It’s hard to believe another year is almost over but whether you’re celebrating or commiserating 2018, you might as well see the year out in all its glory. Sydney and Melbourne offer some of the best NYE parties in the world, so if you’re still unsure of what to do, we can help with our picks for the best spots to celebrate. Whether you’re looking for an extensive all you can eat and drink package or a cheap night out with friends, there’s something for everyone.
So round up the lads, get yourself a smart outfit and grab a ticket to one of these parties to experience the New Year in style.
The Squire’s Landing, Sydney
James Squire is offering the ultimate party at The Squire’s Landing in Sydney this NYE. Not only does the venue have 270-degree views spanning Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, there are also four different ticket options available. You can either party in the large forecourt area, grab a great spot to watch the fireworks in a relaxed environment, gather in the restaurant for a five-course meal before heading out onto the Harbour Deck or enjoy the floor to ceiling windows in the spectacular Tower Room. Whichever option you choose come dress to impressed and ready to experience the fireworks in a setting like no other.
Where: Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, The Rocks
When: 6 pm – 2 am
Cost: Between $450 and $1,000 pp
Tickets & Info: www.jamessquire.com.au
Garden State Hotel, Melbourne
With room for over 800 punters, the Garden State Hotel will be packed to the brim this NYE. The multi-story venue includes an indoor garden, tiered platforms, three different menus and a beverage list that will have you doing a double take. Enjoy a four-hour food and drink package before cutting some shapes on one of the three dance floors, each playing a different genre of music.
Where: 101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
When: 8 pm – 12 am
Tickets & Info: www.gardenstatehotel.com.au
Opera Bar, Sydney
Every year Opera Bar’s NYE party sells out and this year will be no different after it was announced Hot Dub Time Machine will be spinning all your favourite hits until the early hours of the morning. As well as your usual drinks menu limited edition Chandon x Seafolly summer bottles and Veuve Clicquot Champagne will be on offer, with food available all night. There’s also a Havana theme, so bust out your best guayabera shirts & fedoras and party like it’s 1999.
Where: Sydney Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House
When: 6 pm – 2 am
Tickets & Info: www.operabar.com.au
The Crown, Melbourne
No, you won’t be spending your NYE losing money on the tables, instead, you’ll be living the high life at Crown Aviary’s Secret Garden Rooftop Party. Not only are the views to die for but you’ll be able to indulge in Piper-Heidsieck champagne and gin from Tanqueray, along with chowing down on food from the acclaimed Nobu and Bistro Guillaume. DJ John Course and DJ Lauren Mac will be behind the decks playing the best house and disco tunes while Le Soul will perform live funk and soul to bring in the New Year. If you really want to do it in style a limited amount of private booths are still available for $4,200.
Where: Crown Casino, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
When: 8 pm – 1 am
Cost: $250 – $4,200
Tickets & Info: www.crownmelbourne.com.au
Manly Wharf Hotel, Sydney
If you’re looking to escape the city and enjoy your NYE with top-notch entertainment then Manly’s Wharf Hotel have you covered. On NYE Plump DJs and Kid Kenobi will be paying tribute to the breakbeat era with energetic sets sure to get the dance floor heaving. If you’re keen to double down there will also be DJ sets from Foals, DJ Yoda and Yolanda Be Cool on January 1st, with complimentary drink and canapes from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Where: Manly Wharf Hotel, East Esplanade, Manly
When: Monday 31 December from 6 pm – 2 am and Tuesday 1 January 3 pm – 12 am
Cost: $30 -$70
Tickets & Info: www.manlywharfhotel.com.au
Centrally located next to Flinders Station and the Yarra River, Arbory is one of the best bars in Melbourne’s CBD. Always attracting a mixed yet well-dressed crowd, this year Arbory is hosting two separate events. You can celebrate in the main area of Arbory with an all-inclusive food & beverage package, or for a little extra spend the evening on Arbory Afloat, Melbourne’s biggest floating Mediterranean restaurant and bar. Whichever you choose you’ll have spectacular views of the fireworks as Melbourne welcomes in the New Year.
Where: 1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne
When: 8 pm – 1 am
Cost: Arbory – $190, Arbory Afloat – $210 – $600
Tickets & Info: www.arbory.com.au