8 Cool Ideas for Hosting Corporate Events in Sydney
By Nicole Price /Venue Expert
Fri 24th Mar 2023 Corporate Venues
Gone are the days when corporate events meant booking a stuffy hotel conference room, ordering platters of sandwiches, and leaving the experience up to the keynote speakers. With Sydney as your backdrop, there are endless possibilities for creative corporate events that will excite guests and make them feel both engaged and at ease.
Sydney has plenty of talking points to create a memorable atmosphere — from beautiful cityscapes to captivating beaches — and offers access to some of the best caterers in the region. But your guests’ experiences are dependent on what you do with such resources.
Here are eight cool ideas for events in Sydney to get you started, but there are plenty more if you speak with your local venue experts.
1. Casual Hang at Cruise Bar Sydney
If your corporate event is informal and you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere to network in, Cruise Bar Sydney should be on your list. Networking needn’t be formal when you can do it in the open-air setting of this multi-level event venue with its incredible waterfront views and decks.
As you and your guests catch up over killer drinks and world-class canapes, the stunning backdrop of the harbour, Sydney Opera House, and the city skyline will be a unique reminder of your event. You’ll have three dynamic event spaces to choose from, varying based on your guest list size and style of event.
2. A High-Flying, Rotating Dinner Overlooking the City at O Bar & Dining
For a majestic dinner option with breathtaking city views, look no further than O Bar & Dining. This is the only revolving restaurant in Sydney (located on level 47 of Sydney’s iconic Australia Square Tower). With expansive windows that afford unbeatable aerial views of the city skyline, you and your guests will enjoy an ever-changing landscape and all its beauty right from your seat.
It doesn’t just stop at the scenery. The restaurant also has an extensive menu of delicious modern Australian cuisine crafted by renowned chef and cookbook author Michael Moore. Expect interest flavour profiles and cool menu concepts.
3. Gather at The Speakeasy-Style Lounge at Coogee Bay Hotel
Sydney’s waters are home to many stunning venues, and Coogee Bay Hotel is no exception. The hotel is situated right on the beach and boasts a prime piece of real estate just 20 minutes from the city centre.
For corporate events in Sydney, we highly recommend Arden Lounge — a speakeasy-inspired space with intimate furnishings and a fireplace. Think comfortable, relaxed networking. Guests will also have access to a spacious balcony that looks out over the beach and ocean, creating a unique atmosphere of coastal elegance.
4. A Private Dining Experience on the Waterfront With Fresh Shucked Oysters at Zest Waterfront Venues Boathouse at The Spit
Following the theme of waterfront venues, Zest Boathouse at The Spit is one of Sydney’s most luxe corporate event spaces. Set in beautiful Mosman, it boasts uninterrupted views of the harbour and plenty of natural light.This is where you want to be if you’re looking for a modern, but intimate waterfront atmosphere.
The Zest catering team is all about creativity when it comes to designing tailored menus for corporate events, so why not opt for a bespoke seafood platter with fresh shucked oysters and prawns, artisanal cheese boards, handmade sushi rolls, and dumplings to really set the tone.
5. Enjoy Cocktail Hour at the Wilmot Bar at Kimpton Margot
Kimpton Margot is a new five-star hotel in Sydney’s historic Art Deco building set right in the heart of the city. This is a prime event space for luxury corporate events, and its Wilmot Bar, featuring its dedicated cocktail room with a magical atmosphere, should be at the top of your list when planning something special.
The moment you step into it, you’ll be transported back in time with gorgeous furnishings reminiscent of the 1930s. During the day, enjoy a relaxing cuppa accompanied by light snacks. When the evening draws near, the space transforms into a lively cocktail bar where you can enjoy an array of expertly crafted drinks.
6. Drinks on the Terrace at Bathers’ Pavilion in Mosman
The beach is never far away in Sydney, and Bathers’ Pavilion makes the most out of that. This coastal venue is Mosman’s premier destination for corporate events, and its stunning outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down over Balmoral Beach.
Your corporate event will be extra special with a private bar and plenty of space to mingle and enjoy some delicious canapes. The terrace at Bathers’ Pavilion also has a retractable roof, so you can make the most out of this beautiful alfresco space all year round.
7. Sip Champagne and Eat French Bites at the Champagne Bar at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
City views and a cool evening glow lend Sofitel Darling Harbour’s Champagne Bar a stylish setting for classy cocktail-style events. The bubbly selections are perfectly matched with a French-inspired menu of bites like mini croques monsieurs and gravlax tartines.
This spot is that elusive and perfect mix of comfortable luxury. The setting creates a celebratory ambience, but with a casual element for any corporate occasion that feels like a splash without too stuffy a vibe.
8. Host Poolside Rooftop Gathering at Aster at the Intercontinental Sydney
Aster at the InterContinental Sydney offers an opportunity for you to try out a poolside gathering sans swimwear of course. Guests can expect an array of creative cocktails, artful dining, and highly-personalised service as they sip drinks overlooking the harbour. To really set the tone for your event, why not opt for a special reserve champagne.
Whether the purpose is to map out big plans or simply connect and mingle in a relaxing atmosphere — Aster is your spot. Have the ultimate rooftop experience while taking advantage of Sydney’s exclusive venue.