Boxing Day is often reserved for the cinema or the beach in Sydney, but there are quite a few parties on around the city which you should get across, should you want to compensate for the whole obligatory family Christmas thing by getting turnt up with your squad, that is. Here are our top five Boxing Day parties for 2015.
DARLO COUNTRY CLUB (DARLINGHURST)
One of the Darlinghurst’s newest and most exciting additions has been the recently opened Darlo Country Club, setting up in the space that used to house The Victoria Room. The L.A country club inspired bar is a massive scene of lobster truffle mac ‘n’ cheese and eton mess cocktails every other day, but on Boxing Day things are going to be just a bit different. The venue will be open from 5pm to 2am, with dinner from 7pm followed by an evening of cocktails and live music. Bookings are recommended: [email protected] or 9380 4279.
CARGO BAR (KING STREET WHARF)
One of Sydney’s most frequented party hot spots will be doing what they do best from 3pm this Boxing Day, hosting one massive party with the likes of KLP, DJ duo The Faders, and a list of other party starters including Yogi and Bronx. Entry is $10 with guestlist available at http://love.cargobar.com.au/forms/guestlist.
COURTYARD PARTY @ IVY (CBD)
The Courtyard Party series at ivy isn’t holding back on Boxing Day, throwing one of their biggest bashes of the year with a line-up of Aussies and international guests who have been absolutely smashing the scene all year. Future Classic’s soulful Hayden James will be headlining, with the rest of the line-up just as impressive, including Carmada, KLP, Sweater Beats, Wuki, DISKORD, Stephane 1993, NEMØ, and more. It kicks off at 1pm and festival attire is encouraged. From 1-3pm there will be $5 drinks and tickets for the whole thing are available at www.courtyardparty.com.
ARGYLE (THE ROCKS)
This gem in The Rocks will be pumping on Boxing Day with three DJs from Melbourne – Andry Murphy, Piero, and Jolyon Petch – along with Argyle resident DJ Tass, tasked with keeping the party going day and night. Bookings are available at www.theargylerocks.com/whats-on/argyle-saturdays-boxing-day-special/.
WATSONS BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL (WATSONS BAY)
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is a good choice no matter what the occasion during Sydney’s summmer. The place is pretty much built for it, with those million-dollar seaside views. The folks at Australia-made spritz Sofi realise this, so will be coming together with the venue and on board their annual Yacht Club Boxing Day. There will be DJ’s all day and night, including sets from MINX and Olympic Ayres. VIP Tickets are available for $30, which include exclusive bar and balcony access plus complimentary SOFI Spritz on arrival.
Elsewhere at the venue will be a VIP Boxing Day Lunch which includes a 2 course feed and a 2 hour drink package, plus a VIP ticket for access to the party. That’d set you back $99 each.
Bookings for the party are available at https://tickets.myguestlist.com.au/v25649d2439ef33/boxing-day-2015-/evs5649d243a0f0c. Bookings for the lunch are available by contacting [email protected]
Or you can…
FIGHT THE CROWD AT DAVID JONES (OR FIGHT FOR BROADBAND DOMINANCE ONLINE)
The Boxing Day Clearance sale at David Jones will, for the first time since 2008, include all NSW regional stores this year. Available at all stores will be savings up to 60% off on fashion and 50% off on Home items. This is the 110th year these famously chaotic and highly sought after sales will be taking place, and David Jones are expecting to sell an impressive: 55,000 womens dresses; 600,000 pieces of intimate apparel and hosiery; more than 1 million men’s business shirts; over 150,000 LEGO sets; 45,000 tech gadgets; 30,000 pieces of cookware; 70,000 small appliances; 10,000 units of Boxed Dinner Sets; 85,000 units of Loose Dinnerware; 20,000 pieces of luggage.
The Sydney CBD store will be opening from 5am, with the traditional bell ring signalling the sales rush. The Parramatta store will be opening at 7am.
You can always brave the David Jones website, but they are expecting around 1 million visitors so you better hope that you can fit on the server.