Best of the best: Sydney's best venues

May 25, 2021

When organizing an event, you are faced with many decisions, but you will agree that the choice of venue is the one that has the greatest impact on the overall impression. Most things depend on the venue such as the date of the event, catering, music, theme and decoration, number of guests and so on.

Whether it's a birthday party, a wedding, a glamorous gala dinner or a formal conference, the choice of venue can really make or break an event. That's why we claim that the venue is one of the most important things for an event, so take enough time and effort to choose the right one. If this sounds a little scary to you, no worries. We did our best to explain exactly what you need and how to find a venue for a successful event in a previous blog. In the following blogs, we will introduce you to the best venues in Australia, and we start with Sydney.

Sydney Opera House

“We strive to be as bold and inspiring as the Opera House itself.”

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most popular venues in Sydney. It is a masterpiece that is on the World Heritage List and belongs to all Australians. It is the number one tourist destination in the country and the most visited performing arts center. It hosts more than 10.9 million visitors a year and hosts more than 1,800 performances attended by more than 1.4 million people. The three main rental spaces include the famous Concert Hall, the elegant and intimate Utzon Room and the showroom known as The Studio.

As one of the most innovative and spectacular venues in the world, there is no better place to host your event. From small gatherings to large celebrations, corporate networking to community meetings, the team will work with you to create an unforgettable event.

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most popular venues in Sydney

Location: Bennelong Point

Capacity: 6000 guests

Phone: 02 9250 7393

Instagram: @sydneyoperahouse


The Calyx

“A fusion of art, theatre & flora”

Known as the jewel of Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, The Calyx boasts stunning architecture and the largest vertical floral display in the Southern Hemisphere. The Calyx is divided into four separate event spaces including The Foyer, the Function Space, the Display Area and the partially covered open-air Iris Terrace. No matter how intimate or large your event, all bookings at The Calyx are exclusive, allowing you to create intimate spaces or open up all areas to a dramatic flow of guests. A café by day and an event venue by night, The Calyx is regarded as one of Sydney's most popular and successful venues.

Location: Royal Botanic Garden

Capacity: 400 guests

Phone: 1300 558 980

Instagram: @thecalyxexperience



“Our venues will make your event unforgettable.”

On the beautiful grounds of the University of Sydney, there are spaces steeped in history. Insta-worthy, with a touch of character and charm. Whether you are looking for an intimate or sprawling venue, planning a unique wedding or private party, organizing a corporate event or need catering, they will help you to create an event that is truly memorable. They can provide banquet arrangements and cocktail setups of all sizes, and each event space offers classic and historic features that will add to the magical decadence of your special day.

Whether you are looking for an intimate or sprawling venue, planning a unique wedding or private party, organizing a corporate event or need catering, they will help you to create an event that is truly memorable

Location: Camperdown

Capacity: 500 guests

Phone: 02 9563 6245

Instagram: @hostcosydney


Zest Waterfront Venues

“Two amazing Sydney waterfront event & wedding venues.”

Zest Waterfront Venues offers two great locations on the absolute waterfront in Sydney's eastern suburbs and on the North Shore. They were awarded Best Reception Venue (NSW) at the ABIA Awards for 2018 and 2019.

They create unique experiences by focusing on the highest quality of service, food, style and personalized event design and also offer plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) menus as an alternative to their standard menus. It will create an event that is tailored just for you, whether it's a wedding, private party, corporate event or conference.

The first venue is the Beachouse at Point Piper, located in the prestigious Royal Motor Yacht Club, just minutes from the city and enjoys a commanding position over the spectacular Sydney Bay. They offer a stylish themed home in Hamptons Beach with elegant oyster shell walls, fresh limestone wood floors and bright accents.

The second venue is the Beachouse at The Spit, located in Middle Harbor 16ft Ski Club and is right on the beach. It offers a relaxed, rustic boat themed home with beautiful warm wood and imported stone with stunning gold painted ceilings.

Location: Point Piper / The Spit

Capacity: 450 guests

Phone: 02 9327 3441 / 02 9932 4644

Instagram: @zest_waterfront_venues


The Blue Room Bondi

“Magnificent ocean views mixed with beachside glamour.”

The Grand Pacific Group is a leading Sydney hotel group that has maintained a strong brand identity throughout its 19 years of existence, synonymous with sophistication, elegance and luxury. They are defined not only by unique and iconic venues, but also by a refined and unparalleled direction taken with food and service to create world-class gastronomic experiences. They are responsible for transforming a number of Sydney's historic buildings, revitalizing them into contemporary spaces while maintaining the original character of each venue.

With its stunning ocean views, it is the ultimate venue in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

The Blue Room Bondi is located on Sydney's famous Bondi Beach, in the historic Bondi Surf Bathers swim club. With its stunning ocean views, it is the ultimate venue in Sydney's eastern suburbs. This stunning space is the perfect blend of relaxed beach and elegance, offering an unforgettable experience from the moment you arrive.

Location: Bondi Beach

Capacity: 150 guests

Phone: 02 8978 9209 

Instagram: @theblueroombondi


The Captains Balcony

“Whisky, cocktails, craft beer & small bites.”

If you are looking for an intimate and relaxed dining experience, this is the place for you. The oldest local bar on Erskine Street, Captain's Balcony is a hidden gem perched above the hustle and bustle of the city. Its unique three level location is set in a charming 19th century Victorian terrace. The Captain's Balcony is the perfect venue for lunches, after work drinks, dinners, corporate events, birthdays, farewells, whiskey tastings, cocktails and Christmas parties. They proudly highlight their rich selection of whiskeys, from over two hundred gold treasures on the shelves from around the world.

Location: CBD

Capacity: 150 guests

Phone: 02 9299 3526

Instagram: @the_captains_balcony


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