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The best places for a Friday work lunch

Dining with co-workers doesn't have to be awful. Here Time Out's top picks for a Friday work lunch

Photograph: Graham Denholm

Dining with co-workers can be awful or awesome, and a lot of it has to do with picking the right venue. Where you go will depend on where you work but here are our tips to point you in the right direction.

The cardinal rules of the work lunch

Don't pick somewhere expensive, unless someone's got a company card and either has permission to use it, or is kamikaze quitting.
Do pay for your interns. You can use it against them when they complain about being under-appreciated.

Don't be exclusive. You want a courtyard for tobacco fans, and a menu that caters for vegos, lactose-fearers and glutenorexics.
Do set the agenda. Are you drinking? How much? Are you going back to work? When?

Don't go somewhere with slow service – spreadsheet chit-chat runs out fast.
Do make sure there's good beer and cheep beer in case you get stuck in rounds.

Don't go to a titty bar.
Do go to a schnitty bar.

Where to have a Friday work lunch


The George

The George crew don't even flinch if everyone asks to pay separately. Try and get the big table out the back and go the chicken burger.

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South Melbourne

The Napier Hotel

They have a courtyard and serve everything from chicken parmas to deep-dish pies in double-plus-size with a good selection of craft beers on the side.

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They serve up fat burgers and cheesy quesadillas beneath the stripy umbrellas of what is possibly the city's prettiest courtyard.

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Paco's Tacos

Team Movida turned a shipping container into a taco hut, which means you can claim the sunny terrace outside Movida Aqui for fish tacos, tunes and cervezas smack bang in the middle of the CBD.

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Gold Leaf Yum Cha

It's a quick, cheap, high-variety option where everyone can drink tea and get back to work. Pick an order-boss and go hard on a mix of dumplings, steamed broccoli and pork buns.

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Lucky Coq

The pizza is cheap as chips ($4!) and pretty decent. You can share, but we like to fold our cos lettuce and bacon-topped Caesar into a giant pizza taco. There's a rootftop courtyard for sun lovers and smokers.

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No time to get out of the office? Get Misschu to bring a Vietnamese rice-paper roll party to you.

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Mrs Parma's

This ski lodge-esque house of crumbed goods caters to vegetarians and carnivores alike, and is built for big groups. It's a pricier option (expect to pay $20 for your parma), but the little Victorian craft beer selection is killer.

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By: Time Out editors