Here we go, friends: our first proper restriction-free New Year's Eve in what feels like forever. If you're hoping to catch fireworks, you're in for a treat with both the 9pm Calling Country fireworks and midnight displays on Sydney Harbour, while some events have their own pyro plans on the agenda.
It’s time to put on your dancing heels and sparkliest outfit, here are 20 of the best Sydney New Year's Eve events—with plenty more to join our list as they cross our radar.
The Squire’s Landing
Upstairs Tower Room access at the harbourside brewhouse has already sold out, but you can go for general admission to enjoy the venue’s 270-degree views of the harbour, a three-hour drinks package, food stations and canapes for $450pp. The package runs between 7pm and 10pm, so you can call it after the first round of fireworks, or stick around for midnight. Get all the details and your tickets here.
NYE In The Park
Sydney’s only New Year’s Eve festival is back, bringing a banging lineup including Flight Facilities, Lime Cordiale and Cut Copy to Victoria Park to celebrate the year that was. There’ll be fireworks to mark the arrival of 2023, and your hosts the Poof Doof Drag Jamboree will keep the entertainment rolling all night long. Tickets start at $99—learn more and get yours here.
The Old Fitz
The Old Fitz is bringing in 2023 with a night of whimsy, punctuative pops of champagne and trills of live jazz. The ticketed party in Bistro Fitz will run from 7pm to 12pm, with a three-piece jazz ensemble, DJs playing till late, and a celebratory banquet feast on offer. Grab your ticket for $120pp (which includes a glass of Champagne Diebolt-Vallois on arrival and the multi-course shared meal) here, or you can enjoy The Old Fitz's regular menu will be available in the main pub, alongside the champagne menu, French 77 special and oysters all on offer a la carte.
Sydney Opera House
A front-row view of Sydney's spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks, free-flowing drinks, live music, DJs, and retro canapes are all on the agenda at Portside. This once-in-a-lifetime party is a part of the Sydney Opera House's 50th birthday celebrations and will kick off on the western boardwalk with a full view of the sparkly harbour. It has a chic '70s theme, which means you'll be able to dress up in you're best bell bottoms while you fill up on '70s-inspired snacks (like braised beef shin croquettes, Alaskan crab milk buns and vintage croquembouche). Tickets are selling fast, book here.
Coogee Bay Hotel
Ring in 2023 at your pick of oceanside party at the iconic pub, with a five-course dinner, four-hour drinks package and live entertainment in Marra Bar & Grill for $229pp or a five-hour beverage package and canapés from 7pm on the Balcony Bar for $229pp. Playing things by ear? You can also try your luck walking into The Garden and Sports Bar. Learn more about each option and make your booking here.
You can't get closer to the pyrotechnics than the rooftop of Hyde Hacienda, so start 2023 with epic views and an equally as impressive package. Tickets are $850pp and include free-flowing premium drinks including champagne on arrival and at midnight, roaming South American-inspired gourmet canapes all night, indulgent food and dessert stations, and international DJs providing the tunes till 1am. Learn more and grab a spot to this iconic celebration here.
Dear Sainte Éloise
This laneway fave is celebrating the arrival of 2023 with a luxe dinner and flowing magnums followed by a late-night party. With seatings between 3pm and 8:30pm, the $165pp ten-dish menu includes caviar, oysters and steak, and guests can pre-order champagne on arrival, or select from Dear Sainte Éloise's ever-delightful wine list, with 10+ magnums pouring for the occasion. From 11pm, when dinner wraps up, walk-ins are welcome for drinks until 2am. See more and book for the dinner here.
4 Pines Brewing Co.
For a low-key celebration with your nearest and dearest, head to the original 4 Pines brewery for an evening of brews, live tunes, and tasty specials. Grab a $150 ticket to enjoy four hours of core range beers and house wines, or upgrade to a $180 ticket to include spirits as well, and both tickets will enjoy the three-piece band and roaming canapes, and you can catch the Manly fireworks at 9pm from the balcony. Learn more and book in here.
If your idea of the perfect New Year's Eve celebration looks like an eight-course meal with flowing drinks, look no further than The Butler's epic NYE banquet. For $250pp (with optional three- or four-hour beverage package add-ons), you can spend December 31 with an eight-course bespoke banquet, cocktail on arrival, champagne midnight toast, and live music. The menu includes oysters with chipotle dashi, zucchini blossom cappelletti and Anejo caramel truffles—you can see the full menu and book in here.
Each level of Barangaroo House is going disco for New Year's Eve, kicking on until 2am with your pick of party. On the ground floor, you can walk in for free to catch DJs all night, book at Rekodo for $250pp to enjoy food, a cocktail on arrival, and a drinks package with champagne at midnight, or head up to Smoke for $160pp to enjoy a cocktail on arrival and canapé package. Learn more and book for Rekodo or Smoke here.
Descend into Tiva's basement location for a Disco Paradiso party where there'll be a cocktail on arrival, flowing canapés, and midnight Moët to welcome 2023. The party runs from 6pm all the way through to 4am, with live entertainment all night. Learn more and purchase your ticket for $180pp here.
Zephyr Sky Bar
Soak up epic views of Darling Harbour on New Year's Eve with a Beluga Gold Line vodka on arrival to set the tone for your evening. The 4.5-hour package includes all your drinks, plus canapes including oysters and an extravagant grazing table, plus live entertainment and DJs. Tickets are $475pp, and available here.
You can't start a year in more fabulous form than surrounded by glamorous drag queens, so make The Winery's Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert-themed dinner and show celebration part of your New Year's Eve plans. The $169pp tickets include a three-course menu and two-hour beverage package, with live entertainment and a DJ spinning disco tunes all night long. Seating times are 6:30pm and 9pm, and bookings are available here.
The Meat & Wine Co
Barangaroo, Circular Quay and Parramatta
For a meatier way to wind down the year and begin the next one, The Meat & Wine Co is offering a special NYE menu at its Barangaroo, Circular Quay and Parramatta locations. Settle in for a big end-of-year feast, featuring aged Wagyu tartare and stunning steak cuts like a 300g grain-fed Shorthorn Fillet or a 500g grain-fed Wagyu Rump with a +6 marble score. Bookings are available here.
Ring in 2023 with The Botanist's epic circus-themed New Year's Eve celebration, complete with a free fortune teller and DJ tunes all night. Tickets are $189pp and include a two-hour drinks package and canapés from 9:30pm, and you can stroll down to the bridge to catch the fireworks at midnight before heading back for your first drinks 0f 2023. Learn more and get your ticket here.
Amadeus At Sydney Opera House
Witness fireworks on and off the stage with this special performance of Amadeus, featuring Michael Sheen. Once you've secured your performance ticket, add on a two-course dinner pre-show ($392pp), stick around afterwards for a three-hour drinks package and canapés ($349pp), or bookend the performance and enjoy champagne at interval with the platinum package ($1479, including performance ticket). Explore all three options and book here.
Spend NYE wandering between glam venues Grana and Italian cocktail bar Apollonia for an evening of fun and frivolity. For $249pp you'll enjoy a glass of Taittinger on arrival followed by a buffet dinner, grazing stations, unlimited sparkling, white and red wine as well as beers plus entertainment from a live band. Tickets are $249pp for the event running between 7pm and 1am, and available here.
If your ideal New Year's Eve in Sydney looks like an epic feast with friends, nab a spot at Chin Chin. The vibrant South-East Asian eatery is serving up three banquet menus plus champagne and cocktail specials to farewell 2022, starting at $88pp for seven dishes, upping to $125pp for a menu with fresh oysters with red nahm jim and crying tiger Angus flat iron with roasted rice and hot herb salad, or $150pp for nine dishes including Wagyu tartare with sesame crackers and gai yang grilled chicken with nahm jim butter. See the full menus and make a booking here.
Your plans are sorted at the ever-aesthetic The Rook rooftop bar, where you can party the year away with canapés and a four-hour beverage package for $110pp. There’ll be DJs providing the tunes from 6pm through to midnight, and plenty of room to boogie away 2022. Grab your tickets here.
End 2022 in the candle-lit Odd Culture with a premium banquet feast and selection of vintage champagne. Tickets are $150pp and will set you up with a glass of Diebolt-Vallois on arrival, the lavish multi-course menu featuring scallop ceviche with mango and yuzu kosho, bavette steak with burnt garlic and egg yolk sauce, and a selection of desserts, with live music throughout the evening. See the full menu and book your spot here or, if you're not a planner, you can drop in for a la carte dining and work your way through the champagne specials throughout the night.
Celebrate New Year's under the stars at SoCal's beach party, with a DJ spinning tunes, fireworks projected live, and classic surf films to set the beachy vibe. Tickets are $99pp and include a two-hour beverage package (including wines, beer and sangria), canapés, and pina colada shots at midnight to toast to 2023. Learn more and get your ticket here.
Go for all-out extravagance at one of the world’s most iconic New Year’s Eve celebrations cruising Sydney Harbour, with a seven-course dinner showcasing Australian produce and sustainable seafood, midnight supper, and a 6.5-hour all-inclusive beverage package with free-flowing Veuve Clicquot and spirits included in every $1599 ticket. There’ll be live entertainment on each deck of the vessel, plus a rooftop bar and DJ to keep the party rolling into 2023. Learn more and book your spot here.
Welcome 2023 with incredible views of Sydney Harbour's New Year's Eve celebrations and its iconic fireworks at the equally iconic Opera Bar, this year with a beachy Miami Summer theme to keep things lively. There’ll be roaming canapes and food stations to keep you fuelled up for dancing all night, plus live entertainment showcasing Sydney’s local talents. Tickets are $495 and available here.
Soak in the zoo’s sweeping harbour and bridge views with live entertainment, guided NYE wildlife trails, the option to BYO food, and pop-up bars. Opt for the Diamond tickets ($630pp) to enjoy the zoo’s Harbour View Lawn with a premium food hamper, drinks and a zoo gift bag, the Gold ticket ($315pp) to spend the night in the Bird Show Amphitheatre and Condor Lawns, or Silver ticket ($210pp) to access the Concert Lawns. Read up on the details and buy your tickets here.
Keeping the celebrations rolling? Head to Field Day on New Year’s Day to catch Kaytranada, Denzel Curry, Honey Dijon, Benee and more in an epic arrival of 2023. Treat yourself to a Fast Forward pass for express bar and loo queues, or go VIP for charging stations, viewing platforms and a dedicated bar. Tickets start at $167 and are available here.
Need some events to tide you over until New Year's Eve? Check out what's on in Sydney this month here.
Image credit: The Squire's Landing, NYE In The Park, The Old Fitz (Kitti Gould), The Butler, Tiva, The Winery, Sydney Opera House, Chin Chin (Steven Woodburn), Odd Culture (Nikki To), The Jackson