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What is Nellie’s Cafe and Bar?

What do you do?

We are a team of many talents! Listed below are some of our services we provide:

  • Bar service for any event (wedding ceremony/reception, birthdays, product launches, Christmas parties etc). Nellie is also available for dry hire, please contact us to discuss.


  • Cafe service – we can be hired as a cafe or be called out to a corporate event. Please see our packages or contact us for pricing. Not all corporate events require a call out fee if there is a sustainable amount of customers wishing to purchase coffee.


  • Wait staff – sorry Nellie but sometimes we just want your staff and not you even though you are the prettiest van we ever did see! If you wish to just have staff assist at your event, please contact us for a quote.


  • Birthday parties – we can turn Nellie into a cute ice cream, soft drink serving beast! There is no limitation to your imagination. You want it, Nellie can do it!


  • High tea – they are fun, different and lets be honest, ADORABLE! This can be a just because, or for a bridal shower. We come to you. The most popular is in a public park (please read below if you wish to have in a public park)


  • Product launch – Nellie can be hired out empty. This means you can decorate her inside and out and have your products on display.



Nellie is very simple with her food as we are not set up for meals as such. We can make desserts and grazing platters. Bacon and egg rolls are also available as part of our 'morning after' package.



What’s included when you hire Nellie for bar service?

Nellie will arrive at your event approximately one hour early. This gives us time to set up and make sure the drinks are ice cold by the time your guests arrive. We supply all glassware. 20kg of ice is included in every bar service package, a fee is charged if additional ice is required.

Nellie’s style is classic and rustic themed. Nellie looks good everywhere and anywhere but if you have a specific theme in mind, please let us know. Nellie loves to dress up!

Do we provide the alcohol?

Nellie’s bar is BYO only. You provide the alcohol and we serve it. We can serve anything but ask that if you choose to have spirits that there is a limit of two.


All beverages must be chilled prior to our arrival. As we only arrive one hour prior to the event starting time, this does not allow adequate time for them to be icy cold if not chilled prior. 


Due to our limited space we ask that all rubbish is to be removed by our wonderful clients. We will bag or box up all rubbish and put it neatly in an area for disposal the next day. 

Do we serve COFFEE?

As a cafe we certainly do. If you would like barista made coffee served with your bar hire you will need to add a hot drink package. Nellie is also available for cafe hire only. Our coffee is sourced locally and is barista made on site.

Do we offer table service?

We sure do! We mainly serve from the van but occasionally we will pop around to ensure your guests are well ‘hydrated’. If you would like fulltime table service, please let us know as we will require a extra staff member to act as a waiter/tress. 


Nellie’s Cafe and Bar staff will also be wandering around picking up the empty glasses and bottles, ensuring the focus is all about your special event.


We require access to either a 10 or 15amp power point. If it is a bit far, we have a 25m extension cord. If there is no power, please advise in advance as there will be a fee for a generator hire.

Where will Nellie travel to?

Nellie is located in Canberra– but who doesn’t love a little road trip! Let us know where your event is located and add us to your guest list. Included in the cost of any service is travel in a 50km radius from our location in Canberra. Additional travel occurs a cost of $2 per kilometer. Google maps is used as a reference to determine the distance between Nellie's home and your event location.

Do we have Public Liability insurance?

Yes, up to 20mil!

Are our bar staff trained?

Absolutely! All our crew have their Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training. We also love a chit chat and you can be assured your guests will always receive amazing, professional customer service.


Please see our 'pricing' tab for packages and if you need a custom quote for your event please contact us either using the 'contact' tab or email 

Payment options?

Once you have a date in mind please contact us. We will send you a formal quote to accept and once accepted an invoice will be generated.  A 50% deposit will required to secure your booking. The remaining balance is due 14 days before your event. We will send a friendly reminder as well as email you to finalise any event details. Payment can be made via credit card or direct deposit.​

Do you have cancellation fees?

Unfortunately yes. All 50% deposits are non-refundable. Once your date is confirmed and your deposit taken, we are committed to YOUR event. We do not consider any other bookings despite the requests we might get. 

My event is on public land!

If your event is not at a private residence or venue, you are responsible for all the appropriate approvals and permits required and must provide confirmation of this to our team via email prior to your event. We can guide you in the right direction if you require help. If Nellie is unable to plug in to power at the location generator hire may be required for an additional fee.

How big is Nellie?

We need room to fit. Nellie is approx. 5m long, 2m wide and 2.5m tall!

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