Although it might seem too early to start discussing festive plans, when it comes to organising the work Christmas party it’s always better to get in early. Melbourne is teeming with amazing options for your upcoming celebrations, so we’ve put together seven of the best.
Happy (early) holidays everyone!
1. For the views: Eureka 89, Southbank
If you’re after great drinks and food with a beautiful view, then go no further than Eureka 89. Perched 89 floors above Melbourne, the 360-degree views can’t be beaten. This Christmas, they’re hosting lunch parties with a three-course set menu, three-hour beverage package and a bon bon (Christmas cracker) for $150 per person, or dinner parties complete with a four-course set menu, four-hour beverage package and a bon bon at $200 per person.
2. For the fun lovers: Holey Moley, CBD
If the thought of standing around being bored at your upcoming holiday bash sends you into a Christmas nightmare, then Holey Moley is the spot for you. With pop-culture-themed mini-golf and fun cocktails, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied while Barry from accounting talks your ear off about his upcoming vacation.
3. For the foodies: Matilda 159 Domain, South Yarra
Scott Pickett’s beautiful restaurant on Domain Road is just what you need if you’re looking for something luxe. Perfect for a Christmas blow-out, Matilda offers contemporary Australian fare with several set menu options available. Your work family will have the option of either a three or five-course sit-down or a share-style menu for seated events. For standing events, a roaming canapé menu can be tailored to your (discerning, I’m sure) taste.
4. For the big kids: Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, Docklands
This arcade-themed venue in Docklands is perfect for a team who likes to kidult – that is, forget all your adult problems and be a big kid for the day! If the six bowling lanes, dodgem cars and XD motion theatre at Archie’s doesn’t sound like enough fun, why not bring back your heyday with 67 arcade games including Mario Kart and Willy Wonka? The only difference here is that now you’re old enough to drink real cocktails.
5. For the karaoke crew: Juke’s Karaoke Bar, Southbank
This isn’t just any old karaoke venue – Juke’s Karaoke Bar transports you back in a psychedelic time machine to the trippy 70s with bold themed rooms complete with a dress-up box… for those who feel like their rendition of ABBA’s Waterloo just wouldn’t be right without an accompanying outfit. Their full-service cocktail bar keeps ten private karaoke rooms swinging all night.
6. For a rooftop soiree: Johnny’s Green Room, Carlton
Situated atop legendary Mediterranean produce store King and Godfrey, Johnny’s Green Room is a great choice for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Christmas and stock up on goodies at the same time. It’s also in prime position for a post-party gelato! For parties of 20+ at the rooftop bar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or head to their website.
7. For waterside fans: Arbory Afloat, CBD
One of the city’s favourite places to watch the water in summer is Arbory Afloat – the pontoon that docks off Arbory Bar in the warmer months on the banks of the Yarra. Partygoers have three options at Arbory Afloat. Book the whole venue for up to 1200 guests, the Western deck for 30-400 guests, or the Chef’s table for more intimate celebrations of 10-40 guests.
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Boistrous brunch at Munich Brauhaus, South Wharf
Make a racket and sing along in German to your heart’s content at Munich Brauhaus. The raucous venue is known for showing patrons a great time. This German beer hall at South Wharf is a great option for those who like to party hard without inciting any pesky noise complaints. Plus, they have plenty of Bavarian beers on offer to kick off the festive season with a bang.
Get the band together at the Music Gym
Forget bowling and board games: rock out with your co-workers with a group lesson at The Music Gym. Suited to beginners but catering for all skill levels, get the crew together for a guitar (acoustic or electric), piano or singing lesson in a fun and relaxed pressure-free environment. Corporate sessions run for 90 minutes and they can even throw in drinks!