9 Quintessentially Melbourne Birthday Party Venues

Packed with trendy bars, charming cafes and world-famous restaurants, it’s no secret that Melbourne has hundreds of ridiculously amazing venues for any special event. Here are 9 of our top choices for birthday ideas in Melbourne that reflect the spirit of this funky city.


1. Waterfront beer garden in Brighton

Looking for a cocktail party venue in Melbourne for your next birthday? This newly refurbished beer garden gets extra "uniquely Melbourne” points for its location in one of the oldest buildings in the city. Locations with panoramic bay views provide a stunning backdrop for birthday parties and other events. This stylish venue can accommodate live music and a DJ, has access to its own bar, and has large umbrellas and heaters for protection against Melbourne’s temperamental weather.


The Albion Rooftop

2. Opulent Lounge & Private Bar in South Melbourne

A pub crawl is a time-honoured way to celebrate an adult birthday. But if you’d rather have a more exclusive experience, why not rent out an opulent lounge and private bar in South Melbourne? This stylish venue is perfect for any kind of birthday party, whether you want to keep it intimate with close friends or go big with a hundred-person extravaganza. You can enjoy classic cocktails, pinot noir, or any other drinks you desire.


3. Sleek cafe in Carlton

Melbourne is famous for its coffee culture and heaps of trendy cafes. Everyone has a favourite spot for enjoying superb coffee, and the sound of coffee machines is a welcome part of your mornings. Some of these delightful brunch spots also make spectacular venues for birthday parties!

This cosy Carlton institution is one such spot. Home to top-quality coffee and a menu stuffed with modern breakfast and lunch dishes, it's no wonder this cafe has a loyal following. The industrial minimalist interiors make for Insta-ready birthday photos whilst the warm and inviting vibe will make a devotee out of you. If you prefer leisurely birthday celebrations, gather your crew for a laidback birthday party here.


4. Fun and games in the Melbourne CBD

There are heaps of venues where you can have a nice drink whilst enjoying a round of darts or bowling. But this high-end spot takes that experience to a whole new level. Blow your mates’ socks off by hosting your next birthday bash at this fabulous social club that combines a bar, a club, superb dining and popular bar games in one unforgettable experience. It’s a luxurious wonderland that has ping pong tables, shuffleboard courts, cabanas, dart booths, virtual reality games and more. With lots of activities available, this is also perfect for kids' parties. There’s also an open-air patio for COVID-safe outdoor drinking.

The experienced events staff are ready to cater to your craziest birthday ideas. Bookings include a private bar and private bathrooms for that ultra-exclusive feel. This is the largest licensed venue in the Melbourne CBD, so if you have a sizeable crowd, this is where it’s at.


5. Iconic beachfront venue in St. Kilda

When in Melbourne, a quick trip to the seaside suburb of St. Kilda is a must. The little beachside getaway is known for its bohemian atmosphere, quirky cafes and fantastic restaurants. It’s also the perfect spot to celebrate a special event whilst enjoying uninterrupted views of the beach and Port Phillip Bay.

This bustling waterfront bar and restaurant offers several bright and airy spaces for a broad range of events. The modern rooftop space is great for leisurely lunches but is downright glorious for sundown cocktails and canapés.


6. Fabulous disco diner in Fitzroy

There are some good reasons this venue is so uniquely Melbourne. First, the diner-style menu boasts an impressive range of vegetarian and vegan options, and everything is locally sourced. Second, there’s an emphasis on sustainability and ethical and low-waste practices befitting Australia’s most sustainable city. And last but not least, the eclectic venue has that quirky, laidback, feel-good atmosphere that defines the VIC capital.

Located in a converted warehouse on Gertrude St. in one of Melbourne’s trendiest neighbourhoods, this unique venue pays homage to the ‘80s in looks and overall vibe. The bar/disco/diner can accommodate up to 180 guests and bookings include access to a 150-inch projector screen, DJ equipment, stage, spotlight and wireless microphones.


7. Farm-to-table venue at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne is known for its stunning green spaces, including the beautiful and historic Royal Botanic Gardens. Nestled in the heart of the lush gardens, this versatile and elegant venue serves up some of the best French/Vietnamese food in the city and embodies a farm-to-table philosophy. The menu changes with the seasons and features organic and biodynamic produce, some of which are grown on-site. Whether it’s a small intimate dinner or a lavish feast for your entire crowd, this elegant venue is a must for your next birthday celebration.


8. Legendary basement lounge in St. Kilda

Found in the basement of the iconic George Hotel, this decades-old venue has quite an interesting history. In the ‘70s, the hidden bar was frequented by some of the roughest characters in Melbourne. In the ‘90s, the venue was a nightclub that drew crowds nightly. However, in recent years, the bar was refitted into a luxe late-night lounge serving fine spirits and signature cocktails.

For an unforgettable experience, book the full venue, which includes the main bar and the VIP side room. This alluring space is fully equipped for a night of debauchery — the venue is licensed until 3 AM and your booking will include the dance floor and DJ booth.


9. Stylish function room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne is one of the world’s sporting capitals and its sporting venues are legendary. These venues also happen to make amazing settings for some quintessentially Melbourne celebrations. Throw an epic birthday bash whilst joining in the fun at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This modern and versatile room, one of many luxurious spaces for hire in Australia’s biggest sporting stadium, is popular for cocktail parties, formal dinners and other occasions. Enjoy panoramic views of the arena whilst you dine on award-winning cuisine from the country’s premium caterer. It’ll be a night you and your guests won’t soon forget!


Discover unique birthday party venues in Melbourne

Whether you’ve lived in Melbourne all your life or are thinking of celebrating your next big event there, it’s hard to go wrong with the hundreds of world-class eateries, charming cafes and hidden gems scattered throughout this marvellous city. Out of birthday ideas in Melbourne? Let VenueNow help you find the perfect space for celebrating your big day!


What should I keep in mind when planning a birthday party in Melbourne?

When it comes to planning a birthday party in Melbourne, there are plenty of options available that will make your celebration special. Consider these tips when selecting the perfect venue for your big day:

Type of Venue

When selecting your venue, think about the type of event you want to have. Different venues offer different atmospheres and amenities that should suit your needs. Whether you're planning a fun outdoor party or an elegant gathering, Melbourne has the perfect venue to suit your needs.


Location is an important factor to consider when selecting a venue. Make sure that the venue you select is easily accessible and ideally located near other attractions so that your guests can make the most of their Melbourne staycation.

Guest List Size

Make sure you pick a venue that can comfortably accommodate your expected number of guests. It’s always better to book a larger space than necessary so as not to be too crowded.


Parties can be expensive so it’s important to consider your budget when planning an event in Melbourne. Consider the cost of both renting the space and food services, if applicable.

Party Entertainment

A birthday celebration isn’t complete without entertainment. Consider what type of music you would like, whether it be a DJ or a live band. You can even think outside the box and invite Rhythm Arkadia to host an African Drumming party.

Party Activity

There are plenty of fun party games to keep the guests and your birthday child entertained and some venues even offer packages with great discounts for activities such as bowling, laser tag, video gaming and more. Some venues like Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale even offer a 'hands-on' animal party.

Kids birthday party catering

What is your party food? Do you want to serve light snacks or a full meal? Are there dietary restrictions that need to be accommodated? Make sure your catering plan fits within your budget and consider the preferences of your guests. Don't forget the birthday cake! We suggest an ice cream cake. Yum!

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