Bar-hopping just got serious

Sarah Harrison

It’s a mandatory CBD activity to partake in the occasional bar hop, particularly if you have visitors in town. But if you’re not a regular (and even if you are) it can be hard to stay on top of where to go, how to find it, and what to drink, given our hidden laneway culture.

Thanks to the hospo professionals behind new bar-hopping tour, Drink This City, this is a problem no more.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6.30pm, launch into a world of whisky tastings, classic cocktails, absinthe and nibbles across Melbourne’s rooftops, laneways and tucked away venues. Rediscover the city with the young guns that know all the good places to go. $89 per guest, book online at

Is it impossible – or magic?

For a fun Friday with a twist, see the critically-acclaimed and widely popular magic show that is “Impossible Occurrences”.

Master of magic, Luke Hocking, presents a show of illusion, magic and mind reading every Friday at the Essence on Exhibition within the Marriott.

Dinner and show packages are available from $80 per person with two course meal, bottle of house wine and show tickets with priority seating. The menu features seasonal produce and dishes such as pumpkin gnocchi, oven roasted chicken breast and frangelico affogato for dessert. Visit or call 1300 762 344 to book.

Private chocolate tours

Calories don’t count in winter (thank goodness for coats). Get a group together after work for a decadent treat touring Melbourne’s top chocolate spots.

Chocoholic Tours can tailor a package to suit your tastebuds and introduce you to Fairtrade, dark and milk chocolates plus macaroon tastings, over two hours around Melbourne.

Available Monday to Sunday for $49 per person, contact Chocoholic Tours on 9650 0795, or find them online.

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