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The best bars and pubs who want to host your party

Can’t fit a hootenanny in your house? Move it to a venue that will tap the kegs, circulate the snacks and do all the clean-up

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Time Out editors

Engaged? Throwing an office party? Celebrating the day of your birth? Doing these things at home is for suckers. You have to clean, wash up, cater. It's all a bit much. That's where these lovely venues come in. They're happy to host your party for you, and they've got the private rooms, function centres and more to do it in. 

Bars and pubs party venues in Sydney

The Local Taphouse
  • Bars
  • Darlinghurst
  • price 1 of 4

For any beer enthusiast searching for a place to host a private function, the Local Taphouse is a gold mine. We know you want the roof garden, which can fit 95 guests, but it’s not available to hire on the weekends, so if you don’t want anyone having to face the boss the next day, the Louvre on the middle floor is roomy enough for 80 guests with a minimum spend of $3,500 for all drinks and canapés. Keeping things intimate? Wilfred’s Room is a private dining room that can squeeze in about 35 people. 

Dove and Olive
  • Bars
  • Surry Hills
  • price 1 of 4

The Dove’s second floor is split into two distinct areas. One is the terrace bar, which boasts open-air space and a mini bar. On the other side is a sizable area with more craft beer options and cocktail capabilities. Snacks come in many shapes and sizes: canapés, platters, pub classics and pizzas. Hire fees start at a minimum spend of $1,800 for the terrace bar, and prices vary throughout the week.

The Oaks Hotel
  • Bars
  • Neutral Bay
  • price 2 of 4

Beneath the boughs of the fairy-lit oak tree is a garden pavilion that has a capacity of 150 people. For smaller parties, the dining room has room for up to 30 guests, a small balcony and a pool table, with a minimum spend of $300 for catering on canapés, barbecue, seafood platters or maybe pizzas. While a $200 deposit may be required to secure your booking, there are no hidden hire fees. 

Quarrymans Hotel
  • Bars
  • Pyrmont

At the Quarryman’s you can book an entire floor for your function. The lounge bar on the first floor can be yours and only yours if you’re up for spending $1,500 on drinks and $500 on food. The room can hold 100 people and has its own rooftop balcony, six craft brews on tap, bartenders and floor staff.

The Rose Hotel
  • Bars
  • Chippendale
  • price 1 of 4

Above the famous beer garden at the Rose is a craft beer and cocktail gallery space called Marmalade. Up here you can host from 30 to 120 guests. You can order up tasting paddles of six craft and boutique tap beers, and you’ll need to pre-order food, which will be included in the minimum spend fee: $500 for the small room, $1,500 for the large, or the entire space for just $2,500.

Daniel San
  • Bars
  • Manly

For a rooftop setting overlooking Manly Beach, Daniel San is unrivalled. The Rooftop Dojo is a tranquil coastal space for a private celebration. The Sunrise Dojo holds up to 150 people standing and 80 seated, while the Northern Dojo caters for 80 standing and 30 seated. Though prices change throughout the week, the minimum spend for a Friday night is $7,000 for the entire space – and who doesn’t want their own private rooftop bar by the beach?

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