The work Christmas Party can go one of two ways; it’s either an absolute flop fueled by cheap wine & beer, or a night of legend.
If you’re in charge of putting together the end of year shindig – you’ve got the hopes and dreams of your entire workplace resting on your shoulders. But don’t let the weight get you down, pay close attention and let us tell you exactly where to book for guaranteed success.
If you have nothing to do with planning your work Christmas party, but you’re 100% invested in having an epic AF night – pass this baby along.
With a raw sophistication reminiscent of a New York City Loft, Blondes Garage emanates warmth and intimacy creating the perfect backdrop for your Christmas event. With distressed concrete floors and crisp white walls, the studio’s open plan space allows for a wide range of personalisation depending on your desired style.
Level 1/62 Chapel St, Windsor | @blondesgarage
A sweet little cafe downstairs & a sweet event space upstairs. If you’re in search of a venue that’s a little more refined with the ability to host both sit down dinners or an elegant cocktail party – Lucky Penny is the perfect little spot. The function room is beautiful and bright and the in house catering by Chef Crowcroft is restaurant worthy. Plus, when the night’s over, your guests only have a short stroll to one of Chapel Street’s many bars.
481 Chapel St, South Yarra | @luckypennyonchapel
She may not look like much from the outside, but head on in and discover a restored private dining room on the first floor with an incredible view overlooking Chapel Street. Then there’s the awesome courtyard out the back that can cater for between 10 to 18 guests seated and up to 140 standing.
359 Chapel St, South Yarra | @speakeasybar
SoHigh Gallery is the place to hold your Christmas event if your work gang is in need of a smack of cool. Art gallery meets event space meets retail pop up spot, SoHigh is so Melbourne and even more Windsor. They give you the opportunity to tailor the space to your individual tastes. With capacity for 200 guests standing or 80 seated (across two rooms). Work closely with the SoHigh Gallery event management team to create a space for your work party that’s full of expression, creativity and of course bevs.
143a Chapel St, Windsor | @sohighgallery
Located on Prahran’s own Greville Street, Tokosan is a slice of Tokyo life. With Japan-inspired murals, kitschy neon signs and the yummiest contemporary Japanese food you can get in your gob, Tokosan is a Chapel function fave. There’s a warm and inviting covered beer garden splashed with Japanese graffiti, setting the scene for an exclusively wild night with your workmates. Book your Christmas function with this crew and your team will get a bottle of Champagne, on the house! Oh, and did we mention there’s a karaoke room?
142 Greville St, Prahran | @tokosan_
For up to 160 work pals, SOS has all your cocktail party needs covered. With an extensive list of canapes, delicious and perfect for sharing, you can take your pick of what will suit your group’s taste buds. The drinks selection is pretty badass too.
254 Chapel St, Prahran | @sisterofsociety
Private functions are the name of the game at Mofo & Morocco Lounges on Greville Street. Day in and day out, they plan and execute parties of all types and they do an absolute beauty of a job. They have everything that you could possibly need on site and you’ll be working with expert event planners that’ll make your job a breeze! Plus, have you seen the inside of Mofo Lounge & Morocco Lounge? They’re ridiculously lush and may we say a little kitsch? But totally in a good way. Your guests will be blown away.
157 Greville St, Prahran | @mofoandmoroccolounge
Dance floor anyone? The Space has recently launched the perfect spot for a Christmas bash that’s on the larger side. The Skydeck features edgy feature walls, skylights and can cater for up to 200 guests. Floor to ceiling mirrors, fresh dance floor, pumping tunes and lots of booze – imagine the awkward silences when work’s back.
318 Chapel St, Prahran | @thespacedancecentre
At The Emerson, they do more than live a little: they live a lot. Whenever and however you want to celebrate, they can accommodate. Cocktail party on their rooftop, something a little more private in the Lounge or a booth in the main bar. Take a walk through their doors and see what they can do for you and your squad. Perfect for whatever type of fun you’re planning.
141-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra | @theemerson_au
The unassuming entrance to this space will leave you delighted once you step inside and discover a beautifully transformed, open plan warehouse. A blank canvas that can be adapted to suit your posse’s needs. With a 150 person capacity and a 3am license on Fridays and Saturdays, Ellis Street Studio is an unreal function venue. It has all the space you’ll need to host the best Christmas Party your workplace has ever seen!
16 Ellis St, South Yarra | @ellisstreetstudio
Think you’re fancy pants? Have too many friends for the restaurant? Want your own private bar and personal chef? Mr. M look after you. Introducing Level 1 Function and Events Space, upstairs at Mr. Miyagi. Level 1 can cater for groups of 30–60 people specialising in canapé style functions. Food is modern Japanese fusion; different to everything ever invented and eaten, because Mr. M is awesome.
99 Chapel Street, Windsor | @mrmiyagimelbourne
While the 24 hour Bottle-o attached to the side of the place is a pretty good drawcard, the incredible city views, friendly staff and uniquely tailored function offerings will be the sweeteners. Conveniently close to Windsor Station, secure a spot on the deck for smaller groups or for up to 100 peeps, there’s the private function space. No matter what your groups size is, The Railway Hotel has the space for you.
29 Chapel St, Windsor | @railwaywindsor
If you’re looking for something more sophisticated for your Christmas party, look no further than Roc’s Bar & Kitchen. Located inside the Jam Factory complex, the venue is available for exclusive hire for 80 to 200 guests and for semi-private bookings for smaller groups (minimum spend may apply). Choose from a selection of premium beverages, canapés, sweets and savouries to create the perfect package for your Xmas Party fun. Dates are filling fast, so get in quick.
Licensed for 177 patrons (both inside and outside), Chapel Street Cellars offer their venue with no hire fee, that’s right, FREE! All they ask is that the drink spend reaches $20 per guest booked in. They can provide all your favourite cocktail menu items, think – pizzas, chicken wings, arancini balls and girolle of cheese. Otherwise, their usual BYO food policy remains, grab another food option from a neighbouring Chapel Street fave and there’s no fuss. Plus, they have a cute little beer garden to top it off. No gimmicks guys. This really is too good to be true.
89 Chapel St, Windsor | @chapelstcellars
As a Chapel Street resident of a number of years, I’ve noticed a few changes in our community. But I’ve also observed a few things that are iconically Chapel Street that only residents can truly relate to. When you know, you know.
The Prahran Square car park is now open for business! 500 undercover parks and electric car charging stations right in the heart of the Chapel Street Precinct. Plus, it’s only $1 for 2 hours!
We wanted to unearth the precinct’s most memorable and unique burgers for the ultimate Chapel Precinct burger crawl. Warning: salivation guaranteed.
Aimed to raise essential funds for the Sacred Heart Mission’s Woman’s House, which supports women experiencing homelessness, the op shop campaign will be held earlier this year kicking off in August with a Launch Party at the Prahran op shop and finishing in September at its newest shop in Prahran.
Secondary cuts of meat are those working muscles which are more flavoursome and textural, but need a little more time and care to polish off the edges, but by doing so you are richly rewarded.
If you’ve never taken a trip to Greville Street, you’re seriously missing out. This petite Prahran street leads you gently from the hustle of Chapel Street, into a warm village of boutique makers, retailers & artists.
I braved my first Pole Dancing class at Pole Divas Prahran and I was really (dare I say it?) feeling myself. Prepared to feel uncomfortable, thankfully, my awesome older sister was eager (you can see why she’s the oldest) to join me for our first experience with the pole.
Just when you thought living or working in or near Chapel Precinct couldn’t provide any more perks… Grab your housemates and check out these awesome local deals you can nab just for living or working around these parts.