Elephant & Castle Hotel (Beer Garden) - function hire

158 McKillop Street, Geelong

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About the function space

Located on the Eastern precinct of Geelong city, the Elephant and Castle has been part of the dining and function scene in town for many years. Built in 1891, its 2005 redevelopment saw it surpass its competitors in terms of service, food and facilities.

Our functions are flexible and professional. The Beer Garden is a gorgeous alfresco space which is partially undercover while still enjoying the ambiance of a balmy evening. Red Gum furniture is surrounded by a hedge of cypress pine, while your private bar, heating and TV monitors add to the luxury.

Chink glasses under the big rearing wire elephant as the sounds of Geelong buzz in the background. This is your party!

If you are planning an after-party, we can arrange free entry into selected venues and a bus, free of charge to get you there. Either that or hang here in the Main Bar.

Function facilities

  • Exclusive bar: Yes
  • Exclusive smoking area: Yes
  • Exclusive toilets: No
  • Wheelchair access: Yes

Smoking area: Entire area outdoors

Parking: Street parking

Music facilities

This equipment is available in the function space free of charge:

  • Amp: Yes
  • PA System: Yes
  • Speakers: Yes
  • iPod/AUX input: Yes
  • Jukebox: No
  • Dance floor: Yes, proper dance floor
  • Mixer: No
  • CDJs: No
  • CD Player: No
  • Turntables: No
  • Mirror ball: No
  • Lighting: No

Can the venue arrange:

  • DJ hire: Yes
  • Free
    background music: Yes

Can customers bring their own:

  • DJ: Yes
  • Band: Yes

Noise restrictions: Restrictions on amplified music

Further music facilities/conditions:

Nightlife system available. You are welcome to suggest a genre or supply a playlist.

After your party becomes non-exclusive, enjoy our current hits in the Beer Garden or head to the Main Bar for a modern cover band and loads of hot sweaty dancing.

Conditions for private party hire

Friday $

Saturday $

Hire Charge



+ Minimum spend


on food/drinks


on food/drinks

+ Security staff



= Total



Min—max guests

20 — 120

20 — 120

Party duration

6pm — 9pm   (4 hours)

6pm — 9pm   (4 hours)

At this time, the function space:

Opens to the public

Opens to the public

Extend the party until:

12am, provided guests are still buying drinks

12am, provided guests are still buying drinks

Closing time



Further conditions

The Beer Garden reopens to the Public at 9.30pm, but there is a marquee available in the area that can be kept exclusive for private use until 11.30pm.

The venue can help arrange your after-party and provide a bus to get there. Easier still, head to the main bar for great music and dancing!

Underage policy

Underage guests are permitted until 1am, providing the underage guest is in the company of a responsible adult who is responsibly supervising them. One separate responsible adult per each underage guest.

Drink options

Bar tab, Cash bar/Pay as you go, beverage package

Seasonal surcharges

None. Same hire conditions all weekends of the year.

Sun-Thu functions

Available at the same cost

18th, 21st, bucks & hens party policy

  • 18th birthday party: No
  • 21st birthday party: Yes
  • Bucks party: Yes
  • Hens night: Yes

Underage parties are not permitted.

Food / Catering

Can the venue provide:

  • Finger food: Yes
  • Meals: Yes

Can customers bring their own:

  • Finger food: No
  • Cake: Yes

Presentation facilities

In-house presentation facilities available for use at no extra charge:

  • Microphone/PA: Yes
  • Stage: Yes
  • DVD Player: No
  • Data projector: No
  • Projector screen: No
  • Large TV/Plasma/LCD: Yes

Decorations policy

Can the venue:

  • Arrange decorations: Yes
  • Put up decorations: Yes

All types of party decorations are permitted.

Ticketed events policy

Can the customer charge for their function:

  • At the door: Yes
  • Presale: Yes

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