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Discover Melbourne's secret drinking scene

Melbourne's labyrinth of inner-city laneways is renowned for its vibrant street art, but did you know the back alleys are also home to a bustling hidden bar scene?

Hole in the wall bars, cocktail bars, wine bars, whiskey bars, lounge bars, rooftop bars and much more are tucked down laneways, found behind nondescript doors, or found obscured upstairs (or downstairs).

Melbourne's love affair with speakeasies dates back to the late 19th century when restaurants and householders would sell liquor without a license.

To gain access to a secret venue, one would need to knock on the right door. Then with a rattle of coins, a tablecloth would swiftly be removed to reveal a cask. This was called sly grogging.

The main attraction of sly grog shops was that they served patrons at all hours, including those who had been refused service elsewhere.

Discovera's 'Hidden Bars & History Tour' recreates the thrill of drinking at Melbourne's secret bars every Saturday in the CBD. Step back in time and join in an evening of rebellion.

Discover 3 of Melbourne's best-hidden bars as you weave through iconic laneways and explore the city's creative street art scene.

Along the way, you'll also hear stories handpicked from Melbourne's past, featuring wicked tales of convicts, buccaneers and tomfoolery!

The tour is fully inclusive, which means you'll get to enjoy 3 delicious (full-sized) cocktails. Not a fan of cocktails? You can order mocktails, beer, wine or spirits instead.

Availabilities are limited. Click here to secure your tickets. Each tour is limited to just 7 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Each ticket includes:

  • 3 of the best-hidden bars in Melbourne

  • 3 different (full sized) cocktails

  • Explore laneways

  • See some Melbourne street art

  • Learn about Melbourne's rebellious history

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    When: Every Saturday
    Where: Melbourne
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