Don’t have anything planned for New Year’s Eve this year? We’ve put together a handful of dinners, parties and events happening in and around Melbourne. Make sure you get in quick to ensure you bring in the New Year in style.


‘Beach Party’ Upstairs: $150 includes food and drinks on arrival with DJs including Rachel Andrews, John Course and Andy Murphy. Downstairs: $95 includes food and drinks on arrival with DJs including AGENT 86 and Tony Crea. For more information, visit:

The Botanical
$120 New Years Eve Gala Dinner (champagne on arrival and four-course menu by Cheong Liew ). $150 for dinner and party in the bar until midnight. For more information, visit:

Circa, The Prince
$190 per person including a cocktail on arrival and a five-course menu. To book, call Circa on (03) 9536 1122 or email

Esposito at Toofey’s
$150 for a 12-course degustation menu created from 12 of the best dishes on the menu for 2011 (add matched wines for $60). Exciting Door prizes on the night. For more information, visit:

Eau de Vie
Dinner degustation with matched cocktails.

Der Raum
Recap a year of culinary inspiration via a seven course night of cocktails.
Members $90, Guests $110.


Albert Park Hotel
‘Never Say Never Again’ Food by Paul Wilson, vesper martinis, DJs Mark John, Nick Foley, Jesus Loyola and Nick Coulter (early bird $120, other $150). For more information, visit:

Little Creatures
‘Jungle Disco Party’ Either a 6.30pm or 8:30pm seating or 9pm onwards for Jungle Disco Party. For more information, visit:

Honey Bar
‘South of the boarder Party’ Tickets $99 ($110 after Dec 24th) includes five-hour food and drinks package with basics, frozen margaritas, tequila themed cocktails, nachos, tacos, fajitas, quesadilla, chilli poppers, potato skins. Live DJs. 8pm–3am. For more information, visit:

Circa XII: New Year's Day Held on The Prince Deck in St Kilda, the event features E Smoove, Goodwill, Alex Dimitriades, Sunshine and Tony Crea. The perfect venue to escape the chaos of 2011, while welcoming the frivolity of the new year. For more information, visit:

Lucky Coq
‘No Frills NYE – 100% Thrills’
All day and night Saturday December 31, free entry, free pool table, free table tennis, free BBQ, no superstar DJs, no inflated drinks prices, NO FRILLS. For more information, visit:

Out of Towners

Falls Music Festival
Lorne, December 28 to January 1. Big names including Arctic Monkeys, Josh Pyke, John Butler Trio, The Kooks, The Jezabels, Tim Finn and countless others. For more information, visit:

Pyramid Rock Festival
Phillip Island, December 29 to January 1. Two-day passes $270, three-day passes $305. Big names including Gotye, The Living End, Scissor Sisters, Blue Juice, Spiderbait and heaps more. For more information, visit:

Chateau Yering
Yarra Valley, December 31. Eight-course degustation menu including cocktail on arrival and a glass of sparking at midnight with their fireworks display. $190 per head. For more information, visit:

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