Top 18th Birthday Venues Melbourne for Hire

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Best Melbourne 18th Birthday Party Venues for Hire

114 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066

100 Seated • 200 Standing • $$

108 Leicester Street, Carlton VIC 3053

80 Seated • 100 Standing • $$

Beaney Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

100 Standing • $$

78 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC…

150 Standing • $

45 New Quay Promenade, Docklands VI…

80 Seated • 150 Standing • $$

39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf VIC 3006

150 Seated • 210 Standing • $$

146 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

64 Seated • 120 Standing • $$

299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

80 Seated • 150 Standing • $$

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Melbourne 18th Birthday Party Venue Hire Guide

Turning 18? We get it. This is a major milestone and your birthday party has to really stand out. Your first adult responsibility? Organising an 18th birthday party that will be truly unforgettable. But where do you start?

Your 18th birthday party venue will make or break the event, so it’s important to choose a function space that you really love. Luckily, there are heaps of ridiculously good event spaces in and around Melbourne. From the breathtaking rooftop views of the Central Business District to the golden sands of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, there's a stunning 18th birthday party venue around almost every corner in this incredible city.

What should I do for my 18th birthday in Melbourne?

It’s perfectly understandable if you want to just head to the nearest pub and celebrate being able to drink legally. But your special day doesn’t have to be all about the booze. Take advantage of Melbourne's many exciting birthday venues! Here are our top picks for the best 18th birthday party in this iconic city:

Get on a boat - Great for both small and large groups, a cruise on the harbour is easy to organise and makes for the most Instagram-worthy birthday party venues. Take in the waves, enjoy the wonderful sea breeze and sip cute cocktails with the backdrop of the gorgeous setting sun.

Get physical - How about something fun and completely quirky? Ever tried roller derby? Ice skating? Kart racing? Grab your mates for an afternoon of physical exertion and friendly competition!

Go sky-high - Ok, we can’t not include a boozy event on this list. A rooftop bar venue can be as structured or as laidback, large or small, styled or casual, as you want it to be. Book a rooftop venue in Melbourne and hire some live entertainment for a special 18th birthday celebration.

Why are 18th birthdays so special?

18th birthdays are a huge deal in Australia. And why not? This is when someone becomes a legal adult. At 18, a person can marry, vote, legally drink alcohol, legally buy cigarettes, open a bank account, take out a loan, sign a contract, make a will, leave home, sue and be sued.

18 marks the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. This birthday is one that we wait for with great anticipation and it, therefore, deserves a one-of-a-kind celebration.

Things to consider when looking for the best 18th birthday party venues in Melbourne

A milestone birthday such as the 18th should be celebrated with a little more than a card and cake. Get your nearest and dearest together for some good food and good fun as you welcome the next exciting stage of your life. Check out these tips for planning your 18th birthday bash:

Consider a smaller venue

Once you’ve finalised your guest list, it’s time to look for Melbourne function rooms suitable for your party size and other needs. As a rule of thumb, you should go for a smaller space than you think you will need. Smaller function rooms are more affordable and encourage guests to mingle. Aside from booking a booth at your favourite bar or club, consider smaller event spaces like private dining rooms, cafes or function rooms.

Be wary of your budget

Your 18th birthday is a special day, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your party. Know your budget and be mindful of potential hidden costs when looking at function spaces. If you want to keep things affordable, look for BYO 18th birthday venues in Melbourne or enquire about any room hire fees. Look also if the venue offers food and drinks packages or if you can bring your own catering.

Be flexible

As you look for the best 18th birthday event venue in Melbourne, have a few different dates in mind. The most sought-after venues in Melbourne are always fully booked on weekends, so you might want to consider having your event on a Thursday or Friday night. This will help you book function venues that have all the features you’re looking for. It will also increase the chances of booking a cheaper venue, which will free up your budget for things like decorations and entertainment.

Step off the beaten track

With endless possibilities for 18th birthday party venues and activities in Melbourne, why limit yourself to the local pub? This enigmatic city has hundreds of one-of-a-kind venues perfect for a memorable 18th birthday celebration. Check out these unique function venues and grab the opportunity to throw a killer party!

You can also visit our ultimate birthday party guide to help you in your planning.

Where can I have my 18th birthday party in Melbourne?

Now that you know what to look for in an 18th birthday party venue, it’s time to start your search! Here are some of our favourite Melbourne suburbs to find venues for 18th birthday parties:

Melbourne CBD

The Melbourne CBD is a popular choice for 18th birthday celebrations, and it’s not hard to see why. This central business district is home to some of the best bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes in the city. Plus, there’s no shortage of things to do in Melbourne's CBD, so you can keep your guests entertained

South Yarra

Just south of the Melbourne CBD is South Yarra, a chic inner-city suburb known for its fashionable boutiques, trendy bars and upmarket restaurants. This is the perfect place to celebrate your 18th birthday if you’re looking for a more sophisticated party venue.

Fitzroy

Fitzroy is one of the most vibrant and creative suburbs in Melbourne City. This hipster haven is home to a diverse range of bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as live music venues, art galleries and boutique shops. If you’re looking for an 18th birthday party venue with a difference, Fitzroy is the perfect place to start your search.

Collingwood

Just north of Fitzroy is Collingwood, another inner-city suburb with lively art and music scene. This is a great place to look for bars and pubs with function rooms, as well as cafes and restaurants that can cater for private events.

Prahran

Prahran is a lively inner-city suburb known for its eclectic mix of bars, clubs, shops and restaurants. This is the ideal venue to celebrate your 18th birthday if you’re looking for a party venue with a bit of everything.

St Kilda

In St Kilda, you’ll find everything from beachside bars and restaurants to live music venues, nightclubs and hotels with function rooms. This seaside suburb is the perfect place to celebrate your 18th birthday if you want to make a night of it.

Party ideas for 18th birthday party venues in Melbourne

You’re about to become a legal adult but you don’t have to take yourself too seriously. Throw a themed birthday party for guests of all ages to enjoy. Here are 3 amazing 18th birthday party ideas to start with:

Mardi Gras

Cajun food, daiquiris, jazz music, colourful beads — what’s not to like? Get inspired by New Orleans and throw a Mardi Gras-themed bash for your 18th at a trendy bar! Don’t forget to ask your guests to come in costume, set up a table for masks, order a King Cake and decorate your indoor/outdoor venue in green, gold and purple.

Favourite Celeb

Get a kick out of seeing your friends dressed up as Ariana, Beyoncé or a Kardashian! Ask your guests (yes, even your parents!) to come as their favourite celebrity and set up a “red carpet” or photo booth. The birthday party photos will be priceless! A blank canvas venue like a converted warehouse with white walls is the perfect venue for this birthday theme.

The Great Gatsby

For a touch of glamour, host your 18th birthday party at a Gatsby-themed venue. Think 1920s style with lots of glitz and glamour. Ask your guests to come in costume, set up a photo booth with props, hire a live band or DJ playing jazz music and decorate your event space with Art Deco-inspired decorations. Book a hotel birthday venue and enjoy the VIP treatment on your big day!

Fancy Cocktail Party

Don’t feel like wearing a costume but want to see everyone dressed up for your soiree? Get a little bit fancy and invite your friends to a rooftop cocktail party. Book a rooftop birthday venue with an extensive cocktail menu, amazing food, a dance floor, and a view of the Melbourne skyline. Then drink and dance the night away!

Still undecided? Check out other birthday party themes here.

Unique 18th birthday party venues in Melbourne

Need more ideas for the best 18th birthday party? Here are a couple more ideas for milestone birthdays in Melbourne:

Virtual room - Suitable for groups of up to 60, this virtual room experience will give you and your friends the ultimate thrill. Unlike other virtual reality establishments, Virtual Room Melbourne guarantees fun for all ages and no motion sickness. The venue also provides catering for birthday parties and other special events.

Gamer’s paradise - The arcade of your childhood, but much fancier. The Social Hub has 12 glowing bowling lanes, over 150 games, pool tables, laser tag and the newest OMNI Virtual Reality technology. There’s also a fully licensed bar, a DJ booth and an a la carte restaurant — what more could you want?

Old school elegance - If you want a relaxed vibe with a touch of class, book a cosy lounge with an officer’s club feel. Enjoy quality cocktails and canapés as you laze around on leather couches or prepare for a night of partying.

Want more ideas? Here are 9 other birthday ideas in Melbourne for you.

Looking for a function room in Melbourne?

Are you looking to hire a hall and put in decorations? Maybe a trendy bar with a private room? Something more unique?

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