Hidden Bars & History Tour

Melbourne's original hidden bar tour, bursting with secrets.

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  • 3 Hidden Bars

    Awesome bars. Guaranteed.

  • All Inclusive

    3 full-sized cocktails. All included.

  • get cultured

    Wander laneways with street-art.

  • Small Groups

    5 guests. Max.

Discover Melbourne's

secret bar scene

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

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

These were called sly-grog shops.

Our original 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.

Hidden Bars & History Tour

What 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 Saturday afternoons across 3 hours.

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

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.

16

Bar #1

A cosy 1920's speakeasy with theatrical cocktails. Voted Timeout's bar of the year.

Hihou

Bar #2

A Japanese cocktail bar, with an Eastern take on classic drinks.

Pizza Pizza Pizza, Melbourne (3)

Bar #3

A super-fun cocktail bar, with an entrance so cool we don't want to give anything away.

"If I could give this tour more than 5 stars, I would. I didn’t realise how many hidden bars we had."

Lauren, a Melbourne Local

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Voted by 'Whats On'

"Essential Night Time Event"

"Melbourne’s colourful drinking past is 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'

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Book Your Hidden Bar Tour Tickets

Use the calendar below to secure your place now! For private enquires, send us a message.

Have questions?

we have answers

Should Melbourne enter into tighter restrictions that leave us unable to operate tours, all ticket-holders will receive a 100% refund. 

We will meet on the steps of Flinder's Street Station. And we'll finish near Parliament House on Bourke St.

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 5 guests.

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
  • Tours run on 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.