There’s a lot happening in the city this year – so if you’re venturing out, it’s best to have a plan.
Whether it’s a nice dinner, a dress-up film screening or a dance party, there’s a New Year’s out there for you.
And if you’re after something different, you can jump on a New Year’s Eve “party flight” to Antarctica and back on a 12-hour round trip. Tickets are between $1200 and $8000, and include a live jazz band a drinks. Who knew?
A limited number of seats is available for a six-course menu that includes a yabby cocktail, King George whiting and a dry-aged striploin with brandy sauce. Fitzroy Street is also a great position to see the fireworks from. Just over the park and the water.
The cost is $120 per person. Call (03) 9525 4488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Chef and owner Will Manning is putting on a five-course tasting menu that’s a modern take on Australian bush tucker. Try yabby and wattleseed snags with finger-lime mayo, and finish with a eucalyptus pavlova topped with raspberries.
The cost is $65 per person for food, $120 with matching wines and cocktails.
Call (03) 9427 8231 or email email@example.com to book.
Both Estelle Bistro and its neighbouring degustation restaurant, Estelle by Scott Pickett, are each hosting set-menu dinners. The Bistro is more casual at five courses, while ESP is doing nine. Both come with a complimentary glass of champagne.
ESP – The cost is $200 per person for the Chef’s Tasting menu, with two sittings available. Call (03) 9489 4609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Estelle Bistro – The cost is $130 per person, with wine matching at an extra $60 per person. Kids eat for $50, includes a soft drink. Call (03) 9489 4609 or email email@example.com to book.
The Wolf-Tasker family and Lake House team are hosting a black-tie party that showcases some of Australia’s best winemakers, brewers, distillers and producers in a spectacular moveable feast across the property. Expect live music, dancing and fireworks, with a few added surprises.
Tickets are $395 per person. Call (03) 5348 3329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Open for regular lunch and dinner service on New Year’s Eve. Right in the CBD, it’s an easy location to eat at, and then move to wherever you’re kicking onto next. Burma Lane’s sister restaurants, Red Spice Road, Red Spice QV and Meat Fish Wine are all open on New Year’s Eve, too.
Call (03) 9615 8500 or book online here.
There are two sittings (6pm to 8pm and 8.30pm until late) for an Italian, four-course set menu, and the rooftop bar will open to the public for fireworks and drinks from 11pm until late.
Tickets are $70 for the early sitting, $90 for the late sitting. Call (03) 9819 3000 to book.
The New Orleans-style saloon in Collingwood is open for dinner as usual on New Year’s Eve until 1am.
Call (03) 9416 4341 or email email@example.com to book.
The South East Asian mainstay is hosting a special banquet menu that includes a cocktail on arrival. There are also vegetarian options available.
Tickets $135 per person. Call (03) 9671 3151 to book.
Entrecote South Yarra
The Parisian-style steak restaurant is putting on the option of a three-course French set menu for those who would like to reserve a table. Otherwise, walk-ins can order off the full a la carte menu.
The cost is $79.90 per person for the set menu. Call (03) 9804 5468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
This is like a Fresh Hits of food trucks – there’s Fancy Hank’s, Super Taco, Mr Burger, The Curry Truck, Billy Van Creamy, Street Feast and Mamma Van parking there this New Year’s Eve. Tickets include “a wad of food vouchers”, tap beer and house wine from 8pm to midnight.
Tickets are $95 per person, or $825 for 10 people, and are available here.
When it comes to fireworks vantage points, you can’t really beat New Year’s Eve along the Yarra. The 150-metre-long bar is offering the whole inclusive package: tunes (from CC Disco, Myles Mac and CL Midnight Tenderness), roving canapés, oysters, yakitori and a charcuterie station, and wine, beer and house spirits until 1am.
Second-release tickets are $190 per person plus booking fee. Available here.
If the weather’s good this New Year’s Eve, spend it outdoors. The Village on St Kilda Road is opening up its beer garden from 8pm to 1am, and tickets include beer, wines, cider and basic spirits. You can order food as you go, and there will be entertainment on the night.
Wondercore Island NYE Party at Boney
At only $20, this party is a total steal. Wondercore is the Melbourne-based label responsible for some of Australia’s most interesting independent acts. Its NYE party at Boney will feature a solo performance from Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm, Jaala and Sydney rapper-singer Sampa the Great. The New Orleans-inspired Jazz Party will play downstairs.
Tickets are $20 plus booking fee and are available here. $25 on the door.
Soul-a-Go-Go NYE Bash at The Corner
If you love dancing to funk and soul, this is a guaranteed good time. DJ Manchild, Miss Goldie, Dave Boots and company are taking care of you until 3am, with a live performance from Cookin’ on 3 Burners in the mix, too.
Midnight Express at The Toff
It’s business as usual – free entry and disco, disco, disco until you can’t no more. You’re in the good hands of CC: Disco and Prequel from 9pm until late.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Astor
It’s a yearly tradition and so much fun. Go all out in corsets and fishnets with a like-minded crowd for one of the rowdiest, most interactive screenings of the cult musical you’ll ever see. Worth doing at least once. From 7.30pm.
NYE at The Terminus
The recently refurbished Abbotsford pub is going shamelessly ’80s, so this is a safe place to rock your double denim. Tickets include retro food (prawn cocktails, devilled eggs) and drinks from 8pm to midnight. Expect plenty of shameless R’n’B – in fact, it’s already taking requests.
Tickets are $120 and available here.
A Haunted House at Bridge Hotel
The Bridge in Richmond is celebrating Halloween two months late – but it sounds like a pretty fun way to bring in the new year. Tickets include four-and-a-half hours of food and drinks, and there will be entertainment throughout the night. Costumes are strongly recommended.
Vue de Monde’s Broadvue Party
Head here if you want to splash out. Your $375 ticket includes champagne, cocktails, spirits, canapés and live entertainment. Best of all, you’re 55 levels up – giving you a spectacular view of the fireworks over the city.
Call (03) 9691 3888 to book.
Beyond The Valley
Multi-day passes are sold out for the Lardner music festival, but you can still nab a New Year’s Eve day pass, which includes entry from 11am and camping.
Tickets are $179 plus booking fee. Tickets are available here.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Section8 Block Party
Outdoor CBD bar Section8 and local DJ MzRizk is hosting a tribute to the ‘80s New York block party. It’s a considerately late start, with hip-hop, dancehall, disco and dub from 4pm to 1am. Line-up includes MzRizk, Ahmed Sirour (NYC), Shan Frenzie, Jimmy James and Chiara Kickdrum. There will also be a hair stall (if your hair needs some attention), a basketball shoot-out and a dance battle.
If you haven’t checked out Melbourne’s newest music venue, the Coburg Velodrome, this is a good opportunity. Animals Dancing long ago proved it can put on party, so expect a day of sunny, feel-good disco from internationals Prosumer, Telephones, Jan Schulte and locals Tornado Wallace, Andee Frost and Otologic.
Let Them Eat Cake
Spend New Year’s Day in the sublime surrounds of Werribee Mansion. The line-up includes German techno-house wiz Âme, Ben UFO, Daniel Avery, Four Tet and John Hopkins. Have a boogie or just sprawl in the lush gardens.