Summer is right around the corner, and we’re craving cocktails on rooftops and beers by the beach. We’ve collected our favourite beachside venues in Melbourne, perfect for sunny afternoons with a sun-drenched crowd (and hosting an event or three over summer).
The sweltering summer heat has come early this year. We’re sweating it out in the office just waiting for those long summer days around Christmas time. Soon enough we’ll all be swanning around by the seaside, sipping cocktails and tasting the season’s best new craft brews. And there are plenty of beachside venues in Melbourne perfect for doing (almost) nothing at all, and for celebrating within.
No matter the occasion, or the size of your posse, these beachside venues in Melbourne will leave you feeling suitably relaxed and ready to soak up the sunshine.
Brighton’s premiere spot for a tipple by the seaside, The Baths Middle Brighton is just the right mix of luxury and lounge vibes. Sit back and admire the sunset while the attentive staff treat you to fresh modern Australian fare.
Set within the stunning St Kilda Sea Baths, Encore St Kilda is a luxurious function space right by the bay. Floor to ceiling windows and polished timber floors give the space an open and inviting feel, and a long breezy deck awaits guests looking for a place to lounge while admiring the sea views.
Perched atop the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Harbour Room boasts uninterrupted views of St Kilda Beach and Port Phillip Bay. The venue offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, ready for a party no matter how the pesky Melbourne weather gods are feeling. Soft pastel furnishing and abundant greenery dress the Rooftop space, and fairy lights complete the relaxed summer setting.
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True South is located in the bayside suburb of Black Rock, serving modern Argentinian delicacies in a stripped back, stylish setting. The downstairs restaurant features an exposed industrial ceiling and long concrete bar, while the upstairs Bay View Room is the perfect spot for drinking, dining and dancing in the sunshine.
Captain Baxter is a bustling St Kilda venue inspired by the cheeky Irishman of the same name. The fresh menu celebrates local ingredients, with a nod to traditional Irish cuisine. The multi-levelled space is light, bright, and airy, perfect for a summer afternoon bev or three by the beach.
Republica St Kilda beach serve up relaxed vibes in a seriously premium waterfront location. Head over on the weekend to experience local live music in the sunny courtyard, or enjoy a midweek feast in the spacious dining room or lounge. This spot is a local favourite for events, featuring an outdoor space with rustic wooden furnishings and comfy hanging chairs.
Located at the beach end of St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street, St Luja is an award-winning restaurant, bar and function space with a unique detail around every corner. Quirky antique decor and colourful lighting set the scene for a boozy evening on the breezy St Kilda promenade. This place is smoke fusion restaurant meets whisky bar and live music venue, and it’s a whole bunch of fun.
Named after Australia’s first craft brewer, James Squire, The Cheeky Squire is a brand new brew-pub and designer function space on the Mornington Peninsula. Head out of the busy city, or straight from the beach to this beautiful seaside venue. Get amongst thirst quenching craft beer and fancy pub grub in a relaxed setting – or celebrate a larger occasion.
A little further out of the city, but definitely worth every second of the commute. Mantra Lorne on Victoria’s iconic Surf Coast is home to 13 dedicated function spaces of all sizes. From a heritage ballroom to a huge lawn area right by the beach, Mantra Lorne promise resort vibes, beach views and a whole collection of sunny spaces for relaxing this sweltering summer season.
Head out of the city and along the coast for some seriously summery vibes. These unique beachside venues in Melbourne are waiting for hoards of sun-baked bods. Lounge by the beach or dine by the bayside - summer is coming in a big way.
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