Freelance writer and blogger from Sydney (ex-Melbourne). Avid foodie and traveller. Loves dogs.
Published May 23rd 2018
Planning to host a winter function for work? Have you been tasked to organise your work's End of Financial Year event? Are you a bridesmaid who needs to find an inner-city venue for the ultimate Hen's night to remember? Here are five venues that are famous for their memorable functions. Best of all, they all do a fabulous menu …
ZINC: When planning a function in the heart of the city, there's no better place to host it than at ZINC. Located on the riverfront side of Federation Square, ZINC is a modern and stylish venue with a twist of elegance and panache. Whether you opt to stay inside and admire river views from the floor-to-ceiling windows or sip drinks under the shady trees on the deck, ZINC provides an excellent setting for corporate launches, weddings and seminars. Bespoke menus can be organised, featuring an extensive selection of modern Australian fare made with local and seasonal ingredients from quality producers. Address: Federation Square, Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Abbotsford Convent: For a unique function venue bursting with nineteenth-century charm and history, visit this beautiful space. With views of the countryside, heritage gardens and a selection of spaces for you to choose from, the convent is perfect for birthday parties, engagements and weddings with a twist. Smaller rooms can be hired at an hourly rate while larger spaces offer daily rates, perfect for conferences and talks. Address: 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067 Phone: 03 9415 3600 Website: abbotsfordconvent.com.au
Secret Kitchen: Secret Kitchen is known its exquisite Asian cuisine as well as its ability to organise a memorable function (yes, dim sum options are available!). The flagship restaurant in Chinatown offers several room options depending on the size of your function. For larger functions, the partitions of each room are removed to create one large room. Ideal for seminars, product launches, corporate lunches and banquet dinners. Address: 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Grand Richmond: This well-loved stalwart is not just known for its hearty gastropub fare or delicious regional Italian dining room menu – its function rooms are constantly booked out by businesses in Richmond and Melbourne's inner suburbs. Named after towns on the shores of Lake Como, The Grand's function rooms are elegant and ideal for medical or corporate dinners, all day conferences, engagements or special occasions. Function menus are Italian feast-inspired featuring the likes of porcini mushroom risotto balls or suckling pig croquettes as canapés followed by hearty pasta options for shared mains. Address: 333 Burnley Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Sails on the Bay: If a beachside function takes your fancy, you would do no better than to look to this popular Elwood restaurant and function venue. A short drive from Melbourne CBD, Sails on the Bay offers beach frontage with 180-degree views of Port Phillip Bay. Catering options are available for small groups and larger functions of up to 300 guests, with mouth-watering modern Australian inspired set menus.
Address: 15 Elwood Foreshore, Elwood VIC 3184
Phone: 03 9525 6933