Whether you’re keen to get tippled up or devour three times your bodyweight in gingerbread and fruit pies #santabodgoals, Sydney is well and truly gifting you with an infinite number of places to host your Christmas shenanigans this year. With your friends, work mates or otherwise.
Oh yes, 2018 is coming around faster than you can say ‘mistletoe’ but before this glorious year ends, it only makes sense to throw up an epic Chrissy gathering, right? For endless cocktails, Mexican fiestas, rooftop sensations and places to kick-on to, keep on reading team.
Here are all best spots to have a Christmas party this year.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—summer in Sydney means non-stop rooftop bars. And this December Zephyr Bar is the only one you need to know about. With seriously delish cheese boards, espresso martinis and (most importantly) an epic view of the skyline, you now know where you’re heading this Friday night with the crew.
It’s only the mecca for epic rooftop parties (especially if you want your work party to turn swagalicious rather than straight up boring). The Potts Point Hotel sky-high joint serves up a mean Mexican banquet menu among with palms, fairy lights and a killer view. So it’s basically boasting the entire package when it comes to hosting a Christmas partay.
Royal Hotel Paddington
The Royal Hotel in Paddington is hosting the festivus for the rest of us, the brunch to end all brunches, the eggnog-fuelled feeding frenzy to get you through the silly season (thank you foodie gods). The share menu clues all your Christmases coming at once with gingerbread, mince pies, eggnog custard with berries, mini-pancake stacks with berries and honeycomb cream and ahem… all the glazed Christmas ham ever. Book here.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
Because it’s always a tinsel party when beer and pretzels are involved. Yep, whether it’s steins, snacks at the bar or a full-blown dining feast featuring crispy pork knuckles, apfelstrudel, schnitzels and pure Bavarian beer, you’ll be more stuffed than a Christmas turkey should you bunker down right here.
Holla on down to Barangaroo for a corporate Christmas shindig with the food quality akin to cured meat platters, roasted pork belly with apple mousse and florentine mousse to boot. Needless to say, this locale is right in the midst of it all which means soldiering on to a watering hole afterwards and reallyyyyyyy letting your flags fly.
El Camino Cantina
Here’s to more Mexican fiestas (because you can never have too many #sorrynotsorry). If you’re not too fussed on the fact that Santa is about to hit our shores and are more focused on hosting a Christmas party with gigantic margaritas and a tonne of rock n’ roll tunes. Book your Christmas antics here.
King Street Wharf
Wherever you install the start of your Christmas party, be it a restaurant, pub or bar, make sure Cargo is the place you kick on to (New York vibes are what we live for) after all the food has been eaten. Even with their relaunch, Cargo is still King of cocktails and Sultan of space with dancefloors, waterfront seating and bar tables good enough to dance on.
You’ll want to get on booking out China Diner stat for your entire crew because these guys have a heap of semi-exclusive and exclusive options for every group size ever. You can take over the Dining Room out the back or latch onto renting out the Dining Room, Front Diner and Cocktail Bar. This one calls for arrival drinks and delicious canapes. Find all the details here.
Mr. Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco
Introducing basically your one-stop shop for hella good tipple, delicious nosh and one heck of an unforgettable atmosphere—Mr. Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco. We’re talking all the bread and butter, meatloaf, pickled cucumber, braised lamb and spatchcock. And yep, the legend is true—this place is the Tennyson Hotel bottle-o reincarnated as a driveway eatery. Book your Christmas group here.
Massive groups are all welcome at the Paragon beer garden and you’ll be happy to know general space and drinks are not something this place ever goes short on. The open-air bar and bistro on the bottom floor mean an epic and endless supply of pizza, tables and chairs because hey, they know how to host a gathering. Book your Christmas party here.
Yeah no doubt Christmas draaaanks are a glorious thing (that we wish happened more than once a year) and you’ll be happy to know The Fernery is the penultimate place to host them whether it’s for your work clan or your drinking squad. We just feel like there’s no going wrong with a rosé rooftop bar, garden terrace and gin room (dedicated to all things gin, obvs).
Hosting Chrissy antics at the Queens Hotel means there’s something literally for everyone. It’s a pub, restaurant and cocktail bar which means Christmas parties at any time of the day are welcome. For a Cantonese feast hit up the restaurant Queen Chow, for an awesome cocktail bar then The Smelly Goat is your place to be and for smaller Christmas gatherings, the cosy Zebra Bar hideaway throws up epic speakeasy feels.
You better agree with us that Fridays are made for long lunches, cocktails and harbour views, so we’re giving a major shout out to Sailmaker’s Festive Fridays. Oh yeah, it’ll get you in that pre-Christmas spirit. Basically, your Friday’s are sorted, people—you’ll now be sippin’ on bubbles while enjoying a cheeky Christmas spread right here at Sailmaker restaurant (and we know you can’t argue with that). Find more details here.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
If you’d simply rather be sipping on champagne than getting hot and flustered in the kitchen this Christmas Day, you’ll want to check out the luxe Chrissy lunch at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. With a four-hour lunch package, you’ll get to set your gaze on some whiskey and maple glazed ham, a chilled seafood platter and some of Watsons Bay signature beef wellington and TBH, this kinda sounds 100 times than slogging it out in a hot kitchen all day. The details are here.
Having just launched a new menu, now’s literally the perfect time to hit up INDU for your Christmas party needs. Think a modern and fresh take on Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine (you’ve got us sold already), with Christmas cocktails that will have you feeling festive AF. Get more info right here.
If one thing’s for certain, an off the chain Christmas would be spent with bottomless Champagne and harbour views (are we right or are we right?). Why not #splurge a little this Christmas season and spend the big day at Q Dining—we mean, c’mon, is it really a question? Find the details here.
Check out the best Christmas lights in Sydney right here.
Cargo | Image credit: Federica Portentoso