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Hidden Bars & Creepy Tales: Melbourne Walking Tour
4.5

Hidden Bars & Creepy Tales: Melbourne Walking Tour

By Drinking History Tours
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Ages 18-80, max of 10 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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  • Photos of your tour (free upon request)
  • Map of Melbourne's best bars (free upon request)
  • Professional guide
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Queen Victoria Market
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Entry/Admission - Old Melbourne Gaol


Start:
  • Market Espresso & Trolley Hire, Queen Victoria Market, 513 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Meet us outside L Shed, corner of String Bean Alley and Queen St, inside the Queen Victoria Markets (between L Shed and the toilet block!).
End:
  • Fed Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Fed Square, Swanston St & Flinders St in Melbourne

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 60067P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Dress code is casual!
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 10 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, Creepy Tales & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour?
How much is Hidden Bars, Creepy Tales & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour?
Hidden Bars, Creepy Tales & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour price starts from AU$86.25. Discover and book Hidden Bars, Creepy Tales & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Hidden Bars, Creepy Tales & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour cancellation policy?
Hidden Bars, Creepy Tales & 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, Creepy Tales & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Hidden Bars, Creepy Tales & Trivia: Melbourne Walking Tour?
Hidden Bars, Creepy Tales & 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, Creepy Tales & 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: 60067P6

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Market Espresso & Trolley Hire
    Queen Victoria Market, 513 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Meet us outside L Shed, corner of String Bean Alley and Queen St, inside the Queen Victoria Markets (between L Shed and the toilet block!).
    See address & details
  • 1
    Queen Victoria Market
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    The Oxford Scholar
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Old Melbourne Gaol
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Chinatown Melbourne
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Southern Cross Lane
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Pink Alley
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    The Capitol
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Hosier Lane
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Federation Square
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Fed Square
    Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Fed Square, Swanston St & Flinders St in Melbourne
    See address & details
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  • Drinking History Tours
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    Joined in October 2017
  • Pebblesy17
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour, fantastic guide
    We did this on our first day in Melbourne and it was a great way to get a sense of the central city, the history.. and have a cheeky drink or two on the way. Our guide was awesome, her knowledge far wider than the history of Melbourne. She pointed us to the best place to buy F1 supporter gear and confirmed some good restaurant options as well! Thank you 😄
    Written 25 March 2024
  • Mary O
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would certainly recommend it to visitors and locals
    Great tour. Our guide Bridget was so informative about the history. Great bars, some jaw dropping great evening . Of course some great drinks
    Written 22 March 2024
  • 583izzyc
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend this tour! Thank you Bridgette!
    Our tour guide was Bridgette. She was very knowledgeable and passionate (and very qualified for the job). We loved each of the bars we went to and the history on the way to each was fantastic. Bridgette also gave us heaps of recommendations for other bars, food and places to go during our stay in Melbourne. We would highly recommend this tour! Thanks for having us!
    Written 20 March 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
  • sentientr
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helps form a rolodex of convo starters and sweet meeting spots.
    Love getting the quirks and features of things and now I know some of Melbourne's! Great hearing things from someone at PhD level interest in history.
    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
  • susandO7427AT
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good fun, something different
    What a great experience, Michael out guide was very knowledgeable. Being a first timer to melbourne was great to learn about its history. Would highly recommend
    Written 9 March 2024
  • ShelbyHH75
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden bars and laneway legends
    My 22yo daughter took some convincing to do this tour with me but absolutely loved learning the drinking history of Melbourne and discovering some hidden gems we will be sure to return to again. Our guide Michael was very knowledgeable, approachable and ensured our tour was relaxed and fun. We were lucky to have been able to join a great group. Highly recommend!
    Written 20 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
  • stephhughes24
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our best night in Melbourne
    We had a fantastic time visiting bars we’d never been to and now look forward to returning to. Tom was a friendly, funny and very entertaining guide. He was keen to share his recommendations of other bars to visit and places to eat. We met a lovely group of people, most of us continued on and found a couple of bars Tom suggested.
    Written 10 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
  • Q1479IKclarem
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Drinks, history and sights must do !!
    This tour was amazing !!! 👏 City sights, history and drinks what more can you want. Huge shout out to our Tour Guide Tom. Fun and informative A must do in Melbourne!
    Written 22 December 2023
  • R3870GEjacquic
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You would not be disappointed!!
    What a fun and informative tour! Tom couldn't be more enthusiastic, what a great afternoon. 10 out of 10
    Written 22 December 2023
  • 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
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Tom F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
I did the tour with a friend of mine as we saw really good reviews for it and both enjoy learning about a new city and having a pint. We were meant to be on the normal history tour but they couldn't get the minimum amount of people. We agreed to go on the creepy tour with a generous 10% off.

The tour consisted of 3 bars over the course of 3 hours. The service in in the first 2 bars were extremely slow to the point the guide made a comment about it. The bar tender in the second bar was also quite rude to my friend. She didn't believe he was on the tour even though he stated he was and she tried to charge him for the drink. Once the guide came up to clarify, she blamed him saying that he didn't say he was on the tour and ignored his drink request for quite awhile. This forced us to down our drinks again after the slow service from the first bar.

The other issue was the weather. It was raining really badly throughout the tour and although my friend and I had jackets, other members of the tour did not. The weather was so bad that my friend and I thought of abandoning the tour and just finding a local bar to get shelter.

I believe that the guide should have read the room alittle and found a local bar to shelter in. We would have been happy to pay for our own drinks and listen to her talk. Spending nearly £80 pounds each, I would have thought there would have been abit more than 3 drinks in total for the tour and that the guide would have seen that the tour was not viable in such weather and abandoned it.
Written 16 October 2022
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Hi there Tom, thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and its disappointing to hear the tour didn't live up to our lofty expectations. I thought I'd take the chance to address a few points in your review. Firstly on the weather. Needless to say we don't control what mighty Zeus throws at us, but it's worth clarifying that as much as possible, we avoid abandoning tours due to weather (unless its putting people in jeopardy). The guide on the day made the call that while the weather was bad it was worth pressing on; in any case, the worst of the weather hit later in the tour, not near the beginning, so it hardly felt worthwhile to finish early given the tour was close to concluding. Secondly, the tour inclusions. We do make it pretty clear what the tour includes (a beer, wine or cocktail per bar).Of course its much more than a bar crawl, including history, interesting stops, photos, partner discounts etc. But I'm sorry if this wasn't clear from the outset. Thirdly, bar staff. I wont say this is entirely out of our control as we do select the bars we visit, but obviously we don't hire the staff who work on the night. I will be speaking to the bars in question personally to ensure we have no issues in the future - or they simply wont get our custom. Period. In any case, please reach out to me if there is anything else I can help you with.
Written 17 October 2022
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tim
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
While the bars themselves were cool, we felt like this tour was poor for multiple reasons

1. The host was not engaging to listen to which means the tour got boring almost instantly

2. The content of the tour itself wasn't interesting and definitely wasn't scary or haunted, the host normally just mentions some people that have died in centuries past and saying "so this area is supposedly haunted" and moving on

3. Less than an hour was spent in the bars total, and the tour went longer than it was meant to, which means 3 hours of the trip was spent walking around Melbourne, while the host talks to you from the front with their back turned to you. If the topics were interesting then it may not have been so bad.

4. You could only select from a small curated list of drinks from each bar, which intails maybe 7 or so options in total - 2 beers, 2-3 wines, espresso martini and a frozen margarita for most of the stops... If none of those options interests you then you're out of luck. Those options were almost identical for the 1st and 2nd stop. The 3rd stop had more options, you could seemingly pick from their real menu but was seemingly only wine and cocktails.

Overall, the tour was too long with too much walking and the history content was exceedingly boring. Maybe other trips would be better with a more engaging host, but overall considering the price the basis of the tour itself is lacking and needs improvement. Less walking, less history lectures, more drink choices and maybe visit somewhere actually scary would make this a better tour.

I was in a group of 3 and we all couldn't wait to finish the tour but the other 2 members of this tour not in our group actually couldn't wait and left mid-tour which shows that we weren't alone in our disappointment here. Not sure how this gets such high reviews. Honestly save your money, google some interesting hidden bars in Melbourne yourself and just visit them without the cost, a boring tour, limited drinks options and 3 hours of walking.
Written 16 April 2022
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Hi Tim, thanks so much for your review, I know it takes time to punch these out, so we do appreciate it - even bad reviews! I'll address your points in turn, but in summary (and reading between the lines) it feels like your expectations for the tour were for more of a pub crawl and less of a history tour, which sadly is not what we do. For anyone reading this response, it's worth pointing out that if you are looking for a boozy bar crawl, we can recommend other companies that do amazing tours. On your comments regarding the host and content...again, I would say there was a misalignment of expectations. The guide is definitely a history person, and probably not the kind of content/style you were after. That being said, we always want our stories told in an entertaining way, and I've spoken to the guide about how she can take this to the next level. In terms of timing, we spend a total of 90 minutes inside bars (about 30 mins per bar, including our last bar), with about 90-110 mins in between bars. Your tour did run a bit over time that night, which is something we are looking to sharpen to make sure it's as close to 3 hours as possible. I understand the tour started late due to your group not arriving on time, which of course has an impact on overall timings. On the topic of drinks, we offer guests a choice of beer, wine or cocktail at each bar. For some bars, we have created a custom menu (mostly to speed up service). I would say for most people, 2-3 beer choices, 2-3 wine choices and 2-3 cocktail choices are more than sufficient, but we are happy to accommodate guests who can't find something on the menu they like. On the topic of guests leaving earlier, I wouldn't presume to know how people are feeling or their rationale for leaving a tour, so I'd ask you to do the same. My understanding is the guest left early to catch a changed flight, leaving just before the final bar. In summary, I'm sorry this didn't meet your expectations, and I hope I've clarified some of your observations.
Written 17 April 2022
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Jen M
Darwin, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Hi Jen! Thanks so much for the lovely review, and for the taking the time! We really appreciate it. Enjoy the rest of your travels!
Written 12 March 2024
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Gron B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Could not rate Daniel's knowledge and passion on Melboure history high enough. From the get go he had our group intrigued and captivated in a teaser of Melbourne's history. I would highly recommend the Hidden Bars & Creepy Tales Drinking Tour. I look forward to another Drinking tour soon!
Written 23 July 2022
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He's the master, that's for sure. I'm actually getting sick of leaving thank you notes for the great man :) Joking, we are very lucky to have him, and very grateful for your kind words and review.
Written 10 August 2022
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Debbie W
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Our guide Alfa was very knowledgeable and the stories she told were interesting but I had expected a more ghostly and slightly scary experience. The bars were fun especially the last one with a hidden door. But overall the description did not match what I expected.
Written 7 August 2023
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Hi there! Thanks for the review - we don't really advertise the tour as a "ghost tour" as such, more of a general collection of dark stories, but we appreciate the feedback.
Written 11 August 2023
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timbo144
Newcastle, Australia123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very interesting and entertaining tour of a fair coverage of the Melbourne CBD. The dialogue was informative and Alda our tour guide had a wealth of the facts beyond just the script. The three bars that we visited were all very different and all very interesting in their atmosphere and vibe. All in all highly recommended.
Written 9 April 2023
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Hey Timbo! Thanks for the cracking review! Alda will be happy to hear you had such a great time!
Written 13 April 2023
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Oldfartsurfer
Lauderdale, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An excellent tour for a cold dark winter’s night in Melbourne. Our guide, Lenny, was a great raconteur with a deep knowledge of the city’s dark history. He was also very handsome!! We visited a few hidden bars for a warming bevy along the way. Highly recommended.
Written 17 July 2022
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Hahaha this one sounds like it was ghost written by Lenny :) Thanks again for the review, very glad to hear you had such a great time.
Written 10 August 2022
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Anita B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Great tour guide who was very informative, friendly and helpful. Good fun spooky tour. Would definitely recommend these guys and look forward to another tour with them the next time we visit Melbourne 😀
Written 5 November 2022
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Wow what a great review, thanks so much for taking the time, we really appreciate it. Looking forward to having you back soon!
Written 18 November 2022
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Bree H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We did the Hidden Bars & Creepy Tales tour on the weekend and had the best time. We learned so much interesting, grisly and spooky history walking through the streets of our state’s capital, thanks to our fantastic, knowledgeable and fun guide Lenny. The three bars we visited were very funky and made THE coolest looking cocktails. Definitely considering a return to Melbourne soon for another tour from your offerings. Thanks for a fun afternoon.
Written 11 September 2023
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Thanks so much for the review! Really appreciate it! -Beno
Written 12 September 2023
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Judith A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
A very entertaining tour with wonderful stories of Melbourne's dark past. Lenny was a wealth of knowledge and the hidden bars were quirky and fun. Cocktails were delicious! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to do something a little different.
Written 31 July 2022
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Hi Judith! Thanks for writing such a lovely review of Lenny's tour, we really appreciate it.
Written 10 August 2022
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