Sand Hill Road are celebrating EOFY by giving away 3 double passes for a free lunch at the Garden State Hotel followed by a tour and tasting at Healesville’s Four Pillars Distillery. To be in the running, book a private function at any of their venues listed in this article before June 10th.
Four Pillars is a home grown gin distillery whose commitment to quality and craftsmanship has won it not one, but two Double Gold medals internationally. Drive in on a Sunday morning and you’ll find the colossal dining hall brimming with locals, who return for the gin, food, and warm service. Did we mention the award-winning gin? Well, it’s worth mentioning twice.
Though it’s located right in the CBD, Garden State Hotel captures some of that scenic charm of Healesville with its warm brick walls, airy ceilings, and leafy decorations (yes, leafy – it isn’t called Garden State for nothing). Dining at Garden State is a bit of a sensory overload (in the best way), with your eyes taking in the breathtaking interior, your palate savouring their delicate flavours, and your ears full of the gently humming ambience.
Whether you’re planning a birthday, engagement, corporate shindig or even an anniversary party – these next 6 venues will be your go-to for throwing an event no one will forget. Plus, 3 lucky winners will each receive 2 tickets for lunch at Garden State and a gin tour, and that lucky winner could very well be you. Read on to find the function venue of your dreams and from there on out, all you have to do is book.
Garden State Hotel
101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner or a laidback outing, you’ll find a more than appropriate space here. Choose a banquet overlooking city laneways, bevs amongst gleaming brass cisterns, or nibbles by the bar. Their menus feature the highest quality local produce (think Flinders Island lamb and Tasmanian ocean trout), alongside a curation of exclusive drinks to match. Go heavy with the Melbourne vibes by booking the Rose Garden – your guests will enter via Duckboard Place, passing its iconic graffiti walls on the way.
The Bridge Hotel
642 Bridge Road, Richmond
The Bridge Hotel doesn’t really fit the standard image of a pub. Instead of being dark and dated, The Bridge is sleek yet casual, both a place where you can have a night out, but also chill in their cosy booths (they’re great for smaller groups). If you want to try something different, go for The Loft, their upstairs rock star-themed room complete with illuminated drum light pendants lining the wall AND three private balconies – does it get much better than that? Yes, and you can find it just downstairs, in an alleyway that runs through the venue. This is Melbourne at its finest.
82 High Street, Prahran
Host your next function at the Prahran Hotel and your guests will be amazed before they even step into the venue. The iconic 17 stacked concrete pipes making up the façade are hard not to be blown away by. Drinking at the bar will see you directly underneath one of these pipes, or sitting down for a meal might even see you dining inside a pipe (if that’s not impressive, nothing is). Their other rooms range from a charming dining room, to a vast bar with a dance floor, to a casual living-room arrangement with a fireplace. Whatever you choose, you can’t lose; every space is a winner.
Richmond Club Hotel
100 Swan Street, Richmond
The Richmond Club Hotel boasts two things you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else: Circular timber booths on a rooftop and a stunning view of Melbourne’s city skyline. Catch it at sunset to have your day made. Bring the world to your guests with their menu, featuring lamb koftas, satay skewers, lasagne croquettes – and, of course, a taste of home with mini pavlovas.
605 Victoria Street, Abbotsford
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to forget summer. Let the Terminus Hotel help you, with their two jungle-themed bars. If you’re after something a bit more traditional, they’ve got a dining room and bar space for that too. Their menu isn’t traditional, although you may appreciate that: skordalia (Greek potato and garlic mash) croquettes, chevapchichi (Mediterranean sausage), and a house made Cornetto-style dessert are just some of the uncommon items you’ll find.
508 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Each of the spaces at the Waterside has a distinct feel. The dining room takes you to Europe, while the Dog House makes you feel like you’ve flown across the Pacific and into an American sports bar (run by a dog-lover). The Bubble House oozes luxe and elegance, while the rooftop is one of the most iconic spaces in Melbourne. Transport your guests somewhere special for your next event at the ever-iconic Waterside.
Your job hasn’t really been made easier, has it? It can’t be easy picking one space from this list. But at least you know two things: 1) that whichever space you choose, it’ll be a blast, and 2) the treat that awaits you after it all is going to be more than worth it.
Keep your eyes on the prize, y’all – Lunch for 2 at Garden State Hotel and a gin tour + tasting at Four Pillars Distillery. Now it’s time to plan that event, book that venue and be the best host/hostess EVER.
*All functions need to be booked before June 10th 2018. The function can take place during the months of June, July and August.
By Yogita Maruti