In theory, throwing a birthday party is a great idea. In practice however, the entire process robs you of being pampered in the way you truly deserve. Why go through the torture of hosting a big bash when you’re the one who is deserving of celebration? Leave the cooking, cleaning, sprucing and tidying to others so that all you need to worry about is having fun. So grab your gang and get set to thoroughly revel at one of Sydney’s Sitchu-approved party venues.
Sitting pretty on Sydney Harbour, MANTA is a lush, spacious restaurant that suits all your party needs. This waterside spot is high on our list of Sydney’s best restaurants for its delectable cuisine and extensive wine list. Depending on numbers you may be inside or out on the terrace, either way, you will be delighted to stunning harbour views.
6/6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
The perfect party venue for every occasion. Want a glam meal? Visit the Dining Room. A snack and wine wind-down high on your agenda? The Wine Room has sleek fare down to a tee. Naturally, the Public Bar keeps things casual and lets the pub title stick while a mean-looking woodfire pizza oven churns out heavenly discs hour after hour. Make a booking or just turn up with your crew and let the Dolphin do the entertaining.
412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
After somewhere to take in Sydney’s skyline? The rooftop terrace at the newly refurbed East Village Hotel is the perfect place to settle in for a chic-pub-do. The semi-private dining room on the rooftop is available to be reserved for groups of up to 20 people while the Athletic Club and Sports Bar on the level below is an old-worldy haven to retire to once the sun is set and you’re ready to sink into a leather-clad chesterfield.
234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
Decked out in dusky pinks, distressed sand stone, abundant greenery and timber, juxtaposed against silky and velvety upholstery, this sprawling Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant is as decadent as they come.
Food is divine, Head Chef Arman Uz has developed a menu inspired by the rich and flavourful Levantine cuisine of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. The shared menu is split into flora, fauna and ocean with many dishes cooked over wood and charcoal on a custom-built three metre-long Mangal (Turkish grill) and two rotisseries. Kitted out with a restaurant, two large bars, a wood-fired kitchen, indoor-outdoor dining, a large outdoor terrace, and multiple private and semi-private dining spaces, this has epic birthday bash written all over it.
Level 7, Westfield Sydney- Pitt Street, Sydney
This Phillip Lane number has been winning the locals' hearts since it’s opening in mid-2016. Cocktails come first at Kittyhawk, with rye and rum giving flavor to the venue’s charming Paris-post-WWII fit-out. Reservations are available for those wanting to secure a table. If a bigger bash is more your type of thing, book out the elegant Conservatory catering for up to 70 people, while the upstairs function space has you sorted for up to 175 people with private wait staff and canapé options available.
16 Phillip Lane, Sydney
With a space for every party size, Bondi’s legendary Hotel Ravesis packs a celebratory punch. Blending Caribbean vibes and Art Deco styling, this -pretty-in-pink bar-slash-restaurant delivers an Australian take on Mediterranean classics, pairing dishes with an impressive wine and cocktail list. We can already taste the refreshing Bondi lemonade and grilled octopus with salsa verde, crispy sebago, paprika and parsley. With live music until 1am almost every night, even when it's not y our birthday, it's fairly hard no tot have a good time.
118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Inside this wooden-clad sanctuary, opulence and grandeur abounds. A sprawling, seductive space that comes dripping in dark timber furnishings, heavy marble surfaces, crystal chandeliers and mustard-hued velvet banquettes that make for a.truly spectacular party palace. With its buzzing atmosphere and small crowds congregating around the bar, Bopp & Tone is as geared up for the girls as it is for the guys, so rest assured you'll keep every guest happy.
Dishes are designed to share, so be sure to arrive hungry – and thirsty, the cocktails are devilishly divine. The space offers five different options for party bookings: the dining room; Wynyard or Carrington Terrace; private dining space (seats 28); or if you're booking out for a work bash, the venue is open to exclusive hire. That way, you can take your pick from any of the rooms you'd like! Set up camp for the evening, and believe us you'll find it hard to leave.
60 Carrington Street, Sydney
This Woolloomooloo hotel is your answer to fuss-free harbourside entertaining – pub style. Hire out one of the four areas available for functions of up to 100 people. An enviable drinks list will keep you satiated, while plenty of cocktails will ensure a lively evening of celebrations. Serving pub classics as well as seafood delights, you can be sure that everyone’s tummies will remain gorged and their spirits high.
46 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
A Northern Beaches favourite, The Newport is one of Justin Hemmes’ most notable waterfront offerings. Nestled on the shores of Pittwater the sprawling venue is perfect for a sizeable, lavish affair, as well as offering secluded spots for more intimate celebrations. With the Seafood Market, The Shack, The Kiosk and Vinnie’s Pizza all serving delectable eats, there is something for everyone.
Can’t find a babysitter? Fear not, The Newport provides an indoor kids area with badminton, pingpong tables and a giant magnetic scrabble board, the kids will be completely occupied and surrounded with uber-chic, retro styling that is just begging for adorable Instagram shots.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Another winning Hemmes creation, Coogee Pavillion also boasts a mean children’s play area – making the family celebration a total breeze. Simple, sharing plates dominate the scene, with pizzas, seafood, salads and bar snacks available so you won’t go hungry. If kids aren’t a determining factor for you, head up to the adults-only Rooftop and take in sweeping views across the Coogee shoreline while indulging in a tipple or two from one of the four indoor-outdoor bars. Contact the Merivale team directly if you’re keen to reserve an area.
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
Hotel Palisade of Sydney’s rapidly gentrified Millers Point, is the perfect place to pop a bottle or two of bubbles in celebration. With three spaces available to book for functions of 10-50 people with catering and table service available, the hotel makes entertaining easy. Sliders and croquettes, sit alongside gravlax salmon and tuna tartare crostini, giving the menu a distinctly modern Australian edge with accessible dishes available as canapés to please even the pickiest.
Interiors designed by Sibella Court are sleek and warm and the Rooftop cocktail bar Henry Deane is the perfect place to indulge in a birthday nightcap before settling into one of the Hotel’s nine boutique suites.
35 Bettington Street, Millers Point
Not so keen for an all-out party this year? Take it easy and gather the clan for a few drinks at Hyde Hacienda in Circular Quay. Overlooking the Ferry Wharves, Harbour Bridge and Opera House, there are few better views for a post-work cocktail with your nearest and dearest.
Living the Hyde Life pairs rum and peach liqueur a refreshing kick while the Harbourside Hibiscus brings together vodka, elderflower liqueur and fresh strawberries for a vibrant drink that will ensure you feel 21 again almost instantly. Semi-private spaces are available in the Northern and Southern end of the bar with fusion inspired food menus perfect for grazing.
Level 3, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
If a sophisticated, intimate dinner is all your heart desires on your day of birth, grab a table at Restaurant Hubert. Accepting reservations for groups of six or more, the French restaurant takes the cake for old-world opulence styling with wood-paneling and ruffled drapes and a baby piano to boot. Classic brasserie dishes go down a treat with swathes of French wines by the glass, half bottle, bottle and magnum, while cocktails are of the classic variety. With a charmingly romantic soundtrack comprised solely of jazz crooners, pick your date wisely and you’ll no doubt be the recipient of a birthday smooch.
15 Bligh Street, Sydney
Very chic, very Double Bay; Bibo Wine Bar is the perfect little wine bar for a sophisticated soireé. Boasting about 150 bottles of mostly Aussie wines, and delish Portuguese share plates, you can opt for either a sit down long lunch affair or a chic evening celebration. To really amp up the opulence, splurge on a bottle of Penfolds Grange – you won't regret it!
7 Bay Street, Double Bay
A bastion of George Street, The Morrison has a plethora of options for your next birthday party. Set menus, canapés and banquet menu options are all on offer, and with a range of rooms available to book out, you can personalize your event as you wish. Naturally, oysters take centre stage on the menu, flanked with equal importance by luxe cocktails and handpicked premium wines for an impeccable dining experience. The Oyster Room, Parlour and Conservatory are decked out with a New York brasserie ambience courtesy of exposed bricks, concrete pillars and high ceilings providing the perfect backdrop for a glam inner city occasion.
225 George Street, Sydney
Inner city chic in a way nowhere but Paddington can achieve, The Royal is spread across four floors perfect for smart casual entertaining. Warm up for the party on the top floor Elephant Bar and Rooftop for sunset drinks before heading down to the Verandah for a celebration over an elegant menu that caters to every palate. The 5 Ways sling refreshing, while the peach bramble makes light work of getting the night started. Contact the events team to help you organise your next birthday for a completely bespoke event.
Five Ways, 2237 Glenmore Road, Paddington
If a party without the fanfare is what you’re after, Marrickville’s The Henson is a casual neighbourhood pub with unpretentious charm. Local craft beers and seasonally changing cocktail lists keep the drinks interesting, while pub classics bulk out a creative menu that features inventive burgers, an array of vegetarian dishes and impressive cheese and antipasto boards courtesy of the in-house deli Grocery and Grog. Dogs and kids are welcomed (when well behaved of course) and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more accommodating group of staff throughout the Inner West.
91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville