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The Best Christmas Party Venues In Melbourne For 2023

By Stephanie Chadwick

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The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching—a chance to let your hair down and get a bit rowdy with your fellow nine-to-fivers. 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, so check out the below to lock in your end-of-year celebrations. 

Here are the best Christmas party venues in Melbourne for 2023: 

Supernormal

CBD

Supernormal’s private dining space can be found at the bottom of the spiral staircase and is inspired by the Shoin zen-like rooms of Tokyo. But don’t let the interior fool you, this room is designed to host serious parties with its built-in karaoke system. You can host up to 40 guests for a seated Christmas party or 60 guests for a standing cocktail event. Book here.

A person walking up a spiral staircase at Supernormal, a top Christmas party venue Melbourne.

Mr Miyagi 

WINDSOR

If you haven’t tried their salmon nori taco, you’ve gotta make a run to Mr Miyagi. Luckily, it’s offered on their event menu, along with other modern Japanese goodies and a 3-hour beverage package. In terms of the space, you can choose between Yukie’s Snack Bar with views of Windsor’s famous Artists Lane, fitting between 50 to 90 people, or you can keep it cosy with their Level One option, including a private bar and accommodatingbetween 23 to 70 people. Book here.

A dimly lit bar with cocktails and a taco at a christmas party Melbourne venue.

Grossi Florentino

CBD

Grossi Florentino has been bringing fine dining to Melbourne since 1928, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re looking for an up-scale Christmas function, they have several options available, with rooms that fit an intimate 8-person party to a more jolly 70-person soiree. They pride themselves on their contemporary menu, which balances fresh produce with Italian ingenuity, so your guests are sure to be satisfied. Book it here.

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Tokyo Private (Tina)  

WINDSOR

Home to exquisite Japanese-style dishes, Melbourne’s favourite Tokyo Tina is showing off their elevated private dining room; Tokyo Private. The space has a luxe 1970s feel and has been fashioned in the style of an elevated Japanese train carriage.  It seats up to 24 guests and highlights Tokyo Tina’s seasonal and delicious menu. The best bit is the event package includes karaoke so after a few rounds of sake you can really get stuck in. Book here.

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Johnny’s Green Room  

CARLTON 

Johnny’s Green Room’s rooftop has an incredibly fun ambience and also includes seriously impressive 360-degree views over Carlton and the city. Mirroring the vibe similar to an Italian rooftop terrazzo—you can host your next event at their dedicated function space, catering up to 200 people. Think good times, great tunes and an exquisite combination of Negronis, Bellinis and antipasti, and a range of top-tier pizzas. Buona. Book here.

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Arbory Afloat 

CBD

With a backdrop of the Yarra River, Arbory Afloat has grown to become a Melbourne summer favourite. Not only is the spot slinging cocktails and tacos to the public, but you can also hire the space for private and semi-private events. With sunset scenes, this venue can cater for fiestas of 40 to 900 people. This year’s theme celebrates the vibrant culture of Mexico, so if you wanna enjoy an inner-city oasis, this is your spot. Book here.A large floating pontoon bar in the CBD, best christmas party venue melbourne.

Chin Chin 

CBD 

There's always plenty of vibe upon entering Chin Chin—it's basically the festive season all year round there with celebrations a-plenty. If you're looking to dial up the end-of-year festivities it's hard to pass up the Flinders Lane modern Thai institution. Here you can opt for their upstairs private space where they have two dining options— bountiful canapés for cocktail-style functions or their classic 'Feed Me' banquet which brings out an array of their heavy hitters. Book your spot over here.

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Builders Arms Hotel 

FITZROY

Builders Arms Hotel is renowned for its simple, seasonal and contemporary menu which you can enjoy in one of their private dining spaces. Whether you opt for a cocktail or sit-down event, they’re flexible to different party sizes and occasions. Both rooms showcase elements from the original hotel and have been restored to emphasise their character while you enjoy their food and drink. Think pub-style vibes with a boujee twist. Book here.

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Poodle Bar & Bistro

FITZROY

Poodle is a bistro-style bar that is one of the best Christmas party locations in Melbourne’s north. They have a seated event space that’s hidden away from the hum of the main bar, making it perfect for more intimate events. They also have an upstairs lounge and courtyard area if you are looking for something a little bigger. Their event packs include a variety of smaller Euro-inspired plates and drinks, so all your guests are sure to have a good time. Book here.

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Agostino

CARLTON

Agostino is the upscale Carlton local that knows wine like no other and its bluestone cellar downstairs is prepped to host functions. This completely private space is the ideal Melbourne location if you’re looking to throw an unforgettable Christmas party for between 40 and 60 people. Celebrate the end of the year in the temperature-controlled wine cellar that has its own bar and vinyl-driven sound system. Book here.

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Kisumé 

CBD

Another Flinders Lane gem, the elevated charm of Kisumé is the ideal way to put a bow on a year well-spent. Inside the Japanese-style fine diner, you can choose between five unique private dining spaces—from the Chablis Bar which accommodates up to 40 guests, to the 12-seat chef's table which includes an exploratory journey through a multi-course tasting menu prepared in front of you. Book here.

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Patsy’s

CBD

Patsy’s vegetarian Italian cuisine and a wine-focused menu will help bring all your guests together for a Christmas function. Every dish on the menu is inspired by the Northern Mediterranean regions from where Pasty’s wine selection originates, so you are guaranteed a match made in sommelier heaven. You can book out its upstairs space for a private function for anywhere between 16 to 32 guests. Book here.

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Stokehouse

ST KILDA

Stokehouse is St Kilda’s infamous seaside venue best known for its award-winning food and unparalleled views. You can reserve a semi-private function space for an intimate gathering or book out the entire venue if you’re looking to host a Christmas blowout like no other. Where beach charm meets luxury, Stokehouse is the perfect venue to kick off the summer season of celebrations. Book here.

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Cutler & Co

FITZROY

Cutler & Co have earned themselves a name in Melbourne’s restaurant scene thanks to their ethos around serving wild food and wild wine. They are willing to close the restaurant so you and up to 110 of your nearest and dearest can roam the entire venue or you can book out the private dining space and host up to 40 guests for an unforgettable sit-down meal. Book here.

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Lee Ho Fook

CBD

Lee Ho Fook is one of Melbourne’s best laneway secrets. The lofty space welcomes intimate functions with its exposed brick walls and can host up to 48 guests in its dining space. They will create a bespoke menu for your Christmas party that will be sure to create a memorable evening. Book here.

Audrey’s

SORRENTO

Audrey’s menu is as impressive as its sweeping view of Port Phillip Bay. If you’re after a location that delivers on old-world opulence and a culinary experience that showcases the best of seafood, Audrey’s is the venue for your Christmas party this year. For groups up to 30, you can book out the private dining space and treat your guests to a menu curated by Scott Pickett. Book here.

Society 

CBD

This place practically oozes special occasions—Society is one of Melbourne's most opulent dining experiences and one you'll likely never forget. There are a few options here, you could go large with 'The Green Room', which offers a personalised 20-guest experience, with a curated menu from executive chef, Luke Headon. Or opt for the private dining rooms of 'East' and West' which collectively accommodate 60 guests and provide sweeping vistas of the inner CBD. Book here.

Barlow

SORRENTO

Barlow is an elegant late-night cocktail bar that insists on an evening of celebration centred around decedent cocktails and live entertainment. You can book a private booth for up to 6 guests. This is definitely the right spot for an intimate Christmas party with your closest mates. Book here.

Moonhouse

BALACLAVA

Moonhouse is one of Melbourne’s beloved heritage-listed restaurants and its private dining room upstairs, equipped with its own bar and complimentary karaoke, is a prime Christmas party venue. The Chinese-inspired bistro can host up to 28 guests for a seated experience with a set menu of its very best dishes. Book here.

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Longsong

CBD

Longsong is ready to cater your 2023 Christmas party with its upstairs space designed with events in mind. Whether you're looking to seat 80 guests to a private dinner or 100 guests to a cocktail party, they are eager to help you celebrate with punchy Southeast Asian flavours and innovative cocktails. Book here.

Chancery Lane

CBD

Chancery Lane has several luxurious private dining rooms perfect to host your Christmas party. The Archway and Cellar Door are prime locations to host the best Christmas party in Melbourne. Chancery Lane is ready to seat up to 40 of your favourite family, friends and colleagues for an elegant and festive fine dining experience. Book here.

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The Estelle

NORTHCOTE

The Estelle provides the perfect backdrop and service to your Christmas party in Melbourne. The Northcote gem has two dining rooms for you to choose from that both serve a rustic chic bistro vibe. Or, if you’re hoping to take advantage of the December sun you can book out the enclosed courtyard that is filled with both greenery and natural light. Book here.

Matilda 159

SOUTH YARRA

Matilda159 is Domain Roads' darling restaurant and will certainly bring the heat to your Christmas party with its live flame, warm coals and smoke cooking techniques. You can reserve the Harrison and Oscar room, or book out both for a larger combined space to treat 60 guests to the kitchen's renowned modern Australian menu. Book here.

Smith St Bistrot

COLLINGWOOD

Smith St Bistrot is the reimagined French dining experience, transporting guests to twentieth-century Paris brasseries, making for a classy way to wrap up the year at your Christmas party. For a multi-level party experience, you can rent out the entire venue for up to 150 guests, or opt for an intimate soiree in one of the private dining rooms Book here.

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Ms Collins

CDB

With their Cocktail Room paying tribute to 1920’s Hollywood, you can bet that Ms Collins knows how to throw a party. The heritage-listed 1932 building has eight different spaces to choose from, each with its own private bar, covered in neon lights, street artwork and disco balls. For workplaces bringing together various teams for one mega Christmas celebration, you can rent the entire multi-level venue, housing up to 850 people, for the ultimate Gatsby-like party. Book here

Higher Ground

CBD 

Arguably Melbourne’s most elevated café, Higher Ground brings contemporary interiors into a 15-metre rustic heritage-listed building. For an awe-striking Christmas party, choose one of their function spaces spanning across six interconnected levels, catering up to 250 people. The menu can be tailored to suit your party-throwing needs, but you can expect nothing short of sophistication. Book here

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Cookie

CBD

Beer hall, Thai eatery and disco town—Cookie is Swanston Street’s one-stop shop for a party. For a semi-private space, opt for their hidden cocktail bar with front-row views of bartenders mixing and shaking, while picking away at the ‘Feed Me’ sharing-style banquet. Or for a cocktail event for up to 100 guests, boogie amongst the DJ in the Beer Hall, as Thai-inspired canapes are served up under ambient light. Book here

Maha North

COLLINGWOOD

Maha North takes the Middle Eastern menu and moody aesthetic from Maha East, and brings it to the vibrant suburb of Collingwood. Take over the whole venue for an intimate Christmas party of up to 40 people seated, or 60 people for a cocktail-style event. Situated on Smith Street, your festivities are bound to carry into the night. Book here. 

True South 

BLACK ROCK

This modern Argentinean gem has made a name for itself in Melbourne’s South East, with various function spaces on offer for your festive antics. True South’s Bay View Room offers a private bar and balcony deck looking over Port Phillip Bay—some serious scenes. There’s also the Private Dining Room in the downstairs modern gastro pub, for a more intimate sit-down or cocktail-style function. Book here

Easey’s 

COLLINGWOOD

For a not-so-average Christmas party, Easey’s offers a dining experience inside an old-school Hitachi train, sitting five stories high, on a graffiti-covered rooftop. This eccentric multi-level venue can cater for different party sizes, up to 100 people. Round off a successful year over some seriously juicy burgers, chicken-wing platters and the best Beer Melbourne has to offer, with a backdrop of Melbourne’s skyline. Book here

Maha East

WINDSOR

As the sister venue to Shane Delia’s award-winning Maha Restaurant, Maha East doesn’t disappoint with its private function space, accommodating up to 65 people. Opt for the Middle-Eastern three-course feasting menu to dazzle guests over a sit-down meal, or the canape package for a care-free cocktail event—both options pair perfectly with the meticulously curated wine list. Book here

Bar Jayda 

CBD

Bar Jayda is Melbourne’s elusive cocktail bar, tucked away from Flinders Street, and can be yours for a Christmas soiree. For a cocktail party for up to 100 guests, book out the whole venue, or for 30 of your nearest and dearest, take over The Lounge for a luxurious private dining experience. Where Old Hollywood meets European finesse, the interiors and extensive cocktail list make for an unforgettable evening. Book here

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