Make Your New Years Eve Magical With These Melbourne Celebrations
It’s the kick-off to the festive season and before you know it everyone will be asking what your plans are for New Years Eve. We’ve rounded up some seriously good options to farewell 2018. If you’re headed to Sydney for the night, our picks for perfect NYE there are here.
Alephi Hotel, CBD
Nobody does a Melbourne pool party like the Alephi Hotel and this year they’ll be celebrating on the rooftop with their Four Pillars Gin & Prosecco NYE Poolside Party. Located on Flinders Lane, guest can watch the sky erupt with fireworks as they dance away 2018. Celebrations kick off at 8pm and tickets include Four Pillars Gin Cocktails, prosecco, beer, wine and roving canapés that feature Om Nom Kitchen’s famous Rosemary Caramelia Cigars.
No need to bring the bikini or budgy smugglers, the pool will be there for aesthetics only. Tickets are priced at $195 with limited early bird first release of $165.
The Emerson, South Yarra
Celebrating 2019 with a red, white and blue bang, New Years Eve at The Emerson will be Las Vegas-themed with multiple levels of DJs and drink specials including $10 Espresso Martinis and Golden Gaytime Martinis from 8:30pm until midnight.
With scenic views and that spectacular rooftop, you can ring in the New Year with pumping top 40, RnB, and house tunes over two amazing levels. There’ll also be roaming entertainers throughout the evening and a fully decked-out Las Vegas Room that we’re told must be seen to be believed. One lucky guest will win return airfares to Las Vegas for them and three friends. Presale tickets are $85 and include a $50 drink voucher on arrival 10.30pm.
Eureka 89, Southbank
Eureka Tower’s top-level boutique dining space on level 89 will be combining those amazing city views with an impeccably sophisticated degustation menu. Their annual Elevation party will return this year giving guests the opportunity to celebrate over the city with sky high 360-degree views of the fireworks, live entertainment and a healthy flow of boozy beverages.
The theme is cocktail with a touch of disco and guest can book either gold or silver tickets. Silver tickets gives guest access to the Skydeck at level 88 with canapes, a wine beer and sparkling drinks package and festivities until 1am for $220. Gold tickets kick on until 2am and include both Eureka 89 & Eureka Skydeck 88 access with canapes, and a drinks package including basic spirits at $300 per person.
QT Melbourne, CBD
QT Melbourne will be hosting their New Years party amongst the fireworks on one of Melbourne’s most exclusive inner-city rooftops. The $275 per person package includes live entertainment featuring Alex Rose and Chris DJ, Champagne on arrival, caviar, oyster and dessert stations, roving canapes and a beer, wine and sparkling drinks package.
Hanoi Hannah, Richmond
Hanoi Hannah’s New Quarter site in Richmond is putting on the ultimate feast with Shellfest NYE 2k19. Party-goers will be treated to a four-course dinner with an accompanying beverage package featuring some of the venue’s favourite sips – all included within the ticket price. Expect seafood galore, booze aplenty and bibs complimentary (keeping those outfits sparkling for the night ahead). Priced at $120 per person, it includes four courses and beverage package for either the 6:30pm or 9pm seating.
Stokehouse, St Kilda
If sophisticated, yet low-key is your thing, Stokehouse is where you’ll want to be. With views of 2018’s final sunset across Port Phillip Bay and prime location for the St Kilda Beach fireworks, Stokehouse’s set menus will be available on the evening, featuring seasonally-driven cuisine in signature style of Head Chef Ollie Hansford, culminating in a special cherry parfait created for the occasion by Van Haandel Group Pastry Chef Lauren Eldridge. Group Sommelier Gavin Cremming will provide guests with expert guidance through Stokehouse’s award-winning wine list, with house-pour Champagne Bollinger and signature cocktails, including the Bloody Shiraz Bramble, flowing all night long.
Diners will be serenaded with smooth live tunes from soul act Belle & Co. Early seating for a four-course is $130, seatings from 7pm for five courses including oysters and caviar are priced at $250.
Bomba Rooftop, CBD
Ascend towards the stars with Lonsdale Street’s Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop where you’ll begin the evening dining on five courses of Spanish tapas in the downstairs restaurant before climbing to the rooftop and watching the city’s fireworks display as the clocks turn. For $210, you’ll get unlimited pours of beer and wine all evening and a DJ playing tunes as you dance you way into the New Year in style from 8pm until 2am.
Located in Southbank, newly-launched Asado in Southbank will say hello to 2019 with Fiesta el Ano Nuevo. Fusing Argentinian and Spanish cuisine, families joining the first sitting (5:30pm) will feast on a set menu by Executive Chef Ollie Gould ahead of the first round of fireworks. Later diners for the second seating at 8pm will be treated to a drink on arrival Argentinian music from a live flamenco guitarist, with tango and flamenco dancers also spicing up the evening. Serious firework fanatics can opt to book premium seats, guaranteeing prime views of the action set to explode over the Yarra at midnight. Early seating priced at $80 per adult, second seating is priced at $150 with premium window seating at $250.
Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula
Want to escape the city this year and enjoy something with all the sophistication but less noise? Luxury getaway Jackalope on the Mornington Peninsula is offering an alternative to New Year’s Eve with their New Years Eve package including sunset poolside cocktails followed by a degustation dinner at Doot Doot Doot for $110. (Doot Doot Doot was recently named in the top 30 Australian restaurants in the Delicious 100).
To end the night, guests can bring in the New Year at their stylish and quirky bar Flaggerdoot with one of the bar’s specialty cocktails. And there’s no beating waking up on New Years Day in a Vineyard room at one of the best boutique hotels in Australia.
Published 03 December, 2018