Want to Visit the Prohibition Era? Thought so - To the time Machine!
Make your way west on Little Bourke Street
(where you came from - if you can remember after all that Tequila? 😉)
Make a left on Exhibition Street after crossing the intersection
A bit further up on the right hand side you will find 1806 Bar
1806 is undeniably one of Melbourne’s best cocktail bars, with very knowledgeable staff and a cozy, 1920s inspired decor. And they don’t just make amazing cocktails; they also serve them with a story! The award winning cocktail menu tells the history of the world through the bottom of a glass. Starting in the mid 1700’s, the drink list contains a different cocktail from almost every decade!
Here we’ve got a little surprise inclusion lined up for you :)
To the bar!
Heavy drinking in Australia was a cultural norm since colonisation.
In a failed attempt to reduce the effects of alcohol on society, all liquor establishments were forced to close by 6 pm from the 1910s to the 1960s. Rather than reduce alcohol consumption, the measures led to excessive drinking in the hour before closing time which became known as the six o'clock swill.
Another attempt saw alcohol sales being prohibited in the Australian Capital Territory between 1910 and 1928. And four referendums regarding the prohibition of alcohol were conducted in Western Australia between 1911 and 1950.
So it’s probably a good thing that this wasn’t a real Time Machine - this tour would definitely have been pretty different back then!
Game: Two Truths and a Lie
One person makes three statements, two true and one false, and the other person have to guess the false one. This is especially challenging if you know each other well!