If you think New Year’s Eve is all hype and no pay-off, think again. But a food-truck marathon or eight-course cocktail degustation won’t come to you: this is the one night of the year where it really pays to plan ahead.

We’ve rounded up a list of a places around Melbourne to eat, drink and party your way into a better year. And if you find yourself asleep come 11.59pm, don’t stress. There’s still New Year’s Day.


Welcome to Thornbury
Forget your party dress, and bring your eating pants. Welcome to 2017 is all about eating your way into the New Year, with food trucks including Mr Burger, Roadrunner Fried Chicken and Copa Food Truck gathered for an all-night eat-a-thon. Tickets include food vouchers, beer, cider and house wine. The bar will be open until 1am.

The cost is $85 to $100 per person. Buy tickets here.

Estelle Bistro
Scott Pickett’s bistro is offering a special New Year's Eve dinner. Enjoy a two hour sitting from 6pm, or a later sitting from 8.45pm onwards. Wine matching is also available.

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Tickets are $130 per person and include a glass of champagne. A special wine match will be available on the evening. Children are welcome, with options available. Call (03) 9489 4609 or email eat@estellebistro.com to secure your spot.

There are two sittings (a 7.30pm or a 9.30pm sitting) at Santoni in Hawthorn, where they’re serving a special three-course Italian dinner. For fireworks fans, Santoni’s rooftop overlooks the city.

Tickets are $75 per person for adults and $35 for kids. Call (03) 9819 3000 for bookings.

Milk the Cow
Milk the Cow is serving a five-course cheese degustation, with signature dishes from its regular menu, and matching wine, cocktails and sparkling.

Tickets are $120 per person. The celebrations will start at 8pm and end at 12.30am. Book for St Kilda here or Carlton here.

Nieuw Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdam’s ‘Best of’ Banquet Dinner is a three-course meal featuring the most popular dishes from its first three years in business. Reminisce on 2016 over a plate of pork belly and crackling.

Tickets are $55 per person. Email bookings@nieuwamsterdam.com.au or call (03) 9602 2111.

Bar Louriñha
You say New Year's Eve, they say Nochevieja. The night includes a six-course menu by chef Matt McConnell, and glasses of champagne on arrival and at midnight.

Tickets are $70. Call (03) 9663 7890 for bookings.


Loop Roof
Loop Roof’s New Year’s Eve garden party begins with an espresso martini, followed by unlimited drinks and canapés. At midnight, a 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar of G.H.Mumm champagne get’s opened. The rooftop means great views of the fireworks.

Tickets start at $180. Buy tickets here.

Arbory Bar & Eatery
Arbory’s spot on the Yarra puts you in a prime position to see fireworks going off from Kings Domain, Treasury Gardens and the city. Benjamin Hancock and James Andrews of Dark MOFO and THE ENDS festivals will be on the decks, along with other DJs until 2am. Three bars will be pumping out drinks, there will be roving canapés and oysters, and a charcuterie station.

Tickets are $190. Buy tickets here.

Beyond the Valley at Lardner Park
Ring in the New Year with Ladyhawke, Chance the Rapper, and Hermitude at four-day music festival, Beyond the Valley, beginning December 28. There’s morning yoga classes and a hammock park to help revive you come morning. Just over an hour from Melbourne.

Tickets start at $189 for a New Year’s Eve pass. Four-day admission passes cost $420. Buy tickets here.

The Everleigh
How does an eight-course cocktail degustation sound? To celebrate its new book, A Spot at the Bar, The Everleigh will take you through its pages, beginning with aperitifs and closing with a nightcap. They’ll also be offering up cures for the morning after.

Tickets start at $175. Buy tickets here.

Vue de Monde
The theme is Midnight in Paris and the view is incomparable, with a cocktail and canapé event on the 55th floor of the Rialto tower. Not only will you be able to see the fireworks, you'll almost be level with them. There will be live jazz and many, many cocktails.

Tickets are $350 per person. Call (03) 9691 3888 to book.

Northeast Party House at the Corner Hotel
Northeast House Party is taking over the newly renovated Corner Hotel, with two stages and a lineup curated by the band, including City Calm Down, Bleeding Knees Club and The Pretty Littles. There will be food and DJ sets on the rooftop, with views of the fireworks.

Tickets are between $49.26 and $59.76 and and can be bought here.

Bring your dancing shoes for an evening of soul and funk, featuring some of PBS’ favourite names – Vince Peach, Miss Goldie, Matt McFetridge and more – on two dancefloors. The party starts at 9pm and goes until 3am.

Tickets are $40 for PBS subscribers and $45 for non-subscribers. Book here.

Wax’o Paradiso at Pontoon
Wax'o Paradiso is on the decks for a psychedelic disco party at Pontoon, downstairs at the Stokehouse St Kilda. From 6.30pm to 8.30pm, there's one free drink, and a cash bar begins after that. The party goes to 1am, with roaming finger food all night.

Tickets are $80. Email ahoy@pontoonstkildabeach.com.au to secure your spot on the dancefloor.

Le Bon Ton
Its New Orleans-style feast and party is sold out, but Le Bon Ton will be open to public from midnight with a cash bar until 6am, and a late-night DJ.


Let Them Eat Cake at Werribee Mansion
For the fourth consecutive year, the party at Werribee Mansion features international and local electro acts including Cut Chemist, TOKiMONSTA and Alex Niggemann, plus art installations and food by Burn City Smokers, Ladro and Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks.

Second-round tickets are $160 for the full day (first-round has sold out) and can be bought here.

Freedom Time
From midday to 10pm, Freedom Time will transform the Coburg Velodrome into a dance party, with local and international acts across three stages, including Theo Parrish, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, Tako and Prequel.

Tickets are available from $79 and can be bought here.

Animals Dancing
The Mercat is closing next year, so its New Year's Day party is one of your last chances to say goodbye. There will be lots of dancing and Glaswegian DJs Optimo, Vancouver's Pender Street Steppers and Cologne-based Lena Williams.

Tickets are $58.47 to $79.37 and can be bought here.