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Why you'll love The Boatbuilders Yard

  • Offers multiple welcoming spaces with uninterrupted waterfront views and a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Economical event packages, flexible catering menus and a wide selection of drinks menu.
  • Convenient location with parking spaces near the venue.

The Boatbuilders Yard is nestled beside MCEC and the Polly Woodside sailing ship sits in the original historic shed of Melbourne’s Maritime precinct. An unexpected highlight of Melbourne’s drinking and dining scene, The Boatbuilders Yard is the best place in Melbourne to experience that holiday feeling. Take a walk around this expansive waterfront beer garden and you’ll be delighted to find multiple indoor and outdoor zones scattered with deck chairs, greenery, and festoon lighting. The versatility of the space caters to all types of functions, ranging from formal corporate events to laid-back social festivities. This great place also offers affordable event packages, flexible catering menus, and a wide selection of drinks. With its convenient location near South Wharf Promenade, The Boatbuilders Yard is easily accessible through public transport such as a tram or train. So whether you’re visiting Melbourne for business or leisure, be sure to stop by The Boatbuilders Yard and experience the magic of this charming venue!

The Boatbuilders Yard Function Rooms

Waterfront Weddings

Waterfront Weddings

Nestled beside the Polly Woodside sailing ship sits an unexpected highlight of Melbourne’s drinking and dining scene, The Boatbuilders Yard. It’s separate event space, The Decks, makes a gorgeous venue for a cocktail wedding which is relaxe...

From $7,920
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Dukes is a great flexible space from 40-100 guests, access to a bar, a fun, relaxed outdoor space on the banks of the Yarra River, in the famous Boaties Beer garden.

From $2,750
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The Decks

The Decks

The Decks is an impressive function space located on the banks of the Yarra river. Its unique structure is underpinned by a versatility that allows it to morph, due to a series of retractable glass panels, from an open-air outdoor space in...

From $3,300
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Waterfront is ideal for hosting casual corporate functions and special events. The space is a celebration of industrial and maritime design and has a combination of covered and open areas. This intimate function space has stunning views of ...

From $1,650
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Exclusive Boatbuilders Yard Venue

Exclusive Boatbuilders Yard Venue

The Boatbuilders Yard exclusive, right on the banks of the Yarra River and next to Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 'Boaties' is one of the most sought after event venues in Melbourne. Accommodating up to 1200 guests, boasting 3 bars, 2 kitchen...

From $33,000
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Half Venue Hire

Half Venue Hire

The best large group function venues in Melbourne, with the Polly Woodside visible to one side of the venue, and the unbelievable view over the Yarra on the other, a prime location for both large events and casual after work drinks. The des...

From $16,500
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leonardo claver

May 26, 2024

I went there the other day and it was amazing and wonderful experience with the charming blend of historic and modern elements, with its open-air design offering stunning views of the Yarra River and the city skyline. The cozy outdoor seating areas and fireplace create a relaxed atmosphere. Its scenic riverside setting makes it a popular spot for dining and social gatherings. 👌

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Ian Clarquinn

June 24, 2024

Stopped in for breakfast, looking for gluten free options for my wife. So glad we popped in. The Brekkie burger was perfect, and these guys should have a sign out the front: We know how to cook hash browns. Crispy outside and soft and fluffy inside. Wife’s eggs bennie was also outstanding. And, yes there’s more. Mocha was excellent. Highly recommended.

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Tolga Ovali

June 10, 2024

The food was tasty and reasonably priced given the location. The wait staff, were polite and talkative. The vibe was pleasant. Ultimately I'd describe the experience as nice and not amazing.

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Thirsty Herb

May 5, 2024

Having now been to The Boatbuilders, tried some food had a few beers, I’ve got a much better understanding of what type of venue it is. My expectations were higher than the reality. I was disappointed in the food, presentation was poor and it was only just ok when it came to quality and quantity. Having said that, I really enjoyed the venue. Location is A+, and it’s a people watchers paradise with the amount of pedestrians on the boardwalk. Cuisine is sort of Spanish / Mexican and more snacky than substantial. I will be back for beers and catch ups with friends but not on my list of dining. It was also quite pricey. Lunch and 1 beer was $63.00.

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Julie Egitto

April 2, 2024

saw this coffee and bar while walking in the wharf and think it looks nice so we tried to grab some coffee. turned out really nice and the food looks and smells nice. will come back next time and grab a meal.

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