It’s hard to believe another remarkable year has almost gone but with 2019 just around the corner we all have a reason to be excited, the countdown is on for one of the biggest and best nights of the year, New Year’s Eve. Before we dive into what’s happening in the city of Melbourne let’s take a moment to appreciate why people across the globe celebrate the dawning of the New Year with such passion and optimism.
Once the clock hits midnight on December 31st we will shift into a new calendar year and it’s that simple change that symbolises something special. Every New Year’s Eve we get a chance to wipe the slate clean, a chance to start new, and a chance to get it right. There are great things to come in every year; 365 new days mean 365 new adventures and opportunities. Most of us will take the chance to create a fresh laundry list of resolutions such as better habits, healthy eating, positive thinking and embracing each moment. At Red Rock we’re realistic and we understand these promises are easily broken, for many in the first 24 hours, but at least your intentions were in the right place. At Red Rock Venues we would rather stay up at midnight to see the New Year in style, perhaps a costume, and ideally a drink in hand at a spectacular party. We know 2019 is going to be an epic year, bringing plenty of happy moments for us all to look forward to, and that is something worth celebrating.
Melbourne did not gain the reputation as the “cultural and sporting capital” of Australia without knowing a thing or two about throwing a grand celebration. The fireworks display is designed to illuminate the Melbourne city skyline, with multiple launching points, making for an unforgettable show. Festivities run from 6pm – 1am with all sorts of performances and entertainment scattered throughout the city. So whether you’re searching for good luck, committing to your resolutions, keen to forget the year gone by, or want to party like its 1999; let’s all raise a glass and toast in the New Year.
The secret to creating a memorable New Year’s Eve is planning so let’s get started. As far as locations go, Southbank may be Melbourne’s most iconic cultural hub. Situated on the banks of the Yarra River, with phenomenal city views, this destination is hard to beat. Not only are some of Melbourne’s finest dining establishments and coolest bars located here but also the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Recital Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. This truly is a one stop destination for an incredible night on the town.
BEARBRASS, Southbank ~New Year’s Eve By The River~
BearBrass is one of Southbanks most exciting venues, located on the banks of the Yarra River, they offer a true riverside wining and dining experience. Chic design and stylish influences draw crowds to their large riverside terrace, public bar and dining room. Modern Australian flare, classy cocktails, an extensive beer and wine list, and a DJ on the decks, are all the ingredients one requires for a fabulous evening. BearBrass have two NYE dining packages available, the early dinner from 5pm will consist of a two course meal, and the late dinner from 8:30pm includes a three course meal. Dining packages start from $65 per person and there is no cover charge at the bar. If you are looking for a beautiful dining experience and one of Melbourne’s best views of the fireworks… this is it!
LUDLOW BAR & DINING ROOM, Southbank ~Disco Fever NYE Cocktail Party & Dining~
Ludlow is one of Southbank’s most established riverside destinations. The venue features a large dining room, cocktail lounge, public bar and a superb outdoor terrace. The décor in Ludlow radiates sophistication and elegance, while remaining undeniably cool, capturing the attention of all who visit. Dining at Ludlow is very special, the menu offers modern Australian cuisine with a European influence which caters for all tastes, whether you’re after hearty dishes from the grill or a lighter meal. There are two excellent dining packages to consider for New Year’s Eve, dinner by twilight or the late dinner, with prices starting at $70 per person. If you’re more inclined to dance your way into 2019 Ludlow’s Disco Fever Cocktail Party is the celebration for you. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes because this year’s disco fever theme will have the dance floor heaving. DJ’s will be spinning old school and new school disco until 3am. No Discothèque would be complete without the classic fashions that made the era so memorable. Expect to see bold colours and glitter shimmering under lights and disco balls along with party goers in flowing dresses, body-hugging spandex, flared pants and colourful collared shirts.
HOPHAUS, Southbank ~NYE Biergarten Festival~
Hophaus celebrates the great German Bier Hall but with a modern twist. Located on the second floor of Melbourne’s Southgate promenade and facing out to sweeping city views of the Yarra River and iconic Flinders Street station, this may be one of the best vantage points to catch all of the action. The expansive art deco-inspired dining hall features a coal-fired rotisserie in the open kitchen, magnificent glazed polychrome bier bar and beautiful outdoor terrace. The Biergarten NYE Festival will stage Live Music, DJ’s, Food Stations, imported European Biers, premium wines and plenty of Schnapps to toast in the New Year while enjoying one of Melbourne’s best views of the fireworks. Two dining packages are available, twilight dining and late dining, starting from $65 per person. If you’re planning on bringing the whole family the twilight seating is the perfect choice. At 7pm the cocktail party begins, spread across the lounge bar and beautiful terrace overlooking the city, enjoy roaming canapes, festival food stations and a 5 hour beverage package.
PJ.O’BRIEN’S, Southbank ~Madam Rouge New Year’s Eve Party~
P.J.O’Brien’s is an institution in Melbourne and a true stalwart of authentic Irish pub culture. As soon as one steps inside PJ’s they experience a genuine taste of Ireland, warm wood finishing’s, old-world décor, traditional Irish music and no shortage of accents working the bar. PJ’s has grown a reputation famous for throwing amazing NYE parties and this year’s Madam Rouge theme is bound to be a memorable one. Walk down the red carpet and immerse yourself in Madame Rouge Cabaret surroundings, expect bubbles & canapes, Lillet & Chambord drink specials, and don’t forget to sparkle because after all “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”! Tickets from $25 per person.
Eureka 89, Southbank ~NYE Elevation~
Sitting on the top floor of Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper, this may very well be the ultimate destination to see in the New Year. It’s hard to describe how sensational, and memorable, a visit to Eureka 89 is. Boasting the most breathtaking floor to ceiling views across metropolitan Melbourne, and stylish contemporary design, this is Melbourne’s most impressive events space. Count down the clock and party higher than you ever have before at New Year’s Eve ‘Elevation’ Celebration. Rise to the occasion in your best cocktail and disco attire for a night of dancing surrounded by unparalleled 360 degree views of the fireworks, live entertainment, canapes and beverages. Better be quick because tickets for this party will not last! Prices starting from $220 per person.
TEMPERANCE HOTEL, Chapel Street ~New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party
If you are searching for luxury fashion, theatres, fine foods, cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, look no further than Chapel Street, Melbourne’s prized entertainment precinct. It has a reputation for some of the city’s best nightlife and creative energy. Temperance Hotel is located in the heart of Chapel Street and has a well established reputation as one of the best pubs in the area. Restaurant, bar, club are a few of the terms that come to mind when trying to describe Temperance Hotel. With modern and stylish interiors and an impressive dancefloor, this venue has it all. Attendees will be greeted with a drink and canapes on arrival to get the party started. Dance into 2019 at the Temperance New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party. Tickets start from $25 per person.
TURF BAR, Queen Street, Melbourne CBD ~ New Year’s Eve Pre-Fireworks Party~
Located in the heart of the CBD is one of Melbourne’s most popular pubs, Turf Bar. This traditional pub has a sophisticated edge and a lovely warm atmosphere so it’s understandable that it has such a strong following. Multiple screens, private booths, and pool tables has cemented Turf as Melbourne’s premier sports bar. If you’re looking for a great place to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebrations and enjoy a pre-fireworks meal this is the spot. Turf Bar is putting on a 2-Course set menu dinner from 6pm, priced at $35 per person, and accompanied with excellent house beer and wine specials. For family gatherings this is a great option, kids are welcome and have their very own menu, they will love the atmosphere of this bustling pub. Turf Bar’s dining space can accommodate groups of all sizes making this the perfect destination to start your New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne’s CBD. The public bar will also have drink specials, a live party DJ from 11pm till late, and best of all no cover charge!