Food & Drink

4 Unmissable Events We’re Hanging Out For At The Star In Summer 2023

By Madeline Wallman
22nd Dec 2023

Summer may be another month away, but things are already heating up at The Star Sydney. You can take a pit stop at Sports Bar to watch the F1, sing along with a live band at Rock Lily, click your heels three times and fly into the Lyric Theatre, and experience the best of Japan’s night life at Sokyo—all in one weekend. 

With Sydney’s balmy summer evenings and many a night of revelry on the horizon, it’s time to clear your calendar and line up some dancing, dining and drinking after dark at The Star. Here’s our top picks from The Star’s extensive summer line up of events.

Sokyo And House Of Suntory Presents Sokyo AFTERDARK

As night falls, an exquisite experience rises at Sokyo. A sensory, late-night fusion of the finest Japanese cuisine, craft spirits and inimitable sounds of Sydney’s best House DJs. Together, Sokyo and House of Suntory are delighted to have created a one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge experience flavoured with old and new world Japan. From 9pm every Friday and Saturday night, enjoy all the after-dark fun with House beats at their finest, delicious Sokyo cocktails starring Suntory’s Haku, Toki and Roku spirits, and Tokyo nightlife vibes while dining on delicate dishes such as tuna sashimi, kingfish furitake nigri, and tempura shiitake and eggplant. From 9pm till late every Friday and Saturday evening, get ready to indulge in nocturnal curiousities as you experience Sokyo AFTERDARK.

Sokyo Afterdark with a woman holding a japanese-inspired cocktail

White Claw at Rock Lily

Put on your dancing shoes and warm up those vocal chords, White Claw is taking over Rock Lily every weekend in summer with singalong live music, boogie beats, cold cans and good vibes.  Starting on November 17, a series of local bands will grace the Rock Lily stage every Friday from 8pm, performing all the throw-back tracks and iconic classics that you know and love. On Saturdays, local DJs will be behind the decks, spinning your favourite RnB tunes that are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. Entry is free all weekend with prizes to be won each night.

Rock Lily The Star Sydney

WICKED at The Sydney Lyric Theatre

Somewhere over the rainbow—at The Star’s Lyric Theatre, specifically—Broadway’s smash-hit musical Wicked is taking the stage.  Long before Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion were on the scene, Wicked follows the friendship and rivalry of the emerald green-skinned Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and ever-popular Glinda (the Good Witch) as they defy both expectations and, you guessed it, gravity. There’s loads of pre- and post- theatre dining options within The Star that will have you in and out within an hour, from Sokyo and BLACK Bar and Grill to Flying Fish and Cucina Porto.

With just three months left of the season, final tickets are selling fast—but that’s show biz, baby. Nab yourself a ticket to the land of Oz while you still can to witness the magic of Wicked firsthand. 

Wicked Musical at Sydney Lyric Theatre

F1 at Sports Bar

Catch Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappenm, Lewis Hamilton and all of the actions from the last two races of the 2023 F1 season at The Star’s iconic Sports Bar. Starting with the highly anticipated Las Vegas Grand Prix, the boys will be flying around the track on Sunday 19 November from 5pm, with Sports Bar broadcasting the race on its enormous 34 square metre mega screen.

There’ll be roaming entertainment, exclusive giveaways, food and drink deals, classic pub grub to fuel up, and an additional 50 LED TVs throughout to watch all 50 laps live. The following week, stay up late for the F1 finale with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix kicking off at 9pm on Sunday, November 26. Get up to speed and book a table at Sports Bar to make sure you’re in pole position for the final two races of the season. 

The Star Sports Bar

With a jam-packed calendar of goodness just waiting to be enjoyed, The Star is your go-to destination for all things entertainment this season. Check out the full list of events, shows and venue takeovers and bring on summer at The Star Sydney. 

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Image Credits: The Star Sydney

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