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Best Cocktail Bars in Melbourne

Are you planning to kick-start the new year with an exciting event? Look no further, we have gathered our favourite cocktail bars across Melbourne that are ideal for a fun-filled night!

1. The Royal Melbourne Hotel, Atrium

Built in 1889, Royal Melbourne Hotel incorporates historical features and modern architecture creating one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues. The Atrium is a glass-enclosed space with a buzzy and lively atmosphere making it the perfect venue to relax and unwind with colleagues or friends.

  • Venue: The Royal Melbourne Hotel
  • Address: 629 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Capacity: 650
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Networking venues, Presentation, Team away days

2. The Promenade Docklands, Waterfront Bar

The Promenade Docklands is a stunning waterfront venue located in the iconic Docklands area of Melbourne. The Waterfront Bar is a picturesque space with a 17-metre black stone bar, an outdoor terrace and sweeping views of the harbour, perfect for a stand-up cocktail event.

  • Venue: The Promenade Docklands
  • Address: Suite 2, Level 1/78 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Private parties, Networking venues

3. Ovolo South Yarra, Backroom

Ovolo South Yarra blends past, present and progressive, a place where retro chic and pop art collide. This bold and retro venue transports you back to the era of rock where anything is possible and the nights are extravagant! The Backroom is highly adaptable, spacious and also includes a private bar.

  • Venue: Ovolo South Yarra
  • Address: 234 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
  • Capacity: 95
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Wedding, Networking venues, Team away days, Presentation, Conference, Meeting workshop

4. Hophaus, Lounge, Garden & River Terrace

Hophaus Euro Bar Bistro is a bright venue inspired by the eclectic European Bier Halls. Cheerful and charismatic, the lounge offers a beautiful internal space with comfortable seating and a private bar. Boasting views of the river and the Melbourne CBD skyline, your guests can settle in, relax and indulge in the fantastic selection of beers.

  • Venue: Hophaus
  • Address: MR5/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
  • Capacity: 170
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Wedding, Networking venues, Presentation

5. Khokolat Bar, Whole Venue – Exclusive Hire

Nestled amongst the bustling scene of Melbourne’s iconic Hardware Lane, this basement venue provides the ultimate party atmosphere to forget about the workweek woes. Khokolat Bar features lively, contemporary decor, ample lounge seating and a large bar.

  • Venue: Khokolat Bar
  • Address: 43 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Capacity: 350
  • Event Type: Private parties, Networking venues

6. The George Lounge, Exclusive Hire

The George Lounge lies in the basement of the beautiful, heritage-listed George Hotel located in St Kilda. This luxe, chic space pays homage to the 1970s Miami & New York era and features a private bar, seating and dance floor so you can dance the night away!

  • Venue: The George Lounge
  • Address: Basement/127 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Capacity: 120
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Networking venues

7. Tetto Di Carolina, Dining Room

Sip a handcrafted cocktail on the terrace or simply unwind with a delicious glass of wine in the Tetto Di Carolina Dining Room. Intimate, moody, and chic, Tetto Di Carolina is a modern space with a cosy and unique atmosphere. This is the perfect place to wine and dine with your closest friends and enjoy a memorable evening.

  • Venue: Tetto Di Carolina
  • Address: 48 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
  • Capacity: 40
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Wedding, Networking venues

8. Golden Monkey, Exclusive Hire

Part opium den inspired, part Shanghai 1920s nightspot, Golden Monkey is hidden away in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane. Renowned for its fine drinks and fun times, Golden Monkey is a funky venue with a lavish bar, neon lighting and leather sofas. Golden Monkey is ideal for lounging, sipping cocktails and partying late into the night.

  • Venue: Golden Monkey
  • Address: Basement, 389 Lonsdale Street (Enter via, Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Private parties, Networking venues

9. Shadow Play by Peppers, Edwin Wine Bar

Inspire and mesmerise your guests at this exquisite venue! Edwin Wine Bar at Shadow Play by Peppers is a collection of contrasts – light and dark, formal and informal, seductive and elegant. Presenting bespoke and contemporary features, this wine bar features handmade furniture, marble benchtops, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Venue: Shadow Play by Peppers
  • Address: 308 320 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3000
  • Capacity: 60
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Networking venues

10. Death or Glory, The Gallery

Located in Prahran Melbourne, Death or Glory is an adaptable blank canvas suitable for any type of event. The Gallery is where Western meets disco. It has its own private bar, ample standing space and a performance area for live music. Death or Glory offers a wide variety of beverages, including icy cold beers on tap, local wines, and tropical cocktails.

  • Venue: Death or Glory
  • Address: 218 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181
  • Capacity: 55
  • Event Type: Private parties, Networking venues, Presentation, Team away days, Studio

When it comes to finding the best cocktail bar, Melbourne bookers can trust HeadBox to help find the perfect space for a memorable event. So let’s get started – contact the HeadBox team today!


1. Who can use HeadBox?

Anyone! Whether you’re a corporate booker looking for a private dining room, meeting room, Christmas or EOFY party venue or you’re a social booker looking for the perfect spot to host your birthday party, hens night or wedding – HeadBox has you covered.

2. What is HeadBox?

HeadBox connects corporate and consumer bookers with venues and suppliers and is the easy way to book, manage and deliver everything in one place. No long searches, no stress, no hidden costs.

3. How do I submit an event brief?

Submitting an event brief is an easy process. Our intuitive brief builder will take you through a series of questions collecting all the necessary details needed to host a great event. We want to know details such as where your event will take place, on what date, how many people are attending, and what your total budget is. Once you submit this information, relevant and available venues will respond to your brief!

4. How long will it take for venues to respond?

Our venues are super quick to respond! You should receive responses or a proposal within 24-48 business hours.

5. What are the top 5 things to consider when choosing a venue?

The cost, the location, style, capacity & catering options.