2019 is almost finally over (Can I get an Amen!?) Here are Sydney Social 101’s top ways to celebrate the end of the year and the start of 2020!

Manly Wharf Hotel

Bring in 2020 with a two-day New Year celebration at Manly Wharf Hotel. There’s no better spot to be than waterside at the jetty bar with a cocktail in hand, listening to tunes by an epic line up of DJs.

New Year’s Eve is headlined by Friendly Fires for an exclusive DJ set that will have you dancing until all the midnight shenanigans and fireworks light up the skyline. With a song sheet of disco, pop, yacht rock and vintage rave-up – they’re hell bent on making this, one to remember.

Back it up for New Years with a few hair of the dog drinks – we’re serving flowing Chandon and Heineken between 3-5pm. Did we mention that free canapes are circulating then too? You’ll be fed and watered and ready to get the party started.

Homegrown heroes Nick Drabble and Stu Turner of Set Mo take to the decks for DJ set filled with all the sun-soaked bangers. The duos signature balearic house beats will have partygoers boogieing all day long, before turning it up a notch for an all-night set of pounding four to the floor.  First release tickets start from $35 (day pass) or $60 for both days.  Gather your mates for all the summer party vibes.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nye-nyd-feat-friendly-fires-dj-set-set-mo-dj-set-more-tickets-77495137041

Cruise Bar

Experience New Year’s Eve 2019 in ultimate style at Cruise Bar – the place to be this NYE. With exclusive front-row seats to all the action on Sydney Harbour, it’s the hottest place to be this New Year’s.

Carnivàle takes over for one night only this New Year’s Eve, from 6pm until 2am, with Cruise Bar hosting their annual NYE party in partnership with KIIS FM. Perfectly matching the glittering canopy of colour and lights, electric sounds and magnificent surprises, there’s plenty to celebrate at Cruise Bar’s New Year’s bash, with two exciting packages on offer to ring in the New Year!

For those looking to end the year with an indulgent experience, VIP tickets will grant guests access to Sydney’s hottest party in the sky on Cruise Bar’s coveted Rooftop on Level 3. Guests are treated to three hours of free-flowing champagne from 6pm-9pm accompanied by an array of mouth-
watering canapes, and some of the most sought-after panoramic views of the Harbour and surrounds. There won’t be a dull moment as the Rooftop comes to life with Carnivàle-themed entertainment including live, show-stopping performances.

Alternatively, partygoers can dance the night away with General Admission tickets, granting guests access to party by the water’s edge on Level 1 and Level 2. Cruise Bar and KIIS FM are excited to play host to the most epic party of the year with renowned house, funk, pop and R&B DJs, including headline act Ron Carroll (USA), Random Soul, DJ Nino Brown and many more.

Tickets are available for purchase here: www.cruisebar.com.au/nye


This year, Matt Moran’s Aria Sydney is celebrating 20 years of fine dining, a world-class wine list and stunning harbour views. Since its opening in December 1999, Aria’s unrivalled harbourside location and consistent approach to elevated yet approachable food, wine and service has seen the restaurant remain at the pinnacle of Australian fine dining. The celebrations will culminate with New Year’s Eve, 20 years after Aria’s initial opening, to ring in 2020. Known for its signature New Year’s Eve experience and spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour fireworks, the 2020 package, valued at $2,020, will offer an incredibly luxe and elevated experience, including a five-course tasting menu with matching wines, an additional premium dish, prestige champagne and caviar on arrival, terrace access, a $50 Uber voucher and a take-home gift pack including a signed Matt Moran book and more.

Opera Bar

Farewell 2019 and party into the new year with Opera Bar’s world-famous NYE celebration. This ultimate harbour-side party has sold out every year for seventeen years running – and this New Year’s Eve is set to be better than ever. Watch the sunset over the harbour and be dazzled as Sydney’s world famous fireworks light up the sky. With the Harbour Bridge right before your eyes, the Opera House by your side and the city skyline above you – it doesn’t get any better! This year will will be paying homage to the famous nightclubs of yesteryear. Dance the night away with non-stop live entertainment from Bermuda Social, Soulphonics, Ctrl + Alt + Delicious, Natural Selector and special guest roaming performers.Doors open at 6pm and wrap up at 2am with tickets costing $495 + Booking Fee which includes priority entry to the Sydney Opera House precinct, food all night long and non-stop live entertainment. This is one NYE party you won’t want to miss!

Barangaroo House

With no cover charges and no shortage of fun, this New Year’s Eve Barangaroo House is offering unrivalled views of Darling Harbour, fireworks, the culinary delights of Tom Haynes, stunning cocktails and fantastic vibes. With three levels across the House and the perfect inner-city location, they’ve got something for everyone. Stop by a cheeky drink at House Bar or settle in for the afternoon with a drink by the water with all the usual House Bar favourites available from the kitchen and DJs setting the tone from 4pm to 1am. For those with kids wanting to beat the craziness of late night NYE, Bea will be taking bookings as usual with all your a la carte favourites as well as a special NYE kids menu for the night. Finish up at Smoke to step up the party. The award-winning cocktail rooftop bar will be serving up the very best drinks Sydney has to offer this NYE, with stunning harbour views and some of Sydney’s best DJs to really bring the party. No hassle of tickets or cover charges on any level, but definitely book a table to make sure you reserve your spot.

Coogee Bay Hotel  

The Argyle – The Rocks

The Argyle signs off the decade that was and welcomes in the decade that will be, as it prepares to own the night in partnership with Club MTV. New Year’s Eve celebrations include an all-out visual extravaganza with dancers and performers roaming through the outdoor courtyard and across The Argyle’s five bars. Attendees will ring in the new year to an epic line-up of some of Australia’s biggest dance and house DJs over the two levels of The Argyle.

Known for bringing the party and their enigmatic sets, Bondi locals, Andy Stanley and Matt Handley from Yolanda Be Cool are headlining the festivities. The power-house duo are renowned for their house track “We No Speak Americano,” topping the charts in over a dozen countries, including most of Europe.

Guests will also hear DJ Rojdar, known for his high-energy live performances, which consist of commercial music mixed with classic club anthems. Also on the roster is Argyle favourite, Some Blonde who is inspired by the sounds of Steve Aoki, Nervo, Sven Vath & Fatboy Slim. Partygoers can expect some big room electro house, cross-genre, club-thumping collaborations tunes.

Four ticket options include: The Early Bird ($39pp) before 10am entry; Standard Ticket (starting from $73.19 pp) with general access; VIP ($154.79pp) with a three-hour food and beverage package from 6pm to 9pm.

Website: theargylerocks.com


Coogee Bay Hotel

On Tuesday, 31 December from 8pm until 3am, SELINA’s at Coogee Bay Hotel is hosting the hottest beachside party featuring headliners The Aston Shuffle and Cut Snake. Bring in 2020 at this epic night of music, neon lights, incredible live entertainment and loads of fun. Tickets are available for purchase from $30 – there are only a limited number available for purchase here.


For those after a more indulgent experience, Coogee Bay Hotel are transforming their upstairs balcony and function centre into an exclusive VIP pre-party! From 7pm until 10pm, guests will be granted exclusive access to the balcony overlooking Coogee Beach, boasting prime views of Coogee Bay’s 9pm fireworks. Kicking off NYE in style, guests will be treated to 3 hours of bottomless canapes and beverages. This exclusive package is available from $149pp (or $169pp with access to SELINA’s countdown party) and tickets are available for purchase here.

 Regatta Rose Bay

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with sensational food, a carefully curated wine menu and stunning water view’s.

This New Year’s we will be offering two seating times;

Our 6pm seating is designed for those looking to enjoy an early dinner before heading off to a party or to watch the 9pm fireworks.

Our 8:30pm seating is perfect for those looking to settle in for the night. With a 5-course menu and glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne, it is the optimal setting to ring in 2020. With limited seats available, Regatta, is the place to celebrate with your family and friends.

Website: http://www.regattarosebay.com/whats-on/2019/nye-2019

Bel & Brio, Barangaroo 

End the year on a high note with a beautiful six course degustation at Bel & Brio for $159 per person, then head to the Barangaroo Reserve to ring in 2020 with the iconic Sydney fireworks display. Enjoy dinner from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, a glass of Champagne on arrival, and exclusive tickets to the Barangaroo Reserve for a prime vantage point of the Harbour.



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