UNUSUAL PARTY LOCATIONS
Looking to hire a space? Sometimes the local surf club or RSL’S not gonna cut it for a party venue. By Emily Rutherford & Meg Crawford
The Abbotsford Convent’s not just about serene gardens, grand architecture and colourful markets – there are also spaces available for hire from $17 an hour. The rooms have the charm of an old community hall, making them the perfect blank canvas for your next party. 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford 3067. 03 9415 3600. www. abbotsfordconvent.com.au. 7.30am-10pm. $17-$240 p/h.
Enter the kitsch Forbidden Temple and get set to go-go the night away with retro party tunes and tropical interiors. Tiki-themed beverage packages are available to complete your island getaway. 62-70 Johnston St, Fitzroy 3065 03 9417 5447. www.theluwow.com. Wed-sat 5pm-late. Packages from $49.95.
Darts isn’t just about blokes, beers and grotty old pubs anymore: the sport’s gone high-tech. idarts is a fully electronic dart experience that tracks your stats while you duel against your mates. The bar’s available for private functions or, if there are fewer than ten of you, grab a booth and share a cocktail tower. 243 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000. 03 9654 1778. www.idartsaustralia. com.au. Mon-wed 5pm-1am; Thu-sat 5pm-3am; Sun 5-11pm. Prices vary according to group size.
Shake off your shoes and head to the green for barefoot bowling in Edinburgh Gardens. If watching the spectacle is more your style, run a bar tab and fire up the barbecue. Prefer beer to bowling? You can also hire out the club house, with catering and drinks packages available. 578 Brunswick St, Fitzroy North 3068. 03 9481 3137. www.barefootbowling.com.au. Daily 10amlate. $150 per rink.
Party for a cause. Shebeen donates 100 per cent of its profits to charities across the globe, with a focus on education, healthcare and income access. The funds you drop on each beverage end up back in their country of origin. 36 Manchester Ln, Melbourne 3000. 03 9650 6931. www.shebeen.com.au. Mon-wed noon-midnight; Thu noon-1am; Fri noon-3am; Sat 4pm-3am. Venue hire starts from $300.
Lakeside functions rooms, parkland and rain forests with the Zoo’s furry and feathered friends as a backdrop lay the foundation for an elegant evening. There are catering and event options or, if you’re after a more casual affair, BYO picnic and find a patch of grass. Elliott Ave, Parkville 3052. 03 9285 9440. www.zoo.org.au. 9am-5pm. Various prices.