The year has flown by, and soon, we’ll be counting down to the fireworks and celebrating the start of 2023. If you haven’t made plans yet, Melbourne is full of wonderful places for you to dance the night away. Sip on free-flowing drinks, move and groove on the dancefloor, and watch the spectacular fireworks at these lovely venues. In no particular order, here are some excellent New Year’s Eve parties around Melbourne.
1. Arbory Afloat
This iconic floating bar just launched a dreamy new infinity pool to get us through the summer months. But the fun doesn’t stop there, with special events for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
On New Year’s Eve, Arbory is saying goodbye to 2022 with a ‘Night of Bohemian Dreams’. The theme will take you back to Ibiza in the 70s, when the island was a haven for hippies and creatives. Wear your best boho, and enjoy canapes, unlimited drinks, live entertainment and gorgeous views of the city fireworks. Tickets to Arbory Afloat start from $225, and from $165 for Arbory Bar & Eatery. The event kicks off at 6:30pm and ends at midnight. More info here.
Then, join in on the fun at Arbory’s New Year’s Day party. Enjoy a three-hour food and beverage package, while local DJs spin tunes by the pool. For $145 per person, you can get unlimited vodka, specialty cocktails, beer, wine and roaming pizza. If you’re in a group of twelve, upgrade to the luxe $2950 VIP Cabana Package for that added indulgence. The party runs from 12pm to 5pm. More info here.
📍 2 Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000
Multi-level hospitality venue HER is going all out and throwing a night to remember for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy access to all five levels, including a previously unseen space for the very first time. At the LUNE ROUGE NYE PARTY, there will be art activations, music, live performances, flowing drinks and plenty of food. End the night on the rooftop for views of the fireworks. The party starts at 8pm, and ends at midnight. Tickets to this event start from $275 per person. More info here.
📍270 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
3. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
End the year in a completely unique way at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Start the night at 8pm with a cocktail, and explore the wonders of the sea around the venue. Enjoy a celebratory supper, with sliders, hot chips and fresh doughnut balls. Dance the night away with fresh DJ tunes, while colourful fish create a swirling canopy. Then, for the grand finale, head up to the balcony to admire the vibrant Melbourne fireworks. Tickets are from $95 per person. Find out more here.
📍King St, Melbourne VIC 3000
4. Riverland Bar
Head to the banks of the Yarra and enjoy a spectacular evening at Riverland Bar. Doors open at 7:30pm with cash bar available, and the food and drinks package will kick off from 8:30pm to midnight. Enjoy unlimited beer, wine, bubbles and house spirits, as well as a selection of canapes and grazers. General admission tickets are $150. Learn more here.
📍Federation Wharf 1-9 Melbourne, VIC 3000
5. The Everleigh
Take a step back in time and head to The Everleigh for a glamourous night out. Return to the days of Old Hollywood, with handcrafted cocktails, elegant canapes and live entertainment. If you’re feeling carefree, head into The Elk Room for a stand-up party with a live band for dancing. This costs $99 per person. Otherwise, opt for the formal cocktail party in the main bar, with dedicated seat and table service, a cheese and charcuterie board and more. This package starts at $175 per person. Find out more here.
📍 Level 1/150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
6. The Continental Sorrento
Not looking for New Year’s Eve parties in Melbourne? Swap city views for the seaside and escape to Sorrento. The Conti is ringing in the new year with an extravagant, Gatsby-style affair. The entire precinct will come alive with music, food and dance, taking you back to the glitz of the 1920s. The festivities will be headlined by ARIA award-winning star, Conrad Sewell. The night will start at 6pm, with a 5-hour inclusive package of food and free-flowing drinks by the sea. There will be DJs, entertainers and musicians around every corner of precinct.
If you want to elevate your experience, be sure to pop into Audrey’s for a degustation menu. Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a decadent seafood dinner.
Tickets to the Gatsby party are $286 per person. Meanwhile, the Audrey’s dinner costs $500 per person. Find more info here.
📍1-21 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento, Victoria, 3943, Sorrento
7. QT Melbourne
End the year with glitz and glamour at The Rooftop at QT. Enjoy roaming canapes, oysters, a barbecue, a vodka and caviar station, champagne, free-flowing sparkling and more. Listen to DJs spin the best tunes until 2023, and watch the fireworks on the skyline. Tickets are from $325.More info here.
📍133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
8. Yarra Botanica
This floating pontoon bar is celebrating their first New Year’s Eve. They’re going all out, with DJs from 6pm and exciting roaming entertainers, like acrobats and a saxophonist. Enjoy a 4-hour premium package, which includes roaming canapes, a gourmet grazing table, and plenty of beer, wine, spirits, spritzes and a special NYE Cocktail. Doors open from 6pm, and tickets cost $300. Learn more here.
📍Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006
Trinket on Flinders Lane is throwing a Gatsby-style celebration. Enjoy a free Fitzgerald cocktail on arrival, and a 4 hour drinks package that includes plenty of spirits from 8pm. There’s also The Great Grazing Table, which will be full of bites to keep your energy level up. Dance to the best tunes from DJs, and pop into the photobooth to capture some beautiful memories. The festivities will continue until 1am, and tickets start from $150 per person. Learn more here.
📍87 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
10. Fortress Melbourne
Love gaming? Spend your New Year’s Eve at Fortress Melbourne. There will be DJs and dancing in the Alienware Arena, live bands and games in the Tavern, themed cocktails, board games, a photobooth and a confetti countdown to midnight. There’s four different event zones, an arcade, and prizes to be won. Tickets start at $41.97. Learn more here.
📍Shop 25/23 Caledonian Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
11. Melbourne Skydeck
Treat yourself to one of the highest parties in the city at Melbourne Skydeck’s at New Year’s Eve in the Clouds. At 88 floors above sea level, you’ll see the iconic Melbourne fireworks from a whole new perspective. There will be a drinks package throughout the evening, as well as curated canapes, DJs, a photobooth and access to the Voyager Theatre. The event will run from 8pm to 1am. Tickets start from $250 per person. Learn more here.
📍 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006
12. Garden State Hotel (and Tippy-Tay)
Party on two levels of dance floors at Garden State Hotel. Explore the Beer Garden, the Public Bar or the Rose Garden basement bar, and enjoy a four hour drinks package that includes tap beer, cider, wine and soft drink. There’s also roaming food for you to try. Take it up a notch by venturing into Tippy-Tay for a hearty Italian feast. Tickets for Garden State Hotel cost $150 per person, and tickets for Tippy-Tay cost $185 per person.
📍101 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
13. Fargo and Co
Richmond’s Fargo and Co is starting the festivities early with bottomless brunch across two sessions. Times run from 12-2pm and 3-5pm, and include bottomless prosecco, mimosas, house wine, cocktail jugs and house beer, plus a brunch item of your choice. Tickets for bottomless brunch are $69 per person.
Then, at night, they’re lighting up with a disco party that channels New York’s Studio 54 nightclub. There will be roaming canapes, a cocktail on arrival and DJs playing into the night. Tickets are $89 per person, and the event will run from 7pm to 11pm. Find out more here.
📍216 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
14. h2o’s Sunset on the Bay
Head to Port Melbourne for one of the most renowned New Year’s Eve parties. Two venues, Waterfront on the Pier and Generations Bar, have come together for this epic sunset celebration. Dance the night away with the best in dance, house and RnB. Let loose with a 6.5 hour drinks package, enjoy light cocktail food, and enjoy sweeping views of the water, and of the fireworks. Tickets start at $155. See more here.
📍11 Waterfront Pl, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
15. Hotel Esplanade
The Espy is going all out with four different packages to choose from. The Main Bar will have a 3.5 hour drinks package, as well as roaming canapes and grazing bites from 8:30pm to midnight. There will be DJs until late and tickets are $165 per person.
The Mya Tiger package includes a Cantonese banquet and four hours of drinks from 8pm. Tickets are $180 per person.
The Espy Kitchen package includes four hours of banquets and beverages. It costs $170 per person.
And finally, The Ghost package includes canapes and three hours worth of drinks, including a glass of champagne at midnight. Tickets are $210 per person.See more here.
📍11 The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
16. Marvel Stadium
Spend your New Year’s Eve at Marvel Stadium. They’ve got heaps of different options to choose from, starting with a free event in the Victory Room. No ticket or booking is required for the Victory Room, and it includes access to the balcony for fireworks, pop-up bars and live entertainment.
The next step up is the Terrace Party Package, which costs $220 per ticket. This includes VIP views from the Medallion Terrace Balcony, roaming canapes, a cocktail on arrival, a 4.5 hour drinks package, live entertainment and dancefloor.
Go further with New Year’s Eve at Feast for $375 per ticket. This includes VIP views, a cocktail on arrival, a 5 hour drinks package, a variety of food stations featuring seasonal produce, live entertainment and dancefloor.
Finally, there’s the luxe New Year’s Eve at Gallery experience, which costs $475. This includes VIP views, cocktail on arrival, 5 hour drinks package, a 3-course menu featuring oysters and beef, live entertainment and dancefloor.Find more info here.
📍740 Bourke St, Docklands VIC 3008
17. St Kilda Sea Baths
Head to St Kilda for a fantastic end-of-year celebration. The whole of St Kilda Sea Baths, including Republica and Captain Baxter, will be open for partying, starting with two hours of free drinks and canapes from 4pm to 6pm, along with early rooftop access. DJs will play tunes on all three levels from 4pm. Ring in the New Year by the iconic beach, and watch the fireworks in the distance. Final release tickets are $169.65.Learn more here.
📍 10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182
18. DUSK NYE
Head to Electric on Chapel Street for a night you won’t forget. Kicking off at 5pm, and finishing at 5am, this New Year’s Eve celebration will feature live acts and DJs to take you into 2023. Boogie on the dance floor with a trailblazing selection of future jazz and soul. Tickets from $65.More info here.
📍 Unit 1/265-267 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181
19. Johnny’s Green Room
Head to this Carlton rooftop bar for their annual New Year’s Eve party. The festivities will kick off at 7pm, and run until the early hours of New Year’s Day. Between 8pm and 10pm, enjoy a selection of beer, wine, spirits and canapes. For music, expect heaps of selectors curated by Hope St Radio. Then, at the stroke of midnight, enjoy gorgeous CBD views and take in the fireworks, without worrying about the crowds below. Limited tickets available at $130 per person.Learn more here.
📍Level 2/293-297 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
Enjoy an unforgettable New Year’s Eve on this floating party barge. ATET will pay tribute to the classic house party, with a line-up featuring their resident DJs. Dress up or down, dance under the disco ball, and at midnight, enjoy unrivalled views of the city fireworks. The event will run from 11am to 1am, with complementary drinks between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets include roaming canapes all day and night. Tickets cost $159.34.
📍1 N Wharf Rd, Docklands VIC 3008