New Year’s Eve antics can be a pain to organise so we’ve compiled the absolute best of the best locations to ring in 2019 if you accidentally (on purpose) left organising it to the last minute.
Whether you’re keen to jump ship from the city and embark on a NYE road trip down south, love a good all-you-can-eat seafood feast, are chilled as a cucumber and happy enough to celebrate the midnight shenanigans with a bacon cheeseburger or you’ve been picturing yourself whippin’ away on Manly Wharf with Yolanda Be Cool, we’ve got the right party scene for you.
Here’s everywhere to celebrate NYE in Sydney if you left organising your celebrations to the last minute.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Crack open a cold one and gaze over those sparkly harbour views at the iconic Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel this NYE. With headliner MUTO kicking off those midnight beats, you can watch the fireworks light up the skyline to see in 2019. And in case you want to head over again for your NYD kick-ons, Client Liaison are spinning across two levels of the iconic waterfront venue on January 1. You’ll be able to soak up that hangover with the sun, the views and the dynamic duo’s signature 80s vibes all arvo. Keen.
Cost: $154 - $287 per person
These legends have lined up the best live entertainment with Hot Dub Time Machine and will be spinning tracks until the early morning. You’ll want to don your best florals and tropic-wear because this one is preaching all things Old Havana (until 2am). Head here for more details
Cost: $495 per person
Old Town Hong Kong
We’re praising the heroes over at Old Town Hong Kong Barangaroo because our 2019 bellies were born for an all-you-can-eat Hong Kong and seafood-style feast. We’d go HAM on the wok fried pipis in XO sauce or the deep-fried soft-shell crab. Head here to book.
Cost: $100 — $150 per person
Canapés and cocktails, name a more iconic NYE celebratory duo. This eight-course meal is making all our tummies super happy right now, so, for the ultimate foodie fest, you’ll want to book your tickets to Birch and embrace your first official 2019 road trip. Head here to book your spot now.
Cost: $160 per person
The Squire's Landing
Spending NYE in a harbourside microbrewery sounds like a damn good idea to us. With some of the best-uninterrupted views of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, the price tag is well-worth the sights. Choose between several locations for your crew and chow down on the freshest seafood imaginable. Head here for more.
Cost: $450 — $1000 per person
For neon lights and 70s vibes, your best bet is Misfits. You’ll be in the presence of good food, killer tracks and cocktails. Of course, we got you covered with the best bacon cheeseburger along with a pannacotta that’ll knock your party socks off. Head here for all the details.
Endeavour Tap Rooms
You’ll be getting tap beer or wine upon arrival along with a four-course dinner, so we can’t fault Endeavour Tap Rooms. This place can be your pit stop before another party because they’re seating patrons as early as 6pm, so eat up and party on. Head here for more.
Cost: $80 per person
Tapavino is kicking off the new year with a Spanish fiesta featuring a sit-down dinner full of the freshest seafood you’ll find in Sydney and chorizo sliders or burgos morcilla. If you just want to watch the fireworks, spend another $50 and hit the bar to sling back some cocktails in prime view of the midnight light show. Head here for all the info.
Cost: $50 — $90 per person
Bistro Mosman is bringing us the biggest French foodie feast this festive season. Sip on some bubbly and devour some steak tartare, bomb frites or go for sautéed potato and ricotta gnocchi and you’ll be running on a high all night. Head here for all the details.
Cost: $145 per person
If you want a touch of NYC this NYE, head over to East Village in Darlinghurst. You’ll get an epic view and cocktail on arrival. But most importantly, a selection of frosé and frozen margarita slushies are available all night long. Head here to book.
Cost: $100 per person
The Australian Heritage Hotel
Pizza is the only way to start your new year right. The Australian Heritage Hotel is kicking back with Aussie themed pizzas from the coat of arms. Yup, that’s right. Half emu, half kangaroo with bush tomato and lemon myrtle mayo. These guys slay the g’day. Head here for the details.
Spiced By Billu's
At Billu’s this NYE, you’re in for on massive Indian feed with a waterfront view of the good stuff. Start your four-course feast off with assorted pappadams and chicken malai and brace yourself for drunken lobster and the best butter chicken around. Head here for more.
Cost: $85 per person
Manly Wharf Hotel
You’ll be hitting up Manly Wharf for both the NYE and NYD party. With Kid Kenobi and Yolanda Be Cool laying down some sick beats, you can kick back with canapés and a complimentary drink to celebrate the start of 2019. Head here to book your spot.
Cost: $30 — $70 per person
Untied is stepping it up a notch this NYE with a rooftop party by the harbour pumping to the chill and house sounds of POOLCLVB. The line-up will also feature sounds from Chivalry, Katie Champion and Charles Oliver ie. you’re in for a wicked one. Head here for more.
Cost: $140 per person
Potts Point has some of the best views of the Sydney Harbour, so The Butler is our saviour for throwing this shindig. With an eight-course menu and champers, we don’t even feel worthy. Plus, there’s the option for a two-hour beverage package for a slight extra fee, but it’s very much worth it. Head here for all the details.
Cost: $195 per person
Bannisters Hotels In Mollymook
In case you want to get out of the Sydney tourist trap, The Bannisters at Mollymook is bringing us the best coastal NYE festivities. Head over to their Sea Pool Bar or the Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill for a night of nibbles, gourmet pizzas and bubbly upon arrival. Head here for more.
Cost: $75 — $90 per person
Our newest Middle Eastern fave Tayim is heading up the countdown this December 31. Their meals are what dreams are made of, from grilled rainbow trout to oysters with lemon oyzo. We’ll save you the trouble, you need to book this one right here.
Cost: $200 — $500 per person
And here are a bunch of free things to do in Sydney this December.
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