Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Step Back in Time at this Hidden Speakeasy in Melbourne’s CBD

Let’s do the time warp again! This time, we’re taking it all the way back to New Orleans in the 1940’s, a time that the folks over at Beneath Driver Lane are dedicated to preserving and keeping alive. With its French inspired bar food, speakeasy vibes and live blues music, it’ll seem like that golden... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Best Venues in Melb to ho ho hold your next Christmas Function

Can you smell the chestnuts roasting? Can you hear the carolers singing? Can you taste that sweet sweet taste of Christmas pudding? Neither can we cause Aussie’s don’t really do that stuff BUT nevertheless the Christmas season will soon be upon us! And that means lots and lots of Yuletide festivities. So whether you are... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Tis the Season to Throw a Christmas Party & We’ve Got the Best Venues Here!

The silly season is fast approaching, and if you have been appointed the task of organizing your workplace or family’s annual Christmas Party, not to fear, those midnight nightmares about function venues and canapes you wake up screaming from will soon be over for good! Check out some of Sydney’s best kept secrets with these... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Everyone’s Favourite St Kilda Rooftop Bar Is Back With A Brand New Facelift

No longer under construction, Captain Baxter has taken on ‘New Year New Me’ harder than all of us with a fresh new look and kitchen team! The gorgeous St Kilda foreshore warmly welcomes back one of its favourite venues. Captain Baxter – The beachside restaurant and bar has returned with a lighter and brighter look,... more info


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Snatch an express lunch at this top Prahran steakhouse for just $30

$30 doesn’t sound like a lot of money, especially when it comes to ordering a hearty meal at Melbourne’s top restaurants. But never fear, Angus & Bon are here! And they come bearing a wonderful lunch deal that you ought to try before it’s too late. On Thursdays and Fridays, for a mere $30, they... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Delve into 1980’s France at this Melbourne Steakhouse

Experience the taste of France without having to book a flight as there’s a new French Steakhouse in Melbourne you have to try! Garçon Paris Steakhouse is here to set our taste buds alive with their Steakhouse Restaurant. Formerly Entrecôte on Alfred Place, Garçon brings a new edge to French food. Get ready for their knock... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Sydney’s Most Luxurious End Of Year Event Venue

Marquee is one of the leading nightclubs and venues in all of Sydney. With an ambient atmosphere, seductive scenery, and an outstanding outdoor area, Marquee is the go to place to feel like a V.I.P. The venue is cleverly designed, and well decorated to replicate the extravagant Marquee clubs in Las Vegas and New York. ... more info


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This Middle Eastern Restaurant Is Dishing Up Award-Winning Falafels

If you are on the hunt for the best falafel Melbourne has to offer, look no further than Bekka. This hip new joint is exactly the pop of colour and flavour that Moonee Ponds locals have been looking for. Bekka has now answered the question “where should we eat?” for good. Take a step into... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
An Ethical Event Venue Making a Difference

When Bethany and Guy decided to get married, they agreed they would rather elope than put their money into what they felt was a profiteering industry. With backgrounds in ecology and community development, they wanted their money to go towards an ethical cause. “We felt the wedding industry is completely over-commercialised and we didn’t want... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Windsor’s Brand New Greek Restaurant With A Modern Twist

Dreaming about summer in the Greek Islands? Don’t worry, we’ve found a bit of Greek paradise right here in Melbourne. Rebel Blue is the new kid on the block at the Windsor end of Chapel Street. In fact, Rebel Blue is the only Greek restaurant on Chapel Street, and it’s one you must try. Take... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
This Chapel St Bar Boasts $1 Dumplings & An Extensive Japanese Spirits List

Some of the best places to enjoy a drink also happen to be a little quieter, and perhaps a little harder to find. Just like any other good hole-in-the-wall, Zhou Zhou has a distinct personality, taking its inspiration from 1930s-style Shanghai drinking dens. With over 50 Asian craft beers, an extensive Japanese spirits list and... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Could This Be One Of Melbourne’s Most Authentic Chinese Restaurants?

An old tea warehouse transformed into what we think is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne. David’s is a top-notch eatery nestled just off the bustling Chapel Street. This family owned restaurant was founded nearly 20 years ago by Shanghai born David Zhou and has remained under his ownership ever since. The restaurant... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
The Most Unique Dumpling Joint in Melbourne’s China Town

When you think of Melbourne’s China Town, it’s a given that you think of cheap dumplings, dodgy alleyways and unbearable $6 wine, right? Think again. A brand new funky and hip dumpling joint has opened up in the heart of China Town and is breaking all the boundaries. Drumplings is a unique, modern dining experience... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
This Oktoberfest-Inspired Sports Bar is Serving 1KG Schnitzels & Beer Towers

Grab your lederhosen and make room for giant schnitzels because we’ve found a little taste of Germany right here in our backyard. Munich Brauhaus is the one venue across Australia that boasts Oktoberfest 365 days of the year. This German themed restaurant and bar is the little bit of quirky you need in your life... more info


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Tropic Like it’s hot at Sydney’s Best Tiki bar

Thirsty for an island getaway but can’t quite justify a trip to the Bahamas? The Cliff Dive in Darlinghurst have got you covered. This Tiki-infused cocktail bar serves up all things under-the-sea kitschy, with their motto being good times and great drinks. Located in the bustling Oxford street, this bar is the perfect mix of... more info


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This Former Opium Den May Just Have the Best Cocktails in Sydney

Etched between the cosy sandstones of Sydney’s most affluent suburb, you’ll find a whiskey bar steeped in charm, history and of course, booze. While it’s now known for creating some of the most inspired drinks in Sydney, this underground whiskey bar was once a hot spot for opium trading. The Doss House is Sydney’s premier... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
A new Japanese-French Fusion Restaurant has Landed in Sydney’s Inner West

The Inner West of Sydney has a new addition to the first class dining scene, welcoming Katsumi Japanese Restaurant to the evergreen suburb of Mortlake. The Japanese fusion restaurant channels a delicate French flair, making it a rarity in the area since its doors opened in late November of 2017. Head Chef Vincent Zhou has... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Brunswick’s Newest Vegan Rooftop Bar

The Cornish Arms Hotel has opened its arms to the heavens, boasting a new addition of a rooftop bar and garden. Renowned as an all-inclusive vegan dining destination on Sydney Road, the third floor of the Brunswick mainstay now promises sweeping panoramic views of the CBD with a drink in hand. The indulgent menu pleases... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
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 revamping has gone down. The... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
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 the unveiling of what is,... more info


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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 celebration, food & delectable beverages... more info


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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 shift your drinks with ease,... more info


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Sydney’s Brand New Brewery & Beer Garden

Located at the King St Wharf in Sydney, is the brand new microbrewery that does it all. All Hands Brewing House is the latest Red Rock Leisure venue to be not only a brewery, but also a restaurant and bar. The brewery takes its inspiration from the history and tradition of the King St Docks,... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Welcoming back Emulation Hall

Located in the inner Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, is Emulation Hall – an unsuspecting function venue in Canterbury. Hidden City Secrets were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Emulation Hall by CNK catering at their Gin Party (and gosh, was it a good one). Walking up towards the double story building, depicts a... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
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 codes ruining your spontaneous summer... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne’s Best Steak Dinners

Never has a more controversial topic existed – who serves the ultimate steak dinner? But what makes an amazing steak dinner? At Hidden City Secrets we think that respect for produce is the most important factor, regardless of its age, price point or specialty. So we did the hard yards for you and ate our way... more info


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Hump Day Vibes at 29th Apartment

Wednesday nights are back in a big way at 29th Apartment. Located in the heart of St Kilda on the ever-colourful Fitzroy Street, 29th Apartment takes you on a trip to NYC without ever leaving Melbourne. This New York apartment style bar is a favourite for good tunes, quirky decor and giant jenga –perfect to help... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
The Local Of All Local Bars

There is nothing better than walking in to a pub and the bartender knows you by name, or more importantly, knows your drink of choice. The Local Taphouse on Carlisle Street thrives on delivering this service every day of the week. Their regulars are not only customers, but part of the furniture – literally, as... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
A Little Piece of Paris on Chapel St

Walking distance from Windsor Station on bustling Chapel St, Belle Vie is the newest tapas bar on the block and may just be the fanciest on the street. Newly renovated, Belle Vie ticks all the right boxes if you’re after the ultimate, intimate bar experience. It’s the perfect place to unwind after work over a... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Top 10 Brewery Bars in Melbourne

As the weather starts to heat up, there is nothing us Melburnians like more than a cold pint in the sun. However, a standard draught just doesn’t seem to make the cut sometimes… Craft beer is the new frosé and is slowly taking over the taps of Melbourne, as are microbreweries which are beginning to pop up like... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
End Of Year Party Venues To Make A Statement

The end of the year is slowly approaching which means one thing; the silly season is on its way. The only way to end an arduous working year is with a bang, and Hidden City Secrets are here to help make that happen. Whether you want to treat your employees to say “thanks for a great... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Where To Get A Drink In The CBD

Known for its glamorous (and highly expensive) real estate and iconic landmarks such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Sydney is the typical cosmopolitan city fit for the country’s elite and anyone else who has hundreds and thousands to splash on rent every week (seriously, how do some people afford it ?!) What... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne’s Best Trivia Nights

Are you the one in your group who has all this extra knowledge about anything and everything? Don’t let it go to waste! Drag your friends down to a riveting trivia night and show off all your knowledge about the hundreds of movies and TV shows you’ve watched over the years. Not to mention, all those... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
The Best Asian Fusion Restaurants on Kensington St

Downtown, things will be great when your downtown, no finer place for sure, downtown, everything’s waiting for you… are the words you will be singing when you stumble upon this glorious selection of Asian cuisines, seafood sensations and the finest coffee you will find in Sydney. Kensington Street is a must see for all Sydneysiders,... more info


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Sydney’s Best Function Venues with a View

Can’t find the perfect venue that ticks all the boxes? Struggling to secure a venue that has the perfect view? If you’re anxiously nodding, then stop stressing and keep reading. HCS have found you some amazing venues to host an upcoming special event or if you’re simply looking to impress an important client and need... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne’s Best First Date Bars

Whether you believe in love at first sight or in order to meet your match you swipe right, EVERYONE gets nervous meeting someone new. On top of this, you have the added pressure of finding the perfect place that will set the tone for the entire evening and and means the difference between going home with date... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Top 5 Date-Worthy Restaurants

It’s tough being in a relationship, especially after those first 3 months pass by and you’re sadly no longer in the honeymoon stage. Keeping the romance alive and surprising each other takes a lot of effort and we seem to get everything and anything delivered these days so why bother getting off the couch? (Besides... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Bertonia Lounge – A Hidden Gem In Parramatta

In charge of organizing the work Christmas party this year? Realising that your 30th birthday isn’t as far away as you thought (or hoped) it was? Can’t make a decision on a venue but still need to throw a baby shower preferably before the baby gets here? Well sit back, relax, grab a drink and read this... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Top 10 Hidden Bars in Melbourne

So you’re going out Friday night for drinks but you’re stuck going to the same spot every week… Your bartender knows your order where you sit in the same booth with the same conversation on how great the parma is here? I think it’s safe to say it’s time to move on. Change is hard.... more info


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Fine Dining That Won’t Break The Bank

Are you trying to save up for that European holiday you’ve been wanting to take for the past 5 years? Need a new car? Going overboard with online shopping because you need the 54th pair of shoes that you promised will be your very last online purchase? Don’t want to spend those extra few dollars... more info