Melbourne Bowling Club, the oldest in Australia, encourages all visitors to come & enjoy a game or two of lawn bowls. As an incorporated member’s club, the Melbourne Bowling Club is a place for members & guests. The Club was founded in 1864 and since then has been a place where members have come to bowl & socialise. We ask that all visitors & guests abide by rules of the Club and act in a way that is mindful of the Club’s environment, and respectful to members and other guests.
But you don’t have to bowl to enjoy our facilities, you can hire the Clubroom (for large groups up to 300) or the Jack High room (for small groups up to 50) for any variety of events including; birthdays, engagement parties, weddings, reunions, awards nights, product launches, corporate training or workshops, team building plus fund-raising (trivia or games night) to name just a few.
Our License Rules and Regulations
As an incorporated club, and to comply with our liquor license, all visitors to the Club are required to sign in. If you come to the Club to bowl, or to attend a function, you will be required to sign-in. We will provide a sign-in sheet for your event, or alternatively you can provide a list of attendees. We use a system of wristbands to ensure guests have complied with these requirements.
For each event at the club we require someone (usually the host or organiser) to sign up as an Access Member.
An access member becomes a member of the club for the duration of the event and is the contact point for any issues during or after the event.
The Club is a fully licensed venue, therefore NO BYO food or beverage.
The Melbourne Bowling Club practices and enforces the Responsible Service of Alcohol, and as such does not serve shots or doubles.
The Melbourne Bowling club has a zero-tolerance policy regarding drug use, and as such, anyone suspected of using drugs at the club will be removed, no refunds will be given in that situation.
Bowling sessions are allocated in two hourly intervals, longer by arrangement
We charge per person for groups of 70 and under
We provide all the equipment (bowls, mats and jacks)
A Bowls Host is on-hand to explain how to play, how to bowl and assist you during your session
In December the minimum booking is 1 rink with a maximum of 10 guests
Bowls Season – $20 per person ($200 per rink) (Sep-April)
Winter Season – $10 per person ($100 per rink) (May-August)
Please note that we do not accept individual payments for group over 10, the host will be responsible for the groups payment.
Room Hire Only Events
The Clubroom can comfortably accommodate up to 120 guests for a seated meal, or up to 300 guests for a cocktail/stand-up function
The Clubroom can be configured in various ways, including lecture style. It can also be divided into two smaller areas if necessary
Tables in the Clubroom are round and seat 8 people only
The Clubroom includes a dance floor and small stage
AV equipment includes; cordless microphone, DVD player, iPod connection, large screen and data projector with a connection for PC (HDMI) and Wi-Fi.
The Jack High room
The Jack High room seats up to 28 guests, depending on configuration, or can accommodate up to 50 standing, if utilizing the courtyard as well
The Jack High room has access to a sheltered courtyard with heaters
Event duration- half day is 4 hours; full day is 8 and evening booking are 5/6 hours
The Jack High Room also features a TV, DVD, data projector with a connection for PC (VGA, no audio) and Wi-Fi.
The clubs well stocked bar has a wide variety of tap and bottled beers/cider and quality wines by the glass and bottle.
You can run a tab during your event as well as a cash bar depending on your needs
Basic- 3 hours, $50 per person
includes: tap beer/cider, house wine and soft drink
Premium- 3 hours, $80 per person
includes: all beer (tap/bottle), All Cider (tap/bottle), all wine, All RTDs and soft drinks $80 per person
Catering must also be ordered to qualify for a drinks package
Drinks packages are only available to groups who bowl
All drinks packages are served by the glass
Drinks packages are only valid if they apply to the entire group