Looking for ideas for where and how your end-of-year work shindig is going to happen? Check out these suggestions. Dinner on a boat or German-style? Drinks in a safari tent, up on a rooftop or over a round of madcap mini-golf? Your party can be memorable for all the right reasons!
Christmas with the animals
Groups large and small are invited to the Shared Christmas Party at Melbourne Zoo. This indoor-outdoor event includes tasty bites, drinks and entertainment, including an animal encounter. The dress code is jungle theme, with prizes for the best costumes, so go wild!
Christmas beer and cheer
Celebrate the season German-style at The Hof Downtown. The accountants can choose from a $25 per-head lunch special, $65 for three courses, or the $90 banquet. After a few Bavarian beers, you and your co-workers will be wishing everyone a Fröhliche Weihnachten!
Established in 1853, The Duke of Wellington recently got a swanky modern makeover that’s put it on the office-party hit list. Function options at Melbourne’s oldest pub range from lunch for 30 in The Green Room, to cocktails for 200 on the rooftop. With its eye-popping panorama of Fed Square and The Forum, this new indoor-outdoor space will be hot property in December!
If your team is more into gin than beer, a tasting at Little Lon Distilling Co. is the perfect end-of-year reward. Housed in a rare 19th century CBD cottage, it’s probably Australia’s smallest distillery, and can host masterclasses for small groups. They include a tour, canapes, cocktails and some colourful history about this once notorious neighbourhood.
Christmas by the water
Soak up the maritime history and sweet city views at The Boatbuilders Yard. Built around a heritage shed on an old wooden wharf, this airy riverside venue will put the wind in your team’s sails. It’s good for all kinds of parties, from cocktail style to a laidback barbecue, small groups to 1200 across the whole venue.
Common Man’s outdoor area has been transformed into the Riverside Garden Pop-Up for another summer of alfresco fun. With its AstroTurf, white picket fence, container bars, barbecue and awesome Docklands backdrop of river and city skyline, you can’t go wrong.
While lesser Christmas parties gather around public barbecues elsewhere along the Yarra, you could be living it up at Pilgrim Bar. Based out of several old wharf vaults just below Federation Square, and with a contemporary architecturally designed indoor-outdoor extension, it’s perfectly located. Which fancy tipple will be revealed on their cocktail Advent calendar the day your gang gathers here?
Christmas on a rooftop
David Bowie said we can be heroes just for one day. But at the Fancy Hank’s crew’s South-East Asian hawker-style barbecue bar, your team can feel like champions any time this holiday season. A four-storey party palace (including two floors of karaoke), Heroes has a weather-proof rooftop where drinks and share plates fuel fab parties. Kanpai!
The Imperial Hotel has one of the biggest rooftops in town, with stunning 360-degree views including an eyeful of the majestic Parliament. What are you waiting for? Book a corner, or the whole rooftop for 270 people, knowing that at party’s end Parliament Station is literally steps away.
Want to admire the city’s scenic southside, including the Yarra and Arts Centre, while raising a glass to a year well done? Taking in some of Melbourne’s best views, Transit Rooftop Bar’s expansive balcony is a hot spot for cool Christmas drinks. With fabulous food from Taxi Kitchen downstairs, there’s every reason to linger as the city skyline lights up.
Swap challenging deadlines for the challenging fun of Holey Moley Golf Club’s 27 kookily themed mini-golf holes. Whether you score an eagle or double bogey, are the boss or the office junior, it’s all good in the Caddyshack bar. And remember, karaoke abilities are not part of your performance review!
Can’t decide between chowing down in Chinatown, playing arcade games or drinks at an English-style pub for your party? You don’t need to, because Melbourne Central’s B. Lucky & Sons is the bar that ticks every box. Part old London pub, part Hong Kong bubble-cup joint, plus loads of nostalgic arcade games, this wacky venue is all about fun.
Six bowling lanes, 67 arcade and ticket games, an XD theatre and dodgems. Indulgent fairground comfort food like hot dogs and waffle fries, and cocktails that are boozy and bright. If this sounds like the right grown-up playground for your team’s celebration, drop Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq a line.
For good times out on the water, get on board the Lady Cutler’s Bonza Christmas Cruise. Enjoy the sunset and evolving city views, a cover band upstairs and the DJ’s retro hits downstairs, plus drinks and party food. Or sail into the holidays by hiring a speed boat, which can be taken for a spin with no previous experience. Boat4Hire is perfect for small groups wanting to live large.
From Magic Charters’ luxury cruises to Aqua Donut‘s floating lounge with a barbecue in the middle, there are lots of aquatic options. Find the right one for your function among these cruise operators.
Christmas in a tent
Celebrate the season in exotic style at Glamp, the safari-style bar serving modern African bites from Polepole restaurant downstairs. Whether you want the big luxury safari tent space or the little Lion’s Den, it’s a great escape. Go wild and ask about entertainment options like DJs, drummers and belly dancers.