Holiday parties are a staple for most companies and they’re also a great opportunity to strengthen relationships if planned carefully.
Have you been tasked with organising the annual Christmas party? Have you got a budget of less than $100 per person? A memorable Christmas party doesn’t have to break the corporate account and it all starts with choosing the right venue.
Here are ten venues where your budget will go far…
Melbourne is packed with venues that are perfect for a corporate event. Favourite options with packages for under $100 per person include:
Alumbra’s authentic brick warehouse is located in the heart of the Docklands and is the ideal place for a corporate function. Offering a contemporary New York vibe, it provides a modern and artistic take on the work Christmas party with inner-street finishes, scaffolding installations and posters of cheeky NYC street chat lining the walls. There’s a spacious Main Bar, outdoor terrace, Moet Loft and more. With this in mind, Alumbra can cater for any function of any size.
Whether you’re hosting a party for 15 people or 250, Arts Centre Melbourne has an event space to suit. Situated beneath the iconic spire that pierces Melbourne’s skyline, Arts Centre Melbourne is famous for hosting many of the city’s most memorable events.
Choose from 10 function rooms, 4 theatres and dedicated pre-function areas and enjoy on-site parking, state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities and access to a range of talented performers.
Explore behind the infamous red brick walls and choose Carlton Brewhouse as your venue choice. With adaptable spaces and menus to suit any occasion, size, budget or requirement you’re sure to impress your guests.
For the ultimate brewery experience, try exclusive use of the entire Carlton Brewhouse. The Brewhouse can cater for up to 400 guests and it’s just 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. And did we mention there’s 11 beers on tap poured fresh from the brewery and a delicious range of cocktails too!
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is currently closed for redevelopment but it will be reopening mid-2020 and is sure to be an exciting space for your 2020 work Christmas party. Get in early and enquire now! If you can’t wait to enjoy the spaces at ACMI, ACMI X (designed by award-winning architects Six Degrees) is a creative industries co-working space that’s available for hire now. The experienced in-house events team can work closely with you to deliver an amazing experience your guests will never forget.
In the heart of Lt. Lonsdale Street sits Diesel Bar & Eatery, a 1920’s themed wonderland. Once part of the city’s notorious red light district, this 19th-century enclave still carries its moodiness but with a contemporary twist.
Functions at Diesel can be carried out in the nooks and crannies of the ground floor or in the charismatic Level 1 bar. Reserve an area or hire the venue exclusively – it’s up to you. No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed to impress your guests with this unforgettable location.
Once known as Etihad Stadium, Marvel Stadium is one of the largest and most memorable venues in Melbourne. Catering for up to 2,000 people, you can choose from banquet, theatre, cabaret or cocktail. You can even give your work Christmas party its own distinctive style by taking advantage of the stadium change rooms, on-ground access, impressive scoreboard or the exclusive Diamond Club. Why not take staff on a Stadium tour while you’re there?
Host your Christmas work party at Melbourne’s most iconic and unique venue and staff will be talking about the venue well into the New Year. Having undergone a meticulous restoration and extensive refurbishment, Forum is a state-of-the-art venue like no other.
Catering for up to 1500, Forum offers stunning architecture, striking marble staircases and a view over Federation Square. The Marriner Group Catering team is the icing on the Christmas cake.
The Garden State Hotel is set in the cosmopolitan heart of Flinders Lane and is a sprawling 4-storey venue where the outside blends effortlessly with interiors. From the unassuming facade, your guests will be surprised to find an enormous space and multi-level wonderland. The beer garden is the heart and soul of the hotel, but any space you choose will go down a treat. So too will the signature cocktails on offer and the vibrant inner-city atmosphere.
Epicure at the Melbourne Town Hall
For over 135 years, Melbourne Town Hall has been at the heart of events. Catering for up to 2,000 people, it offers a superb suite of function rooms and spaces. Grand interiors echo with countless celebrations, gala occasions, festivals and commemorations – the imprint of a community life across generations. Don’t you want to be part of the Town Hall’s story?
Christmas is your chance to impress work colleagues while becoming part of the Town Hall’s event history. Christmas packages are specially tailored for the majestic Main Hall or you can enquire about the elegance and character of rooms such as the Yarra and Regent. Alternatively, let your guests sip on cocktails while looking over Swanson Street from the famous Portico Balcony.
Hophaus Euro Bar Bistro is one of Southbank’s most exciting venues – a modern reinvention of the great German and European Bier Halls. Where old meets new, Hophaus delivers a charmingly familiar yet excitingly fresh bar and dining experience. Functions are in safe hands, with the layout ideal for cocktail parties, sit down meals – whatever you prefer. Capacity is for up to 180 guests.
Booking the right venue
When organising a work Christmas party you are confronted by many decisions. One decision you don’t have to worry about is the quality of your venue choice. A LIST Guide is the leading corporate event directory and we showcase only the best venues, suppliers and activities. The exclusive venues represented in A LIST Guide have been selected on a strict architectural, historical, cultural and gastronomical criterion, so whether you choose a fine-dining restaurant, a historical treasure or a cultural icon, you can rest assured that it’s going to be a fantastic space to accommodate your guests.
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