This awesome tour visits a superb cross section of the CBD's historic pubs and hidden bars. However, don't call this a 'pub crawl'. Melbourne is way too sophisticated for that!

AUD $49pp

Melbourne Pub and Bar Walking Tour
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 3pm
Departs from: Corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets, Fitzroy (opposite the Royal Exhibition Building)
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

⟶ All Melbourne pub, bar & brewery tours

5 stars

Featured guest review:

‘I highly recommend this tour. My wife and I had an absolute blast with our guide John and the group we found ourselves with. We’re Melbourne locals but we’ve been wanting to engage more with the city lately, and this was a really fun way to do it. We heard lots of interesting historical titbits and discovered some great bars – both mainstream and hidden. We’re going to do the tour again with some friends soon!’ Jonathon A

Tour highlights

  • 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.

What's included

  • 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.

Pricing

Adults: AUD $49pp

This tour is not suitable for children. Minimum age: 18 years

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. [More]

You’ll meet your local guide opposite the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building (constructed in 1880) 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.

Guest reviews

  • ad_303_sydney (3/4/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    A great walking tour to go on when in Melbourne. Our tour guide Flo was very friendly and knowledgeable. We ended up going to some great places, including a bar that had espresso martinis on tap. I definitely recommend this for your next trip to Melbourne.

  • Jonathon A (13/3/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    I highly recommend this tour. My wife and I had an absolute blast with our guide John and the group we found ourselves with. We're Melbourne locals but we’ve been wanting to engage more with the city lately, and this was a really fun way to do it. We heard lots of interesting historical titbits and discovered some great bars – both mainstream and hidden. We're going to do the tour again with some friends soon!

  • Alex P (18/1/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    We pre-booked this tour before coming to Melbourne and we were not disappointed. Our guide took us to four different places including a bar/brewery for tastings and a history lesson. Then onto a whiskey bar which had some amazing whiskeys on display. The last two places we would have never found, and they were hidden gems. Worth booking.

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.

Once your booking has been 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.

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Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

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.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.