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Xmas 101** Sydney’s Perfect Party Venues This Silly Season

 With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, Sydney Social 101 has pulled together a snapshot of Sydney’s most iconic venues and activities over the festive period.

There is bound to be the perfect place to party this December and ring in the New Year.


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Sebel Pier One

Enjoy the Sydney life-style and indulge in a Christmas Lunch Buffet with harbour views. We choose only the freshest seafood so, depending on the markets, the buffet selection may comprise of fresh prawns, fresh Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, Atlantic salmon, calamari, BBQ baby octopus, mussels Provencale, oven baked whole fish and more… The buffet will also include your traditional Christmas Day roasts including ham and turkey.

The Sebel Pier One Sydney is pleased to offer a sumptuous Christmas Day Lunch Buffet dining experience in all three venues:

Water @ Pier One (12pm-3pm) – $249* per adult;

offering breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and North Sydney.

Dawes Point Room (12pm-3pm) – $220* per adult;

offering water views over Walsh Bay

Front Restaurant (1pm-4pm) – $220* per adult;

dining on and over the water with views of Walsh Bay

Our Christmas Lunch Buffet package includes:

Full Christmas Buffet lunch with fresh seafood and traditional roasts

3-hour beverage package of selected beer, wine and soft drinks

A very special visit from Santa Claus for the kids!

Enjoy Sydney Harbour views and each others company over a delightful buffet lunch from only $220* per adult. Children aged 4-12 years receive a 50% discount and children under 3 dine free.

For Christmas Day lunch enquiries please call 02 8298 9999 or email.


*Full payment must be made at time of booking and is non-refundable or transferable. Valid for one buffet sitting only. We strongly advise making reservations well in advance, as this offer is subject to limited availability. Not valid in conjunction with any other packages or special offers.

The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks will be getting festive this December with a special Christmas pizza with turkey, ham and cranberries, and a neighbourhood Christmas party. The venue will be open as usual on Christmas Eve and for those who want to find a bit of “true blue” Aussie in the Rocks on New Year’s Eve, The Australian will be the place to be with a BBQ, over 100 beers and delicious pizzas to ring in the new year in true Aussie style.

Across the road at The Glenmore, there will be an Orphan’s Christmas Party on Christmas Eve with Santa drink specials from 7-8pm and a DJ on the iconic rooftop until late. Partygoers undecided on what to do this New Year’s Eve will be pleased to know that a number of limited spots are still available for The Glenmore rooftop. Tickets are just $299 per person and include three hours of premium drinks and canapés from 7.30-10.30pm, as well as a complimentary glass of Moet Chandon at midnight and top musical entertainment to dance the night away.

For those in the Inner West, The Royal in Leichhardt will be playing host to a raft of live music until late on Christmas Eve with Christmas ham giveaways for a last minute gift or the perfect addition to a Chrissy lunch. The Royal will also be hosting a neighbourhood Christmas party with a petting farm, face painting and live entertainment on Sunday 22 December. The venue will also be open until 4am on New Year’s Eve with live entertainment.

New Year

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The Bar at the End of the Wharf

Celebrate in style this New Year’s Eve at one of Sydney’s best vantage points to ring in 2014, at The Bar at the End of the Wharf, located at the Sydney Theatre Company in Walsh Bay.

Not only will you have a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Sydney Harbour fireworks display, get ready to eat and drink the night away enjoying live entertainment by The Kundalini Experience (DJ Marc ‘Kundalini’ + live Sax & Percussion) and exquisite food by the talented kitchen team of NSW’s best caterer Fresh Catering.

The End of the Year Party at The Bar at the End of the Wharf is $350 per person. Kicking off at 7pm, there’ll be live entertainment throughout the night, a superb array of canapés and champagne and the best view of the spectacular fireworks! An extravaganza of colour and a feast for the senses!

Please visit to purchase your tickets.

The End of The Year at The End of the Wharf Party The Bar at the End of the Wharf
Tuesday 31st December 2013 from 7pm Tickets are $350pp (including GST plus booking fee)

Bradleys Head

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and Bradleys Head will be home to a fantastic experience for the whole family to enjoy in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Families can celebrate the new year at one of the best vantage points on the harbour to experience the fireworks and world class Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Children will be entertained by a circus workshop and popular children’s band The Dodadums while adults will be able to enjoy the sounds of Ginger and the Ghost, Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers, Caitlin Harnett, Jordan Millar and Marcus Corowar.

This all ages venue on the north side of the harbour offers uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, giving families a memorable experience and natural stage to watch the celebrations un fold. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic hamper and bring a rug to the event.

Tickets to Bradleys Head are $50 for adults, $25 for children and $125 for a family of four (two adults, two children) and children under the age of five enter for free.

Numbers for this alcohol and glass-free event are strictly limited. Tickets are available at

New Year’s Eve 2013 at Darling Harbour

FREE entertainment across Darling Harbour on New Year’s Eve will see Sydney’s premier party destination in full celebration as the clock counts-down to midnight on Tuesday, 31 December 2013.

Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Darling Harbour will host a string of family-friendly live entertainment from 7.30pm at Harbourside Amphitheatre and on the barge stage at the southern end of Cockle Bay.

Chinese Lion Dancers and an Electric Dragon believed to bring luck and happiness will present an exciting performance of dance, drums and cymbals.

Families will also find dazzling Fire-shows at Darling Harbour, where Leo Bonne’s talented team of stunt-experts will showcase breathtaking fire juggling, fire twirling, fire eating and flame throwing – all choreographed to a lively and dynamic party soundtrack.

Heart pounding and visually-vibrant Pyro Light Shows with gas jets and other exciting features are also sure to amp-up the party atmosphere at Darling Harbour, before spectacular Fireworks at 9.00pm and midnight ignite the skies above Cockle Bay.

Families are encouraged to arrive early to nab the best viewing spots along Darling Harbour’s foreshore. A world-class variety of food and beverage outlets will be trading and visitors are welcome to take their own pic nic. Importantly however, Darling Harbour will be a glass-free zone and strictly no BYO alcohol will be permitted.

Public transport is advised as the best mode of travel, with road closures to be enforced. Extra train, bus and light-rail services will be available to-and-from Darling Harbour.

Those who choose to drive will not be able to park at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre car park, which will be closed from 9 December 2013 for development of the new Darling Harbour Live facilities. Limited parking will be available at Sydney Entertainment Centre car park, Harbourside and 10 parking stations in the CBD within 250m walking distance of Darling Harbour.

For more information about Darling Harbour New Year’s Eve 2013 and other festive season events at Darling Harbour, see Also tune-in for updates via the Darling Harbour YouTube Channel, follow @darlingharbour on Twitter, Instagram or check-out the Darling Harbour page on Facebook.

For transport information, visit For traffic information, call 132 701



– Cockle Bay, 9pm and 12am: NYE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR


Award-winning hospitality company, The Keystone Group, has every base covered to ensure you and your friends ring in the New Year in style come the last day of December. Its premium bars and venues across Sydney cater for every taste, and will be offering everything from guest appearances by international music and performance artists, complimentary drinks packages for your party to get the celebrations underway, and more… Where will you choose?


Hedkandi at Bungalow 8 & theloft: ‘NYE Carnivale on the Harbour’

Global house superbrand Hedkandi joins forces with Bungalow 8 & theloft to present the NYE 2013 Carnivale on Sydney’s stunning harbour. From 6 – 9pm, over 14 live international artists will perform across two levels beneath Sydney’s world famous NYE fireworks display.

Bungalow 8 General Admission

–          First Release $69

–          Second Release $79

–          Final Release $89


Bungalow 8 VIP package: $150

–          Cocktail on arrival

–          Six-piece premium canapé package

–          3 hour discount drinks offer, including beer, wine and spirits


At the same time as the Carnivale, waterfront cocktail lounge theloft will be hosting DJs throughout the night across both levels, bringing world-class views and a superb soundtrack to your celebrations.

Loft VIP package $225

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          4 hour drinks discount offer, including cocktails and spirits, from 6 – 10pm

–          10-piece premium canapés

Platinum Package – $3000/10 people max/4 hours

–          Private area for duration of evening, with personal tray service staff

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          4 hour Premium beverage package including cocktails and spirits

–          10-piece premium canapés

–          2 x magnums of Tattinger Champagne served at midnight

–          Ketel One Bottle

Ultimate Package – $5000/10 people

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          Premium Package inclusive of spirits for the night

–          10-piece premium canapés

–          2 x magnums of Tattinger Champagne served at midnight

Tickets and packages can be purchased at; the ticket will provide entry to both levels all night, however the package is only available in theloft.



For those that would like to get into the spirit of the occasion early, Gazebo will offer guests Moët & Chandon magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. The a la carte dining will continue as normal so you can enjoy a selection of light snacks and salads, alongside wagyu steak, fresh fish, and gourmet burgers before the party really kicks off.


The Winery

Crown Street’s most stylish drink and dining institution The Winery will offer all NYE guests Veuve Cliquot magnums at just $130 between 4-5pm . A la carte will be available during magnum hour.


Newly-opened restaurant-bar Rushcutters will offer Taittinger magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. A special four-course menu, including sharing plates of oysters, marinated sardines, and smoked pork loin, plus grilled rib-eye and poached Barossa chicken and choice of desserts is available for $120pp in the Dining Room from 5.30pm.


Manly Wine

Luxury northern beaches cocktail bar Manly Wine will offer Moet & Chandon magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. A la carte dining from their new menu will be available all evening until late.


Newtown Hotel

Newtown Hotel will be closed for NYE, but will reopen on New Year’s Day with the unique Bob Log 111, Donny Benet and Shag set to perform. US native Bob Log has made a career as a blues punk guitar one-man-band and will delight with his musical and sartorial stylings as he plays his silvertone archtop guitar whilst wearing a full human cannonball suit complete with motorcycle helmut wired to a telephone receiver. Joining Bob will be Donny Benet, widely hailed as the new poster boy of Italo funk disco. Armed with a drum machine, slick bass and a Moog synthesizer with a pitch blender that won’t stop, Benet is set to deliver a sound full of sophistication, sexuality and street heat. Festivities will be kicking off from 3pm.


Join ivy POOLCLUB for this night of nights as they celebrate the end of an astounding year and brazenly welcome 2014, with headlining DJ’s –  Baby Gee, Natnoiz, Matt Nugent, Brendan King, MickyD & Pro-Gram.



When: Tuesday December 31st

Where: ivy Pool Club 330 George St, Sydney

Doors Open: 7.30pm

Cost:  $73.70 (tickets for Pool Club only)




Ivy Mainroom will be the ultimate New Year’s Eve destination with an epic LOST & FOUND event  featuring a smashing line-up of international DJs including the legendary Danny TenagliaBicep, Cyril Hahn, Will Saul and a host of home grown talent.




When: Tuesday December 31st

Where: ivy 330 George St, Sydney

Doors Open: 6.00pm

Cost: General Admission $119.65 (entry to Mainroom only)



BLACK by ezard

12:00pm – 3:30pm – $125pp six-course Christmas lunch menu5:30pm – 9:30pm – a la carte dinner menu

For those wanting to hand over the cooking ‘reins’ to the experts on Christmas Day, Chef Teage Ezard’s delicious spread will leave guests spoilt for choice. The six course feast for $125 per person will feature roasted, seasonal Spencer Gulf Prawns in chilli dressing, with a salad of avocado, young coconut, mango, pomelo, Thai basil and crispy shallots; a tasty 300 day grain-fed Angus steak with cauliflower, bone marrow and gremolata; and a warm couverture ganache, dulce de leche ice cream and peanut butter mousse.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit –


12:00pm – 3:30pm – $105pp/$75pp for children 5-12 years, free for kids under 5, four-course Christmas lunch menu 6:30pm – 9:30pm – a la carte dinner menu

Sydney’s godfather of Italian cuisine, owner and restaurateur, Stefano Manfredi, has prepared a scrumptious four course lunch which includes some Christmas classics with his own Italian twist. Guests are encouraged to share, family-style, dishes such as a seafood salad of prawn, calamari, octopus, mussels and clams;  saffron potato gnocchi with spanner crab, zucchini, chilli and garlic; hot roast turkey with all the trimmings; and sweet panettone custard pudding to finish.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit –


 12:00pm – 2:30pm – $140pp 5-course lunch menu/$70pp Lunch Bento for children 5-12 years, free for kids under 5Enjoy a non-traditional Christmas feast as modern Japanese genius, Chase Kojima takes you on a flavour journey.  Commencing with a platter of mixed traditional sashimi and spicy tuna crispy rice, and traversing through Moreton Bay Bugs and caramelised miso cod, this 5-course $140 lunch menu culminates in a Wagyu beef roast with Sokyo dipping sauces, before a final course of sweet treats.  With a very special Bento Box on offer for the kids, this is Christmas lunch, but not as you know it.


Garden Buffet

11:00am – 1:00pm or 1:30pm – 3:30pm – $78pp or $35 for children under 12 (4 years and younger eat free) buffet lunch menu5:00pm – 7:00pm or 7:30pm – 9:30pm – $72pp or $35 for children under 12 (4 years and younger eat free) buffet dinner menu

This Christmas, treat yourself to a delicious Christmas meal at The Star’s Garden Buffet, with all of your holiday favourites, including maple honey mustard glazed ham, fresh shucked oysters and roast turkey with sage and cranberry jus.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit –

The Food Quarter and Fat Noodle will also be getting into the Christmas spirit for the day, with a range of special offers and menu offerings.

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