Every Sydney New Year’s Eve Event from Budget to Blowout If You Haven’t Made Plans Yet

Oh, 2021. To be honest, we can’t say we’ll miss you so let’s end this traumatic year with a bang.

Whether you’re eager to see the back of 2021 with a few champagnes in hand, or looking to set a cheerier tone for 2022 by bouncing into it with DJ tunes and a good ol’ d-floor session, a slew of Sydney bars, pubs and restaurants are happy to help.

We’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s best restaurants, rooftop bars and experiences to ring in the New Year with style — no matter your budget. And, if you’ve still got some fight in you, there are some sneaky kick-ons included come New Year’s Day.

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Vic on the Park’s beer garden

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Waywards at the Bank: Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for two jam-packed levels loaded with live bands and DJs. With a lineup like Breadclub, Dom Alessio and Adam Lewis, you won’t be able to resist having a boogie. The best part? Entry will be free all night and the party won’t stop until 4am.

The Bearded Tit: Redfern’s most eclectic and colourful arts bar is hosting a Tit’s NYE Party full of performers and wondrous DJs. Hosted by Betty Grumble, you’re guaranteed to be delighted and entirely entertained for the whole night.

Vic On The Park: The perfect place for all punk fans — kicking off from 8pm is an impressive lineup including punk act, These New South Whales. With Itchy and the Nits and Astrodeath supporting, you won’t be able to resist dancing your way into the new year.

Marly Bar: One of Newtown’s most beloved bars is hosting a Deuces Ball with some of Sydney’s best hip hop and afrobeats DJs spinning the decks all night. Tickets aren’t necessary, so there’s nothing left to do but grab a seat, get comfy and order some juicy burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese and crinkle-cut fries.

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UNDER $50

The Lansdowne: With two levels of live music and a rooftop, The Lansdowne Hotel is hosting one of the biggest NYE parties in the CBD. With Bodega Collective and the Swanky Array team set to take over the venue, join the fun from 9pm till late.

Harbord Hotel: From Las Vegas to Ibiza and Bali, DJ Generik has been creating waves with his energy and distinctive house music style. Generik is no stranger to the stage, and has regularly opened for Calvin Harris in the past. The party kicks off at 5pm and tickets include three drink tokens (your choice of house beer, wine or spirits) that are redeemable before 7pm.

101 George Street: Bid farewell to 2021 alfresco-style under the fireworks.⁠ Tickets include a drink on arrival and access to all the best fireworks vantage points harbourside. With DJ Nitecall spinning a sophisticated mix of obscure funk and Euro groove, good vibes are guaranteed for the entire night.

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UNDER $200

Cafe Freda’s: Cafe Freda’s is running two jam-packed sessions with live entertainment playing throughout the night. With an option of a 6pm seating or a 9:15pm until countdown seating, this will surely make for a special evening in the bright lights of the CBD. The dinner session includes a full dinner set menu and NYE cocktail on arrival, while the party session comes with a grazing snacks menu, cocktail and a glass of bubbles at midnight. 

NYE in the Park: With tickets still available, this is one of the best events to get the most bang for your buck. Headliners include ILLY, PNAU, Spacey Jane, The Presets and What So Not — just to name a few. The best part? You’ll get to experience the full firework show without having to battle the crowds at Sydney Harbour. 

Wharf Bar: Enjoy front row seats for the local harbourside fireworks before Touch Sensitive takes the decks. The music marathon continues on New Year’s Day with homegrown heroes Winston Surfshirt warming up the dance floor from 3pm till midnight. 

Butter Block Party: Sydney’s most hyped dining concept, Butter, has gained a cult following for their stores which combine rare sneakers, fancy champagne and hot fried chicken. Now, they’re throwing their very first exclusive outdoor, openair courtyard party to say goodbye to 2021. There are three different ticket packages (silver, gold or platinum) that include a range of goodies from a beverage on arrival to a feast of canapes.

Monopole: Travel back to the 80s with a nostalgic lineup of classic snacks, vintage wines and greatest hits. Think devilled eggs, prawn cocktails and a show-stopping bombe alaska to finish. Dress to impress and dance the night away until 2am. Details here. 

Smoke Bar at Barangaroo House: The team at Barangaroo House have teamed up with Patrón to host a night to remember. With an all-star line-up including Late Nite Tuff Guy, Lazy Wax and Ariane, there’s something for everyone. Tickets include canapes (think oysters, beef tartare tartlets and crispy chicken), live entertainment & a Paloma spritz on arrival.

Frank Mac’s: Calling all gin lovers – say farewell to 2021 with a boozy celebration right in the heart of The Rocks. Tickets include a drink on arrival, bubbles at midnight, and most importantly, unique access to George Street for the spectacular fireworks displays. Did we mention that the cocktail bar also serves more than 100 juniper blends sourced from all corners of the globe? You’re welcome. Bookings are available here.

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Taronga Zoo via DNSW

BLOWOUT

Sydney Tower Eye: Arguably the best seat in the city for Sydney’s iconic firework show – enjoy 360-degree views of the city as you countdown to the New Year with a truly unforgettable experience. With a glass of champagne in hand, choose one of two time slots (9pm or midnight) and decide how high you want to go.

Botswana Butchery: Following in the footsteps of its popular sister restaurants in Queenstown and Auckland, Botswana Butchery is Sydney’s newest premium CBD rooftop. Entry is inclusive of a premium four-hour food and beverage package full of free-flowing G.H. Mumm Champagne, beer, wine and spirits. 

Taronga Zoo: Don’t feel like braving the crowds in the CBD? Secure a spot at one of Taronga Zoo’s vantage points instead and enjoy a front-row seat of the Harbour fireworks. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks to the event, or alternatively, grab a bite to eat at the Food Market – there will be a variety of snacks (hot chips, homemade meat pies and sandwiches) as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on offer. 

Hickson House: The legends at Hickson House are no stranger to a celebration, with the part working distillery and part destination cocktail bar set in the former Saatchi & Saatchi garage – the location of many infamous warehouse parties. DJs Lavida and Aidan Bega will be in charge of the tunes, with canapes and cocktails set to be served throughout the evening. And to make things more memorable, tickets also include access to view the fireworks at Campbells Cove – less than a minute’s walk from Hickson House.

Opera Bar: Opera Bar is back again with another iconic harbour-side party – and it’s set to be better than ever. With live music and entertainment from Bermuda Social, Soulphonics, Dark Horse and Natural Selector, you’ll be able to dance the night away with non-stop entertainment. Tickets are inclusive of an unlimited amount of food from multiple stalls, so grab a bite to eat as you watch the sun set behind the Opera House and count down the hours until 2022.

Aria: Aria is hosting two luxurious NYE dining experiences set against one of the best views of Sydney Harbour. For $300, you can enjoy a four-course dinner from 5pm – think wagyu striploin 9+, murray cod and smoked eel parfait. The early seating gives you plenty of time to wander off to your next destination or catch the 9pm fireworks. Alternatively, Aria’s NYE Main Event kicks off from 7:30pm and will set you back $1,450 per head – don’t worry, you won’t be having any regrets after feasting on executive chef Thomas Gorringe’s six-course tasting menu. It features plenty of champagne and wine throughout the night and, most importantly, you’ll get to watch the fireworks happening mere metres away.


Published on December 22, 2021 by Ailene Wu

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