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.

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. 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.

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.

BUT I AM TOO SHY!!
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.

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?
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!

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/c/c/8/0/event_424432352.jpeg

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!

ANY MORE QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US :-)
steve@barraiders.com
0400 783 836

Upcoming events (5)

Thursday @ Storyville

Storyville

Step right up and turn the page, choose your own adventure. But beware…this fairytale is not for the faint of heart. For once you have passed through the gateways of StoryVille, you have fallen down the rabbit hole, discovered the lion through the wardrobe, and wandered along the pathways of the enchanted forest. StoryVille is themed around the childhood fables and fairytales that we all know and love; all encompassed in a venue that ignites the imagination. Here your favourite stories come to life; through whimsical and unique interior design and our colourful cocktail menu, featuring James’ giant peach and even edible insects. With cocktail in hand, and music from Melbourne’s best DJs and entertainers, you’ll dance through a door to find yourself in another world. Take the dark or light roads, let your soul unwind and unleash your inner mythical being in a place where anything is possible.

Thursday @ Emerald Peacock

The Emerald Peacock

Located in the middle of the CBD, The Emerald Peacock is an elaborate and spacious nest of three parts. Consisting of a cocktail bar, lounge, and rooftop bar – each with their own distinct ambience – The Emerald Peacock is a bit of an all-round crowd pleaser, particularly with the city after-work set. Upon entering the nest, you are engaged into an ambience that is unlike any other - retro, eclectic, vintage, decadent, striking, bold, intimate and unique - a real chameleon! The Emerald Peacock provides a true cocktail experience, with well loved classics and ingenious twists and creations. The bar also offers a great selection of beers and wines. If you start to feel peckish the wood fired pizzas or tapas selection will hit the spot - and allow you to keep working your way through the killer cocktail list. It's all about priorities. Popular with over 25s and largely after-work types, the crowd is savvy, loyal and friendly, generally having found the peacock through recommendation rather than walk-ins. Free snacks for early arrivals!

Thursday drinks at Trinket - NEW VENUE

Trinket

Escape the modern world as you step into the eclectic cocktail lounge adorned with gold gilded delights. If you're after adventure, step through the wardrobe and down a narrow staircase, leading to a hidden cellar bar to surprise and delight. Unclasp the latch that seals the lid to the heirloom jewellery box and sneak a peek at the sparkle, glamour and old world vintage charm that can only be found at Trinket.

Friday Night Drinks @ The Wharf Hotel

The WHARF HOTEL (Next door to Crowne Plaza hotel, opposite Melbourne Exhibition Centre)

Located within Melbourne’s World Trade Centre complex, The Wharf Hotel is a standout new bar and dining venue contoured by eye-catching red steel framework. This contemporary pub-style spot is the watering hole of choice over the summer months for the nearby after-work crowd. The Wharf Hotel’s modern indoor space sprawls out onto the adjacent riverside promenade, anchored with white canvas umbrellas perfectly situated for a good dose of people-watching. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer sensational views from the Side Bar to the Yarra River, while an intimate, secluded atmosphere can be found in the Back Room. Throughout, both friends and colleagues will be invigorated by the ever animated goings on of the harbour in a fresh, stylish setting. Happy Hour 5-7pm $10 Cocktails $7 selected beers $7 gls of selected wines

Past events (542)

Friday Drinks @ Ms Collins

Ms Collins

Photos (4,093)

Find us also at