It can be hard to find the right venue for an event. It can be even harder to find one that reflects the personality of you or your brand if you err on the sustainable / ethical / community-minded side of things. We've done the hard work for you scouting and testing out venues and below you'll find a list of the best, all with great minds and the best intentions behind them.
1. The arts / community hub
Alaska Projects, situated in a Kings Cross Car Park, is the home of rotating art exhibitions and has hosted the fantastic Idea Bombing Sydney.
Home / Work
Paramount House - home to Paramount Coffee Project, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Right Angle Studios and in one of the most beautifully revitalised buildings in Sydney.
2. The grungy but great live music venue
The Basement - Under recent new management, the Basement at Circular Quay is still turning out amazing gigs but with neat new touches like a Mexican cantina. Wildwon held the Bright Sparks PhD Pitch Night here earlier in 2013 and it was a fantastic, lively venue.
3. The local, craft beer merchants
Young Henry's Brewery Newtown - get your brew straight from the source. The recent launch of Out the Front demonstrated this is a fantastic venue for a party.
The Lord Nelson - home of some of Sydney's best tasting beer, including the famous Three Sheets Pale Ale. Stunning location in The Rocks.
The Local Taphouse - an extensive beer list featuring laods of Aussie craft beers
4. Your local bowling club
The Sydney suburbs of Petersham, Camperdown, Paddington, Clovelly all have beautiful, independently-owned and locally managed lawn bowls clubs that make for a fun and sunny day out. Bowling greens are usually accompanied by a cheap and cheerful club for food and drinks. Depending on club rules, you might even be able to bring your own esky.
5. The cute and classy small bar / wine bar
Thanks to the successful Raise the Bar campaign and current mayor Clover Moore, there is a growing small bar culture in Sydney (where before there were a growing number of super pubs, clubs, meat trays and pokies). This campaign really kicked off after John Thorpe (of the Australian Hotels Association) famously said “..we don’t want to sit in a hole and drink chardonnay and read a book”. Well, Sydney-siders begged to differ. The change is allowing small, local businesses to thrive and new standards to be set for drinking in Sydney. Here are some of the best:
The Grasshopper - Temperance Lane CBD and soon to open on William St
Freda's - hidden down a laneway off Regent St
Low 302 - right in the middle of the action at the corner of Oxofrd & Crown St
Cafe Lounge - lovely cosy spot in the heart of Surry Hills, occasional live music
7. Rooftop & outdoor
Office 2010 - check out one of Sydney's best rooftop terrraces, home to Quadrangle creative markets.
Prince Alfred Park - after multiple makeovers this park is turning into a sustainable city oasis and has stunning city views. Sections of the park are available to hire via the City of Sydney. You could even hold an event at the pool a la the 2013 end of year GreenUps.
6. The cafe / venue
Cafe DOV, Victoria St Potts Point - These guys have hosted and supported Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich MP (campaign launch and celebratory events also support #OrganicMatters, an initiative to get cafes to compost their organic waste. Their catering is impeccable and uses herbs and ingredients from their own courtyard garden.
Yulli's on Crown St - these guys offer seemingly endless amounts of support to their local community. Yulli's hosts live local music nights, sells and supports the work of local designers and even ran a spoken word poetry night. What they've really made a name for themselves for, though, is vegetarian cuisine so delicious that even your hardcore carnivore friends will enjoy themselves.
Griffin Theatre - if you're looking for something slightly more corporate or up market, but still interesting and unique, book in for a show and cocktail / canape function at Griffin. Their food is divine and a recent event we attended hosted by boutique law firm Marque was a perfect combination of stimulating theatre and lively discussion afterwards.
Yulli's Screening Room - this screening room has hosted Future Shorts, a spoken word poetry night called Beers and Bards, and even kids Disney movies screenings. The size of the room and position of the screen means it's better for short film and presentations than feature films.
Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Paramount House. An absolutely gorgeous-looking cosy cinema space for 50, this venue is ideal for screenings and even talks and lectures.
Govinda's & Movie Room - get comfy on the beanbags, tuck into some delicious vegetarian food and enjoy. Movies scheduled but also available for private hire.
8. The Blank Canvas
If you enjoy a challenge or you're after a pared back event these venues have minimal infrastructure meaning they're cheap and cheerful so long as you're happy to DIY catering and other things. If you're after a polished event be prepared to bump in nearly everything yourself, but for workshops, exhibitions, launches they can be fab.
The School - this photography and studio space is home to Megan Morton's famous craft workshops where the champagne flows freely and on a more community-oriented note it recently launched the Dumbo Feather iPad App. While you're there check out The Propery, The School, and Kitchen by Mike / Koskela next door.
Under New Management - this formerly empty space on Oxford Street has been transformed from display gallery to Real Food pop-up store to urban camp site to left right (brain) date nights to Tour de France lounge.
9. The Shabby Chic Warehouse
Bar at the End of the Wharf
Kitchen by Mike
For more information and advice on the capacity, catering, details, pros and cons of these venues get in touch with the venues themselves or contact us here at Wildwon.