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Ben Oliver

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Drinking History Tours

  • Locations

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Activities

    Lifestyle, Nightlife Tour

  • Guiding Experience

    13 years

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Favorite Trip

    It would have to be our amazing History & Bars Under The Stars tour! With 15,000 bars and numerous hidden laneways, where does one begin their Melbourne night adventure? Join us as explore the best of the City’s hidden bars, secret laneways and fascinating boozy history by night.

Guide Bio

Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Ben is a former journalist, banker and European tour guide. His resume also includes five years running walking tours of the Melbourne CBD, before he got his sh$t together and started Drinking History Tours.

Ben has lived in Melbourne since moving from Perth in 2005 and has also lived in London (a glorious stint from 2008 to 2009) and Spain (10 incredible semanas in 2012).

A keen traveller, Ben has visited, to date, 192 cities in 43 countries. It’s never enough. Never, ever.

What does Ben love most about Melbourne? In lieu of breaking into song, the laneway bars, sport, cafe scene and days trips are but a few of his favourite things.

When he’s not running tours, Ben also works in digital marketing.

Drinking History Tours

After years of travelling and guiding through Europe and Asia, I realised a simple truth. You could place nearly all tours into one of two buckets: academic or experiential. We’ve all been on the historical walking tour with incredible information and a well-informed (see dry)guide, but it’s all academic: you never get to live and breathe the place you are seeing. On the other hand, experiential tours do a brilliant job of getting your hands dirty with the people and place, but there is no context (the history stuff) to bring it all together. Thirdly, everything is better with a drink in your hand. That’s what I wanted to achieve with Drinking History Tours; incredibly well researched tours that give you the context of a place, while taking you inside a city by experiencing its bars and nightlife. Drinking History Tours is a fun, unique and social way for Melburnians, new Melburnians, travellers and groups alike to undercover the secrets behind this magnificent city. Or put simply; more fun than a history tour, classier than a bar crawl. I hope you like what we have created!

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