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 @ AER Rooftop Bar/European Bier Cafe

Aer Rooftop Bar above European Bier Cafe

So it's summer in Melbourne (apparently), which means all good Melburnians are heading up rickety stairs and lurching elevators to drink among the clouds. Join us the next instalment of our Rooftop Summer Season at AER Rooftop above The European Bier Cafe. Unquestionably one of the best spots in the city for an open-air drink and a delicious meal to share. AER bar is an all weather destination. Fitted with retractable awnings and cafe blinds, allows the space to seamlessly moves from summer to winter. City views, sunshine on your face, eye-pleasing crowds, and delectable cocktails; what else could one ask for? There’s a buzz in the Aer – make sure you come and check it out! Happy Hour — Aer Rooftop Bar 8PM to 1AM: Basic spirits $7.50. Spirits include: Belvedere Vodka, Tequila Blu, Mount Gay Rum, Bombay Sapphire, Johnnie Walker Black, Makers Mark (excludes European Bier Café) Also 3 for 2 on Tapas if you're peckish!

Thursday drinks at Stomping Ground Popup Beer Garden - NEW VENUE.

A TASTE OF ARGENTINA AT ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE With Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Evita’ at the Arts Centre this summer, we are celebrating the spirit, sounds, smells and tastes of Argentina with Stomping Ground ‘La Boca’ - a colourful, engaging and fun pop-up beer garden. For theatregoers and the general public alike, 'La Boca' will be open in the Arts Centre Forecourt until the end of February. Alongside our range of locally brewed beers, including an Argentinian inspired lager brewed exclusively for the beer garden, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of Argentinian wines and food delights from Asado by San Telmo.

Australia Day Eve @ Glamp

Glamp Cocktail Bar

When we first heard that there was a Melbourne CBD bar that transported you to Africa, we couldn’t wait to step into our safari pants and take a trip to another continent. Glamp, one of Melbourne’s best cocktail venues that’s serving up delicious drinks, DJ sets and sharing plates from under the canopy of a giant canvas tent. Situated above street level on Little Collins Street alongside its sister venue polēpolē, the venue is a sight that needs to be seen to be believed. Climb the stairs from the downstairs bar and kitchen, and you’ll be greeted by the life-size rhino called Heavyweight, before discovering an incredible bar inside a draped canvas tent. Decked out with East African inspired textiles, cute petite tables, traditionally woven baskets, and splashes of colour, the Melbourne CBD feels like an oasis within the city’s buzzing centre – it’s all too easy to believe you might just be on a far-flung holiday rather than stopping by for a quick drink after work. $12 Cocktails 6:00 - 8:00 PM!!! $6 beer / wine happy hour downstairs in polēpolē until 7:00 PM!!!

Thursday @ Slate Rooftop

Slate Bar

So it's summer in Melbourne (apparently), which means all good Melburnians are heading up rickety stairs and lurching elevators to drink among the clouds. Join us the next instalment of our Rooftop Summer Season at Slate. Slate's rooftop terrace and bar offer flexible spaces for drinking and snacking. Suitable for post work socializing with cosy corners, communal tables and funky banquettes. Breezy in summer and heated, with full protection from the rain in the winter the roof top is a perfect outdoor aviary for any season. They were so excited to have us back again this year they have agreed to give us: FREE SNACKS and Raiders Exclusive EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR UNTIL 7:00 PM.

Past events (533)

Friday Drinks @ Waterslide

waterslide bar

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