February 04, 2016

Gelista Icecream Creations!

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Thursday 4 February 2016 the Adelaide Yelp Elites were invited to Gelista Factory for icecream creations.

Gelista is a unique artisan style, handmade gelato which is produced in small batches, using batch freezing technology ensuring a consistently creamy texture. Their milk and fruit base range, developed in conjunction with some of Australia’s leading chefs is a true celebration of icecream flavours. 

We learnt how special Gelista is to South Australia by supporting other businesses in sourcing as many ingredients locally. And boy could you taste the difference! Icecream could not get any more fresher than this. You can definitely taste the difference in quality of ingredients. 

We were very fortunate enough to vote and choose to make our very own Yelpy flavour! And what did we choose? In true Yelper style and wanting to trying something new and wonderful, we decided to make Bacon and Maple Gelato with Pretzels! Oh yeah, couldn’t get much better than that!

What did it taste like? Well, you will have to read all the fun and excitement at this party of epic proportions in our reviews and check out our photos.

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January 31, 2016

Yelp + Mlkman Factoreatory

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Friday 29 January 2016, 10 very lucky Yelp Elites and a group of the best Social Media guru's in Adelaide sat a dinner delivered by Mlkman & Yelp. 

Yelp loves to support new and exciting projects! So, it was only natural to work with local start up Mlkman. Mlkman is a premium food delivery service that has integrated with Yelp so you can read reviews to help you decide what to eat. No more waiting in line, driving and finding car parks. They deliver the food to you.
The guests enjoyed a four course meal including sliders from Burger Republic; pizza from East of Norman; arancini balls from Tony Tomatoes; and icecream from St Louis House of Fine Icecream. And of course our thirst was quenched with a starter aperitif made by the Adelaide Community Manager Anita D. followed by award winning wines from McLaren Vale III Associates & craft brewed beer from Hawkers Brewery. 
It was a great night to experience food delivery from some 4 Star restaurants in Adelaide, and an insight for social media experts on the Yelp Elite events that we hold every month!  
Want to know more? Check out the reviews and pictures
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January 24, 2016

Take me out to the Ball Game!

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Friday 22 January 2016, after a fast and furious storm, the Adelaide Yelp Elites Squad set out for the night to learn, watch and support the Adelaide Bite in their game against Canberra Cavalry

The Bite Field Manager Steve Mintz took some time to share his story and help us learn more about the Baseball League. Steve is in his 26th year of professional baseball. He has been lucky enough to play Major League Baseball with San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Angels. Steve explained the league and what to expect at games. We also learnt how hard all of the players work on the game and training. What is clear that the Adelaide Bite are in good hands and fighting strong. 

But of course, a Ball game night could not be complete without a hotdog and beer! That went down a treat! And boy, did we watch the best game. The Bite definitely kicked some Canberra butt with a score of 18 to 4.

Check out all the action in the photos and reviews!

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December 08, 2015

24 Hours In Melbourne

Posted by Jackie Doran


Welcome to 24 Hours in... Melbourne, where Yelp talks to a local influencer about spending a perfect day in Melbourne.

Home of graffitied laneways, seemingly endless amounts of coffee and Neighbours, one might think there couldn’t be anything more to this mysterious and moody city. Well guess what? You’re dead wrong. Someone who knows this metropolis better than most is Jackie Doran – Yelp’s Melbourne Community Manager, who loves helping locals discover hidden gems and pimping out her favourite hot spots to out-of-towners. When she’s not throwing parties in bars or on boats, she can be found chasing her cat around her apartment. Oh, and also sniffing out small bars/cafes/book shops in secret laneways across this fine city. We caught up with Jackie to see what her most perfect day in Melbourne looks like.

6 am

The alarm goes off and I hit snooze three times. Yes, three times. Every. Single. Morning. Don’t judge me.

7 am

I head for the gym because, let’s face it, I am a MACHINE. North Melbourne Boxing and Fitness are trying hard to get me ripped for summer and, while there, I spot a Masterchef judge on the treadmill.

8 am

It’s time to fill my body with coffee and breakfast goodness. I pop over to Small Victories and without glancing at the menu, I order the baked eggs, a flat white and a Bloody Mary because I worked hard this morning, damn it! Their Marys are simple but extra spicy - you’ve been warned.

11 am

I’m feeling inspired to decorate! I head over to Loose Leaf plants to lose myself in the gorgeous greenery. After picking up a new succulent, I strut over to Everyday Coffee for coffee number two. This is probably the most hipster moment of my life.

1 pm

I jump on a Yarra Tram and try not to make eye contact with that weird looking guy sitting in the corner. I decide to treat myself and head to Miss Fox for a spa treatment so glamourous that I feel like a Kardashian.

3 pm

I head back northside for a cheeky shop at the Lost and Found Market. Score myself a new 80s denim jacket and some Ken Done placemats. I am unable to wipe the smile off my face.

4 pm

Grab a six-pack of ciders from Blackhearts and Sparrows and ride my bike to the party grass at Edinburgh Gardens where I meet my pals. We nab a prime possie to watch the sunset. Pat dogs. High five strangers. Congratulate each other on winning at life.  

6 pm

Blow off the pre-dinner cocktail and get stuck into some craft beers instead at Captain Melville. If you check in on the Yelp app they’ll throw you a free pot!

7 pm

I head to Entrecote and then kick myself for missing for missing their choyster(™ J. Doran) happy hour of $2 oysters and $12 French champagne. Instead I order medium rare steak frites (the only other thing on their menu) and smile smugly while I inhale it.

9 pm

I rub my belly all the way to Arbory and by some miracle actually manage to get a seat overlooking the water. I order all of the Aperol Spritz. All of them.

10 pm

Oh no. I’ve found myself at the infamous Cherry Bar, renowned for their cheap pours and sticky floors. I thrash out to the jukebox in the back room before bravely making my way to dance in the main room with whatever 80s-inspired rock band is playing. This will be a long night.

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December 06, 2015

Yelp's Christmas at Hahndorf

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Saturday 5 December 2015 Yelp Elites were invited for a Christmas Experience through the historical town Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. The day begun celebrating the Christmas spirit with a Secret Santa gift trade on the bus.


We braved a 38 degree day , but had a brilliant time cooking, picking strawberries, eating a whole heap of German food and drinking some fabulous wine from the region. Oh, it's a hard life being Yelp Elite!


The Community of Hahndorf were go generous and  really did show us some wonderful places to visit with family and friends in the township. Our tour included; Breakfast at Rilkas Real Food;

Tastings & Strawberry picking at Beerenberg Farm; visiting the Hahndorf Academy / Adelaide Hills VC; Lunch at The German Arms Hotel; and Wine tasting at Adelaide Hills Wine Centre.


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


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Melbourne Elites Love Local Produce!

Posted by Jackie Doran


Yesterday afternoon 50 Yelp Melbourne Elites flocked to Brasserie Bread in South Melbourne for a showcase of all things Single Origin.

They were greeted with a glass of delicious Gembrook Sparkling and headed inside to discover goodies from Yarra Valley Dairy, Pepe Saya Butter, Faire Ferments Cider, Brasserie Bread and Melbourne Gin Co. - AKA all the best things in life.

But no Yelp Elite event could be complete without a little bit of education, or should I say BREADUCATION (thanks, I'll be here all week.) Our squad got to bake their very own bread and take it home fresh out of the oven. Some of our elites certainly have some skills when it comes to baking, others not so much...

A HUGE thanks to Brasserie Bread, Yarra Valley Dairy, Pepe Saya, Gembrook Wines, Faire Ferments Cider and Melbourne Gin Co. for their generosity and treating our Yelpers to an event they will never forget. A special thank you must go to Brasserie Bread for a fun and informative baking lesson. We'll be eating bread for days!

Check out some photos from the day or read Yelper reviews of the event.

November 18, 2015

Melbourne's Passion for Pisco!

Posted by Jackie Doran


On a quiet Wednesday evening 20 lucky Melbourne Elites travelled to Peru (via Carlton North). The incredibly knowledgeable Pisco People hosted a masterclass, guiding us through the ins and outs of Pisco - a Peruvian grape-based spirit - and if there's one thing Melbourne can get behind, it's alcohol education.

Being the sophisticated Yelpers that we are we maturely sipped away on our Pisco flight, some recognising flavours such as coffee, bubblegum and even tequila! These were perfectly matched with Peruvian foods including ceviche, empanada, pork belly and single origin South American chocolate.

Guests listened to our host Josie's incredible passion for Pisco and left excited to demand request a Pisco Sour from their local bar. Want to read more about the great times we had? Check out the reviews and Yelper photos from the event HERE or on our Flickr page HERE.

November 16, 2015

Yelp's Pirate Life Brewing Beer & Pizza Night

Posted by Anita Decoster


20 Yelp Elites and guests were invited to Pirate Life Brewing to enjoy an educational afternoon of beer, brew life and how to make it big in the craft beer industry!

Michael Cameron, CEO of Pirate Life Brewing, shared with us the story of his business from early beginnings to their quick rise to success in only 7 months. The talk really highlighted the passion and drive Pirate Life have to shape and grow the craft beer industry in Australia. 

With a wealth of knowledge, Michael gave us a tour of the brewery and walked us through his son's, Jack Cameron, brew methods. There is a lot of thought behind all aspects of Pirate Life, from the beer to the packaging. Next time you take a sip, note the recipe for the beer on the top of your tinnie!

The night ended with a flurry of pizza delivered by Adelaide's newest delivery app Mlkman and washed down with a 8.8% Pirate Life IPA. 

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

Big thanks to our sponsors for the night:

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November 12, 2015

Melbourne Elite Event - Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Posted by Jackie Doran


Last night we teamed up with the Australian Baseball League and the Melbourne Aces to throw a very special Elite Event. We watched the Melbourne Aces (bless 'em, they tried) from the elusive 'party deck' where we all felt like Jay Z and Beyonce in our VIP area. But the real star of the show? Darcy, the 11-year-old son of a Yelp Elite who got to throw the opening pitch (and seriously, can he throw) and announce "Play Ball!"

No game is complete with out beers and burgers, and the Australian Baseball League didn't let us down on either of those fronts, providing our elites with a gourmet barbecue an esky or three packed with ice cold drinks.

Check out the reviews and Yelper-snapped photos here.

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November 09, 2015

Yelp Elite Event: Hotel Urban

Posted by Lani P.


It was a fitting way to bid adieu to 2015 with the last Yelp Elite Event for the year in Brisbane. Overlooking the city and Spring Hill, the Yelp Elite Squad made their way from the Hotel Urban lobby to the Loft Room. Once there, they were treated to signature cocktails and a sample of their menu from executive chef Luke Farrow. And although the evening ended with a wonderful light show provided by the storm that rolled in, a great night was had by all in this Spring Hill urban oasis. Check out the photos and read the reviews

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Yelp Elite Event: Hotel Urban

Posted by Lani P.


It was a fitting way to bid adieu to 2015 with the last Yelp Elite Event for the year in Brisbane. Overlooking the city and Spring Hill, the Yelp Elite Squad made their way from the Hotel Urban lobby to the Loft Room. Once there, they were treated to signature cocktails and a sample of their menu from executive chef Luke Farrow. And although the evening ended with a wonderful light show provided by the storm that rolled in, a great night was had by all in this Spring Hill urban oasis. Check out the photos and read the reviews

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October 21, 2015

Yelp's Taste of the Adelaide Film Festival

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Wednesday 21 October 2015 Yelp Elites were invited for a relaxing afternoon and taste of the Adelaide Film Festival with a screening of a documentary called Foodies: A delish documentary about great restaurants, great food, and eating as an elite sport.

But first up, we could not walk into the cinema on an empty stomach! Chocolateria San Churro gave us a showcase of Spanish desserts and chocolates. Our gracious host and store owner Mark walked us through the specialities and some of his favourites.   

Onto the Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas. Foodies was the perfect documentary for an Elite Yelper to watch. It was a movie and story of bloggers on a mission to eat at the world's best restaurants. Something we all dream of doing! But, these slightly bizarre but charming food maniacs were a little different us humble Yelpers. Although, we all agreed that some day we will be on a mission to eat at the world's best restaurants.

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

 A big thank you to our sponsors for the night:

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October 11, 2015

Yelp Brisbane Elites Pumpyard Brewery Adventure

Posted by Lani P.


Ipswich is upping the cool factor with a heritage-listed old TAFE building now home to a craft brewery. Yelp's Brisbane Elites were taken on a tour of the brewery and their hand-crafted brews by owner and chief brewer, Wade Curtis over the weekend. From the Ipswich Challenger Light Ale (boasting flavours of mandarin, green tea and spices) to the Summer Wheat and the now internet famous Wabbit Saison made with carrot juice, Elites were taken through each brew by Wade himself. Paired with a selection of their delicious pub menu, Elites left plotting future visits. Check out the photos and read the reviews

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September 10, 2015

Yelp Brisbane's Dough Throwing Showdown

Posted by Lani P.


If Yelpers had ever puzzled over the art of pizza-making they needed not wonder any longer, when the pizzaola’s at Vapiano Garden City showed them the tricks to making an authentic pizza on Tuesday night. With newly acquired dough throwing skills under their belts, Yelpers dined on a selection of Vapiano's signature pizza and pasta dishes before tucking into the decadent nutella cheesecake. Want to know more? Read the reviews and check out the photos.

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September 07, 2015

Yelp Adelaide Royal Show Spectacular

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Sunday 6 Sep, 10 lucky Elites were shown behind the scenes at the Royal Adelaide Show to celebrate Agriculture and Horticulture in South Australia.

What better way to start the day with a display of some of the entries for cooking, arts and crafts. In fact, our very own Elite Kathy H. had entered the competition and won second prize for her Raspberry Jam!

Onto an interpretive dance routine called The Magical Gift of Mother Earth. A team of national and international dancers put together a story of Australian Horticultural and Agricultural lifestyle. 

We were then lead to hear a story from Rustic Rabbit showbags owner who is interested in changing the mentality behind showbags. His business offers something practical for showgoers and an opportunity for businesses to establish their brands.

After a lots of walking and talking, we were replenished at the Food Truck Stop. A very generous helping and tasting of what they had to offer. 

We ended our day in the best way with a trek to the Animals Pavilions to see some baby chickens and piglets. This event was definitely an insight to all the hard work and dedication that goes into the Royal Adelaide Show.  

Be sure to check out the Reviews and Photos!

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August 21, 2015

Yelp's SALA Art After Dark Tour

Posted by Anita Decoster



SALA is an innovative open access visual arts festival presenting thousands of artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of exhibition spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.

As part of the festival, 22 Yelp Elites were given a super special Art After Dark Tour of the West End to six gallery spaces by our most gracious host Claire Robinson from UniSA Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art.

We learned that the ‘Art After Dark’ initiative looks at creating the opportunity for people of Adelaide to see gallery spaces after 5pm within the West End precinct. The doors are now open until late, with exhibitions, films, music, talks, food, beer and wine, workshops and more. 

We were all so pleasantly surprised to see galleries that we might not have seen before. This event was topped off with our final destination "Art Battle Spectacular" at the Queen's Theatre. 

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

A big thank you to our sponsors for the night: 


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August 01, 2015

Yelp x The Milk Factory

Posted by Lani P.


What was The Joynt is now The Milk Factory and with a new British India-inspired menu under their belt, The Yelp Elite Squad ventured for a night out in South Brisbane to meet owners Mal & Bec, sample two of their signature cocktails and a few bits and bobs from the new menu. From the aged barrel negroni to the vodka based 'East 8 Hold Up', this new bar to watch was "on fleek". Check out the photos and read the reviews. 

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July 12, 2015

Yelp Melbourne Masters the Art of Lucid Dreaming

Posted by Melanie


Melbourne may have been struck by the ‘arctic vortex’, but that wasn’t enough to keep away the Yelp Elite Squad and their guests from enjoying a spectacular tea party 18 stories high at not one, but two, Penthouse suites at The Blackman.

Refresh Hospitality transformed the rooms into two worlds to match our dream styles; one black & white, the other vivid in colour. Taking inspiration from the works of Charles Blackman, guests went down the rabbit hole to a dreamy Mad Matter-esk tea cocktail party filled with whimsy and sweet treats, even tasting edible versions of his art thanks to the talents of local baker, Melanie Dorothy.

Our insides were kept warm with mulled wine from La Vita Buona and tea from T2. Speaking of tea, dreams and futures were foretold in our tea leaves by incredible Melbourne Tasseomancist, Annie (Tea with Annie).

Winter weather kept you at home? Want to see if you got snapped? Check out the photos here and see what our guests had to say on Yelp.

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July 09, 2015

Yelp’s Taste of Stirling Laneways

Posted by Anita Decoster


On Wednesday evening 30 guests and Elite Squad members rugged up and made their way to the Adelaide Hills beautiful Stirling Hotel for a taste of the Stirling Laneways Festival.

We were offered a 'showcase' evening with a select few of the regular Laneways Site-holders who gave us an idea of what to expect at the festival.

The lovely Bec Francis (Event Director and Designer) explained why the Laneways Festival is unique. It is indeed a celebration of village life and the spectacular seasons in the Adelaide Hills. Laneways complements the Stirling lifestyle and the existing retail trade and is dedicated to supporting the local community. The event jam packed full of entertainment, while offering a market full of amazing products from the Region's entrepreneurs and businesses.

We were spoilt with some lovely food supplied by our gracious hosts at the Stirling Hotel, and the Market Stall Holders took time to share with us their expertise.

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

A big thank you to our sponsors for the night:

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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

Cabaret blog photo

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

Posted by Lani P.


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

Posted by Anita Decoster


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.

Want more? Drool over the pictures here or see what our Elites had to say on Yelp.


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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

Posted by Melanie


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. 

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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August 11, 2014

Insider Tour Of Sunday Indulgence For Brisbane

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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!

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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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