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Drink & Discover Secret Bar Crawl

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Drink and discover on Sydney's most unique and highest-rated nightlife tour!

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  • Small-group tour of Darlinghurst & Surry Hills or Sydney CBD
  • Discover several hidden bars that only locals know about
  • Secret bar crawl includes a drink, share food, stories and more!

What we'll do

Drink, dine and discover on Sydney's best bar crawl! Perfect for date nights, singles, all ages and locals who want a fun and unique night out.

Explore Surry Hills and Darlinghurst's small bars with a great group of locals and travellers. Over 3 - 4 hours, you'll visit some of Sydney's greatest small bars, and finish at a place where you dance the night away with new friends. We stop for drinks at 3 or 4 bars, with 1 drink and some share food provided. As we explore, you'll hear stories of local heroes and villains, crazy but true history and learn a bit about Australian slang and humour too.

We'll provide you with a map link to all the bars and places visited throughout the night, plus some extra spots to check out. If you want to go all-out, choose the "Premium" package which includes 3 drinks, including signature drinks at each bar, such as delicious margaritas and whiskey-based cocktails.

Good food, great bars, fun times & new friends from all over the world - what are you waiting for?!

What to know

  • Tour days: See calendar for availability
  • Price includes: 
    • 3 - 4 hour guided activity
    • Reservations at 3 - 4 small or hidden bars
    • 1 alcoholic drink (beer or wine only)
    • Share food
    • Group photos
    • Map with recommendations
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. Our guides also speak Mandarin Chinese (contact us to confirm availability).
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers. 
  • Group size: 6 - 12 people
  • Age range: Most participants are in their 20s, 30s and 40s but everyone is welcome - provided you're over 18!
  • COVID-Safe Plan: Hand sanitiser provided and social distancing (1.5 metres) enforced. All venues that we visit have their own COVID-Safe Plans.
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 3 days in advance.

About your guides

Your guide will normally be Justin. I'm a recovering lawyer and the "Head Honcho" of AussieYou. About 4 years ago I quit my corporate job to work in a happier industry - tourism! I love showing people around Sydney and bringing together people from all over the world. Back when I was a lawyer I spent far too much money hunting out the best bars in Sydney, so trust me, I've done my research for this secret bar crawl.

I have also solo travelled all through South America, Europe and Asia, visiting over 40 years. I have previously lived and studied in China - yep, 我会说中文!(I can speak Chinese).

On some weekends my co-hosts Eddie or Kieran will lead the bar crawls. They are both locals with real jobs during the week and expert bar crawl leaders on the weekend.

        Frequently asked questions

        • What should I bring? You must bring photo identification (either passport or drivers licence). Overseas drivers licences are acceptable. We recommend bringing some cash as well as a credit card for drink purchases. Expect to spend at least $30 AUD extra per person on drinks.
        • What should I wear? While we’re not going to any pretentious bars with ridiculous dress codes, make sure you don’t look too daggy or casual. For example, running shoes, thongs (flip-flops), track pants and shorts are not recommended. If you decide to wear shorts, make sure you pair it with a collared shirt. For ladies, stylish sandals are okay, but guys require closed-in shoes. Also no need for heels - we do have a little bit of walking involved between the bars.
        • Where do we start? We meet at a restaurant in Stanley Street, Darlinghurst. We will email you specific meeting point details within 12 hours of booking - so look out for that message.
        • Where do we finish? We finish near Central and Museum train stations. We're not telling you what the final bar is, we want to keep it a surprise for you!
        • When do we start and finish? The secret bar crawl starts at 6:30 pm and finishes at approximately 10 pm. Although we often go a lot later than that! 
        • What days does the bar crawl operate? We currently operate on Saturday nights, but can also offer Thursday nights for private bookings. 
        • Do you offer gift vouchers? Yes, we do! Select the "Open Date" option when booking, then reply to the booking confirmation email to let us know that it is for someone else. We'll prepare you a customised gift voucher that you can give to them.
        • Are private tours available? Yes! Private tours are available and can be given in English or Mandarin Chinese. Please contact us for more information.
        • Who can come? All guests must be over 18 years old. 
        • I don't like drinking. That wasn't really a question, was it? But that's okay, this is not a boozy "backpacker" pub crawl where we do shots at every bar. You can drink a lot or a little, you choose. We've even had non-drinkers join us and have a great time!

        Cancellation policy

        • Cancellations made 48 hours or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
        • No cancellations can be made within 48 hours of the activity, however, reschedules or credits can be arranged (subject to availability and at the tour operator's discretion).
        • For private tours, cancellations made 7 days or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund; cancellations made between 3 and 7 days before the activity starts will receive a 50% refund, and no cancellations can be made within 3 days of the activity.
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          Blair C.
          Australia Australia
          Great pub crawl with awesome venues

          We had a great experience on the drink and discover secret bar crawl. Each venue was distinct and different to suite everyone's taste's and we appreciated Eddie looking after us and showing us around.

          Maree T.
          Australia Australia
          Great way to checkout unknown bars

          Fun so awesome sides of Sydney I never knew existed, it was great!

          Jeanne L.
          Australia Australia

          I am on a quest to rediscover Sydney and, was left a tad disappointed with the lack of stories and history to be told. We went to a brewery and Keiran, as lovely as he is, was unsure of where the beer was sourced when some questions were asked. Admittedly, am not a 20 something or 30 something age group, so I have much control over how much alcohol I want to consume. It was not about going out binge drinking ... There was also one pub that we did not have reservations for and, had to be shown to the "sister" club.

          AussieYou Tours

          Hi Jeanne, thanks for your review. Sorry you were a tad disappointed from your experience. We do try to strike the right balance between stories and bars, although it sounds like you may have been with a more drinking-focused group of fellow guests the evening you joined. We certainly don't encourage binge drinking, which is why we only include the first drink, and make it clear to all guests that it is up to them as to how much they drink throughout the night. In terms of your point on Kieran's knowledge of the beers, you visited a craft beer bar (not a brewery) and they have 12 beers on tap that change every week, sourced from all around Australia and overseas. I don't expect Kieran or any of my guides to have detailed knowledge about the beers there given how frequently they change, but I hope he was able to point you in the right direction to find a drink you liked. Finally, we normally have reservations at every bar, but the Saturday you joined was right after restrictions had been lifted on dancing, making it a much busier Saturday than usual - as a result, we weren't able to make a reservation at 1 of the 4 bars we visit, and had to make a last-minute change. I apologise for this lack of organisation, as it is out of the ordinary for us. Thanks again for your feedback and I hope you'll join one of our other tours such as our Newtown tour, as they have a stronger focus on stories and history. Kind regards, Justin

          Carol D.
          Australia Australia
          Lots of fun

          This is a great tour for a fun night, being taken without wondering where to go and the guide goes to the bar for you (recommend you take the premium package for this).

          AussieYou Tours

          Thanks Carol for your lovely review. Great that you were able to join us for a second tour after taking part in the Newtown one. I'm glad you enjoyed the bars and having Kieran take care of you in terms of drink choices :) Catch you on another tour in the future! Cheers, Justin

          A AussieYou Tours Customer
          Victoria E.
          Australia Australia
          Private Hidden Bars tour

          Our group of 10 had a terrific night with Justin as our tour guide. We visited 4 lively bars and learned some interesting history of the area of Darlinghurst and Surrey Hills. It was well organised and fun and I will be recommending it to other friends and my overseas visitors.

          AussieYou Tours

          Thanks Victoria, had a great time showing you and your lively group around! I look forward to welcoming you or your visitors back on another bar crawl in the future. Cheers, Justin