Coordinating all your friends for Christmas catch-ups is hard enough – and that’s before you’ve settled on a location! We’re here to help, with our list of excellent after-work watering holes.
Nothing beats a well earned bevvy at Chuckle Park after a long December day. This little laneway bar is getting the full white Christmas treatment, and if you order a ‘Sherbert Peaks’ to sip on it might just start snowing (literally!). Grab a round of drinks, tuck into a s’mores dessert pizzas and be transported to the North Pole.
Tucked away in the vaults below Fed Square and boasting Yarra River frontage, Pilgrim Bar is bringing good tidings with the ‘White Christmas’. It’s their take on a White Russian, featuring vodka and coffee liqueur shaken over ice and topped with cream and cinnamon. A generous 4.30 to 6.30pm happy hour also promises selected wines and beer for just $5, leaving your crew with plenty of spare change for a gourmet toastie or two.
B. Lucky & Sons
B. Lucky & Sons is the perfect place to unwind after work. There’s arcade games for everyone – from Mario Kart to pinball, Whack ‘N’ Win to Space Invaders – plus a full bar (bubble cup cocktails!) and gourmet menu.
Bring your friends, family or work colleagues to Hofbrauhaus in the heart of Chinatown and cheers to Christmas like they do in Germany. Happy hour specials run from 4 to 6pm daily, so you can whet you whistle while indulging in the best of Bavarian food, imported biers, fun and fröhlich.
Working in West Melbourne? Then say hello to your new best mid-week friend, Hello José. Their mid-week margarita special (just $10!) and authentic variety of delicious Mexican food means it’s good times all round.
The Moat Bar & Cafe
If you’re looking for something a little more underground, The Moat is a great spot for after work sips – and it’s also quite literally underground. Located underneath The Wheeler Centre, this literature lovers dream not only has delicious happy hour snacks, but $12 cocktails to drink alongside them. Head down for dinner in December and you could even win yourself a dinner voucher!
Italy and Christmas make a colourful match at +39 Pizzeria with everything green, red (and white). Renowned for its warm atmosphere and delicious dishes made with a nonna’s care, you can pair your European inspired after work Aperol with a crispy thin crust pizza. Or skip straight to sweets with their range of Italian liqueurs and delectable desserts.
From the team behind Fancy Hanks and Good Heavens, Heroes is a triple-threat destination featuring karaoke, a rooftop bar and kitchen over three floors. Enter via the secret lift at the back of Nitro Lab and start with drinks on the rooftop, followed by a bite from the hawker-inspired menu. Then head downstairs to a private karaoke room.