A day normally reserved for popping Panadol and piecing together the night before, New Year's Day has gone wasted (no pun intended) for far too long.
Melbourne folk, we're absolutely spoilt for choice with a range of shindigs taking place around town. Still feeling a bit too ill to even contemplate another whiff of tequila? Don't fret, we've got plenty of activities sans tequila and friends.
Whether your style is hair of the dog or health kick, we've got your New Year's Day sorted.
NEW YEAR'S DAY BREAKFAST AT THE HILTON
It's time to say goodbye to the greasy eats of hangovers past and make a toast to new beginnings with a champagne breakfast at Hilton On The Park. They're offering up a full buffet of delicious gourmet selections, sparkling wine, freshly squeezed juices, teas and coffee. Stale pizza, never again!
Hilton On The Park | 192 Wellington Parade in East Melbourne
6:30am – 10:30am | Adults $40 | Children $25 | To book, please call 03 9412 3020
LET THEM EAT CAKE
After an extravagant first year, Let Them Eat Cake is back and bawdier than ever. Set in 10 hectares of grand parkland just a stone's throw from the CBD, this one-day wonderland will feature a huge line-up of international and local musical talent (Bicep, Cyril Hahn, Digital, DJ Koze, Floating Points, James Holden plus more) as well as a range of cutting-edge visual and artistic performances. Pack a picnic or feast on the gastronomic delights at Banh Mi Boys, Fancy Hank's Bar-B-Que, Ladro, Phat Brats and Captain Melville (sorry soggy sangas, we know what we'll be eating!).
Let Them Eat Cake | Werribee Park, K Road in Werribee
11:00am – 10:30pm | $145 per person (bus fare or parking extra) | Book tickets here
LET THEM EAT CAKE OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY
Just can't get enough of that sweet stuff? Brown Alley will keep the party running into the early hours with two rooms of music featuring some of the best artists from Cake and abroad.
Brown Alley | 585 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne
10:00pm – 6:00am | $20 online tickets | $15 with festival wristband
Book tickets here (discounted tickets w/ festival wristband available at the door)
NEW YEAR'S DAY RACES
Check out Melbourne's finest fillies and foals at the first race day of the New Year at Flemington Racecourse. While adults can enjoy a day of gambling and champagne guzzling, children will be kept entertained with a range of games, inflatables and crafty activities. Little jockeys (errr, we mean littler...) can also enjoy free pony rides. Giddy up!
Flemington Racecourse | 448 Epsom Road in Flemington
Gates open 12:00pm, first race 1:00pm, last race at 5:30pm
To book, please call 1300 727 575
Sitting on the edge of St Kilda Beach, Republica is the perfect spot to cure your hangover with a blast of fresh sea air and sip of a killer cocktail. Their Bloody Mary, complete with a sinus-clearing addition of horseradish and wholegrain mustard, is darn sure to put that pep back in your step. Grab a glass of the spicy goodness, park yourself in one of their hanging hammock chairs and tune out to some live music. You can even join in on a game of beach volleyball out the front (or just sip your cocktail and perve from the sidelines).
Republica | St Kilda Sea Baths, 10 – 18 Jacka Boulevard in St Kilda
From 11:30am | To book, please call 03 8598 9055
NEW YEAR'S DAY RECOVERY SESSION AT THE WHARF HOTEL
After rocking out at The Wharf Hotel's festival-themed New Year's Eve do, head home for a couple hours of kip, then head right back for a solid recovery session. They do a cracker parma and, at just $15 on New Year's Day, there's no excuse not to sink your teeth into that cheesy, greasy cure-all goodness. We all know a night on the booze can leave us shrivelled like old prunes, so make sure you keep your fluids up with $25 Corona buckets and $30 Hillbilly cider buckets. Just what the doc ordered!
The Wharf Hotel | 18 – 38 Siddeley Street in Melbourne
From 12:00pm | To book, please call 03 8680 6000
THE BEACH NEW YEAR'S DAY
If you loved watching Aussie DJ-duo Stafford Brothers in their what-happens-on-tour-goes-on-TV reality show, you MUST head down to The Beach to see the pair in the gloriously muscly flesh. The musical brothers will be bringing their A game this New Year's Day, alongside Timmy Trumpet, Chardy and TENZIN (plus others!). Treat yourself to the ultimate VIP experience and book a swanky cabana for you and your mates.
The Beach | 97 Beaconsfield Parade in Albert Park
From 12:00pm | Tickets from $66.30 | Book tickets here
STOKEHOUSE NEW YEAR'S DAY
Celebrating its 14th New Year's Day party, Stokehouse has certainly perfected its winning formula of frozen booze + live tunes + St Kilda sun (hopefully!) = some very happy punters. Grab one of their deliciously adult slushiees (vodka, lime and bitters, anyone?) and spend your day on the terrace listening to the sweet musical musings of Katie Drover, Gavin Campbell, Liz Millar, Jake Judd, Mr Takse and Henry Who (just to name a talented few). With a full cocktail bar and menu available all day, you'll never want to leave this beachside party place!
Stokehouse | 30 Jacka Boulevard in St Kilda
$90 (+ booking fee) per person | Book tickets here
ROOFTOP RECOVERY SESSION AT CAMPARI HOUSE
One of Melbourne's best spots to enjoy an alfresco pizza, Campari House is serving up their cheesy pizza love this New Year's Day for the measly price of $10 a pop. As if it could get any better…you can also wash it down with their sinfully good $10 margaritas. Cheap-as-chips margheritas and margaritas…it's definitely set to be a good year!
Campari House | 23 – 25 Hardware Lane in Melbourne | From 2:00pm
DAY CLUB NEW YEAR'S DAY AT THE DECK AT CIRCA
Hypnotic beats, Circa eats and ever-flowing drinks…um, yes please! One of Melbourne's finest sipping spots, The Deck at Circa will celebrate the first day of the New Year with the best house music, flowing champagne and abundant nibbles. Headlining is the ever-so-cool Late Nite Tuff Guy supported by Kaz James, John Course and other local musical talents. Day lounges and cabanas are available for those with cash to splash; make sure you book 'em quick sticks!
Circa at The Prince | 2 Acland Street in St Kilda
12:00pm – 10:00pm | Tickets from $80 (presale) | To book, please call 03 9536 1122
NO FRILLS NEW YEAR'S DAY AT BIMBO DELUXE
A favourite spot of fuss-free punters, Bimbo Deluxe is prepping its barbie and polishing its kewpie doll for a chilled out New Year's Day bash. Head to good ol' Bimbos after Lucky Coq's NYE party for the same 'no frills, 100% thrills' fun complete with free entry, pool tables and snags aplenty. Oh yeah, and discounted booze will be flowing all night long.
Bimbo Deluxe | 376 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy | 12:00pm – 3:00am
MEDITATE AT FED SQAURE
For those who don't subscribe to the 'hair of the dog' policy, start your New Year with positive vibes from a free mediation presentation. Buddhist nun and international spiritual teacher, Gen-La Kelsang Kunsang, will cover everything from inner peace to stress relief, giving you tips and tricks that'll have you feeling oh-so-zen in no time.
Deakin Edge | Federation Square, Flinders Street in Melbourne
7:00pm – 8:30pm?| Free, no bookings required, everyone welcome!
SWEAT IT OUT
While you may want to wallow in the dark depths of your hangover, some say the very best cure to that ungodly feeling is a good ol' fashioned sweat session. Unfortunately most fitness facilities are closed New Year's Day but there's no reason you can't shimmy into that lycra, hit the bitumen and sweat out those festive toxins (read: last night's bottle of champers). We've already compiled a list of the very best tracks, trails and courses in Melbourne for you to run / jog / crawl around, along with some tasty cafes at the finish line. Hop to it!
SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP
Melbourne is chock-a-block with fabulous shops and, to be completely honest, that resolution to spend less/pay off the credit card just ain't much fun at all. With everyone either nursing sore heads or still partying on, you'll be able to swan around the shops carefree without the hustle and bustle of crowds. Not sure what threads to get? This guide to Spring/Summer '14 trends has all your sartorial needs covered.
CATCH A FLICK
The darkened room, the blasting air con, the dangerously salty popcorn – the cinema may just be the perfect place to cradle that NYE hangover. Add to the mix a massive reclining chair and you're absolutely golden (we're looking at you, Village Gold Class). If you're like us and can't watch a movie without a lap full of snacks, Palace Westgarth is the place to go; they make their own Connoisseur choc tops (you'll struggle to find better) and also sell health-conscious options like popcorn cooked in olive oil. Suckers for cinematography need to look no further than The Astor Theatre – on New Year's Day they'll be screening the Samsara (the documentary masterpiece from the minds behind Baraka and Chronos) with tickets a steal at just $10. Last but definitely not least, Coburg Drive-In deserves a special mention for providing a rad old-school cinema experience with '50s diner eats.
Village Cinemas | Various Locations
Palace Westgarth | 89 High Street in Northcote
The Astor Theatre | Dandenong Road in St Kilda (Corner Chapel Street)
Coburg Drive-In |155 Newlands Road in Coburg
SLEEP IT OFF
When you wake up to the room spinning, sometimes the very best thing to do is place your party head back on that pillow. Pop a couple of Panadol, cover your brow with a cold compress (frozen peas work a charm in times of crisis) and snore that hangover away.
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