Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Australians know how to party with the best…icy cold beers, a glass of chilled rosé and dinner out at a favourite restaurant with someone special, or a group of good mates.

Celebrate any occasion – from birthdays, engagements and anniversaries, to work functions and corporate events – in style at some of our favourite places to pop the cork.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Corretto Dee Why.

Sydney Spots to Pop the Cork:

Looking for somewhere on the northern beaches to host your next event? Whether it’s a boozy brunch to kick start your weekend, sit-down special occasion dinner, product launch or just an excuse to bring together your nearest and dearest, Corretto Dee Why on The Strand can tailor a package to suit your needs.

Embracing aqua tones reminiscent of the surging ocean across the road, this neighbourhood eatery and bar is the place to be seen for a cheeky cocktail – concocted by bartender and hospitality veteran Kurtis Bosley – and bite to share, such as glazed barbeque chicken wings and ranch sauce; or spiced and salted squid, chilli, lime and aioli.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Custom cakes at Copper and Cocoa.

Making all your buttercream dreams come true, Copper and Cocoa Patisserie & Café on Lawndale Avenue brings artisan, custom-designed cakes to North Rocks. This French-inspired café is light and airy with whitewashed brick and table settings blending seamlessly with pink neon signage and trellis work covered in greenery, to create a zen-like oasis for enjoying a smooth brew and sweet treat.

Choose from stunning creations such as salty caramel popcorn, red velvet and raspberry or lemon meringue as a celebration cake for your next big occasion; or perhaps raspberry New York baked cheesecake or Nutella chocolate cake, take your fancy.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Inside Dine Divine.

Celebrate in the Yarra Valley and Yea:

Retaining its former glory as a rural church with arched stained-glass windows and dark polished wood floors, Dine Divine on Mt Dandenong Tourist Road in Sassafras has a myriad of spaces to host functions and events, alongside intimate dinners.

From an elegant bar and lounge through to the spacious restaurant and alfresco area, immerse yourself in the heart of the Yarra Valley and indulge in a taste of Modern Australian cuisine, paired with a drop from an extensive wine list. Canape food parties, weddings, post-wedding brunches and high teas are just some of the function options available at this divine venue.

Step back in time to another era with old English oak tables, comfortable chairs and a wood fireplace at Yea Peppercorn Hotel on Station Street in Yea. This 150-year-old iconic hotel houses a restaurant and boutique accommodation, which have guests coming from far and near to celebrate special occasions in surrounds of exposed brick and polished floors.

This ideal country retreat offers suite and villa accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and sound system, with upstairs rooms having access to the undercover verandah; and garden suites opening onto a sunny courtyard. You are in the heart of cattle country, so expect the hotel’s Kelly Dining Room to dish up quality steaks, alongside fresh seafood and housemade desserts. Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Celebrations at The Greek Club.

Queensland Celebration Hot Spots:

Enjoy Greek hospitality and friendly service, whether hosting a corporate or private event, getting married or simply looking for authentic cuisine at The Greek Club on Edmondstone Street in South Brisbane. Offering a sophisticated dining experience for your next special occasion, this venue redefines the art of entertaining with 11 versatile event spaces under one roof; including a restaurant, bar and grand balcony with stunning city views.

Be enticed by a modern Greek menu, plating up creations like filo wrapped halloumi with truffled honey and sesame seed dressing; or charred barbeque octopus, pickled vegetables and warmed split pea puree, complemented by a comprehensive beverage list.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

The Golden Egg at Songbirds.

Give yourself over to surroundings of natural beauty, savouring every sensation from taste to sight, smell and sounds of the rainforest environment, at Songbirds on Tamborine Mountain Road in Mount Tamborine.

If you’re daydreaming about a getaway to celebrate a special moment in life, book one of six rainforest chalets and start your stay with a welcome cocktail at the restaurant, before indulging in dishes like braised beef short ribs, truffle and chocolate wafer; or sautéed housemade gnocchi, braised pumpkin and seasonal greens.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Garden weddings at Maximilian's Restaurant.

Pop the Cork in South Australia:

Nestled among vineyards with country and lake panoramas, Maximilian’s Restaurant and Saint & Scholar Cellar Door on Onkaparinga Valley Road in Verdun provides a stunning setting for special occasions. Functions at Maximilian’s mean exceptional food, quality and varied beverage options, wine tasting at the cellar door and entertainment in the pavilion, which is an extension of the original homestead restaurant.

Showcasing a passion for the region and season, food and wine experiences can be tailored to complement the occasion – from canape packages and set menus, to banquets and degustation dinners. Entrees may include plates such as hiramasa kingfish, gribiche, salt and vinegar chicken crackling; and Paroo kangaroo carpaccio, saltbush, pickled kohlrabi, wasabi and wild rice.

With a beer garden for larger outdoor events and private rooms for smaller groups, Mischief and Mayhem Wine Lounge on Broadway in Glenelg provides an ideal spot for sitting back for a moment and living life the way it should be enjoyed. Comfort and tranquillity, hospitality and creativity harmonise together inside this warm venue, whether beside a fireplace or sinking into a plush lounge surrounded by contemporary art.

Start your celebration with a gourmet platter of cheese, pate, cured meats, lavosh, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, seeds, dips and more; before tapas tempters like crumbed mozzarella sticks with roasted beetroot chutney and slow-cooked chicken drumettes, baked in sticky BBQ marinade.

Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations 

A natural fairytale setting at The Boat House, Canberra.

Perth Celebration Spots:

Friends and good food come together at The Old Fig Tree Restaurant on Benara Road in Caversham. Situated on the border of the Swan Valley, the tranquil setting of this restaurant and fine attention to service detail will create a lasting memory of your next birthday, wedding, conference or family get-together.

Sip a glass of Chardonnay while delving into the likes of crumbed mushrooms, filled with cream cheese, garlic and herbs, served with sour cream and chive dipping sauce. For a memorable main, opt for hickory smoked beef brisket, smashed potatoes, buttered corn on the cobb, seasonal vegetables and smoked gravy.

If you are looking for the ideal place to host your next party, the historic cellar at Young George in Fremantle is where to head. Nestled in a beautiful heritage building on George Street, this unique neighbourhood bar abounds with rusticity from stone walls and brick feature archways to polished concrete and black table settings.

Downstairs the cellar awaits for all types of functions, cocktail parties and private dinners, with a varied selection of canape and banquet menus available, along with tailored drinks packages. Expect housemade charcuterie like duck prosciutto, truffle mortadella and beef bresaola, served with house mustard and cornichons.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Matcha mousse, mascarpone, raspberry and dried chocolate at The Boat House, Canberra.

Pop the Cork in Tassie:

Situated on the waterfront at Hobart’s working port Victoria Dock, Mures Upper Deck provides an intimate and truly unique venue for your next pop the cork event. Take in breathtaking water views through floor-to-ceiling glass as the sky turns pink with a chilled wine in hand, whether celebrating a private cocktail party, sit-down dinner or romantic evening for two.

Fresh seafood is the name of the game from Bloody Mary oysters to ocean trout tartare with citrus dressing, herb, wakame salad, pickled cucumber and ginger; while meat lovers can slice a knife through medium-rare Tasmanian eye fillet, lemon potato puree, herb gel and organic mushroom sauce.

Set a table 17 floors above Hobart’s quaint bays as the view unfolds below at The Point Revolving Restaurant in Sandy Bay. Located in Wrest Point Hotel, this restaurant boasts unforgettable 360-degree vistas of the Tasman Bridge, Mount Wellington and the majestic River Derwent, making it an ideal celebration venue to let the bubbles flow.

A French-inspired menu weaves some of Tasmania’s finest ingredients into a dining experience punctuated with theatre and flair; for groups expect dishes like honey-glazed duck breast, braised red cabbage, parsnip, bread dumplings, caramelised chestnuts, duck and orange. Finish sweetly with warm chocolate brownie, banana, coconut bavarois, hazelnut, yuzu and lemon curd, chocolate soil and rum and raisin ice cream.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations 

Picturesque views from The Boat House.

Canberra Celebration Destinations:

Minutes from the city yet set in its own garden on the absolute lakefront, The Boat House on Menindee Drive in Barton delivers an escape from the hustle of life in Canberra. With three dining rooms presented with crisp white linen, crystal glassware and direct access to a lakeside deck, this restaurant caters for small to large groups of up to 180-seated guests.

Waterside dining calls for seafood with a seasonally changing menu created to offer locally sourced produce, creating visually stunning dishes like seared kingfish, beetroot coconut, ginger and kaffir lime; alongside spiced lamb rump, cauliflower, Aussie dukkah and grapes. Basil cheesecake, strawberry, cannoli and black pepper provide a sweet finish.Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

An eclectic and elegant space at Zaab.

Let Zaab on Lonsdale Street in Braddon throw the perfect party for you… whether it’s your hen’s night or wedding anniversary, this fun and welcoming space can cater for all dietary requirements. Inspired by South-east Asian culture, style and cuisine with a modern twist, this restaurant combines street and sleek from its graffiti walls to copper bar top.

Sip a Black Forest Sangria while snacking on soft shell crab and apple sauce, or grilled squid, herbs and nam jim; before larger plates of slow-cooked beef Massaman curry, with potatoes, jasmine rice and steamed vegetables. Rose and coconut panna cotta, with young coconut, rose and freeze-dried lychee tempts sweet tooths.

Our Favourite Places to Pop the Cork: 15 Venues Perfect for Celebrations

Tropical water views at Wharf One Food & Wine.

Celebrate in Style in Darwin:

Special moments make memories that last a lifetime at Wharf One Food & Wine on Kitchener Drive in Darwin. From an intimate occasion for friends and family, a wedding, celebration dinner or entertaining corporate guests, this spectacular waterfront destination will make you the centre of attention and meet all expectations with fabulous food, friendly service and attention to detail.

Get together on the undercover alfresco area or escape the NT heat and humidity in the air-conditioned dining room, while delving into seasonal set menus such as gin cured Atlantic salmon, lemon crème fraiche, flying fish roe, nori and fennel. Expect mains like crisp skin barramundi, broccoli, crispy capers, butter sauce, watercress and lemon; before divine desserts of baked NT mango cheesecake.

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