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Claire Davie lives and breathes Melbourne, and has been cataloguing her home town’s restaurants, bars and cafes since 2007 on her website Melbourne Gastronome. She works in the legal profession, and moonlights as a freelance writer for a range of publications. Claire is passionate about the ethics and legalities around online reviewing, and has spoken on this topic at events such as the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Brisbane Eat Drink Blog conference and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Ask her about Australian gin some time. ClaireDavie_Melbourne_app


A well-seasoned travel writer, Alison arrived on Bali’s sun-kissed shores six years ago and never got around to leaving. Trading global nomadic journeys for explorations of a culinary kind, she now writes about the island’s ever-evolving dining scene and has just completed her first book, Backstage in Paradise: Kava, Cannibals and Curses. Bali_AlisonBone_02_app


Marinella Padula has been part of the Deck of Secrets crew since the times when coffee was just a warm, caffeinated beverage and you didn’t have to queue outside a restaurant at 6 for dinner at 8. Yep, she feels old too. Melbourne may have changed beyond measure but Marinella still delights in discovering those special gems that, for a little while anyway, take you to a better place. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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If you live in the Melbourne area our guides may also be purchased at the following retail outlets

North Brighton Newsagency

324 Bay Street

Brighton North VIC 3186

Phone: 03 9596 4548


Dymocks – Camberwell

The Well Shopping Centre Shop 114/793 Burke Road

Camberwell VIC 3124

Phone: 03 9882 0032


Readings – CarltonPack3D_Melb_Bars

309 Lygon Street

Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: 03 9347 6633


Happy Valley

294 Smith Street

Collingwood VIC 3066

Phone: 03 9077 8509


Dymocks – Doncaster

Shop 1055 Westfield Shoppingtown

Doncaster VIC 3108

Phone: 03 9848 7209


Eaglemont Lucky Lotto News & PO

Eaglemont Village Shopping Centre 68 Silverdale Road

Eaglemont VIC 3084

Phone: 03 9499-2589


Fairfield Bookshop

117A Station Street

Fairfield VIC 3078

Phone: 03 9482 2499

Dymocks – Glen Waverley

Shop 173 The Glen Shopping Centre 235 Springvale Road

Glen Waverley VIC 3150

Phone: 03 9886 3011


Readings – Hawthorn

701 Glenferrie Road

Hawthorn VIC 3122
Phone: 03 9819 1917


Tim’s Bookshop Kew

129 High Street

Kew VIC 3101

Phone: 03 9853 5634


Jeffrey’s Books

140 Glenferrie Road

Malvern VIC 3144

Phone: 03 9509 5133


Best of Souvenirs

Federation Square Russell Court

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9928 0096


Embiggen Books

197-203 Lt Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9662 2062


Hill Of Content

Ground 86 Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9662 9472


5/50 Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9663 3751


Rap Products

424 Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9670 8895


Robinsons Bookshop

Shop 3001 Emporium Melbourne 287 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9783 6488


Spoilt Gift & Homewares

44 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9650 0506


Mont Albert Newsagency

42 Hamilton Street

Mont Albert VIC 3127

Phone: 03 9890 1140


Montmorency News Tatts Post

41-43 Were Street

Montmorency VIC 3094

Phone: 03 9435 8893


Pascoe Vale Central Newsagency

110 Cumberland Road

Pascoe Vale VIC 3044

Phone: 03 9354 8472



Dymocks – Prahran

269-271 Chapel Street

Prahran VIC 3181

Phone: 03 9521 4189


The Shelley Panton Store

440 Malvern Road

Prahran VIC 3181

Phone: 03 9533 9003


Northland Newsagency

Shop 13C Northland Shopping Centre Murray Road

Preston VIC 3072

Phone: 03 9478 2693


Mary Martin Bookshop – Southgate

Shop G17 Southgate Shopping Centre

Southbank VIC 3006

Phone: 03 9699 2292


Readings – St Kilda

112 Acland Street

St Kilda VIC 3182

Phone: 03 9525 3852


Templestowe Newsagency

122 James Street
Templestowe VIC 3106
Phone: 03 9846 2486

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Michelle is a global nomad from Melbourne.  She founded the city and island guide publishing company Deck of Secrets and now travels the world immersing herself in hospitality culture.  Her essential accessories in this travelling life are AirBnB, her red four wheeled suitcase, a minimalist attitude, a mind geared to observation and her Instagram account with a SIM for every nation she visits..

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Ghost Rider team loved the Bar Secrets. Director Mark Steven Johnson and Producer Avi Arad systematically used the cards to guide themselves through Melbourne after dark for the duration of their production stay – with great success and enjoyment! Spike Jonze was out until the wee hours on his last night in Melbourne guided solely by information contained in Bar Secrets!

Emily Westmore, Film Victoria


Dining Secrets Melbourne and Bar Secrets Melbourne are some of the most useful tools I have ever worked with.

Shelley Wright, ACP Events


“Melbourne – But the best thing is all the small bars. You can pick up a pack of cards and each card has a small bar on the back. Go to as many as you can – before you fall over.”

Baz Lurhmann, Director and Creator of Australia the Movie.