With its industrial-style event spaces, impressive line-up of restaurants and unbeatable coffee culture, Melbourne continues to be the capital of cool.
Here are some of the new and noteworthy venues, restaurants and hotels throughout the city, perfect for hosting your next Melbourne event.
Located at The Victoria Hotel, Mister Munro is an elegant new space on Little Collins Street. The venue pays tribute to its former life as a ‘dry hotel’ in the late 19th Century, where no alcohol was served. Making up for lost time, the restaurant and bar now serves up an extensive cocktail selection, plus a healthy dose of beer and wine. Two private dining spaces are also on offer, perfect for intimate corporate events.
The Langham, Melbourne
A leader in luxury accommodation and events, The Langham, Melbourne continues to strive for the highest level of customer service. To further improve the guest experience, the hotel has introduced a number of food and beverage updates, including a floating breakfast option at the pool deck and a new coffee service on the ground level. The event facilities on the podium level and top floor of the hotel are also getting a minor refresh, with new custom-made chinaware, furniture and lighting.
One of the latest venues to open under the Peter Rowland portfolio, Butler Lane is the ultimate setting for a corporate event, dinner or product launch to impress. The venue boasts an industrial look that provides a blank canvas for event organisers to get creative or is just as effective with minimal styling. The open-plan warehouse leads out to a quaint courtyard with exposed brick and a living green wall as the backdrop. Butler Lane is suitable for banquets of up to 180 guests and cocktail events for up to 300.
The Timber Yard
The Timber Yard is a newcomer to Melbourne’s event scene but it’s certainly making an impact. The repurposed venue features 6000 square metres of indoor and outdoor space, and pays tribute to its former life with a sleek, industrial look. The truly flexible venue is suitable for conferences, cocktail events or seated lunches and dinners of up to 1500 people.
Melbourne & Olympic Parks
Demolition works have begun at Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) to make way for its brand new conference and events centre. The centre marks the final phase of M&OP’s $972 million redevelopment and includes a 2000-square-metre ballroom, 800-square-metre pre-function area and 250-seat auditorium. The centre is scheduled for completion by late 2021, with event bookings now open for 2022.
FYI: Coffee culture explained
Need some help navigating Melbourne’s cool, yet complex, coffee culture? Throw this lingo around and you’ll be a local in no time.
Cortado – similar to a latte, but less foamy and less quantity, usually served in a small glass. It consists of espresso mixed with a roughly equal amount of warm milk.
Magic – steamed milk poured over a double ristretto and served in a small cup. Most baristas worth their weight in coffee beans will happily serve one up.
Bulletproof coffee (or butter coffee) – coffee, with butter. Yep, that’s no joke. This newcomer to the coffee scene is most likely found in cafés specialising in health food.