Thankfully it’s looking likely that we will all be able to bid good riddance to 2021 with a proper New Years Eve celebration, unlike last year – obviously pending the impact of Omicron. So the team here at City Hub have taken some time this week to find some of the best events for you to ring in 2022 and get a much more positive year off to a flying start.
The on again, off again, on again fireworks display is now 100% confirmed to be going ahead this year, with both the 9pm family friendly and midnight displays in store for Sydneysider to enjoy. If you want to witness these displays it is highly recommend you get in early to stake out your viewing point by the harbour.Alternatively you could check out the following events to guarantee a priming possie;
Royal Botanic Gardens
By purchasing a ticket to the Royal Botanic Gardens event you’ll guarantee a view from one of the closest locations of the fireworks display. Enjoy a carefully curated picnic basket filled with a bottle of water, an entree of caramelised onion, manchego, and heirloom tomato tartlet, the main course of harvest fresh salad with smoky BBQ corn fed chicken breast, a decadent White Chocolate & raspberry brownie for dessert, then hummus & smokey paprika with toasted Kurrajong kitchen lavosh as a snack, and a delicious late-night supper of Gippsland aged cheddar, Tasmanian Brie, crackers, and quince paste. There are also vegetarian options to choose from.
Get a little closer to the action by venturing out onto the water aboard one of the many Harbour cruise events on offer.
Ring in the new year amongst the sound of roaring lions & various other animals at the iconic Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat. Offering an unforgettable way to start the New Year, guest will enjoy sumptuous food and wine during an intimate all-inclusive cocktail dinner with live music & unforgettable views of the harbour & fireworks display.
If you want to escape the CBD but still be by the water then why not head to Bondi beach. North Bondi Fish will be hosting a special four-course shared dinner menu to help you and your friends kick off the new year with some flare.
Dress up to the nines, kick up your heels and leave the crowds behind as you stroll towards the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House for a sumptuous production of Puccini’s La Bohème.
After the show, make your evening unforgettable with tickets to the exclusive Midnight Party. Held in the Northern Foyers of the Opera House, this event includes drinks, canapés and entertainment — and of course, a great vantage point for Sydney’s famous fireworks.
NYE is the one night of the year you can truely indulge yourself, so head to the Fenwick in Balmain for just that. Enjoy a multi-course degustation menu with premium beverages delicious Sydney Rock oysters served with passion fruit gel and lemon balm, then Amaebi prawns with green apple, stracciatella & caviar, Cavatelli with spanner crab, bottarga, lime and chilli, and many more delicate dishes during the evening.
With unrivalled views of the city 83 storeys above street level, nowhere else in Sydney boasts such an uninterrupted vantage point as Bar 83. Revellers can ring in the new year with live DJ sets all night long, a crisp glass of champagne on arrival and another glass just for the midnight toast. You’ll also be treated to delicious gourmet canapés throughout the evening.
The Imperial Erskineville have a range of options to help you celebrate the end of 2021. Whether you just want to head down to the local to have a few drinks with friends or if you want to take in a show before really getting into the festivities and finally if you want to go from Dusk Til Dawn they have you covered.
If take up their VIP Dusk Til Dawn package you’ll be treated to an evening hosted by ru-girl Etcetera Etcetera, you’ll have exclusive access to the oh-so-italian-chic UP from 5pm to 10pm, your own table with 5 hours of drinks, a selection of premium canapés, drag hosts/pop-up entertainment, DJs and much more. And then from 10pm you’ll be able to roam throughout the entire venue and dance till late.
If a night of fine dining seems like the best way to bring in a new year then the Sunshine Inn is the place to be. The Redfern bar is offering a six-course degustation menu exploring produce and native Australian flavours from around the country – which is fitting given the year we’ve just endured. Best of all, they’ll be pairing each course with wines from regions in those states.
Marrickville music venue Camelot Lounge have two fantastic events planned to help celebrate NYE.
First up is NYE with Smooth Sailing Yacht Rock Party which is for those of you who enjoy yacht rock music of the 70s & 80s. Head down and enjoy sipping on a piña colada whilst listening to a rocking 13-piece band featuring some of Sydney’s smoothest musicians play the highlights of the Yachtest 100.
Next up is NYE with The Pragmatics. Sydney’s favourite Classic Bar Band, The Pragmatics, return for another killer New Year’s Eve, delivering three huge sets of back-to-basics raucous covering smash faves and deep cuts from classic rock, hot soul, anthems, Americana and popular indie from 1965 to today.