The Editors here at [MPD] have selected some of their favourite Inner Suburbs private spaces & secret places, to eat, drink, and throw an intimate dinner party in style, seperate away from the crowd!
The Empress Hotel is a renewed and revamped take on an icon. This classic inner Melbourne pub situated in the north of Fitzroy, has been serving thirsty locals since 1873.At its soul, the Empress Hotel provides everything you’d wish for from your local pub, a relaxed public bar to share a beer with your friends, dining hall, pool room, beer garden, bottle shop and several functions spaces.While the spirit of the refurbished Empress Hotel remains very much intact, the addition of an alfresco outdoor dining area and modern Australian, Italian contemporary menu, with some old classics, complete the pubs reincarnation. Tables may be reserved for groups of two, four, six or 12 people.Doing away with the dingy and dank of corner pubs of the past, Publican Guy David has torn the roof off what was once a band room to reveal a sun filled beer garden perfect for long summer days and alfresco all-day dining. Now featuring a retractable roof, the beer garden can be enjoyed all year round, rain, hail or shine.Offering live sports, craft beer and concise yet exciting wine list the Empress Hotel really sets itself apart from other local pubs.
At Bar Lourinhã, they believe true hospitality comes from the heart. Their passion is sharing their love of good Mediterranean food, wine and cherished memories.Bar Lourinhã Upstairs is an exclusive space that has a brand new look and feel courtesy of the creative vision of designer Pascale Gomes McNabb.The intimate room is the perfect venue for a celebration or corporate function. Designed specifically for birthdays, engagements, small wedding receptions and a variety of business events, the space can be whatever you want it to be.Seating up to 40 guests for a sit-down lunch or dinner and up to 65 guests for a stand-up cocktail event, exclusive room hire offers complete privacy and the chance for your guests to experience the Mediterranean way of life.They have a range of food and drinks packages that reflect the current menu and feature seasonal produce. Each package can be tailored to suit your specific requests and dietary requirements.
Discover Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, a spectacularly located Southbank restaurant on the banks of the Yarra. A grotto inspired, uniquely Melbourne drinking and dining destination featuring riverside barbecue and bar, cocktail lounge and dining room.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is one of the world’s most exciting restaurants.Dinner takes its creative inspiration from our historic and nostalgic culinary past. This ultra-modern dining experience offers an elegant, sophisticated backdrop in which to enjoy internationally acclaimed award winning cuisine. Between its two restaurants in London and Melbourne, Dinner has received a list of awards and accolades including two michelin stars in London, and two hats in The Age, Good Food Guide, Melbourne.Following years of research, the culinary exploration of chefs Heston Blumenthal and Ashley Palmer-Watts has resulted in a modern menu of dishes that have been inspired by historic recipes and history books. Some elements date as far back as the 13th Century. Working with food historians in Australia and the UK, as well as endless hours of library research, the two chefs have created a unique and original dining experience.The menu at Dinner is accompanied by an eclectic selection of global wines and a cocktail bar that offers a unique bespoke range of exclusive drinks, distillations and infusions.
Meat Market South Wharf is a Restaurant / Bar and Event Space in Melbourne's newest dining precinct, South Wharf. Inspired by the Australian BBQ, where the grill takes centre stage and the act of cooking is part of the social occasion, sit at the central open kitchen and interact with our chefs or dine alfresco on the terrace and enjoy the views of the Yarra River, the City skyline, Convention and Exhibition Centre, Crown Casino and the Docklands. Our farm friendly philosophy is a reflection of our social and environmental responsibility and our aim to provide you, our customer, with the best quality products. Our menu is an eclectic mix of meat dishes from small snack or sharing items right up to steak sharing platters. There is something for everyone ... including vegetarians.Our rustic and heritage listed space is bright and open and with surrounding terraces every table is blessed with a fantastic view. Our private dining room is perfect for groups up to 14 and we can cater for intimate functions of 10 right up to canapes for 300 people. Traveling to and from Meat Market is easy with public transport close by including a water taxi point right at our door step and discounted parking at DFO.
Hidden away in the cellar of this historic hotel is one of Melbourne’s best kept private dining room secrets. Award winning chef Sean Donovan works his magic with the tastiest of Gastro pub fare. Great steaks, great craft beer and wine is on offer for seated groups of up to 40 guests and is ideal for corporate business lunches and family birthday dinners. For larger groups there are several special private and semi-private spaces ranging from 60 guests seated and cocktail party spaces up to 100 guests. Food and Beverage packages can be pre-arranged prior to suit your budget,and full AV is available.
For a diversion from Lygon Street's 'little Italy' sits an institution in Carlton's North with a name worth remembering. Chin Chin's at Koto Moon sounds more like an entrant in Shanghai's independent film festival than a purveyor of contemporary Asian cuisine, but what awaits you is not to be missed.
The Royal Melbourne Hotel is one of this cities most-unique dining and event spaces.On the former site of Melbourne's City West Police Station, RMH incorporates historical features & modern architecture to culminate in one of the most iconic buildings. Equipped with 5 unique areas - including an impressive glass-enclosed Atrium, heritage-listed bluestone cellblock, and an all-weather heated courtyard bar, RMH is the perfect place for all occasions. RMH can accommodate bookings & special occasions of any size including Christmas/ EOFY party, birthday, trivia and corporate event, wedding, conference, awards night, product launch, networking, uni nights and more...Flexible food and beverage packages and an intrinsic understanding of clients needs have formed many long-term working relationships with clientele and make booking your next celebration a breeze. Conveniently located within minutes from Etihad Stadium & Southern Cross Station, RMH is ideal for all corporate and social celebrations.
The Point is an award winning restaurant located on the waters of Albert Park Lake which boasts stunning panoramic views of the lake and Melbourne city skyline. With floor to ceiling glass windows and a spacious balcony to enjoy the view you are treated to a water front dining experience like no other. The Point showcases Modern Australian cuisine by Executive Chef Andrew Harmer. Awarded an Age Good Food Guide hat again for 2015, and our latest achievement winner of The Age Good Food guide 2015 Wine List of the Year. With degustation and a la carte menus carefully crafted with contemporary Australian flare, the high quality of food is matched with unrivalled service. There’s nothing more indulgent than a meal consisting of confit king salmon, saffron hollandaise and wild garlic, following with Western Plains suckling pig, piccalilli, apple vinegar, sage potato finishing it off with blackcurrant mosaic, coconut & almond cream with Blackberry sorbet. Accompanied by an encyclopaedic collection of some of the world’s most classic and famed wines, we have more than 1,700 different examples boasting one of Australia’s most extensive wine lists. The Point is conveniently located 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD; with ample parking directly outside of the venue and lift access, our unrivalled dining experience awaits you. Bookings are highly recommended.
The once famous Campari Bistro has been brilliantly rejuvenated, creating a fantastic four level hospitality experience reflecting Melbourne’s diverse restaurant and bar culture. Located on the iconic Hardware Lane, the street-level Dining Room with its Italian-inspired menu is the heart of our home. Sneak upstairs where you will find a private Function & Events space, continue on to enjoy a specialty cocktail in the Lounge Room, or make it all the way up to our legendary Rooftop Bars for stunning city views!
La Camera Italian Restaurant Southgate offers a welcoming environment where you can enjoy authentic, Italian food served by friendly, efficient staff.Whether you’re after a quick bite before work, a venue to host a business lunch, great food in a central location for a family meal, or a pre theatre meal, La Camera has you covered.Nestled amongst riverside treetops on Southgate’s mid level, La Camera boasts two balconies with stunning views over The Yarra River and iconic Flinders Street Station. The interior is adorned with vintage black-and-white photographs depicting the history of the family that has owned and operated the restaurant since it opened in 2000.La Camera Italian Restaurant Southgate offers an array of authentic Italian dishes including unique Roman-style pizzas, authentic Gnocchi oxtail from Trastevere-Rome and by far the most delectable Tiramisu in town. The emphasis is on quality ingredients, and fresh seasonal produce.La Camera Southgate is a touch of Italy right on Melbourne’s door step. Relax, unwind and escape, make La Camera your room…where, as is the case with all Italians … “FOOD IS LIFE”.GROUP BOOKINGS & FUNCTIONSLa Camera caters for corporate and private functions, and can provide tailored set-price menus to suit your requirements.
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Set in one of Melbourne’s laneways just off Little Collins Street, is the iconic Sarti Italian Restaurant. Chef Paolo Masciopinto expresses his creativity and passion with a contemporary focus on his award winning food and style. Diners enjoy his innovative interpretations of classics as well as his unique signature dishes. This venue has 2 unique private dining spaces on offer both overlooking the rooftop deck – The, Middle Terrace seats groups of up to 24 guests. With the Upper Terrace seating groups of up to 30 guests. Food Set Menu’s range between $68pp to $98pp. Beverage set packages start at $45pp or on consumption.
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