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21st Birthday Parties

21st Birthday Parties



Time for your 21st Birthday? Party Like a Rock star.

The Colonial Hotel is home to Melbourne’s best known club – Brown Alley.

Venue Hire:  Exclusive hire of the Mezzanine for you and your guests.
We have 2 exclusive large rooms available. These can be cornered off for smaller parties.


6 x large platters of finger food (Each platter has 80 pieces with 2 selections)
Bar Tab  : Tap beer ,House wine, sparkling & Basic spirits. Specific Drinks can be included on the Tab, just let us know what your favorites are!


Bar Tenders & Waiters All the staff you need with everything covered
Security Guards There is no additional cost
Private toilet facilities (of course)
Mood Lighting and Effects Everything you need from flashy, chilled or party with all the pretty colours you can handle. Just like a nightclub but better
Dance floor – A generous, well lit space. Close to the DJ and plasma
Plasma Screen & connectors for video photo loop
Professional Sound System – Industry standard, used by DJs all over the world
Music: We will set you up with 2x Pioneer CDJ 2000s, 1 x Pioneer DJM 800 Mixer, Microphone for speeches, IPod connection 


Customised Decor Our interior decor experts can design the room of your dreams.
DJ Hire (4hrs): You are free to use your own DJ or simply plug in your IPod, but if you’d like a bit one, for an additional fee we can hire a great DJ suited to your  music tastes
Photo Booth Hire Creating lasting memories of your night in style

Our 5 Tips For A Successful 21st Birthday

The Date

Lock in your date early. Often referred to as “The Year of the 21st Birthdays” there is a good chance that the year you’re turning 21 is the year most of your friends will be too.

This means your weekends will be booked out with events to attend well in advance. So, get in early, secure your venue /date and send out the invites to your friends. Include RSVP’s and also create an event on Facebook. This way the date appears as off limits to your friends also organising their 21st Birthdays

Home vs Venue

Should I have my 21st Birthday at home or hire a venue?? This will probably one of the first questions you start with.

Working in event management and hospitality for over a decade (& attending many 21st Birthdays) I can 100% recommend hiring a venue. Having your 21st Birthday at a venue takes a huge amount of stress off you and your parents.
For example having your function at The Colonial Hotel means it is all organised for you; DJ console, sound system, dance floor & lighting, licensed bar and in house catering. The list just goes on. Seriously, the last thing you want to be doing is running around on the day of your birthday making sure you have enough ice / food / napkins / toilet paper at home for guests

Your Functions Manager; aka “Your 21st Birthday Guru” will become your new best friend. From your initial inquiry you will have a personal functions manager dedicated to your event. That means you can ask them as many questions as you like, this is their area of expertise so use them to your advantage. They will also be in contact regularly with friendly reminders of when you need to finalise details.

Finally; No clean up! That’s right, all you have to do is turn up, have an amazing night and leave the clean up to the venue. Too easy!

Location, location, location

First things first, book in your venue!

We recommend always picking a location in the Melbourne CBD. A lot of the nightclubs have rooms available for private hire. Contact your favourite venues and arrange for a time to come in to view the space for yourself.

Remember, you’re going to have friends and family coming from all over the city so pick a central location that everyone can get to and can get home from after the party.

The Colonial Hotel (also known as Brown Alley) is an iconic Melbourne nightclub and we’re located between two train stations; Spencer Street & Flagstaff, we have an abundance of tram options just around the corner & Taxi’s at our doorstep


So everyone is having 21st Birthday this year and you want to one up them with your party?

Why not have your own DJ – being an iconic Melbourne nightclub we have access to some of the best DJ’s in the industry. Do you want to personalize your party that little bit more? Why not consider Photobooth Hire, Themed Decor, Personalised Drinks or Cocktails?

Speak to your function manager about what’s popular at the moment and what they have seen work well previously. We’re not going to spill all our secrets here but we’ve got some amazing ideas to make your 21st Birthday one to remember


Maybe you want a themed party for your 21st Birthday? We can help you decorate you party room to the theme of your choice.

Whether it’s Toga, Beach, School, whatever your needs just give us a call to discuss the possibilities