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.
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.
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.
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.
Taronga Zoo, Mosman
Bradleys Head Rd
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.
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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