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

107 Projects, Redfern

107 Projects, Redfern

Alaska Projects, situated in a Kings Cross Car Park, is the home of rotating art exhibitions and has hosted the fantastic Idea Bombing Sydney
107 Projects
Hub Sydney

Paramount House 


2. The grungy but great live music venue

LeadBelly, Newtown

LeadBelly, Newtown

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.
Venue 505
Red Rattler
LeadBelly
Foundry616
Colbourn Ave


3. The local, craft beer merchants

The Old Growler, Wooloomooloo

The Old Growler, Wooloomooloo

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 Taphousean extensive beer list featuring loads of Aussie craft beers


4. Your local bowling club

Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly

Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly

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

Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

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
Freda's - hidden down a laneway off Regent St
Love, Tilly Devine 


6. Rooftop & outdoor

The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Rooftop, Marrickville
The Calyx
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.
Hotel Palisades
The Light Brigade
Paddington Reservoir
The Local Taphouse Rooftop


7. Theatres

Griffin Theatre, Kings Cross

Griffin Theatre, Kings Cross

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

The Commune, Waterloo

The Commune, Waterloo

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 Drill Hall
District 01 
The Commune


9. The Shabby Chic Warehouse

Studio 206, Surry Hills

Studio 206, Surry Hills


10. If you've got budget

Australian Technology Park, Redfern

Australian Technology Park, Redfern

Bar at the End of the Wharf
Australian Technology Park
Carriageworks

For more information and advice on the capacity, catering, pros and cons of these venues get in touch with the venues directly. If you'd like help with your next event contact us here at Wildwon.