Restaurants

Melbourne’s Best Venues For Private Partying

By Sophie Colvin - 23 Sep 2015

Friends Of Mine
Richmond, VIC 1 Image
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The Stables of Como
South Yarra, VIC 8 Images
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[Stoke] Bar + Kitchen
Melbourne, VIC 8 Images
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Spring Street Grocer
Melbourne, VIC 1 Image
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Supernormal
Melbourne, VIC 1 Image
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The Botanical
South Yarra, VIC 8 Images
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Oscar Cooper
Prahran, VIC 1 Image
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Sarti
Melbourne, VIC 1 Image
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Cecconi’s Flinders Lane Restaurant & Cellar Bar
Melbourne, VIC 1 Image
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Wanting to gather your nearest and dearest for one helluva good time, but hate doing the dishes, don’t have the space and catering isn’t your thing? Great news, a stack of Melbourne’s best venues are all set up and ready to host your next celebration. Whether it’s an intimate dinner for 20 or a full-blown cocktail party for 200, we’ve got you covered with our hand-picked favourites.

Friends of Mine

Richmond

Best news, Listers! This epic Richmond Café is available for functions (read: parties!). It’s a gorgeous venue and the food is delicious. If you’re imagining Friends Of Mine as a strictly breakfast and lunch venue, fear not, they’ve well and truly mastered both the sit-down dinner and the cocktail party. You’ll be able to invite up to 76 of your favourite people for a full sit-down dinner, or 120 if you’re going to stand for a cocktail party.
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Stables of Como

South Yarra

If it’s atmosphere and ambience that you’re after (as well as epic food, of course!) then you should take a squiz at The Stables of Como. There are a few different options available, depending on your needs, what kind of ‘feel’ you’re going for and your willingness to risk the wrath of Melbourne Weather. The Garden Room is our favourite. It’s down near the veggie patch, is light and bright and has a relaxed sophistication about it that puts it in a league of its own. The Grand Ball Room is perfect for a larger dinner and more than a touch of grandeur – you’ll feel very swish wining and dining your pals in this flamboyant room. Lastly, if the garden party is more your style and you’re confident that you’ve got the weather on your side, the gardens at The Stables of Como are available for you to host a fun, relaxed and stylish outdoor event.
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[Stoke] Bar + Kitchen

Melbourne CBD

[Stoke] Bar + Kitchen offer up ‘The Cellar’ as a private dining space, and we have to confess, it’s up there as one of our favourites.  44 of your chosen ones can sit down for dinner, or 60 can stand for a cocktail event with truly excellent canapés and drinks.  If you go for the dinner option, guests will enjoy a selection of small and large sharing plates, copious amount of top-notch beverages and a rollicking good time.
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Spring Street Grocer

Melbourne CBD

Thought this deli-style gem was just a good option for a delicious takeaway lunch? Wrong! If you venture downstairs at Spring Street Grocer, there’s a stylish yet hip room set aside for private events. Conveniently, it’s right next to the cheese room – well wouldya look at that!? The space is lined with subway tiles and soft lighting. The food and drinks are delicious and the variety is mind boggling – you’ll be able to chat to the venue prior to your event to outline exactly what you want.  

Right across the road from the registry office, it’s ideal for an intimate and convenient post-hitch shindig. 
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Supernormal

Melbourne CBD

Supernormal offers up two private dining options, one with karaoke facilities – heck yes! The private dining space will hold 40 people sitting and 60 standing and is the the ideal space for a conference, party, product launch or booze fest.  Or why not head down the spiral staircase to Supernormal’s private karaoke room. Boasting a 65-inch screen, deep Bose sound and a 5000-strong song catalogue, you and your buddies can settle in for a seriously epic night of sing-a-longs, wine and delicious food.
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The Botanical

South Yarra

The Botanical is a segmented venue that really has your private dining desires wrapped up. There are a few different options, each with their own merits.  The Archer Room is out past the bar and has nailed relaxed sophistication. With its great tiles, leafy wall and glass atrium ceiling, it seats up to 40 guests and will play host to 70 guests for a cocktail party.  The Private Dining Space is another cracker. It’s surrounded by stunning wine racks and is ideal for an intimate dinner of up to 20 guests.  And if you’re looking for something smaller, the Alfresco Dining space is stunning. Thinking of hosting a brunch party? This is well worth a look-in. With its inside-but-out options, it makes for a relaxed environment.
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Moon Under Water

Fitzroy

Moon Under Water, the fine-dining sibling to The Builders Arms Hotel, offers two different private dining spaces. The Bowery Room can host up to 60 guests for a seated event, and up to 90 for a cocktail party.  With an open kitchen and stunning tiled bar, the space is great for mid-sized gatherings. Moon Under Water’s Private Dining Room is ideal for smaller gatherings. With ripper views over Gertrude and Gore Streets, it is an inviting room for lunch and dinner parties, accommodating up to 18 guests for a seated event.  Bonus points: A record player is available for you to create your own (vinyl!) soundtrack to the evening.
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Oscar Cooper

Prahran

This popular Prahran café is ideal for something a bit more relaxed. Available from 6:30pm onwards, you’ll have the whole of Oscar Cooper to yourselves. Though it doesn’t offer sit-down dinners, up to 110 guests can enjoy a stand-up event, complete with delicious canapés.
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Sarti

Melbourne CBD

Great news, one of our favourite Italian restaurants can now host your serious-sized private party. Hosting up to 200 guests, Sarti’s warm service and delicious food are the perfect ingredients for one helluva part-ay.
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Cecconi's

Melbourne CBD

Italian stalwart Cecconi's offers a super luxe private dining space (think dark wood and table cloths) making for a quiet and intimate setting for your private party. The menu options are extensive and refreshingly flexible, and the space will accommodate 34 people for a seated meal or 50 for a standing cocktail event.
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Image credit: The Botanical 

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