Discover a variety of private dining options at Poodle Bar & Bistro

Poodle Bar & Bistro and Poodle Upstairs is fast becoming a Fitzroy favourite and venue of choice for private events. Award-winning interiors by Bergman & Co. across the two-storey restaurant help create a beautiful experience for parties of all sizes with event spaces spanning the Private Dining Room, Upstairs Lounge, Courtyard and the complete venue.

Since opening in 2020, Poodle’s interiors have received high commendations in Best Restaurant Design, Best Bar Design categories at the 2020 Eat Drink Design Awards, as well as Best Hospitality Design at this year’s IDEA Awards.

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Tucked away upstairs, Poodle’s Private Dining Room is the secret hide-away from the buzz of the main bar. It is the ideal space for a smaller, more intimate event. It features a long dining table that is fully customisable and seats 20 guests. The room also has its own personal audio capabilities so guests can play their own music.

With art-adorned walls and a cosy fireplace for the colder months, the Art Deco-themed Upstairs Lounge is a welcoming space that features a view out onto Gertrude Street. Perfect for medium to large-sized groups, the space can host up to 40 people for seated or cocktail events. A retractable wall separates the Lounge from the upstairs bar for added privacy.

For groups of up to 75 people, cocktail events can also take up the entire Poodle Upstairs space, which can include the bar and Lounge areas and Private Dining Room. Upstairs is versatile and highly customisable to accommodate for multiple event styles from mellow to lively.

The Courtyard, located at the rear of Poodle is spacious, full of natural light, and ready for long, spritzy lunches. The Courtyard takes advantage of the Fitzroy lifestyle. It is heated and also features a large roll-out awning, making it suitable for all outdoor conditions and notorious Melbourne weather. Sit-down events accommodate 27 people or 50 standing.

Large events can book out the whole venue of Poodle Bar & Bistro holding up to 200 guests for a cocktail event. Having the complete venue allows for entertaining guests across all the different spaces from downstairs to the private dining room for an event that is sure to impress.

A wide variety of menu options are available ranging from curated canapé menus through to sophisticated share-style set menus designed by head chef Josh Fry. Expect a decadent selection of Poodle snacks and raw seafood, house-made charcuterie, signature cocktails and more. Any package can accommodate dietary requirements upon booking.

Complimentary tours of the stunning event spaces upstairs and throughout the venue are always available with the Poodle team upon request.

More information on private events including packages/pricing here.

Poodle Bar & Bistro
81–83 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
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