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Whether you're keen to see the Chinese New Year fireworks or you're launching an Asian product and are seeking an appropriately themed venue, here's seven Melbourne restaurants and bars to check out if you have up to 100 guests.
Heroes Karaoke Bar - 188 Bourke St, Melbourne
The world is divided into two camps - those who LOVE karaoke and the others who'll have to be pulled screaming against their will to perform.
While you may not even want to sing along to an 80s tune, Heroes, run by the team from Fancy Hanks, is a flamboyantly designed venue with permanently suspended illuminated Chinese lanterns and red dragons creating instant theatrical atmosphere setting the scene as soon as your guests arrive, making it very easy - and shall we say, tempting? - for your guests to have a good time belting out cheesy hits.
Sadly for us decor suppliers, all the outlandish Chinese decor has already been done for you: you just need to book it for your function.
Red Spice Road - 141 Queen St, Melbourne
You may have already been to Red Spice Road restaurant for a night out with family and friends but have you ever considered booking it for a corporate event?
It's sure to offer dishes to suit everyone, with hawker food from Thailand to Malaysia, China to Vietnam, it really is Asian Central for dining.
Red Spice Road has four spaces depending on your needs.
If you've got up to 36 guests seated, 50 cocktail style book the McKillop Room, accommodate 30 for a sit-down event in the Hanoi Room, up to 60 for dinner in the Bangkok Room and up to 96 for a function in the Lantern Room (pictured).
David's Restaurant - 4 Cecil Place, Prahran
This might be the least overtly Chinese-themed venue you've ever visited - there's no red dragons roaring here although you will see some classic, understated white Chinese lanterns - but it is famous for its Shanghainese cuisine.
This split-level airy venue offers capacity for 30 people on the lower level, or 64 people on the upper level, or just under 100 overall, making it ideal for an exclusive Chinese-related foodstuffs product launch.
David's is open for dinner 6pm-10pm Sunday-Thursday, 6pm-11pm Friday-Saturday, and for lunch 12pm-3pm Wednesday-Friday, and 11.30am-3pm Saturday-Sunday.
Akaiito - 349-351 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Akaiito, with its capacity for up to 144 guests, is probably the most sophisticated, James Bond movie set style speakeasy in Melbourne.
Let's be honest, it's not really "Chinese" themed but I'm sure you could imagine this underground restaurant as an invitation-only Hong Kong VIP nightclub or perhaps a Japanese Yakuza gangster hideout.
There's so much to look at with its sensuously curling red ribbon ceiling installation, moodily atmospheric lighting and a huge array of beers, sakes, Japanese whiskies, and cocktails.
Akaitto is open nightly until midnight, from 3pm Monday-Friday, from 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
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