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Melbourne Skyline on New Years Eve
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The best New Year's events in Melbourne

After what has been an undeniably massive year, it seems more important than ever that we say sayonara to 2019 in style.

By Time Out editors
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Don’t let memories of past anticlimactic New Year’s Eve parties stop you from giving it your all this year. From club nights to watching fireworks from Melbourne's parks, there's plenty happening around the city to help you ring in the new year in style.

Kick off your New Year's Eve festivities at Melbourne's best rooftop bars and the best beer gardens for summer drinking.

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Celebrate NYE in style

Big snapper fish among other dishes at Mamasita
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1. Mamasita

Restaurants Melbourne

Farewell 2019 at Mamasita with a celebration banquet. This six-course meal features ceviche betabel, calamari tacos, short rib or whole fried snapper and more. It'll set you back $89 per person for the early 6pm sitting, or $99pp for the late 8.30pm sitting. There's also a vegan-friendly option, too ($79pp for early sitting or $89pp for the late sitting). Both include a welcome cocktail and digestif. Book your spot here.

2. Mr West

Bars Cocktail bars Footscray

Footscray's popular Mr West bar is throwing a New Year's Eve Pet Nat Party. There will be some of the bar's favourite natty wine producers on pour throughout the night with wines from all over the world. You can get a Pet Nat Party Package ($47) which includes four glasses of pet nat, guaranteed entry and pizza slices from nearby Slice Shop Pizza. The party kicks off at 7pm. Get your tickets here.

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Food and beverages at Bar Margaux
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3. Bar Margaux

Bars Cocktail bars Melbourne

Everyone's favourite underground bar Bar Margaux is offering a four-course Champagne dinner plus a cocktail party this New Year's Eve. The Champagne dinner runs from 6-8pm and is $110 per person with four-courses of food and a glass of bubbles on arrival. The cocktail party kicks off at 8.30pm and runs until after midnight with an all-inclusive food and drinks package for $175 per person. Get your tickets here.

State of Grace 2018
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4. State of Grace

Bars Melbourne

Celebrate the start of 2020 across three levels of CBD bar State of Grace. Secret bar Fall from Grace is doing canapés, grazers, drinks and a DJ for $150pp. The restaurant is doing a four-course dinner and drinks for $175pp. And finally, the rooftop will have roving canapés and drinks with DJs and fire-breathing entertainment from 7pm. Tickets are $190pp. Book a spot here.

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5. The Emerson

Bars South Yarra

The Emerson is an all-singing, all-dancing restaurant, club and bar – and it's the perfect place to spend NYE. This year the South Yarra venue is throwing two fiestas: one in the arvo (for $60pp), and one from 8pm onwards ($120pp). There will be free-flowing Mexican dishes and Margaritas on hand. Book your spot here.

Outddor deck at the QT Rooftop Bar
Photograph: Mark Lane

6. The Rooftop at QT

Bars Cocktail bars Melbourne

Party up in the clouds at the Rooftop at QT this New Year's Eve. For $295 per person, guests can enjoy a glass of GH Mumm Champagne on arrival, then be treated to free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks all night. Hungry? There will be oysters shucked to order, barbecue and grilled meats, a caviar and dessert station and roaming canapés all night. Book your spot here.

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Annam oxtail dumplings
Photograph: Graham Denholm

8. Annam

Restaurants Vietnamese Melbourne

Little Bourke Street restaurant Annam will be open for dinner and drinks this NYE. Guests will receive a glass of complimentary bubbles on arrival before tucking into a selection of modern Vietnamese dishes. The kitchen will be open from 5pm until late. Bookings are recommended – do so here.

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Crown Casino, Southbank, Melbourne
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9. Love NYE

Things to do Southbank

Head to Crown's Level 3 Nightclubs for the indoor music festival Love NYE. Jeremih, Tigerlily and Grant Smillie will all be performing. Head out to the balcony at midnight and you'll be in prime position for the firework show. It all kicks off at 9pm and tickets are $64.39. Get yours here.

10. Tetto Di Carolina

Bars Cocktail bars South Yarra

Head up to the rooftop at Tetto di Carolina and enjoy New Year's Eve under the stars. There will be two sittings: one from 5pm ($100pp) and the second from 8.15pm ($150pp). All guests will receive a glass of Taittinger Champagne on arrival, with the early guests getting a range of classic dishes and those dining later will get a wider selection of dishes. Book your spot here.

Or see the fireworks from these rooftop bars

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