Discovera presents

Hidden Bars
& History Tour

Melbourne's hidden bar tour, bursting with secrets.

3 Hidden Bars

Amazing bars. Guaranteed.

Explore Laneways

Explore iconic back alleys.

Small Groups

No bloated group sizes.

$85 Per Person

3 cocktails included.

Step Back In Time

In the mid-19th century, Melbourne was filled with illegal bars.

Restaurants and house-holds would serve liquor without a license.

These were called sly-grog shops.

In 2021, Melbourne is still home to top secret bars, but only for those in the know.

We invite you for an evening of rebellion, as we travel back in time, and descend into Melbourne’s secret drinking scene.

So what actually happens on our hidden bar tour?

It’s like 3 tours in 1. You’ll experience culture, history & (most importantly) delicious cocktails.

Your local guide will take you through winding laneways filled with street-art.

You’ll hear stories from Melbourne’s rebellious past. And it’s all paired with 3 of the best bars in Melbourne.

And your ticket includes 3 full-sized cocktails. All of this for just $85 per person; it’s the best-valued tour in Melbourne, guaranteed. 

Tours operate Saturday afternoons, and run for approximately 3 hours.

We’ve made the bar arrangements. Now, you just need to book.

5/5

Amazing experience, so many hidden bars we never new existed.

- Darren, Tripadvisor
5/5

Had a fantastic night. Cocktails were amazing.

- Kate B, Tripadvisor
5/5

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would!

- Lauren B, Tripadvisor

Which 3 hidden bars do we visit?

Unlike other tour companies, we don’t try to pass off common laneway bars as ‘hidden bars.’

All of the bars we go to have top-secret entrances; there’s no way you’d stumble upon them.

If there were better bars, we’d visit them instead.

FAQs

This is an all-inclusive tour! That means there’s a cocktail waiting for you at every bar; that’s 3 full-sized cocktails.

Not a cocktail fan? You can swap it for some beer, wine or spirits instead.

The tour takes place entirely in Melbourne’s city centre.

Our meeting place is easily accessible by both tram and train, and it’s very close to Flinders St Station.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll email you simple instructions on how to get there.

The tour finishes in Melbourne’s city centre, close to Parliament House (the top of Bourke St)

This is near both trams and a train station.

It’s also close to several fantastic restaurants, so grabbing dinner afterward won’t be a problem.

Your guide will be more than happy to give you some suggestions.

Yes! This tour is restricted to those 18 years and older. As we visit bars, you must be of legal drinking age.

Our tours take a maximum of 7 guests.

No, this isn’t a bar crawl. Our mission is to enjoy some of Melbourne’s best bars and learn about the city’s history.

Our objective is not to get excessively drunk. We promote respectable levels of alcohol consumption.

We like to keep it classy.

The most important thing to wear is comfortable shoes.

Please wear shoes that are closed; thongs/flip-flops, sandals; some bars will refuse entry if you are wearing open footwear.

Because we’ll be walking through Melbourne’s cobblestone laneways, we request you don’t wear high-heels and stilettos. Our guests safety is our highest priority.

As for clothes, make sure they’re comfy and suitable for the weather.

There is a bit of walking involved and Melbourne streets can get cold especially outside of Summer.

Over the length of the tour we’ll end up walking just under 2 kilometres, so a standard level of fitness is required.

However it isn’t a marathon. We take things pretty relaxed, and we take a break at each bar for about 40 minutes.

Please make sure to wear appropriate walking footwear.

Our tours will still run in light rain. If it’s raining, or just cold, make sure to bring the appropriate clothing and an umbrella. We will spend as much time as possible under cover.

We will cancel in severe conditions like a storm. In this instance you can receive either a full refund or move your tour to another date. If the tour is going to be cancelled, you’ll receive either an email or phone call from us. 

You will receive a 100% refund.

Hidden Bars & History Tour

$ 85 + a small processing fee
  • 3 of Melbourne's best hidden bars
  • 3 delicious cocktails included (beer, wine & spirits also available)
  • Laneways filled with street art
  • Rebellious stories from the city's past
  • An awesome local guide
  • Small groups only