Ohhh New Year's Eve and Sydney. What a winning combo—kinda. If you can avoid the crowds and the children in prams; you’re almost guaranteed a bloody great night.
This year we've teamed up with the master party planners that is the team from The Star. So whether you want a low-key evening spent with bae, or to celebrate in style (instead of in a line) partying with Sydney’s elite, they’ve found seven ways to actually enjoy NYE in our stunning (but tourist-filled) city. You can thank us later.
Pretend It’s Not NYE & Go Get Pizza
If you’re a true hater of all things NYE, your best bet is to eat your weight in pizza at Pizzaperta in Pyrmont. We all know that you’ve spent 2016 carbloading so let’s go out with a bang! This open-air Italiano bar serves up legit slices of heaven, and the view’s not too bad either. Make your way through the cocktail list, filled with all the classics from Aperol Spritz to Negronis, and ring in 2017 doing what you love to do every other night of the year.
Take A Trip To Cuba (Without Leaving The Country)
Escape all things Sydney and take a trip to paradise, with a night of tropical Cuban feels at Cherry. Come December 31st this luxe cocktail bar at The Star will transform into a sultry Havana-style saloon, mixing rum cocktails and disco beats all night long. Located against an amazing skyline backdrop, you’ll be able to see the world famous fireworks— if you’re not too busy cutting loose on the D-floor that is.
Frock (Or Suit) Up & Dine Like Royalty
There’s never a better time to get a lil glam and give yourself the royal treatment than on NYE. If a six-course meal sounds like your kinda way to celebrate, then prepare to go all out at The Star’s famed Black Bar & Grill. The masters of Modern Australian cuisine, Teage Ezard and Dany Karam, will dish up plate after plate of fresh fish and succulent meat fit for King (or Queen), while you sit back, relax and watch the harbour light up from afar.
Swap Champagne For Saké
For the slightly more adventurous city dweller, put down the champagne and pick up the sake at Sokyo. Head Chef Chase Kojiima will be pulling out all the stops, serving some of the best Japanese in town; from traditional sashimi and nigiri, to tempura and edamame, get ready to say sayonara to 2016 with a carafe of saké in one hand (yes, they sell sake by the carafe!) and robata skewer in the other.
Nab A Front Row Seat Without The Hefty Price Tag
Wine and dine your way to 2017 with a harbour side seat at Balla. Offering a seven-course Italian feast (starting with oysters and caviar), it’s easily one of the best venues in town to end the year. Stuff yourself silly (diet starts next year, right?) and take in everything your front row position has to offer (hint: fireworks and more fireworks).
Cut Loose On The D-Floor
Forget all things fireworks and give yourself the VIP treatment at Marquee. Electropunk duo, Krewella, will be taking over the club's Main Room for their only Australian show, so dance until the sun comes up and see in 2017 in style. There'll be an express escorted entry and backstage access for those with a VIP Krew ticket, and VIP tables for those in bigger groups (with bigger budgets).
Sleep & Celebrate On New Years Day
If you’re really worried about not getting that oh-so meaningful midnight kiss, or can’t stomach the thought of counting down to nothing when the clock strikes 12am, then just head to bed. Yep, we said it. Ignore the night altogether and start 2017 at a rooftop bar on New Years Day. From 3pm Sky Terrace at The Star will host a garden party like no other and you’ll be glad you didn’t wake up feeling too dusty to enjoy it.
Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by The Star and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.
Image credit: The Star