Remember when an adventurous night out meant a couple of lukewarm pints consumed in a pub that was two suburbs away from your house? Not anymore, thanks to the recent influx of puzzle and escape rooms that’s hit Melbourne.
Here’s a comprehensive list of all the adventurous venues—from Alice In Wonderland themed escape rooms to AI puzzle rooms that require you to hack your way out—worth checking out in Melbourne. Puzzle hounds, you’re welcome.
Trapt is one of the first escape rooms to hit Melbourne’s CBD. This basement venue is a hive of mystery and intrigue, pairing creepy prison and biohazard themed rooms with a whimsical Alice In Wonderland experience. Better yet, they serve tasty cocktails, beer, and Crust pizzas in their decadent bar area, giving you an excuse to stick around after you’ve managed to make your way out.
Tucked inside of Strike Bowling, Cubescape is an entirely unique escape room with a digital twist. We can’t tell you too much about this one, but it’s certainly one of the most impressive puzzle experiences we’ve ever experienced. A little bit 2001: Space Odyssey, a little bit Bond, it definitely needs to be on your must-do list.
Love yourself some south side sleuthing? Rush in South Yarra has three incredible escape rooms that each offer completely different experiences. From a Da Vinci code-inspired challenge, to shipwreck survival skills, to Misison: Impossible bank breaks, the Rush team will have you bamboozled for the entirety of your hour’s gameplay.
ERM – Escape Room Melbourne
Flemington & South Melbourne
Melbourne’s first escape room has now branched out with a South Melbourne sister, and it’s as good as the Flemington original. A magician’s lair, a mining nightmare and a Sherlock Holmes-esque room all await your code-breaking brainpower.
LOST Australia Station
If you’re looking to take your escape room experience to the next level, LOST’s tech-savvy rooms are nothing short of epic. With four rooms that are currently open and another two on their way, the LOST team can accommodate up to ten people in a single room, making it perfect for group get-togethers…if you like the idea of hanging out with your mates in Alcatraz, or while solving the curses of the Ming Dynasty.
The Mystery Rooms
If getting your medieval on is your kinda thing (GoT fans, this one’s for you), The Mystery Rooms’ medieval puzzle room will have you frothing. Not one for the chainmail? The Fitzroy enterprise’s outlaw-themed room and Tomb Raider experience are also 100% worth it.
Small Time Criminals
If you’re wanting to get your own back after the GFC, Small Time Criminals might just help you relieve some of that financial stress. Their bank-robbing immersive experience is heaps of fun and will have you filling your pockets with diamonds, gold coins and other loot…if you’re successful.
From kidnappings to conspiracies, LXM is killing it on the escape room front. With three rooms designed for up to six players each, and some super-sleuthing to be done, this is one to add to your rainy day list.
You might not think there’d be a puzzling af escape room in the ‘burbs, but Oakleigh’s Escape Experience is serving up the sort of brain-teasers that would baffle even the most seasoned pro. We’re head over heels for their burlesque themed room—can you figure out why stars keep disappearing?
Image credit: Trapt, Gareth Sobey for The Urban List