The past year has been one heck of a ride, with the tragic floods in NSW, the war in Ukraine, and the passing of the longest-reigning female monarch Queen Elizabeth II to name just a few of the events that will forever mark 2022.
So, if you’ll be in Sydney for New Year’s, where’s the best spot to bid good riddance to the year that was? Fortunately, with countless parks and beaches facing the Harbour Bridge, the site of the fireworks, not to mention no shortage of ticketed venues where you can toast the new year in style without nefcessarily catching the official fireworks display, we’re spoilt for choice.
Ahead, are some of our favourite spots — both free (because #costofliving) and ticketed. Note that the fireworks will go off at 9pm and at midnight so you have two chances to catch the show.
The Meat & Wine Co, Barangaroo, Circular Quay and Parramatta
On December 31, Afro-centric-inspired Meat & Wine Co is offering a four-course menu for $150 per person. It includes garlic bread and biltong to start, aged Wagyu tartare and Chermoula marinated prawns. For dessert, dip into your choice of rich chocolate and hazelnut fondant, apple and rhubarb crumble or crème brûlée.
Blues Point, McMahons Point
Untied is throwing a Frosé Rooftop Party this New Year’s Eve. Kicking off at 7pm, the party will feature four hours of bottomless frosé from a self-serve machine with flavours like strawberry and watermelon, mango and lime, and banana and cacao. Top your drink with gummy bears, rainbow straps and sour worms. Also included are beer and wine, roaming canapes and a DJ set. Tickets will set you back $199 per person.
The Butler, Potts Point
Ring in the New Year with an Ibero-American feast, washed down with bubbles at Potts Point venue The Butler. The venue’s New Year’s Eve package includes a banquet menu with no less than eight courses. Live music will play throughout the evening and post-dinner dancing is encouraged. As midnight approaches, guests will gather on the terrace to watch Sydney’s spectacular fireworks display. The package is $250 per person, with a cocktail on arrival.
Dudley Page Reserve, Dover Heights
The Rook, CBD
The Rook will host its New Year’s Eve party on the rooftop it transformed for summer, called Secret Garden. The botanic oasis boasts a picturesque display of pastel florals cascading from the atrium ceiling. Enjoy a four-hour drinks and roaming canapes package from 8pm ’til midnight for $110 per person.
Q Dining, Circular Quay
Mingle with fellow diners over a glass of bubbles on arrival and roaming artisanal canapes at Q Dining before being seated to dine on a four-course menu, featuring Yellowtail kingfish, dry-aged Hawkesbury duck breast and Wagyu beef. Best of all? The Circular Quay venue offers uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour. The menu will set you back $349 per person, $129 for kids under 13.