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Top 21st Birthday Venues in Melbourne

You’re only going to be 21 once! Such an occasion calls for a proper celebration with your mates. Luckily, with its wide array of hip bars in the CBD and stunning venues with waterfront views, Melbourne offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate in style. While it seems like the tradition of getting a key might be dying out, a 21st birthday party is still seen as an important milestone. So, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of the 21st birthday venues for your party in Melbourne. We’re also listing some important tips for you to keep in mind!

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21st Birthday Venues Hire Guide

What kind of venues are popular for a 21st birthday in Melbourne? Well, it’s got to be bars and restaurants! After all, who wouldn’t love a good drink at a 21st birthday party? Those places usually offer an array of delicious cocktails matched with cool interiors that will help you keep all of your spirits high. On Tagvenue, we offer a wide range of cool spaces, so why not check out our list? You’ll be spoiled with options suitable for your price range!  

It’s long been a tradition in society that 21 marks the beginning of proper adulthood. That’s why it is usually celebrated with a blast! How do people in Melbourne usually celebrate it, though? Thanks to the city having some simply awesome cocktail bars, pubs and eateries, you can party the night away in any style you want! You can have an elegant cocktail party with sweeping views, a romantic dinner in a romantic restaurant, or hire a yacht for a cruise with dreamy views! The sky’s the limit!

As turning 21 is a special celebration, we bet you’ll want to give your friends and family a night to remember! So when planning your special bash, make sure to keep the following things in mind:

  • A great venue location - Having your party in a place that’s easy to get to, has good parking, and is serviced by regular public transport is a crucial element that you can’t miss. Trust us, you don’t want your guests to be frustrated about commuting to the venue’s location! It will be difficult for them to chill out and enjoy the party. 
  • A wow factor - A unique view will really wow your guests. How about booking a rooftop terrace at a restaurant? Imagine the happiness of your loved ones as they wine and dine while the city lights twinkle in the background! Perhaps you can hire a full boat cruise up and down the Yarra River? Remember that you’re celebrating a milestone, so why not make it a truly special event that everyone won’t soon forget?
  • A venue that allows minors - If it’s a 21st birthday party, there’s still a chance some of your guests are underage. If that’s true in your case, make sure the venue of your choice is OK with this. A great idea is to serve non-alcoholic versions of any cocktails you’re planning to serve at the party. That way, they will also enjoy some fancy drinks and won’t feel that you missed out on the fun. 
  • Catering options - Would you like to have a sit-down dinner? Perhaps you’d like to serve finger foods? Decide what food you’d like to have at the party in advance as it will be easier for you to decide whether a restaurant, bar or blank canvas venue meets your requirements. 
  • Plenty of space - Having too little space for the entertainment you’ve planned would be a nightmare! So make sure the venue of your choice will accommodate your guests and still allow you to move and dance freely. Making a guestlist will give you an idea of how big a space you will need. 
  • Price - Last but not least, don’t forget about the price. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants in the city that offer competitive hire prices - the key is to know where to find them. Luckily, you’ve got us! On Tagvenue you can filter the venue list based on your price range and find a space that matches your budget and your vision! 

The success of every party depends on knowing what will please your guests. Make sure the activities and entertainment you’re planning are age-appropriate. For example, if you’re inviting older relatives, then booking a group bungee jump may not go down too well. And the other way around! 

Luckily, we’ve got some 21st-birthday party ideas for Melbourne to inspire you:

  • If you’re inviting people from out of town, consider spending some time showing them around Melbourne and doing something touristy. And then, you can celebrate properly in the evening in one of the city’s many private function rooms. Areas with a wide range of function rooms suitable for birthdays include South Yarra, Richmond and Collingwood.
  • You can plan a day full of activities! Perhaps doing something adventurous with your close friends during the day and then enjoying a more relaxed vibe on a rooftop bar later in the evening? 
  • Birthdays usually inspire you to tick off some things on your bucket list. So how about learning something new? Many Melbourne venues offer private workshops, such as ceramics and painting classes, latte art classes, Japanese cooking classes and more. You can hire an entire space and engage in crafting new skills with your friends. Who knows, maybe it will become your new passion. 
  • Choose a party theme that matches your personality. It will add a personal touch to your celebration and make it more memorable for the guests!

21st Birthday Venues in Melbourne FAQ

How much does it cost to hire a 21st birthday venue in Melbourne?

Expect prices for 21st birthday party venues to range between $60 to $100 per hour. However, it’s common to hire space on a minimum spend basis and prices for this start from as low as $500. If the prices still seem a little high, we suggest asking the venue managers if there are any discounts available. (Based on data from Tagvenue.)

What are some of the best 21st birthday venues in Melbourne?

There’s an array of fab spaces in Melbourne! Make sure to check out Two Hands Rooftop Bar which offers funky vibes and comfortable space. You also can’t miss The George Lounge that has everything that you need to host a successful night: from modern and picture-perfect surroundings to delicious cocktails.

What types of venues can I hire for my 21st birthday in Melbourne?

Melbourne offers a really impressive list of venues! You can hire anything from fabulous ballrooms, lounges, exclusive bars, elegant function rooms, soulful restaurants and many more. The sky’s the limit.

How far in advance should I book a venue for my 21st birthday in Melbourne?

Make sure to start looking for the perfect venue around 3 months in advance. That way, you’ll have a long list of options to choose from and have enough time to thoroughly check the offers, compare them and pick the one that suits you best.

Guests Reviews of 21st Birthday Venues on Tagvenue

Rupe kelderman
Booked The Atrium at Revolver Lane
Staff were super chill (perfect balance of in control and lenient to let the host have a good time) and did an amazing job of setting the place up. After the party they also looked after the cleaning and packing up.
miss cindy
Booked Glass Pavillion at Harbour Kitchen
Grace and her team were wonderful. I loved working with her and making my dreams come true for my 25th birthday. I had a great time and the venue was beautiful.
Zima Anderson
Booked The Vault at Caz Reitop's Dirty Secrets
10/10 vibes and hospitality, so easy, afforadable just a great experience! As well the venue was sick!
Booked Entire Venue at The George Lounge
Wonderful experience for my Daughters 21st. Could not have asked for better. Value and great perfect environment.
Phoebe Taylor
Booked Den at Aviary Hotel
Really fantastic staff that were really helpful and looked after us. Really prompt with the food and had everything organised for us :)
Mere Lajdes
Booked Champagne Lounge at La Di Da
Barry has been a pleasure to deal with. We couldn't ask for a better venue with private bar; courtyard; DJ booth; indoor space and great atmosphere. The food and drinks package was on point; the staff made the night flow and all of our guests had a great time.

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