Christmas is on its way and if you're in charge of organising the work Christmas party, then you may be starting to have a little panic! Canberra has a huge range of venues to choose from, so it can be tricky to narrow it down to a few places to then present to the group. Do you want a sit-down dinner? Or do you want everyone to mingle? If you're a new business, it may be fun to arrange somewhere that has dancing, music or board games, so there is something else to do as you break the ice and get to know each other.
In my own workplace in Canberra, we decided each year to meet in the Civic (city centre) - so it catered to both north side and south side residents. If your workplace has the same idea, keep reading for just some of the options in the Civic to start your research...
Cocktail fun at Kokomo's! Image: Kokomo's Facebook
1/ Kokomo's cocktail bar on Genge Street have function packages for Christmas parties and they also offer a Cocktail Masterclass to get into the festive spirit! This is a fun way to start the night in the Civic. See here for details.
2/ Akiba Asian restaurant on Bunda Street have two function spaces - the Ossolite Atrium hosts up to 250 guests and the Jim Service Room hosts up to 70 guests. They offer delicious and modern food packages, as well as spicy extras such as a Sake Bar or a Japanese Whisky tasting station. See here for function bookings and here for their website.
3/ Crowne Plaza on Binara Street have a wide range of options, with food choices (such as an Aussie BBQ, buffet or cocktail party), drinks packages, lighting, music and decorations. See here for details.
4/ Canberra Casino, also on Binara Street, host Christmas parties at their natural nine restaurant and other function spaces. Choose your food and beverage package, or choose a Gaming Party option for some gambling fun while you're there! See here for details.
5/ Highball Express in the Melbourne Building cater to 20 to 200 guests, with delicious canapes, cocktails and punch bowls. They can also arrange a DJ and Latin dancers that are bound to get your guests in a festive mood. See here for details.
6/ Amici Bar, also in the Melbourne Building, host Christmas parties for 6 to 60 guests. With everything from wine, cheese, pizza, canapés and cocktails, Amici Bar will be a popular choice at Christmas. See here for details.
7/ White Rabbit Cocktail Room on Northbourne Avenue offer Christmas party function packages for up to 100 guests. White Rabbit does not charge room hire for private functions, however a minimum spend fee does apply. See here for function bookings and here for their website.
8/ First Edition at the Novotel on Northbourne Avenue have a wide range of Christmas party options to suit all sizes. Christmas Party packages include complimentary room hire; themed table centrepieces, napkins, bonbons, and themed background music. See here for details.
9/ BentSpoke Brewing Co on Mort Street host functions for up to 99 people, with food and beverage packages to suit your needs. See here for details.
10/ Lazu Su on Lonsdale Street offer Christmas party packages for up to 120 people. There is also a private area that can be screened off that can fit up to 50 people. Banquet menus are available per head. See here for details.
11/ Molly is a 1920's-themed cocktail and whisky bar that can be found behind a large wooden door in Odgers Lane. They offer Christmas party packages and can also arrange a jazz band, so you can dance the night away afterwards! See here for details.
12/ Guild Board Games Restaurant on London Circuit also offer function packages for Christmas parties up to 120 people inside or up to 150 including outside. Banquet menus are available for 6 or more people. This restaurant is a fun idea if you have a group of new staff or you would like to get to know each other better. Everyone loves to play board games! See here for details. For a full article on Guild, see here.
Whether you choose a night of cocktails, an Aussie BBQ or pizza & board games for your work Christmas party, you are sure to have a fun & festive celebration in the Civic!
Christmas fun at Guild Board Game Restaurant! Image: Original images from Guild Facebook