When it comes to bringing you the latest and greatest Melbourne happenings, there are some incredible things out there. But we’ve never before discovered a hidden bar that quite literally locks you in, and hides the key. Meet Trapt: the latest bar experience in a secret Melbourne basement with pizza, cocktails and puzzles galore.
You might be wondering why anyone would want to spend an evening locked in a room, trying to work their way out via a series of puzzles, soundtracked to a bevvy of drinks and good times. In a nutshell, Trapt combines a fantastic cocktail bar in a show-stopping venue, with four different puzzle rooms that immerse you in four totally different worlds—from horror to gore to fantasy themes. The only catch is that, with 45 minutes on the clock, you and your mates have to figure your way out of the room before you can order your next round. Hey, it certainly makes a change from the usual Wednesday evening catch-up or Sunday session!
What is it like?
For starters, walking into Trapt’s incredible CBD venue is like discovering a forgotten movie set: filled with leather Chesterfield couches, bare brickwork, and mind-blowingly good cocktails containing everything from butter vodka to Taiwanese whisky, the venue itself is worth visiting for drinks and freshly baked pizza (supplied by the guys at Crust, conveniently located upstairs).
But if you’re looking for the true Trapt experience, it’s ALL about the games rooms. Each room—the fantasy-themed Alice In Wonderland, the zombie invasion inspired Biohazard, the creeped-out church-esque Transylvania and the behind-bars Prisonbreak—is packed full of clues, hidden everywhere and anywhere. You get 45 minutes to solve all of the puzzles in the room and unlock the final door, with groups as small as two and as large as six being recommended. A word of advice: Choose your mates wisely before you invite them to this one.
How Hard Can It Be?
Luckily, each Trapt room comes with a difficulty rating: If you’re a go-getter, Wonderland comes in with an impossible 11/10 rating, whereas Prisonbreak gets a far more manageable 7/10. Of course, when The Urban List team went to check it out, we opted for Wonderland. Go hard or go home, right?
We’ll be honest, it’s tough. But because it’s tough, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. There were pretty much no instructions when we entered the room and, asides from a walkie-talkie, we were entirely cut off from the real world. We literally felt like we had stepped into a different world, Mad Hatter’s tea party and all.
What Happens If You Never Figure it Out?!
No, you won’t end up rotting in the basement after eating your own shoes. We opted to coat-check our phones, meaning we couldn’t phone a friend or do a cheeky bit of Googling once inside, but thankfully, the walkie-talkie connected us to the Trapt team for when we *really* needed a hint. With only 45 minutes on the clock, we only needed to make one panic call, but without it, we may have been stuck at the half-way point for the entire session. Our lols about that 11/10 difficulty rating had quickly become a distant memory…
Did We Make It?
After crawling through a ball pit, playing a game of chess, solving a card game puzzle and shouting “Hurry uuuuppppp!” at each other waaaaay more than would normally be appropriate, yes, we did. Back out to a world of mouth-watering cocktails, hurrah!
Seriously, the aftermath—ie. sitting in the bar with a couple of drool-worth drinks, slice of pizza in hand, gossiping over who figured out which clue first and which team member we should’ve left in there—is one of the greatest parts of the Trapt experience. It’s definitely not like any night out we’ve ever had, and as you can imagine, we’ve tried just about everything that Melbourne has to offer.
Should You Go?
OMG yes. If you have even the slightest inkling of a sense of adventure in you, definitely. Trapt is one of those nights out you’ll be telling people about for weeks to come, and we can guarantee you’ll be dying to try out all four rooms, as well as the newest puzzle room which opens later this year. (No, we don’t know the theme yet, but we wish we did…)
Keen to try your own Trapt experience? The CBD venue is open seven days a week, and takes booking from 2pm Mondays – Wednesdays, from 12pm Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10am at the weekends, making it the ideal mid-week pick-me-up our pre-dinner activity.
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