So it’s the biggest night of the year for party animals and the we all know the consequences of getting it wrong- a lot of anticipation leading to the disappointment of poor views, huge queues, heavy-handed crowds, substandard food and ridiculous drink prices. NYE parties are not a cheap option in Sydney so here’s our summary of the options to help you choose wisely where to blow out the last night of 2015!

NYE PARTY AT THE HOUSE 

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The Sydney Opera House plays host again this year to NYE Party at the House, (not to be confused with the 2 other parties at the Opera House) featuring headline dynamic duo L’Tric (aka Ivan Gough and Andy Jaimes) who have combined their dancefloor powers to bring you old school house cuts all night long. Supporting L’Tric, DJ Dan Rowntree will be there to keep you entertained with his smooth & deep nu-disco sounds.

In my humble opinion, this is one of the best places to be on NYE in Sydney and is where you will find me dancing my socks off this December 31st. No, it’s seriously not cheap, but when you consider what the price includes, the value soon becomes clear. NYE Party at the House is right on Sydney Harbour on the western boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House upper concourse – the epicentre of the New Year’s Eve action, with Sydney’s best views of the harbour and the fabulous fireworks.

In addition, it’s a real bonus that Matt Moran and the ARIA Catering team will be delivering an incredible canapé menu served in abundance throughout the evening but the piece de resitance for me is that drinks are included all night. Beers, along with premium wines, delicious signature cocktails and, wait for it, French Champagne (Piper Heidsieck) are all included in plentiful supply!! Quite frankly, I can easily drink the ticket price in Piper Heidsieck in 7 hours!

Second Release $595

Doors open at 7pm

For more information and to buy tickets click here

 

THE OPERA GALA ON NEW YEARS EVE

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Step into the the Sydney Opera House’s magnificent Concert Hall to watch the Opera Gala concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini. Then, with a heart full of song, watch the fireworks the whole world watches. The interval is timed for the 9pm fireworks and the Sydney Opera House stays open well past the midnight fireworks.There’s nowhere in the world like Sydney on New Year’s Eve and there’s nowhere closer to the action than Sydney Opera House. Make this your most glamorous and memorable New Year ever.  It’s guaranteed to end with a bang!

COST: Standard $289 -$399
Add pre-performance dinner and/or the Midnight Party when you book your tickets for The Opera Gala.

Pre-Performance Dinner $389
Look out over Sydney Harbour as you dine to a three-course menu, designed by Matt Moran of ARIA Restaurant, matched with premium wines and beverages in the Concert Hall Northern Foyer from 5:30pm. Click here to book your package.
Midnight Party $299
Canapes, drinks and live entertainment from 10:30pm, with views of the midnight fireworks from the Concert Hall Northern Foyer. Click here to book your package.

HARBOUR PARTY NEW YEARS EVE

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To see the fireworks from a different perspective, why not spend a memorable evening just metres from the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Luna Park! It’s undoubtedly one of Sydney’s most spectacular vantage point for watching the fireworks and ringing in the New Year.

With entertainment in multiple venues from the best DJs and bands gathered from across Australia – see below; with food stalls and bars located all around the Park precinct; unlimited Luna Park rides for all ticket holders and all the amenities to make your evening as comfortable and enjoyable as possible – Harbour Party is the only place to be in Sydney on New Years Eve!

Book Tickets Here

HARBOUR PARTY 2015 LINEUP

WILL SPARKS | MIAMI HORROR | CLIENT LIAISON | NICKY NIGHT TIME | ODD MOB | TOM TILLEY | TORREN FOOT | COMBO!

 

MANLY WHARF NYE Featuring DIMITRI FROM PARIS

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Can’t stand the thought of the crowds in the city? Why not head to Manly? With spectacular Sydney Harbour views from the waterside decking, revellers will be able to enjoy the best seats in the house for the local fireworks on Thursday 31 December as the Wharf Bar is transformed into the ultimate party venue for a night of top-notch entertainment.

The DJ, producer and remixer, Dimitri from Paris, known for his stylish club sounds will be taking to the decks. This house music pioneer influenced by 70s funk and disco will play across multiple genres and tempos in a bid to move your mind, body and soul.

Dimitri from Paris, comments:

“Expect the unexpected. I never know what I’m going to play before a set, I just let the crowd inspire the moment. Sydney is one of the most iconic places to ring in the New Year, so to have the opportunity to play at one of the city’s most stunning venues means it’s going to be a pretty special night.”

DJ Somatik, Brenny B-Side and The Owl are the local legends supporting the French ambassador for house music as he delves deep to deliver.

Tickets: $50 or $80 for entry into both NYE and the New Year’s Day party!
Read more and buy tickets here.

 

MOET GOLD NYE PARTY AT IVY POOL CLUB

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For a seriously swanky celebration on this night of nights then consider the Moet Gold NYE Party at the Ivy Pool Club. Dress to the nines and dance away under the stars then get your expensive outfit wet (or strip to your undies) and have a swim in the pool. You’re guaranteed to find someone to kiss at midnight!  Featuring a host of monster DJs including Rachel Phillips, Ian Drabble and Alex Mac. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Moet on arrival and wave goodbye to 2015 in style.

1st Release tickets are still onsale and are a very reasonable – $70 + BF . But no food or drink is included.

Click here for more information.

 

ARLO EXCLUSIVE NYE SET AT THE IVY

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If your idea of a a good NYE means seriously dancing hard then how about the Ivy? Downstairs from the Pool Club party, this New Year’s Eve, Ivy will house some of Australia’s biggest dance music artists including an exclusive New Year’s Eve set from trance heavyweight MaRLo as well as an all-star lineup SCNDL, Tenzin, Ember, Jesabel, Disorder & Hookie, Glover, G-Wizard, Jay Sounds, Trifo and many more.

2nd Release – $129 +BF Final Release – $149 + BF

VIP TICKET – $199 +BF (includes express VIP entry, private viewing balcony and a complimentary house drink on arrival)

For tickets and info click here.

 

COOGEE PAVILLION ROOFTOP

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an unrivalled shoreline view of Coogee Beach and the Coogee fireworks from Coogee Pavilion Rooftop. A relaxed but still well-dressed crowd will no doubt be in force and make for a fun evening away from the hectic city. Taking over the decks and sorting out all the music to bring in the New Year are a host of awesome DJs including Ian Drabble, Brynstar, Rob K, The Owl, Alex Mac and Nat Taubman. There are no pre-bookable tickets, just a $20 cover charge on the door after 5pm to the rooftop. If it’s a sunny afternoon, I have no doubt this will get busy early on so get in there quick!

 

THE TERNARY, NOVOTEL DARLING HARBOUR

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Located in Pyrmont and offering dazzling views of the Sydney City Skyline and harbour, The Ternary brings an air of casual sophistication to the Sydney Dining scene this New Years Eve.  Pulling out all the stops with live entertainment, harbour views, a flute of Moet & Chandon on arrival guests will dine on a global six-course tasting menu with accompanying beverages.  Enjoy spectacular, floor to ceiling views of the nine o’clock and midnight fireworks, gather your friends and family and celebrate the new year harbour side at The Ternary overlooking the sparkling waters of Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

$279 per person includes 6 courses and a three hour premium beverage package

$70 per child includes six help yourself savoury dishes and dessert table to finish
For further information and to reserve a table, patrons can book online via www.theternary.com.au or call +61 2 9288 7078

 

ZANZIBAR, NEWTOWN

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If you’re not bothered about being on the Harbour then consider heading inland to hipster Newtown. Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the night sky if you fancy at Zanzibar; one of the coolest haunts in town in celebrating New Years Eve with Sydney’s best skyline!

Enjoy sweeping cityscape views from our backyard rooftop bar for $85 per head or the intimate settings of Webster’s Bourbon Bar and Grill for $65 per head! Your exclusive ticket will include a signature cocktail on arrival, roaming canapés and vinyl DJs through till the early hours!

 

MS.G’S 

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For something totally different, join Head Chef Paul Donnelly to ring in the New Year as he presents dish after mouth-watering dish, plus a flute of Moët & Chandon! Enter into a four-floor dining experience marked by neon lights, graffitied walls, communal tables and Modern Asian influences.

Bookings $95 per person. For more information click here.

 

MANTA

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Toast 2016 with Manta and get bubbles on arrival. Manta is the perfect place for New Year’s Eve.  Spend the last evening of 2015 on our gorgeous wharf whilst watching the sun set and fireworks erupt over the city skyline.  Toast the arrival of 2016 with friends as you enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival and an incredible four course meal created by head chef, Daniel Hughes.

 

Spaces are limited and are just $180 per person.  We recommend you call to book on (02) 9332 3822 or if preferred, please email reservations@mantarestaurant.com.au with NYE in the subject line.

Bookings are available between 6pm and 9pm and guests can remain on the wharf until 1am.


THE MORRISON

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at The Morrison!

Featuring DJ KATO with Main Bar and Conservatory packages. The Conservatory package offers a 3 course dinner & flute champagne on arrival. There are two seatings, 5.30 – 9pm.

The Main Bar includes 3 hour drinks, a canape package from 7 – 10pm, cocktail specials and a party that goes on all night! December 31st from 5.30pm – 2.00am

Tickets are: $99pp via The Morrison: http://themorrison.com.au

 

WATER WONDERLAND: NYE DINNER WITH PIER ONE

WaterWater Wonderland at Pier One Sydney Harbour will be the most decadent place to spend New Year’s Eve.

The dinner party will flaunt a five course menu, a champagne tower, complimentary beverages all night, a fresh seafood station and live acoustic performances.

Positioned at Australia’s most iconic destination, directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the exclusive dinner party will give you the best front row seats of the Sydney Harbour fireworks.

 Tickets: $699

 Bookings:  https://www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/whats-on/

 

POSE: NYE PARTY at PIER ONE

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If there’s just one day of the year you should get dolled up and strike a POSE, it’s NYE! Wave goodbye to the year that was and embrace the new one to come looking absolutely fabulous!

Taking full advantage of the marquee under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this year, Australia’s most experiential hotel will host their first Pose Party – flaunting front row seats to Sydney Harbour’s famed firework shows.

THE place to be this NYE, we will be channeling our inner New Yorkers and showcasing a loft-styled party guaranteed to prompt a POSE. Including a gourmet feasting station, complimentary drinks, DJs and live entertainment, POSE NYE will be a night to remember!

Strike a Pose | $499

Bookings:  https://www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/whats-on/

 

THE GANTRY, WALSH BAY

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It’s no secret how much we love The Gantry here, it’s even one of our VIP Social 101 partners (free drink on arrival for all VIP Social101 Cardholders!) The Gantry is known for its nod to the heritage charm of Sydney whilst echoing a modern approach to decor and cuisine.

There is two buffet sections to choose from (one meat and one seafood) and for main you can choose between beef flank or snapper, just remember to save room for dessert. The party continues in the Bridge Room after 10pm!

Information and tickets here

 

THE SPICE ROOM

We LOVE The Spice Room here at Sydney Social 101, the best Indian cuisine in Sydney in our opinion! Guests are invited to enjoy a four-course dinner for just $75pp – bargain! Plus it’s on the doorstep of Circular Quay, so you can chill and watch the fireworks without the hustle and bustle (whilst also enjoying a beverage or two!)

Last Few Seats Remaining!

NYE Early 4 course Banquet Menu 5 pm to 8 pm $75 per person Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian.

NYE Late 5 course Banquet Menu 8 pm to 11 pm $125 Veg 135 Non Veg and 145 Seafood with French Champagne and Wine/ Beer

Children 6-12 % of Adult discounted price

Look up the full menu here

PEI MODERN

Pei Modern is one of our top picks for food and this package boasts a three course feast plus toast to the New Year with a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne on arrival.

Celebrated chef Mark Best and talented new head chef Joachim Borenius will deliver a fresh-produce driven menu featuring dishes such as grain-fed Wagyu rump cap with sweet and sour beetroot, and wood-roasted Holmbrae corn-fed chicken and saltbush.

To complete the experience, receive a takeaway box of petits fours to enjoy while watching Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks* over the harbour (not visible from the restaurant).

For more information click here.

AQUA DINING

You can take advantage of Aqua Dining’s unrivalled view and its multi course degustation with beverages set to be served throughout the evening. Guests are welcome from 7pm and costs $750pp – Which does sound exxy, but is oh so worth it.

For more information click here.

 

THE MEAT & WINE COMPANY

Darling Harbour is always abuzz on NYE so get involved at The Meat & Wine Co with their four/three course set menu which includes delicious seafood, succulent meats and decadent desserts, you’ll find us sitting in a corner tucking into the Belgian chocolate ganache tart with peanut and sunflower see tuil, peanut butter caramel and bee pollen!

For more information click here.

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