Guided tour

Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

4.4 / 5

5 reviews

Activity provider: Drinking History Tours
Guided tour

Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

Activity provider: Drinking History Tours

From US$ 86.71 per person

Take a tour that blends histories, stories, and characters with the bars and places that make Melbourne the world’s most liveable city. Enjoy a complimentary beer, wine, or cocktail at each bar.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Uncover the hidden laneways of Melbourne
  • Learn about Melbourne's fascinating history
  • Drink at some of Melbourne's best bars
Full description

Explore the eastern side of the Melbourne Central Business District, home to some of our most famous and interesting laneways. This is the side of Melbourne most tourists and some locals never see.  Learn about the earliest founders, the cause of Melbourne love affair – and later fall out – with drinking, the rise of street art, a tragic case of miscarried justice, the 1851 gold rush, secret men’s clubs, and much more. Stop for drinks at three of Melbourne’s best bars, plus pass by a dozen or so more for you to jot down and visit another time. Spend about 30-45 minutes in each bar so you are not feeling rushed. Finally, receive a mystery gift at the end of the tour.

  • 3 complimentary drinks
  • Additional drinks in the bars
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

Meet in front of the main stage at Federation Square.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing
  •  Guests can request a free map of Melbourne's best bars as well as photos of the tour free of charge
  • You will be provided with some complimentary drinks, however, additional drinks are not included in the cost of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 5 reviews

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Great historical knowledge of Melbourne but not quiet what I was expecting… I thought the tour would’ve taken in the older pubs.

November 19, 2022

was lots of fun, it was great experience with ben and learning about the different parts of Melbourne!

August 21, 2022

The history of Melbourne and the pubs culture and rules very interesting. The hidden bars you wouldn’t even know they are there. Really recommend this tour. Out guide was really friendly and lots of knowledge

February 17, 2022

Product ID: 165179