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5 of the best places to ring in the New Year in Sydney

The NYE hot spots celebrating in style

From SheKnows Australia
The countdown to New Year's Eve is well and truly on, and the question is, where will you be celebrating? If you’re in Sydney, here are five places you want to be when the clock strikes 12.

The NYE hot spots celebrating in style

If you haven’t got New Year's Eve plans yet and you’re stuck for ideas, never fear — SheKnows has come to the rescue! These five places are all putting on very different but seriously cool parties, so now all you have to do is pick one. Don’t take too much time to think about it though, as most of these events have limited tickets available.


For a front row seat to the fireworks…

Cargo Bar, Darling Harbour

52–60 The Promenade

King Street Wharf, Sydney 2000

Located on the Darling Harbour waterfront — in fact, it has its own pier! — Cargo Bar ticks all the right boxes when it comes to New Year's Eve. It is known for its impressive music lineup, and this year is no exception. Dance icons Pnau and Ajax are headlining, while the Sosueme DJs will be keeping the party going well past midnight. The party will be sprawled across both floors of Cargo and revellers can head out to the pier to catch the fireworks.


For upscale glamour…

360 Bar & Dining, Sydney Tower

Level 4, Westfield

Pitt St, Sydney 2000

It’s known for its incredible views of the city, but 360 Bar will be cranking its glam factor up a notch for New Year's Eve. The restaurant will be transformed into a James Bond-style casino for the night, so expect slick waiters, makeshift gambling areas and plenty of great frocks. Since it’s a cocktail party, the restaurant will be serving up canapés and other finger foods rather than a sit-down meal. The theme is "Diamonds are forever", so dress to impress.


For a really good dress-up party…

Ravesis, Bondi Beach

118 Campbell Parade

Bondi Beach, 2026

Ravesis has been Sydney’s reigning hot spot for a while now, and that’s partly because of its beachfront location, but mostly because it's always evolving. This year, the bar is throwing back to the roaring '20s with a prohibition-esque dress-up party. The theme is The Great Gatsby, so ladies, get your flapper dresses out! In true Ravesis style, the Moet will be flowing as the guests mingle with the talent, including Matt Roberts and Alex Mac.


For something out of the ordinary…

Taronga Zoo, Mosman

Bradleys Head Rd

Mosman, 2088

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind NYE experience, look no further than Taronga Zoo. After all, how many people can say that they celebrated the new year among lions and some of the prettiest wildlife in the world? The zoo will be hosting a picnic-style event in a very family-friendly, relaxing atmosphere. The kids won’t get bored if they have a whole zoo to explore (under the supervision of zookeepers, of course)! As a major bonus, the zoo also has fantastic views of Sydney Harbour and the Bridge, whose light show gets better and better each year.


For those who want to see and be seen…

The Sailor’s Club, Rose Bay

594 New South Head Rd

Rose Bay, 2029

The Sailor’s Club is without a doubt the most popular new restaurant of 2012, and it looks as though they will be holding on to that title when January rolls around. The colourful waterfront restaurant will be hosting not one, but two events to ring in the new year, so guests can choose the one that suits them best. The celebrations will kick off with a Sunset Dinner at 5 p.m., which is a great option for those social butterflies who need to jet off to other events during the night. The main attraction is the Captain’s Dinner Party, an upbeat cocktail soiree that will wrap up around 2 a.m.

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