Vivid lights up all throughout Sydney – the sails of the Opera House, on the water in Darling Harbour, the new addition of Barangaroo, throughout the malls of Chatswood and even Taronga Zoo. Want to catch the lights from the comforts of a bar or restaurant? Here's your hitlist.
The best places to see Vivid Lights
Throughout Vivid this new-look Cuban-inspired cocktail lounge at the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour will be a hot spot. The glassed in box jutting out over the concourse has excellent views of the harbour from every seat and they will also be shaking up two special Vivid cocktails.
Now it’s time for dinner at the zoo, which is a new experience being offered as part of Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo. From May 26 to June 17, Taronga’s the View Restaurant will be transformed into an underwater haven with incredible oceanic light projections, marine sounds and marine-inspired lighting. You’ll be overlooking the zoo’s new light installations – the Port Jackson shark and the floating stingray – as you choose from the special two-course menu.
GPO Grand fronts onto Martin Place meaning you can see the all the action of the precinct before heading in for a meal. Enjoy a glass of wine and dinner at one of the venues many restaurants including Prime, Intermezzo Ristorante, Postales Restaurant, GPO Cheese and Wine Room, Coach Bar and Crystal Bar.
This pop-up within the lit surround off the Royal Botanic Gardens will be serving signature dishes from Nel. restaurant including Truffle Hunt Chicken or comforting bread and butter pudding. V The bar will also be doing spiced rum, mulled wine, hot chocolates and coffees by Will & Co.
Underneath Vivid's 'tree of light’ projections onto the CTA building you'll find Lux Populi. It will showcase some of Sydney's best chefs and restaurants including Porteno, LP's Quality Meats and Stanbuli. They'll be dishing out Vivid Sydney-inspired specials and cooking over coal and wood fires. James Squire, Archie Rose Gin and Vodka, Cattleyard Brewing Co. Beer and Azure Wines will be propping up the bar.
Located within the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour Hotel, Q Dining (formerly known as the Quadrant Restaurant) boasts floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the harbour. They'll be serving up a Vivid inspired menu and a special Vivid kids menu, meaning the whole family can enjoy.
Need a bite before a Vivid Live gig?
Get your glad rags on and head down to Circular Quay with plenty of time to spare before curtain up for an early dinner, or even just a pre-threatre tipple at these restaurants and bars located near the Sydney Opera House.
Heading to Chatswood?
Want more Vivid?
Vivid Sydney has announced its colourful program for 2017, which will include 23 days of light, music and ideas events taking place around the city. As always, there’ll be light projections to admire around the CBD, as well as Australian-exclusive performances inside Sydney Opera House. It’s a heady program – so we’ve picked out 15 highlights to help you decide how to spend that pocket money during the festival, from May 26 to June 17.