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Whether you're after an intimate dinner or a Beyoncé flash mob, Melbourne has you covered for office party ideas


Bar Di Stasio
You've worked hard this year – time to treat yourselves at the classiest old-school Italian bar and restaurant in town. Book online, and once you're in, prepare to be treated like royalty by a fleet of bartenders in white jackets.

Loop Roof
It’s all sunshine, hip hop and flowery cocktails in watering cans at this verdant rooftop bar. The whole venue fits around 100, but benches and booths are also perfect for smaller groups. 

The Commoner
This little Fitzroy gem features traditional British fare with Mediterranean and North African influences. Gather eight of your favourite people and get your own room decked out with rustic rabbit traps, wild flowers and five courses of local produce cooked in their wood-fired oven for $75pp.

The Bridge Hotel
Have you been to the Bridge Hotel lately? The old girl has had one heck of a face-lift, and she's got a cracking craft beer list and pub menu. They'll cater to almost any size of private function and take small group bookings.

You will find elegant crystal decanters, etched silverware, polished dark woods, and even more polished service at this lower-Rathdowne terrace. The set menus start at $48pp.

The Wilde
The vibe at the Wilde is British gastro pub, complete with roast dinners, G&Ts and house-made tomato sauce. They have a colonial themed function room called the Explorer's Club that fits 60 people and and comes with a projector and free pool table.

Or for something different...

Escape Rooms in Melbourne
If you told us eight months ago that escaping from rooms by solving puzzles would become the biggest craze since paintball in the ’90s, then we would’ve told you to go back to whatever bizarre virtual reality world you came from. But here we are. Most rooms cater for a max of five to six people, but many have multiple rooms that you can book into simultaneously. We took the challenge of visiting and rating them. Whether we got out in time is another matter.



Mr Wow's Emporium
Keen to show your 100-person team a good time? Mr Wow's party hardy combo of popcorn and cocktails, indoor bocce, pool, ping-pong and food trucks serving in the back warehouse will ensure people feel fully appreciated this holiday season.

The Beaufort
Nautical dive bar in the front. Ike's Rack Shack out the back. Bring your crew to this party bar and prepare to get merry: rock'n'roll blasts over the speakers and the liquor is flowing.

The real question is, why wouldn't you want to cap off your work year in this tiki-tastic voodoo temple? These kitsch kings are flexible when it comes to booking functions. Just don't try to emulate the Flinstone-esque go-go dancers in front of your boss. It's not easy to live down.

Melbourne, you've chosen Goldilocks as your People's Choice award for the 2015 Bar Awards, and for good reason. This quirky rooftop forest is available for bookings – just don't leave it any longer!

Madame Brussels
If you like your chances at the sunny end of the year, the terrace can be exclusively yours. It fits 45 people and you will be plied with old-fashioned party treats and punch to keep everyone in high spirits.

Or for something different...

Bey Dance flashmob and workshop
Learn all the moves to 'Single Ladies' or just sit back in wonder as Melbourne's Beyoncé dance crew take over your workplace, function room, house – wherever. To raise money for their new studio, they're running a Pozible campaign where a grand will score you a Beyoncé flashmob and workshop. 



Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint
Fancy Hank's renovations of the Mercat are complete, and they're ready to accept large bookings in their big, bright space. Follow the smoke trail to a world of barbecued pork ribs, fluffy cornbread and bourbon.

The Emerson
The Emerson is an all-singing, all-dancing restaurant, club and bar with a floor of shadowy booths, a rooftop and a lower level pushing a solid agenda of beats to fuel the dance floor.

1000 Pound Bend
Housed in a vast former workshop on Little Lonsdale Street, this combined café, exhibition space and cinema looks like the lumbering spawn of an aircraft hangar and a Fitzroy lounge room, which makes it perfect for a massive office party. 

Carlton Club
Share your Christmas office party with taxidermied peacocks and parrots and an ostrich wearing an enormously long pearl choker. They've got a variety of colourful rooms and booths to suit all manner of party sizes. 

Or for something different...

Bounce Inc
After a one-hour session on Bounce’s dozens of trampolines – some even placed on the walls for maximum bounce-ability – you won’t even remember what it’s like to sit at a desk. Relive the childhood delight of the party pie party package, and keep your coin for drinks afterward – this is one of the cheapest office outings available.

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Updated on 24 Mar 2015.

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