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If you want to spend the festive season out of the house, these are the best places to be with your friends, families, and/or loved ones.
Christmas Day Lunch
If you’re looking for a merry location with festive, Italian flair, celebrate Christmas Day at Fratelli Fresh at Potts Point, Walsh Bay and Alexandria with a gorgeous $75pp set lunch menu. Feast on fritto misto of Sydney seafood with black aioli for entree, chili and prawn spaghetti, lamb shoulder roast with oregano and sweet potatoes, or a saffron and scallop risotto for main, and finish with a classic panettone with zabaione cream. Visit fratellifresh.com.au for bookings and full menu details.
Bavarian Bier Café & Munich Brauhaus
Enjoy a day full of Christmas cheer and Bavarian and hand-crafted beers at Munich Brauhaus The Rocks and Bavarian Bier Cafés in Manly and Bondi. A four-course set lunch starts from $79pp, including haus-baked pretzel, a quartet of oysters in mignonette sauce, turkey uber schnitzel with cranberry compote and orange fennel salad, and Christmas plum pudding. Visit munichbrauhaus.com and bavarianbiercafe.com for bookings and full menu details.
New Year’s Eve
All that glitters really is gold this NYE at The Argyle’s golden-themed extravaganza, across two floors, six bars and the iconic outdoor courtyard. Expect electric vibes and epic beats courtesy of a stellar line-up of Australia’s biggest dance and house DJs, including Tenzin, Brooklyn, Andy Murphy, Mike Champion and Helena Ellis. Expect an over the top production, with the whole venue dripping in golden-hued décor. Golden mermaids, roller skaters, stilt walkers, performers, and dancers will mingle with partygoers and shimmy on the dancefloor, while confetti cannons will add even more glitter to the evening. Visit theargylerocks.com to book first release tickets from $69pp, to $300 for a Gold Luxe package.
Raise a toast to farewell 2016 with a complimentary glass of Champagne at Café Ananas in the heart of Circular Quay with stunning views of the famous Sydney Harbour fireworks. The first sitting from 5pm – 9:30pm includes a three-course meal and a glass of Champagne for $120pp. To catch the stunning fireworks display without leaving your seat, book for the second sitting from 9:30pm – 1am, for $160pp. Visit ananas.com.au for bookings and full menu details.
The Cut Bar & Grill
Located just moments away from the Sydney Harbour fireworks display, enjoy the decadent á la carte menu at The Cut Bar & Grill, including the signature 4-hour slow roast F1 Wagyu Standing Rib, fresh locally-sourced seafood and one of Sydney’s most extensive beverage menus. Visit cutbarandgrill.com for full menu details and bookings. (Note: Sittings from 8:30pm have a minimum spend of $110pp.)
Saké Restaurant & Bar
If you’re looking for award-winning, contemporary Japanese cuisine to take you into 2017, look no further than Saké The Rocks and Saké Double Bay. At Saké The Rocks, located in the heart of the NYE action, enjoy favourite à la carte menu items and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at midnight. For a stylish night out in the east, head to Saké Double Bay for a New Year’s Eve to remember. Visit sakerestaurant.com.au for bookings and full menu details. (Note: Saké The Rocks table sittings post 8:30pm have a $110pp minimum spend and Saké Double Bay table sittings post 8:30pm have a $125pp minimum spend.)
El Camino Cantina
Join the fiesta and raise a Margarita at the hottest Tex-Mex restaurant in Sydney. Throw on a sombrero and round up your amigos for a loco New Year’s Eve Party filled with Tex-Mex favourites, legendary Margaritas and raucous rock n’ roll tunes. Located just 200 steps away from Sydney Harbour fireworks, El Camino Cantina will set your night alight. Visit elcaminocantina.com.au for bookings. (Note: El Camino Cantina table sittings post 8:30pm have a $99pp minimum spend.)
Bavarian Bier Café & Munich Brauhaus
All eight Bavarian Bier Cafés across Sydney and Munich Brauhaus The Rocks will welcome in the New Year with beer and good cheer. Choose á la carte favourites at all venues, and enjoy an oompa band and complimentary glass of sparkling wine at midnight at Munich Brauhaus. For a family-friendly dinner and fireworks, head to Bavarian Bier Café Miranda to enjoy a mouth-watering set menu at $89pp for adults and $20pp for kids. Then head to Westfield’s rooftop carpark at 9pm to catch a special fireworks display. Bavarian Bier Café Manly will showcase a special $99pp set menu and have a DJ on deck. Guests can opt to dine outside and view the 9pm Manly fireworks, with a minimum spend of $119pp. Visit munichbrauhaus.com and bavarianbiercafe.com for bookings and full menu details.
New Year’s Day
National Bloody Mary Day
The first day of 2017 marks National Bloody Mary Day. On New Year’s Day, check out the “Recovery Session Combo” at Bavarian Bier Café, Munich Brauhaus and Fratelli Fresh, which pair the celebrated Bloody Mary with a carefully selected dish at each venue for $25. Or at El Camino Cantina enjoy unlimited Bloody Marys for one hour as part of the $29 brunch from 11am-3pm.