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Top 10 Venues by the Water in Melbourne

Looking for a location by the water? Melbourne has some iconic waterfront venues that boast fantastic views, an abundance of sunshine and stylish interiors that are ideal for celebrating a special occasion this Summer. 

1. Half Deck, Sebastian Beach Grill

Located on Williamstown Beach and overlooking Port Phillip Bay is the idyllic Sebastian Beach Grill. The Half Deck has a fun and relaxed vibe with tables and umbrellas perched by the beach making it ideal for enjoying a drink whilst watching the sunset.

  • Venue: Sebastian Beach Grill
  • Address: 26 Esplanade, Williamstown VIC 3016
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Parties, Wedding, Networking

2. Dining Terrace, Hophaus

With marvellous views of the Yarra River and Melbourne CBD skyline, the dining terrace at Hophaus is a bright and lively location offering a private escape from the promenade below. Enjoy a unique range of local and international draught beers all year round as you enjoy the great views.

  • Venue: Hophaus
  • Address: MR5/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
  • Capacity: 60
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Private dining, Networking venues

3. The Lower Wharf, The Wharf Hotel

Melbourne’s best-kept secret, The Lower Wharf is a hidden gem offering a versatile and spacious venue by the water. Nestled on the banks of the Yarra river, this unique and fun space offers uninterrupted river views and can be easily configured for your special event.

  • Venue: The Wharf Hotel
  • Address: 18/38 Siddeley St, Docklands VIC 3005
  • Capacity: 200
  • Event Type: Private parties, Team away days

4. River’s Edge Events, River’s Edge Events Melbourne

Refreshing and vibrant, River’s Edge offers exquisite sweeping views of the Yarra river and Melbourne skyline. With an abundance of natural light seeping through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this modern venue is perfect for those looking to host a formal event that your guests won’t forget!

  • Venue: River’s Edge Events Melbourne
  • Address: Level 1, 18/38 Siddeley St, Melbourne VIC 3005
  • Capacity: 450
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Conference, Networking venues, Presentation

5. Harbourview room, The Promenade Docklands

The Promenade Docklands is Melbourne’s premier waterfront venue featuring a gorgeous space with mesmerising views. The floor-to-ceiling windows give guests the feeling that they’re sitting on the water and is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon drinks whilst watching the sun go down.

  • Venue: The Promenade Docklands
  • Address: Suite 2, Level 1/78 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
  • Capacity: 550
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Private dining, Conference, Meeting workshop, Networking venues, Presentation, Team away days

6. Exclusive Hire, Pure South Dining

Delivering a modern style of dining featuring tall glass windows, long wooden tables and an open kitchen, Pure South Dining is a marvellous riverside location. Offering a beautiful dining experience and delicious produce from King Island, Flinders Island and Tasmania.

  • Venue: Pure South Dining
  • Address: MR6 Mid Level Southgate Building, 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
  • Capacity: 300
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Private dining, Conference, Networking venues, Presentation

7. Restaurant Space, The Boathouse

Perched on the banks of the Maribyrnong, the Boathouse is nestled amongst gums and wattles with sloping grassy banks and post-card river views. The Restaurant is warm and cosy with wooden furniture, a boat hanging from the ceiling and glass windows.

  • Venue: The Boathouse
  • Address: 7 The Blvd, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Private dining, Networking venues

8. River Terrace, Hopscotch

Found on the iconic Southbank overlooking the Melbourne CBD, Hopscotch Melbourne is Urban Beer Bar that is more like your dream backyard. Overlooking the Southbank promenade, this fun venue is perfect for socialising and spending quality time with friends or colleauges.

  • Venue: Hopscotch Melbourne
  • Address: Ground Floor, 4 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Private dining, Networking venues

9. Front & Bar, BearBrass

Located at the bustling Southbank, BearBrass offers a relaxed, friendly environment on the banks of the Yarra River. Gather with friends and family in their covered dining area where you can enjoy a fresh summer breeze as you watch the boats travel by!

  • Venue: BearBrass
  • Address: GR3A/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
  • Capacity: 100
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Private dining, Networking venues

10. Bar Terrace, Ludlow Bar

Basked in plenty of sunshine and boasting stunning Melbourne skyline views, Ludlow Bar is a spectacular venue that epitomises Melbourne’s riverside drinking culture.  The Bar Terrace is ideal for corporate cocktails to birthday celebrations.

  • Venue: Ludlow Bar
  • Address: 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006
  • Capacity: 120
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Private dining, Networking venues

When it comes to finding the perfect venue by the water, 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.