There’s no doubt about it, 2016 has been a trying year for most. From orange-haired tyrants gunning for global domination, to some of the world’s most talented stars passing away (Prince, David Bowie, Harambe), we will well and truly be storming into 2017 like a group of untamed youths fence-jumping into a festival.
Between the peak silly season frivolities of social functions, Christmas shopping and pudding-eating, it’s hard to find time to decide how we’ll say ‘Bye Felicia’ to 2016, so we’ve done the leg work for you.
Whether you want to boogie your way into a better year, or after something a little low-key the whole family can enjoy, we’ve got ideas for everyone ringing in the New Year in Melbourne.
Nothing screams ‘drown out 2016’ quite like ‘5-hour drinks package’, and that is exactly what you can expect from Arbory Bar and Eatery in Melbourne CBD. Located on the banks of the Yarra, Arbory will be welcoming 2017 with resident DJ’s, creative performances on deck and an all inclusive food and beverage package. Expect to see roving canapés by the genius Nick Bennett, specialty food stations and an oyster trolley while you get buzzed off the open bar. Arbory are generously offering guests any beer, wine or cider from their taps, their curated collection of artisan wines from their “Classic” and “Adventurous” wine program, the choice of any premium house spirits, as well as a bloody fancy special NYE16 Cocktail. Whether you stick with one bev or try them all, we think this is one of the best inclusive packages on offer. When the clock hits midnight you will also have a stellar view of the fireworks across the Yarra – shut up and take our money!
If you’re more the quiet time reflections-with–your-nearest-and-dearest type, why not head for a celebratory three-course dinner at modern-Italian eatery Santoni? Located on the corner of Glenferrie and Burwood road in Hawthorn, Santoni is a beautiful three-storey restaurant with a rooftop bar that boasts spectacular views, which will also be open to guests and the public for midnight fireworks from 11pm. Relish over the year that was with delectables like King fish ceviche, Gnochetti sardi with pork sausage, and white chocolate mousse cannoli. Reminiscing on the year that brought us the Democracy Sausage over good vino and delicious Italian food? Sounds like a perfect start to the year to us!
Finishing off the year can sometimes feel like finishing an ultra marathon; you’re tired and sore, dehydrated, and may have soiled yourself at least once. So it’s understandable you might not want to make a huge deal about the clock hitting midnight, lucky for you there are some fun options that allow you to celebrate in a low-key style. Welcome to Thornbury in Northcote are letting you skip Fireworks for Food Trucks this December 31st, as they ring in the New Year with mobile vendor faves like Mr Burger, Roadrunner Fried Chicken, Super Taco and more! A ticketed event, your entry fee includes a tap beer, cider and house wines package from 7 till midnight, as well as some food vouchers so you can eat to your heart’s content before the New Year, New Me diet starts on January 1st.
Who said parents can’t enjoy New Years too? While the kiddies might not make it to midnight, there is plenty going on in Melbourne to cater for the early nighters, like twilight fireworks and plenty of places to eat early, but in style. Ludlow Bar & Dining Room has our vote, offering a New Years Eve Twilight Dinner that is all things fancy, full of flavour and friendly to the little ones. Taking bookings between 5pm and 6pm, the three course menu for Mum and Dad includes a shared Charcuterie board to start, choice of Beef Wellington, Barramundi or Goats Cheese Ravioli for main, and some amazing desserts like the Ludlow Gaytime or Caramelised Lemon Tart. Your tiny humans will be pleased with Pasta or Chicken Schnitzel and a Lemon Tart or a selection of Ice Cream. Yum! While you might have to vacate by 8pm when people are just getting their night started, you’ll already be on the beautiful Southbank, where (bedtime routine permitting) you can stick around to get a good spot for the early fireworks over the Yarra at 9.30.
However you choose to welcome 2017, Trading Plates wishes you a Happy and Safe New Year; we hope your night is filled with fun, frivolity and good food!