Whether it’s a corporate gathering or friendly rendezvous, these Christmas parties in Sydney are guaranteed not to suck.
From gaudy and garish to tasteless and downright boring, Christmas parties in Sydney can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a collection of the best pubs, clubs, bars and eateries to satisfy your festive friends. Here you’ll find tasty banquets and affordable drinks packages, quirky spaces and communal tables for the silly season. Ho, ho, ho etc.
Herald in the holidays (and soak up your many drinks) with unlimited pizza and pasta packages at this Surry Hills restaurant. A mammoth communal table can seat up to 28 people and upstairs caters to 45. Guests can also enjoy unlimited prosecco, wine and beer for 1.5 hours (+$29 per person) or three hours (+$49 per person). Cheers!
This upscale and modern Greek restaurant in Sydney’s north shore lends itself perfectly to dancing and general merriment, with nary a bouzouki in sight. The Public can host up to 45 for cocktails and canapés or 28 for a proper sit down feast, and it’s offering bevvy packages from $38 this season.
The Industrial-era Americana theme of this CBD eatery is the perfect setting for your Chrissie bash. The food is tasty and hearty and the drinks range from classic cocktails to newfangled hipster concoctions. Tailor a menu to suit your peeps and budget or book a stand-up cocktail function for up to 200.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
If you can score a waterfront lunch from the higher-ups, make it this one at the always beautiful Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Their Bells by the Bay offer is a casual $143 a head, kicking things off with a chilled seafood platter before ocean trout, Flinders Island lamb, BBQ split Yamba prawns, a few sides and a smashed pavlova to finish. Be sure to get your fill of wine and beer, too. And then buy your boss a card because my goodness they’ve spoilt you this year.
Like any good manservant, The Butler doesn’t fail to deliver with superb service, multi-course menus and full glasses all round. A $55 banquet is ideal for smaller groups (6-12 people).
The Botanist welcomes intimate Christmas gatherings for lush cocktail parties and glorious banquet options, including a brand new ‘DIY’ menu. And hey, who doesn’t want to sing in the silly season with some fab chipotle chicken tacos!
SoCal is festooned with fairy lights and other festive adornments and the garden area is available for exclusive hire throughout November and December. Southern Cali beverage packages can cater to larger groups and a custom-built smokehouse will ensure guests enjoy things like BBQ pork spare ribs and smoky chicken quesadillas well into the night.
To drink and dine in a restaurant bedecked in tools and exposed brick sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but let us assure you that everything is out of arm’s reach so your guests will be perfectly safe. Plus, these guys are famous for their spicy bloody Marys, which are perfectly matched with the awesome sliders. Bondi Hardware is available for private functions throughout Christmas.
PAZAR Food Collective
PAZAR Food Collective is designed to draw people out of the city for some honest food and creative cocktails, and celebrate Christmas and the end of another year. Smaller groups and whole offices are invited to Canterbury to gather in this quirky converted warehouse and enjoy the famous Collective Sharing Feast, featuring a generous selection of dips, hot and cold mezze, wood fired lamb, Turkish pide and many more Middle Eastern treats. Prices start at $45 per person.
Devon By Night
Devon on Danks is celebrating the silly season with $40 and $50 set menus featuring treats like lobster thermidor spring rolls and Aunty Yulia’s slow cooked beef ribs. Located just a stone’s throw from the CBD, this Waterloo restaurant is all about fusion food and awesome vibes.
Set in the heart of Mosman, this laid back pub is perfect for gatherings large and small. A variety of spaces cater to different group sizes and types, including an upper deck, casual lounge and sleek den. Canapé packages and set menus are available on request.
Touted as the Northern Beaches’ best new function venue, this bar and dining space overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers a range of spaces for every gathering. Larger groups can reserve the entire restaurants, while smaller crowds might enjoy The Fortress or Pelican Pavilion.
The Royal Hotel
Set in the heart of Paddington, the Royal Hotel is the social hub of Fiveways. Boasting five different function rooms and lounge areas, The Royal also offers a range of canapé packages and a rather delicious set menu.
Situated on the edge of Circular Quay and boasting sprawling views across the harbour, ECQ Bar offers a glitzy setting from which to host your next bash. Amazing food creations from Executive Chef Daniel Simpson are accompanied with perfectly selected beverage packages.
The Tea Room
With chandelier-ed glamour for groups between 11-50 people, The Tea Room set in the gorgeous QVB building is a simply marvellous choice, dah-ling. From only $38pp with a drink, you could be dining on roast turkey with traditional stuffing and chestnut cress salad. Hit them up if you want the whole immaculate place to yourselves.
Image credit: Guy Davies for The Butler