So you finally found Raiders of the Lost Bars! You look like you could use a drink!
I suppose you liked our name and you could imagine that with a cool name like that we MUST be a fun group to be a part of. One of the main ways people are finding out about this group is by word of mouth, which really goes to show we have something going for us that people like.
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... Because people are whispering our name more and more around Melbourne. We have now Raided, and we have conquered over 150 bars in and around Melbourne in our short existence. Bars are now contacting us to invite us to their bar and throwing in all kinds of great specials for all of you to enjoy!
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.. But in saying that, I'm sure one day there will be little Raiders babies running around and I hope they all get named Indi! ;-)
ARE YOUR EVENTS ABOUT GETTING WASTED AND DRUNK? This is a common missperception, we encourage responsible alcohol consumtion. 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.
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? This is only for 30 years and younger. There are no exceptions due to the fact that anyone can join the original "all ages" group which is also very active and have plenty of events and consistently get great turnouts to those events... In fact.. Join that group too to explore even more!