January 15, 2015

Yelp Melbourne's Rooftop Reunion

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The skies may have been grey, but there was nothing but sparkle and shine on Union Dining’s Terrace bar as Melbourne’s Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed bubbles, bites and beer at this delightful rooftop hideaway.

Union Dining gave us a slice of provincial Europe on our doorstep with their beautiful rooftop terrace setting and tasty canapes, paired with local Victorian prosecco from Dal Zotto wines and Hop Hog beer from our Swan Valley friends, Feral Brewing.

As if that wasn’t sweet enough, we all left on a big sugar high thanks to Spun Fairy Floss, spinning their fresh flavoured fairy floss before our eyes.

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December 14, 2014

Melbourne's Giving Spirit

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Melbourne Yelpers got into the spirit of giving with a Sunday afternoon mixer at local retailer, Imajine. Shopping locally had a global impact, with every item available for purchase giving back to community projects with brands like TOMS, One Night Stand and Sister Works. All wrapped up by the team at One Girl. 

We were treated to a very special performance from Melbourne singer-songwriter, Bertie Blackman, who performed a gorgeous acoustic version of two songs from her new album, The Dash. 

The sun was shining and the courtyard party was in full swing, with delicious hot dogs from Lord of The Fries and refreshments from Slow Cow and Wirra Wirra Wines. 

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December 08, 2014

Melbourne's Aperitivo Hour at Doc Martin's

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What do you do when the silly season strikes? Take one sophisticated cocktail bar, fill it with a cool crowd of Melbourne’s Yelp Elite Squad and enjoy a relaxing after-work aperitif.

Amongst the madness of Christmas parties and end of year deadlines, a laid back Monday evening was just what the doctor ordered. The good doctor in this case being Doc Martin’s, a smart aperitif and digestif bar - the newest addition to Melbourne’s Collin’s Quarter.

Enjoying delicious cocktails featuring locally produced Maidenii vermouth and bites from the Doc Martin's menu, our appetites were well and truly whet for more of what this doctor ordered. 

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November 19, 2014

Melbourne Can Yelp, Will Travel

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The holiday season has officially started, with Melbourne’s Yelp Elite Squad kicking off with a travel themed party at Fitzroy’s Panama Dining Room.

Panama’s famous $1 Oyster frenzy was in full force, with the fresh shucked oysters raising $400 for DineSmart to feed the homeless. Paired with bubbly of course, courtesy of Jansz.

Feral Brewing’s Sly Fox Summer Ale was perfect for the gorgeous day that Melbourne turned on, and Herradura Tequila brought us a sunny slice of Mexico with their grapefruit palomas.

No fun moment was missed, with our instagram happy snaps printed out for the album and fridge by KeepSnaps.

Yelpers received postcards from near and far, meeting the Yelp team from all across Australia, NZ and SE Asia while scoring some sweet, sweet prizes including a shiny magnum of Wirra Wirra wine.

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November 13, 2014

Yelp Taste Tests Melbourne

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Taste of Melbourne Festival launched at Albert Park on Thursday night, with 20 lucky Yelp Elites getting the VIP treatment to taste test the festival.

Enjoying drinks in a VIP Suite, Elites got a chance to catch up before exploring the array of foodie options from local restaurants and brands. The group split into two, brushing up on some vital foodie skills - wine pairing and food photography! Cake Wines taught Elites how to pair wines with Chinese cuisine from Lee Ho Fook and Canon made expert photographers out of us.

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October 01, 2014

Yelp Melbourne’s Tequila Tasting Tuesday

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Forget lemon wedges and nasty hangovers, Tuesday’s Tequila Masterclass was all about enjoying the good stuff.

Jose from Casa de Vinos hosted Melbourne’s Yelp Elite Squad for an educational experience on all things Tequila Clase Azul. Through the production of tequila to the history of the Mexican artisans who handcraft every bottle, we discovered there’s much more to love than shots when it comes to this interesting spirit. From delicate sippers to platinum bottles worth more than our rent, it was a fun and informative night that changed how we looked at tequila.

Read reviews of the event here. Want to see the incredible bottles including the platinum beauty? Check out the Flickr page.

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September 15, 2014

Yelp Melbourne's Old School Sunday Session

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No one was caged at the Aviary Hotel on Sunday, where Melbourne's Yelp Elite Squad let their inner child run amok with hula hoops, Uno and Jenga in Yelp’s Old School Sunday Session.

It wasn’t all child’s play though, with Tequila Tromba, The West Winds Gin and Paul Louis providing delicious grown-up refreshments, paired with delicious small bites from Aviary Hotel’s new Spring menu. We danced to the vintage tunes of Soul Time, and even our instagram happy-snaps went old school, with KeepSnaps on hand to print them as keepsakes.

Check out the playful pics here and get the full scoop on the event page

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August 26, 2014

Melbourne’s 10th Anniversary Winter Vintage Soiree

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Melbourne sure got it’s fancy pants on for this grand affair. There were bow ties and pearls aplenty when the doors of the historic Kelvin Club opened to Yelp’s Vintage Winter Soiree.

Bellies were warmed with fresh pasta, pho, tea, and hot chocolate. Champagne and oysters were enjoyed while listening to opera performances. When the night really warmed up, this glamorous crowd didn’t break a sweat with local refreshments and ice creams in hand. And speaking of desserts… everyone got to indulge their sweet tooth more than once!

Read reviews of the event here or head to Flickr to see some spectacular photos.

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June 17, 2014

Yelp Melbourne's Euro Vision

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On Tuesday night, Melbourne’s Yelp Elite Squad said “Bonjour!” to authentic and artisan produce as we got a little taste of Europe at local bakery Brasserie Bread.

Dairy stomachs were activated and a bubbling fondue pot was enough to have Elites crying “Oh sweet cheesus!” as they tasted their way through a beautiful and expansive selection of Red Cow Cheese, all imported from Switzerland. 

Bread and cheeses were paired with Germany’s Apfelwein (“apple wine”), as Ciderhaus taught us about this traditional drink from Hessen. 

Read reviews of the event here or head to the Flickr page to see how the night unfolded.

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May 22, 2014

Yelp Melbourne goes Bánh-anas

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The walls of Paperboy Kitchen read “Super Tasty Vietnamese Food”, which is exactly what Melbourne’s Yelp Elite Squad was greeted with in absolute abundance on Thursday night.

The crowd was delighted with mouth wateringly good bánh mì, rice bowls, fried chicken and spiced popcorn - stopping only to play with the plastic animals that adorn this fun new CBD lunch spot.

Read all the reviews of the event here or head to the Flickr page to see all the deliciousness.

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April 29, 2014

When Yelp Melbourne Wined and Dined

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Who's hot in the local wine scene? A handful of lucky Yelp Elite Squad members got to find out from Harry & Frankie sommelier, Tom Hogan, at a 'Future Aussie Icons' tasting featuring up and coming Australian producers.

After the wine, it was time to dine! The Rose Diner & Bar put on a delicious and classic meal - roast chicken dinner. Perfect for a rainy Melbourne night and a great chance for everyone to talk about their new found wine knowledge. 

Read all the reviews of the event here or check out the great photos on the Flickr page.

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April 16, 2014

Melbourne's 'Bubbly & Bow Tie' Autumn Affair

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On Tuesday night, 20 Yelp Elites strutted their stuff down Melbourne's laneways, navigating the European cobblestone paths to Syracuse Restaurant. Dressed to impress, the corks were soon popped on a Champagne celebration. 

Syracuse Restaurant provided a grand backdrop for this glamorous occasion, set in a 19th century hotel lobby with soaring ceilings and archways.  

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March 18, 2014

Sunshine and Prosecco made Melbourne smile

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On Tuesday night, Italian Cantina Fatto hosted our lucky Elites for the happiest of Happy Hours. The riverside location was the perfect setting for an afterwork tipple, enjoying prosecco, Aperol Spritz and beer with our delicious antipasto and capapes. 

The only thing brighter than Melbourne’s skies were the faces of our Elite Squad. With so much good cheer in the one place, the theme of the night quickly turned to flattery and new friendships. 

See all those smiling faces here and see what people thought on the events page.

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February 23, 2014

A Snap Happy Saturday in Melbourne

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On Saturday morning, LA based food and lifestyle guru Kristin Guy aka ‘The Cuisinerd’ taught some lucky Elites how to take great photos with their smartphones. Weaving our way through the Queen Victoria Market, we learnt about composition and using napkins to create lighting tricks (when we weren’t stuffing our faces with delicious donuts and boreks, that is).

Our rain-dampened hair and cinnamon-coated smiles didn’t stop us from looking glamorous, with funky L’Abattoir de Plastic 3D printed bracelets adorning our arms.

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