and share of cretins that employees have to deal with on a daily basis. Whether you work at a bank, in a law firm, in retail, in a school or as a dog walker, there are certain aspects of every job, certain “individuals” more specifically, you’re...

Top 5 Healthy Eats Around Melbourne

With more and more people becoming health conscious, the trend of #fitspo and #cleaneating is a fast growing, cultural phenomenon. Wholesome and healthy foods are not only good for the body, but they’re also damn good for the soul. Here are our top 5 places in and around Melbourne-town to...

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...

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...

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...

A Summer Garden Oasis In The CBD

Ms Collins has yet again pulled out something from her seemingly endless bag of tricks with the launch of Kitchen 425. Stuck on where to go for after work drinks? Been down every alley, up every rooftop, and through every secret door and entryway in Melbourne? We all know that...

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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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