& History Tour
Melbourne's original hidden bar tour, bursting with secrets.
Step Back In Time
To the era of speakeasies.
To whom-ever finds this letter,
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 2020, 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.
Please ensure this information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
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. (Pssst, they’re top secret!)
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 run Thursday and Saturday afternoons, and take about 3 hours.
We’ve made the bar arrangements. Now, you just need to book.
If I could give this tour more than 5 stars, I would! I didn’t realise how many hidden bars we have.
Lauren, A Melbourne Local
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.
The tour takes place entirely in Melbourne’s city centre. Our meeting place is easily accessible by both tram and train.
Once you book, we’ll email you simple instructions on how to get there.
The tour finishes in Melbourne’s city centre. 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.
Yes! This tour is restricted to those 18 years and older. As we visit bars, you must be of legal drinking age.
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.
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 most important thing to wear is comfortable shoes.
Please wear shoes that are closed; thongs/flip-flops, sandals & high heels are not allowed.
Some of our bars have policies that don’t allow open shoes – thongs, sandals and flip-flops. And because we’ll be walking through Melbourne’s cobblestone laneways, we request you don’t wear high-heels and stilettos.
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 during the Winter months.
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.
We keep things intimate! While other tours will take as many as they can, we keep it small. Our maximum group size is generally 10 guests. Want more? Talk to us about our private tours.
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.
Hidden Bars & History Tour
Visit 3 of the best hidden bars in Melbourne
Tours run on Thursday & Saturday. They go for about 3 hours.
3 Delicious cocktails included (beer, wine & spirits also available)
Explore laneways filled with street art
Hear rebellious stories from the city's past
Receive our guide to '15 of the Best Hidden Bars in Melbourne'
An awesome local guide
Small groups only. We keep things intimate.