Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

4 stars

Editor's summary:

The Victorian capital has an amazing pub, bar and clubbing scene, but you need to be in the know to find the best venues. This small group Melbourne Pub and Bar Walking Tour will introduce you to the best of the best watering holes across the inner city. The tour visits a superb cross section of venues, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample craft beers, wines and cocktails (drinks at own expense) and learn some of Melbourne’s history in the process. Note: Don’t call this a ‘pub crawl’. Melbourne’s way too sophisticated for that!


☆ Explore Melbourne pub and bar scene with a fun and friendly group

☆ Learn some of the history of Melbourne

☆ Discover ‘secret’ bars that only the locals know

☆ Try local wines, craft beers and cocktails from the city’s best mixologists (own expense)

☆ Maximum group size: 12.


☆ Guided small group walking tour

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable local guide

☆ Interesting commentary

☆ Introduction to four of the city’s most diverse pubs and bars

☆ Plenty of recommendations for eateries and bars to return to during your stay.

What you can expect

For those who want to explore Melbourne’s social side, and learn a bit of the city’s history in a relaxed and enjoyable way, this small group Melbourne Pub and Bar Walking Tour is the way to go!

Since the days of the Gold Rush, Melbourne’s wheels have been greased by its vibrant drinking culture, and this tour will introduce you to four very different venues across the CBD.

You’ll meet your local guide at the convenient inner-city meeting point and head off at a leisurely pace on foot to the first bar. The establishments visited on this Melbourne Pub and Bar Walking Tour change depending on the day, but you will get to visit a classic Aussie pub (Melbourne-style!), a cocktail bar, a wine bar and a ‘surprise’ venue of your guide’s choice.

At each bar you’ll have plenty of time to relax and purchase drinks. Your guide will provide interesting commentary on the history of prohibition in Melbourne, the beer ban during the Gold Rush, the rise of the city’s ‘speakeasy’ bars, and the development of the local winemaking industry.

If you want to continue your exploration at the end of the tour, your guide will be more than happy to provide additional pub and bar recommendations.

With great company, relaxed venues and a highly knowledgeable guide, this Melbourne Pub and Bar Walking Tour will show you an entirely different side of the city.

Pricing, dates and bookings


Runs: Daily
Departs at: 2.30pm
Departs from: Corner of Spring Street and MacArthur Street, Melbourne CBD (between the fountain and the statue)

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address.


Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

To purchase a gift voucher, click here.

Important information

This tour has one CBD meeting point: 2.30pm at Gordon Reserve, which is easily accessible by public transport. Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address, including tour departure details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

People under 18 years of age are not permitted on this tour.

Drinks are not included. We keep the tour price low and allow you to purchase drinks as you go.

The dress code for venues visited on this tour is neat casual.

Please wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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