Colonial Hotel

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585 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


With over 20 years experience in function organisation, we guarantee the event you expect and give the precise attention that it demands. More importantly, all of Colonial’s staff are dedicated to making your event a success. You will enjoy high levels of personalised service and attention. Catering is outstanding at every level offering a variety of food and beverage packages to suit everyone, working and tailoring the function specifically to your requests.

Our premium function space, the Main Room, is now available for Cocktail Style and Dinner Events every Saturday evening.

Cocktail Style Events in the Main Room:

Capacity: 200 – 700 guests

The combined multi-level aspect of this space allows for cocktail parties to be combined with entertainment and ample space for a large dance floor, lounge areas and private smoking area.

A range of entertainment options can be accommodated within the space. Large bands, DJ’s or stage shows can all be viewed from within the space and accommodated with our complimentary AV inclusions (listed below)

A range of cocktail style finger food options are available within any price range. Bar tabs and beverage packages are also catered for. The space boasts a large bar allowing guests to be served quickly by our friendly staff.

Seated Dinner Events in the Main Room

Capacity: 200 guests                 

The space combines a setting perfect for dinner style events with the option of accommodating various entertainment and post dinner socializing. The top bar area is ideal for canapés on arrival or pre-dinner. In the past, we have held a number of Corporate Dinners, Social Club Events, Sports Awards Dinners and Dinner/ Dance style events with great success.

A menu can be tailored to any budget or preference and a range of options are available to suit all tastes. Each events catering is of an impeccable standard and served by our friendly, professional staff.  Our extensive wine lists offer a wide selection and our beverage packages are available at a very competitive price. Bar tabs and guests purchasing drinks from our bar area during the evening is also a great option.

Security is complimentary and dedicated to each private function which ensures all guests enjoy a safe and enjoyable night at our venue. 

Notes Relating to Event Suitability:

The Colonial Hotel offers many separate and unique environments. There is always something going on at The Colonial. From Karaoke on Friday nights to a meeting place for corporate lunches to being the venue of choice to some of the biggest night club events on the Melbourne calendar regularly featuring international acts from all around the world.

Our venue is renowned for providing the most extensive complimentary AV inclusions with the use of exclusive function spaces.

The Main Room boasts eight suspended 42 inch plasma TV’s available for displaying presentations, music videos and photos to add a personal touch to any event.  A microphone is provided for any speeches throughout the evening along with any staging requirements, whether it is stage required for a 10 piece band or a small presentation for a corporate dinner, we are happy to provide this to suit each private functions requirement.  A fully equipped DJ console is provided complimentary along with state of the art lighting and sound.


Floor Plan

Venue Capacities

Minimum Capacity 20Cocktail party - 3 hours food & beverage$36.50
Maximum Capacity 1200Lunch or Dinner - 4 hours food and beverage$74.50
Maximum Standing 1200Conference - Day package$on application
Maximum Table Seating 500ACCOMMODATIONFROM
Maximum Theatre 200Per Room$N/A

Notes Relating to Venue Capacities:

With an overall capacity of 1200+ guests, we pride ourselves on having something for everyone. The Colonial has four diverse and independent spaces to choose from. The Colonial Hotel combines the charm and comfort of a traditional hotel with a hint of the Mediterranean. Classic high ceilings, white stucco walls, French imported chandeliers and an extravagant spiraling staircase are just some of the features associated with this building in excess of 150 years. After extensive renovations our funky and contemporary function spaces will not fail to impress!

ROOMCocktail Cocktail with Dance Floor Banquet Banquet with Dance Floor Theatre Theatre with Dance Floor Classroom U-Shape Style Boardroom Style Area (M2) Ceiling Height (M)
Main Floor  700  500  200  120  150    150        
Mezzanine Level  200  200  80  40              
Blights Bar  400  350  150  100  200            
Garden Terrace  120  80  60  40              
Whole Venue  1200    500                

Event Suitability

Conference:  no
Corporate:  yes
Social:  yes
Wedding Receptions:  yes
Wedding Ceremonies:  yes
Training Events:  yes
Sporting Club Events:  yes
21st Birthdays:  yes
Deb Balls and School Formals:  no
After Parties:  yes
Underage Events:  no
18th Birthdays:  no
Religious Events:  yes
Dinner Dances:  yes
Exhibition/Product Launch:  yes
Concerts:  yes
Hens & Bucks Nights:  yes

Food & Beverages

Catered:  yes
Allow External Catering:  no
Licensed:  yes
Allow External Beverages:  no
Licensed Hours:  24 hour

Other Requirements

AV - Sound Lighting, Staging Etc.:  yes
Views:  yes
Parking:  yes
Outdoor Facilities:  yes
Disabled Access and Facilities:  yes
Public Transport Nearby:  yes

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