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Festive Feasts and Fun: Celebrate the Silly Season with Drinks and Dining Deals at Some of Melbourne's Buzziest Venues

Get festive with a bottomless booking at these standout spots all over town.
By Alec Jones
December 06, 2023
By Alec Jones
December 06, 2023


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Get festive with a bottomless booking at these standout spots all over town.

The hustle and bustle of the silly season is undoubtedly joyous but also sort of stressful. The biblical epic that is trying to make plans for a group of four or more is the hallmark of the month of December, and there's only so much we can help with — but damned if we're not going to try.

The least we can do is provide some inspo, but we must leave the booking up to you. Our recommendation? Hit up one of these standout venues for a bottomless booking that the group won't resist.

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    Chin Chin restaurant in Melbourne.

    The tried and tested magic formula of Chin Chin sees regular crowds out the door seeking a taste of the now famous  Southeast Asian menu. It’s hardly a traditional choice for a Christmas catchup, but that’s half the fun. To cater for the festive season, you can place a booking for groups of two (from $88pp) or more for its set menu feasts. Plus, groups of six or more can add free-flowing drinks onto that booking for another $50pp — available for lunch and dinner.

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    If you fancy a hearty Mediterranean feed, turn your attention to the sometimes-overlooked gem of the Lucas family, Baby Pizza. Italian food and bottomless bookings go hand in hand, so this makes perfect sense in more ways than one. For the festive season Baby Pizza offers Boozy Banchetto bottomless bookings for lunch and dinner. The former is for 90 minutes at $66pp while the latter is for two hours at $88pp.

    Either time of day offers the same delicious menu items, including classic share plates of arancini, stracciatella and fries. And, of course, the famous pizzas — like prosciutto with fior di latte, reggiano, rocket and tomatoes. And no Italian feast is complete without free-flowing prosecco, sav blanc, rosé, cabernet sangiovese and beer.

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    Yakimono restaurant in Melbourne CBD - Japanese restaurant Melbourne

    Hopping across a world of flavour brings us back to the bread and butter of Lucas Restaurants: fine Asian cuisine. At Yakimono, this comes in the form of Japanese street cuisine with a fiery touch. Quite literally, flame-grilled food is the specialty of this immersive two-story restaurant. For the festive season, the team offers a boozy Sip & Setto feast for lunchtime bookings at $66pp.

    In terms of what to expect, there’s savoury prawn yuzu gyoza and barbecue corn ribs with fermented chilli mayo, plus specialty cocktails, like the passionfruit spritz and Kiko highball. An extensive range of bottomless wines, beers and non-alcoholic options are also included. If lunchtime is booked out, any dinner group of six or more can add free-flowing drinks to their meal for $55pp.

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    Flipping things back to Western cuisine, this time an upscale experience inspired by the luxurious trimmings of cities like Paris and New York. Dining at Society gives you a taste of the life of the one per cent. With an interior that pulls out all the design stops (art-deco, mid-century, brutalist, you name it) and a menu that tastes as good as it looks, this is somewhere to book if you have guests to impress.

    To hit the bottomless bonus, make a booking for The Society Social menu at lunch or the Chef’s Menu at dinner. Either menu includes the option to add free-flowing drinks at $55pp for the standard package — or take a luxurious route for $95pp to sip champagne.

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    Lillian Brasserie

    Tucked within the gleaming surfaces and grandeur of Society are a few dining experiences, one of which is this intimate brasserie. With skilled waitstaff, private booths and fringed overhead lamps, it’s a pocket of Paris in the busy Melbourne culinary hub.

    The menu is known for its fresh and tasty seafood offerings, but options stretch to roast meat mains and Euro-style sides. Drinks? Legend has it that Society has a wine cellar of over 10,000 bottles strong. The bottomless offering includes free-flowing white wine, red wine and beer for $55pp, free-flowing Pol Roger for $95pp and even unlimited oysters for $44pp (exclusive to lunch bookings).

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    Kisume - one of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne.

    If flame-grilled feeds, decadent experiences and intimate European dining styles don’t suit your fancy, consider the refined, elegant experience of Kisumé, an experience we dub “refined grandeur”. It’s Japanese cuisine, but a few steps up from your local sushi shop. Dining at Kisumé is on a whole new level. Fresh produce, impeccable presentation and passionate staff round out the experience.

    For the festive season, Kisumé offers a two-course lunch with two hours of drinks for $120pp. For dinner, groups of six or more can enjoy a free-flowing drinks package accompanying any of the Chef’s Menus from an additional $55pp.

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    Hawker Hall

    A venue’s atmosphere sets the tone. So the kind of atmosphere generated by a spacious interior, booming sound system, bright neon signage and the energy of 100-plus diners is powerful. That’s what you get at Hawker Hall. This bustling, scaled-up establishment pays homage to the intimate and grounded experiences of hawker-style Malaysian and Singaporean street food while boasting one of the most impressive on-tap offerings in town.

    Festivities at Hawker Hall mean a Boozy Yum Cha lunch feast with free-flowing drinks for $66pp, available seven days a week for the silly season. If you prefer your celebrations at dinnertime, try the $88pp Boozy Banquet that pairs delicious Hawker classics with bottomless bevs.

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Lucas Restaurant’s has bottomless bookings available across its portfolio. For more information, visit the website.

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