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Cafes FAQ’s

Cool cafes & coffeehouses have popped up everywhere in recent times, with their contemporary fit-outs and quality food that rivals most restaurants.

Baristas predominately finish their day around 3-4 pm, which creates a wonderful opportunity in the evening, for cafes to transform into private dining spaces, which may be available for you to hire, often at a cheaper price. Click here to visit our great list of cafes offering private dining.

No, our website is free for anybody to use and we do not charge or accept any commissions or fees on venue bookings or enquiries.

You’ve arrived at the right place! At [PD], We find it’s one of the advantages of being at the forefront of the marketplace however, some hidden places still slip through the cracks. If you know of a great new cafe with a dedicated private dining space or offer full venue hire (after hours), share your secret, contact us and let us know. To keep updated with the latest news on the newest venues from our end, become a Member and Join Now.

[PD’S] Venue profiles indicate if BYO is accepted. So yes you can, however only if the cafes private dining space or room has a BYO license. It’s also important, prior to making your booking that the venue is aware and you receive confirmation that it’s appropriate to do so. Please Note: In most instances, corkage charges will apply and vary from venue to venue.

It’s a question that’s often asked. In short, if the cafe agrees prior to making your booking then you can. Be aware that the industry standard will charge cakage fees and you may need to sign a waiver for providing food to your guests, that has not been prepared by the venue. Keep in mind there is a real cost to cakage, someone has to portion, serve and wash the crockery and cutlery. In this day and age with food allergies, you need to also check off all the ingredients with all of your guests. In short at [PD] we believe the best etiquette is to leave it to the experts, as that’s what the private dining venue does best.

We love to partner with new businesses. There are several ways in which [PD] can help you generate more targeted enquiries to your winery and overall web strategy. Just be aware not every venue falls within our parameters and every cafe must have its own dedicated private dining space or be available for exclusive venue hire after hours, so a site viewing and consultation by one of [PD’S] team will need to be organised.

We have 2 ways to get you started. Email Us or call on +61 3 9328 5488, tell us a little bit about your venue and what you are trying to achieve and one of our BDM’s will be in touch to talk.

Yes, we certainly can help with finding a suitable café for you to host your upcoming private dining event.

Simply, Click here to view the list of cafes with private dining rooms for hire.

That means we don’t know about it yet! We’d love you to share your cafe secret with us and value your input. So please email us and tell us all about your cafes private dining space.

Yes, of course, we can, that’s what we do? Click here to view the list of cafes with private dining rooms for hire.

We love to receive recommendations. If you’ve had a great experience, own or work at a café with a dedicated private dining space or room, or is available for room hire after hours, let us know. We like to think we’ve got most bases covered however, we realise we can’t be everywhere at once and appreciate your input and help. Click here to Contact Us with your cafe recommendation.

Cafes can often be busy in service hours over lunch 12-3pm and those operating Dinner service 6pm-10pm or expectantly short staffed. A usual response time is a few hours. If you haven’t had any contact over the course of a full work-day contact us and we will chase it up with the venue for you.

Keep in mind some cafes only operate their office Monday to Friday if you have enquires on a weekend.