The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching: a chance to let your hair down and get a bit rowdy with your coworkers (hey, you’ve earned it). However, if you’ve been tasked with the responsibility of organising the office Christmas party, then chances are you probably aren’t in the most festive of spirits. Finding the perfect venue for your Christmas soiree isn’t the easiest job (I mean, no one wants to have drinks at the office…). Luckily, we’re here to help speed you along your way and make sure you pick the perfect place.
Here are 15 of Melbourne's best places to have your office Christmas party.
The Espy | St Kilda
In 2018 we witnessed the long-awaited re-opening of the hotel, and since then, the Espy has not looked back. With even greater music, performances, cocktails, fun and laughter, The Espy is a great (and absolutely humongous) spot for you to grab drinks with your coworkers. You really can’t go wrong with twelve bars over five levels.
ARBORY BAR & EATERY | CBD
You won’t be lacking in good views at Melbourne’s longest bar. In an old converted train platform, Arbory Bar & Eatery is a great space for group drinks. If you have a small group you can probably get away with just rocking up early and securing a few tables, but if you do have a larger group just call up and The Arbory can organise and reserve space for you.
It's also worth checking out Arbory Afloat and its rooftop terrace right next door on the Yarra.
Bodriggy & Co | Abbotsford
If you’re looking for a more casual venue with lots of space, Bodriggy & Co is the place to be. Owned by the guys from Dr Morse, it’s a great spot for beers and chats without feeling cramped (it’s a 400-seater). There are 64 taps in the joint plus plenty of Mexican food to keep you fueled, so why the hell not?
THE DUKE ROOFTOP BAR | CBD
Situated just above the Duke on the corner of Flinders and Russell, The Duke Rooftop— formerly known as Dutchess—boasts great views of the city, and is the perfect location to take in that afternoon sun.
RICE QUEEN | FITZROY
Rice Queen has got to be one of the most fun spots in Fitzroy for group drinks. This oriental-inspired outfit has an all-star cocktail list and some pan-fried Asian food that is perfect for sharing. Ideal for smaller groups but if you have more than 11 then the banquet menu is for you. Plus there’s a karaoke room…
Mya Tyger at The Espy | St Kilda
Mya Tiger is inspired by the Chinese cook-shops that popped up around the streets of St Kilda during the gold rush of the 1850s while also taking reference from Singapore’s famous Raffles Hotel. It’s delicious and definitely worth it if you can swing a reservation—but you better move quickly ‘cause this place books out.
Eazy Peazy | Richmond
Richmond’s new Japanese restaurant is the place to be if you’re into simple but delicious hibachi-focused grub. They have a great ‘Feed Me’ menu and their private function room in the back is nicely sealed off from the rest of the venue, right across a projector screen that plays loops of old Japanese films.
Agostino | Carlton
If you want to feel a bit swanky without doling out the big bucks, Agostino’s is where it’s at. With its old-school Italian wine bar vibes and a mouthwatering menu (veal cutlets, fresh fish, grilled octopus and plenty of pasta options), Agostino has you and your entire crew covered.
Maha East | Windsor
Shane Delia’s latest and greatest, Maha East, is already making a splash on the food scene. So if you’re toying with the idea of sampling some mind-blowingly delicious Middle-Eastern with your workmates, you better get in before someone else does.
Transformer | Fitzroy
If you want a cosy, lush venue with yummy vegetarian options, Transformer’s your spot. Greenery as far as the eye can see, dim lighting and a delectable ‘Feed Me’ vegetarian menu that’ll ‘transform’ even the most stubborn sceptics into veggie believers.
Talk To Me | South Yarra
If you’re looking to get a little weird, a little rowdy and maybe even a little bit sloppy, Talk To Me is where you want to be. Yep, it is that venue from the guys behind Peking Duk and yep, you can book it for functions in all its eclectic glory. Giant lit-up indoor tree? Check. A ceiling covered in umbrellas? Check. Best office Christmas party ever? Check.
Bar Margaux | CBD
With Parisian-style white tiles and red leather booths, every detail of Bar Margaux has been thoughtfully planned and executed, right down to the light fixtures. Transport your workmates to a New York-style bistro, with mood lighting, frosted glass and a killer French-bistro-inspired menu that’ll knock their socks off.
Johnny’s Green Room | Carlton
Johnny’s Green Room is back in full swing and ready to grace your eyeballs with a magnificent view that reaches from the Carlton end of Lygon Street all the way to the city. With plenty of space for even the largest office and enough grub to satisfy anyone and everyone, Carlton’s rooftop hotspot is sure to hit the spot. Basically, if you want to feel like you’re sipping Negronis on a sun-soaked rooftop in Rome, you need to book this joint ASAP.
LIEUX | CREMORNE
Lieux is a uniquely converted warehouse venue, hidden away in a private backstreet of Cremorne. The venue can hold between 40 and 200 people (depending on if you want seating or cocktail standing) and the event specialists can organise decorations, styling and any additional furniture. Lieux also has a private outdoor deck complete with lights and furniture.
ROC’S JAM FACTORY | SOUTH YARRA
Located inside Chapel Street’s Jam Factory, Roc’s is tailored to those looking for a sophisticated cocktail event. The interior is classy and stylish, holding up to 200 people and can even be transformed to accommodate a sit-down banquet.
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