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End of year party venues in Melbourne

Whether you're after an intimate dinner or a trampoline party, Melbourne has you covered for Christmas office party ideas

Photograph: Graham Denholm

Bar Di Stasio

You've worked hard this year – time to treat yourselves at the classiest old-school Italian bar and restaurant in town. Book online, and once you're in, prepare to be treated like royalty by a fleet of bartenders in white jackets.

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St Kilda

The Bridge Hotel

Have you been to the Bridge Hotel lately? The old girl has had one heck of a face-lift, and she's got a cracking craft beer list and pub menu. They'll cater to almost any size of private function and take small group bookings.

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Burnley

Epocha

You will find elegant crystal decanters, etched silverware, polished dark woods, and even more polished service at this lower-Rathdowne terrace. The set menus start at $48pp.

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Carlton

Loop Roof

It’s all sunshine, hip hop and flowery cocktails in watering cans at this verdant rooftop bar. The whole venue fits around 100, but benches and booths are also perfect for smaller groups. 

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Melbourne

The Wilde

The vibe at the Wilde is British gastro pub, complete with roast dinners, G&Ts and house-made tomato sauce. They have a colonial themed function room called the Explorer's Club that fits 60 people and and comes with a projector, free pool table and dart board.

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Fitzroy

Something different: Escape room

Escaping from themed rooms by solving puzzles has become one of the biggest crazes since paintball. Most rooms cater for a max of five to six people, but many have multiple rooms that you can book into simultaneously.

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The Beaufort

Nautical dive bar in the front. Ike's Rack Shack out the back. Bring your crew to this party bar and prepare to get merry: rock'n'roll blasts over the speakers and the liquor is flowing.

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Carlton

Goldilocks

Time Out readers picked Goldilocks as their People's Choice at the 2015 Bar Awards, and for good reason. This quirky rooftop forest is available for bookings – just don't leave it any longer!

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Melbourne

LuWow

The real question is, why wouldn't you want to cap off your work year in this tiki-tastic voodoo temple? These kitsch kings are flexible when it comes to booking functions. Just don't try to emulate the Flinstone-esque go-go dancers in front of your boss. It's not easy to live down.

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Fitzroy

Madame Brussels

If you like your chances at the sunny end of the year, the terrace can be exclusively yours. It fits 45 people and you will be plied with old-fashioned party treats and punch to keep everyone in high spirits.

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Melbourne

Mr Wow's Emporium

Keen to show your 100-person team a good time? Mr Wow's party hardy combo of popcorn and cocktails, indoor bocce, pool, ping-pong and food trucks serving in the back warehouse will ensure people feel fully appreciated this holiday season.

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Fitzroy

1000 Pound Bend

Housed in a vast former workshop on Little Lonsdale Street, this combined café, exhibition space and cinema looks like the lumbering spawn of an aircraft hangar and a Fitzroy lounge room, which makes it perfect for a massive office party. 

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Melbourne

Carlton Club

Share your Christmas office party with taxidermied peacocks and parrots and an ostrich wearing an enormously long pearl choker. They've got a variety of colourful rooms and booths to suit all manner of party sizes.

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Melbourne

The Emerson

The Emerson is an all-singing, all-dancing restaurant, club and bar with a floor of shadowy booths, a rooftop and a lower level pushing a solid agenda of beats to fuel the dance floor.

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South Yarra

Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint

Follow the smoke trail to a world of barbecued pork ribs, fluffy cornbread and bourbon to Fancy Hank's big, bright space at the Mercat, complete with pinball machines and a balcony overlooking the Queen Vic Markets.

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North Melbourne

Something different: Bounce Inc

After a one-hour session on Bounce’s trampolines you won’t even remember what it’s like to sit at a desk. Plus, this is one of the cheapest office outings available, meaning more coin for drinks afterward.

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Glen Iris

Where to take the after party

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