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Melbourne's Boozy History & Hidden Bars

Boozy History and Hidden Bars covers the best of the City in three hours: our famous laneways, our coolest bars and our fascinating history. Why do three different tours, when you can get the best of Melbourne in just one!

Explore Melbourne’s famous laneways, home to some of our most interesting places. This is the side of Melbourne most tourists (and even some locals!) never see.

Learn about Melbourne’s love affair with drinking, the persecution of barmaids, our booziest Police Commissioner, secret men’s clubs and much more.

Discover three amazing laneway bars. You'll also receive a free mystery gift to celebrate your time with us. Photos of your tour can also be provided at no extra charge.

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3 hours


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  • What's included :
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Professional guide
    • Map of Melbourne's best bars (free upon request)
    • Mystery Gift
    • Photos of your tour (free upon request)
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Three complimentary drinks
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    Melbourne's famous (and some say ugliest) town square, built in 2002. This is where we begin our journey with a background to the role alcohol played in Melbourne's foundation.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Oliver Lane, Oliver Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

    Our first laneway for the tour, here we talk about the history of Melbourne's Laneways and start to peel back some of the city's best eateries.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: ACDC Lane, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    One of Melbourne's most famous laneways, get ready for an explosion of street art.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Duckboard Place, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

    More street art to see, plus the history of Melbourne's street art scene - plus a run down of some fantastic eating and drinking locations.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Ridgway Place, Ridgway Pl, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

    Home to one of Australia's oldest men's social clubs, and the consulate of one of the world's smallest countries, here we talk about Melbourne' booziest police commissioner and the strange persecution of barmaids.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Meyers Place, Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

    The spiritual home of Melbourne's laneway bar culture. Let's talk about the rise of Melbourne's bar scene starting with an important rule change in the 1980s. Also home to some of the City's best hidden bars.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

    Victoria was founded on gold rush, and our emergence as a state is closely linked to those early findings.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Chinatown 墨尔本唐人街, Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

    The world's second oldest China Town and home to some of the City's best bars.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Little Bourke Street, Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

    The City's old red light district certainly hides more than its fair share of secrets, and amazing bars!

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Fed Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Departure Time :
    7:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Reesby, 47 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
    • Dress code is casual!
    • 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
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Drinking History Tours

Activity ID: V-60067P1

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