Can you smell the chestnuts roasting? Can you hear the carolers singing? Can you taste that sweet sweet taste of Christmas pudding? Neither can we cause Aussie’s don’t really do that stuff BUT nevertheless the Christmas season will soon be upon us! And that means lots and lots of Yuletide festivities. So whether you are looking for the coolest venue to host your Christmas work party, or are just looking to throw a silly season party for the hell of it, we’ve got a list of the hottest Christmas venues Melbourne has to offer.
Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Sumac, named after the Middle Eastern flowering plant, certainly lives up to the floral connotations its name suggests. Adorning its walls with floral light projections and Moroccan inspired patterns, Sumac would be the perfect summery function venue. It’s floor to ceiling curtains and high ceilings create an airy space that is perfect for those cool summer nights. The space also offers up a whole range of expertly crafted Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine that matches perfectly with the decor. Sumac is completely versatile too, as they are able to host a seated function for up to 168 guests, or large cocktail events for groups of up to 300!
Absinthia Absinthe Bar
82 Rose St, Fitzroy
Absinthia is perfect for those small functions that you want an intimate atmosphere for. With a maximum capacity of 70 guests, this is the spot for your next cozy Christmas function. Elegant and quirky large scale artwork adorn Absinthia’s walls, and inside hides a chic conservatory style courtyard, where guests can sit and enjoy the variety of cocktails and canapes Absinthia has to offer. Or if canape’s aren’t your thing, why not have a beautifully displayed grazing table, which will not only wow your guests but also feature as the center piece for the entire function!
35 Ebden St, Moorabbin
Warehouse 35’s industrial style makes it the perfect blank canvas for you to create exactly the kind of colorful and imaginative large scale Christmas function you’ve always wanted. And the best part is, their friendly team would love to help make your vision a reality. Warehouse 35’s staff can help you style and cater your event, or simply be whatever you need them to be! And trust us, they can be or do anything you want. Warehouse 35 is no stranger to food trucks, catering tents, ceiling installations and even petting zoos! No matter what you dream up for your Christmas function, Warehouse 35 can make it happen! And with a capacity of 350 for cocktail events and 200 for seated functions, Warehouse 35’s flexibility will make sure your function is a night each and every one of your guests will remember!
Level 2, 267 Little Collins Street, CBD
Get ready for a completely unique function experience with Glamp! This energetic space will instantly transport your guests away from the fast pace and hustle of Little Collins st, and suddenly into the funky and vibrant vibes of Africa. Decked out in East African inspired rugs, throw pillows and even a cheeky cameo appearance from a white rhino sculpture, Glamp’s fun and carefree style instantly helps guests to relax, kick up their heels and enjoy their night. Glamp offers up its guests the choice of the Lion’s Den, which holds 40 guests, the Ahadi Lounge for up to 90 guests, or if that still isn’t big enough for you, why not hire the entire space? Take your guests on a mouth watering tour of some of Glamp’s aptly named cocktails like Flamingotini and the Safari Slipper, all under the cover of the airy safari style canvas.
9 Goldsbrough Lane, Melbourne
Slate is the sleek and inviting function venue you have been looking for, that also happens to be insanely versatile, and able to accommodate your every need. Slate boasts several unique spaces for you to choose from; a back terrace for up to 30 guests and for those smaller Christmas parties, a front terrace for 80 guests. Or if you are looking to splurge and throw the biggest Christmas party of the year, the entire venue itself can hold 450 guests. No need to worry over who to cut from your guest list when you can just invite everyone you know instead! Located in Melbourne’s buzzing CBD, Slate offers its guests a whole range of food and drink, both local and well traveled, which could be easily be enjoyed on their ‘all weather covered’ rooftop terrace! These guys have thought of everything!
Mama Blu’s Kitchen
61 Glen Huntly Rd, Elwood
Australia’s summers can be nice, but never ‘Caribbean’ nice. The good people at Mama Blu’s however create an atmosphere that is pretty damn close. Everything about this place screams island paradise, from the whitewash and natural wood decor to the airy natural lighting that filters into the intimate back courtyard, Mama Blu is the perfect place for a summery outdoor function of 40 guests, or an event for 70 people if you would like to use the whole venue instead. Mama Blu offers its guests equally summery food and drinks inspired by its Caribbean influences, or they are also totally cool with the DIY approach, where you can simply hire the venue and bring in your own catering and bar tending services. Whatever you need, Mama Blu can help with it.
Basement of The Atlantic, Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
This may be one of the most intriguing options on our list. Located in the basement of The Atlantic at Crown’s Entertainment complex, the mystery surrounding this hidden venue is sure to draw your guests in with a sense of excitement at the possibility of what is to come. And once they enter, they will be fully immersed in The Den’s chic blend of industrial and vintage. With huge black steel bars dividing the room, and velvety chairs and ambient lighting, The Den is a sophisticated blend of old and new. Grazing stations and canapes await the guests and rare whiskies, vodkas and other spirits await those distillery enthusiasts. With options for a more intimate gathering of 40 guests in the luring Captain’s Lair, or a major Christmas blow out of 120 guests in The Den’s entire venue, this underground haunt is sure to raise your function game.
Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
This venue is definitely for those of you who need a huge space for a huge Christmas party. This waterfront warehouse has a minimum of 125 guests, and a capacity of a whopping 500 guests for cocktail parties and 300 for its banquet and dance floor package. What’s more is that this place is extremely adaptable. One night it may be the perfect cocktail venue with sleek wooden furnishings, black tables and colourful, geometric chairs; and the next it will be completely transformed into a glitzy and glamorous seated function, with dainty and opulent chandeliers and candelabras dotted around the room. Guests will also be able to look forward to enjoying tasty morsels inspired by Asian, European and Mediterranean influences, all whilst taking in the calming waterfront view.
701 Swanston St, Carlton
That’s right, a poolside Christmas party. This venue was made for parties in December, where the Aussie weather is in its prime, and everyone is dying for a dip in the pool. Well now Pooldeck is here to make those summery dreams come true! Catering for 40 to 300 people, Pooldeck’s Rooftop Terrace is a unique and fun way to celebrate the Christmas season. With a variety of canape packages on offer too, Pooldeck is able to fit itself nicely into your Christmas Party visions. You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding between hot and cold canapes like Thai chicken salad tartlets and spicy chicken wings (which pairs nicely with a rooftop view we’ve heard) or grazing platters that are sure to pop up on everyone’s Insta stories. The only thing you really have to worry about at Pooldeck is whether or not that whole ‘waiting an hour after eating before you swim’ thing is true!
187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
This is for all you lovers of the finer things in life. Hosting your Christmas function at Mon Bijou practically guarantees you’ll have a party that both you and your guests won’t ever forget. Guests will be walking amongst the clouds in this sky high penthouse, situated amongst Melbourne’s city skyline, offering up breathtaking views day and night. With gem-like fixtures on its ceiling, reflective surfaces, and exquisite 270 degree views, Mon Bijou really does make guests feel as though they are walking on air. With an elite private room and outdoor terrace with capacities of 70 to 110 guests, this palatial venue is both sophisticated and adaptable. Mon Bijou doesn’t shy away from luxuriating its guests, and even its host either, offering up peace of mind with its very own event planner who can take your vision, and bring it to new heights in a way you never could have imagined yourself. Your function’s overall style, furniture, decor and floral arrangements can all be organised for you, so that the only thing you have to do is look forward to a lavish Christmas function like no other.
24 Bond St, Melbourne
Impress your guests with your exquisite taste by hosting your next Christmas function at Bond! Bond is a friend to all functions big and small, with more intimate booths for 30 guests available for hire, function rooms for guests of up to 70, or instead you can hire the entire venue for up to 550 lucky patrons, which is a sure-fire way of wowing your guests. Let everyone be blown away by Bond’s incredible lighting scheme that instantly creates a sexy yet sophisticated air, one that your guests will enjoy and remember long after the party ends. Exquisitely delicate canape packages created by renowned local chefs are yours for the choosing, and delightful cocktails that dance across your taste buds can all be expected once you choose to host your Christmas gathering at this decadent venue.
2 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
Rooftop venues like the Arcadia Hotel let your guests experience one of life’s greatest pleasures; the deliciously warm summer breeze that Aussie summer’s are so good at producing. Pair this with one of the Arcadia’s mouth watering BBQ packages, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty chill and easy Christmas function! Choose from the Lounge Bar for 60 guests, Arcadia’s entire first level for 120 guests or their spacious rooftop bar for 150 people. There is no doubt that you’ll find something that perfectly fits your needs.
Wilson & Market
163-185 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
Stuck on whether to make your Christmas function a light cocktail affair or a more formal sit down dinner? Well with Wilson & Market, you don’t have to choose! Their experienced and friendly staff are there to help you design and customize your event to be exactly the way you want it, and with a capacity of 225 guests, there is a lot that can be done within this space. Wilson & Market boasts both a terrace as well as a private dining room, so you can choose which fits your style and ideas for what you want your function to be! On offer is Australia’s finest seasonal products, for both a casual and inventive style of food that will tickle all of your guests’ fancies. All this can be easily arranged through the events team who are happy to help make your function the best it can be. If only Christmas shopping could be this easy.
21 Hope St, Brunswick
Lux Foundry is another beautifully blank space that can be the host and backdrop to your wildest and most innovative function ideas. Cool exposed brick and warm pendant lighting on their own still create a rustic yet industrial vibe that guests could enjoy, or they could all be incorporated into your creative vision, the choice is yours! Lux Foundry can host up to 110 of you and your family, friends or work colleagues. And with several delicious beverage options to choose from, there really will be something for everyone at this venue. With large cathedral ceilings that give the space a seemingly endless appearance, and several customizable function packages to choose from, Lux Foundry is just an urban, relaxed environment to host your Christmas function.
9-13 Drewery Ln, Melbourne
Baroq House brands itself as being the function venue for Melbourne’s Elite. If this sounds like something you need to be a part of, look no further than Baroq House for your next Christmas party venue! This decadent venue oozes glamour and luxury, and makes for a sophisticated host for all your Christmas party needs. Guests will be treated to access to several exclusive rooms within this prestigious three story mansion-styled space, including table settings, plush booths and an outdoor section, as well as a range of meticulously crafted drinks and food packages that are sure to add that extra special touch of elegance to your Christmas function. Baroq House is setting a new standard for function venue excellence, and your Christmas party would be the best time to experience everything they have to offer for yourself!
By Aimee Traficante
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