On June 23, diners will be invited to enter the foreboding gates of the infamous Old Melbourne Gaol for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Trailblazers in providing unique dinners in unexpected venues globally, The Spot Experience will be your hosts at this 178-year-old jail. Get ready to enjoy a three-course dinner with a selection of Australian wines under the soft glow of candlelight.
The Old Melbourne Gaol has a dark and ominous history. During its operation as a prison between 1845 and 1924, this sinister establishment held – and executed – some of Australia’s most scandalous criminals. These included notorious bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming – in total, 133 criminals lived out their last days within the walls of this historic bluestone structure.
Now, under the flickering light of candles, you can experience the Old Melbourne Gaol in a whole new – and much more luxe – way. For one night only on June 23, you’ll be able to dine in this historic site, among old cells that only hold the memory of who they once contained. Seated at a long communal table, you’ll enjoy a three-course meal and an array of Aussie wines.
Old Melbourne Gaol is renowned for its supposed supernatural activity, and ghost stories and urban legends about the site abound. As the night progresses, you can uncover some of the gaol’s age-old secrets and hear the stories that make the former prison an unmissable part of Melbourne’s history, by embarking on a guided ghost tour of the historic prison. Don’t blame us if it sends a shiver up your spine, though…
Tickets for the event start at $240 and guests can choose between a Non-Alcoholic Dining Ticket which includes a three-course meal, or an Unlimited Drinks Dining Ticket that includes a three-course meal as well as drinks for three hours.
It’s an excellent opportunity to meet new people in this interesting and intimate setting, as you enjoy a menu of modern Australian cuisine by candlelight. And who knows, perhaps you’ll leave with a few new ghost stories of your own.