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Le Bon Ton

Darlin…….you had me at southern style buttermilk fried chicken! Le Bon Ton is fast becoming one of Melbourne’s hottest in the know restaurants, cocktail bars and absinthe saloons.  Located on Gipps Street in Collingwood this conversion from the old Glass House nightclub has brought life back into this glorious old pub. Themed as an American […]

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Bar Nacional

  Perfectly positioned in the new and thriving Docklands end of Collins Street Bar Nacional is located in Collins Square, a major development with two office towers already completed and a third under way.  The building is architecturally stunning with a grand lobby filled with quality finishes and slick design features. Bar Nacional adds to […]

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The List (My Melbourne Favourites)

My Melbourne Favourites in Alphabetical Order 3 Ravens Beer found in your Northern Suburb local.  55 American Pale Ale is my favourite but the entire range of craft beers are amazing.  Available at the best local pubs and bottle shops in the Brunswick, Fitzroy, Northcote and Thornbury areas.  Worth the trek north if you are not […]

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The Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld

  The Royal Mail Hotel was an incredible experience and one of the nicest vacations I have had in a long time.  I didn’t realise it when I booked but I had been here before in 2002 whilst backpacking around Australia.  There used to be backpacker accommodation on the estate.  This has now been converted […]

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Hidden Secrets Progressive Degustation Walking Tour

Visiting Melbourne and want to try something a little different?  Fiona from Hidden Secrets has created a wonderful alternative to the usual Melbourne tour that combines her love of food, wine and all things Melbourne in a fun and easy going walking, wine and food tour.   The tour runs with two to eight guests […]

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Localing Night Life Tour of Fitzroy

The hottest new private tour company in Melbourne ‘Localing’ invited me out on night life a tour of Fitzroy and Collingwood.  The charming and in the know duo Daniel and Dean have created this genius venture.   The idea is for Daniel and Dean to help travellers experience Melbourne as they would if they were […]

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Bomba Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

One of my favourite restaurant bar combos in Melbourne is Bomba restaurant and rooftop bar.  This place is loaded with character and is an easy going fun place to hang out with friends while having great drinks and delicious food. The concept behind Bomba is a ‘Spanish workers bar’.  It’s fashioned after exactly what you […]

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Pure South

Pure South

Pure South is probably one of Melbourne’s best restaurant success stories.   It’s a favourite recommend for many of the hotel concierges in the city and our guests love this place.  The formula is perfect, an elegant restaurant with a garden terrace, city and river views and a perfect menu made up of ingredients sourced […]

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Sarti

Sarti

Sarti has long been a favourite of mine and has recently undergone a refurbishment to make it even better.   Located on one of the best lane-ways in Melbourne, Russell Place, not to be confused with Russell Street.  Russell place is now bustling with excellent cafes, restaurants, bars and fashion stores.  This is one of […]

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Vue de monde

  One of the joys in life is discovering something extraordinary.   As a concierge nothing is better than meeting someone who is passionate about their chosen field.  Shannon Bennett is such a person.  He has taken his passion for the culinary arts and created one of Australia’s most celebrated restaurants. Vue de monde comprises […]

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