How do I become a member?
We currently have two types of membership available - Social and Full.
We recommend that you attend the club over a number of visits to
determine your view on the vibe, environment and people of the club.
Membership application forms are available at the bar or via the link on
the Membership page. Once you have submitted your Membership application
form, the form is displayed on the noticeboard for a minimum of 2 weeks
and then reviewed at the next Board meeting. Notification of the outcome
is sent by the Secretary within 72hrs of the Board meeting.
How much does it cost to become a member?
Our current annual fees are: Social membership - $55 (incl GST) and Full
membership - $110 (incl GST). There is also a one off $20 joining fee.
What is the difference between a social member & full
Both memberships are entitled to the member bar prices, discounted
hiring fees for greens / bbq / function room and of course to attend the
club at any time that suits. The difference between the two types of
membership is that Full members are entitled to represent the club in all
types of bowling events (eg pennant, tournaments etc), have the
opportunity to join the Bowls Committee, Selectors or Board and also have
voting rights. Social membership holders have the opportunity to join the
Can I bring my own caterer or my own food to the venue?
Yes. It is recommended that your caterer contacts the club prior to the
event to discuss the facilities.
Can we organise a food truck to cater at our event?
Unfortunately we do not have space to cater for food trucks inside the
City of Melbourne Bowls Club. For use of the Flagstaff Gardens for
food trucks please contact the Melbourne City Council Events department
on 9658 8008. A permit will be required and the trucks will need to
located on Lawn No. 1. An interactive map is available on
Is there food available at the bar?
We only offer potato chips and nuts.
Do we allow for BYO beverages?
No. We are a fully licenced venue with a great range of beers and wine
at reasonable prices. Any alcohol or soft drink brought into the venue
will be put behind the bar for collection on departure.
Can we set up a bar tab?
Yes. A tab can be set up on the day upon arrival at the main bar with a
Is there parking available?
We do not have any private parking available. There is plenty of street
parking and the Queen Victoria Market car park offers full day parking.
Is there public transport close to the venue?
Flagstaff Station is a short walk from the venue whilst tram nos 24
& 30 run down William St. Get off at stop 8.
Do you have a loading area?
Yes. Enter Flagstaff Gardens off William Street opposite the Radisson
Hotel. Please drive at walking pace with hazard lights on. Once at the
rear of the building please call 8329 0211 and we will open the rear door
for you or enter the club via the main entrance. Access is for loading
and unloading only.
What happens with our bowling booking in bad weather?
Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather. If at the date and time of
your booking you are unable to bowl due to the weather we will refund
your green fees. We cannot cancel or move your event due to the weather
forecast. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
Can we wear shoes on the green?
Flat soled shoes are permitted on the greens. If you do not wish to bowl
barefoot thongs or runners are the best option. Please note that rippled
soled shoes and any shoes with heals are not permitted.
Are you a family friendly venue and can children play
Our facility is very family oriented and kids can play bowls, too.
However, when bowling we do require adult supervision on the green.
We are thinking of hiring a DJ or having live music for our
event, is this allowed?
Yes. Please remember that our in house sound system is only suitable for
background music. Your DJ or Band will need to bring their own sound
system. We also reserve the right to turn the volume down should
complaints be received.
Do we have disabled access?
Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible, including on the green.
Is cigarette smoking permitted on the premises?
Yes. Smoking is permitted in all outside areas except under the balcony
area, by the BBQ's and on the greens. Please refer to the signage at the
Can we play on the grass green?
No. The grass green is for members only.
Can we store personal items?
At the discretion of staff personal items may be kept behind the bar.
Whilst all care is taken we do accept any responsibility for lost,
misplaced, damaged or stolen items.
Who should we contact about an enquiry?
For all enquiries, you can contact us via the Contact Us form.
Alternatively, you can contact the Club Manager. Office hours are
primarily Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm however due to the nature of our
business the office is not always staffed.
Can I make a tentative booking for rink hire?
No. Rink hire bookings must be made online and secured with payment.
Can I make a tentative booking for the function space?
Yes. Please call our office to discuss on 8329 0211. Tentative bookings
will only be held for 2 weeks at which time confirmation will be required
and a $350 deposit paid.
How to book?
Rink bookings are to be made via our Online Booking System.
Function room bookings are to be made directly with the office. If your
event includes both function room hire and rink hire this can also be
done directly with the office.
All function room bookings are not considered confirmed until a deposit
of $350 and a signed copy of the booking terms and conditions are