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Melbourne: Laneways, Larrikins and Liquor

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US$ 58.66
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    What to Expect
    We start by meeting guests at The Atrium for a quick get-to-know you. The tour begins with a short background about the founding of Melbourne, and a history of our early infatuation with booze.

    Walking through Melbourne's eastern laneways, we arrive at our first bar for a quick libation and a light snack. We depart for more stories of murders, secret men's clubs and racing icons, before arriving at our second bar, and the spiritual home of Melbourne's laneway culture.

    We then walk through Melbourne's old red light district and China Town, before finally arriving at our third and final bar for dinner on the rooftop overlooking the magnificent State Parliament. After dinner, guests are welcome to stay at our final bar at their leisure.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Atrium, Federation Square
    Departure Time
    6:00 PM
    Return Details
    The tour ends at The Imperial Hotel, on the corner of Bourke Street and Spring Street.
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Dinner
    • Snacks
    • Professional guide
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
    • Dress code is casual!
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 26 July 2018

    What a great tour! Ben was a fabulous guide, providing a perfect mix of history and fun. In addition to the three bars we visited, he had loads of recommendations for other restaurants, bars, and attractions in the city. His obvious love for Melbourne (and...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank Amanda B
    Ben O, Owner at Drinking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

    Hi Amanda, ohh thanks so much for joining us and for taking the time to write such a lovely review! So glad you had such a brilliant time!

    Reviewed 15 July 2018

    Wow - sums it up! We had no set expectations to begin with. An excellent night from a well informed, well researched and nicely paced tour of the backstreets of Melbourne town. Ben engaged every single person as we cruised through some of the darkest,...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
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    Ben O, Owner at Drinking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

    Thanks Stu! Was awesome having #TeamKiwi on the tour. Glad you guys had a blast!

    Reviewed 13 July 2018

    Ben, the host was great, full of great knowledge about Melbourne that 's great for both locals and visitors. Finding out where all the best places to have a drink and a feed was very handy also.

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank Tai L
    Ben O, Owner at Drinking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

    Thanks Tai! Was great having you and Gaz join us :) Cheers, Ben

    Reviewed 25 June 2018

    Highly recommend the trip. Ben is a great story teller and has a good grip on Melbournes history. The tour itself is interesting and fun, you get to see many hidden bars and get a locals view on this. 5/5!

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank Myles500
    Ben O, Owner at Drinking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

    Hi Myles, thanks so much for your review! Really glad you enjoyed your time in Melbourne and with us :) Cheers, Ben

    Reviewed 12 June 2018

    Fascinating stories about Melbourne's history were accompanied by delicious cocktails at some of the city's coolest bars. It's a brilliant way to experience Melbourne, for those new and old to the city. Ben was an incredible tour guide - full of fun facts and stats....More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank Funkjazz
    Ben O, Owner at Drinking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

    Hi Funkjazz (side note - best TA handle ever), thanks so much for the review! So glad you had an amazing time, and scored some new mates to boot. Huzzah! Cheers, Ben

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