Your Guide to the Best New Year’s Eve Spots in Melbourne

New Year’s Eve is coming up, and Melbourne’s ready to party. 2016 has been a long year, and it deserves to be sent off in style. Here are our top picks for the best places to be as the countdown to 2017 begins.

Image credit: That's Melbourne
Image credit: That’s Melbourne

Treasury Gardens

You may wish to spend New Year’s Eve with a certain special someone, and a suitably romantic spot will make that midnight smooch all the more special. We’d suggest the gorgeous Treasury Gardens, where you can catch the perfect view of the fireworks along Melbourne’s skyline. Bring a picnic rug and settle in for the night!

For a meal beforehand, Mamasita is always a good (and spicy) shout. The Press Club is a sublime Greek meze/wine bar, and Cumulus Inc is a very cool Euro-Australian joint.

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Image credit: Fed Square

Federation Square

Pumping music, tons of food and an awesome festival atmosphere all combine to make Federation Square a top place to be this New Year’s Eve. The tunes range from salsa to hip hop to Caribbean beats, and the surrounding buildings help the sounds of the firework echo around like thunder. It gets very busy, however, so it’s definitely one for those seeking a livelier time.

There’s plenty of foodie havens around here, of course, including Pilgrim, Il Pom Italian and Young & Jackson. Take your pick!

Image credit: Flagstaff Place
Image credit: Flagstaff Place

Flagstaff Gardens

Anther prime party location, Flagstaff Gardens is transforming itself into a sprawling oasis of New Year’s goodness. There will be DJs, dancing, special effects and a multimedia countdown to the fateful hour, not to mention various snacks and bevvies available for consumption. You can see the fireworks super clearly, too!

Operator 25 is a great place to grab a late brunch, and the Royal Standard Hotel offers a classier twist on standard pub fare. For something a bit quirkier, try ABC Chicken.

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Image credit: Harbour Kitchen Facebook

Harbour Kitchen NYE Party

The Harbour Kitchen

If you’re looking to channel Iggy Azalea and get a bit fancy this New Year’s Eve, The Harbour Kitchen’s masquerade party might be just the ticket. It’s five hours of revelry spread across two bars, complete with DJs, food and drinks packages, and fabulous views of the Docklands & Southbank fireworks displays. Sounds like everything you could want in an evening! Find out more

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Robarta NYE Party


If you want something really different this year, there’s only one place to be – and that’s Robarta’s Game of Thrones Party. You’ll find dragons, White Walkers and even the Iron Throne at this one-of-a-kind event, so dress up as your favourite character and prepare for a memorable evening. Let’s just hope it doesn’t go the way of the Red Wedding, shall we? Find out more

“This is the place to go for a fun get together with friends. Drinks are good. Bartenders are friendly as well. The music is really raving but it can also be a place for casual dine in like we did just more fun with all the music going on.” – Martha Mendez

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