Party Favourites: Our go-to guide for large bookings
When you're organising a Christmas get together, finding the right venue can be a mission! To help you get a booking before they’re all gone and celebrate in style we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best venues in The Rocks for large bookings.
If your Christmas party or gathering is looking for a sophisticated dining experience, Pony should be your first choice. They offer part- or full-venue hire for large groups, and serve delicious flame-kissed modern Australian cuisine.
Tayim serves delectable Middle Eastern cuisine, prepared using the freshest Australian produce alongside a generous menu of wine, craft beers and boujee cocktails. It’s set inside a gorgeous heritage building, with walls of warm, glowing sandstone, making it the perfect place for an intimate gathering to an end-of-year blow out that your friends, family and colleagues will love.
You and Mrs Jones could have a thing going on. By that we mean you could host your next office Christmas party or large group gathering at Mrs Jones, an alfresco terrace atop one of Sydney’s oldest pubs. We love it for its delicious cocktail menu, heritage sandstone surrounds and charming staff.
For us the best way to celebrate is to share a meal with loved ones and Luna Lu’s menu is perfect for sharing. They serve contemporary Asian Fusion food, prepared with modern, gastronomic techniques, from cured scallops in ponzu, to fresh lobster noodles and wagyu steak. Book early to secure a seat in their incredible outdoor courtyard that has panoramic views of the harbour and the Opera House.
After a longer than usual year (it’s certainly felt that way), we reckon you deserve a cocktail or two. Cocktails don’t get any better than The Push, a bar and modern Australian eatery that exudes old heritage charm. Their venue is available for exclusive hire for 50-80 guests and/or perfect for large bookings.
Hickson House Distilling Co.
Where’s the best place for a serious Christmas party? We’d argue a gin distillery has to be fairly high up the list! Hickson House is home to two bars serving serious cocktails and delicious bites with a fully functioning distillery where the bar’s signature Hickson Rd. Gin is made. This character brick warehouse has plenty of space for big groups, and is ideally located near the best of The Rocks for when The Christmas party inevitably continues.
Inside this 200-year-old heritage building, you’ll find a sandstone outdoor courtyard, six bars held over two levels and countless dining and chill out zones. You’ll also find the home of Sydney’s biggest nights. The Argyle have plenty of room for large functions, live DJs and celebration packages that include magnums of Moet and Chandon. Go on - you’ve earned it.
El Camino Cantina
El Camino has giant margaritas, delicious tex mex tacos, a neon lit interior and an expansive alfresco terrace. These qualifications and more make it the perfect place to host your Christmas party or your next big catch up with friends. Wearing a sombrero and doing tequila shots is encouraged.
Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant
Nothing says celebration quite like a generous serving of fresh seafood, eaten right on the water (and preferably served with a few bottles of bubbles!). That’s exactly what you’ll get from Harbourfront, where stunning views compliment a delicious menu of skillfully prepared premium seafood. If the boss is paying, don’t miss the green Western Australian lobster, a decadent dish served with oyster butter and charred broccolini.
The Australian Heritage Hotel
If your party is into craft beer, pizza and charming old pubs - we’ve got a treat for you. The Australian Heritage Hotel, one of Sydney’s most historic pubs, famous for their 130-strong beer list and pizzas crafted using unique Australian ingredients. For the ultimate experience book their rooftop - it’s available fully catered for up to 30 guests and has stunning views over The Rocks and the city.Insider tip: check out their rooftop.
Is your party a little bit boujee? Why not book a table at one of Sydney’s best restaurants, serving elevated Grecian cuisine just a couple of steps away from the harbour. Ploos is the ultimate celebration venue, serving phenomenal dishes by Renowned chef Peter Conistis, alongside a wine and cocktail list that may be the best in Sydney, better try it for yourself.