New Years’ Eve in Sydney is one of the most overhyped nights of the year. There, we said it. As a result, most (if not all) of us have been left seriously disappointed by plans that didn’t live up to our expectations.
No one wants to spend all day reserving a fireworks vantage point only to have the view blocked by drunk revellers, nor do we want to have to wade our way through the ridiculous amount of people lining the harbour.
Instead, why not avoid the crowds altogether and spend a low-key night with delicious food, great drinks and even better company at a cool restaurant, pub or bar? Here are our top picks for a memorable, relaxed NYE outside of the packed Sydney Harbour.
1. The Clare Bar, Chippendale
How does a house party without the clean-up sound to you? That’s exactly what’s on offer at The Clare Bar’s Anti-NYE party. There are three ticket tiers available, ranging from $100 to $400, all which include bar credit and drinks on arrival – ideal for those seeking those chilled-out house party vibes with awesome food, great wine and killer cocktails.
2. NYE in the Park, Broadway
Send off 2018 in festival style with some of the country’s best acts at NYE in the Park, coming to Victoria Park for its second year. The lineup includes The Presets, The Jungle Giants, Hayden James, Hot Dub Time Machine, Thundamentals, Confidence Man and more. Tickets are selling fast, but you can still grab final release and VIP tickets. Hurry!
3. Kobe Jones, Darling Harbour
Three words: Twelve. Course. Degustation. Head to the iconic Kobe Jones on King St Wharf for a Japanese feast of epic proportions, complete with a glass of Moet et Chandon on arrival and a range of wine and beer throughout the night. If you want to get in and out of the city early, opt for the 5:30pm sitting for $169 per person and beat the crowds, otherwise, come in for the 8:45pm sitting at $199 per person and stay to enjoy the fireworks!
4. Newport Arms Hotel, Newport
Want to steer clear of the CBD altogether? Spend NYE in style in the beer garden at the Newport Arms Hotel, overlooking the stunning marina. And just because you’re away from the harbour doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss the pyrotechnics – the Newport has fireworks at 9pm and midnight. The best part? Entry is free before 7pm and just $20 afterwards.
5. The Imperial, Erskineville
Ring in the new year with some of the country’s best drag stars at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville. Hosted by drag queens ETC ETC and Miss Jojo Zaho, this fabulous event is spread out over the Imperial’s three floors, which will be filled with amazing tunes, dancing and performance. There are a few tickets left for just $25, so grab them while you can. Yass queen!
6. Sweethearts Rooftop, Potts Point
Potts Point Hotel may be smack-bang in Kings Cross, but its Sweethearts Rooftop is perched high above Darlinghurst Road, offering a little escape from the hustle and bustle. Tickets start at $100 for a four-hour unlimited beverages and canapes package, DJs, views of the Potts Point skyline, and free entry to the Boogie Mountain after party.
7. New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruise
If you’re keen on seeing the fireworks from the best spot in the city – but still want to stay away from the hordes of revellers lining the harbour – you’ve still got one incredible option. Spend six hours cruising on a luxury catamaran with Goodtime Harbour Cruises featuring canapes, an open bar, and a stand-up buffet stocked with seafood, pasta, desserts and more. It’s a little pricier at $525, but that’s a massive saving of $274, and it’ll be a night you’ll remember forever.
8. Nick and Nora’s, Parramatta
Get out of the city entirely and head over to Parramatta for one of the coolest NYE parties in the west. Celebrate in flapper style with Nick and Nora’s Great Gatsby New Years Eve Party, where you’ll get a few drinks and roving canapes, plus incredible views of the Western Sydney fireworks (and even a glimpse of the harbour!) for $140.
Happy new year!