& History Tour
Melbourne's hidden bar tour, bursting with secrets.
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 $89 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.
50+ five-star reviews
Awesome reviews from our awesome guests.
50+ five-star reviews
This is a fantastic thing to do if you come to Melbourne but even better if you live here. The 3 bars are amazing, who knew that they were there hidden away in cool laneways.
The cocktails were amazing! This tour was a great and informative way to see Melbourne CBD and fabulous venues. Definitely recommend! Such good value!
If you are looking for something a bit different and to find out some 'secrets' about Melbourne, then this is the tour to do! Taylor made us feel welcomed and he has a great communication style.
Great tour and a lot of fun. Taylor was very informative and the cocktails were great! Thanks for a great evening.
Truly an exceptional tour! The bars and cocktails were all top notch. Taylor is a great host and not only does he take you to some hidden bars, but he also provides you with some in depth history of Melbourne’s night life.
A wonderful tour, some great hidden spots discovered and an excellent host. Would certainly recommend to others!
We had a wonderful time, the tour was well timed and managed and you get to see and hear a lot more than if you would have otherwise. The group was small, intimate, fun and great company.
Fabulous afternoon tour around some Melbourne laneways with a visit to 3 Hidden Bars for cocktails. Taylor was friendly,courteous and fun! Highly recommended
Amazing experience! Taylor created a seamless transition between bars by sharing histories and fun stories of the city of Melbourne.
Taylor is exceptional - his passion for Melbourne and its hidden bar scene is next to none. Being from Melbourne I didn’t realise how many hidden bars we had. Definitely more than 5 star treatment!
We had an awesome time on this tour. We went to three really cool bars that we probably wouldn’t have been able to find on our own. The cocktails were fantastic at each one!
Fantastic experience! Taylor does a great job by adding some interesting facts about Melbourne city history and its laneways. Strongly recommended!
Had an amazing night out discovering some of Melbourne’s greatest hidden bars. Thanks Taylor, we’ll absolutely be back to hit up a few more hidden gems with you!
There are so many secret bars in Melbourne this was a cool way to experience a few of them in a way that felt very well laid out.
What a great tour the amount of knowledge and information Taylor had given us about Melbourne and the hidden bars were great. Had an amazing time.
From start to finish it was enjoyable, I loved that it was a small group where everyone could get to know each other.
We had a wonderful afternoon in a perfect sized group. We were taken to some very interesting hidden Melbourne Gem Bars. We would highly recommend this Tour.
Having heard about the 'secret bars' there really is no better way than to let an expert guide you. Each location was truly unique. Fascinating stories along the way!
Great knowledgeable tour guide. Lots of fun insights visiting and learning about Melbourne hidden bars & speakeasies. Cocktails choices were excellent at all stops along the way.
Unique, one of a kind experience with a knowledgeable host. Great value with the type and quality of drinks. The highlight of our Melbourne trip.
Had a fantastic night. Cocktails were amazing. Taylor was very knowledgeable. Would recommend the tour to tourists locals.
It would have been very difficult to find some of these bars on my own. In addition, I left having a better understanding of Melbourne's history and how it's helped shape the modern-day city.
The three hidden bars we went to were all very different and very interesting. Good people, good libations and throw in a bit of history too; we had a fabulous time!
Taylor was a gracious host and the bars and drinks were excellent. Never would I have expected so many secret places right around the corner.
Taylor is very knowledgeable about the history of Melbourne's bars and lane ways. The hidden bars he takes you to are are amazing, and the cocktails are top notch. It is very good value for money.
We had an awesome time. Taylor was a great host. It was so much more than we expected. Met some wonderful people in our group. Thank you again Taylor!
I did not know exactly what to expect on this trip however it was beyond my expectations.
Amazing experience , so many hidden bars we never new excisted. Taylor was fantastic. Highly recommended!
We had the please of locating 3 hidden bars with our informative tour guide Taylor. Best experience and will definitely utilise the service again.
Would highly recommend this tour, so much happening behind closed doors in our city you would never know about. Taylor is very knowledgeable about Melbourne's history and a really nice guy.
We visited bars that we never would have found on our own! It was an evening of great stories, lovely company, and tasty drinks! Would highly recommend this tour!
Taylor was a fantastic guide with some fun facts as we walked through the laneways of Melbourne, viewing some cool street art and visiting hidden bars that i didnt know existed.
We had a great night with Taylor being tourists in our own city! Highly recommend this tour ... lots of fun, well organized, informative and did I say ‘lots of fun?’
The tour was fabulous, Taylor was knowledgeable, funny and knew exactly what level to pitch the tour with historical facts and stories. Thanks so much!
Taylor, our guide was great. We’re new to Melbourne and learned many interesting facts about the history of the city and about several cool hidden bars we never would have known about.
Secret bar tour not only had great bars and amazing drinks, we now have a greater appreciation of this fine city. Amazing to discover these hidden gems! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
A very informative tour and discovered some great bars to revisit. More importantly a fun night out all round.
Equally good for interstate visitors (such as myself) & Melbourne locals who are sure to pick up some knowledge from this fun & informative tour.
We went on a cold winters night and we had an absolute ball. We learnt, we drank, we chatted and laughed! I'm a Melbournian and I would definitely recommend this tour.
The guide was very friendly and tour was amazing. Definitely would not have been able to find these on our own! and food was good as well. Recommend to anyone visiting Melbourne!
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.
Our ‘Hidden Bars & History Tour’ operates every Saturday afternoon.
The tour begins at 4:40pm and runs for 3 hours.
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
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