Hoi Polloi


Hoi Polloi restaurant occupies a space historically utilised as the Non-Members’ Bar during the Parliamentary period 1927–1988. It was an infamous haunt for staffers, media and service workers alike, and now a venue steeped in history and secrets.

The beautiful red leather chairs, along with the tables, cabinets and other furniture in the restaurant, were used in Parliament until 1988, and are heritage-listed.

Hoi Polloi is open as a restaurant on Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from11.30 am to 2.30 pm. However, outside of these hours, it is available as an event space. It overlooks the stunning House of Representatives Courtyard, which is also accessible when Hoi Polloi is booked.

Please note that using existing heritage furniture and two to three long tables works best in this space (i.e. no round, banquet tables). Alternatively, clearing furniture out to bring in round tables or do a full cocktail set-up will incur a special removalist fee at the client’s expense. Please discuss this with your events coordinator for further details.


Access is at street level, in the laneway under the pedestrian bridges on Queen Victoria Terrace. The entrance is at level and the ramps outside the restaurant provide easy access to suitable toilets in the courtyard.

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From our past guests

  • "The staff on the night couldn’t have been more accommodating and helpful! From arriving to set up, the service through the event and getting everyone to exit the event after it finished."
    Private, 30th birthday party, 2018
  • "The team were so helpful and no request was ever to hard or an inconvenience to them. The day and evening run very smoothly and we can't thank them enough for all their hard work and fantastic service! "
    Wine Press, Taste Champagne, 2018
  • "We were extremely happy with the way our conference was run at Old Parliament House and we look forward to coming back to the venue again in the future."
    Commonwealth Bank, Conference, 2018