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The Best Places For A Pizza In Melbourne

I believe in freedom of speech and the same rights for all humans. I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that no two people are alike. We all strive for happiness at different degrees of effort and satisfaction. We all see the world differently as a result...

Melbourne’s Top 20 ‘To Do’s’ before you’re 30

Thirty. The big three-oh. A daunting prospect for most young whippersnappers – whether the big day is looming menacingly in the near future, or relatively far off in the distance. But let us reassure you. It’s all going to be OK. Yes, it’s true that you may not be able to...

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...

What Not To Do At Your Christmas Party

If you haven’t read it yet, make sure you check out our article detailing the Red Flags of Christmas Venues. Provided the venue checks out on those, then let’s take the next step and go through some of the classic DO NOT’S once the party’s underway. You might remember last...

Melbourne’s Best Vege/Vegan Hotspots

The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is becoming increasingly relevant within today’s fast paced, stress-laden society; doctors are prescribing healthy eating as a form of disease prevention, the drive for organic and local produce is creeping ever higher, and everywhere you look, vegan and vegetarian eateries are popping...

Signs Your Xmas Party Venue Isn’t Quite Right

Everyone loves a good Chrissie party and rightly so. But you have to be equal parts excited and wary. Let’s take a classic office party as an example. Firstly, you have to consider who in the office organised it. Maybe it was Bob from the Creative Team who loves a...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘This Jew Sits’ – A Review

Last night I went to see ‘This Jew Sits’, which – incidentally – was my first fringe festival show of 2016. A solo performance crafted by Sarah Reuben and Ruby Gaytime, the show takes you on a journey – sometimes an uncomfortable one – as Sarah explores her innermost psyche following the...

Best BYO Restaurants in Melbourne

Do you have a particular bottle of wine that you can’t wait to pop open with friends over dinner? Or maybe you want to maintain a good relationship with your wallet by saving some cash? Our list of best BYO restaurants in Melbourne allows you to find a place that...

10 of the best day trips from Melbourne

So Melbourne, we have a long weekend coming up – and it’s going to be filled with footy, frivolity, and beer… lots of beer. If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a perfect three day break, then how about getting right out of the way and heading out of...

Best Food Challenges in Melbourne!

Melbournians love to make the most of everything, including eating meal sizes of such epic proportions that not every man and his dog could get through. Hidden City Secrets have provided you with a list of Melbourne’s greatest food challenges that range from kilograms of parma to nearly every type of...

Best Beer Gardens to Hire in Melbourne

We’ve finally made it through one of the coldest recorded winters in Melbourne’s history, so we deserve nothing more than to gather our friends and enjoy a beverage at one of Melbourne’s great venues out in the sunlight! Whether you want to soak up that sun on a rooftop, by...

AFL Grand Final-ly!

 Australians all let us rejoice, for it’s almost Grand Final time and we all know what that means… a day off work. Of course there’s a lot more to it all than JUST a sleep in – so in case you aren’t up with the play on all things footy,...

Not going to the AFL Grand Final? Read on…

To go to the game, or not go to the game? That, Mr. Shakespeare, is the REAL question. The answer though is probably not, as 99% of us couldn’t get tickets… You probably are by now aware that the AFL Grand Final warrants a public holiday, so the decision  as...

Go On, Melbourne: Espresso Yourself

Holy caffeinated cocktails, Batman! Melbourne’s obsession with all things coffee-and-liquor is set to be fuelled (literally) by the inaugural ‘Festival of the Espresso Martini’, kicking off on the 5th of November. Hosted ever so kindly by Mr Black, the festival promises to bring to the table all the caffeinated concoctions...

Cows and Goats and Sheep – Oh My!

When you think of Melbourne, the first image you conjure up isn’t likely to be one of farmers and livestock, amirite? In actual fact, the closest a lot of true-blue Melburnians usually get to a sheep is being wrapped in a plush merino wool scarf on a crisp spring day....

Dummies Guide To: The Melbourne Cup Carnival

Spring heralds a few things for Melburnians – perhaps more drinking Little Fat Lamb cider in swish rooftop bars than getting amongst traditional lambing – but easily one of the biggest celebrations and social events of spring is the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Taking place over four days, visitors flock to...

‘Fringe’ comes to the Fore

From the 15th of September until the 2nd of October, the word on the street is fringe. No, not those naff bits of material hanging off the sleeves of that 70’s coat your mum still has hanging in the closet, but the fringe performance artists, dancers, comics, and installations which...

Twist It At The LuWOW

There isn’t a venue more appropriately named then the LuWOW in Fitzroy. With special events happening month after month, it’s no wonder why it has become one of the most thriving hot-spots in Melbourne’s bar scene, and they’re at it again. The famous Tiki cocktail bar is proud to present a...

Wine and Dine with Charles Melton

Calling all wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs, aficionados and lovers of the cherished liquid of the God’s. A very special dinner event is being held on September 8th, and it’s not to be missed. Charles Melton is to Australian wine what Lindt is to chocolate and Normandy is to cheese, and good...

The Secrets of South Wharf

Move over South Yarra (pronounced yaa-rah), there is a new ‘South’ that is fighting for your title of the best ‘South’ in Melbourne, and she brings with her some of Melbourne’s best bars, restaurants and function spaces. Let the duel begin. Minutes from Melbourne’s CBD is a hidden city secret...

Top 5 Function Venues in Prahran

Prahran is one of Melbourne’s trendiest suburbs, with cafes, restaurants and bars galore available for venue hire. Being just a stone’s throw away from the CBD and with Chapel St at its doorstep, it is the ultimate location to have your next party or event. Here are our picks of...

Happy Birthday to the Queen, Thanks for the Day Off

One of the most debated days of the year has come around again where many are up in arms, questioning why it is exactly we have the day off to “celebrate” the “birthday” of a lady who “supposedly” governs our great nation from afar, on a date that isn’t actually...

Celebrate Jack’s 150th Birthday

The King of Whiskey is coming to Melbourne and, as expected with all royal celebrations, no extravagance will be spared. Jack Daniels is turning 150, and to celebrate, he is bringing Tennessee to Melbourne for the biggest whiskey celebration the city has ever seen! His palace, which comes in the...

5 Local Acts to Catch at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

By Charlie Ranger Yep. It’s back. That thing to do during March and April in Melbourne. You know…The people trying to be funny for a month thing? The one where there’s over 500 shows and hundreds of desperate performers on the street trying to drag you into their venue to...

Labour Day Eve at Ms. Collins ft. DJ Mustard!

Looking for the best place in Melbourne to party the night away this Labour Day Eve? Hit up Ms. Collins for the ultimate night out! DJ Mustard, the award-winning genius DJ/producer behind some of your favourite hits (Tyga’s ‘Rack City’, 2 Chainz ‘I’m Different’, and Jeremih & Y.G’s ‘Don’t Tell...

Festivals This Summer: Melbourne Zoo Tastes of Twilight 2016

As if you needed another excuse to go to Melbourne Zoo this summer, the Tastes of Twilight season kicks off on January 29th with a killer line-up of all your favourite musicians set to the backdrop of a lion’s roar! Another one of Melbourne’s Festivals for a great cause: Music...

Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food

FRIDAY THE 11TH DECEMBER. F21Y DURING THE DAY 12PM-5PM F21 FLAGSHIP EVENT STARTS 7PM It’s the end of the year and everyone’s looking for something to do. Well, almost everyone. Santa’s probably pretty busy and got stuff going on, but for the rest of us… On Friday the 11th of...

6 Bars That Cater to a Melbourne Summer

From 40 degree melters, to stormy evenings, Melbourne summers are unpredictable to say the least. Find the bars that have the goods to suit the Melbourne weather with our handy guide.   The weather in Melbourne, as we all know, is very precarious at best. One moment there will be...

COMPETITION TIME! Melbourne’s New Year’s Party Village: World Carnivale NYE!

Experience a party like no other with five different parties each with their own theme, entertainment, and food. This New Year’s Eve, experience World Carnivale!   GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO WORLD CARNIVALE! SEE BELOW! This New Year’s Eve, South Wharf will be transformed into...

Pilgrim & Riverland Bars Bring You: Juniperlooza!

Sick of the muggy heat that’s taking over Melbourne? Hankering for a refreshing drop or twelve? Well then, Juniperlooza is for you! Our friends over at Riverland Bar and Pilgrim Bar have always had a flirtation with all things alcoholic and delicious, so it’s no surprise that they have buddied...

Attention Sweet Tooths – Sweetfest is Here!

It’s two parts festival, one part masterclasses, and ten parts artery clogging goodness! Sweetfest, Good Food Month’s two day festival for all things baked, fried, and delicious, is coming to North Melbourne at the end of November.   DO YOU WANT TO WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO SWEETFEST? SHARE THIS...

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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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Versatile, Blank Canvas Space For Your Next Event

In 2017 the Cru team were on the hunt for a bigger venue; a perfect space to fulfil the demands and requests they were receiving. A 1950’s mattress factory in a laneway caught the creative eye of the partners of Cru Wine Bar and it was then and there where they saw Crudo in all […]

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LISTEN UP… This Hidden Modern Windsor Bar Is Next On Your Going Out List

Check out this modern hidden gem in Windsor for your next adventure – they will make you feel like you are in another world. Their Devil’s Tear drink will kick start your night into gear … [MORE]

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