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.
2. Moody bar in Fitzroy
A pub crawl is a time-honoured way to celebrate an adult birthday. One of the best bar crawls you can do in Melbourne is in Fitzroy and includes this local favourite. Located in what used to be a tapas bar, this much-loved watering hole on Johnston St. has dimly lit interiors that make it feel secluded and mysterious. They serve a wide array of beers and cocktails, but for those trying to be responsible, there’s also an impressive list of low-booze and booze-free beverages.
Upstairs is a private room with a deck for smokers and a sound system. The venue can provide a DJ upon request and will work with local food spots if you want to bring in external catering. If your idea of a good time is sitting and sipping a good drink instead of sweating on the dance floor, this is the perfect birthday idea for you.
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. 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!
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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!
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