10 venues ideas for your interesting / off-beat / fun and somewhat sustainable or community-minded event in Sydney
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
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 Lord Nelson - home of some of Sydney's best tasting beer, including the famous Three Sheets Pale Ale. Stunning location in The Rocks
The Royal Albert Surry Hills
The Old Growler - Local, seasonal, sustainable food and drink in a cosy basement in Wooloomooloo
The Local Taphouse - an extensive beer list featuring loads of Aussie craft beers
4. Your local bowling club
The Sydney suburbs of Petersham and Clovelly both 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:
6. Rooftop & outdoor
The Royal Hotel Paddington
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.
The Light Brigade
The Local Taphouse Rooftop
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
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
Darlinghurst Theatre Company
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.