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Damn Good Walking Tours of Melbourne

Hidden Bars & History Tour

A Melbourne bar tour, bursting with secrets.

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  • 3 Hidden Bars

    Visit bars you'd miss otherwise

  • Cocktails Included

    Indulge in 3 different cocktails

  • Explore Laneways

    Experience the street art culture

  • 10 Guests Max

    We keep things exclusive

Descend into Melbourne's
secret drinking scene

In the 19th century, Melbourne was riddled with secret illegal bars.

These were called sly grog shops.

Our Melbourne hidden bar tour recreates the thrill of knocking on non-descript doors.

Join us for an evening of rebellion, as we descend into Melbourne's secret drinking scene.

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"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.

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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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Our Glowing Reviews

Carolyn

TripAdvisor

The tour was fabulous! The hidden bar scene in Melbourne was a delightful eye opener for me and I now have many new bars/restaurants to check out.

Lisa

TripAdvisor

Secret bar tour not only had great bars and amazing drinks, but Taylor and his local knowledge were the highlights. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 

Donna

TripAdvisor

We went on the Hidden Bars & History Tour with Taylor on a cold winters night and we had an absolute ball. I'm a Melbournian and I would definitely recommend a tour with Taylor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the tour meeting place?

The tour takes place entirely in Melbourne's CBD. We meet beneath the clocks at Flinder's Street Station.

This is easily accessible by both tram and train - in fact it's Melbourne's most popular meeting place.

Don't worry we'll email you simple instructions of how to get there.

Where does the tour finish?

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.

Is this tour for 18+?

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

Is this a bar crawl?

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.

What's included in the ticket?

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.

What's the dress code?

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.

What level of fitness do I need?

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.

How many people per tour?

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.

What happens if it rains?

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