NYE is fast approaching and we won’t lie, it can be a teeny bit stressful when it comes to organising your perfect night. Sydney is known for their OTT NYE celebrations, so 2017 really isn’t going to be any exception, which is why we have (slightly) narrowed down your options for the 2017 festivities.
Whether you’re about a deluxe 5-course dinner overlooking the harbour, would prefer to bust a move at an RnB fuelled dance party, or are interested in every damn thing as long as the cocktails are cocktails, we’ve got your New Year’s Eve in Sydney sorted.
Sunday Sundown At Coogee Rooftop
This NYE, Coogee Pav is throwing one hellava party. That means Miami Horror will be on stage from 3pm to 5pm for their Sunday Sundowner and you need to be there. Entry is free and kick-ons will be happening until 1am. NYE = sorted.
When: Sunday 31 December, 3pm – 5pm (Rooftop open till 1am)
Where: Coogee Rooftop, Coogee Pavilion
Cost: Free entry
ICYMI, Balla at The Star has one of THE best views of Sydney’s spectacular NYE fireworks and they also serve a mean Italian feast (just a delish bonus). With the freshest produce and hand-made food you can (attempt to) bring in the New Year with class. They’ll be serving two seatings of a set menu right by the harbour so you won’t miss a thing—that is unless you’re too busy diving headfirst into the buffalo mozzarella. The menu includes all the antipasti, mains of maccheroncini with Yamba prawns, zucchini and fresh oregano and even a tiramisu for obvious reasons. Book here.
When: 31 December; first seating from 5:30pm; second seating from 8:30pm.
Where: The Star Sydney, Level G
Cost: First seating is $75 per person; Second seating is $239 per person (food only), $295 per person (premium beverage package)
One of our fave Paddington locales is pulling out all the stops this New Year’s Eve. And by that, we mean you’ll be feasting on scallop tartare with smoky eggplant, trout roe, sesame and crispy lavosh for starters. Trust us, it’s even further up hill from there. More details here.
When: 31 December
Where: Fred’s, Paddington
Cost: $175 per person
Black Bar & Grill
This place legit overlooks the Harbour so your NYE Instas are gonna be as LIT as the fireworks. Black Bar & Grill will have a crazy good set menu that involves kingfish sashimi served with watermelon, mint, feta, radish and a shallot dressing for seafood lovers. For the carnivores, you’ll be tucking into the striploin Angus with smoked potato, asparagus, smoky charred onion, crispy brioche crumbs smothered in a black pepper sauce. And the whole thing will wrap up with a rice pudding with coconut, passion fruit and mango sorbet. Book here.
Where: The Star, Level G
When: 31 December; first seating from5:30pm; second seating from 8:30pm
Price: First seating $165 (food only), $265 (premium beverage package); second seating $295 (food only), $395 (premium beverage package)
Listen up fancy pants ‘cause we’ve got the perfect NYE event for you. With a speciality Bombay Sapphire cocktail on arrival, sparkling Chandon all night looong, oysters and even crispy pork belly stacking the halls at Cherry, NYE is officially going to go off. With perf views of the harbour fireworks and smooth tunes coming from the Martini Club, the vibes at Cherry will be the best way to say hellllllo 2018 and goodbyeeee 2017. The package scores you endless beverages and a delish range of canapés perfect for the 10-second countdown (but you’ll be sticking around long after, we know). Book here.
Where: The Star, Level 1
When: 31 December from8pm
Cost: $130 per person
If you haven’t been to The Newport yet, then what the hell are you doing with your life? Head here for chilled AF Northern Beaches vibes and DJs until 2am. There’ll be epic fireworks at 9pm and midnight and you’ll be there for both (obvs).
Where: The Newport
When: 31 December, from1pm
Cost: $20 after 10pm (free before)
Sky High @ Zephyr Bar
There is literally no better way to spend NYE than sky high at Zephyr Bar. Wave to the peasants below while you ring in 2018 than with panoramic views over Sydney, cocktails and sets from international DJ, Nat Conway. The ticket price includes free-flowing Moët and Belvedere cocktails, and it’s a firm yes from us. Grab your tickets here.
Where: Zephyr Bar, Darling Harbour
When: 31 December, 8pm
Cost: $690 per person (includes canapes andfree flowing Champagne &cocktails)
NYE Feast @ Chin Chin
Sydney’s most hyped new opening of 2017 is hosting an epic New Year’s party this month. That means you’ll be coughing up $125 for a huge banquet involving all their signature dishes plus a glass of Veuve on arrival. Tables are filling up fast so make your booking ASAP.
Where: Chin Chin Sydney
When: 31 December, from9pm
Cost: $125 per person (plus additional drinks)
NOLA Smokehouse & Bar
If you want to hit up one of Sydney’s fresh recruits, then NOLA is where it’s at. Here, you’ll be looking out over Jones Bay Wharf with your complimentary glass of Champagne Tattinger in hand. There’ll be live music and dishes that involve their smoked meats (helloooo Rangers Valley Black Onyx brisket), plus their bloody delicious take on a s’more. This place also has over 600 whiskies on offer so what are you really waiting for? Book here.
Where: NOLA Smokehouse & Bar
When: 31 December
Cost: $165 per person
Rooftop Party @ Sweethearts
It’s only the mecca for epic rooftop parties (especially if you want your NYE to be swagalicious rather than plain old overrated). The Potts Point Hotel sky-high joint is serving up canapes and a four-hour drinks package along with palms, fairy lights and a killer view. So it’s basically boasting the entire package when it comes to an epic NYE. Book here.
Where: Sweethearts Rooftop
When: 31 December
Cost: $100 per person
Electric Forest NYE Dinner @ Taronga Zoo
If you’re doing NYE, it’s worth doing it big. This year we’re thinking you should check out the Electric Forest dinner at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, hosted by the incredible Epicure. You’ll enjoy a 5-course dinner prepared by award winning chefs all while being surrounded by live music, cocktails and Taronga Zoo at night. Get your tickets here.
Where: Harbourview Ballroom, Taronga Centre
When: 31 December, 6pm to 8pm
Cost: $550 per person
NYE Party @ The Argyle
Think 6 bars, an outdoor courtyard, two floors of dancing and endless entertainment with the likes of DJ Tigerlily, DJ I-dee, Chivalry and Helena Legend. If that’s not enough, you can get in on the three-hour food and drinks package (hells yes), all while soaking up the festival vibes in The Rocks on NYE. Get your tickets right here.
Where: The Argyle, The Rocks
When: 31 December, from6pm
Cost: $49 per person or $149 for VIP tickets
NYE Dinner and Drinks @ The Butler
The Butler is always a good time, so you can expect their NYE party is going to be legit. Start your night at The Butler with a 5-course meal (think Ibero-American dinner) then take a stroll down to the end of Victoria Street at midnight to watch the fireworks. But the night certainly doesn’t end here, cause this is all followed by cocktails and dancing back at The Butler for the first few hours of 2018. Book a table here.
Where: The Butler, Potts Point
When: 31 December, until2am
Cost: $150 per person
NYE Party @ Cargo
It’s the biggest party season of the year and Cargo is going to be sending off 2017 with style. The artist line up already has us sold: KLP, DJ set by Miami Horror, SCNDL, New World Sound, Jesabel and with party packages at just $129, your entire night is sorted. Book your tickets here before they all go.
Where: Cargo, King Street Warf
When: 31 December, 6pm to 3am
Cost: $49 or $129 with the party package
NYE Garden Soiree @ The Botanist
One way (maybe the only way) to start your NYE festivities is with a Hendricks Gin cocktail on arrival at The Botanist in Kirribilli. You’ll be spending the night downing canapés and drinks while getting your groove on, all a short walk away from the harbour bridge (if you’re game enough to face the crowds). Book your ticket here.
Where: The Botanist, Kirribilli
When: 31 December, 9:30pm to 2am
Cost: $100 per person
Chunky New Years Eve @ The Bank Hotel
What better way to escape the painfully enormous crowds this New Year’s Ever in Sydney than sinking some drinks with your mates at the pub. It’s the first year that The Bank Hotel is hosting a shindig to celebrate NYE and quite frankly, we’re bloody keen. There’s going to be snacks, glow sticks and DJs all night long—need we say more?
Where: Bank Hotel, Newtown
When: 31 December, 8pm to 2am
NYE Feast @ Tap Rooms Social
Leave the dancing to other people and enjoy a three-course sit down dinner at Tap Rooms Social this NYE. On arrival you’ll receive a glass of bubbles and an in-house brew beer with dinner. If smoked beef cheeks and black forest Pavlova tickle your fancy, you can book your place right here, right now.
Where: Tap Rooms Social, The Rocks
When: 31 December, 6pm and 9pm sittings
Cost: $80 per person
Sydney Observatory Secret Garden Party
If you’re going to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney, you’ve gotta do it one of best ways possible— heading to the Sydney Observatory with it’s insane harbour and bridge views for their NYE secret garden par-tay, obvs. With a live DJ, drinks and food to get you through the night, this party should seriously be on the top of everyone’s NYE plans. Book here before the tickets sell out (which they will).
Where: Sydney Observatory, Millers Point
When: Sunday 31 December, 7:30pm
Cost: $325 per person
Pink NYE @ Hudson Ballroom
The NYE party going down at Sydney’s Hudson Ballroom is going to be a pastel-packed, explosion of dancing and drinking, all in celebration of the ever so popular shade of millennial pink. Slide into all shades of baby pink and rose gold (so 2017) and prepare for a big ol’ night of R&B tunes that will run long into the morning of 2018.
Where: Hudson Ballroom, CBD
When: 31 December, 9pm to 3am
Cost: $16 to $27, get your tickets here.
NYE @ Bungalow 8
When the legendary DJ Havana Brown is going to be DJ’ing her way into the new year, you know you’re in for a treat. Bungalow 8 is offering private loft balcony packages for you and your mates from $2500 for a group up to 15, which includes champagne, spirits, canapés and (wait for it) luxe service (we don’t know what that means exactly, but we damn well want it). Get your girls, get your guys, and book yourself in here.
Where: Bungalow 8, King Street Warf
When: 31 December, 6pm to 3am
Cost: $55 to $190 per person
New Years Eve In The Park
This super chill and super cute new festival happens in the early arvo of NYE and carries right on through to the New Year in Broadway’s Victoria Park. The festival line up includes Hot Dub Time Machine, Vera Blue and Northeast Party House to name a few, and the arvo will include fireworks, gourmet food stalls and draaaaanks!
Where: Victoria Park, Broadway
When: 31 December, 3pm to 1am
Cost: $79 to $149, get your tickets here
Opera Bar Harbour Side NYE Party
For 15 years, Opera Bar has been hosting the coolest, most sold out NYE parties. This year, Opera Bar will be bringing the best of Miami’s South Beach to our very own Sydney, so think a whole lot of white and pink flamingos, cocktails, and non-stop live entertainment. Get your tickets ASAP before they all sell out, and you’re stuck at home with the parents drinking cheap bubbles at 9pm.
When: Sunday 31 December, 6pm to 2am
Where: Opera Bar, Circular Quay
Cost: $460 per person, includes food and VIP access to Sydney Opera House precinct
NYE @ Hacienda
For a NYE food experience you won’t forget, hit up the Cuban themed NYE party held in the botanical oasis of Hacienda. The menu items include Harisma Kingfish tartare, mini rabbit and quail terrine, mains of Wagyu Vacca fritta, and Portuguese tarts for dessert. And if you needed any more convincing, on arrival you’ll score a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Get your tickets here before they all go.
When: Sunday 31 December, 7:30pm to 12:30am
Where: Hacienda, Circular Quay
Cost: From $449 per person
NYE @ The Ternary
Since fireworks are what New Year’s celebrations in Sydney are all about, the legends at The Ternary are boasting floor to ceiling views of the biggest and best NYE fireworks this year. Overlooking the Sydney skyline, you can perch out on the rooftop, sip on some bottomless champagne and welcome in the New Year in ultimate style. Grab your tickets here.
When: Sunday 31 December, from 5:30pm
Where: The Ternary, Darling Harbour
Cost: $309 per adult, $70 per child
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