You'll never find Melbourne's trendiest bars without help
Bored at home on a Saturday night? Enjoy a novel night out, meet new people and unearth trendy bars on the Discover the Hidden Melbourne tour. You will find out about Melbourne's best-kept secrets on a tour of eight exclusive bars.
Your $75 ticket will entitle you to two cocktails and tapas at a restaurant, as well as a four-hour guided adventure of the city's hidden bars. Seeing as it is easy enough to spend a similar amount on a couple of cocktails and a bite to eat on a night out, it seems to be reasonably good value to also be taken on a tour to places you never knew existed.
Section 8, one of Melbourne's perennially trendy bars. Image: Alpha via Flickr.
Even those who have lived in Melbourne for years may not know that the city is littered with laneway bars. Without knowing exactly where to look, you are unlikely to stumble across some of the city's more obscure nightspots. The first time I went to the science-themed Croft Institute, I reluctantly scampered through the uninviting garbage-strewn laneway because my friend promised that there really was a bar down there. With the Croft Institute being one of the better-known of Melbourne's laneway bars, no doubt the tour will feature even more tricky to find destinations.
As well as showing locals another side to their own city, the tour could also serve as a quick orientation to Melbourne's coolest places for newcomers or tourists.
The tour is confined to small groups of no more than ten people, just enough to meet some interesting companions but not so many that you run the risk of being lost in the crowd.
The first tour will take place on the evening of the 28th of February, with plans to run a tour every Saturday night. Booking ahead is essential.
The Hidden Melbourne Laneway Tour will take you to bars that you never would have found by chance.