When it comes to organising a memorable event in Melbourne, there's one element that often takes center stage - the beverages. Melbourne is renowned for its vibrant event scene, and whether you're planning a corporate gathering, a wedding, or a special birthday celebration, the drinks you serve can leave a lasting impression on your guests. As an experienced caterer specializing in Melbourne's bustling event industry, I understand the significance of choosing the right beverage company. In this guide, I'm here to help you navigate through the options and find the best mobile bar company for your event. Since we are mobile caterers, I have tailored my suggestions to apply to outdoor functions such as backyard weddings, corporate events, and public gatherings.
The Melbourne Event Experience
Melbourne: A hub of events, from international extravaganzas to the smallest boutique affairs, Melbourne is a city that knows how to celebrate. As a caterer for over twenty years in the city I love, I've had the privilege of tapping into Melbourne's unique energy and creative spirit, working with many beverage companies to create truly memorable occasions.
The Role of Beverage Catering
Now let's talk about the unsung heroes of Melbourne's events – the mobile beverage companies. You might wonder, why are they so crucial? Well, let me share; at Flying Woks, it's our staff that make you feel truly special and the right bartenders can do the same. Choose the perfect mobile bar service and, and your event comes alive. Match the food menu to the beverage menu, and your function harmoniously blends the magic of yin and yang!
Criteria for Selecting the Best Mobile Bar Company
As you embark on your journey to find the perfect mobile bar option for your Melbourne event, here are some essential criteria to keep in mind:
Quality and VarietyQuality matters, and Melbourne's diverse crowd appreciates it. Look for a beverage option that matches the expectations of your guests. Are cocktails mixed on-site a must, or will that option be unappreciated or out of budget? Do you need alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, pre-mixed, grab-and-go, exotic mocktails? Who is handling the glassware? Do you need crystal Stolzle Weinland stemware? Plan it out with your chosen bar company, and your guests will thank you for it.
Experience and Reputation
In Melbourne's competitive event industry, experience is invaluable. Consider a beverage catering company with a proven track record of success. Reading customer reviews and checking their portfolio can provide valuable insights. Their website usually captures their style; does it suit your occasion?
Customization and Flexibility
Every event is unique, and your beverage choices should reflect that. If the budget allows, opt for a mobile bar provider that is willing to customize their offerings to match your event's theme and requirements. Flexibility is key.
Budgeting is always a concern, but remember that quality doesn't always mean extravagant costs. Seek a balance between your budget and the quality of service provided. I've had clients create amazing backyard weddings with limited bar budgets, setting up self-service iced eskies and hiring glassware and alcohol from the local pub. Others have created the most extravagant affairs with incredible signature cocktails and luxurious presentations; it's worth spending the time to find your perfect match in bar service.
Top Beverage Options in Melbourne
Now, let's dive into the heart of the matter – the top beverage catering companies in Melbourne. I've handpicked three companies that consistently deliver exceptional service. I am not affiliated with these businesses; rather, I have worked with them at numerous events and love their professional service. Each is different and each has carved out its own niche to play a central role in the successful execution of an event.
Company 1: Liquid Infusion
They have been a prominent player in Melbourne's event catering scene for over a decade. Their dedication to quality and innovation has earned them a stellar reputation. Liquid Infusion offers an extensive range of beverages, from classic cocktails to artisanal mocktails. Their mixologists are known for crafting unique, palate-pleasing concoctions. I have seen their mobile bars become central themes in marquees and corporate head offices, and they perfectly complement our mobile offer. Liquid Infusion has catered to high-profile events, including Melbourne's best Food and Wine Festivals and many impressive weddings. Their attention to detail sets them apart.
"We hired Liquid Infusion to provide drinks and a barista service for our daughter's wedding in May 2023. From the first point of inquiry nearly a year prior to the wedding to the delivery of service, Liquid Infusion surpassed our expectations.” - Damelia Notrevo
Company 2: Mister Bartender
Mister Bartender is a boutique beverage catering company that focuses on the art of mixology. Their commitment to craftsmanship and creativity is evident in every sip. Like Flying Woks, they started with one passionate individual, doing what he loves – in this case, Steve was making amazing cocktails for his friends, and it took off! Mister Bartender specializes in crafting bespoke cocktails that align with your event's theme. Their bartenders are RSA trained, and they service the whole of Victoria. There is a lot to love about Mister Bartender, including their impressive bespoke gifting option, customizing your cocktails to fit your event perfectly.
“On the night, the bartenders were fabulous, friendly, and made great drinks! They made the whole experience stress-free and easy, and it meant I did not have to worry about my guests. All bartenders were fantastic” - Prue Laurence
Company 3: Tom Collins Caravan Bar Tom Collins Caravan Bar is a beverage company on wheels, traveling across Victoria, creating a great vibe for weddings and other outdoor events. They've quickly become a crowd favorite in Melbourne's private and corporate events and suit the “flying woks style” perfectly. Post Covid, we have seen an increase in outdoor weddings, and Tom Collins Caravan Bar is a special addition to your most important day. Tom Collins Caravan Bar promotes mingling of your guests as they serve beer, wine, champagne from the classic caravan window. Their team brings enthusiasm and charm to every event they cater.
"We had the pleasure of having Tom Collins caravan bar at our wedding, and my goodness. The service, the cocktails, absolutely everything was perfect!” - Anna-Louise Hammar
Making Your Choice
Now that you've had a glimpse of these exceptional mobile bar companies, it's time to consider your direction. Weigh the options considering the unique aspects of each company. Do their offerings align with your event's theme and guest preferences? Take your time to make an informed decision. When planning your event, start the discussion with mobile bar specialists early in the process; the best are booked up sometimes years in advance on the most popular days.
Finalising the Decision
Once you've made your choice, ensure all details are outlined in a contract or quote confirmed via deposit. Running sheets confirming bump-in times, access points for water and power, entry and exit points are a must. Clear communication and documentation are crucial for a successful partnership.
In the vibrant tapestry of Melbourne's events, mobile bar companies play a pivotal role in creating unforgettable moments. With this guide, I hope you're now better equipped to choose the perfect beverage partner for your upcoming event. Remember, it's not just about drinks; it's about crafting an experience that your guests will cherish. Cheers to a successful event in Melbourne!
If you found this guide helpful and want more event planning tips, feel free to reach out. I'm here to assist you in creating exceptional events in Melbourne. Cheers! Antony Paul Hooton
Hi, my name is Antony Hooton I am the founder of Flying Woks.