Panama Dining Room and Bar

(24 reviews)
Level 3 / 231 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Fitzroy, Victoria
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Tucked into the heart of Fitzroy, Panama Dining Room & Bar is a modern industrial warehouse wedding venue with arched windows overlooking the treetops and Melbourne skyline. Weddings in this former textile factory have a warm, vintage atmosphere with a modern twist.

Enter off Smith Street, Fitzroy and head upstairs to find an awe-inspiring, loft conversion. Set within an expansive warehouse space, Panama Dining Room balances eclectic design with classic furnishings to stunning effect.

Housed inside a former textile factory, aptly named ‘Panama House’, you will be struck by the spacious and atmospheric nature of our venue, punctuated by floor-to-ceiling arch windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding Melbourne suburbs.

Our inspired restaurant menu will journey across countries in a way that is uniquely Australian. 

Our carefully curated drinks list is a mix of comfort and cool, featuring an extensive selection of craft beers, cocktails, spirits and wines.

Available 7 days a week, get in touch today to check availability.

We look forward to being a part of your special day.

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Can we bring our own food or beverages?

Panama Dining Room and Bar

Unfortunately, the only external catering allowed is a wedding cake. Panama Dining Room will supply all food and beverages for the wedding. 

What is the capacity of the venue?

Panama Dining Room and Bar

If a seated meal is desired, we can seat between 150-160 guests, depending on the final table configuration. 

If a standing cocktail event is desired, we can hold up to 250 guests. 

Even at capacity, their is substantial room for a large dance floor and space for a band. 

Is there an elevator?

Panama Dining Room and Bar

We have a service elevator located on Moor Street. We also have a goods elevator located on the same street to assit with vendor bump-in.

How many arched windows do you have?

Panama Dining Room and Bar

We have 7 floor-to-ceiling arched windows in the venue. 

3 front-facing windows face the Dandenong Ranges, and provide amazing views. 

2 windows face directly onto the Moor Street Plane trees, so widely photographed at Panama weddings. They are highlighted with LED flood lights at night to create an amazing backdrop to all weddings and events.

2 side-facing windows look out onto the developing Fitzroy area, with views back towards the CBD. 

What time are you licensed until?

Panama Dining Room and Bar

We are licensed until 1am, all 7-nights of the week. 


(24 reviews)
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27 Feb 2021

Wow Panama! Truly the best venue to hold our ceremony and wedding - not only is it the most beautiful setting, the team (led by Luke, Dan, and Amy) are a well oiled machine making sure we felt completely comfortable and confident the whole way through. Somehow they kept their cool despite us needing to postpone our wedding twice and they continued to keep us updated throughout changing COVID restrictions and ensured we all had the best (and safest) day possible. Guests are still talking about the venue, great service and incredible food so thank you to the Panama team for making our wedding day truly wonderful.

19 Dec 2020

We held our wedding at Panama Dining room on one perfect covid free weekend in Melbourne, 2020. First and foremost, the event staff were amazing to deal with. Throughout the highs and lows of the pandemic, they consistently kept in touch and demonstrated strong communication skills. Nothing was too tricky when it came to requests and they were also happy to make decisions for us when we were stumped or didn’t know what to do. The event itself was absolutely gorgeous. The team worked well with vendors to ensure everything went smoothly and I didn’t have a worry in the world on the night! The food and alcohol was absolutely divine and the waitstaff were absolutely amazing and attentive to all guests. I’d do it all again at Panama in a heart beat!

13 Mar 2020

Wow! What an incredible wedding we had at Panama dining room. Amy and Dan and their amazing team provided us with the most wonderful day we could of hoped for. From the initial booking, to tasting the food and wine and finally the big day, Amy and Dan were so prompt in their replies and so professional and accommodating in meeting all of our requests. Nothing was too much trouble. The venue was perfect for our 150 guests, the food and wine delicious and every one of our family and friends have said it was the best wedding they have been to. Oh..and those windows! So dreamy. Thanks , Panama team, we had the greatest day of our lives!

15 Apr 2021

Great venue and super helpful and accommodating staff. Beautiful venue for wedding. We celebrated our marriage here with 40 guests and everyone had a great time.

6 Mar 2021

Great Venue and so easy to deal with! Were so reassuring during a pandemic, plus the food and drinks were delicious and the perfect place for a party!

4 Mar 2021

Absolutely beautiful venue, staff are very professional and was run efficiently. We are very grateful that we were able to book last minute due to Covid.

20 Dec 2020

The team were incredible. They helped pull together a mid-pandemic wedding in 5-weeks. The venue is stunning, the staff- so friendly & the food- Amazing!

7 Mar 2020

Amazing from start to finish, the venue, the food, the service! Everything you could possibly want!

29 Feb 2020

My husband and I were lucky enough to have our wedding just in time at the end of Feb 2020 at Panama dining room. It was everything we wanted and more! The team were super easy to deal with, replying to any queries right away and were very accommodating. We had the best feedback from our guests to say that it was the first wedding they had been to where they did not leave hungry and the food was absolutely sensational which was one of my prerequisites for our wedding. We were adament to have a space that was big enough to hold all our guests for a sit down meal, enough dance floor for Greek dancing and to also have the ceremony in the same venue to save guests from moving around. Panama ticked all our requirements and it was so perfect. Would highly recommend!

15 Feb 2020

Panama is one of a kind! Absolutely couldn't be happier with our choice to have the wedding at Panama. Anyone who has walked up those stairs and stepped into the beautiful atmosphere surrounded by those windows will know exactly what we mean - it really is unmatched when it comes to venues. Not only that, Panama were also an absolute pleasure to deal with and were willing to be flexible on just about everything. No request was off limits! Thanks guys for making our day incredible!

31 Dec 2019

They were so professional and we couldn't have been happier. They were flexible and great with communication and so responsive. Our guests had such positive things to say!

3 Nov 2019

We cannot thank the Panama Dining Room team enough for hosting our wedding on Sunday 3rd November. It was the most sensational day and made all the more perfect because of the Panama team. Amy in particular was always happy to answer all our silly questions in the lead up and the chilled out/relaxed attitude of her and the team meant we felt super relaxed in the lead up to the big day. The evening ran so smoothly and so many of our guests said it was the best wedding they’d been to. Thank you guys, you’re ace!

5 Oct 2019

Really good experience! They know what they are doing. The location is good and you don't need to do much to the venue as it is lovely as it is. The food was really good and all our guests had positive things to say about the whole day.

30 Aug 2019

We had our wedding here in August and it was the most perfect venue with excellent staff to make the whole experience completely seamless. Nothing beats that interior and those windows, not to mention the delicious food and great drinks. We were very happy with everything; such a cool, gorgeous place to be. Highly recommend checking out for a wedding venue or even a drink and meal.

17 May 2019

WOW was the most common word we heard from our family and friends all night during our wedding. The atmosphere that Panama helped create was amazing, and is a feeling and memory that we will never forget. Along with the wonderful food and fantastic service from the hospitality team, we could not have wished for anything better. To cap it all off, working with Panama was such a delight. They were easy to work with and also very helpful with suggesting recommendations to help make our special day, that little bit better.

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