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Social Spy** Donny’s Bar launch

There is a new destination in Manly that could be described as the ultimate space for wining, dining and socialising, with an exquisite cocktail menu, boutique beer, warm and inviting surrounds topped off with a delightful selection of Asian inspired tapas and dumplings. So it was fitting that this intimate bar was called Donny’s Bar, ‘donny’ being an ancient Asian word that translates to: “the perfect environment for a social gathering”.


Sydney Social 101 was invited to the official launch party! Co-owners Matt Clifton and Tol Broinowski hosted the launch of Donny’s Bar- the hottest new Small Bar located over the Bridge!

A mix of Sydney Socials and Northern Beaches Locals sipped signature Donny’s Bar cocktails, snacking on Asian style tapas including Wagyu Sliders and Pork Buns.

The crowd was kept entertained with live music by OXBLVD well into the night.


Donny’s Bar is the realisation of a dream for business partners Matt Clifton and Tol Broinowski. Together they envisioned an exciting new addition to Manly’s bar and dining offering, with a unique venue for locals to relax and unwind. Manly is home to a burgeoning small bar scene, which is something both Matt and Tol want to be a part of and support. Along with their team of talented chefs, ‘mixologists’ and wait staff, most of whom are Manly locals themselves, Matt and Tol hope  to offer something fresh and original to the local Manly community, bringing a little bit of New York to the famous beachside suburb.


Donny’s Bar offers a selection of dumplings and tapas, perfect for sharing, whilst also offering a more formal dining experience in the upstairs space. The bar menu features a tempting selection of dumplings including BBQ pork buns, prawn Gar-gee and organic vegetable dumplings, as well as Modern Australian tapas with a slight Asian influence. The main menu includes a selection of gourmet burgers and classic Australian favourites with a Donny’s twist. Head Chef Richi Dia, originally from Japan, has decades of experience creating both Asian and European cuisine, and has spent much of his career in fine dining venues. The result is a refreshingly modern menu, featuring an inspired combination of flavours, finished off with Richi’s unmatched eye for detail and presentation. This is bar food on a whole new level.


The Donny’s Bar drinks menu shows just as much thought and attention to detail, offering a divine collection of in-house speciality cocktails, local beers and handpicked selection of wines from Australia, New Zealand and France. Some of the Donny’s Bar cocktails include the floral ‘Blueberry n Rose Bramble’ with Plymouth gin, house made rose syrup and a blueberry float, as well as some further Asian inspired references including the ‘Bonsai’ with muddled cucumber, Plymouth gin, applies lime and mint and the fruity ‘Shanghai’ with raspberry, cranberry, Absolute Elyx, cherry bitters and lemongrass syrup topped with sparkling wine. Sure to be the perfect addition to an evening spent relaxing over tapas with friends!

Matt has extensive experience working for some of the hottest bars and restaurants both locally and internationally. Born and raised in country NSW, Matt moved to Manly where he managed Minsky’s in Cremorne. He then spent over 5 years in USA working in the Los Angeles and New York hospitality scenes, before moving back to Australia to work for Merivale Group. During his time there he managed The Beresford and then Operations at The Ivy. It was while working at The Beresford that Matt met business partner Tol Broinowski.

Tol is a Melbournian who grew up travelling all around the world. Having settled in Sydney many years ago, Tol has been working in bars for over 10 years – always with the ultimate goal to one day own his own. Tol has worked for some of the city’s largest hospitality groups including Solotel, Hugo’s Group, Keystone, Merivale and Drink and Dine, and brings a wealth of experience to the partnership.

Donny’s Bar brings to life the pair’s love for rustic, warm and comfortable places to let go, relax and enjoy the company of friends and family with great food and drinks. Designed by Sydney based architecture firm, Luchetti Krelle who are known for their work on many renowned venues including Momofuku Sieobo, Ananas, Sake, Hinky Dinks and Adriano Zumbo at The Star, Donny’s Bar is a two-storey, New York style loft bar and dining area.  The interior of the venue has been inspired by Matt’s childhood in the country as well as some of New York’s best small bars. Donny’s Bar has a warm and simple feel, featuring exposed ceilings, brick walls, railway sleeper bar fronts, copper bar tops, exposed copper piping and vintage lighting. These features combine to give the space an inviting and relaxed ambience, finished with the finest attention to detail.

Donny’s is a small, local bar with a versatile offering and cosmopolitan feel, destined to become one of Manly’s most talked about and loved institutions.

Open for Lunch and Dinner on Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-12am & Sunday 2pm-10pm.

Prices start at $ 16-$22 for cocktails, $10-$18 for dumplings and tapas and $14-$27.50 for burgers and mains. Visit for more information.

Donny’s Bar & Restaurant, 7 Market Lane, Manly. Open Tuesday- Sunday. 


Social Spy** Rekorderlig Cider Beautifully Swedish #celebratethesummer

Aquabumps Gallery on Wednesday 26thof February.

Written by Nicola Wylie

Rekorderlig Cider helped us celebrate summer (despite the rain) last night at the iconic Aquabumps Gallery in Bondi.  The event was an exclusive party thrown for the winners of Rekorderlig’s #Celebratethesummer January competition to launch the Beautifully Swedish Cider’s Instagram page.  The winning images from the instagram competition were displayed throughout the gallery.


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Rekorderlig bringing us summer in a bottle


Rekorderlig did a fine job of distracting us all from the not so summery weather outside by serving up a super selection of ciders from Passionfruit to Apple and Guava.  Served up with either lime or mint, they offered a welcome and surprising change from the 2 litre bottles of Frosty Jacks of my youth.  The other guests seemed to agree as everyone seemed genuinely surprised at how delicious and refreshing the cider cocktails were as they slurped them down – definitely a new and more upmarket way to enjoy cider.  Of course, I took full advantage and took it upon myself to sample as many different flavours as possible, all in the name research obviously.  (I recommend the Passionfruit with a wedge of lime FYI).


Even more impressive than the cider however, were the instagrams photos decorating the walls.  Fitting in perfectly with the Aquabumps iconic vibe- (for those of you not familiar with Aquabumps photography it’s a must see by the way) the photos on display were the perfect backdrop to the event perfectly capturing the summer vibe and many paying tribute to the iconic beach culture of Bondi.  It was a great and original way to showcase emerging Aussie talent.  Next in line was the food, always my favourite part of the evening, and Rekorderlig did not disappoint, serving up some delicious canapés including some superb Swedish meatballs and Rekorderlig Pear cider sliders.   After (mauling) two sliders, (ok perhaps I still have a low tolerance for cider), I had a chat with the winner of the competition Christian Anstey – @C_Anstey for anyone who wishes to follow this up and coming young photographer on instagram.  Excited and perhaps a little surprised, Christian bagged himself a case of Rekorderlig, a framed photo of his choice from the Aquabumps gallery and of course an amazing opportunity to have his photography recognised.


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Swedish meatballs and Rekorderlig Pear cider sliders. Mmmm.


One of the best parts of the exhibition was that Rekorderlig managed to keep it low key, arty decorations made from empty bottles and some subtle lighting features paid homage to the brand but the spotlight was definitely on the photography.  The whole event was fresh and new, with nice little touches everywhere.  One of the favourites with the crowd was a little post box set-up in the gallery where guests could choose their favourite instagram photo (all made into postcards) and send a postcard to their friends or family.  Another great way to celebrate the winners’ photos and share the love.


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                                Uge from Aquabumps presenting winner @C_Anstey with his prize

All in all, a great night by Rekorderlig who managed to make me feel all summery and beachy even in the pouring rain (maybe even a little tipsy too but that’s a different story!) Aquabumps provided the perfect intimate location to showcase the winners’ work and is definitely a must see for art fanatics and surfers alike.  Finally, a massive congratulations to all the winners who had their photos displayed last night: it’s an exciting time for you all.  I love a free drink and burger as much as the next gal, but that exhibition of photos was definitely worth paying to see.



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                   The winning photos were made into postcards which the guests could send for free






Aquabumps Gallery,

151 Curlewis St,

Bondi, NSW, 2026

What’s on: Absolut OZ Endless Summer Party

Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann has teamed up with vodka brand Absolut to create a limited edition bottle celebrating Australia, Absolut Oz.

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To celebrate the launch of Absolut Oz, The Bucket List Bondi will hold an Absolut OZ Endless Summer Party this weekend. Come down and experience the Absolut Oz cocktails which Baz helped create himself, the Cable Beach Stairway to the Moon & Hells’s Bells Beach, for $20 a jug! Available Thursday- Sunday (only).


A stella line up of local DJ’s will hit the decks from 3pm- late (Saturday and Sunday). Free entry, no bookings required.


Baz’s Absolut Oz Cocktails:

Cable Beach Stairway to the Moon 

Fresh orange and lime juice with ginger cordial, soda water, fresh slices of orange with cloves to garnish!


Hells’s Bells Beach

Ginger beer, eucalyptus honey water, fresh limes squeezed and lime wheels to garnish




Before all the sparkle of the Parade, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras hosted the who’s who of the LGBTQI community, as well as Mardi Gras festival artists and supporters, at  their famous VIP Party last night at Sheraton on the Park.

Chaz Bono, Shane Jenek

Welcoming guests were Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik and Co-Chairs Paul Savage and Siri Kommedahl who spoke of the incredible diversity of the LGBTIQ community and encouraged all that Mardi Gras is the time to let their colours burst in a kaleidoscope of celebration.


On the night a special 85th birthday mention went out to Ron Austin, one of the architects of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras march in 1978.


Guests included singer Tina Arena, gender illusionist and Mardi Gras Ambassador Shane Jenek (AKA Courtney Act), MP Alex Greenwich, and Chaz Bono.




Parched March, Sydney’s only month-long celebration of bar culture in support of animal charities is relaunching as BARS MARCH for its fifth year! The new name says it all: a whole month of responsible drinking of fabulous cocktails in great bars – for a good cause.

The name has changed but all the favourite events are back, including Mr CBD, the Pets at the Pub series and special cocktails at bars all over Sydney, from major venue groups to funky little hotspots.

Kicking off on February 25th with a huge VIP launch event at Café Del Mar, BARS MARCH has more than 80 Sydney bars mixing up special cocktails throughout the month of March, and a bevy of celebrities, including the very cool Mambo artists, animal-loving garden guru Jamie Durie and media vet Dr Katrina Warren joining the fun.

Once again, BARS MARCH has partnered with Suntory to create a menu of delicious drinks designed to showcase Sydney’s bartending talent.

The annual Good Times for a Good Cause are set to be the biggest yet, says BARS MARCH director Amy Cooper. “We’re celebrating five years of unforgettable fun while helping animal charities. Each year we’ve grown and 2014 represents another step up for this unique event. If you’re in Sydney in March, you’ll find it hard to avoid a good time.”

Feb 25th 2014: VIP Launch Event at Café Del Mar – A fabulous fanfare to launch Bars March 2014 with cocktails, music and a live art show by Mambo artists.

March 1st 2014: Doggies & Dumplings at Love on Top, 1pm – 4pm. Enjoy Asian delicacies from chef Kenny Kong in the company of your pooch. A green oasis in the middle of Kings Cross is perfect for a party where everyone’s invited to BYO furry friend (if you don’t have a dog, bring a beardy hipster).

March 16th 2014: Puppy Prom at The Alexandria Hotel 1pm-4pm. Think Pretty in Pink, Grease or even Carrie … with four legs! It’s time for prom doggie style as Sydney’s biggest beer garden welcomes everyone and their pooch pals to the waggiest school dance ever. With canine corsages, prom photos, and prizes for talent and looks, this is the prom where no-one’s without a date, because everyone can bring a best friend.

March 20th 2014: Mr CBD at The Argyle top floor 6.30pm- 10pm. It’s back! The annual search for Sydney’s Hottest Man in a Suit returns – with extra sizzle. At this grand finale our six finalists will strut their stuff while the audience bid for dates and to decide the winner. Money talks – so bid up big and know that you’re flirting for a very good cause: Animal Welfare League NSW.

In the name of furry, charitable fun, BARS MARCH 2014 will be the biggest celebration yet of Sydney’s top-notch bar culture. We’ll drink to that!


During BARS MARCH you can show your support by visiting participating venues and buying a BARS MARCH charity cocktail, attending fundraising events and taking part in social media competitions. Highlights for 2014 include:


Founded by industry
insiders Dave Auld (Venues Operator), Simon Hancock (Simon Says) and Thomas
Popple (Crane Bar), The
Social Club is proud to announce it’s final event of the summer, The
February Sail.

Following the roaring success of the brand’s inaugural event The December
Sail, the TSC boys are proud to announce this second instalment in
this high-end event series.

“We are thrilled
with the response we received from our first event and can’t wait for the next instalment” says founder Thomas Popple. “For us, The Social Club
is all about that luxury experience and we aim to surpass expectations every

Taking place on the final the weekend of summer, The February Sail will farewell the season of
sun in true Sydney style. Guests will arrive via private cars provided by
luxury car-service app UBER and board
a luxury catamaran styled into a ‘White

Greeted by models serving beverages from Alacran Tequila and Oyster Bay,
guests will enjoy entertainment from superstar DJ artists Aaron Bannie, Matt Saville and
female duo Dem Foxes as they sail
iconic Sydney Harbour and continue into the evening at an after party in a
secret location.

Sixty celebrities, VIPs and select media will be invited to join Hancock,
Popple and Auld aboard The February Sail with expected guests including Luke
Jacobz, Casey Burgess, Prinnie Stevens, Tom
& George Burgess, Laura Dundovic, Tully
Smyth, Tim Robard and more.

Tickets are $69 and include one hour of drinks, all-day catering and luxury
transfers from car-service app UBER.

For more information, media and press enquiries please contact Simon Hancock on
+614 23 292 292 or email








Departing from King Street Warf, Darling Harbour.


Featuring the amazing GRANDMASTER FLASH! 

Sydney Social 101 had the absolute pleasure of being invited to the exclusive VIP 1st birthday party for Sydney’s coolest haunt – The Soda Factory!


“Everybody put your glasses in the air for The Soda Factory!” … a house full of partyers charged their Jam Jars and bubbles as  Grandmaster Flash led a toast to The Soda Factory turning one!


Jetting in from New York especially for last night and this Saturday’s parties, DJ Grandmaster Flash (Yes, the Grandmaster Flash) performed a rad intimate show for the private party. Busting out old school classics like his 80s hit ‘The Message’ through to Arrested Development’s ‘Everyday People’, Janet Jackson’s ‘That’s the Way Love Goes’, and even a taste of MJ, there was an awesome crowd of poppers and lockers tearing up the d-floor (Alyssa McClelland and Sophie Lowe right in and amongst the shakers)!

Justine LeBars & Amber Renae

Justine LeBars & Amber Renae

In celebration of its hugely successful, gourmet hotdog menu, The Soda Factory now feature a full diner menu, which guests had an exclusive taste of last night.

Flying off trays faster than they could circulate was the brand spankin’ new additions including Cheese Burger Spring Rolls, Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls, Texas BBQ Pork Ribs, Veggie Sliders and of course some of their famous dogs – let me just say “Hot Damn”

The Soda staff shook up some killer cocktails, with the Jam Jar and the adulterated ice cream float being obvious crowd favourites!

VIP GUESTS INCLUDED: DJ Grandmaster Flash, Sophie Lowe (Actor), Alyssa McClelland (Actor), Scott Tweedie (The Loop presenter), Georgia Berg (Model), Hau Latukefu (Triple J presenter), Amber Renae (Fashion), Matt Levett (Actor), Courtney Roulston (ex Masterchef finalist)and  Robin McLeavy (Actor)


Friday 21st Feb              Complimentary welcome drink on arrival from 5-7pm, new menu taster dishes complimentary from 5-8pm, Live performance from The Syphons + guest DJs


Saturday 22nd Feb      DJ Grandmaster Flash (USA) (Both 5pm – very late, entry is always FREE)


For venue details and more events:


Movie 101** The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug

It has been a long year for me, waiting to see the 2nd part of The Hobbit. I read the book many years ago and loved the first film. The scenery and characters were exactly like I had imagined them. The Lord of The Rings trilogy are some of my favourite films and I enjoyed finding the links between them. And there are plenty here!

This is the first time you get to see real interaction with the dragon Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Like with Smeagol’s character, he is very believable that he is on screen with the human actors. Though the CGI was let down in a few areas of the film and it didnt take a keen eye to notice them. Again Gandolf, Bilbo and all the dwarfs are fantastic in their individual parts and make a memorable team.

Originally the film was meant to be made in to two parts. But it seems Peter Jackson wanted to expand on the story to make it a trilogy. He would also take this opportunity to connect it more to the 2nd film. This was noticeable in the form of Orlando Bloom, Legolas. I am sure he had a small part in the book but it was a main character in the film. One of the best scenes was the drarvfs escaping in the barrels from the orcs. This time around Legolas was helping them in what turned out to be an epic action scene. There were many more scenes with Legolas added. This didn’t spoil the film but dramatically changed to original story. Another big change was the introduction of the elf Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly. This character wasn’t in the book at all. Apparently as well as expanding the story, they wanted to add another female character as it is a predominately male cast.

Like in the originally trilogy there are many parts of this film which are rushed and parts of the books that are left out. I am still annoyed by the massive end change to The Return of the King. If you are looking for a word for word comparison then you will definitely not find it here. But you have had three films already to be prepared for this.

New bits added, old bit missing, I still really enjoyed the film and highly recommend it for any Lord of the Rings fans. As long as you see it along side the original Hobbit film, this is a great trilogy to start. Just be aware that it is going to be a another long year until the final film, The Hobbit : There And Back Again.

SydneySocial101 gives The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug an exciting 8.5 / 10. Another must-see at the IMAX.

Syrus Wynne

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” has launched straight to the top of the Australian Box Office with an outstanding opening day figure of $5,465,000. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is the second film in Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy, based on the timeless novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and is the second biggest Boxing Day opening of all time.

The first film in the Trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” became the biggest Australian Boxing Day release in motion picture history, taking $5.925m on its opening day. The film went on to gross $42.987m in Australia and a billion dollars worldwide.

Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was released in Australian cinemas on 629 screens including High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select cinemas, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®.

Roadshow Films Managing Director Joel Pearlman said that for a huge number of Australians, “The Hobbit” films have become appointment viewing on Boxing Day. “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues Peter Jackson’s brilliant interpretation of these wonderful books, and the second film in the Trilogy will unquestionably be one of the major box office draws of the summer holidays.”

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett and Lawrence Makoare.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” opened in Australian cinemas on December 26, 2013 and is rated M. The third film in the trilogy “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will open in Australian cinemas on December 26, 2014 delivers premium health and wellbeing content to online audiences.


Make 2014 the year of feeling good and being happy with healthyMEtv
Breaking new ground in on-line entertainment, healthyMEtv launches 7 January 2014, as the country’s premier health and wellbeing channel, offering a new IPTV experience to Australian audiences.

Hosted by rugby union legend George Gregan, journalist and news presenter Kellie Sloane and media personality Shelly Horton, healthyMEtv will inspire viewers to achieve better health and greater happiness through original inspirational and instructional video content. The channel covers a range of topics across fitness, nutrition, health and lifestyle from Australia’s leading health professionals, that audiences can navigate according to their own individual interests on demand.

“We want this channel to help people focus on feeling good not just looking good. So it’s full of inspiration, ideas and information with a focus on positive outcomes. And we hope our stories will bring a smile to people’s faces too,” says Julie Duff, healthyMEtv Channel Director.

The channel’s content will focus on what matters most to Australians in health and wellbeing. Get motivated to be fit and eat well, learn how to stress less and relax more, uncover celebrity health secrets and discover how to make small changes to bring about transformational results. The channel will also offer video definitions of a wide range of conditions, their symptoms and treatments.

healthyMEtv is a true broadcast experience offering both streaming content and video on demand. Its entire content library can be viewed on any connected device and, through a partnership with SevenWest Media, on Plus7.

Perry Smith, CEO of Brand New Media says, “Brand New Media’s partnership with Seven West Media combines the best of health and wellness content and delivers to a technologically savvy and wellbeing-centric country a, never-before-seen, trans-media health platform. This is not just a video website this is a genuine IPTV channel and its closing the gap between traditional and digital TV.”

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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