If you haven’t yet gotten around to sampling all of the new bars, restaurants, and other great entertainment spaces which have been opening across Sydney all year long, then consider NYE 2023 one final fitting opportunity.
Whether you’re up for a big-baller night of black tie rigs and striking harbour views, or something slightly less raucous — dinner and a quiet cocktail perhaps? — we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Sydney NYE 2023 packages — cherry-picked for those who plan to toast the arrival of 2024 in the Harbour City.
The Best New Year’s Eve 2023 Packages In Sydney
House Of 66, Tiva
A popular one-stop venue in Sydney’s CBD, The Charles will be ringing in NYE 2023 with a range of novelties including cocktail trolleys and a Champagne tower; before opening the doors to its popular subterranean nightclub Tiva for a “mirror ball-themed” afterparty. Tunes will be supplied by renowned DJ Frank Booker, along with supporting act, Disco Ball Divas.
True to The Charles’ exhaustive hospitality-concept, partygoers can choose between three different New Year’s packages. $80 grants admission at Tiva until 4 AM, plus a welcome drink, while $140 augments this further — with access to drinks and canapes (from 6 AM onwards) at The Charles Bar.
For those looking to lean into the festivities, the $180 ‘Full House’ (also commencing at 6 AM) includes a three-course tasting menu at The Charles Brasserie, in addition to all of the other bells & whistles above.
Ticketing: Multiple Options ($180; $140; $80)
Party With El Primo!, El Primo Sanchez
El Primo Sanchez is a fun, theatrical cocktail den — specialising in craft cocktails and agave spirits — that we’ve previously covered in some detail, and if you’ve experienced its neon-washed premises even a mere handful of times, it will come as no surprise that they’re well-placed to help Sydneysiders ring in 2024.
In collaboration with Public Hospitality, the venue is slinging a $160 NYE package which covers three hours of “roaming canapés”; three of its signature cocktails (hopefully, the Horchata Colada is among those); and the cost of admission.
In consummate El Primo style, expect live DJs to kick off beginning at 7:30 PM, until the following morning at 1 AM.
‘Master’ Set Menu (feat. John Javier), Lana
For one night only, celebrated Aussie chef John Javier — best known in global culinary circles for staging at Noma and opening Happy Paradise in Hong Kong — is returning to Sydney, for a culinary takeover at Lana, the airy neo-Italian eatery located on the 1st floor of Hinchcliff House.
Re-embracing the eclectic and ‘elevated’ Chinese cookery for which he was so celebrated at the (now sadly closed) Master Surry Hills, Javier will be slinging a “luxe celebratory banquet” menu perfect for smaller groups keen on an NYE nosh.
For just shy of $250 per head, guests will also receive snacks and a pre-dinner cocktail at Apollonia downstairs; with the award-winning venue closing its doors, after dinner hours, to all but ticketholders.
CIRQ’s Masquerade Soiree, Crown Sydney
Should an elevated atmosphere be crucial to your NYE revels, you’ll find the answer (both literally and figuratively) at CIRQ — the sky-high lounge and cocktail bar on the 26th floor of Crown Sydney.
One of Sydney’s highest rooftop venues, CIRQ is once again putting on a no-holds-barred New Year’s Soiree, complete with a Masquerade-inspired black tie dress code.
For the (admittedly punchy) price of admission, guests will be treated to a wide selection of “bountiful food stations” and “roving gourmet canapés”; in addition, naturally, to a free-flowing package of Champagne.
Of course, the primary reason to drop south of $1,000 (per person) is to enjoy a superlative, totally unobstructed view of the Sydney fireworks: an annual ritual that’s guaranteed to send those who glimpse it into 2024 with a smile.
Tickets: $988 (pricing increases to $1,088 after December 21st)
Bacardi Takeover, Barangaroo House
If you’re keen to experience the views and spectacle of the Barangaroo waterfront in style (without necessarily forking out an arm and a leg) then celebrating NYE 2023 at Barangaroo House is almost certainly the way to go.
Unfurling across all three of the precinct’s individual venues (each inspired by the music and ambience of a different decade) these celebrations are being held in conjunction with Bacardi — who are supplying a range of signature cocktails just for the occasion.
Considering the zero-fee admission, we’d feel almost compelled to upgrade our booking with a bottle of Barangaroo House’s finest Blanc des Blancs.
Ticketing: Free Entry
NYE Tasting Menu, Brasserie 1930
Assuming you’ve yet to experience what has widely been touted as Australia’s “most beautiful hotel” opening of 2023, make a point of it this NYE in the elegant, sandstone-clad confines of Capella Sydney.
Unsurprisingly, the hotel is offering an assortment of culinary packages for those looking to toast 2024 away from the maddening crowds. Our favourite of these? Two 4-course menus, to be offered exclusively during New Year’s festivities, at the award-winning Brasserie 1930.
Head Chef Brent Savage (of Bentley Restaurant Group fame) has put together two generous options for discerning diners. Expect dishes that embody Brasserie 1930’s philosophy of ‘contemporary classic’, ranging from summer squash with whipped almond to spanner crab and finger limes.
Ticketing: Multiple Menus ($380; $195)
NYE Suite Parties, Pier One
Nothing says “What cost of living crisis?” quite like a multi-day NYE bash. And as far as those go, Pier One’s continues to be an impressively lavish option.
For prices starting at just north of $8,000 (meaning over $1,000 per head if you’re going with the basic package) you and five lucky compadres will get a front-row seat to Sydney’s iconic harbour bridge fireworks. The hotel’s proximity to Circular Quay also makes it an ideal springboard for all of your kick-on plans — should you choose to leave the plush confines of your suite.
Note that this offer is only available on 2 or 3-night stays.
Ticketing: 2-night packages, starting at $8,048
Harbour Party, Luna Park
This NYE, if you’re looking for a reprieve from all the sipping and supping that’s sure to be done over the Christmas break, then consider ushering in the arrival of 2024 at Luna Park.
The famed Sydney amusement park still has ‘General Admission’ tickets available for its biggest bash of the year; and this package will give you access to unlimited rides, all three of the site’s DJ stages, and entry to UNDERWATER — Sydney’s first fully submersed bar.
Note that ticketing for this event is only open to guests aged 18 and above.