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Our most recommended New South Wales Nightlife & Bars

Sydney Harbour: New Year's Eve Cruise on a Glass Boat

1. Sydney Harbour: New Year's Eve Cruise on a Glass Boat

Experience an unforgettable evening on the Bella Vista, a luxurious glass vessel. Celebrate the New Year on a 5-hour cruise with a dinner buffet, open bar, and DJ. Marvel at the Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display with 3m high glass wraparound windows. The specially designed Bella Vista integrates style with state-of-the-art technology. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Sydney Harbour fireworks from a 5-star venue with an open-top deck with 360-degree views of magnificent Sydney Harbor. The vessel is decked out in amazing lights and participates in the Harbor of Light Parade. Follow a route past Sydney Harbour’s famous icons and return to an exclusion zone by the Harbor Bridge. This is the closest you can get to the action!

Melbourne: Entry Package to the City's Only Ice Bar

2. Melbourne: Entry Package to the City's Only Ice Bar

Situated in Federation Square in the heart of the city, chill and enjoy a drink at Melbourne’s only ice bar — a must for tourists and locals alike. Geared up in special snow wear, make your way through the doors of the explorer's ship and into the sub-zero temperatures on the other side.   This is a truly unique Arctic experience for people of all ages, so don’t leave your little explorers at home. People under the age of 18 are welcome until 7 PM. You'll be surrounded by over 30 tones of expertly sculpted ice.  The ice bar is also within walking distance of many other major Melbourne attractions, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Botanical Gardens, Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Eureka Sky Deck, and Bourke Street Mall.

Sydney Opera House Tour and Opera Kitchen Lunch or Dinner

3. Sydney Opera House Tour and Opera Kitchen Lunch or Dinner

A great day out in Sydney is to be had with this tour. Enjoy a tour of the opera house and a delicious meal at the Opera Kitchen with sweeping views of Sydney Harbor and the iconic Harbor Bridge. On this 1-hour tour, you'll experience the history and magic of the venue, as you follow your friendly guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. The Opera House features 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets. Step inside the inspired theaters where more than 1,800 performances come to life each year. For your meal, Opera Kitchen is located just a short walk from the Welcome Center, located on the Lower Concourse Level. Choose one meal from a selection and a beverage of your choice. You can redeem your main meal and beverage before or after your tour between 11:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Melbourne: Hidden Bar Tour

4. Melbourne: Hidden Bar Tour

Melbourne is one of the world's great bar cities, but you'll have hard time finding these bars. Tourists frequent Flinders Street, Swanston Street, and Elizabeth Street — places that can be the worst tourists traps in Melbourne.  To find the truly great bars, you must venture out into the areas your mother told you to avoid — dark, dingy, scary laneways. Inside, you'll find secret speakeasies, some marked only by a simple light post. Some bars masquerade as something else, and access is only granted if you know the secret password.  These bars don't advertise because they don't need to — word of mouth carries their business. To find the best bars of the moment, you need a local with a finger on the pulse of what's hot...  Join your local guide and discover 4 great bars in 3 hours. Get access to drink specials available only for your group. Meet local bartenders and bar owners and hear about what makes them so passionate. Get a special, customized map with recommendations for other bars to visit in Melbourne. Whatever you do, come thirsty!

Melbourne: 45-Minute Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure

5. Melbourne: 45-Minute Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure

Put on your VR headset and get ready to travel back in time. From ancient Egypt to the moon landing, solve puzzles and face challenges so you and your team of 2-4 players can save the world. Enjoy a virtual reality adventure which blends the escape room concept with a full 3D cinematic experience to deliver a unique, immersive, and mind-blowing time, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Each player has their own dedicated room. Join each other in the virtual world where you can talk to each other, walk around, bend, throw objects, and collaborate to solve the mission. Conclude your virtual reality experience with a dress-up photoshoot.

Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

6. Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

Explore the food and wine scene of Melbourne on an exciting culinary walk, and experience a gastronomic culture that borders on the obsessive! Sip a delicious cup of coffee, sample some sublime dumplings and sneak in a sweet treat (or two!) before finishing it all off with a drink at a bar the locals love. Discover some of Melbourne’s hidden highlights, tucked down lanes, alleys and arcades off the main streets. Hear about the history of the city and the future of the city while tasting some delicious morsels along the way. Your expert guide will provide the key to a variety of fun spots. Even locals may discover a few new sites! Go to one of the city's grand 19th-century arcades, and dive down grungy looking alleys filled with street art. Venture into small lanes steeped in local history and filled with cafés and boutique stores. Encounter an underground art gallery, and end with a drink to toast the end of the tour at a bar the locals love! 

Sydney: Sydney Harbour Cruise with Dining & Champagne

7. Sydney: Sydney Harbour Cruise with Dining & Champagne

Cruise around Sydney Harbour and choose from 3 different dining options as you relax in style. Take in picturesque views of the city and the sea with a glass of champagne, wine, or beer in your hand. Make your way down to Circular Quay to board your cruise ship and meet your helpful crew. Take your time to explore and enjoy access to reserved lounge seating on the ocean deck. Admire unforgettable, waterfront views of the Sydney Opera House as you set sail around the harbor, listening to live evening acoustic music on Saturdays, Sundays, and special events. Then settle down at your table to indulge in the meal you've chosen for the cruise. At any time you can add to your dining experience by ordering tapas plates and cocktails from the onboard menu and comprehensive drinks list. See the three dining options below: Beer, wine, and tasting plate:One house beverage of your choice upon arrivalOne tasting plate1.5-hour cruise Cocktail and cheese platter:One cocktail upon arrivalOne house beverage of your choice upon arrival Australian cheese tasting plate for 22-hour cruise Champagne and seafood:One bottle of GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for 2One seafood platter of Australian prawns, oysters, smoked salmon blinis, and calamari to share2-hour cruise

Sydney Harbour: Latin Fiesta Dinner Cruise

8. Sydney Harbour: Latin Fiesta Dinner Cruise

Planning a night out or a special occasion? Look no further than Sydney’s premier Latin themed dinner cruise. Enjoy a delicious entree, purchase a drink at the bar, enjoy catching up with your friends and dig into the delicious spread served to your table. After dinner, kick back and enjoy the show! Experience Brazilian samba with live drums and the rhythmic horns of Cuban salsa as our cast of professional dancers take you on a tour through South America. Join in on the action, learn a step or two and compete for first place to win some cool prizes (or at least give your friends a good laugh trying). After the show, the lights go down and the DJ turns the music up so you can dance the night away, grab some more bubbles, indulge in some decadent chocolate cake or head outside and take in the stunning views.

Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

9. Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Join this tour for an immersive exploration of Sydney’s notorious heritage as you uncover the stories, sights and secrets of its hidden convict origins in The Rocks. As you navigate your way past the forgotten relics and ruins of this historic quarter, your guide will unpack the process of criminal transportation to Australia and its immediate effect on Sydney’s indigenous population at the turn of the 19th century. You'll discover the curious case of the convict architect and the ambitious Governor who wanted to decorate the prison settlement, and you’ll retrace the steps of the teenage girl who rose from chains to riches by conquering Sydney’s economy. Expect unique examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, hidden corridors, convict cut sandstone, abandoned slums and enormous cellars for spirits and stores. Get lost in charm of The Rocks as its past is brought back to life by your expert history guide, and develop a d great understanding about how early Sydney came to be. Crafted to suit both locals and visitors, this tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.

Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

10. Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

Begin your tour at the Sir William Clarke Memorial next to the Old Treasury Building — a symbolic area of Melbourne and home to its Parliament. The order of the venues may change, but together with your guide you will visit a variety of favorite local watering holes. These may include a classic craft beer establishment, a laneway bar, a hidden speakeasy, and a rooftop bar.  Everyone has their favorite drink but you’ll be encouraged to try something different on this tour. Never tried whiskey? You'll be taken 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. The craft beer scene is currently exploding in Melbourne yet beer has always had a rich history in the city. You’ll learn about the standard pour sizes of Victorian beers and how beer nearly led to all alcohol being banned during the gold rush. Visit some of Melbourne’s most popular bars and have the opportunity to try concoctions from the following: A classic Aussie pub. Throw back a pot or a pint, as here’s where you’ll learn about the standard pour sizes of Victorian beers.A cocktail bar. Melbourne has some of the best mixologists around, but most of them are hidden in tiny, hidden cocktail bar 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 favorite place for Melbournians to gather and not just in summer. During winter, some rooftops add a marquee and heaters and carry on regardless. You’ll visit one of the most eclectic rooftop bars in the city.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Highly recommended. Our guide Hugho was amazing and definitely knows Melbourne pubs and bars. Plenty of hidden gems. Drinks were amazing. If you are in Melbourne and don't know where to start for a drink do this tour. And then you are on your way to find alot of spots no one knows about

Loved our foodie tour, highly recommended. Sue was very knowledgeable and took us to many out of the way places that we would not have discovered ourselves. It was great fun sampling different (and delicious!) food and drinks and also learning about some Melbourne history.

Hugo was amazing! His knowledge of the best places to eat, his knowledge of the local food scene and his passion for the city of Melbourne and its history was infectious and second to none. It was a great experience I would highly recommend to anyone!

This tour is a really fun way to discover some of Melbournes hidden laneways and the amazing little cafes and bars.

Extremely informative and such a lovely guide. Would thoroughly recommend it. Very good value for money.