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Where to have the final end of year bash for the Christmas break up at work? This is always a tricky question. The fact is you can't please everyone. Considerations include dietary requirements (or has the gluten-free girl left?), a convenient location that everyone can easily reach and you also need places that are accustomed to serving large groups. And if you are going to have speeches you need somewhere that might offer a private space for your group. Cost is also a factor. It has to be affordable for the company or the individual -- whoever happens to be paying. Here are some suggestions based on places I have visited and reviewed this year. So they are tried and tested.
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Note the separated spaces for groups. Source Tazio Facebook
Some of the Weekendnoters got together at Tazio in the city earlier this year. Benefits included gluten free and vegan options, reasonable prices and private areas. You weren't totally cut off from the rest of the diners but you felt separate and that was the main thing. Tazio is accustomed to serving large groups. It is their speciality. For a full review of Tazio click here.
This is a charming little Mexican restaurant in South Yarra, claiming to be Melbourne's oldest Mexican restaurant. The food here is always made from fresh ingredients and they have a newly renovated party room that is really gorgeous and intimate or an upstairs section that has long tables. For a review of the fabulous food and decor click here.
Munich Brauhaus is the new kid on the block at South Wharf. It is very lively and noisy. But after a few steins most people get into the spirit of things linking arms and singing along. They specialise in long tables and group fare. There were a few teething problems here mainly in terms of service but hopefully they have this sorted by now. Food is best described as robust with lots of sausages, pork, snitzels, saukeraut and mashed potatoes. Choose this place only if you have the right group. You need people who don't mind letting their hair down and having some fun. For a fuller review click here.
Crown Kitchen Workshop also has the nickname Gluttony Galore. It's cheap if your company isn't into subsidising the event. And there is loads of food, truckloads in fact. But it is the dessert bar than most people come for; loads of cream cakes, flummeries and trifles. Afterwards there is always the casino for games and night life which can extend the night for the group. And someone's got to win so drinks are on them. click here.
Courtyard Oak and Steel Facebook
A nice alternative is a new bar called Oak and Steel in South Yarra. They have a courtyard and a separate room out the back for groups. They concentrate on supplying you with great wines. The food is up to you. They do a bit of food mainly cheese platters but the great thing is that they actively encourage you to order in food from the local eateries that include such great places as Hanoi Hannah, Charlie Dumpling and the well-known Huxtaburger. For more details click here. This seems a nice relaxed and sociable way to finish up the year.