- Last call... Final event @ Lost and Found bar
For 7 long years Raiders of the Lost Bars meetup group has been dedicated to the exploration of Melbourne's iconic bar scene. All those bars that were once lost, have now been found, so we will be celebrating our final event at the aptly named venue "Lost and Found" (As seen in the event photo) For old time sake, a few have requested an (optional) dress theme. (Back in early days we used to also do themed events on weekends every now and then) Feel free to dress up in a costume from a past Raiders event. To get that nostalgic feeling going, I will be gathering up a bunch of photos from all our past events and run them on a slide show all night. If you have some pictures you want me to include, send them to [masked] Hope to see many familiar faces, newbies welcome too as always! Drink specials will be announced this Wednesday once I have negotiated with the venue. (If they are no good we will change location, but I am hopeful)
- Final Thursday @ The Red Hummingbird Rooftop
Raiders of the Lost Bars meetup group have been raiding Melbourne bars every Thursday evening for 7 years straight! The Red Hummingbird is where it all began, and it is where our Thursday adventuring will now also sadly come to an end. I originally chose this bar for the first event because it was right next door to my office. I remember telling a colleague of mine that I had gone and done a crazy thing and started a Meetup group. I asked him to come along and help me because I was super nervous and did not know what to expect. I arrived half an hour early, and being so nervous, had already finished a beer and a cocktail before the first members arrived. I had been doing some personal development stuff prior to starting the group. Depression and social anxiety were things I battled with my whole life, I was ready to step out of my comfort zone and see what could happen if I did... and this happened.. < insert many amazing people, stories and adventures here > 3 years later we were the 3rd largest Meetup group in Melbourne, it seemed like nothing was going to stop us! For the most part I had thought I had finally beaten my depression and anxiety, but sadly, these things find a way to creep back in to your life. Around this time I slowly began distancing myself from the group and as of now, I have not been to an event in 3 years 😥. During the last 4 years the group has experienced a decline in interest, whilst other groups in Melbourne and the meetup scene in general has seen incredible growth. For what this group once was, it does not deserve to die a slow death, I don't think that is our style. Raiders should go out with a bang and a party like no other! So we are ending our Thursday raids where it all began, and following this, I am going to organise a Friday night shindig in a few weeks that will be our last hurrah. I am still dealing with my anxiety, and coming back to see out the journey is slightly terrifying, but at the same time, there is no way in hell I could ever miss it. I have not been drinking or socialising very much at all over the last 3 years, apart from maybe 5 beers spread out occasionally over the whole period. My standard reply is "I don't drink" these days 😱. How things have changed! I think this occasion definitely calls for a beer or two though, and I look forward to reminiscing with members of old and meeting the members of new who have carried the legacy forward for that last few years. Raider Love, Steve https://vimeo.com/85227357
- Thursday @ Slate Rooftop
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.
- RAIDERS POOL PARTY
It's Australia Day, and what could be more Aussie than a pool party? :) For security, I won't be sending out my address until the morning of the event, but please be aware that my place is about an hour out of the city by public transport. BYO drinks, food, and bathers.
- Thursday Drinks @ Glamp
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 @ AER Rooftop Bar/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 in the downstairs bar until 7:00PM. Also $15 burgers if you're peckish!
- Thursday Drinks & $10 Cocktail night
Discover Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, a spectacularly located Southbank restaurant on the banks of the Yarra. A grotto inspired, uniquely Melbourne drinking and dining destination featuring riverside barbecue and bar, cocktail lounge and dining room. From 5pm - All Cocktails are $10.
- Thursday Drinks @ Belgian Beer Cafe
The Belgian Beer Cafe at the base of Eureka Tower in Southbank is committed to serving the best of classic Belgian and iconic Australian beers as well as a host of great craft beers, both local and international, together with delicious food in a relaxed, friendly environment. There is always something new to try on tap and our famously curated big red book of bottled beer is something to savor. Our main bar opens out onto an expansive European-style terrace, whilst our upstairs dining room provides an elegant and relaxed space for all occasions. Special deals for Raiders: $15 burgers (beef or veg) $25 buckets of selected beers (4 btls of becks, stella or corona)
- RAIDERS POOL PARTY
This year Boxing day falls on a Thursday, which is Raiders night. Since I always have a pool party at my house on Boxing Day, I’ve decided to combine the two events. For security, I won't be sending out my address until the morning of the event, but please be aware that my place is about an hour out of the city by public transport. BYO drinks, food, and bathers.