Celebrate NYE in style
Not many Melbournians will remember the old Johnny’s Green Room, Carlton’s late-night dive complete with pool tables and a cotoletta parmigiana that harked back to the old country. The Johnny of today has a completely different vibe, joining the likes of Heartattack & Vine, Capitano and DOC to bring Italian flavours to modern Australian audiences in need of a carb kick. What Johnny’s has that none of the other Carlton venues have is a killer view. This rooftop incarnation sits two floors above King & Godfree, Carlton’s best known Italian-style grocer (it's been around since 1884). Up this high, Johnny’s gets unparalleled views over Melbourne; you can spy CBD high-rises, Melbourne Museum’s roof blades, Collingwood church spires and over in the distance, a parabola-like outline of the Dandenong Ranges. There is a nice collection of classic cocktails, local and imported beer and wines, but Johnny’s own cocktails are worth a shot. Named like little Carlton in-jokes, there’s the 8 Ball, the Northside and Johnny’s house Rossato. To eat, there are croquettes, beef crostini, and pork and veal polpetti as bar snacks. Larger dishes will come around during lunch and dinner service – expect pork-and-fennel sausage rolls, a hefty Angus beef burger and a rigatoni pomodoro, which makes a triumphant return from the original Johnny’s Green Room menu. Being in such close proximity to Pidapipo means you get to enjoy the spoils of this gelateria on the rooftop, too, with special choc tops
Talk about a prime location: the Baths Middle Brighton is located right on the water’s edge with a great view of Port Phillip Bay. For NYE, the baths will be throwing a fun soirée in its upstairs restaurant with live music, canapés and drinks through the night. Tickets are $195 per person, and the festivities kick off at 8pm.
Dig into a four-course shared-style premium banquet on New Year's at Cumulus Up on Flinders Lane. For $130 per person (drinks not included) guests can dig into zucchini flowers with prawn, dry-aged duck breast with blood plum and faro and Valrhona chocolate with cherries. Book in ASAP to secure your seat.
For $250 per person, guests at Crown's Aviary will receive food from Bistro Guillaume and Nobu and free-flowing Piper Champagne all night long. Kick back and relax on the rooftop with possibly the best view of the fireworks. Also included will be a Tanqueray gin and tonic, free-flowing wine and beer, a seafood station, canapés and dessert. Book your spot here.
Arbory is throwing a Life on Mars-themed New Year's Eve party this year with roving canapés, oyster stations and plenty of drinks. Think Champagne, Aperol Spritzes, a selection of premium spirits, tap beers and wine by the glass. The party is perfectly located right on the river's edge and kicks off at 8pm. It's $190 per person and you can get your tickets here. Arbory Afloat next door is also throwing a party (read about it here).
Scott Pickett’s newest venue, Matilda 159 Domain, will be offering a five-course menu for guests during two sittings. Menu highlights include Fraser Island spanner crab, dry-aged Macedon Ranges duck and plenty of Champagne. Wine pairings are also available, as is a curated children’s menu. The meal will be $150 per person, and booking is essential.
Carlton's newest rooftop venue is throwing a New Year's Eve shindig with excellent views towards the city. For $85 per person, guests will receive an apertivo and cicchetti on arrival and a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne at midnight. There will be tunes by DJ Danny Hotep and plenty of good cheer to ring in the new year.
Spend NYE beside St Kilda Beach at Stokehouse where the venue’s lovely dining room will be decked out for the countdown to midnight. Guests can partake in curated set menus during the evening including a special cherry parfait curated especially for the evening by Van Haandel Group pastry chef Lauren Eldridge. The meal is $130 per person with sittings from 7pm. Booking is essential.
Lonsdale Street’s Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop is the place to be this New Year’s. Guests will begin the night with Spanish tapas in the downstairs restaurant before heading upstairs to watch the city’s fireworks display. You’ll be right in the thick of it too – so settle back with unlimited pours of beer and wine all night long, a DJ spinning tunes and plenty of good cheer. It kicks off at 8pm and will cost you $210 per person. Definitely book in advance to confirm your spot.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Baby Pizza where you can book a table for $66 per person. You'll get a banchetto menu for the night and be able to party with the beats by DJ Dave Brooks and DJ Johnny El P all night long. Groups of any size are welcome and there will be two sittings, 6 and 8.30pm. Book your spot here.