Functions, Parties & Special Events

At The Illawong, we know how to party! Whether it be a small gathering or a big event, we can help to create the perfect party. We offer a convenient venue in the heart of Evans Head, free function area hire, free live music & easy, affordable on-site accommodation options & catering options limited only by your imagination!

We want to make things super easy for you and our Team is available to assist with all party plans!

The Top Deck

Our Roof Top Function Area is our most popular party venue. A private, outdoor space under the stars, with room to move, your own bar and staff member to look after your guests. Perfect in the evening and for events with a minimum of 40 guests (maximum capacity approx 100). In this upstairs area we offer buffet style meals or finger food catering options. During events, the private Bar is staffed & stocked with a popular range & variety of drinks, customisable to your event (although no on-tap is available on the Top Deck). Standard drink prices apply for purchases with the option of running a bar tab during your event.

Sports Bar & Cocktail Lounge

Our Alex O’Brien Sports Bar is an easily accessible, private indoor space for your event. This area is best suited for events of up to 60 guests and has convenient access to the main bar & our full range of on-tap beers, cocktails, craft beers & premium whiskey’s. This are also includes a small, laid back cocktail lounge area & large screens for digital presentations.

Food for Socialising

We love to party & great catering is our speciality! Our selection of popular easy-to-eat canapes & finger food are served on platters & are a convenient solution to feeding a crowd & perfect for one-handed eating while socialising. If your event calls for a sit-down meal, our range of buffet style meals are the perfect solution. Please note that we are not limited to the options listed and we are happy to customise your event menu. If you need a little inspiration, let us know your function size, preferences & budget and our super Chef will design a menu to suit your event style & budget. And yes,  special dietary requirements can also be catered for on request. With no set minimum spend, what you choose to spend on food is completely up to you!

On-Site Accommodation

Hotel Illawong Pub Rooms are a convenient & affordable accommodation option in Evans Head. Confirmed Functions are offered a discounted rate on accommodation for the date of your function (subject to availability). All our rooms have reverse-cycle air-conditioning, in-room TV, fresh linen & towels supplied & tea & coffee facilities. We also have rooms that conveniently open out on to the Top Deck Function Area. For more info on our accommodation options click here.

What’s next?

To enquire about availability on your planned party date, please email