It’s time to lock in your silly season celebrations!
In true Christmas fashion, the festive season has crept up again at lightning speed, which means it’s time to start locking in those indulgent end-of-year festivities!
This year, Christmas parties are so much more than a sip and a nibble at a delicious venue; for a lot of families, friends, and workplaces, it’ll be a full-scale reunion. And if that ain’t worth celebrating, nothing is.
So, in the spirit of getting merry in the name of freedom (and, yes, Christmas too), it’s time to make this year’s celebrations your most lavish yet. In fact, we’re here to help you do it. See, payo lets you level up your functions. Not only by taking care of the bill (so you can party now and pay later in four interest-free instalments) but also by giving you access to exclusive function offers and promotions. It’s a Christmas miracle!
There are HUNDREDS of payo venues across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, but here’s a taste of where we’ll be throwing a forking good function this Christmas.
Looking for a ritzy end to 2021? Olinda Tea House more than fits the bill. This beautiful venue is a breath of air, located beside the Dandenong Ranges, that offers extravagant spaces, from the el fresco deck to the VIP pavilions. Each paired with a lush backdrop and ~fancy~ bites.
Overlooking the Lonsdale Street treetops, Bombabar’s rooftop bar is a sought-after function hotspot in the heart of Melbourne, celebrated for its authentic tapas and top-notch cocktails. You and your crew can take in those views with a healthy serve of garlic prawns, Tasmanian lamb ribs and patatas bravas.
Beloved vegan and vegetarian eatery, Louis is renowned for serving up grub that’s as delicious to look at as it is to devour. You can reserve their entire space any day of the week after 4:30, and their team will whip you up a food and drinks package to suit (you’ll be praying the Lotus Biscoff French Toast makes an appearance).
Speakeasy Kitchen Bar | South Yarra
Occupying everyone’s favourite metropolitan strip – Chapel Street – this south-eastern dream has a whole restored dining room dedicated to festive functions. Not only will you be treated to a delicious feed, but you’ll also get a serve of ultra-sleek timber ceilings, Baltic pine floors, working fireplaces and lavish period windows.
This Turkish hotspot not only transports you halfway around the world with its delicious flavours, but this year it’s throwing down a Christmas lunch and dinner spread so you don’t have to! Their festive menu includes the likes of quail leg in crispy pastry, calamari with isot butter, aromatic Turkish pilaf, and baklava with pistachio sorbet.
With Christmas bookings now open and boasting a $79 set menu, this Middle Eastern CBD eatery is nothing short of a hole in one. Revel in an atmosphere reminiscent of the late-night eateries in Taksim Istanbul and feast on the likes of babaganoush, fried kibbeh, chicken shish kebab, and pan-fried honey haloumi.
Every good night starts with a bottomless feast, which is why Brick Lane is the perfect festive function space. At just $75 a pop, you can splash out on a ‘twisted Indian’ menu of indulgent bites like tandoori chicken burger spring rolls, coconut butter chicken and chai chocolate mousse. Plus, you can wash it all down with a bottomless cocktail of your choice.
Give your event a real taste of Sydney by hosting it at one of the city’s most iconic locations – Bondi Beach. Here, The Nine will sort you out for an unforgettable end of year get-together, as evidenced by the slew of celebs who’ve thrown their own shindigs there. The venue promises to tailor everything from the décor and music to the food and drinks.
If ‘rooftop bar’ doesn’t shout festive fun, we don’t know what does. This Brisbane dining institution not only serves up a tasty tapas-style menu (alongside a range of signature cocktails), but its sky-high position means you’ll be sipping and sampling against a spectacular sunset.
The Prince Consort Hotel | Fortitude Valley
Holiday soirees don’t get more ~cool~ than at this landmark historical pub. With no less than 11 function spaces at your disposal, from ‘The Naughty Corner’ to ‘La La Land’, you’ll be able to pair a vibe you like with the food you love (like a roaster porchetta roll with beer-battered onion rings).
Boasting over 100 boutique gins and an extensive list of fine wines and craft beers, your crew will truly be able to wet their whistle with their poison of choice. As far as your festive feed goes, you won’t be disappointed with beef croquettes, popcorn shrimp, gin-battered fish and pulled pork salad.
There’s no sweeter end to your year than a dessert table at Icing Hill. Not only will they serve up a myriad of sweet treats, but they’ll tailor the whole spread to your very own theme. Sugary bites to get excited about include Basque burnt cheesecake, durian mango mousse and mango crepe cake.
Just when you thought Christmas parties couldn’t get ritzier… Located inside the Palazzo Versace, this molto bene restaurant offers the quintessential Italian dining experience, from the vibrant crockery to the terrazzo floors. If you’re looking to impress, look no further than the Gold Coast’s own Chef-Hatted Italian restaurant.
Pasta fiends rejoice, this gnocchi paradise is the perfect destination for your festive celebrations. Made onsite daily, they offer not one but FOUR gnocchi dishes, each even more delicious than the last. They also have a range of pastas, pizzas, and salads to tickle all your mates’ tastebuds too.
This beloved local hotspot is celebrated for its superb views, food, and booze. Catering to all times of the day (brekkie party anyone?), it delivers on some classic Australian favourites like eggs bennie and fresh fish and chips, which means even your fussiest friends (or colleagues) will be satisfied.
In ten words or less? Gourmet burgers, BBQ ribs, crispy wings and cocktails. Need we say more? Actually, we will just add that this ‘ultimate hangout’ is primed for festive functions and equipped with an Old Boston-inspired menu that you can either pre-order ahead of time or leave to the delicious impulse of your guests.
Now that you have your silly season celebrations locked in, it’s time to map out your 2022 bucket list. Follow us on Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter for delicious venue suggestions, offers and updates dropped straight in your inbox.