21st Birthday Parties

Mezzanine 3

The ultimate 21st birthday party venue

What is included when you book your 21st with us? 

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.

We Recommend

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!

We Take Care Of

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 

Additional Services 

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

How To Book

Call us on 9670 8599
Email functions@thecolonialhotel.com.au

You’re welcome to come in, meet with our functions team & see our function spaces for yourself

21st room

 Our 5 Tips For A Successful 21st Birthday in 2016…

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

Are You Ready For The Best Birthday Party Ever???

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by Dee on
Fantastic 21st Venue

Thank you to Dani and the staff at The Colonial Hotel for organising such a wonderful 21st birthday for my daughter. We had an exceptional time. The food was of high quality and the drinks were very reasonably priced. We created some great memories and are now looking forward to getting our professional photos sent back from our photographer. The venue was very spacious and easily fit our 200 guests. Thank you again Dee

by Dan on
Best 21st Venue

I had my 21st at The Colonial Hotel in Melbourne CBD and we had an awesome time. Staff and security were nice, no issues at all. Definatly recommend to others.

by Vivian on
My 21st Birthday

I just wanted to say a big thank you for having me, everything ran smoothly and I could not have asked for anything more.
Your staff were amazing and very friendly!
I had the best time there, and couldn't ask for anything better.

by Carina on

I just wanted to say a big thank you to you & for those who worked on Friday night, it was a great night & it wouldn't have been a success without your help. I really appreciate it.

Thank you so much,

by Robert on
21st Birthday Party

Thank you very much for all of your hard working in ensuring our sons 21st Birthday ran so smoothly on Friday night.

Our sons and all of his guests had a great time, the food was wonderful and the DJ was excellent.

I would also like to thank you for all of your professional correspondence leading up the event and to the advice you provided in relation to the quantity of food and the level of the Bar tab.

I would have no hesitation in recommending The Colonial to any of our friends if they have a similar occasion to celebrate.

by Guy Ward on
Great venue for a 21st

Thanks to Olga and team for a wonderful and memorable night for Emma-Jane's 21st. Organisation was perfect and so was the service. Food was also excellent. Highly recommended !!!
Best of Luck

by Simone M on
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Hi Olga,

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself and your staff for Saturday night. So many people have been to see me this morning to let me know how much fun they had! Your organisation skills are just incredible and everything came together perfectly. The food, the service and the terrace were all spectacular.

Whilst feeling a little under the weather yesterday, all I craved was more of the cheese and potato balls! Which, if they aren’t house made you must tell me what brand they are 😉

It was such a good feeling coming to work today knowing that the night was great and I couldn’t have done it without you. I’d happily recommend your services and venue to anyone and everyone in the future, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you too.

Take care Olga!

Kind Regards,
Simone M


Hello I just wanted to say a massive thank you for Saturday night. Everything ran very smoothly. Thank you guys soooo much. Also just wondering if they was any thing left Saturday night. My friend left a vest that night, if not don't worry about it. But thanks heaps again 🙂

by Nicole on
RE: Your 21st!

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for letting me have my 21st at the Colonial Hotel!
The room was absolutely perfect for all my guests to kick back or party so I was soo happy!
A big thank you as well to Olga and the other staff that were there on Saturday as well. They were really nice and helpful and just amazing!
My family loved the food and everyone loved the drinks so that was awesome too!
Hope you have a great rest of the day 🙂

by Dean on
Best 21st Venue melbourne

Hi Bianca,

Just wanted to say thanks for hosting Chris's 21st birthday party last weekend at The Colonial Hotel. Definitely one of the best venues in Melbourne and glad it was recommended to me. Everyone had a blast, the staff were very helpful and was a great space to enjoy Chris's party. I am sure you will get some more bookings out of it as well.