The Ultimate Sydney New Year’s Eve Guide 2019

Captain Cook Harbour Light ParadeAhhh New Year’s Eve. That magical night when we get to put on our best sparkly outfit (or get a new one), glam up, and get ready to send off 2018 in style. But where to go? We’ve scoured Sydney for the best parties, dinners and fun ways to celebrate.

Not only do we have your night sorted, we’re also looking after you and your party feet! Thanks to our pals at Scholl Party Feet, we have 3 x $200 prize packs so you can ensure that you and your friends don’t pull a #Shoedini’ (the act of disappearing due to shoe discomfort) and can have hours of fun in heels! (Details on entry below).

Here are our top picks to match your mood, style and heel height! Happy New Year!

For serious foodies and wine lovers – O Bar & Dining, level 47, Australia Square

It’s 47 levels up and rotates – O Bar & Dining is the ultimate spot to watch the NYE celebrations. You won’t need to debate vantage points for the big fireworks when you’re in Sydney’s most prestigious dining space in the sky. Award winning chef Michael Moore’s stunning eight course degustation dinner kicks off with a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier on arrival, followed full butler service and matching wines. This is VIP treatment all the way. $695pp,

Private Dining Exclusivity– Salon Privé, Level 47, Australia Square

O Bar Private Dining

If you long for the feeling that the world revolves around you – tonight it does! Just before midnight the entire restaurant will stop at the position where the private room has the absolute best views in (and 47 levels above Sydney). In partnership with Louis Roederer, the room boasts silver leaf walls, glowing wall panels and gold mohair accents. You and your guests will be treated to a flawless private dining experience starting with a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier followed by an 8 course degustation dinner accompanied by matching wines served by private butlers. Desserts and an after-dinner selection of premium spirits and cocktails will complement the spectacular lightshow that unfolds.
Minimum of 12 guests (maximum 20) and is available at $1,650pp

For luxury sailors – MV Sydney 2000
You haven’t seen the Sydney fireworks until you’ve seen them from the water. Seeing them from the deck of Sydney’s most prestigious cruise ship is the icing on the cake. A decadent four-course a-la-carte menu, top notch wines, all spirits and liqueurs and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to toast at midnight are what’s waiting on the water. There are two decks to choose from but both Club and Show Decks include deluxe seating, a live band and access to the open top deck with uninterrupted 360-degree views for the fireworks. Platform heels will keep you sturdy on deck, while Scholl Party Feet Sore Spots will take care of any little niggles as you boogie the night away.
Club Deck: $1,399 pp
Show Deck: $1,299pp.
Cruises depart from Circular Quay Wharf 6 at 7.30pm, disembarking at 1.00am
For more choices of cruises

For Champagne connoisseurs – Atelier by Sofitel, SOFITEL DARLING HARBOUR

Sofitel_GIF2_French_04Champagne lovers should make a beeline for the Sofitel Darling Harbour’s fabulous Champagne bar. Start with a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Nature, then move onto the 2009 Louis Roederer Philipe Starck Brut Nature, exclusive to Sofitel (we have tried and its delicious!). Six courses then follow, yours to enjoy alongside floor to ceiling windows, the perfect vantage point for Darling Harbour celebrations. Throw on your highest heels for this one, prepped with Scholl GelActiv Extreme Heels Insoles so it feels like you’re walking on Champagne bubbles all night.
$309pp, + Matched wines for $99pp

For those looking for bold and brand new –  Tayim, Harbour Rocks Hotel, The Rocks

Tayim_Summer Mushroom Borekas, Goats' Cheese, Spinach, Hen's Yolk, Porcini Bisque_2Inside the boutique Harbour Rocks Hotel, Tayim only opens its doors mid-December. Head Chef Ran Kimelfeld (former Head Chef, Nour) combines modern and traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. The go to ticket is the ‘Dinner and Fireworks’ package. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival, followed by a six-course menu with four premium matching wines. The scoop is these guests will be invited to experience fireworks on the rooftop of the hotel’s Harbour View Suit with Champagne to toast. Woo! Put your party feet on show with open-toed slingbacks that mean business in the front, party at the back.
$200pp (includes 5-course menu and a glass of champagne on arrival)
$500pp for ‘Dinner & Fireworks’ (limited number of tickets available)

For party animals – the Argyle, The Rocks
Want to shake your ‘thang’ on the dance floor as the clock strikes midnight? Join world-renowned DJ Tigerlily in the main square along with hundreds of other party revelers as the Argyle’s iconic cobblestone courtyard turns into an open air party. Pass outs awardable for the midnight firework display if you want to take advantage of the prime location and pop out to see the show. If you choose the VIP package, enjoy three hours of roaming canapes as well as sparkling and house wine and beer, between 6pm and 9pm.  This one calls for your highest heels. Make sure you are prepared in advance so you can avoid pulling a #Shoedini at all costs!
Early bird tickets are $40pp or $150pp VIP

For Mexican lovers – Bar Patron by Rockpool, Circular Quay

BarPatronLaunch.7.3.18-85Overlooking Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour, these glass window offer some of the best views around town. Margaritas on arrival, followed by a shared set menu including Totopos with red & green salsas, chicken tostadas frijoles and roast chicken in yellow mole complete the winning formula.
Minimum spend of $150pp required for 6pm sitting, and a $250 minimum for 9.45pm sittings

For Festival fans – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley (1hr from Sydney)
For those who love glamping and camping (CarTents, Rent-a-Tents, WowTents), this four day festival should be on your list. From the 28th Dec until 1st Jan, music lovers will be treated to sets by The Kooks, Tash Sultana, M.I.A (NSW exclusive), Joey Bada$$ and PNAU, Bicep (live), Peggy Gou, Dune Rats, Vera Blue, KiNK (live) and Willaris K. Music, wellness, food and culture. Epic.
From $369pp

For those so Frenchy, so chic – Felix, Ash Street Cellar
If you love French food, then this one’s for you! This is the first year that Felix will hold a NYE party, offering a 3 course menu which includes their oh so divine Twice baked gruyère soufflé, and mains like Rotisserie spatchcock, hispi cabbage and pistachio. Choose from six different dishes per course, for five courses, plus sides.  Bring your tallest dinner shoes, and a dress that stretches at the waist!
Dinner from 5.30pm is $120pp

For beach babes – Manly Wharf Hotel, Manly

Manly wharf HotelWant to ring in the New Year over the other side of the bridge? The manly Wharf Hotel knows how to throw a party. This year the music kicks off at 6pm with big names like Tim Boffa, Somatik, Kid Kenobi and Plump DJs keeping the night pumping. Settle in for a solid session – drinks, eats, dancing. Done.

From $30pp

For low key luxe lovers – Misfits, Redfern

Misfits-Redfern-1E6A5747The name says it all. Not really. The name doesn’t explain that if you’re after some of Redfern’s best eats, and a killer cocktail, this is the spot for you. Make a beeline for this refined venue just far enough away from the city to enjoy the vibe without the wild crowds. this fun, friendly inner city hotspot. They’ll be open as usual, serving up a brand new menu (the beef tartare already has plenty of fans) and keeping the party pumping into the early hours with DJ Cassette and Aaron Achurch.  Wear your coolest flats for all night groovin’.

Competition Entry Rules

Please tell us in 25 words or less which of these venues you would most like to spend the evening at and why. Email your answer to, make sure you include #Shoedini in the subject line, and include your name and contact details.

See here for our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Competition closes 21.12.18, winner announced 22.11.18. Open to Australian residents only

This article is written by our Daily Addict experts and brought to you as sponsored by Scholl Party Feet 

About the author

Karen Lawson is a renowned food and travel writer and a leader in the digital industry. She is an advisory board director of the Sydney Startup Hub, an award winning CEO having lead businesses such as Slingshot Accelerator, NewCo for ANZ and CareerOne where she was winner of BRW Most Innovative Company. Karen is a huge ‘foodie’ and has been a food and luxury travel journalist for over ten years, writing for a diverse range of publishers. She enjoys researching and writing trips to uncover the world's most luxurious places to stay, places to pop your taste buds and is always on the hunt for new and notable extra-ordinary experiences. She is also an inspirational speaker and a regular on the speaker circuit.


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