Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney & Brisbane

Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney & Brisbane

Would you look at that? It’s *finally* December and it’s time to start planning how you’re going to ring in the new year. We’d say time flies when you’re having fun, but after the year that was, we can safely say ‘time drags when you’re living in a pandemic’. 


While it’s fun living in the now and being spontaneous, 2021 celebrations will look a little different this year due to COVID-19 and it’s important to stay on top of the guidelines in your state. This means it’s best to start planning and booking early to avoid disappointment. 


With a plethora of bars and restaurants to choose from, we’ve listed top venues across Sydney and Brisbane offering epic celebrations and packages for the evening. 


SYDNEY 


Aria



Celebrate the new year in style at ARIA with unrivaled views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. ARIA encompasses the best seasonal produce and a world-class wine list thanks to owners Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon and Executive Chef Joel Bickford. The venue is offering two dining packages for New Year’s Eve. Diners are guaranteed a meal as spectacular as the views, with a four-course and six-course tasting menu available and premium Champagne. If you’re wanting to indulge in a truly luxurious evening, then look no further. 


Further details can be found here.

Barangaroo House


You’ll find Barangaroo House where land meets sea, sitting pretty on the water’s edge. The perfect location to enjoy the culinary delights of Tom Haynes, indulge in delicious cocktails, and bask in the views of Darling Harbour and Sydney’s famous firework display. The three-level venue means you can choose from the House Bar, Bea Restaurant or Smoke Rooftop this New Year’s Eve. The House Bar welcomes walk-ins and will have a DJ adding to the vibes throughout the evening. Bea Restaurant is taking bookings with A La Carte favourites available as well as a special NYE kids menu. Smoke Rooftop is fully booked but there might be a chance to get on the waitlist (fingers crossed for some early cancellations.)

Further details can be found here.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

 

If you’re looking to stay south of the Harbour Bridge, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is throwing its annual New Year’s Eve party and this year’s celebrations will be nothing short of epic. With two ticket types available for guests, the Watsons Luxe or Beach Club packages, including a three-course sharing feast and dinner, free-flowing drinks, and uninterrupted Sydney skyline views. 

Further details can be found here.

Taronga Zoo

 

An experience of the wild kind that so happens to fit in the family-friendly category. Bring the kids and set up a picnic at the zoo’s incredible vantage point overlooking the Sydney Harbour. If you’re looking to be catered for, there are three different packages available ranging from $200-$600 per person with ticket add ons like hampers, picnic baskets and on-site parking. These packages will also get you access to live entertainment and a chance to experience some of Taronga’s wildlife until dark on an exclusive NYE trail. 

Further details can be found here.


BRISBANE 


The Regatta Hotel



Whip out your best white outfit and sailor hat for Regatta Hotel’s ultimate NYE boat party. Paying homage to life in the Mediterranean, the experience will be a stylish end to 2020, with San Sebastian and Cafe Del Mar vibes and a killer four-hour package of drinks, good food and live tunes. Think endless flows of sangria and spritz, a seafood shack, live entertainment across three levels of the hotel, and access to the hidden rum cabin underground.

Further details can be found here

Blackbird

An opulent gold-label experience that will see you ring in the new year with a stellar crowd, fine dining, drinks and entertainment. This five-hour package includes free-flowing Champagne (hello, Moet) and drinks, as well as gourmet canapés and fresh seafood by Head Chef Anthony Donaldson. Guests can also enjoy slick entertainment across three feature areas with musicians, DJ’s and roving acts, while overlooking the panoramic views across the Brisbane River. 

Further details can be found here.

Darling & Co


All aboard! Live out your Italian fantasy of spending New Year’s Eve in southern Italy thanks to Darling & Co. Dress in your best resort clothes, island attire is highly recommended, and set sail to the island of Capri (metaphorically speaking) with three hours worth of drinks, grazing, and a DJ playing tunes all night long. We’ve heard there’s an oyster station and roving canapés on offer too. 

Further details can be found here.

Ciao Papi


Escape the chaos of Howard Smith Wharves and say Addio to the year at Ciao Papi! With incredible riverfront views, guests will be welcomed with a Spritz on arrival, followed by antipasti, pizza, a main meal, sides and dessert. There are two packages to choose from, one for families, the other, a late night grande feast, both of which will have you rolling into the new year with full bellies and a smile on your face. 

Further details can be found here.