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Booze Makes History Better (with Exhibition Building)

  • Get a taste of Melbourne nightlife on a boozy bar hop and history tour
  • Kick things off an a historical note at the heritage-listed Exhibition Building
  • Pop into pubs, wine bars, speakeasies, and cocktail lounges with a sociable guide
Booze Makes History Better (with Exhibition Building)
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Booze Makes History Better (with Exhibition Building)
From US$35.46
Raise a glass to Melbourne's history while bar-hopping among some of the best watering holes in town. Hear tales of the Gold Rush, rebellions, royals, and Olympians while a fun-loving guide shows you how locals unwind. Order your drink of choice at a typical Aussie pub, a hidden speakeasy, a cozy wine bar, and another buzz-worthy surprise bar. It's a safe and social way to partake in Melbourne's famous bar scene while meeting fellow travelers.
What to Expect

We start our afternoon out the front of Melbourne's only World Heritage Listed building, the beautiful Exhibition Building to get an early feel for some past history (and maybe that classic Melbourne snap).

Enough of the sightseeing and onto what Melbourne is really all about, this tour includes stops at four iconic Melbourne institutions. The order of the venues may change, but you will visit and have the opportunity to try concoctions from the following pit stops:

A classic Aussie pub. Throw back a pot or a pint, as here’s where you’ll learn about the standard pour sizes of Victorian beers and how beer nearly led to all alcohol being banned during the gold rush.

A cocktail bar. Melbourne has some of the best mixologists around, but most of them are hidden in tiny, hidden cocktail bars that survive on word of mouth alone. Visit a speakeasy-style bar and learn about how and why Melbourne’s laneway scene developed.

A wine bar. With the Yarra Valley just a stone’s throw away, it would be a sin not to taste some of the delectable wines in the region. Learn how wine shaped Australia’s history and how to taste wine like a member of the social elite.

A surprise! Melbourne’s bar scene is ever-changing, so the fourth bar will be chosen by your guide on the day, depending on the group’s desires, the weather, and what is trendy in Melbourne at that particular moment in time.  

A dash of history, a stir of some of the beer and spirits backstories and some great conversation as the olive on top.

If you’re still thirsty by the end of the tour, don’t forget to ask your local guide for some more recommendations, so you won’t have to worry about a dry mouth for the rest of your stay in Melbourne.

Reviews (8)
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Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile
Great walking tour

We had a great time walking around Melbourne with Tamara. She introduced the city to us from a great perspective, and was really knowledgeable of the historical context of the foibles of the city.

Thank qf2019
melbourneu, Manager at Melbourne Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Thanks so much for your review and that you had a great time with Tamara! She will be rapt that you enjoyed her #localsknow introduction to our City

Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile
Great tour

I had a fantastic time on this tour. I learned a lot about the city and visited some great places that I would never have found. If I could give Mick, our tour guide, 6 stars then I would. Great tour.

Thank 461andyp
melbourneu, Manager at Melbourne Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Much appreciated on the kind review! We are happy you had such a great time and hope to see you again

Reviewed 21 November 2018
Great angle for learning about history

I had a great time! There's plenty of historical tours to go around, and plenty of bar crawls or pub tours, but you can knock both of those off your list with one go by taking this tour. There were only two of us floating...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jlm367
melbourneu, Manager at Melbourne Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

Thanks so much for your kind review. We agree that History and drink complement each other perfectly and Evan certainly knows this very well. We are delighted that you had a great time!

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Excellent tour

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. Definitely recommend for your next trip to Melbourne.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 13 March 2018
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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 have wanted to engage more with the city/history lately and this was a really fun way to do...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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