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
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Photograph: Graham Denholm
By Time Out editors |
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Bars

Bar Di Stasio

icon-location-pin St Kilda

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.

Bars

The Bridge Hotel

icon-location-pin Burnley

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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Restaurants

Epocha

icon-location-pin Carlton

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.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Loop Roof

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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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Bars, Cocktail bars

The Wilde

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

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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Things to do

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.

Bars

The Beaufort

icon-location-pin Carlton

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.

Bars

Goldilocks

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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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Bars

LuWow

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

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.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Madame Brussels

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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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Bars

Mr Wow's Emporium

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

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.

Restaurants

1000 Pound Bend

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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. 

Bars

Carlton Club

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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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Bars

The Emerson

icon-location-pin South Yarra

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.

Restaurants

Fancy Hank's

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Follow the smoke trail to a world of barbecued pork ribs, fluffy cornbread and bourbon to Fancy Hank's big, bright new space overlooking Bourke Street.

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Sport and fitness

Something different: Bounce Inc

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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.

Where to take the after party

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