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Hidden Bars & Laneways Legends: Melbourne Walking Tour
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Hidden Bars & Laneways Legends: Melbourne Walking Tour

By Drinking History Tours
Recommended by 99% of travellers
99% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Experience 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, plus a cheeky trivia quiz at our second bar for your chance to win! Photos of your tour can also be provided at no extra charge.
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Ages 18-80, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Professional guide
  • Map of Melbourne's best bars (free upon request)
  • Photos of your tour (free upon request)
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages


Start:
  • Fed Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Meet your guide at the edge of Princes Bridge, opposite Flinders Street Station, behind Transport Bar. Look out for the black shirt/hoody/jacket (depending on the weather) and our distinctive black, white and pink logo on the left breast.
End:
  • Reesby, Level 1/45 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    The end point of the tour will be around the east end of Bourke Street, depending on which bars we visit.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 60067P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Dress code is casual!
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • While the tour route is flat, some of our bars may require steps (we choose different bars for each tour, and while some are at ground level, others require steps to acces)
  • 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.

Which attractions will I visit with Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour?
How much is Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour?
Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour price starts from AU$87.86. Discover and book Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour cancellation policy?
Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour?
Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour is hosted by Drinking History Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Drinking History Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Hidden Bars, Laneway Legends & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 60067P1

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  • You'll start at
    Fed Square
    Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Meet your guide at the edge of Princes Bridge, opposite Flinders Street Station, behind Transport Bar. Look out for the black shirt/hoody/jacket (depending on the weather) and our distinctive black, white and pink logo on the left breast.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Federation Square
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    Oliver Lane
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 3
    ACDC Lane
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 4
    Duckboard Place
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 5
    Ridgway Place
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 6
    Meyers Place
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 7
    Parliament House
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 8
    Chinatown Melbourne
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 9
    Little Bourke Street
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Reesby
    Level 1/45 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    The end point of the tour will be around the east end of Bourke Street, depending on which bars we visit.
    See address & details
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  • Drinking History Tours
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  • G2207QNrachelw
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great afternoon out in the beautiful city of Melbourne
    Bridgette was very fun and full of information. Friendly and we had a great afternoon exploring the city. One of my favourite things to do is explore the city, even better with a friendly guide.
    Written 14 April 2024
  • cathjb2024
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative with a dash of humour, and a pint of beer.
    This tour was fantastic. Lenny had so many stories, delivered in an informative and interesting way, with a dash of humour. It really opened Melbourne up for me. The pub stops really brought the group together.I would definitely recommend.
    Written 19 March 2024
  • Travel48746073493
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great even for locals
    We loved this. I've lived in Melbourne all of my life but didn't know 95% of what we covered. Lenny was a great guide, very easy to talk to.
    Written 17 March 2024
  • JulianMelbourne312
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun!
    The bars we went to were great and the drinks we sampled were excellent. Lenny was a fantastic guide: personable, knowledgeable and fun. We did the tour on an extremely hot day, but that did not impact the fun that we had.
    Written 12 March 2024
  • 215jenm
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring Melbourne's Creepy History with Brigette
    Absolutely thrilled to explore Melbourne's enchanting streets and laneways with Brigette! 🚶‍♀️ the Venetian voyager. Her tales, a captivating blend of interesting, weird, and downright macabre, added a unique flavor to the city's rich history. The hidden bars were a surprise, making the afternoon a perfect mix of history and hidden gems. Big thanks to Brigette for turning a stroll into a memorable adventure! 🌆🔍 #MelbourneCreepyTales#HiddenBars #WalkingTourWonder
    Written 10 March 2024
  • 267joans
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic afternoon
    I had a lot of fun on this tour and our guide Brigette was great. Funny weird occasionally creepy stories and a great take on the history of Melbourne. The bars we visited were very cool. I would not have found them on my own.
    Written 17 February 2024
  • jokeb997
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    terrible
    Guide needed to be more experienced and presentable. Tour content very limited and boring. Explanation of time at bars etc needed to have been told before the tour set out.
    Written 30 January 2024
  • 572marnif
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time!
    Alda was a great guide and we had a fantastic time! We ended up going to the old jail later in the week based on the stories we heard. The jail was very interesting.
    Written 30 January 2024
  • 741rjl
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spooky tales and yummy cocktails
    Had so much fun and shout out to our tour guide Brigette! Was a little nervous to join on my own but ended up being the best night! Brigette is a true historian and shared her passion and humour with us. Great historical information with an appropriate amount of macabre content to live up to the title. Bars were spread out over the downtown core and interesting with a nice selection of beer, wine, yummy cocktails and assorted non-alcoholic drinks as well. Would definitely do another tour with Brigette if I come back. Thank you!
    Written 25 January 2024
  • kevlow90
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The morbid content that isn’t seen at surface level
    Good stuff if you’re looking to get more of the morbid details of Melbourne. You get to see some pretty cool bars too. I reckon if you’re new to the city, this tour is a good introductory to learn about some darker history.
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Damon V
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Talk, Drink, Learn!
    Alda was delightful and well versed in the history of Melbourne! The tour was filled with fun facts and good humour with the other people in the group. We had such a good time that we stayed at the last bar for an extra 45 minutes or so! 10/10 would recommend!
    Written 5 January 2024
  • carolynbY7135NG
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun way to discover interesting places around Melbourne
    We had a great afternoon recently when we did the Hidden Bars and Creepy Tales walking tour. Graciela was a fun and knowledgeable guide who took us to some interesting landmarks, bars and other places of historical significance around the city. We had a fun time which was made even better with several awesome refreshment stops along the way. I would highly recommend this tour for people who enjoy walking, good company and discovering new places with a story behind them.
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Ceilidh E
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super fun & informative!
    A super fun & informative trip! Tom was so knowledgeable and so much fun. My friend who lives in Melbourne was like “wow I actually learned a lot of new stuff!” Highly recommend.
    Written 22 December 2023
  • glennwetherall
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Bars & Laneways great fun for solo travellers
    Had a great tour of Hidden Bars & Laneways. As a solo traveller from Canada, this was a great way to discover places I would probably not find on my own. Tom was a great tour guide, providing an historical context to the bar, coffee, food and art culture of Melbourne today. The visit/drinks at 2 bars was a fun opportunity to meet/chat with both locals and visitors. I would definitely recommend Drinking History Tours to fellow travellers. Cheers 🍻 Glenn (Toronto 🇨🇦)
    Written 18 December 2023
  • naheuy
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tale by Tale, Pint by Pint
    We were lucky to be hosted by the Big Bossman Ben as he brought us on a walk down CBD across a few landmarks, such as QV market down south to Flinders. Tale by Tale, Pint by Pint we were delightfully entertained with stories of creepy/scary/ghostly history bits of Melbourne City which you wouldn't come across even if you walked every single pavement of the CBD. Thanks for the introduction to the laneway bar scene as well!
    Written 9 October 2023
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Bo A
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
If you are searching for history information about Melbourne, this is the right trip. The guide is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. However, I expected to spend more time in the hidden bars. From the 3 hours we have we spent less then 1 hour in a bar. Me and other participants felt rushed to finish our drink to go on to other spots in the city. 2 stars therefore for the enthusiastic guide. For the amount of money paid, I would have liked more time in the bars getting to know one another then outside the bars.
Written 1 December 2022
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Hi there boa and thanks for your review. Sure, its always a challenge on timing, and given the we visit 3 bars in three hours, its always a challenge to get the balance right and not have people feel rushed. On average, we spend about 30 mins per bar and about 30 mins walking between bars. So on average we spend about as much time walking and learning about the city as we do inside the bars. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a review and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Melbourne! Cheers, Ben
Written 1 December 2022
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jodybrat
Melbourne, Australia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So much fun! Tim did a great job of managing a walking tour on a very rain Melbourne day, the information and stories were great, even know we live in Melbourne we learned a lot!

The bars were great and it’s nice to see so much of the city that’s otherwise hidden

Definitely recommend
Written 12 August 2023
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Thanks so much Jody! We appreciate the lovely review!
Written 28 August 2023
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Craig B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The tour started around 3.30 pm after some very ordinary Victorian weather.
We meet Alda outside the Transport bar and we all introduce ourselves to each other.
It was a cool breeze blowing so Alda wasn’t no time starting our Drinking and History tour.
The cocktails hit mark every time and the venues were amazing, the History and knowledge that Alda showed was brilliant and we will be back to do this again.
Highly recommend.
Alda did an amazing tour.
Well done Benno this was a brilliant idea.
Craig & Tonia from Tasmania
🍸🍸

Written 10 September 2023
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Hi Craig and Tonia! I'm so happy you had a great tour - I was a bit worried given my flight in bound was delayed when you were trying to call me. All's well that ends well!
Written 10 September 2023
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Sharyn
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Genuinely highly recommended way to enjoy an afternoon in our beautiful Melbourne. Andreas was awesome, guiding us through streets, touching on Melbourne’s drinking history and culture. A great way to learn, walk with wonderful friends, make new friends and embrace our gorgeous city, topped off with some truly delicious cocktails. Definitely recommend to locals and travelers alike, great to support locals and see Melbourne come back to life.
Written 13 February 2022
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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! Andreas will be pleased as punch to hear you had such a great time. Cheers!
Written 13 February 2022
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Klm1782
Mill Park, Australia88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lenny our guide was fantastic. His knowledge of Melbourne and the fun facts along the way made the afternoon highly enjoyable.

We loved walking down the laneways checking out the street art to discover our next bar to stop in and have a drink at.

We did this tour with a small group of 6 ppl which was a great size to be able to interact with everyone.

Everyone in our group had all lived in Melbourne there whole lives but by the end of our tour we had all learnt many new interesting facts about Melbourne.

Thanks again Lenny for a great day.
Written 21 March 2021
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Hi Kim, thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We really appreciate it! Very happy to see we can teach some old Melbourne dogs some new tricks ;) Cheers, Ben the boss
Written 22 March 2021
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coffeepots
Noosaville, Australia38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. This is more than just a booze tour it gives you so much history of how Melbourne was formed and some of the unique old buildings. Alda our tour leader was so knowledgeable and she made the time go so fast. The small group size made it easy to listen, ask questions and move quickly through the town. The 3 bars chosen where unique in their own ways and the cocktails simply Devine. Cannot speak highly enough of this organisation and tour, I am definitely going to book the night tour when next in Melbourne. Grab some friends and have a fantastic time.
Written 14 June 2022
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Well a fabulous time is what we aim for! Thanks for the lovely review, Alda will be very happy to hear!
Written 10 August 2022
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sfit4391
Sydney, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We did this tour as we were looking for something different and love the little bars in Melbourne,Karina was great and we had a fun evening.The food was delicious and we certainly wouldn’t have found the bars.It was a easy walk and would definitely recommend this tour
Written 26 January 2020
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KateD71
Hobart, Australia80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
7 friends spent a great afternoon wandering Melbourne’s laneways with Lenny - we called into three different spots and had a lovely drink at each one.
Lenny shared plenty of stories of Melbourne’s early days and was a great host.
Great value for money - 3 hrs, drinks included and a great guide.
Highly recommend any of their tours - they would all be great.
Written 4 June 2022
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Hey Kate! Thanks for the lovely review. Very glad to hear our boy Lenny showed you such a great time.
Written 9 June 2022
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MarkW
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
What a great exprience. Our guide Dan was execellent and his stories and knowledge of Melbourne was interesting and fun. There were 14 of us (all friends) and I think he enjoyed our "tour" as well. The bars were all different and the snacks at the 2nd one were a bonus, providing a feed for us oldies! Overall a fantastic time and I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks for the great time.
Written 12 August 2022
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What a great review! Thanks so much for taking the time, we really do appreciate it!
Written 3 November 2022
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TravelingTrio123
Melbourne, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Daniel was such a great guide, full of fun facts with a healthy sprinkling of ‘alternative facts’ as well, the sort of tales you wish were true. The bars were awesome and the cocktails divine. Really makes you appreciate what a great city Melbourne is.
Written 19 December 2021
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Thanks for the great review - we love our alt facts! And yes we agree: Melbourne is a gem, and she will rise again!
Written 27 January 2022
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