Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the city

The clock’s ticking – have you got your December 31 party plans sorted? We’ve found some of the best bets in Melbourne, from riverside to rooftops, and most have fantastic views of the midnight fireworks, which are fired off the city’s rooftops.

In the laneways

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Vamos! This tapas bar’s inspiration is equal parts Latin America, Spain and Melbourne – all places that love la buena vida. That’s the good life, amigo, so get in quick for a special night that includes a tapas dinner and lively Latin band. Salud!
With three floors of entertainment and an indoor-outdoor feel, Garden State Hotel suits every party mood. Will you be shaking your booty to disco and funk in the Rose Garden? Is the Garden Grill’s R&B or The Observatory’s house and dance tunes more your style? Get a ticket to get amongst it, including four hours of drinks and roaming canapes.

A big old building lit up at night

Garden State

On the water

Can’t make it to the Amalfi Coast for New Year’s Eve? Then book your spot at Arbory Afloat, the Yarra’s fab floating bar that takes its cue from Mediterranean beach clubs. Their package covers drinks, roving bites including oysters, and entertainment by the likes of Discoridia X Supple Fox.

A crowd of people on a bar on a floating barge on a river.

Arbory Afloat

By the water

Check out the New Year’s Eve Party at BearBrass, which has zero cover charge. There’s a DJ on deck from 9pm, well-priced pizzas, and this Southbank restaurant-bar has cracking views of the pyrotechnics too. They are also taking dinner bookings: an affordable two-course early sitting, or more indulgent three courses as the sun sets.
Which of Ludlow’s New Year’s Eve Disco Fever Party & Dining options would you and your posse prefer? There’s a five-hour cocktail-style party with drinks and canapes. A three-course twilight dinner or a latter seating, with the option to dine on the Southbank terrace and linger for the fireworks. Or just rock up at the public bar, where there’s no cover charge. In any case, there’s disco fever on the dancefloor until 3am.
Based in some historic Federation Wharf vaults, Pilgrim Bar’s all about what happens out the front, by the river, alfresco-style during summer. Which is where you want to be on New Year’s Eve, partying with the DJ and an all-Australian drinks and food package. Book a ticket, or upscale with a VIP table reserved all night.
While the masses gather in Fed Square, you and your crew can live it up just steps below in secluded riverside style. One of Melbourne’s first bars on the banks of the Yarra, Riverland Bar is a top spot to welcome the future. A DJ will count the beat to 2019, but now’s the time to book your share of the drinks, food and good times.

A crowd of people talking and drinking in an outside bar at sunset

Riverland


Want to get a fresh perspective on Melbourne’s skyline with your 2019 fireworks? Then book your place at New Year’s Eve at The General Assembly. With a Six Degrees Architects fit-out and street art by Blender Studios, this South Wharf restaurant-bar brings contemporary smarts to the party. Their all-inclusive package has you covered for drinks, food and live music.
New Years Eve at Left Bank is inspired by Paris, from burlesque to French bubbles. Choose from their three-course banquet, including filet de boeuf and crème brûlée, or the amuse bouche party package – with profiterole towers! Either way you get drinks aplenty and entertainment that’s a little ooh la la.
Start 2019 with a bang and a pop at South Wharf’s hawker-style Thai restaurant, BangPop. Book a table for the seven-course banquet that includes special New Year’s eve dishes. Choose from a nicely priced early sitting, or later options including terrace dining with bottomless bubbles and a pyrotechnic panorama.
A table full of Asian food with cocktails

BangPop

At the pub

You’ll need to get in quick to bring a little Irish luck to your New Year’s Eve at P.J O’Brien’s. The later dinner sitting has sold out, but the earlier one still gets you into the main bar’s party, including welcome cocktail. Or skip the three-course meal, including shared Celtic tasting plate, and just get a party ticket, including bubbles on arrival and canapes. Sláinte!
All-night tapas. Four hours of free-flowing drinks. Music by acoustic guitarist and DJ Miss Dee. An eyeful of fireworks. All this awaits at South Wharf’s Plus 5 Bar and Restaurant on New Year’s Eve, so get yourself that golden ticket. Maybe get a sultry beach or jungle-inspired outfit together too, because the theme is tropical.

People sitting outside a bar at night

Plus 5

On a rooftop

Start the new year right at one of Melbourne’s newest rooftop destinations, Red Piggy. A stellar central city panorama, festoon lights and an 11-metre hanging wall garden is their Sty in the Sky party’s setting. Get your ticket for four hours of drinks, including Party Starter cocktails, and three hours of South-East Asian fusion bites.
Classic pub the Waterside Hotel re-opened a year ago, after a massive floor-to-rooftop reno. Have you checked it out yet? New Year’s Eve is an ideal time, because there’s a masquerade party on the roof. Get a ticket for five hours of drinks, roving canapes, live DJs and a grand vista of midnight’s fiery show.

People sitting at tables and talking in a rooftop bar which is lit with fairy lights at night

Waterside Hotel


One of Melbourne’s coolest hotel rooftops had a stylish renovation recently, complete with all-new cantilevered, glass-bottomed swimming pool peeping over Flinders Lane. It’s the centerpiece of the inaugural Adelphi New Year’s Eve Poolside Party. A ticket gets you drinkies including Four Pillars Gin cocktails and fancy bites from Om Nom Kitchen downstairs. Plus the resident DJ’s selection, from R&B to retro, and a sky full of fireworks.
Another party that promises plenty of ambiance is the Secret Garden NYE Rooftop Party at Crown Aviary. Offering panoramic views from a ‘oasis in the sky’, it includes food from both Bistro Guillaume and Nobu, free flowing Piper Champagne and tunes from DJ John Course.
Booking availability has been checked just prior to publication, but please contact the individual venue for enquiries as events may sell out.