9 Cool Melbourne Industrial Warehouse Spaces For Corporate Events

April 09, 2018

Are you planning a cool product launch, art gallery exhibition, brand activation experience or corporate event and need a warehouse space?

You can hire Melbourne's converted warehouses and factories, or industrial-styled spaces if you need a little more sophistication.

Here's 9 cool warehouse venues in Melbourne to provide space for up to 300 guests at a cocktail party or up to 250 people at a sit-down event.

Luna Events Space
While many warehouse spaces are to be found in the light industrial areas of Richmond, Collingwood or Footscray, the inner-city locations may not suit your client.

Should they want more of the Bayside crowd to attend, you should check out Luna Events Space.

Highett's newest - and possibly only - industrial warehouse available for corporate event hire is a light-filled space with polished concrete floor.

It provides space for up to 250 guests at a cocktail party or up to 150 at a sit-down event.

Nearest train station: Highett

Butler Lane

Opened on 25 February 2018, this is Melbourne catering company Peter Rowland's newest venue space.

Unlike many other industrial warehouse spaces, Butler Lane (actually in Shelley Street, Richmond) was architecturally designed to offer event planners tremendous flexibility in any season.

The industrial chic warehouse with its soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows opens onto a private, open-air brick-paved courtyard perfect for cocktail parties or summery lunches.

It caters for banquet dining for 200 guests or cocktails for 250 people.

Nearest train station: Richmond

The Panama Dining Room
If you're dipping your toe in the water of warehouse space bookings, start your venue journey with The Panama Dining Room.

It offers gorgeous light-filled, floor-to-ceiling arched windows, exposed brickwork and a New York loft feel as well as tables and chairs. With the furniture out of the way, all you need to do is to provide the event decorations.

Nonetheless, why not check out our Melbourne event decor range for hire.

It seats up to 160 for a sit-down dinner or up to 250 for a cocktail party.

Nearest train station: Melbourne Central

Smart Artz Gallery
Possibly one of the best-known and most popular warehouse style spaces is Smart Artz Gallery.

Formerly a mechanic's workshop, this South Melbourne venue space offers polished concrete floors and ever-so-handy steel beams for suspending lighting decor and ceiling installations.

Smart Artz Gallery is frequently hired for art gallery exhibitions, pop-up retail events, fashion shows and wine tastings, with space for up to 120 for a sit-down function or up to 200 cocktail guests.

Nearest train station: Flinders Street

Glasshaus Inside
While this 1920s warehouse in Richmond still counts as an industrial warehouse in structure, Glasshaus Inside is the complete opposite of being cold and barren, with its abundant greenery and foliage.

You almost expect Tarzan to come out swinging!

Book this historical venue for drinks and cocktail parties up to 130 guests or up to 88 people at a sit-down dinner.

Nearest train station: Richmond 

Long Street Coffee
This could be one of Melbourne's most intimately-sized warehouses you can hire for your corporate event.

Seating 35 guests or up to 80 people for a cocktail party, the approach to Long Street Coffee down a graffiti-strewn lane creates that grungy feel.

A cafe during the week during business hours, Long Street Coffee features high ceilings, white wooden beams and cantilevered shelving perfect for softly glowing candles.

Nearest train station: North Richmond

The Line
If your brief is for a truly gritty - not romantically pretty - warehouse space, you can't go past Footscray's The Linein the heart of Melbourne's industrial area, with its rough, white paint-peeling walls and raw (not polished) concrete floors.

This is a true blank canvas space, offering you incredible creative flexibility for a huge sit-down event for up to 250 guests, or up to 300 for a cocktail party.

Nearest train station: Footscray

Gather and Tailor Warehouse
If exposed, peeling paint walls and unpolished concrete floors are "too" industrial for your client's taste, yet they'd be thrilled to host an authentic-feeling warehouse event deep in the heart of West Melbourne's working docklands area, choose Gather and Tailor Warehouse.

Its entry is via the loading dock ramp, and the view out the window is of the stacked cargo containers.

Nonetheless, thanks to the long wooden bar, and the suspended black tin pendant lights, there is a surprising warmth to this blank canvas space.

It offers space for up to 170 seated guests or for 300 at a cocktail party.

Nearest train station: Footscray

Half Acre
One of the more recent warehouse spaces to open is the Half Acre in Munro Street, South Melbourne.

The old mill, dating from the 1900s, has been painstakingly restored to reveal exposed brick walls and soaring timber beam ceilings.

Created by the Food & Desire hospitality group, you can host cocktail parties for up to 400 guests with capacity for sit-down functions for up to 220 guests.

Nearest train station: Southern Cross

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