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 (4)

Thursday @ Madame Brussels

Madame Brussels

A rather fancy terrace and public house! As you are elevated from the cement world we live in you arrive at Level 3. The elevator doors open and it's like you're seeing life through rose coloured glasses. Madame Brussels' Main Parlour Room is grassed for your comfort decorated in 30's fashioned white rough iron garden furniture, with drinks served by gorgeous waiters in country club white. While they wont budge on drink specials for us (booo) but the view from their terrace is worth every penny. Overlooking the east end of Melbourne you will see Church spires, grand old theatres and of cause the turrets of the Windsor Hotel. A bit of history... Madame Brussels was born in Germany in 1851 and was ‘a sweetheart of the Duke of Edinburgh in Melbourne in 1867’. Her first husband was an English remittance man called Hodgson, who was said to have had aristocratic connections and to be descended from the famous leader of the ‘Hodgson Horse’ unit, active during the Indian Mutiny. After Hodgson died Madame Brussels inserted In Memoriam notices in daily newspapers for some years, which included her former husband's pedigree - perhaps she was hoping to achieve some reflected respectability in this way. Madame Brussels was always well dressed, drove in a smart carriage, and educated her daughter at a respectable private school while they resided at 39 Beaconsfield Parade, St. Kilda. Then known as Mrs Hodgson, in 1879 Madame Brussels opened her first brothel in the study area by leasing 8 Lonsdale Street. She was 28 years old. Business must have been good, as in the following year she was in a position to purchase 32 Lonsdale Street, a brick house having seven rooms. She bought the adjoining six-room house at No 34 in 1889 and connected the houses and retained ownership of both until her death in July 1908. Apart from Mother Fraser, who entertained the Duke of Edinburgh in her luxurious residence in Stephen Street (‘round the corner from Lonsdale’), the best known of the madams was Madame Brussels, who even listed her main establishment at 32 and 34 Lonsdale Street as a brothel in the directory. No less than eight of the brothels in the area were controlled by her at some stage. Most were high class, for which she received from them weekly ‘something enormous: 3 or 4 pounds’. He also said that no other brothels were as extensive as Madame Brussels’ Madame Brussels is part of the Gin Palace, Collins Quarter, La Belle Miette and Madame Virtue group.

Drinks @ Bar Jime - NEW VENUE

Bar Jime

Bar Jime opened recently in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. A bar like no other, you will experience a variety of cocktails, a dynamic wine list and local and international beer. The bar offers seasonal bites and the full menu from the Iki-jime restaurant that focuses on native ingredients and fresh locally sourced seafood from Mark Eather, who employs sustainable hand-caught fishing methodologies. The bar décor references the history of Bistro Vue, layered under a tonal palette of natural materials and dramatic lighting. Open until late, the echoes of old world charm and contemporary feel of Bar Jime provides a truly unique bar experience in Melbourne. Happy hour until 8:00PM includes: $5 Coopers Ale, Benny Brew, House wines and bubbles $10 Jime Time cocktails

Thursday @ E-fifty-five


Fifty-five basement bar is your afternoon beer session to late night tequila topper. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it, hidden in the city's heart. They are the little guy, independent & proud of it. Beer is a big deal down there. Six taps on constant rotation, over sixty beers in the fridge from home and abroad. All craft and carefully selected, they've got something for everyone. Their back bar is lovingly curated and the cocktails are seasonal & fresh. Throw in late night comfort food & free popcorn and you’ve got yourself a home away from home!

Thursday @ Horse Bazaar

Horse Bazaar

A mix of bar, permanent art installation and general hang-out, Horse Bazaar is popular with Melbourne's indie crowd and students. While the main bar is fairly nondescript - booths and lounges - it's hard to miss the videos projected onto the back wall. Horse Bazaar has long been a hub for digital arts and they have a 20-metre continuous digital canvas on which new media and digital artworks are projected. If that's not enough digital projection for you they also have the world's first Rear Projection Urinal - a little something to watch while heeding nature's call. The drink selection at Horse Bazaar is as diverse as the videos. While they only offer four beers on tap, the bottled selection runs about 40 deep and takes in every continent around the world. The cocktail selection is equally extensive and offers both classics and house specialities. With a relaxed crowd, a rotating roster of guest DJs, VJs and live acts and a Japanese-influenced menu - Horse Bazaar is well worth a run around the paddock. Happy hour until 7 PM: $7 pints/house wine/basic spirits

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Drinks at Bar Carlo - NEW VENUE

Bar Carlo

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