Best BYO and Self-Catering Venues in Melbourne for 2021

POSTED ON Aug 13, 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, hire a mobile bar, food truck or custom catering. 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. Hoi Polloi
  2. Twotonmax
  3. Little Ginger
  4. The George Lounge
  5. Grow Event Space
  6. 75 Reid Street
  7. The Wool Mill
  8. Chin Chin’s at Koto Moon
  9. MicDrop Richmond


Large Blank Canvas with Industrial Vibes

BYO Alcohol: No

Self Catering: Yes

Hoi Polloi is a multi-level event space packed with those warehouse vibes – exposed steel beams, graffiti walls, indoor plant haven and outdoor veggie garden. With two vast spaces to choose from, Hoi Polloi is the versatile venue you’ve been looking for.

The bar is fully licensed so all drinks are supplied by the venue. However, you have full freedom when it comes to catering and this place has room to accommodate food trucks, grazing tables, food stations or a full blown long table feast.

The Hoity Toity space offers 900 sqm with a capacity of 450 for cocktail and 250 for seated events; it’s popular for birthday parties, networking events and corporate dinners. The main Hoi Polloi space is a massive warehouse space with 2200sqm and a capacity of 730 seated and 1500 standing; great for large weddings, indoor-markets, parties and expos.

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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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Versatile DIY venue for private and business events

BYO Alcohol: No

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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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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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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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. 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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South East Asian Private Dining With BYO Wine

BYO Alcohol: Yes

Self Catering: No

Gather your nearest and dearest friends and family for an intimate celebration at Chin Chin’s at Koto Moon. With tasty Asian dishes and a cosy ambience, you will love the space, the attentive service and the warm feeling in your belly.

Specialising in cuisine from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and China with a twist; they offer two private dining rooms to suit between 10 and 20 guests. BYO alcohol is allowed so you can bring your own favourite drinkies.

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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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