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NYE For Dummies: What’s Hot In Melbourne This 31st

By Sophie Teague
17th Dec 2015


New Years Eve in Melbourne can be a night full of epic food, drinks and fireworks - or a heap of disappointment. To make sure you see in 2016 in the best possible style, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants for NewYear’s Eve in Melbourne - ensuring that you won’t go hungry on December 31st!

Read on for some of the best New Years Eve parties in Melbourne for all you food lovers. 

Saké Restaurant


Saké Restaurant offers a point of difference this NYE, with an up-close view of the midnight fireworks display AND a contemporary 7-course Japanese degustation. Oh, it doesn’t stop there! There will also be an in-house DJ performing on the outdoor terrace while you soak up the beautiful riverside views. Tickets are $150 per person and include a glass of champagne at midnight. Click here to book online.

GoGo Bar


Chin Chin’s hidden cocktail bar, GoGo, is going to be pumping this New Year’s Eve. They will be taking their usual bookings of 8 or more for a table, which includes the to die for ‘feed-me’ menu. These spots don’t last long, so get in quick and seal your spot this NYE - click here to fill out a booking form on the Chin Chin Facebook page.

MoVida Aqui


It’s the last night of the year, and MoVida Aqui is staying open just for YOU! Chef Ewen Crawford and the MoVida team are serving up the best à la carte menu that they can muster. Now you have the freedom to eat and drink as much (or potentially as little) as you want! Seats are filling up fast so make sure to call for reservations.

Arbory Bar & Eatery


This is easily one of the most ideal viewing spots for your New Year’s Eve; so if you’re a firework fanatic who also loves to gaze longingly across the water, then lock in the Arbory for your NYE plans. From 8pm-3am you will be you’ll be presented with mouthwatering bites by chef Nick Bennett,including roving canapés, a charcuterie station, and our personal favourite, the Espresso Martini Sundae. Tickets are $250 per person they include wine by the glass, tap beer, house spirits, entertainment and DJs. Buy tickets online.

Toko Melbourne


New Years Eve WITH class and dignity? Yes, it’s possible with Toko Melbourne. Featuring a luxury NYE dinner with sparkling, red, white and beer included for $175, celebrate the coming of 2016 in elegance and style this year. You’ve got to do it once right? Call or email for bookings.

Pope Joan

Brunswick East

One of our favourite Brunswick venues is hosting the ultimate NYE party with all the unlimited drinks until 1am! That’s beer, wine, ciders, and softies Listers - plus Pope Joan's delish food for $120. A food-only ticket is available for $50, but we hardly think that's necessary. Call or email to book.

Taxi Kitchen


Single ladies, Taxi Kitchen may just be the place to find your very own Don Draper this New Year’s Eve. With a Mad Men themed celebration complete with 5-course menu, live entertainment, and a prize for the best-dressed table, Taxi seems a winner this year. Tickets are $185 per person, excluding beverages. Bookings are essential so call or email to book.

Ms Collins


Ms Collins teams up with legendary Californian house DJ Miguel Migs this New Year’s Eve for the ultimate end of year celebration. Tickets are $80 per person for a package from 8-10pm that includes a complimentary cocktail and scrumptious street food from award-winning chefs, Paul Wilson (Lady Carolina) and Daniel Wilson (Huxtable). However, for those of you who want to splurge this NYE, there are also #BOOTHLYF tickets which offer an exclusive VIP experience. For bookings and further ticketing information, call or visit their website.

Temple Brewing Company

Brunswick East

Temple Brewing Co in Brunswick are welcoming in the New Year in low-key fashion. With no over-priced tickets, no queues, and no predictable set menus, this amazing brewery is serving food from its delicious a la carte menu until 10.30pm, with bar snacks on offer until midnight and free bubbles for the final countdown. If you’re keen to avoid the CBD, but still have an ace new year’s eve in Melbourne, make Temple Brewing Co. your destination for the night. Call them for bookings.



If you are dreaming of a luxurious NYE that transports you to NYC then you need to attend Broadvue's Vue De Monde annual NYE party. Situated on Level 55 of the Rialto the cocktail party is the ultimate nod to the New York stage. The curtain opens at 8pm with crowd favourites Mumm champagne and Lui Bar cocktails and throughout the evening ushers will be weaving through the crowds to serve Shannon Bennett ‘snacks’. Hetty Kate and her band will keep your toes tapping rhythmically throughout the night, preparing you for the ultimate curtain call at midnight. Tickets are $375 per person and include champagne, cocktails, spirits and canapés - for bookings call the restaurant. 

Royal Saxon


Pull out your little black dress or suave suit because Royal Saxon’s top-level NYE event is themed ‘Dressed to Kill’ - think James Bond meets Mr & Mrs Smith! There will also be some fantastic DJs (incl. Ken Walker) spinning you into the New Year. Tickets are $150 per person, including a premium beverage package and food all night. To book tickets call or head to their website.

The Village


After killing it on last year’s New Year’s party scene, The Village Night Garden New Year’s Eve party is back! The Night Garden party-zone features all-inclusive Erdinger beer, Robert Oatley wines, The Hills cider, basic spirits, and of course a selection of beer food from the beloved Garden Kitchen menu. Tickets are going for $140, which is our definition of a bargain for a night of non-stop dancing, eating and drinking. Bookings are essential, so click here to book online.

Munich Brauhaus

South Wharf

You can’t go past Munich Brauhaus for the best Bavarian celebration this New Year’s Eve. What they have described as a ‘bier swilling, foot-stomping and schnitzel-chomping party of epic proportions’, is easily the most indulgent way to ring in 2016. Guzzling a gigantic range of imported Bavarian beers, feasting on the famous pork knuckle, and watching the South Wharf Promenade fireworks sounds like a hell-of-a plan this NYE. Tickets are $130 per person; visit their website to book tickets online.

Gerald’s Bar

Carlton North

If you’re a regular or a newbie, Gerald’s Bar is an ideal spot to celebrate 2016 and remember the year that was. An award-winning local gem situated on Rathdowne Street in North Carlton, Gerald’s will be sure to deliver the goods. Tickets are $70 per person and exclude booze. Bookings are essential so call them now to save your spot.



The New Year’s Eve party that takes the ‘Hawthorn-cake’ this year is at the local pizza purveyor's choice, Santoni. Celebrating in style, Santoni are offering a modern-Italian 4-course set menu that includes delicacies like mushroom arancini with whipped mash, seared duck breast, and a fancy chocolate brownie for dessert. The main event, including a fantastic view firework show, will be held on the rooftop bar from 11pm til late. Tickets are $70 per person for a 6-8pm sitting, or $90 per person for an 8:30 til late sitting. Call Santoni to make a booking.

Terminus Hotel


BYO double denim, Nike high tops, and slogan-printed tees because Terminus Hotel is bringing back Old School Cool this NYE. As promised, RnB tracks will be spinning all night - and you’ll be delighted with vintage nibbles like the classic prawn cocktail and much-loved devilled egg. Tickets are $120 per person, which includes a 4-hour retro inspired food and drink package from 8pm til midnight. Don’t fret though - the venue will be open till 3am for all you party animals! Bookings are essential, so visit their website or call. If you want to make any old school song requests be sure to make a note in your booking – you won’t regret it!

The Bridge Hotel


The Bridge Hotel just keeps delivering the goods for New Year’s Eve, and this year as it transforms into a spooky haunted house we are sure you will be equally scared and entertained! The Bridge promises ‘ghouls lurking in the laneway, gargoyles in the gantry, and a bite with a side of FRIGHT’. That sounds just perfect to us... Tickets are $120 per person and include a 4.5-hour food and beverage package from 7pm, and of course a cocktail on arrival! Make sure to book your tickets ASAP. 

Richmond Club Hotel


Richmond Club Hotel is the perfect laid-back option this New Year’s Eve. An Endless Summer NYE party with no tickets or dress code - hell I’m relaxed already! More importantly, if you can knock off from work early, there is a lengthy happy hour from 3-6pm. The rooftop is the perfect vantage point for the city fireworks, and a mixture of live acoustic tunes followed by a DJ will take you into 2016. 

Beer DeLuxe

Federation Square 

With free entry from the strike of midnight, head to Federation’s Square Beer DeLuxe after the fireworks to kick on well into the morning. Boasting bar food, craft beers and live music, Beer DeLuxe is the place to keep the party going if you’ve got friends with short attention spans!

The Local Taphouse

St Kilda East

20s themed flappers party located a skip away from the beachfront sound like a good New Years party? We think so too. Tickets for The Local Taphouse’s exclusive speakeasy-themed party are going at $130 per person or $110 for groups of 5 or more. The ticket price includes all the cocktails, beer, wine and canapés - so it's time to load up for 2016.

Loop Roof


There’s nothing more Melbourne than a rooftop bar, so if you’re looking to have a Merry Melbourne New Year's Eve, head to Loop Roof for canapés, drinks and the best view of the NYE fireworks! The ticket price ($175 for earlybirds or $195) includes mixers, beers, reds and bubbles to name a few. 

Are you also unorganised for Christmas Lunch? Read about our top places to eat on Christmas Day this year!

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