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Written by Cassandra Thomson - 23 April 2024

Soak Up the Good Weather at These Delightful Melbourne Outdoor Venues

Welcome to our guide to the hottest outdoor venues scattered around the city! Whether you're a local looking for your new favourite outdoor haven or a visitor eager to experience the best of the region's alfresco venues, we've got you covered. From chic spots to exclusive venues offering unparalleled luxury, get ready to embark on a social adventure like no other. Join us as we explore the best outdoor venues Melbourne has to offer!

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1. Beer Garden, Dr Morse Bar & Eatery


Cheers to good times at the Beer Garden in Dr. Morse Bar & Eatery! Tucked away in Abbotsford, this hidden gem is the ultimate function venue for laid-back vibes and tasty brews. Whether you're lounging under the sun or gathering around the fire pit at night, you're sure to find yourself in good company. With a diverse selection of drinks and a welcoming atmosphere, this outdoor venue is a favourite hangout for locals and visitors alike.

2. The Parklet Deck, Park Street Pasta & Wine

South Melbourne

Take a seat at The Parklet Deck and immerse yourself in the charm of South Melbourne at Park Street Pasta & Wine! This cosy outdoor venue offers a delightful escape from the city bustle, where guests can relax and unwind in style. Whether you're enjoying a glass of fine wine or savouring homemade pasta dishes, every moment here feels like a breath of fresh air. Let the worries of the day melt away.

3. Goldilocks Rooftop Bar, Goldilocks Bar


Experience Melbourne's skyline like never before at Goldilocks Rooftop Bar, perched high above the city streets! This rooftop oasis offers panoramic views paired with handcrafted cocktails and a cosy atmosphere. Whether you're admiring the sunset with friends or dancing under the stars, every moment at this outdoor venue is pure magic. Soak up the vibes, mingle with fellow urban explorers, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

4. Courtyard, Ichi Ni Nana


Step into a world of Japanese-inspired charm at the Courtyard in Ichi Ni Nana, nestled in Fitzroy! This tranquil outdoor venue offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, where guests can unwind in style. Whether you're indulging in sushi and sake or simply enjoying the lush surroundings, every moment here is a celebration of life's simple pleasures.

5. Full Moon Fever Rooftop, Lulie Tavern


Get ready to dance under the stars at Full Moon Fever Rooftop, located at Lulie Tavern in Abbotsford! This vibrant rooftop bar is where the party never stops, offering a lively atmosphere and stunning views of the city skyline. Whether you're sipping on cocktails or sampling tasty bites, every moment here is filled with energy and excitement. Gather your crew, hit the dance floor, and let the good times roll at this amazing outdoor venue!

Our favourite outdoor venues in Melbourne

Outdoor venues in Melbourne are something to be marvelled at. Verdant lawns extending into the horizon, vibrant and bustling city vibes and the breathtaking skyline. This makes Melbourne the home to some of Australia's best outdoor venues. Whatever you have in mind – you are sure to find it here. Pick from the best outdoor venues for hire in Melbourne and we will make the booking process easy as lounging on a terrace for you.

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Discover the Best Outdoor Event Venues in Melbourne

Melbourne is popular and admired for many things. One of the most loved, however, is its diversity-driven and inclusive ecosystem. Each suburb in and around Melbourne beholds its unique character and offering – carved by the culture of long-standing residents and history of it's becoming. Every corner of this beautiful and (often voted) most-liveable city is home to distinguished event venues. For your upcoming events and finding the "ideal venue” quests – Headbox has curated the list of best venues in Melbourne for outdoor events.

You will be spoiled for choices, as we help you find the venue of your dreams.

Our guide to booking an outdoor venue for your event

To ensure that your outdoor event takes place seamlessly and without any challenges on the day of the event, you must prepare for a few things in advance. While outdoor venues are efficient to work with, they do require some special considerations such as guarding against the weather and ensuring the venue is accessible to everyone.

Weather Proofing!

Melbourne's weather can be unpredictable to say the least! If you are planning on booking an outdoor venue for your upcoming event – make sure you are prepared for Melbourne's everchanging weather.

Outdoor events in Melbourne are the most appropriate to host in summer (December till the end of February). The days are longer, sunsets are always beautiful with hues of orange and purple and it brings out the best an outdoor event venue has to offer.

While Spring and Autumn could potentially be good time for hosting outdoor events in Melbourne, however, there is a slightly higher risk of weather swings.

Some venues have alternate provisions for a rainy day or mobile heaters in case of a sudden drop in temperature. It's always good to check with the venue before you make the booking.


Some outdoor venues may have obscure access. Guests may be required to walk a fair bit from the parking or to use the restrooms. Some venues may not be pram or wheelchair friendly.

It's essential to confirm all such details with the venue beforehand, so you can ensure your guests are not inconvenienced on the day of the event.

If your chosen venue requires additional efforts on part of the attendees, be sure to inform them well in advance. This will also allow you time to organise any special provisions, in case it is required by your attendees.

When selecting a venue for your event, there is no hard and fast rule to picking the right one.

Outdoor venues in Melbourne come with varying capacities and capabilities, which makes them appropriate for most occasions. Each of them has a unique offering such as view, location, accessibility and catering flexibility amongst others. It comes down to the requirements and vision you have for the event, based on which you can decide!

Baby shower, engagement party, office Christmas party, sundowners are all appropriate occasions for hosting your events at an outdoor venue in Melbourne.

If you are hosting the event in a public area, such as parks and beaches – you may be required to get permission from the local council to avoid any interruptions on the day of the event. In addition, there may be some guidelines around time, duration, decor and/or entertainment which you will be required to adhere to.

However, for outdoor venues listed on HeadBox – you will not be required to organise anything. All venues hold necessary licenses and permits needed before hosting events. There may still be, however, rules around time, duration, decor and entertainment (distinct to each venue) to be mindful of when booking the venue for your event.

Outdoor venues make great choices for events in summer, spring and autumn. Even a sunny winter afternoon is a good time for hosting an outdoor event. Outdoor venues have a lot to offer. If you are an event planning newbie, you will find outdoor event venues are easy to work with. They offer flexibility and allow you save costs – on multiple fronts!

Outdoor venues are easy to dress down for a casual event or dress up for a formal event. Since the placement of walls and other concrete is far less than a conventional party hall – an outdoor venue allows more flexibility when dictating the vibe of an event. Outdoor venues are appropriate for small to mid-sized events, depending on individual venue capacity. Some outdoor venues in Melbourne can also accommodate larger gatherings. With minimal arrangements in terms of decor, equipment and other collateral – outdoor venues can be made appropriate for any occasion quickly and efficiently.

Outdoor events are naturally accentuated by their view and surroundings. Whether it is a rooftop bar, flaunting the twinkling Melbourne skyline in the background or a dreamy glasshouse courtyard radiating the luscious flora. Most outdoor event spaces offer the "WOW" factor and dreamy aesthetics, without having to spend a whole lot on decor. Within the category of outdoor venues, there are many types and options you can choose from to match the vision you have for the event. Based on your gathering size, occasion, season and time of the event.

For instance: the Beer Garden at Dr Morse Bar & Eatery is an excellent spot for hosting an intimate sundowner. While the Aurora in Prahran is a hidden gem for when you are looking to host a mid-sized gathering. Its interiors are bright, fun and have a hint of character!

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