Best BYO and Self-Catering Venues in Melbourne for 2021

POSTED ON Apr 6, 2021

A BYO or self-catering venue might be the answer to your event planning dreams. Why? It can give you the creative freedom to steer the menu the way you want it. You can choose your own drinks or even hire a mobile bar or food truck. Perhaps you want to execute a theme or style to the max. Whatever idea you have up your sleeve, you will need a Melbourne venue that can host your vision.

Melbourne has a variety of self-catering, blank canvas and warehouse style venues that affords you the freedom you are looking for. Here’s our pick:

  1. 524 Flinders
  2. Twotonmax
  3. MicDrop Richmond
  4. The George Lounge
  5. Little Ginger
  6. Grow Event Space
  7. Glasshaus Inside
  8. 75 Reid Street
  9. The Wool Mill


Unique Warehouse Space

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: Yes

This versatile blank canvas venue comes packed with that “feel-good” vibe you get from buildings with high ceilings and white finishes. With a vast 300 sq metres of concrete floors, 524 Flinders is the versatile space you were looking for in a central and convenient location.

With a capacity of 270 for cocktail and 130 for seated events, this unique warehouse space is popular for corporate events, product launches, workshops and presentations. The outdoor courtyard area is a big bonus and the catering room, roller door access and loading bays make it uber easy to for event planners to pull off “the event of the decade” flawlessly.

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Beautiful Warehouse Venue

BYO Alcohol: Yes*

Self Catering: Yes

This industrial style venue is hidden behind an anonymous street front in North Melbourne. Its high ceilings and beautifully detailed warehouse features strikes a balance against the burnished concrete flooring. An oversize marble service bar is coupled with a commercial kitchen, sparkling bathrooms, air conditioning and other facilities, all well integrated into the venue.

Choose your own suppliers or let Twotonmax take the load. *Service of alcohol must be taken care of by their preferred suppliers list and the venue manager will assist with arranging the licensing requirements.

The vintage overhead crane (two ton max capacity) can be called into duty should it be required and direct street access allows for easy bump-in. Ample rigging points and flexible electrical layout make it an easy venue to quickly and effectively tailor.

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DIY warehouse venue


Venue for Innovation, Tech and Business Events

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: Yes*

If your organisation likes to do things a little differently; To wear your sneakers and denim to work and innovate by the hour, this is the space for you. MicDrop is hip, versatile and oh-so very innovative.

This 120 sqm pillarless room, filled with natural light, has a stage, dimmable lighting and a breakout boardroom. The connected kitchen makes it BYO friendly so you can keep your end-of-event bevvies nice and cold….and *you can arrange a caterer if needed, providing they have a Gold Catering Licence. This is a flexible, industrial-chic event space that is perfect for briefings, presentations, workshops, launches and networking.

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Basement bar venue hire with a late liquor license

Self Catering Only

On the corner of Fitroy and Grey Streets on St.Kilda is the beautiful, heritage listed George Hotel. Wonder downstairs to the basement and you’ll find The George Lounge, a 1970s Miami and New York inspired luxe lounge with laid back vibes and a big sprinkle of “cool”. If St Kilda was your “hood” in the early 2000’s you probably know this venue as the Snakepit and have a story or two to tell.

Essentially, this basement venue has had a complete facelift and is now a warm and inviting spot for your next event. With a capacity of 120 peeps and an open plan design, the George Lounge can accommodate functions of various sizes and can be tailored to your needs. With a license until 3am, you can relax in the lounge until the early hours or head into the side room and dance the night away.

There are 3 options for venue hire; full venue (120 people), Main Bar (100 people) and the VIP Side room (30-50people). A range of drink packages are available, and you can arrange your own caterer.

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Bar venue with self-catering


Versatile DIY venue for private and business events

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: Yes

Little Ginger is a popular choice. Are you hosting a corporate function, workshop, birthday party, wedding, baby shower, kids birthday, photoshoot, anniversary, long lunch? No worries, they’ve done it all. The owners offer a full event planning service or will let you do your stuff in true blank canvas style and help in any way they can along the way.

The bright and fresh warehouse comes with indoor and outdoor areas that can be easily tailored to suit your needs. Indoors is split between two spaces; a synthetic grassed area with exposed beams & high ceilings and a polished concrete floor area. Outside is large enough for food vans or a great additional space to use or let your guests just enjoy. Whatever you’re seeking, the space can be tailored to create a unique experience for you and your guests.

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Unique BYO Venue

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: No

This bright, modern and fresh venue space located in the tranquil grounds of Gills nursery in Bayside is abundant in natural light and lush greenery. Inside it has a clean open plan design with polished concrete, natural oak and floor to ceiling windows that bring the outside in. Step out onto the pool terrace and be impressed by the designer pots and mature plants, this space is perfect for pre-dinner drinks, breakout spaces or even a wedding ceremony.

With a capacity of up to 100 guests for a sit down dinner and 200 guests for a cocktail style event, the space can also be tailored for smaller events. Grow’s catering partners Blakes Feast can create custom menus for each event. BYO drinks are available and can be served at their custom made bar with an impressive vertical garden as the backdrop.

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Unique BYO venue


Be surrounded by an abundance of plants at your event

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: Yes

Award-winning, design nursery Glasshaus is home to one of Melbourne’s hidden gems. This 1920s warehouse; Glasshaus Inside is where industrial chic meets botanical splendour with plants draping from the walls and showered in natural light. If you want a venue that is already impeccably styled, this is it. With an abundance of plants and foliage, the space already oozes ambience. Choose your own caterer and furniture hire or ask Glasshaus provide their own packages.

It accommodates up to 88 for sit-down and 95 for cocktail events with a large rustic table that is often used as the bar. They have a range of AV systems and a dedicated catering space. If you are looking for an outdoor space, check out their second venue, Glasshaus Outside, only 5 minutes walk away which is ideal for day-time events.

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Unique self-catering venue


Arched Ceiling and Natural Light

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: Yes

This fully restored auditorium in the heart of Fitzroy North features a beautiful domed timber ceiling and large original windows. Featuring plenty of natural light, a commercial kitchen, sound system, projector and baby grand piano, the space can be adapted to suit a variety of functions from weddings to conferences, performances and community events.

The Reid Room and The Brunswick Room are also charming and available to hire for smaller events.

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Beautifully restored warehouse venue

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: Yes

Down a quiet laneway in Brunswick East, you’ll find one of Melbourne’s oldest Wool Mills tucked down a quiet laneway. With over 1000sqm of versatile space and set over two levels, this venue can host fashion shows, performances, product launches, workshops and weddings, with a capacity of up to 200 guests.

This beautifully restored warehouse features exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings and luscious greenery. The upper space looks over the large ground floor banquet hall with exposed timber beams and concrete floors. The Wool Mill is owned by the Nudo event planning company that can provide all-inclusive options if desired.

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Restored warehouse venue

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