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+)

!!! CHANGE OF DATE !!! Friday @ El Coco

El Coco Cuban Bar

Amongst the laneway and pop-up bar culture of Melbourne CBD, El Coco has quickly become a popular hideaway for citygoers. Located in the heart of the CBD, El Coco has transformed the old Exchange Hotel with a colourful, tropical themed fit out and some of Melbourne’s best Caribbean food, music and, of course, drinks. Cocktail experts behind the bar will be mixing Negronis, Invisible Mojitos and Cuba Libres with the finest Rums, sticking true to its island roots, while still creating the old faithful cocktails that you all know and love. Cuban inspired menus provided by well-known pop-up kitchens such as Hammer & Tong and La Revolucion have graced our tables and tantalised our tastes, bringing our patrons nothing but the best cuisine. Friday night the venue becomes a night club after 9:00 PM. Happy Hour until 7:00 PM: Carlton Draught Pints - $8 Great Northern Pints - $8 Cider Pints - $8 House Wines - $6 Basic Spirits - $7

Thursday Drinks @ Highlander

Highlander Bar

Nestled in a secluded leafy lane way, between the Rialto and the Aquarium, Highlander is one of Melbourne's best kept secrets. A beautifully designed two storey venue with booths for relaxing or beats for dancing. It’s the perfect infusion of contemporary style and class, satisfying the needs of both the local corporate clientele and the fun-loving and friendly after dark crowd. $5 beer of the week and house wines until 7pm $5 basics and $20 spirit jugs until 7pm

Thursday @ Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey

Influenced by the opium dens of 1920’s Shanghai, Golden Monkey Lounge Bar offers exciting and cutting edge cocktails along with delicious Asian finger food from their kitchen. The decor incorporates imported Chinese antique furniture, luxurious leather couches, low lamps and intimate nooks that create a distinct opium den feel with the promise of mystery and decadence. - $8 standard drinks - $15 cocktail special - $20 dumpling basket special

Thursday Drinks @ Natural History - NEW VENUE

Natural History Public Bar

Natural History takes inspiration and reference from epic museums of the world and pairs it with classic yet casual pub menu. Happy hour until 6.30pm: $6 wines $7 basic spirits $8 pints of selected beers

Past events (551)

Thursday @ The Workshop

The Workshop

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