Welcome! "So glad you found this place!" That's what we want to hear you say as we, together attempt to discover the hidden and secret gems of Melbourne!
There are so many great bars to visit in Melbourne, you just need someone to go with and that's what we are here for!Whether you are a long-time Melbournian looking to discover a new side to your old city, or are new in town and don't know where to start, you have come to the right place!
We only just started last year and have grown at a steady rate since. You may have seen some photos of our events, You may have heard stories of epic bar crawls, you may have even stumbled onto the group out and about and asked us what we are all about! The point is YOU FOUND US! And we are pretty excited about that! We have now Raided, and we have conquered over 150 bars in and around Melbourne in our quest and we have many, 100's more on our list to check out!!
WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT? Primarily we are about meeting new people, we love the Melbourne bar scene and we want to scout every street, laneway & alley in the CBD and the surrounding inner suburbs in search of the coolest bars around! In the process meet a variety of friendly bar enthusiasts, from backpackers, to corporate professionals, to people new in town and of course, the party people of Melbourne!
IS THIS A SINGLES CLUB? Pfft! No way! It's a "Bar exploration club"! Couples, singles, lgbt, anyone is welcome and accepted. Yes there are many single people that attend, but it's the same as anywhere you go in Melbourne's great nightlife. We are just out to socialise and see new places.
ARE YOUR EVENTS ABOUT GETTING WASTED AND DRUNK?This is a common misconception, we encourage responsible alcohol consumption. There are many people that limit themselves to only one drink and a couple of regulars who don't drink at all, we are not about getting smashed, wasted, shitfaced, intoxicated or anything else of that nature. As already mentioned, we are about meeting new people and exploring new bars. Drinking beyond your means is not condoned.
CAN I JUST ROCK UP ON MY OWN? Yes! That is what most people do and it is what we encourage! because if you come with friends, you are just going to talk to your friends all night and that's no fun! If you feel you need a bit of moral support from friends though we also understand and that's totally cool! We have been doing this for over a year now and we know how to make you all feel welcome, we have more than 10 hosts who are there to help welcome you to the group.
SO WHAT HAPPENS AT AN EVENT? We provide members with precise instructions on how to get to the venue and exactly how to touch base with your friendly neighbourhood EVENT HOST! Once you have made contact with the host they will give you a complete rundown on everything you need to know, they will also introduce you around to some other friendly members. Expect to see many smiles, and great conversation. Normally we have some mad drink specials organised with the venues that apply just to our members.
BUT I AM TOO SHY!! If, at any time, you feel a little lost or shy at an event, please come and find the host! Your hosts will introduce you to people or you can just stick around and have a drink with the organisers. We want this to be a positive social experience for everyone and make sure we cater for shy-types as well as social butterflies.
WHY SHOULD I GO? I would say, If you are still not convinced, but your still reading this, then you are probably in two minds weather this is for you or not. Well the beauty of our events are you can leave at any time you like... If you only come for 5 minutes to suss it out THAT'S OK! :-) Many people come to Raiders to kick off their night before later meeting with their own friends.. THAT'S COOL TOO! We don't have any rules, it's pretty easy going.
WHO CAN JOIN? We used to allow anyone to join, however, generally most members that attend are between 25 and 35 which is the best fit for this group. Our age cut of age is now 39. We surveyed 1,200 members when they signed up and the results confirmed that the 25 to 35 rain supreme when it comes to raiding Melbourne's awesome bars. There are some regulars who are outside that age bracket who fit in really well, so don't let the age factor scare you off. Choose the events that suit you. Try the group out first then decide if you like it! Whether you're new to Melbourne, or just don't know many bars this group is a must! Some of the bars we will show you will blow your mind!
I recommend looking through our upcoming events and finding our next newbies night (runs every two months) this is a very popular event with our new comers!