1000 Pound Bend
Part of the ever-expanding St Jerome empire is a combined café, exhibition space and cinema. Housed in a vast former workshop on Little Lonsdale Street, it looks like the lumbering spawn of an aircraft hangar and a Fitzroy lounge room, which makes it perfect for a massive office party. They'll seat 200 for dinner, or you can treat 80 of your co-workers to a movie night.
We’ve heard of Christmas parties getting wild, but this literally does. Where else can you celebrate Yuletide with the roaring of lions in the background? From 6-11pm on Dec 20, the zoo will be transformed into a market along the Mek Kapah terrace (along the Trail of Elephants). It’s all in the name of the biggest shared Christmas party this side of the Serengeti.
The Park Hotel
It’s time this outer ‘burb got the respect it deserves, and we reckon the Park Hotel is the pub for the job. With more than 340 craft beers - 14 on tap plus ciders - the booze list here warrants some serious beard stroking. With its angled timber roof and industrial trappings the Park’s more inner-city beer hall than old country pub. But it's smart as a whip and accessible.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
If everything is in fact better down where it's wetter, then an office party under the sea is a pretty awesome way to farewell 2013. You can celebrate Christmas with the mega croc, have a sit down dinner amongst the tropical coral atoll, or if you work for a massive company just hire the whole place for the occasion.
The Village Brasserie is an outdoor drinking arena of note. We've always loved the park sized beer garden here and considering it can fit more than 300 people inside its leafy limits it's a good option for when the whole firm is heading out for end of year drinks. You can also hire Ormond Hall and the Brasserie restaurant, it just depends on what your party style is.