I’m not going to pretend this is a comprehensive list of Sydney’s best New Year’s Eve parties – because it’s not. Quite frankly, I’m too busy planning my NYE pizza party with my cat to scour the best parties for you to get drunk at.
Instead, this is simply a list of New Year’s parties that caught my eye – and if you know of others then feel free to list them in the comments section at the bottom of this story:
1) O Bar and Dining
For one of the best (and revolving) views in Sydney, as well as food by chef Michael Moore, try MasterCard’s Priceless New Year’s Eve celebration at O Bar and Dining, which is on level 47 of the Australia Square building.
Available only to MasterCard cardholders, three New Year’s Eve packages are available:
- Package 1 – A six-course menu at a sought-after window table, $495 per person
- Package 2 – A six-course menu, $425 per person
- Package 3 – Substantial canapés at the O Bar, $320 per person
It runs from 7.30pm until 2am.
You can book at www.pricelesssydney.com.au/nye
Address: Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney.
2) 360 Bar & Dining
360 (at the top of Sydney Tower) says it will turn into “a James Bond-style casino so guests can experience a lavish evening of celebrations.”
Tickets cost $450 a person and include canapés, food stations throughout the night and all beverages (excluding spirits). You can upgrade to a booth table for $100 per person with two bottles of champagne (minimum of four people).
It runs from 8pm-2am. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8223 3883.
Address: 100 Market Street, Sydney
There’s no view but the food, cocktails and music ought to be good at Longrain’s New Year’s Eve bash.
For $140 per person there’s a cocktail on arrival, a special banquet menu designed by executive chef Martin Boetz as well as tunes by DJ Suzy Q & Del Larkin.
To book, phone Longrain Sydney on 02 9280 2888
Address: 85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
4) Sugarmill, Kit & Kaboodle, Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ
If you’re going to be in the Cross on New Year’s Eve then you at least want to be on a rooftop – and this party offers four hours of flowing bevvies and BBQ-styled canapés (it starts at 7pm) before the action shifts downstairs to Kit & Kaboodle.
Tickets start from $150 – phone 9368 7333.
Address: 33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
5) Botanic Gardens Restaurant
If other people bug you then the Botanic Gardens Restaurant says it offers “a crowd-free experience from one of Sydney’s finest vantage points”.
You’ll have access to the private lawns to watch the 9pm and midnight fireworks, there’ll be a champagne and oyster bar as well as a seven-course degustation in the restaurant and entertainment by LaFiesta Sound System.
It costs $500 per person, runs from 6.00pm-1.00am and is strictly an adults only event.
To find out more and book, go to the Botanic Gardens Restaurant website
6) Manly Wine
Get in for an early three-course dinner before heading out to see the fireworks. We’re told that complimentary bubbles or a blonde will be offered with every booking, although they don’t specify what kind of blonde. I’m assuming they’re not talking about air hostesses.
It starts at 6pm and tickets are from $55. Phone 8966 9000.
Address: 8-13 South Steyne, Manly NSW 2095
7) Clark Island
For the first time, Clark Island in Sydney Harbour National Park will host a New Year’s Eve party.
Located off the tip of Darling Point near Double Bay, Clark Island ought to offer good views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
For $440 per adult you’ll get ferry transfers, all food (including a gourmet hamper and a BBQ), selected drinks and entertainment. More information and tickets are available from www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/nye.
The organisers say the island will be “transformed into a stunning party environment, with its trees and natural landscape beautifully illuminated to create a magical atmosphere. Dotted around the island will be table settings and picnic blankets with oversized cushions where guests can relax.”
Sydney band Soul Patrol will play jazz, funk and soul tunes.
Absinthesalon is having a closed-door celebration in Bohemian style with absinthe, canapés, sweet treats and entertainment.
Their three absinthe maximum per person still applies but before the bell tolls at the changing of the year you will be preparing your own “Death at Midnight” – absinthe and champagne.
Sir Nycholas, the Lord of Misrule, will preside over the occasion, delivering wit, theatre and bawdy ballads aplenty. Revellers are encouraged to wear feathers and all expressions of attire.
It costs $100 per person and runs from 10pm until midnight Monday 31st December 2012.
Booking and payment must be pre-paid to secure your seat and can be made at the Salon by calling 02 9211 6632 or emailing email email@example.com.
Numbers are strictly limited to 30 and not many seats are left … so be prompt!
9) Gazebo Wine Garden and The Winery
Both the Gazebo in Elizabeth Bay and The Winery in Surry Hills are offering a three-course dinner starting at 6pm with complimentary bubbles from $99.
Call 9357 5333 to book for the Gazebo (2 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay) and 9331 0833 for the Winery (285A Crown Street, Surry Hills)