Christmas Day Lunch in Melbourne


I don’t know what things are like in your house leading up to Christmas Day, but if just once I could convince my family to dine out for lunch it would be such a welcome break in tradition.

Imagine not having to fight with your sister about who is responsible for the gluten/dairy/sugar/(food)-free portion of the menu this year, or not secretly cursing your brother for always being the one to get out of it lightly when all he ever offers is to bring the gravy (hmm, thanks so much for all your effort, wherever do you find the time?)

But I would also reiterate that apart from having a glorious feast cooked for you by someone else (aka professional chefs), the best part of dining out is not having to clean up after everybody else whilst they all lounge around with their feet up, rubbing their full bellies and arguing about whose turn it is to dress up as Mr C this year……

Here is your solution – check out this list of venues that are open for Christmas Day Lunch in Melbourne and book right now while there is still time. You’re welcome.

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Hophaus, Southbank

$85 per adult
$25 per child (12yrs and under)

• Schnapps on arrival
• Classic Bavarian three course feast served on platters to share


Bookings and prepayment essential – Phone Stephanie on 03 9682 5900 or email
For more information click here

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Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, Southbank (SOLD OUT, SORRY)

$69 per adult
$25 per child (12yrs and under)

• Glass of sparking on arrival
• House baked breads with accompaniments
• Shared entrees
• Choice of five mains
• Choice of three desserts


Bookings essential – Phone 03 9699 1676
For more information click here or email

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P.J.O’Brien’s, Southbank (SOLD OUT, SORRY)

$45 per adult
$15 per child (12yrs and under)

• Glass of wine, Guinness or soft drink
• Choice of traditional roast or pie
• Plum pudding for dessert
• Mr and Mrs Santa Claus will be popping in sometime between 12 and 2


Bookings essential – Phone 03 9686 5011
For more information click here

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Turf Bar, Melbourne CBD (SOLD OUT, SORRY)

$55 per adult (3 courses)
$20 per child (12yrs and under. 2 courses)

• Beer, wine or soft drink on arrival
• Shared entrees
• Choice of three mains
• Choice of two desserts
• Mr and Mrs Santa Claus will be making an appearance


Bookings essential – Phone 03 9670 1271 or email
For more information click here


PS. Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve yet??



With only a couple of months till Christmas it would be fair to say that at the very least your venue has been booked for your corporate Christmas party.

(If not, please feel free to contact us now. Our key dates are going fast but if you get onto this asap we may be able to still organise something for you at one of our many venues throughout Melbourne’s key locations).

With that main task under your belts it’s time to start organising the fun stuff:


Setting yourself a simple timeline can help you visualise your event plan. For instance, it’s important to know the cut off date the venue has outlined for you to provide final numbers. Make this the first marker that you place in your timeline, then work backwards from there.


Confirm your budget as early as possible. This will help determine how much (if any) you have to play with for party extras such as decorations or funny gifts that can be distributed via door prizes, for instance.


If you haven’t already, send out a memo announcing a ‘Save The Date’, which should ensure all your favourite work buddies have every chance of being able to attend. As you know this time of year fills up very quickly in social calendars!

When it comes time to sending out the invitations with the complete event details, you will want to include the following:

-Date and Time
-Partners welcome?
-Dress code or party themes
-Secret Santa, if applicable
-RSVP date and contact details
-Remind people to let you know if they have special dietary requirements


Some Corporate Christmas parties we’ve seen have really embraced the festive spirit by incorporating a theme into their event. This can work in several ways – ask your guests to dress in a certain colour, or an op shop outfit, daggy sweater or maybe even something like an 80’s theme. Offer prizes for best dressed! This is a great time to tap into your creative side – even if your entire budget has been put towards food and drinks, you can still encourage a festive atmosphere if you plan ahead and get other people involved.


The next step will be planning the menu, which you can do with the help of our function managers. All our Christmas menus are carefully designed and executed, catering for varying budgets and tastes. We will also assist with the coordination of beverage packages to suit your guests.

This is such a fun time of year where you really get to celebrate everyone’s hard work and achievements. By planning ahead you will make this a party to remember, where you can sit back and chill on the day while the bubbles flow and the bosses(!!) play……………

Venues for Ladies Events in Melbourne

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Ladies events come in all shapes and sizes and vary from hen’s nights to high teas.  Finding the perfect venue for your event can be a difficult task so here we showcase two fantastic Southbank function venues.

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room is a lovely riverside venue that provides for a wide variety of events. High teas can be booked 7 days a week and are a delightful way to celebrate any occasion with your closest family and friends. Ludlow also provides set menus for lunch or dinner events which start from $60 per person. If you are looking for something less formal and a bit more lively our cocktail and canapés package offers a 2 hour premium wine and cocktail experience including 5 canapés per person. All fabulous options but if there’s something specific you are after they will almost certainly tailor a package specific to your requirements. Should you need more information on Ludlow Bar & Dining Room please click here or you can download our Ladies package here.



BearBrass is another venue we have on the banks of the Yarra River in Southbank. More casual, BearBrass throws up a stunning setting for any meet up or ladies event. This award winning venue is set just back from the Yarra opposite Flinders Street station. A beautiful backdrop being a huge highlight, BearBrass has long been providing a great place for ladies events. Please check out our venue here and download our function package here.


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Should you have an enquiry for either of these venue or our other Southbank Melbourne Venues you can email me directly on or call 0421 779 922.

Christmas Party Venue Ideas for Melbourne 2013

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Do something fresh and exciting this year for your corporate Christmas party with Southbank Melbourne Venues

Coming up with new, fresh and exciting Christmas party ideas each year can be a difficult task. Everybody has their own opinions and these tend to be conflicting views on what’s best for your group. With so many different tastes and cultures represented in Melbourne’s corporate sector trying to find something that suits the majority of your guests should be your main aim.

Christmas Party Ideas Melbourne

Southbank Melbourne Venues provides staff Christmas party ideas to many businesses each year. We aim to make it easy for you as we showcase 5 unique Christmas function venues for you to choose from. Based in Southbank, the CBD and South Yarra we have different locations available, as well as different styled Christmas function venues. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite company Christmas party venues for 2013 so you can get that party started and have a function everyone in the office will enjoy.



Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Situated in vibrant Southbank with a perfect view of the Yarra River, the Ludlow is a great multipurpose venue featuring a lovely terrace with great views, a large dining room for sit down meals, and a cocktail lounge and bar. Some ideas you can take advantage of this year are corporate lunches, pre-Xmas-party drinks or full sit down dinners in this relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.



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Need ideas for smaller more intimate staff Christmas parties? Perfect for a stand up function or smaller sit down functions Bearbrass is a great location for relaxed and casual events and it won’t break the company budget either.




Temperance Hotel

The Temperance Hotel is a great place to host your work Christmas party in 2013. It’s sure to be a hit with its trendy South Yarra location and the Temperance Hotel has a delightful private Lounge Bar that can accommodate up to 100 guests for your end of year celebrations!



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P.J’s Sidebar

Want some flexible Christmas party ideas? If your group is large or small we have venue options for you. P.J’s Sidebar can cater for up to 200 guests or alternatively we can split the venue up and our private Upper Lounge can accommodate groups of 20-50 for Xmas functions.



Turf Bar

Last but not least Turf Bar provides our only central CBD Christmas function venue option. Turf Bar is an extremely flexible venue that caters for groups of 10 – 400 for lunches, dinners or just drinks.



There are a range of different venues that can provide flexible and exciting office celebrations for 2013. Stop searching for ideas and start looking at our Christmas function venues in Melbourne. After one celebration you will want to come back again and again. Please follow this link to enquire with us now.

Eat Drink Water Taxi to the Australian Open Tennis this year.

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As the dust settles from Christmas and New Year’s celebrations we head into mid summer with the Australian Open beginning on Monday 14th January. If you are heading to the Open this year there’s no better way than to Eat, Drink and be whisked up the Yarra by Water Taxi to Melbourne Park from the infamous BearBrass in Southgate.

A stone’s throw from the venue our Water Taxi service operates for breakfast, lunch or dinner and takes you within a minutes’ walk of the main Tennis Arenas.

Enjoy a set menu, Dunes and Greene wine or Heineken (with dinner), a return Melbourne Water Taxi ride plus a complimentary drink after your return trip from the exhilarating Australian Open.

Full menu options can be found here