June 24, 2015

Yelp's Winter Brinner

Posted by Lani P.


Brisbane isn't known for dinners around the fireplace, but the current chilly evenings gave us the perfect excuse to stoke the fire and enjoy a brinner party at Scout. Owners, Candy & Suse took us on a journey through some of their most popular breakfast items, from the sweet almond & mandarin bread with marscapone (paired with an espresso martini featuring Scout's espresso blend with 666 Vodka) to the savoury breakfast salad with brussel sprouts. It's easy to see why this Petrie Terrace cafe often has lines snaking down the street each weekend. Check out the reviews and take a look at the photos

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June 15, 2015

Yelp World Gin Day Tour of Adelaide

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Saturday 20 Elite Squad members rugged up and got ready to celebrate World Gin Day at some of the hottest bars in Adelaide.

The night began at Street ADL where we were greeted by expert Mark Reginato who concocted some gin samples with native garnishes that were simply divine!

Onto the Thrift Shop Bar, where we were greeted by the lovely Jaime and Michael. Showing their love and passion for Gin, we were delighted to be offered a taste of two flights of Gin. One featuring my favourite, Thrift Shop house made Quandong Gin!

Just a shuffle down around the block The Admiral Marcus at Hains & Co, greeted us at the doorstep of his Venue with open arms. Such a delight, we were spoilt with house made classic gin on tap and complimented with Gin & Tonic style sausage rolls!

To complete our tour, The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange had a Pink Gin one of a kind sample lined up on the bar ready for us to enjoy! Not that was not enough, a sample of the yummy chorizo and mushroom open sandwiches.

A big shout out to our one and only Elite Bruce L. who shared with us four fun facts about Gin at each venue. What can I say, there is so much more to Gin than just a pretty cocktail.

Check out all the fun and excitement at this party of epic proportions in our photos and our reviews.

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June 04, 2015

Melbourne says 'Aloha' to a secret cinema

Posted by Melanie


Did you know there is a cinema tucked away in the corners of Southbank? On Wednesday night, Melbourne’s Yelp Elite Squad got to discover hidden gem The Backlot Studios for an exclusive preview screening of the entertaining new romantic comedy, Aloha.

But it wasn’t just Bradley Cooper’s baby-blues keeping us entertained. Before settling into the plush comfort of Backlot’s private cinema, Elites were treated to refreshing beer and wine from Camden Town Brewery and Wirra Wirra Wines.

No ordinary choc-tops in sight at this screening, with Melbourne newcomers ChillBros Paletas bringing us their unique and amazing range of ice-creams. A Mexican recipe with Australian ingredients, featuring flavours from dulce de leche to crunchy doughnut!

Want to know more about the film and what happened on the night? Check out the photos here and see what our Elites had to say on Yelp.

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May 31, 2015

Yelp's Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival Preview

Posted by Anita Decoster

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On Friday night 10 Elite Squad members got together for a night to remember! The German Club spoilt us all with some lovely German beer, wine and special club sandwiches. We where then given the German experience and dancing lessons from some traditional German dancers, bell ringers and music from an accordion master. 

As if, that was not enough, Hans the Boy Wonder from Berlin joined our group to entertain us and get us ready for a night of Cabaret. The Elites were then were given the VIP experience by Cabaret Fringe Festival with a table up the front. They delighted us all with glitz and glamour, dance and song, and stories amongst entertainment! Check out all the fun and excitement at this party of epic proportions in our photos and our reviews.

Also, a big thank you to Funsnap for taking photos of the night!

May 20, 2015

Yelp's Elite Escape

Posted by Lani P.


1 hour, an unsolved mystery and 2 groups of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad. It's a recipe for a logic-filled evening at Brisbane's Escape Hunt Experience located in the hub of West End. Newly opened, this family run business gives eager detectives the chance to immerse themselves into mysteries that draw inspiration from some of Brisbane's iconic locations. Think Government House, Boggo Road Goal and a 100-year old barber shop. Read the reviews here

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May 13, 2015

Yelp x Showroom Sip & Shop

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Showroom is curated like a gallery, ever changing like a magazine and sells things like a shop and in a room filled with Yelpers, vendors and friends of the store we celebrated this local business' first birthday in style. Catherine, owner of Showroom and The Spring Blog, warmly invited us into this classic and sophisticated Queenslander where we sipped on SOFI Spritz drinks and ate the novel Fiori Bakehouse boozy cupcakes. Check out the photos.

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April 22, 2015

Melbourne Cheers for Local Beers

Posted by Melanie


They say wine was an invention of God and beer the invention of Man. Every year in May, Melbourne gets a chance to meet the men and women behind the great beers, breweries and pubs of our city with Good Beer Week.

Last night some lucky folks in Yelp’s Elite Squad got a sneak preview of things to come when we visited Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond.

Good Week Beer ambassador, Miro, took us through a passionate and informative tour of this Melbourne-made brewery, before handing us over to co-founder and chief brewer Dave, to hear how Mountain Goat went from his backyard to the much-loved local brew it is today.

Of course there’s no better way to listen to stories about craft beer than over a pint, which was enjoyed with the brewery’s delicious pizzas.

Check out the photos here and see what our Elites had to say on Yelp.

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April 18, 2015

Preview of the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

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Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend gave our lucky Elites the chance to sample the talent that will fall part in their upcoming festival. The Yelp Elites had to battle the masses to arrive at the VIP Tasting area. A brilliant turn out of guests despite the drizzle and chill in the air. 

Head Chef and Manager Nicola Palmer of Skilloglee Wines started the evening by treating us all to a platter full of produce from her kitchen and the Clare Valley region. It was a showcase of true quality and talent. 

Pikes Winemaker, Steve Baraglia gave us all a brilliant insight on viticulture. He shared tastings of very young to mature wines to educate the processes of wine making. We were very lucky to have tried some wines yet to be tasted by anyone other than the winemakers themselves! 

Clare Valley is not only about the wine, the tasting experience was followed by Pikes Brewer Allister Pike, who shared a very interesting story about this family's history. We were told that we were to be guinea pigs on an exclusive tasting of their pre-release Tonic Beer. What an experience this was! A very complex beer which is sure to be a hit! 

Read all the reviews on Yelp and check out all the photos on the Flickr page!

April 15, 2015

Melbourne met Mama's Bouis

Posted by Melanie


Mama says “Eat, enjoy, and never leave the table hungry!”

Boy did we. When 12 Yelp Elites were invited to a family feast at laneway eatery, Mama’s Boui, we had no idea just how much we were in for. Quickly losing count of dishes, we were treated to an amazing array of home-style Modern Vietnamese that left many of us pondering if we were born into the wrong family.

Our wonderful host Nam took us through the cocktail menu, featuring drinks as creative as they were delicious, including fun twists on Pho (yes, there really is a Pho cocktail!) and Vietnamese Espresso Martinis.

No one left hungry, but we did leave very happy.

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March 24, 2015

Yelp Melbourne's Time Travellers Ball

Posted by Melanie


Melbourne loves secrets and last night the Yelp Elite Squad went behind the mysterious bookshelf to uncover the hidden speakeasy known as Fall from Grace.

Yelpers partied like it was 1929, but there was no bathtub moonshine here. Just beautiful Southside and Gin Rickey cocktails crafted by the friendly bartenders with Tanqueray Gin.

Canapés from State of Grace were eagerly devoured before the sweet treat of Charlie’s Cookies.

Burlesque bombshell Miss Skopalova (pictured) entertained and wowed the crowd with her incredible rhythmic burlesque and circus style performances throughout the night.

Check out what our photographer captured and read the reviews on Yelp.

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February 25, 2015

Melbourne's Fun with Fro-Yo

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On Tuesday night, Melbourne's Yelp Elite Squad were given permission to eat dessert for dinner when they headed to sample the delicious frozen yoghurt at Yo-Chi in Yarraville. 

With endless flavour and topping combinations, there was a froyo eating frenzy in this short but oh-so-sweet event. In between constructing their fabulous creations, Elites learned the story behind Yo-Chi, a family owned business passionate about locally sourced natural ingredients and creating fun community spaces. 

The fun was captured on many a phone, but this time keepsakes could be printed instantly with Fuji's Instax Share printer.

Check out all the happy snaps on Flickr and read the reviews on Yelp.

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February 13, 2015

Brisbane's New Year, New Elites Mixer

Posted by Lani P.


2015 for Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad started with a "Welcome to the Squad" mixer for Yelpers. We gathered at Press Club, one of Fortitude Valley's premier nightspots and home to some of Brisbane's most talented mixologists. Yelpers were guided through a cocktail masterclass stepping us through an Old Fashioned, the gin-based Clockwork Orange, and the flaming Zombie. We were also lucky enough to sample some of the menu from next-door neighbour, Bincho. Read the reviews and check out the photos on Flickr

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January 15, 2015

Yelp Melbourne's Rooftop Reunion

Posted by Melanie


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.

Check out the oh-so happy snaps on our Flickr page and read the reviews on Yelp.

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December 15, 2014

Brisbane Yelpers Shop Local

Posted by Lani P.


The festive season is in full-swing and Brisbane Yelpers were treated to Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Muscato as they browsed the inspiring shelves of Scrumptious Reads for gifts. With ideas a plenty and purchases made, guests were introduced to Danielle Dixon's infamous "celebrity cakes" at HIVE Cafe. The Fat Elvis cupcakes were washed down with Nessun Dorma cold press coffee as we contemplated adding Danielle's Sailor Jerry Christmas Pudding to our Christmas Day tables. Read the reviews on Yelp and see all the photos on Flickr.

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December 14, 2014

Melbourne's Giving Spirit

Posted by Melanie


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. 

Check out the reviews here and check out the photos here. 

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December 08, 2014

Melbourne's Aperitivo Hour at Doc Martin's

Posted by Melanie


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. 

Check out the pictures here and see what people thought on the events page.

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November 30, 2014

A Weekend of Yelp Elite Squad Brisbane Fun

Posted by Lani P.


Did you know Brisbane has it's very own baseball team? No? Well we do and on Friday night the Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad got to sit front and centre as the Bandits swung into victory against the Melbourne Aces. As they ate pork sliders, Anthony N was our Elite-in-the-know explaining the ins and outs of baseball to us novices. And if that wasn't enough, on Saturday evening the Squad were special guests at the opening night of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival where we were charmed by the heartwarming film, The Crow's Egg. See, it's neat to be Elite! Check out the reviews on Yelp. 

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November 19, 2014

Melbourne Can Yelp, Will Travel

Posted by Melanie


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.

Check out the pictures here and see what people thought on the events page.

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November 13, 2014

Yelp Taste Tests Melbourne

Posted by Melanie


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.

Check out the pictures here and see what people thought on the events page.

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November 03, 2014

Brisbane's Saturday Stretch Yoga Class

Posted by Lani P.


Calm. Stillness of mind. All things harder to find amongst our bustling lives. Thankfully, a handful of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad were invited to attend a 101 Yoga class led by Stretch Yoga's fearless leader, PJ. When our zen was found the group sipped on nourishing green juices. A great afternoon for all! Read reviews about the fantastic event here and check out all the photos on the Flickr page.

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October 01, 2014

Yelp Melbourne’s Tequila Tasting Tuesday

Posted by Melanie


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 22, 2014

Brisbane's Rock of Ages

Posted by Lani P.


Brisbane's Yelp community was asked to rock, and rock they did at the Rock of Ages Yelper Party at The New Globe Theatre. Warming up with cheese, chocolate and wine, Yelpers took to the stage to belt out classic power ballads, country and good old fashion hard core rock tracks before refuelling with a few brews and succulent slow-roasted ribs. 

Read the reviews or head over to Flickr to see all the back-stage action. 

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September 15, 2014

Yelp Melbourne's Old School Sunday Session

Posted by Melanie


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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September 09, 2014

Good Clean Fun for Yelp Brisbane

Posted by Lani P.


Take a few bottles of Wirra Wirra wines, a cheese platter or two and 20-something Yelp Elite Squad members and you find yourself with a good time. Add in the unusual venue of the newly opened Tumblin Launderette and you have a Saturday afternoon of laughter, Yelpers meeting new Yelpers for the first time, and good clean fun. Read the reviews and check out the photos on Flickr

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August 26, 2014

Melbourne’s 10th Anniversary Winter Vintage Soiree

Posted by Melanie


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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August 11, 2014

Insider Tour Of Sunday Indulgence For Brisbane

Posted by Lani P.


The sun shone bright and the skies were blue as a handful of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad assembled in King George Square to begin our Sunday Indulgence Tour with Insider Tours Australia. From midday mojitos and behind the scenes insights, to retailers in Queens Plaza and chocolate from the Noosa Chocolate Factory, we all left with bellies full and an insider look at some of our city's local businesses. Be sure to read the reviews and check out the photos here!

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July 03, 2014

Yelp Brisbane + Cream + Sugar + Eggs = Fun!

Posted by Lani P.


The lure of using a blow torch (in a safe and controlled environment, of course!) was all it took to excite the Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad for our event learning to make Crème brûlée at Alison Taafe's Institute of Culinary Excellent. Our teachers, Dean and Mark, demystified this classic dessert and showed 20 Yelp Elite Squad members just how easy this tasty pot of custard is to perfect. From the classic vanilla to mocha, and orange and cardamom the flavours we tried on the night held nothing against the flavour ideas that flowed from the mouths of Yelpers. Let's leave it at maple bacon Crème brûlée, shall we? Read the reviews and look at the photos on Flickr for a full run-down of the evening.

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June 30, 2014

Un, Deux, Trois...Yelp Brisbane's French 101

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Sparkling champagne, cheese, charcuterie, a warm winter's day and seven of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad is all it took to create a light-hearted and fun-filled afternoon at Lingua Franca's new studio in Newstead. Some of the squad played down their ability to turn on a Parisienne-phrase with their pitch perfect pronounciation wowing us all! Check out the reviews and take a look at the photos on Flickr

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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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June 02, 2014

Brisbane's Passiontree Velvet High Tea

Posted by Lani P.


Saturday afternoon in a well-known Brisbane shopping centre doesn't sound like the ideal setting for a Yelp Elite Event, but 10 Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad members enjoyed a surprisingly serene few hours sampling High Tea tasting plates from Passiontree Velvet's new high tea menu. A world of "edible luxury" was indeed enjoyed as we sampled an array of sweets, banana crunch waffles, chocolate fondant, and Passiontree's range of Harney & Sons tea blends. Read the reviews on Yelp

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May 27, 2014

An Afternoon of R&R in Undiscovered Brisbane

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15 of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad, were driven to Clear Mountain (an undiscovered-to-Yelpers pocket of greater Brisbane) by Uber Brisbane, for an afternoon of spa luxury. After a glass of bubbly on the deck overlooking Samsonvale Lake, the Squad were introduced to Stephanie of Stephanies Spa fame before being whisked away to their Clear Mountain Spa for back, feet, hand and scalp massages. The afternoon of relaxation ended with drinks and sweet treats in the lounge area before heading back to civilisation. Read the reviews and check out the photos on Flickr

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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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May 05, 2014

Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad Meet Howzat Burgers

Posted by Lani P.


Burgers are the word (and meal) on the lips of many in Brisbane and what could make a Community Manager happier than seeing 25 of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad happily sampling Howzat Burgers' range of fresh and above average buns. Washed down with tasters of their signature milkshake range (nuttella, coffee and banana) and Coors Australia beers to take home, and you've got yourself a top night out. Click here to read the reviews and take a peek at the photos on Flickr

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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

Posted by Melanie


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.  

Check out the photos here and see what people thought on the event page.


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March 18, 2014

Sunshine and Prosecco made Melbourne smile

Posted by Melanie


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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March 16, 2014

Yelp Brisbane's Elite Squad Tackle Terrariums

Posted by Lani P.


On Saturday afternoon, Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad members took to the loft space at West End's Mappins Nursery to learn the art of terrarium making. Encouraged to bring their own glass vessel there was everything from v-shaped vases, oversized brandy glasses and more being transformed into these tiny gardens adorned with dinosaurs and wild animals. Read the reviews here and check out the photos on Flickr.

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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.

See the great shots our Yelpers snapped and read the event reviews here.


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Yelp Takes Brisbane Elite Squad To New Heights

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It was a sticky and humid Brisbane night as 20 Elite Squad Yelpers rocked up to West End's Urban Climb for an Elite Event involving harnesses, coconut water and protein balls. Learning the 101 of indoor rock climbing, Yelp Elites took to the walls like ducks in water. Find the photos on Flickr and read the reviews here.

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February 22, 2014

Brisbane Elites Preview QTC's The Mountaintop

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Queensland Theatre Company's newest production, The Mountaintop was previewed by 20 Yelp Elites in Brisbane on Saturday night. The play, which takes a "moving and magical look" back at the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr surprised us all with its twists, turns and powerful messages. We all agreed the show was catepulted to greatness by activist and hip-hop sensation Candy Bowers. Read the reviews of the event here

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January 23, 2014

Queensland Design, Slam Poetry And Gin For Brisbane

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On Thursday night, the Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad braved a summer rain storm to celebrate our first event for 2014. Surrounded by a curated collection of Queensland's best design pieces for the exhibition titled, "High Tide", Yelpers sipped on gin and tonics while sampling delicious cheeses and salumi. The evening was given life with a rousing spoken-word set from local slam poet, Martin Ingle. Read the reveiws of the event here and see all the photos on the Flickr page. 

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December 15, 2013

Brisbane Yelpers Shop Local

Posted by Lani P.

From a sweet honey, tea and reads event at Scrumptious Reads, to a CMYE at the BrisStyle City Hall markets, a wrap-tastic night out with Little Peach Co and an up late shopping spree at West End's Nook, Brisbane Yelpers embraced the 2013 Yelp Shops Local pledge attending events across the city. 

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For some it was their first time visiting these stores and few left empty handed. We sipped on delightfully Summer-inspired from Brown Brothers and Santa Vittoria

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It all threw a spotlight on some truly spectacular local businesses and has set the stage for a bigger and better Yelp Shops Local in 2014, and some special Yelp Shops Local events throughout the new year.

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Check out Flickr for all the photos capturing the Yelp Shops Local love in Brisbane.  


Lani P

Brisbane Community Manager. 


October 20, 2013

Yelp's Brisbane Giddy Up Photo Walk Elite Event

Posted by Lani P.

It was a sunny Sunday when Brisbane's Elite Squad met at the newly re-named Tazza Coffee (previously Cup Coffee) for a much-needed caffiene fix before we set out on foot around South Brisbane with Todd and Alyda from Giddy Up Camera Club on our Photo Walk Elite Event

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We might all carry a camera with us these days, yet as we become immersed in our iDevices (or Android!), we typically miss out on being a tourist in our own city and looking at what is around us. Enter the photo walk. Elites were guided by Todd and Alyda through South Brisbane with tips about framing photos, light, and what apps to use (Snapseed and Afterlight to name just a few). 

One of my favourite quotes from Todd during the walk, went to highlight the importance of being aware of your surroundings. His wisdom? "Don't be afraid to be okay with sitting and waiting for a shot." 

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Other tips? 

  • Always be aware of the background in your photographs. Are there things in the background that will detract attention from your subject?
  • If it's a shot you love, shoot it from three angles before walking away
  • Change your angle of approach. Shoot along the ground, get above it (if you can) 

While we could have continued exploring and snapping away for a lot longer, Yelpers finished the day with a wonderful feast of pizza and salads from The Burrow. Their generous servings meant most of us got to take home our slices of choice to eat later. And, can we please take a moment to acknowledge their Iced Tea? Amazing! 

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Thanks again to Todd and Alyda for spending their Sunday with us and sharing their knowledge. It was such fun and if you ever want to join them on a similar walk, check out their Fridays on Foot events. 

Til next time, read the reviews and photos, and SYOY!

Lani P. 

September 29, 2013

Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad Sings For Their Supper

Posted by Lani P.

"Sing for your supper," the team at Spring said. The Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad may not have literally sung for their supper during the September Elite Event at Spring in Brisbane's CBD, but they certainly worked for it.

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Under the guidance of our chef for the evening, Mark, each group (the squad was split in two) was put to work making several canapés for the remaining group to eat. From pulled pork sliders with pumpkin and pineapple salsa, duck breast with a blueberry compote on a sourdough crouton and the favourite of the evening, a salmon rillette with aioli, salmon roe and beetroot relish - we all learnt the art of small eats. 

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While one half toiled and served our first round of food for the evening, the remaining members of the squad sipped on blood orange carprioskas from Spring's newly launched cocktail menu. Anna C thinks they might even be her new favourite drink. They even sent us home with a beautiful sample of their baked treats - cookies, turkish delights and brownies. I think Vivien B sums it up best: 
"One question, the "take home" cakes were actually "eat on the train home" cakes right?  I'm not sure what was in that jelly cube sweet (blood orange?) but it was delicious!"
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It was a fun-filled night for all and one that I'm sure has upped our game when hosting soirees at home. 
Thanks to Spring and our photographer Andrew Watt.
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  • Check out the photos
  • Learn how you can become a Yelp Elite
Until Next Time,
Lani P - Yelp Brisbane Community Manager 

August 25, 2013

Yelp Brisbane's Road Trip Elite Event to Helm Bar Surfers

Posted by Lani P.

Spring has sprung early in Brisbane and Yelp's Elite Squad took advantage of the sunny skies with a road trip to Helm Bar Surfers. Climbing aboard our Limoso 30 seater luxury coach, affectionately nick-named "The Yelp Express", we departed from Brisbane's Roma Street Transit centre ready for adventure.  

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Tummies may have been rumbling by the time 28 Yelpers arrived on the coast, but that was soon remedied with the generous pizzas and jam-jar cocktails provided by Helm Bar Surfers. Meat lovers, prawn and scallop and even a peking duck pizza made the rounds of our space on Helm Bar's back deck overlooking the canal waters. 

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The bar, with a "sleek nautical fit out inspired by its sister venue in Sydney" impressed us all with it's modern take on dining on the Gold Coast. And sipping on cocktails with names like Basil Brush, Ginny Hendricks, and Louisiana Jamma we certainly felt like we were living the lifestyles of the rich and famous. 

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Thanks to the team at Helm Bar Surfers, especially Kate and Sandra, for their superb hospitality and to Limoso for getting us from A to B. 

Want to see more photos? Check them out here. Read the reviews and find out how you can become a part of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad.

See You On Yelp,

Lani P. 



July 26, 2013

Yelp's Cheeky Tiki Yelper Party Fires Up Brisbane

Posted by Lani P.

It was a wintery Wednesday night when Yelp's Brisbane Community dressed with warmer temps in mind and made their way to The Jubilee Hotel for Brisbane's first Yelper Party. More than 250 Yelpers celebrated Brisbane’s biggest Yelp event since its launch in the city in 2012.

With tiki-torches lighting the entrance, guests were welcomed by Lei greeters and tribal tunes before entering a tropical oasis of floral arrangements (thanks to Flowers in Hand), the cutest pineapples you have ever seen from Food Connect and a sea of costumes. 


Collage3There was plenty to eat thanks to our great food partners with Yelpers dining on a feast of gourmet delights. Who could deny themselves a gourmet “haute” dog from Snag Stand or the resoundingly popular sriracha marshmallow which won Maria Palitos a legion of new fans. There was also pineapple coconut fairy floss from Spun Fairy Floss, a selection of steamed buns from Happy Little Dumplings (let’s stop for a moment and think about the custard bun) and a selection of samples from The Jubilee’s new menu.

Last but certainly not least, closet brownie lovers came out thick and fast for I Heart Brownie’s exclusive creation for the evening.Yelper Cynthia W spills the beans: “May I say I heart I Heart Brownies? Coconut rum brownies. Are you geniuses over there? Why can’t you bake in my home everyday?” 

Collage4Lines gathered at the Patrón  pop-up bar for their passionfruit coconut cocktail and samples of their XO Café. Mexican Bulldogs or Margoronas (a margarita with a Corona) appeased happy drinkers as they made their way around the dance floor. For the craft beer enthusiast local beer guru Matt Kirkegaard hand-picked a range of craft beers and ciders for guests. From Stone & Wood to Dr Pilkington’s Miracle Cider - there was a drink for everyone.


Of course, what’s a Tiki party without some cheek? The Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy upped the cheek levels with two performances rousing the audience. Fire twirling, hip swaying and more left us all wanting more when Heilani Polynesian Entertainment Group captivated the crowd with their moves. A few game Yelpers even tried their own hand and shaking a tail feather. Shakira’s hips have nothing on these guys! 

Collage1 When feet were tired and tummies full, guests could kick back in the IKEA lounge manned by Sidekickers,Chloe and Nikita. 

The evening would have been nothing without the support of two very special partners on the night. Our venue, The Jubilee Hotel and our charity partner, headspace (auspiced by Aftercare). 

Collage6To all who came along and celebrated with Yelp Brisbane - thank you! You can see all the photos by Andrew Watt Photography here, read the reviews and share your experience of the night and keep your eyes peeled for more great events. 

See You On Yelp,

Lani P (Brisbane Community Manager)


June 13, 2013

Brisbane Elites Explore Cove Bar & Dining's New Menu

Posted by Lani P.

Thankfully after an unseasonaly rainy week, the weather maestros cleared the clouds for Brisbane's Yelp Elite Event at Cove Bar & Dining along South Bank's southern dining precicnt.


With a softly lit CBD as our backdrop, Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad and their guests were treated to an exclusive preview to Cove Bar & Dining's new menu before it launched to the public. From lime and caramel prawns, beef carpaccio with an edible spoon to a devilish dessert of chocolate delisse with a bourbon sauce - the squad were spoilt for view and tastebud tempters. 

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A selection of wine complimented the food but for Teagan S it was the mojitos that set the night apart: "Gorgeous views of Brisbane occupy your eyes while you sip cocktails. Having said that - we were given mojitos to try and they are hands down the best mojitos I have ever had. Big thumbs up. The mojito is my favourite cocktail of all time so I'm not saying that lightly." 


Thank you to Cove Bar & Dining, Liquidty Marketing, Andrew Watt Photography and our special guests from Yelp Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, and Singapore

Want to know more? Read the reviews, flick through the photos and check out what's up next

Til next time...SYOY (See You On Yelp),

Lani P.



May 08, 2013

Elite Event: Brisbane's Flower Potluck

Posted by Lani P.

Inspired by Kinfolk Magazine, the Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad were treated to their very own Flower Potluck on Wednesday evening as they gathered under the fairy lights in The Box's outdoor courtyard. 

Each guest was encouraged to bring their own blooms or foliage to add to the 'potluck' - there were gladioli, gerbras, a stunning hydrangea from Sam S and James H upped the anti bringing beets and dutch carrots (you should definitely check out the bouquet Bec from Flowers In Hand crafted it into). 

With a tropical mural by Frank & Mimi overlooking the floral wonderland on the tables, Bec from Flowers In Hand led Yelpers through a 101 on floral arrangement before guests got to try their hand at their own bouquet. 

The result was a sea of colour with crisp green Crysanthemums, purple irises and pink carnations washing over the tables as floral creations were made. 

With appetites worked up, Yelpers sampled the decadent goat pies from The Goat Pie Guy and washed them down with what many consider Brisbane's best hot chocolates from Bunker Coffee. Sweet tooths were satisfied with Sol Bread's range of raw and vegan cakes including chocolate hazelenut and pumpkin pie. 

It was a truly exceptional evening made possible thanks to The Box, Flowers In Hand, Bunker Chocolate, The Goat Pie Guy and Sol Breads. Special thanks also to Andrew Watt Photography for capturing the evening on (digital) film. 

Don't forget to check out the reviews, take a peek at the photos and find out why it is neat to be Elite.

Until next time...SYOY

Lani P. 


March 28, 2013

Yelp Brisbane's Mobile Royalty Private Dinner

Posted by Lani P.
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Look at that dessert. Look at me. Look at that corn on the cob. Look at this blog. Look at Yelp and back to me. That dessert is the work of head chef Norman Harvey, by the way.

Last night, 15 of Brisbane’s Yelp Mobile Royalty gathered for a private dinner at e’cco bistro in the Brisbane CBD. We were treated to a selection of dishes old and new, and a few that have defined e’cco as one of Brisbane's finest restaurants.


e’cco was launched in 1995 by chef Philip Johnson and his wife, and was to be a restaurant with “unfussy but great quality food.” You could say they achieved this in 1997 when they won the Remy Martin Cognac/Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award for their bug, fennel and chilli risotto (which we were able to sample as one of our entrees).

Located in a refurbished historic former tea warehouse, we were seated in the private dining room amongst salsa-red and aubergine walls, polished masonite floors and plain wood tables and chairs. The e’cco menu is understated but really comes to life on the plate. It all comes back to Philip’s ethos of “doing as little as possible with the best ingredients available.”

During their early years in Brisbane, it wasn’t uncommon to wait anywhere from three weeks to three months to reserve a table at this no-fuss bistro. Philip spoke to Yelpers giving them some back ground to how e’cco began and a personal note on the dishes we would soon savour - the room often falling silent at moments as we enjoyed each mouthful. 

They’ve had only 6 or 7 head chefs over 18 years with a lot of staff having been with Philip since the beginning. “We’re going back to some of the stuff that made us famous, going back to old favourites,” Philip said as he addressed the group. (We were fortunate enough to try dishes from past head chefs and the work of current head chef Norman Harvey.)

“We’ve come full circle. I think the food has been fantastic. We’re going through a process now where we’re going to put some of the stuff that made us famous back on the menu. There’s no point running a restaurant where people can’t see the links back to you. We’re kind of refocusing and going back to those dishes.”


Kingfish with Bloody Mary Sorbet

“The essence of a bistro is simplistic, no-nonsense - no tablecloths, relaxed yet efficient service. and food that is honest, wholesome and full of flavour.”


So what exactly did our private dinner menu look like?


  • Grilled prosciutto salad with gorgonzola, grilled pears, and hazelnuts
  • Kingfish carpaccio with bloody mary sorbet, cucumber & celery
  • Risotto of bug, fennell and chilli


  • Grilled white fish, carrot, pak choy, coriander and sweet corn veloutte
  • Parmesan and nutmeg gnocchi, wood mushrooms, truffle creme
  • Lamb rump, olive tapenade, white polenta, ratatouille, eggplant crisps


Parmesan & Nutmeg Gnocchi


  • ‘Corn on the cob’ salted caramel popcorn ice cream
  • Apple, pecan and pine nut torte with apple gelato
  • Valrhona chocolate marquise, and raspberry sorbet

Picking a favourite is hard, but if I had to it would be the Corn on the Cob dessert and the parmesan and nutmeg gnocchi. What about you? 

Why Yelp’s Mobile Royalty?

These guys are checking-in, leaving top tips and adding photos like pros. And, well, we like to connect people with great local businesses, and free parties are a great way to do that. In fact, we throw them every month for our Elite Squad. But more than that, one thing that sets Yelp apart is that we have a vibrant community offline (as well as online) who catch up regularly.

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A warm thank you to Philip Johnson, the e’cco team and Lucid Media for all playing a part in making this dinner a success. And to the Yelpers who came along - thank you!

To find out more about Philip Johnson, e’cco and their seasonal menu, visit their website.

Until the next event: 

See You On Yelp,

Lani P.

March 19, 2013

Yelp's James Street Progressive Dinner

Posted by Lani P.

Once upon a time @YelpBNE and @JamesStreetBNE both mentioned in passing via Twitter they had grand ideas for a progressive dinner. Like Cinderella finding her Prince Charming and the perfect glass slipper, it was clear that James Street would be Yelp's prince charming to collaborate on our March elite event. 

And on Tuesday March 19th, 25 of Yelp Brisbane's Elite Squad met at Cru Bar + Cellar  starting our progressive dinner sipping on champagne (Ruinart was the clear favourite) and delicately eating matched oysters while Andrew from the James Street Initative warmly introduced Yelpers to the precinct. 

Just when we were embraced by the warmth of the Cru Bar cellars (or maybe that was the champagne) the squad was whisked across the street to Bucci  and a special selection of signature antipasti and aranici balls from head-chef Shaun Malone awaited us. 


No time to rest for this gastronomic crowd, it was time for perhaps the best stop of the evening - Gerard's. Sat at two long-tables we sampled a hand ful of Ben William's exceptional dishes. Kale and Broccolini drizzled with shallot oil, goat “tagine” with carrot, pickled dates, candied orange and green olive; whole smoked eggplant, fermented yoghurt, blackened onions and mint; spiced cauliflower, currants and smoked almonds (did anyone else fall in love with this dish?) and whole boneless quail, date and rose stuffing, caramelized fig and smoked curd. Ben, you are forgiven for not being able to duck away from the kitchen if you keep up these flavour bombs in a meal. 


Harvey's Bistro was our sweetest and final stop of the evening, and just when I think most of the squad was falling fast into a satisfied food coma, PJ brought them back to life with his banana and pecan parfait, maple fudge and toffee biscuit and dark chocolate tart with creme fraice and rum and raisin ice-cream. 

Thank you to everyone who came along, James Street Initiative, Cru Bar + Cellar, Harvey's Bistro, Bucci, and Gerard's and to Andrew Watt Photography for being there to capture the night's festivities. 

Want to know more?

Read the reviews

Check out the photos 

And find out just what the Elite Squad is all about! 

Til next time, SYOY! 

Lani P.