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Hidden Bars & History Tour

A Melbourne drinking tour bursting with secrets.

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  • 3 Hidden Bars

    Discover speakeasies

  • Cocktails Included

    Sip on 3 delicious cocktails

  • Explore Laneways

    Get a big dose of culture

  • Every Thursday

    From 4:45pm to 7:45pm

  • 10 Guests Max

    We keep things exclusive

The Details

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.

You'll explore the city's iconic laneways.

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

Drink At 3 Hidden Bars

Melbourne is home to several hidden bars; like the one behind a bookcase, or the one through a fridge door.

But finding them can be near impossible. Throughout the evening, our Hidden Bars & History Tour will guide you to 3 of the city's best secret bars.

You'll drink at these magical dens, just like during the prohibition. Plus, your awesome guide will show you more hidden gems along the way.

You'll finish with a better understanding of Melbourne's secret drinking scene.

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What's included?

Your ticket includes 3 delicious cocktails. Not a cocktail fan? Enjoy some premium wine, beer or spirits instead.

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Hear Rebellious Stories

Did you know? Melbourne is Australia's only capital city founded without government approval.

We're a pretty rebellious bunch, and across the evening you'll hear more tales handpicked from Melbourne's past.

Including stories about:

  • The city's most notorious mistress
  • How Melbourne's laneway bar scene really started
  • How Melbourne was once the richest city in the world

and many 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.

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What They Say

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"We went on the Hidden Bars & History Tour with Taylor on a Winter's night and we had an absolute ball."

- Donna, TripAdvisor

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"Would highly recommend this tour, so much happening behind closed doors in our city you would never know about.  Do yourself a favour and book his tour, you won't be disappointed."

- Sue, TripAdvisor

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"The tour was fabulous, Taylor was knowledgeable, funny and knew exactly what level to pitch the tour with historical facts and stories. The hidden bar scene in Melbourne was a delightful eye opener for me and I now have many new bars/restaurants to check out."

- Carolyn, TripAdvisor

Meeting Point

Location: Outside Ramsay Pharmacy on Bourke St, corner of Bourke and Exhibition
Time: 4:45 pm, Every Thursday

This is on the Bourke St tram corridor, and just down from Parliament Train Station. We'll finish in the CBD near the city centre.

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.

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 8 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

$79 + a small booking fee

  • Visit 3 of the Best Hidden Bars in Melbourne
  • 3 Delicious Cocktails Included (Beer, Wine & Spirits Also Available)
  • Explore Iconic Laneways
  • Hear Rebellious Stories From The City's Past
  • Discover 5+ More Hidden Bars To Visit Later
  • Receive Our Guide To '15 Of The Best Hidden Bars in Melbourne'
  • An Awesome Local Guide
  • Only 10 Guests Maximum Per Tour
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