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Hidden Bars of Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia
Hidden Bars of Melbourne

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Get the inside scoop on the best bars in Melbourne on a walking tour that features often overlooked spots that have great drinks and atmosphere. Expect to visit between 10 to 15 bars during your tour, stopping to enjoy two complimentary cocktails along the way. Your guide can customize the bars visited to the interests of the group, and fill you in on other great spots to check out for food or entertainment. Keep track of your favorites to visit again on your own.
  • Walking tour of Melbourne’s hidden bars
  • Discover great bars around Melbourne with the insight of an informative local guide
  • Sip two complimentary cocktails during the tour
  • Visit up to 15 different hidden bars
  • Learn about the people behind some of the city’s favorite cocktail establishments
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Local guide
Alcoholic Beverages
Food and additional drinks (options are available for additional quick drink stops with light snacks if the whole group agrees)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

179 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

In front of Standbags store, corner of Bourke Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Basement, 389 Lonsdale Street (Enter via, Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Please note that the tour's finishing point can vary on various evenings. Some of our tours may finish in the Chinatown area.

Your walking tour of Melbourne’s hidden bars starts at Bourke Street Mall, where you’ll meet your guide. Many of the best bars in the city are easily overlooked—a plain doorway could lead to a venue with a great vibe and wonderful drinks—but with an insider, you’ll be introduced to venues that most visitors walk right past.

During your discovery of Melbourne’s bar culture, you'll visit venues in the city center; two cocktails are included. Your guide typically selects 10 to 15 bars during the tour that suit the style and interests of the group, making this a great activity whether you're traveling with friends, family, or colleagues. The ideal group size is a maximum of nine people to be able to access the best city center bars.
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Join an experienced guide on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night and taste a great cocktail in one of Melbourne’s hidden bars. Many of the best bars in the city of Melbourne are easily overlooked if you don’t already know where they are! A plain doorway could lead to a venue with a great vibe and wonderful drinks. Let your local guide show you the many bars that many people often walk past. Discover the hidden bar culture with one of our experienced guides as we visit a number of venues around the city centre where you will be treated to 2 complimentary, fabulous cocktails. During the course of the evening we will visit up to 10-15 bars with our guides usually selecting venues during the tour depending on the group. Groups are a specialty – the more the merrier, your guide can show your members, employees or friends a side of Melbourne that many miss – with the best size being 9 where we have access to all of the city center venues.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Please note: Excessive alcohol consumption is discouraged, and the local tour operator reserves the right to terminate the activity for those who become intoxicated on the tour
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; suitable-heeled shoes are recommended
  • Due to uneven surfaces (flights of stairs), this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hidden Bars of Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Hidden Bars of Melbourne?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Hidden Bars of Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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The mushroom bar at Storytime is a must see!
, Mar 2020
Our guide, Sam was fantastic, very friendly and knowledgeable with little snippets of additional laneway information and history as we walked around. the bars we visited were ones that we hadn't previously heard about and were little hidden gems. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and is great value for money.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Glenn_W Aren't there some great bars in Melbourne! We are so pleased you enjoyed discovering Melbourne's bar scene plus the bonus of San's extensive knowledge of this city. Thank you for taking the time to write this review - we really appreciate it. Kind regards, The MELTours Team
Bar Tour
, Jan 2020
Great tour to find some lovely hidden away bars , have tagged quite a few that we were shown to return to on our next visit to Melbourne
Nice night out with some really...
Kelly S
, Feb 2018
Nice night out with some really interesting small bars. Adaptable depending on your audience and capabilities.
Wow! This was outstanding. Exactly...
, Oct 2016
Wow! This was outstanding. Exactly what I was looking for. The guide took us to a variety of hard to find bars mostly in back alleys and small streets. If not for this tour, I would have never ventured there on my own and I would have missed out tremendously. The only bummer was we were limited on the number of times we could buy drinks to 3 out of the 12 or so bars we entered. Highly...highly recommend this one for tourists of Melbourne and locals alike. About half of our group were native Melbourne citizens who enjoyed the tour as much as me.
This tour was honestly fantastic. We...
, Jul 2016
This tour was honestly fantastic. We were lucky enough to be the only group booked for the night so it was the best night we could have hoped for. The bars were all amazing and completely different and the host was incredible. I would reccomend to anyone and would hands down do this tour again!
Very enjoyable evening, good company...
Steve C
, May 2016
Very enjoyable evening, good company and informative. We would not have found all these bars by ourselves. We used the information to plan our weekend dining and imbibing experiences. Rosie was a terrific tour guide.

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