Whether it’s an intimate private dining space or a huge party zone, Rockpool Dining Group has a venue for all-out silly season revelry
Saké Restaurant & Bar, Manly – The Luchetti Krelle-designed, interior award-winning restaurant with expansive views of Manly Cove features five private dining spaces, perfect for private events and intimate team dinners. Tsuchi, Mizu, Nami and Kaze are a succession of four private dining rooms, each seating six guests. Each room is divided from the next by identical moongates – traditional circular openings found in Japanese architecture. Timber dowel sliding screens inspired by sushi rolling mats can be closed to section off each room, or raised to join pairs of rooms and create larger spaces. The Kaze room features a spectacular view of Manly Cove. Another, larger private dining room, Sora, caters to groups of up to 24. In addition to these spaces, the spectacular al fresco terrace can be hired for events, seating 50 guests and with breathtaking ocean views. With a food menu of contemporary Japanese cuisine and an innovative drinks menu, the stunning rooftop location with a menu to match is perfect for all Christmas events.
Rosetta Trattoria Sydney – Located within the Harry Seidler-designed Grosvenor Place, Rosetta Trattoria radiates Italian coastal elegance and a sophisticated dining and bar experience over three levels, alongside a panoramic outdoor terrace. The ground floor accommodates 90 diners and overlooks a large, open kitchen where guests can take in Rosetta’s gastronomic theatre. The bar area accommodates 28 guests, while the mezzanine caters to groups of 50 for a sit-down meal and groups of 80 for a standing cocktail event. The beautiful, outdoor Rose Terrace bar caters to 60 guests – a perfect spot for summer soirees.
El Camino Cantina Manly – El Camino Cantina is the perfect place to don a sombrero and gather the chicos and chicas for an iconic summer Christmas event. The vibrant, rock ’n’ roll fuelled and effortlessly cool restaurant hosts gatherings of all sizes with an epic Tex-Mex menu to match. The versatile space can be sectioned into a semi-private areas. The stunning 100-seat terrace features a fantastic ocean view and can be hired exclusively for sit-down events. Bring your Christmas crews and feast on the epic Tex-Mex menu and long list of classic and frozen margaritas.
Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour – A huge Italian dining emporium with space for 550 diners, this Darling Harbour destination is perfect for all Christmas events. The restaurant boasts a bar devoted to Campari, with an outstanding seven spritzes and six negronis on tap. Located underneath the International Convention Centre, this gastronomic Italian hub can accommodate groups of any size with areas that can be sectioned off as semi-private spaces for larger gatherings. Groups looking for something a little more intimate can treat themselves to team cooking lessons.
Eleven Bridge – This dedicated event space located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD is suitable for large sit-down dinners and cocktail-style events. Eleven Bridge offers menus from the portfolio of premium restaurants, including Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple, Rosetta, Saké Restaurant & Bar, Bar Patrón and The Cut Bar & Grill making it perfect for any Christmas event. Spanning two levels, the heritage-listed building is known for its beautiful architectural aesthetics, which include a richly carved and modelled façade, grand sandstone entrance and finely executed interior finishes. The main dining room features soaring ceilings fitted with stunning, modern chandeliers. Overlooking the majestic room is the mezzanine level that caters to both canapé and sit-down settings. The versatile event space seats 175 guests in total but can be customised to fit groups of any size.
The Argyle – This late-night destination is one of Sydney's largest and most iconic event spaces and can host groups from 25 to 1500 guests. The heritage-listed venue is situated in the heart of The Rocks and boasts stunning architectural features of sandstone and wooden pillars. The Argyle encompasses six unique bars over two levels; all blended under one roof. A grand archway opens to the heartbeat of the precinct’s beautiful, cobblestoned, open-air courtyard, which features festoon lighting, large-format screen and outdoor bar. The Argyle caters for anything silly season throws at it and being only a short walk from Circular Quay, a hub of transport, this venue is the ultimate event destination.
El Camino Cantina| Manly Wharf, The Rocks, Entertainment Quarter, Westfield Miranda elcaminocantina.com.au
Fratelli Fresh| Bridge St, Alexandra, Entertainment Quarter, Darling Harbour, Crows Nest, Westfield Sydney fratellifresh.com.au
Eleven Bridge | Bridge St venues.rockpoolevents.com/sydney--new-south-wales/eleven-by-rockpool-events
The Argyle | The Rocks theargylerocks.com