What we're about

Our beginnings were around January 2013 on Meetup and slowly formed a small group of like minded Melbournites getting together on Thursdays to raid a different hidden bar every week - no repeats!

We still to this day keep that tradition going, but we are not such a small group these days and we have evolved to be about even more than just raiding bars...

Raiders of the Lost Bars are an events team focused towards creating experiences tuned towards meeting and connecting with others through interactive events, theme parties, and exploration of Melbourne's most interesting night spots.

From the rooftops to the basements, the extravagant to the dirty dives, from the spacious to small intimate places for a quiet drink all often within a short walk away from each other, we will find them all! With over 300 bars and night spots in the city and 100's more around the inner suburbs, there is no shortage of venues to enjoy.

We also enjoy putting on theme parties around once a month, best known for our Halloween party, College Party and UV Full moon party.. And these are huge and only getting bigger as we gain more and more support from the best party people in Melbourne.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Signing up is FREE, easy and well worth it!

0400 783 836

Upcoming events (5)

Thursday drinks at Murmur bar


It's a while since we've been here, so we're overdue for a return visit. Murmur is one of Melbourne's coolest laneway bars. The lane it inhabits (Warburton) is only a few metres from Little Bourke but it's set back just far enough that it feels hidden, without feeling like you are going to get lost amongst dumpsters and rats running accross your feet. Originally a coffee warehouse building and heritage-listed, Murmur's focal points are original features such as a trapdoor - fortunately bordered by a fence-like bar, for those of us who only need a few pots to transform into vertiginous idiots - and pretty accessories such as chandeliers - with a giant version hanging over the lane and peeking through the windows - and fresh floral arrangements. Bar staff wear snappy, suspendered uniforms that give the place just enough of a hint of vintage without tipping it into retro cliche territory. The drinks list is impressive, with plenty of fine wines and beers but the cocktail menu is where Murmur really shines. The characterful list includes rotating specials and a vaguely Cuban modus operandi.

Thursday @ Ferdydurke


To find Ferdydurke one must enter an unassuming Tattersalls Lane side door, scale two flights of steps and bravely stare down the many faces painted on the walls. After all that you'll need a drink ... and Ferdydurke will deliver. The pink-inked drinks' menu reads like an encyclopaedia of classic cocktails. Written in alphabetical order, the range of beverages can be a bit daunting but the knowledgeable staff are more than willing to suggest a cocktail to suit. The menu isn't as simple as you may think, being that Ferdydurke's only serves hot dogs. The Fred Savage, for example, contains frank, tequila-infused salsa, Jalapeños, cheese and sour cream, while the Paul Newman is made up of frank, spicy cream cheese, chilli jam and spring onion. The bar itself is perched at the very top of its building, feeling a bit 'New York loft' with the exposed, re-used scaffolding and floating glass windows. And, in case you were wondering, this unique bar is named after a 1937 surrealist novel by the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Just 'cos. Drinks specials TBC - just working out details but trust me it's gonna be awesome!

Thursday Drinks @ Charlie's Bar


A haven of chic, Charlie's Bar brings sophistication and class to Melbourne City's Hardware Lane precinct. Charlie's is a sexy, sophisticated cocktail bar nestled beneath the critically acclaimed Mill Restaurant. Charlie's and the Mill - the perfect amalgamation of eating and drinking over two luxurious levels oozing with character and style. Indulge in dinner upstairs and finish your evening off in style downstairs in Charlie’s Bar. Or - cut to the chase and head straight down to Charlie's. Housed within a converted warehouse of infinite rustic charm, Charlie’s Bar has become a Melbourne Mecca for outstanding cocktails, food, and service. Charlie's boasts exposed brick, dark wood and polished concrete fused with the luxury of soft leather sofas and golden wallpaper Charlie’s will seduce your senses from the very moment your feet hit the stairs and you emerge into the warm glow of the candle lit lounge. Being a person of immaculate taste, Charlie has a penchant for the finer things in life (such as eating and drinking!). With this in mind, Charlie and his team have lovingly put together a cocktail list that reflects a mix of classics alongside some new found favourites, ensuring a wide variety of flavours to sate the appetite of even the most discerning connoisseur. So, whatever your passion - a classic cocktail, a sumptuous cheese plate and a great bottle of red, or perhaps your very own bottle of spirits for the table (complete with complimentary mixers), Charlie wants you to feel at home, so grab a seat, sit back, relax and enjoy…. Come on down to Charlie's - who knows you may even get to meet the man himself! Happy Hour 5-8pm: $5 House beer an cider $7 House Wine $7 Basic sprits

Thursday Drinks @ La La Land

La La Land

show less Located on the corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Hardware Lane, La La Land in Melbourne has a trendy yet relaxing vibe, with lounges, mood lighting and a long list of drinks. Enjoy funky tunes late into the night. A sea of velour and velvet awaits, with choosing your couch being a distressing predicament. Our personal favourites are the two plain beige ones in the left corner - not as veloury as the others, but like in the Holy Grail scene in Indiana Jones, once we had sat down, we knew we had chosen wisely. La La is your own big lounge room! It's warmth & comfort. This is the ideal venue for after work drinks, after dinner drinks, a quiet mid-week drink, or a Friday/Saturday boogie. Happy Hour till 8pm Specials on all tap beers $5 wines $6 basic spirits

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