The Melbourne Cocktail and Bar Tour

Next Available: Sat, 24 Feb 4:00PM
4.0 hours


Melbourne is renowned for its food and wine scene. Every city street and laneway has options for great dining and also great drinking. Join award winning cocktail expert Sebastian Raeburn on a tour exploring the very best bars of Melbourne.

These bars are often hidden in hard to find places, tucked away in laneways or even on noodle shop roofs. Sebastian will guide you to these top spots and let you in on the intriguing history of this city’s drinking culture. From the times when Melbourne was first recognised globally as a cocktail capital, to the era of ultra strict licensing and now, this new golden age of cocktails and bars.

The tour takes in some iconic Melbourne venues, discovers some of the largely unknown bars and gives you the low-down on where the local cocktail industry hang out on their nights off.

Tastings will include expertly crafted cocktails, matched with a delicious snacks at five different bars. Now we don’t want to give away all our secrets, but it will kick off with a duck waffle and something special to drink at Cumulus Up.

For the insiders knowledge on this city’s very best bars, join Sebastian on this unique Melbourne Cocktail and Bar Tour.

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What you will learn
  • Learn about the amazing history of cocktails
  • Taste amazing food and drinks
  • Find the hidden bars of Melbourne

What to wear

We recommend guests wear comfortable shoes and dress according to the weather on the day.


Melbourne Food Experiences

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Melbourne is a dynamic city with food at it’s very heart. A place where people are passionate about what they cook, eat and drink. A place filled with amazing produce markets, famous chefs, award winning restaurants, food stores galore and festivals dedicated to food and wine.

Melbourne Food Experiences is your entry point to a huge array of cooking classes, food tours, team building activities, staff events, functions and restaurant private dining. All are run in partnership with top local chefs, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, wine experts, restaurants, bars and cooking schools to offer an extensive range of food and wine experiences.

There are events for every occasion ranging from team based activities for corporate groups through to celebrations at restaurant private dining rooms. If you are looking for your very own cooking class, team building food event, champagne masterclass, beer tasting, Mexican food adventure or even chocolate making we have all of those and much more.

There are events for every occasion and every budget. We also keep you up to date with the latest Melbourne food and wine news with our blog, newsletters and social media activities.

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21 November 2017 • The Melbourne Cocktail and Bar Tour

The Melbourne Cocktail and Bar Tour exceeded all of our expectations. Our host Sebastian has an incredible depth of knowledge and a lovely manner of sharing it. The bars we went to were great discoveries and we loved the food and drink pairings. Highly recommended.


09 September 2017 • The Melbourne Cocktail and Bar Tour

An amazing cocktail and bar tour! Very well organised and structured for optimal exposure to an exciting cocktail/bar industry. Sebastian, an incredible cocktail historian , sharing personal experiences and amusing anecdotes with our friendly group . Highly qualified and respected in this industry, we were told. Sebastian very much a people person and we were incredibly lucky to have him guide us through this fascinating cocktail journey. All cocktails/drinks were unique for that particular venue, with of course a history to go with it ! The canapes, appetisers between venues were delicious and well-spaced. All staff were well groomed , friendly and customer oriented. Many loyal customers congregated all venues which gives you an indication of how popular they are and they were decorated with icons/flair bringing their own individuality and atmosphere. .A memorable start was at Cumulus Inc where we sipped a gorgeously concocted Negroni accompanied by a gourmet wedge of duck waffle. YUM ! We were particularly CHUFFED (and other group members) when we visited the upmarket cocktail bar " 1806" where we savoured a espresso martini and the ambience. We were privileged to receive a beautifully illustrated book ,the 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition which reproduced their very own, 2008 YEAR AWARD WINNING COCKTAIL MENU. WOW! Thank you so much. We were fascinated with the art/ decor ,and enjoyed the finger food at Bar Ampere. The highlight there was what I call "The Absinthe Experience" It was like a intimate, bohemian distillery with Samovar- like apparatuses . A delicious drop if you can wait! We were also in awe of their ingenious, sunken, bar. Magical! The naughty nip from the large hip flask, cum cocktail canister amid the bustle was fun!! Shh!! Overall a very enjoyable experience. Thank you , Allan and Sebastian for your invaluable contribution. It was a memorable occasion. Lorraine Stertern-Gill and Rebecca Smith


05 April 2017 • The Melbourne Cocktail and Bar Tour

We learnt a lot about the history of Melbourne and its bars, as we were led through the inner city to a thriving and energetic and varied spread of intimate cocktail bars. It was a revelation! The breadth of Sebastians knowledge was fabulous and his delivery of information was passionate, interesting and fun. The cocktails and food were delicious. An all round great experience for us . Thanks to Alan for being so flexible with our booking and also for his cheerful and enthusiastic demeanor. Last thinks to the other members of our group....nice people.

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