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Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars
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Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars

By Depot Adventures
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About
Come thirsty on this Melbourne walking tour, where you’ll join a local guide and discover four hidden bars. Places like Above Board, the Whisky Den, Bodega Underground, and Jungle Boy are just a few of the possibilities, depending on availability. Meet local bartenders and bar owners, take advantage of drink specials, and receive a customized map and recommendations to further explore Melbourne’s bar scene.
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Ages 18-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Bar hopping tour of Melbourne: wine, beer, and cocktails
  • Get access to drink specials only offered on this tour
  • Customized map includes guide recommendations
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 participants

  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 12 participants
  • Drink specials
  • Customised map of more bars to explore
What's not included
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • Gordon Reserve, 74-108 Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
    The small park across the street from the Hotel Windsor.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 46516P5

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • A maximum of 12 people per booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Gordon Reserve
      74-108 Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
      The small park across the street from the Hotel Windsor.
      See address & details
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      Beneath Driver Lane
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 2
      Whisky Den
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 3
      Above Board
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 4
      Madame Brussels
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 5
      Jungle Boy
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 6
      New Gold Mountain
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 7
      Bodega Underground
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 8
      Naked For Satan
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 9
      Eau De Vie Melbourne
      Stop: 40 minutes
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    • 10
      Ponyfish Island
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    • Depot Adventures
      3,355
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    • conors532
      0 contributions
      So Interesting!
      Really enjoyable & interesting tour from Hugo! Learned so much & saw things I would definitely have missed if just trying to walk around the city myself
      Written 27 February 2024
    • douglasd608
      0 contributions
      Great tour and guide
      Hugo was a great guide to Melbourne on this walking tour. His knowledge and comfort with the sights made the time fly as we learned so much about the history and contemporary ways of Melbourne. A perfect tour to get a full introduction to the city.
      Written 26 February 2024
    • Nomad46422334663
      0 contributions
      A must do on your trip to Melbourne!!!
      Hugo was awesome! This was by far the best way to start a trip to Melbourne. It gave us great insight into the city, Hugo added history insights we couldn’t have gotten elsewhere, and by the end we were ready to explore this amazing city thanks to his info!
      Written 25 February 2024
    • SandyDee360
      0 contributions
      Hidden bar tour
      We docked in Melbourne after a 3 day cruise and wanted something to do for that afternoon that took in a few drinks and learning about some of Melbourne’s history. After some research I found the Hidden Bar Tour with Depot Adventures. We met Ian and, with a bit of walking between venues, he took us around to 4 totally different and atmospheric bars that you would never find on your own and enjoyed a variety of beer, gin and cocktails. We chose to buy our own but you can get a package which includes the drinks. Ian is very personable and friendly, and loves Melbourne bar history. We had a great afternoon and we would wholeheartedly recommend Ian and Depot Adventures.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • YolaStew
      0 contributions
      An Unforgettable Walking Tour
      Our tour lead was Hugo. He was excellent in every way imaginable. He not only showed us areas of interest, he explained the history behind them in a very compelling and fascinating manner. He was open to questions, and offered tons of useful insight. He was timely, and even provided a map of all the areas we visited at our final stop. Our only regret is not taking this walking tour earlier in our stay in Melbourne so that we could revisit these amazing places. No doubt, we left with a greater understanding of Melbourne, its history, and what makes it so amazing.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • DanyTheGripper
      0 contributions
      Really good experience! Highly recommend
      Me and my partner have just moved to Melbourne and we were hoping this tour was a good way to get to know the city. Not only was it a good way to learn about the city, but we also learned a bit about the history of Australia! Our guide Mark was excellent! Very friendly and knowledgeable. He took us to some of the many hidden alleyways of Melbourne where the best bars and street art can be found. He told us about the history of coffee and where to find the oldest pub in town and espresso caffetteria. The tour was very enjoyable, I recommend bringing some water and comfy shoes as there aren't many stops. We were lucky the temperature was around 23°C during our tour so the heat was manageable but keep this in mind if you suffer the heat.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • alysiak2024
      0 contributions
      Melbourne Walking Tour
      Laura was absolutely amazing! She made the stories and history of Melbourne come to life. Was extremely engaged and learned all of our names and brought us into the history and facts she was telling. Thanks for a wonderful time.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • PiKindaGuy
      0 contributions
      Definitely a must for visitors
      Melbourne is an incredible city with so much to offer it's impossible to gain an appreciation of it without a local showing you around. Hugo was one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides I'd ever had. Everyone was gripped by his story telling abilities and the way he explained the history and current climate of Melbourne. You'd be doing a disservice not going on this tour as a visitor.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • kwall903
      0 contributions
      Fun and Interesting!
      Laura was an excellent guide. She was a great storyteller and made our tour very interesting! We especially appreciated her vast knowledge about the street art and local history. It was just the most fun!
      Written 18 February 2024
    • chelseav688
      0 contributions
      Laneways & Arcades of Melbourne
      This tour was a great way to see Melbourne if you have limited time! Our tour guide Beau was very knowledgeable and seemed very passionate about Melbourne.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • Timothy L
      0 contributions
      The visit was a dream come true.
      Ian had a strong connection to the city and we really felt that in the tour. He was courteous, knowledgeable and fun. I can’t thank him enough for sharing his city with us.
      Written 16 February 2024
    • Marty G
      0 contributions
      CHOOSE THIS TOUR... (ask for Hugo)
      Stop scrolling through the different offered tours and choose this one. My wife and I were visiting Melbourne for the first time and as you, scroll through the many different tours offered period we chose this one and couldn't be happier period our guide Hugo was the best we could have hoped for comma funny, informative and extremely knowledgeable about Melbourne, interesting spots and its history. The pacing was never rushed, even included a coffee at a local spot and ended with a beer at a famous pub. All in all, a fantastic tour
      Written 16 February 2024
    • R4427IFmattj
      0 contributions
      Friendly and knowledgeable guide.
      Ian was a friendly, knowledgeable guide who was clearly proud to share his love for Melbourne. We saw and learned much about its colonial history and managed not to get too hot despite the summer heat.
      Written 15 February 2024
    • Michaelstarr247
      0 contributions
      Must do in Melbourne
      What a perfect introduction to Melbourne. The pace, info and ground covered by Hugo was perfect. The tour allowed us to plan the rest of our time in the city without wasting it on stuff we didn’t want to see. Fantastic
      Written 15 February 2024
    • 970hilaryw
      0 contributions
      Fab Melbourne walking tour with Laura
      We loved our walking tour with Laura! She showed us the street art and hidden wine bars and fab architecture around the city. She made the tour informative and fun, and we met great people including other couples on the same cruise as us! Highly recommended!
      Written 15 February 2024
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    jbs
    Boise, ID10 contributions
    Nov 2022
    Melbourne is such a vibrant city - one of its unique features is the presence of great cafes, bars, and restaurants hidden in plain sight (and some hidden well out of plain sight). Hugo was engaging, knowledgeable, and friendly. This was a highlight of our trip to Melbourne. Our only regret is that we did this on our last day instead of our first day. We would have loved to revisit some of the great places introduced to us by Hugo. I've seen some reviews that reference the cost of the experience. We found the cost of the tour itself to be VERY reasonable (personally, I think he could charge more). And the drinks along the way cost what they cost. If you order great cocktails at every stop, a person can expect to spend $100 AUD. If you order beers...expect to spend less. Either way, this is a great tour...and I highly recommend it.
    Written 27 November 2022
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    Frank A
    Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
    Jan 2020
    These are the bars that a lot of Melburnians wouldn't know about. The walk took us to a number of bars with a different theme and drinks from Pisco Sours to Espresso Martinis. Some drinks are a bit pricey but that doesn't detract from the experience.
    Written 5 February 2020
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    Hi Frank, Thank you for such a wonderful review. It's heartening to hear about and yes, it's so easy to walk past these bars and not notice. It's one of the things that makes Melbourne unique. Don't be shy to join us on any of our other tours, everyday we have Free Walking Tours around the city that are another great way to find new tidbits about this diverse city. Many kind thanks Kev
    Written 14 February 2020
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    Marcus P
    Toronto, Canada5 contributions
    Nov 2022
    This was a hugely underwhelming experience, in part because our impression from other reviews set high expectations for the evening. Our group was a little unlucky as our guide was relatively new to the company - and while he was pleasant he didn't provide much information about the bars we were going to, the route we were taking or much of anything else about the city. The bars, of which there were 4 randomly selected from a list of 10-12 I believe, were good. At least 2 of them were - and somewhat 'hidden'. But I feel like a simple Google search could have provided the same return.

    Pros were that some snacks were provided at a couple of the bars, and if you choose to go with the drinks bundle you may make some savings if you're a cocktail drinker.
    Written 14 November 2022
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    Heya Marc, thanks so much for leaving this review, which contains a lovely complimentary statement - that your expectations were high because of our great reviews. The guide you went on a tour with was not up to our standard, and we're no longer working with them. In the meantime, I'd love to have you on the tour once again to meet — even exceed your expectations. Can you email me at hello@depotadventures.com with your booking reference number and I'll set this up. Cheers, John
    Written 7 December 2022
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    Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
    Mar 2023
    In Melbourne's inner city, the location for bars is often in laneways, hidden away and out of sight. How "Melbourne" to have a bar that you need a guide to find. If you don't have time to wander around Melbourne's inner city looking for a hidden bar, it's a good idea to get a guide. Some are almost impossible to find on your own.
    Written 12 March 2023
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    Jessie J
    1 contribution
    Oct 2023 • Couples
    Hugo our tour guide, did an excellent job. He met us, even though we were the only two scheduled for that afternoon. He showed us a total of six bars which were all hidden gems. This included the White Hart, the music room at the Her bar and beneath driver lane. While these exact bars may change, each had a hidden feature or a special quirk that made them memorable. We also were able to ask Hugo a lot of questions about Melbourne and Australia, in general, which was a real highlight of our trip. Totally recommend the tour He even gave us a map of the bars we visited and further suggestions for dinner.
    Written 20 October 2023
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    So pleased you had a great time with Hugo. Hope you got to do some more exploring and had a fabulous time in Melbourne.
    Written 26 October 2023
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    Fiona D
    Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
    Apr 2023 • Solo
    A fabulous afternoon discovering 4 hidden bars we would never have stumbled across ourselves. A good amount of time (about 30 mins) is spent in each location in order to enjoy your drink and get to to chat to your fellow explorers. Each of the bars visited is chosen for its unique and quirky character, giving a true sample of the Hidden laneway bar scene. Our guide Hugo - is a proud Melbournian who has a great sense of fun and is keen to share his extensive local knowledge. We would recommend this tour for anyone who enjoys a beverage and is keen to learn about this ‘hidden’ side to Melbourne. Thanks Hugo, Mark and Fiona.
    Written 5 May 2023
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    Janine H
    Tasmania, Australia15 contributions
    Feb 2020
    We spent a fantastic afternoon discovering unique and quirky very hidden little bars. I did this tour with 3 of my closest girl friends and we all had a wonderful time. Our guide Kevin was great! Cocktails were awesome and the history lesson added to the experience. We were also served some tapas at two bars. There were people from all over the world on this tour and they all seemed to be having an enjoyable time. Well done!
    Written 9 February 2020
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    cjsuga70
    Langwarrin, Australia4 contributions
    What a fantastic day we had on the hidden bars tour - it was so great learning about the history of the bars we visited & such a surprise to see where these hidden gems were. We had a lovely friendly group of 9….lots of laughs were had & delicious cocktails enjoyed. We were lucky to have Depot owner John as our tour guide…who’d have thought a guy from Minnesota would have such a wealth of knowledge about Melbourne! John was organised, informative, fun & looked after the group really well. After posting some pics on FB, I’ve had several friends asking about the tour & whether it’s a good thing to do - I highly recommend doing it!
    Written 21 January 2024
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    stan o
    1 contribution
    Nov 2023 • Solo
    If you’re on the fence about attending this tour i can whole heartedly recommend doing it. Great way to meet people and our guide Hugo is an amazing guy, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable regarding the melbourne drinking scene. Huge SO to our unofficial guide Simon as well he would make a great addition to the team.
    Written 27 November 2023
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    Jason K
    Los Angeles, CA23 contributions
    June 2023 • Couples
    Hugo was a wonderful tour guide with fun information about many of the hidden bars throughout Melbourne. It was obvious that he knew a lot about craft beers, the scene, and the city he grew up in. His selection of four unique locations throughout the evening was well crafted so as to ensure that at least one would stand out as particularly fun and interesting to each person.

    With only two other people on the tour with us, the group of five became open and friendly as soon as we sat around a table at the first place and began imbibing. All were friendly and we got to share some fun stories and photos together.

    Be warned that this tour can get you pretty buzzed if you're not careful, so it's encouraged to eat a good amount beforehand, drink lots of water, pace yourself, and have a good meal after. We had a great overall. The only suggestion I might give is for guides to have even more miscellaneous facts about the sights they are passing when going from A to B. We are suckers for interesting history about new cities we visit, even beyond the wonderful bar scenes.

    All that said, this is a highly recommended tour for those that like to walk, drink, socialize, and discover.
    Written 3 July 2023
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    Suckers for history are our kind of people! You've nailed it that anyone who likes walking, drinking, socialising, and discovering will love our Hidden Bar tour. Thanks for being a part of it.
    Written 20 August 2023
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