Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars of Melbourne

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Visit Melbourne's legendary laneway bars with a guide who will show you all the tips and tricks for finding the best drinks in town.

Tour the speakeasies, pubs and bars that make Melbourne unique

Melbourne makes you work to find its best bits. It’s most interesting bars aren’t on the main streets, but down dark alleyways. Some even require secret passwords or hidden staircases behind bookshelves to enter (it’s how we keep the rebel-rousers away!).

Bartenders in Melbourne are world-renowned. Once you find their bar you’ll be rewarded with encyclopaedic knowledge of the best whiskeys, the finest local beers, and out-of-this-world cocktails.

With a small group, we’re able to tailor the trip to your desires. Looking for a rooftop bar? No problem. Have a tequila craving? We’ve got you covered. Here are just some of the bars we may visit:

• 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 and how beer nearly led to all alcohol being banned during the gold rush.
• A cocktail bar. Melbourne has some of the best mixologists around, but most of them are hidden in tiny, hidden cocktail bars that survive on word of mouth alone. Visit a speakeasy-style bar and learn about how and why Melbourne’s laneway scene developed.
• A wine bar. 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. Learn how wine shaped Australia’s history and how to taste wine like a member of the social elite.
• Guide’s choice! Melbourne’s bar scene is ever-changing, so depending on the group’s desires, the weather, and what is trendy in Melbourne at that particular moment, there’s no telling where we’ll end up

If you’re still thirsty by the end of the tour, don’t forget to ask your local guide for some more recommendations, so you won’t have to worry about a dry mouth for the rest of your stay in Melbourne.

Note: Because everyone’s preferences and tolerances are different, this tour does not include drinks. Please bring cash or a card to pay for your drinks as we go.)


Meeting Location:

Your tour will begin at Gordon Reserve (74-108 Spring St) – this is a park with a fountain and is located between the Parliament and Old Treasury Buildings.