Some say that the key to a perfect marriage is a perfect engagement party. Whether or not this is true is another story, but it certainly makes for a good excuse to plan the finest engagement party the world has ever seen!
Luckily we’ve rounded up a list of Sydney’s best restaurants that double up as the best engagement party venues so you can celebrate that sparkly diamond ring without stressing over the small things.
With views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and an equally gorgeous Italian inspired menu, Aqua Dining is a picture-perfect waterfront restaurant to celebrate your happy news. As the engagement party experts, you also know they’ll take care of all the finicky details with their all-inclusive function packages, so you can get back to your champagne!
The Lock In
In need of something a little bit personable to celebrate the new ring on your finger? The Grounds of Alexandria’s other half has got you covered with a private bartender and space tailored to you. Lock it in to secure your place and escape mundane city life behind closed doors at The Lock In. Don’t forget that the menu has everything you could want: it’s whiskey, champers and cocktails galore with better-than-expectations food.
The Tea Room
Fancy and elegant is the perfect description of The Tea Room—how could it not be when it’s located in the original Grand Ballroom of the Queen Victoria building? The room is available for exclusive hire and decorated to your taste (whether it be afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and petit fours or a leisurely lunch of seared scallops and slow cooked pork belly). It’s the perfect setting to engage your senses (and yourselves) with exceptional food and wine—I’m sure even the Royals would approve.
With an ultimate location in the heart of the CBD Hilton Hotel, Glass Brasserie is the perfect spot to style up your engagement party with an unprecedented wine and dine experience. Their function package lets you choose where you dine and what you eat so you can have a long degustation to share with 50 of your friends, an intimate eight person setting at The Kitchen Table or exclusive hire of the wine bar (maybe sample some of the 440 boutique wines on offer?). Sourcing only the finest Australian ingredients, Glass Brasserie is sure to add that wow factor to your big day—making it one of the best engagement party venues Sydney has to offer.
Impress your guests with some fine Asian cuisine and cocktails at Red Lily to add some fun to your special event. Indulge in Saigon street snacks (rice cakes with caramelised pork, anyone?) while your guests mingle to the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s in this Darlinghurst bar. Their function packages can be tailored to suit your budget and guest list, and there’s even a cocktail making class on offer— think about all the cocktails your fiancé will be able to whip up once your hitched!
If a bohemian garden engagement party sounds like bliss to you, then Gazebo is the perfect fit for you. Overlooking Fitzroy Garden is an impeccable way to spend the day celebrating with endless cocktails, sampling wines and tasting fresh food from a bespoke menu made just for your special day. It’s a haven for the boho in you—the location itself seems reason enough to get engaged, don’t you think?
Lotus Dumpling Bar
The picturesque precinct of Walsh Bay is home to this prime celebratory location, serving up the likes of duck pancakes, prawn dumplings and, of course their signature Asian inspired cocktails. The experienced staff at Lotus Dumpling Bar will be sure to tailor your event to any special requirements, and you can even have exclusive access to the room on request to allow your guests to party on with you in style. We’re certain your loved ones will thank you for the good times and good wines, too.
Don't forget the hens party! Once you've booked in your engagement at one of these fine venues, check out where to celebrate your hens in style for under $100 per person.
Image credit: Nicola Sevitt at Gazebo