3 Hidden Bars
We've handpicked the best secret bars
3 Cocktails Included
Enjoy perfectly crafted cocktails
Wander street-art covered laneways
Small Groups Only
We don't take bloated group sizes
In the mid-19th century, Melbourne was filled with illegal hidden bars.
These were called sly grog shops.
Our Hidden Bars & History Tour recreates the thrill of discovering these drinking dens.
Join us for an evening of rebellion, as we travel back in time, and descend into Melbourne's secret drinking scene.
"Essential Night-Time Event For Your Diary"
From 1916, Victorian bars couldn’t serve alcohol after 6pm, leading to 50 years of the infamous ‘six o’clock swill’. As you can imagine, there was plenty of booze going down on the sly after dark. This and other aspects of Melbourne’s colourful drinking past are revealed on the three-hour Hidden Bars and History Tour. You’ll also sneak down a laneway or two for drinks at some secluded, but entirely legal bars.
As featured in 'What's On Melbourne'
Get The Guide
Every ticket holder on our 'Hidden Bars & History tour' will receive exclusive access to our list of '15 Of The Best Hidden Bars in Melbourne.'
This digital guide features even more secret bars for you to discover in Melbourne. It's written by us, purely for you. The highlights include:
- A hidden rooftop bar with a beautiful view
- A basement bar hidden behind a bookcase
- A teeny-tiny speakeasy that's standing room only
- & many, many more!
All of bars we visit on the tour are included in the guide.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The tour takes place entirely in Melbourne's CBD. Our meeting place is easily accessible by both tram and train
Don't worry we'll email you simple instructions of how to get there.
The tour finishes in Melbourne's CBD, near Parliament House. 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. Not a cocktail fan? Enjoy 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.
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.
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. 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 10 and your wonderful guide.
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
$85 + a small booking fee
- Visit 3 of the Best Hidden Bars in Melbourne
- 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
- Only 10 Guests Maximum Per Tour