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Melbourne: Hidden Bar Tour

1. 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!

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

2. 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

3. 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.

Sydney: The Rocks Pub Tour with Meal

4. Sydney: The Rocks Pub Tour with Meal

This 2.5-hour walking tour visits the great historic pubs of Sydney's beautiful 'The Rocks'. Retrace the footsteps of famous convicts, larrikin gangs, and local celebrities as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney's oldest pubs. Learn the secret behind which of the 4 claims to be Sydney's oldest pub, and enjoy a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink in each. Continue the fascinating tour with a walk through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks, and learn the captivating stories of Australia's first European settlement. Savor a delicious pre or post-tour meal and drink at an iconic Aussie Pub. Choose from a selection of gourmet pizzas, burgers or salads plus any tap beer, cider, house wine, or soft drink. Present your order confirmation to the Duty Manager at the bar. If choosing to have your meal before the tour, do not order food with less than 1 hour before the tour starts.

Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

5. Melbourne: Boozy History and Hidden Bars Tour

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.

Melbourne: Evening Craft Beer Tour

6. Melbourne: Evening Craft Beer Tour

Calling all beer fanatics! Looking for the perfect beer tour in Melbourne? You got it. Explore the best of the Melbourne brew scene on this thirst-quenching beer odyssey. Meet your guide in the up-and-coming Smith Street Precinct, and head straight to the first pub - no messing about! As you sip your first tasty brew, discover the roguish history of Melbourne's favorite drink, including alcohol bans at football matches and the famous "six o’clock swill." Sample some of Australia's finest tipples at the next bar which specializes in Aussie-made libations, then head to an increasingly renowned microbrewery to savor a cold one while watching the brewers at work. This unique place also makes its own gin, coffee and cheese! Finally discover secret watering holes at Melbourne's Laneway craft beer hotspot. From here you can carry on your evening with some recommendations from our local guide, or if you’re in too much of a beer/food coma, your guide will also be able to point you in the direction of your accommodation.

Hidden Bar Tour

7. Hidden Bar Tour

Join an experienced guide on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night and taste two great cocktails in two different bars while exploring and discovering Melbourne’s labyrinth of hidden bars. Many of the best bars in the city are easily missed if you don’t know where to look. A plain doorway could lead to a venue with a great vibe and wonderful drinks. Discover the hidden bar culture with an experienced guide and visit a number of venues around the city centre where you'll be treated to 2 fabulous complimentary cocktails. During the course of the evening, you will see up to 15 bars. Get ready to discover an interesting and alternative side to Melbourne.

Sydney: 3-Hour Craft Beer and Breweries Tour

8. Sydney: 3-Hour Craft Beer and Breweries Tour

Meet your guide at the Keg & Brew Hotel and discover a haven for bourbon, beer and bites before you set off on a beer and cider tasting tour. Go behind the scenes of the local beer community, and take a look inside some working breweries in the heart of Sydney. The precise locations you will visit can change each day, based on brewery operations and bar hours. Your guide will keep their ears to the ground to learn what’s going on to ensure you experience some working breweries and taste the local beer in the best independent pubs. Visit 3 independent breweries and a top craft beer bar to fully immerse yourself in the Sydney beer scene. Learn all about the art of brewing craft beers through all your senses, and get to taste, touch and smell every part of the brewing process.   After learning all about the beers, you have the option of ending your tour at the Royal Albert Hotel or get drop off at the nearby Central Station.

Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

9. Melbourne: Guided Night-Time Food Walking Tour & Beer

Discover another side of Melbourne once the sun has set on a night-time food walking tour. Explore hidden alleyways and weave through the crowd to taste delicious food at three unique hole-in-the-wall diners while soaking in the revelry of the night. Make your way to Gordon Reserve to meet your friendly guide and group for the night. Immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Melbourne as you pass through the crowds and by rowdy bars. Bounce from one hole-in-the-wall diner to another and stay on your feet to enjoy a tasty bite to eat. Don't wait any time at all between ordering and eating, you'll find the perfect greasy pizza joint in the back of the bar and a dumpling house with a Mandarin menu. Settle down your meal with a refreshing beer at a local bar to finish your tour. Take the chance to socialise with your group and anyone else you meet and decide where you're off to next.

Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

10. Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

If you ask a Sydneysider about Balmain, they think of 3 things: the Balmain Tigers footy team, Olympic swimming champion Dawn Fraser and pubs. Lots of pubs. In fact, Balmain has the highest pub-to-person ratio in Australia. This 3-hour walking tour of this peninsula on Sydney Harbour covers Balmain's sordid history of escaped convicts,dodgy gangsters and corrupt politicians. In between weaving the backstreets, you'll stop for a drink of craft beer, wine or cider in 4 of the area's most iconic and oldest pubs. You can enjoy a choice of craft beer or wine in each pub that you visit!  Tour highlights include:  Balmain's Oldest PubThe Balmain Watch House, and stories of Balmain gangstersThe Balmain Tigers' 'Team of the Penitentiary'Duelling colonistsThe murderous confectionerThe hidden treasure of Australia's most audacious robbery- and many more tales of murder, vice and intrigue

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

This tour was awesome! The hidden bars were all so unique and cool. Our guide, Hugo, was awesome. Gave us a map with a ton of suggestions for things to see and places to eat. So glad we did this tour, highly recommend it!

The best experience with the best host! Hugo, thanks for sharing your knowledge of the city and for sharing g those beautiful hidden bars! We absolutely loved our tour! Thank you

We had the best time ! Karlie and Anthony were fantastic guides! They deserve a pay rise ! I always tell inter state people about the tour! Great group of people! So much fun!

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

Great experience! We loved learning and seeing these amazing hidden gems! Highly recommend!