Booze Makes History Better Tour

Through gold rushes and rebellions, Olympics and royal visits, Melburnians have turned to ales, whiskeys, wines, and cocktails for comfort. Experience Melbourne’s unique bar scene with a local guide and visit its unique watering holes. By the end of his tour, you’ll discover that history really is better with booze (as if there was ever any doubt)!

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.


  • 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.

Walks 101 is independently family owned and operated by an American/Australian couple who have made Melbourne their home after years of travelling and living in Europe.

The team of guides who helped develop Walks 101 initially came from Free Walking Tours in Europe, and they noticed a lack of quality Free Walking Tours in Australia. Launching in Melbourne, the goal of Walks 101 is to provide an opportunity to everyone to join a walking tour. Not everyone has been on a free walking tour or knows if it's for them, so our flagship tour, the Free Walking Tour of Melbourne, serves as an entry point for guests to find out about the city and experience a walking tour without any financial risk. We're confident that you'll have a great time and want to join us for more, so we also offer a number of paid walking tours that typically include extras like access to local attractions, food and drink.

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  • Tours
  • High
  • Half day

Why will you love it?

  • You'll get a good cross section of experiences at watering holes in Melbourne
  • A good opportunity to see the sights of Melbourne

What will you learn?

  • Where to drink
  • What a variety of Melbourne establishments are like

What will you get?

  • Learn about Melbourne’s history with a drink in-hand
  • Try local beers, wines, and cocktails at four unique Melbourne establishments
  • Explore the Paris End of Collins Street, home to some of the ritziest shops in the Victorian capital
  • Discover hidden bars known only to local Melburnians

What do you need to know?

  • Tour operates Sunday to Thursday at 2.30pm
  • Contact the provider to book in.
  • Tour only available for over 18 years.