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The best New Year's Eve parties in Sydney

Bid a not-so-fond farewell to the year that was at these top celebratory shindigs

Written by
Time Out editors
Maxim Boon
Jordan Clayden-Lewis

Update, December 23: In light of the surge of cases, many Sydney venues are cancelling NYE events. Call ahead of your visit to confirm if celebrations are taking place as planned.

There's no other way to put it: 2021 sucked. But now we're on the home stretch of this dumpster fire of a year, it's well and truly time to par-tay.

And there's no time to waste planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Harbourside patches of grass are highly coveted on any usual year – they fill up fast for the count-down to midnight – but this year calls for even more thorough forethought, thanks to the unpredictable weather chaos, caused by the current La Niña event in the Pacific. 

To help you plan, we've picked out the best ways to do New Year's Eve in Sydney – including fancy ticketed parties and restaurants laying on special NYE feasts.

Need to wash off the bad vibes? Freshen up with a splash at Sydney’s best beaches on New Year's Day (weather permitting). 

Sydney's best New Year's Eve events

For front-row seats to our city’s most spectacular show, you can’t go past the open-air, waterfront Opera Bar. Their NYE celebration sells out each year and 2021 will be no different, with revellers snapping up tickets ($495) to an epic party under the stars that includes continuous food and live music from 6pm. You’ll be dancing and mingling to the sounds of Bermuda Social, Soulphonics, Dark Horse and Natural Selector before taking in prime views of Sydney Harbour’s dazzling fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.

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