CIRCULAR QUAY & THE ROCKS
The “Go To” place for any visitor in Sydney, the Lighting of the Sails on the Opera House is the flagship of the Vivid festival, check out these venues where you can dine within walking distance.
Top Tip – Walk off your meal by taking a stroll through a fantasy world at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Head Chef Francesco Mannelli will be showcasing his favourite seasonal picks with a creative 3 course Vivid menu for $78pp. Completing the experience is a grand finale “Glow” Pavlova that is set to ignite the senses.
Soak in the full Vivid experience by heading to Bennelong early for a Pre-Vivid menu under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Then step out the front doors for some photos on the famous steps.
Bask in the uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House and revel in the harbour lights skyline whilst perched on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La hotel. The 6 course tasting menu is $170pp or $235pp with matching wines for this once in a lifetime experience.
Celebrate Vivid with a selection of colourful specials to choose from including; A Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail with Skyy vodka, Limoncello, freshly squeezed lemon juice and topped with blow torched meringue, a decadent Chocolate sphere dessert and a Star Vivid Pizza.
Sat on top of the Overseas Passenger Terminal means you’ll be head and shoulders above the crowd with views across Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House. The Authentic Japanese $90pp 5 course Vivid menu is the only option for this hidden gem.
Combine sphistication and elegance at this Italian Restaurant just a gentle stroll from Vivid's epicentre. They are featuring a Vivid meny available between 5-6pm that features Neil Perry's seasonally focused regional dishes.
If you're looking for an after Vivid experience the newest kid on the block fro Rockpool Dining Group has you covered. Enjoy the normal menu 'til 11pm or the snacks menu afterwards and celebrate with a Tequila or two.
DARLING HARBOUR & KING ST WHARF
With Vivid features including Fantastic Oceans, Enchanted Garden and Under The Sea, Darling Harbour will be a prime spot for Vivid visitors this year, here are some of our picks to soak in the surroundings.
Top Tip – Don’t forget that fireworks will be back at 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
Exclusively offering 50% off the food bill to a limited number of Dimmi diners, book early to enjoy waterfront views of the Vivid festival
Try “The Hook” swinging skewers and wash them down with the special $15 “Vivid Memory” Malibu and Bacardi cocktail. Layered with blue Curacao, mango and pineapple puree & finished with Lime and Raspberry cordial its Vivid in a glass.
Take the family to this iconic eatery serving up kids menus with glowing fairy floss! Set menus are available for just $35pp and there will be Vivid cocktails with a free festive glass. Book early and sit on the balcony for the best views.
This Sydney institution will be hosting a Shellfish & Chenin Blanc Wine Dinner on Tuesday 12th June. At $95pp including 4 courses and matching wines enjoy Vivid in style whilst tasting the treasures of the sea.
Built into the front of the International Convention Centre Sydney, be close to the features at Darling Park whilst also checking out this stylish new architecture. They will be offering a Vivid Dessert Trio of hazelnut bavaroise on fleur de sel sable, yoghurt and blueberry macaroons, cheesecake and gluten free streusel with marbled meringue.
With a giant glowing creature wandering the waterfront to recognize the First Nations women, the promenade will experience illuminations based on water, earth and fire. Enjoy these outstanding restaurants whilst connecting with the land and its waterways.
Top Tip – Get a ferry to the Barangaroo wharf to soak some of the Vivid sights from the water.
Enjoy a fine selection of authentic Indian entrees and curries. At $49 the Vivid Express Menu is designed to be quick, easy and shared between two so you can take in the lights without wasting the evening waiting for food.
With water views, this New Orleans/Louisiana-influenced restaurant is perfectly placed to pop in for a drink or dinner while you explore Vivid Sydney in Barangaroo. Try the infamous pit-master’s pick – a selection of bbq meats, house pickles with sides and sauces.
Experience the Australian-inspired restaurant menu or indulge your sweet tooth with a dessert tasting degustation at the dessert bar. With views out onto the water from the upper level of Barangaroo Avenue you can soak up the atmosphere whichever your dining preference.
CITY & SURROUNDS
Vivid is expanding every year which means more and more areas will be worth visiting. Martin Place, Kings Cross, Chatswood are all popular and here are some restaurants that will enhance your experience.
Top Tip – The legendary KX Coke sign will lit up in typical Vivid style to enhance its recent refurbishment.
Where better to get into the Vivid spirit than by dining within Luna Park at the Deck Sydney, view the Vivid lights across Sydney Harbour with a $55 2 course menu or $70 for 3 course menu. What’s more, receive one free parking pass per booking and after dining sign up for a VIP Deck Membership and take a complementary ride on the Ferris Wheel.
Start your evening inside the old General Post Office at Martin Place where Mosaic will be offering a sampling of the menu served conveniently on one platter with a complimentary beverage for $39.50pp
Join O Bar and Dining for dinner during Vivid 2018 that you will not forget. O Bar and Dining provides the perfect vantage point for Vivid, perched 47 floors above the city with 360-degree panoramic views. Plus all patrons receive a ‘special’ Vivid experience.
With neon signs and alternative rock music you’ll think you’re already part of Vivid in this Japanese Izakaya. Being in close proximity to the action on Bridge Lane means they’ll be opening up 7 days per week during the Vivid period.
Experience the view from the north side of the harbour whilst enjoying a 5 course meal for $79pp or $149pp with paired wines at this Lavendar Bay restaurant
Take advantage of the short walk to Circular Quay by choosing a pre-Vivid menu at this triple-hatted icon. Enjoy 2 courses for $90pp or 3 courses for $120pp and taste Ross Lusted’s unique culinary style.
In a rush to see the lights? The Morrison has got you covered with plenty of quick wintery treats to warm the soul. In and out within a flash! Receive a complimentary glass of Tyrrell’s sparkling, white or red with any main purchase. - Offer only available between 3pm – 6pm during Vivid 2018