Time Out (Melbourne) - - PARTY ON, MELBOURNE -

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.

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