Inspired by 1950s and ‘60s glamour girls of the silver screen such as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, the Victoria Room will have a 1950s-themed New Year’s Eve party.
There’ll be a martini trolley and guests will be offered a Manhattan before sitting down to a three-course dinner. There’ll also be a live jazz ensemble so you can boogie to Rat Pack classics.
Tickets cost $135 per person and include canapés on arrival and a three-course dinner. To book a table call 02 9357 4488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Victoria Room, level one, 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.
Those who want to go further back in time can try the 1920s themed party at The Loft. They claim it’ll be an “anything goes” jazz-age party, with cocktails on arrival, unlimited bar service until midnight (including free Moet champagne) plus oysters, chocolate-dipped strawberries and canapés. Entertainment includes burlesque performer Rachel St James, soul act Grover plus DJs Pete Dolso and Kirsty Lee. $234 (including booking fee), go to the Moshtix site to purchase.
From 6pm to 3am, 3 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, see The Loft website
Another 1920s-themed party (I suspect Underbelly has a lot to answer for) is at the Shangri-La Hotel’s Altitude Restaurant and Blu Bar, which is 36 levels up and with a view that directly faces the harbour (the photo above actually shows the Shangri-La’s view). For $840 per person you get a seven-course degustation meal with matching wines, champagne and arguably the best view in Sydney. Call 9250 6247 or email email@example.com to book.
Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney.
A more affordable alternative is at Bel Mondo, which isn’t as high up but still has good views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. For $330 per person you get a degustation menu that includes pan-fried scallops with confit pork belly, as well as grain-fed beef tenderloin with goats cheese ravioli, plus there’ll be a live band (The Capitals). Go to Bel Mondo’s website or phone 9241 3700 to book.
Bel Mondo, Gloucester Walk, The Rocks.
If you value cocktails over views then the Eau-de-Vie party might be for you. Tickets are $100 per person including canapés, champagne at midnight and four cocktails. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0422 263 226.
From 7pm-2am, Eau de Vie, 229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Get funky at Zeta, which has themed its party after The Jacksons. The band Brown Sugar will be performing hits from Michael Jackson, Janet and the Jackson 5, as well as a host of other R&B hits. Tickets are $85.90 (including booking fee) – book at Moshtix or contact Deni Di Filippo on 0417 558 894.
Zeta Bar, Level 4, Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney CBD.
Be quick if you want to go to the NYE dance party at Ivy, with first release tickets already sold out (the others start from $106.55 including the booking fee). The party takes in all of Ivy’s venues including the general admission Ivy bar and The Lawn, plus there’ll be VIP ticketed areas in The Den and Ivy Lounge as well as Pool Club and Changeroom. Pool Club VIP tickets (for $311.20 including booking fee) offer exclusive access to Pool Club and Changeroom where there’ll be private sets from DJs Erick Morillo and Dimitri From Paris. Book at Moshtix
Ivy, 330 George Street, Sydney. Phone 9240 3000 or see the Ivy website.
It’s hard to get closer to the fireworks than at Wildfire, where for $350 per person you’ll get hot and cold canapés, drinks and live entertainment that includes Gelato (featuring Natalie Conway), The Audio Thieves and Members of Femme Fatales.
Wildfire, 8pm-2am, Overseas Passenger Terminal. See the Wildfire website for details.