Guided tour

Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

Guided tour

Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

From US$ 32.75 per person


Experience the city’s unique bar scene with a local guide and have a drink at three amazing venues.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Learn about Melbourne’s history with a drink in-hand
  • Try local beers, wines, or cocktails at four unique Melbourne establishments
  • Discover hidden bars known only to local Melburnians
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description
We begin next to the Sir William Clarke Memorial Statue next to the Old Treasury Building and after an introduction by your guide, you’ll set of for your first bar. At each venue, and along the way, you’ll learn about Melbourne’s fascinating and conflicting history. Learn about the first peoples, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation that used to live in Naarm (Melbourne) to colonisation as well as the gold rush era that led to the city being known as Marvellous Melbourne. Later known by other names, hear stories of the city’s debaucherous past of when it’s red light district ran rife and what life is like now. You’re guaranteed to learn something new! The order of the venues may change, but together we will visit a variety of our favourite local watering holes, these may include, a laneway bar, a hidden speakeasy, a charming historic pub or a rooftop bar. Many of Melbourne’s most popular bars are in tiny, hidden laneways and survive on word of mouth alone. Visit a speakeasy-style bar and learn about how and why Melbourne’s laneway scene developed. Rooftop bars are a favourite place for Melbournians to gather and not just in summer. During winter, some rooftops add a marquee and heaters and carry on regardless. Melbourne’s bar scene is ever-changing, so one of the bars will be chosen by your guide on the day, depending on the group’s desires, the weather, and what is trending in Melbourne at the time. Everyone has their favourite drink but you’ll be encouraged to try something different on this tour. Not normally a gin fan? We’ll take you to a place where you can discover its charms. Want to check out some local wines? With the Yarra Valley just a stone’s throw away, it would be a sin not to taste some of the delectable wines in the region. Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’ll have you covered. If you’re still thirsty by the end of the tour, don’t forget to ask your local guide for some recommendations to continue on. Hungry? We’ll have recommendations for that also!
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Drinks and food
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

Sir William Clarke Memorial Statue, Corner of Spring St and Treasury Place (next to the Old Treasury Building), Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia.

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  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B-Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • Travelers under 18 years of age are not permitted to join this tour
  • For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
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