Immersive Walking Tours In Melbourne
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Hidden Bars & History Tour

Discover hidden bars. Learn city secrets.

  • 3 Hidden Bars

    With exclusive drink deals

  • 1 Restaurant

    Entrees + dinner included

  • Explore Laneways

    Get a big dose of culture

  • Every Thursday

    From 4:30pm to 8:30pm

  • 5 Guests per tour

    We keep things intimate

Discover Melbourne's Secrets

In 1916, the Victorian Government declared it illegal to serve liquor after 6:00pm.

If you wanted a drink after then, you'd have to enjoy it somewhere in secret.

Join our Hidden Bars & History Tour and you'll drink at 3 of the best hidden bars in Melbourne.

And along the way, hear epic stories handpicked from Melbourne's past.

Drink At 3 Hidden Bars

Melbourne has a thing for hidden bars; like the one behind a bookcase, or the one through a fridge door.

They're fun to visit, but hard to find. During the evening we'll visit 3 of the best secret bars in the city centre, and enjoy exclusive drink specials.

Bar #1: A cocktail bar so secret it doesn't even have a name.

Bar #2: A cellar bar with a fairytale inspired entrance.

Bar #3: A colourful speakeasy above a restaurant.

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DRINK

Cocktails, wine, beer & spirits

Everyone has different tastes, so drinks are not included in the ticket price. But we've pulled some strings so that each bar provides us with exclusive drinks specials.

Several of these deals aren't available even to the public. So you'll be saving money: VIP style.

These specials include beer, wine, spirits & cocktails.

EAT

Entrees and light dinner

We'll enjoy some small bites at our first venue and at our third venue, we'll enjoy a light dinner. All of this is included in the ticket price.

We can cater for vegans, vegetarians + gluten & lactose intolerance. Simply let us know when you book.

Hear Epic Stories

Melbourne's past is filled with crazy stories. Throughout the night we'll tell the story of how 'Marvellous Melbourne' came to be.

This isn't history class; we've cut the fat and only tell the best tales.

We'll cover. . .

  • Why Melbourne used to be the richest city in the world
  • Melbourne's most notorious mistress
  • How Melbourne's lane way bar scene really started
  • & much more. . .
Our group standing in AC/DC Lane
AC/DC Lane, Melbourne

Explore Melbourne's Laneways

Between our awesome bars, we'll explore Melbourne's winding laneways & visit historical icons. We'll dive headfirst into the 'real' Melbourne, and give you a big dose of the city's culture.

Highlights include. . .

  • AC/DC Lane
  • Presgrave Place
  • Melbourne's only remaining 'Banksy' artwork
  • Meyer's Place
  • & more. . .

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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.

New Hidden Bar Guide

Meeting Point

Location: Outside Ramsay Pharmacy on Bourke St, corner of Bourke and Exhibition
Time: 4:30 pm, Every Thursday

This is on the Bourke St tram corridor, and just down from Parliament Train Station

End Point

Location: 252 Swanston St, CBD
Finished By: Approx 8:30 pm

We finish close to the Swanston Street trams + Melbourne Central Train Station. Our final venue is also home to the city's best rooftop bar. We welcome you to continue your night there.

What They Say

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"A great way to explore more of hidden Melbourne and learn some history along the way. All round a great night out!"

- Jaysen, March 2019

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"The guide was very friendly and tour was amazing. Definitely would not have been able to find these on our own. Recommend to anyone visiting Melbourne or those just wanting to find a nice place for a drink."

- Kyle, TripAdvisor

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"Awesome concept and Taylor provided context to our great city and the hidden bars within it."

- Liam, March 2019

Our Dedication To Magic

In continuing our mission to create wonder, $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to The Starlight Children's Foundation.

This Australian non-profit offers entertainment, education and technology to critically and terminally ill children.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Are drinks included?

Drinks are not included in the ticket purchase, and that's best! It allows us to keep ticket prices down, so you can drink as little or as much as you like!

We have worked out exclusive drink deals with each of the venues we visit, specials that sometimes aren't even available to the public.

So you'll actually be saving money on the tour. These specials include beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.

 

How much do drinks cost?

We've negotiated some exclusive drinks deals with all of the bars we visit, specials that sometimes aren't even available to the public.

Drinks prices vary per venue, but we can assure you that you will be drinking for the best price available. If you buy 3 cocktails over the evening, you can save up to $21.

Drink specials include beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.

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 5 and your wonderful guide.

You won't find a bar tour that gets any more exclusive! Trust us, we've looked.

Do you offer discounts for groups?

Nope! And here's why: our tickets are already priced very, very reasonably. There are no other similar tours in Melbourne that offer this much value.

Why are our prices so fair? We don't spend much money on advertising, that way our profit margin is more than enough.

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. 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. 

Wait! Before You Buy Tickets. . .

Get a glimpse of our Hidden Bars & History Tour in the video below. Get prepared for good times!

HIDDEN BARS & HISTORY TOUR

$59 + a small booking fee

  • Drink At 3 Of The Best Hidden Bars In Melbourne
  • Finish At A Restaurant 6 Floors Up
  • Every Thursday Evening At 4:30 pm
  • Entrees & Light Dinner Included (Dietary Restrictions Catered For)
  • Enjoy Exclusive Drink Discounts
  • Explore Awesome Laneways
  • Hear Legendary Stories
  • Discover 5+ More Hidden Bars To Visit Later
  • An Awesome Local Tour Guide
  • Only 5 Guests Per Tour