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Melbourne History & Whisky Bars Tour provided by Drinking History Tours

Melbourne History & Whisky Bars Tour

Melbourne History & Whisky Bars Tour
4.5
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Blending tales of shipwrecks, sly grog shops and distilling bans with some of Melbourne’s coolest whisky and gin joints, the Melbourne Whisky and Gin Tour is a rollicking adventure from Victoria’s early spirit making past to its modern craft scene. Starting at State Parliament, you'll be transported back in time to a heady world of prohibition, sly grog shops, shipwrecks and even Sherlock Holmes while sampling gin at a heritage brick cottage that once housed bootleg grog. From here, it's a short stroll to Melbourne's first whisky bar and a wide selection of peaty single malts, honeyed Highlands and mellow Scottish blends. Your tour ends at one of the cities best bars - a hidden distillery!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 60067P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Tasting tray at each bar (3 x spirits per bar)
  • Exclusive Melbourne Bar Map (free upon request)
  • Photos of your tour (free upon request)
  • Gift
  • Entry/Admission - Little Lon Distilling Co.
  • Entry/Admission - Whisky & Alement
  • Entry/Admission - Melbourne
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia Meet us on the steps of State Parliament.
  • Lonsdale Street, Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Tasting tray at each bar (3 x spirits per bar)
  • Exclusive Melbourne Bar Map (free upon request)
  • Photos of your tour (free upon request)
  • Gift
  • Entry/Admission - Little Lon Distilling Co.
  • Entry/Admission - Whisky & Alement
  • Entry/Admission - Melbourne
Departure details
  • Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia Meet us on the steps of State Parliament.
  • Lonsdale Street, Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Lonsdale Street, Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jan 31, 2021
A note from Melbourne History & Whisky Bars Tour
Tour Hosts to carry and use hand sanitiser before each tour and after each bar visit. Tour Hosts to be symptom free while running each tour and/or have tested negative to COVID-19 Tour Hosts to carry and wear masks as required by current Victorian State Government health guidelines.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Parliament House
    Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
    Meet us on the steps of State Parliament.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Little Lon Distilling Co.
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Whisky & Alement
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Boilermaker House
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Lonsdale Street
    Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
    See address & details
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Popular mentions

4.5
8 reviews
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Adam T
5 contributions
Dec 2021
Alda was entertaining , displayed charisma and knowledgeable
.We visited places in the City near little Lonsdale Street .
Tasted some quality beverages of Gin and Whiskey nature.
Written December 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LittleJim123
2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
The TripAdvisor page for this tour says snacks were to be provided, but none were provided. The attendees asked politely about these missing snacks a few times but no explanation was forthcoming. So we drank on empty stomachs for 3 hours. One attendee was sick.
Written November 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ben O
Hi there, thanks for your feedback. I'll cover these one at a time. Snacks: Absolutely, you are right. We normally provide some light bar snacks (e.g. peanuts etc) but to be perfectly honest, this was our first tour back in nearly 6 months. Both us and your bar partners are a little rusty after such a long hiatus. So my apologies for that. Drinking on empty stomachs: As dinner is not provided, we do advise people to eat before the tour begins.The afternoon tour starts at 3.30pm and finishes about 6/6:30pm, so the expectation is that you would have eaten lunch before the tour begins. Guests being sick: This is news to myself and the guide on the night, who stayed at the final bar until about 30mins after the tour concluded (until that point no one was sick). I'd love to understand more, so please contact me directly. Overall, it's clear your experience wasn't at the level to which we aspire. We can only promise to do all we can to ensure people have nothing less than a 5-star experience from now on. Cheers, Ben
Written November 20, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Linda H
1 contribution
May 2021 • Friends
Great night. Lenny was fantastic with great recommendations for bars and interesting stories and knowledge of Australia. Very enthusiastic
Written May 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ben O
Amazing! Thanks for the lovely review!
Written November 20, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Steve H
1 contribution
Mar 2021
Absolute ripper of a tour. Ben was very accommodating running the tour for us and Lenny was a brilliant guide and wealth of knowledge about the production of Whisky and Gin and with great stories of Melbourne's drinking history. We have walked pass some the venues many times and never knew they were there.
Written March 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Glad you had a ripper tour! Was a pleasure organising the tour for you, especially given all the trouble you went to make into the city. Very glad Lenny showed you such a good time. Cheers, Ben the boss
Written March 22, 2021
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Hannah M
2 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Such a fun night! Ben is a fantastic tour guide, lots of fun and quirky historical facts about gin and whisky & great bars. I am a Melbourne local and I would recommend this tour to both locals and visitors.
Written February 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks Compass! Was a blast having you on board :)
Written February 8, 2021
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nds2399
Barcelona, Spain5 contributions
Mar 2020
Ben took our small group through the laneways of Melbourne to discover some amazing whisky and gin bars. Fascinating, well-researched stories along with a tasting of some excellent spirits has given e a new appreciation of Melbourne's history and current standing in the gin and whisky world. Highly recommended
Written March 22, 2020
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Larry M
5 contributions
Mar 2020
Our guide, Tom, was great. Not only did we learn a lot about Melbourne's history, we visited some amazing sites and bars. Everyone who visits Melbourne should take this tour and if I could have given 6 stars I would have.
Written March 6, 2020
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Katy S
1 contribution
Aug 2019
Ben is a great storyteller and has a lot of passion and knowledge about whisky. We had a really super evening being tourists in our own city and learning about whisky and the tales of how distilling started. I would highly recommend this tour for locals and visitors alike. There were only 5 people on our tour which meant we could ask lots of questions. Thanks. Ben
Written August 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

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By: Drinking History Tours
Robyn21
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Alternative entertainment
Daniel was very well informed and entertaining ! Great tour certainly different. Highly recommended. Grant & Robyn
TravelingTrio123
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The best way to explore a sample of Melbourne’s cocktail bars!
Daniel was such a great guide, full of fun facts with a healthy sprinkling of ‘alternative facts’ as well, the sort
R190ATdavidh
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Epic tours that combine drinking with history
Epic tour that exceeded expectation in every way. Daniel is a fantastic tour guide who imparts his deep knowledge o
736guye
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Awesome bars
Loved the mix of info and booze. Dan was great - promote him. And a shout out to my brother for getting the tour fo
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T8219NTbenjaminf
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10/10 tour!
Our guide Daniel was entertaining and engaging, and I really enjoyed discovering some great bars on this tour!
Hannah L
Hannah L
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Saturday arvo of sunshine, smiles and history... Marvellous
Mer was our guide and she was an absolute trooper. A mixed bag of 8 ladies from 2 separate group of friends who by
Fabmid50s
Fabmid50s
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Informative and Fun
Wow we had a great time. Lenny our tour guide was so knowledgeable and accommodating to all. We invited friends alo
anitalQ5471XJ
anitalQ5471XJ
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Great Fun !
Loved our tour of Melbourne's Boozy History and Hidden Bars - our guide Daniel was wonderful and we had a fun grou
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Well-presented tour.
I enjoyed the presentation by Alda because I learned a lot that I didn’t know before especially about the Old Melbo
Cher S
Cher S
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Excellent experience! Fantastic guide, great history info and awesome bars.
Our guide Mercede's was amazing. The group was nice and small and the other group were very cool people. The weat
668zacharyj
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Excellent
Had an excellent time. Despite being from Melbourne, I learnt a lot about the city. Our guide Daniel was both extre
megancI7501VQ
megancI7501VQ
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A fun night
Lenny was a great guide, lots of fun & drinks were had! We went to three bars & had some yummy cocktails.
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Great bars and really informative
Just a great tour and exciting to find new bars and amazing tales really had fun and so informative Met was amazing
bgs975
bgs975
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Engaging tour of Melbourne's bars and laneways
Really enjoyable afternoon. Our guide was engaging and knowledgeable, perfect walk to bar/drink ratio. Highly recco
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10 out of 10
10 out of 10 Daniel was the best tour guide. Full of information and what fun we had. Definitely will do it again.
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