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Hidden Bar Tour of Melbourne

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Discover Melbourne's secret drinking scene

Melbourne's labyrinth of inner-city laneways is renown 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 secret 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.

The 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.. Step back in time and join in an evening of rebellion.

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

And 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 cocktails. Not a fan of cocktails? Enjoy some beer, wine or spirits instead.

Bookings are now open - secure your tickets now at


Tickets are priced $85 per person and include:

  • 3 of the best-hidden bars in Melbourne

  • 3 different cocktails

  • Explore laneways

  • See some Melbourne street art

  • Learn about Melbourne's rebellious history

  • A local tour guide

    Tours are limited to just 10 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.


    For more information on the experience, please see

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    When: Every Saturday
    Where: Melbourne
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    A pub crawl with a twist, how very Aussie.
    by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 400 days ago
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