Well folks, you’ve made it. We’re officially just a few days out from the end of 2017 and for most of you, clocking off work tomorrow means starting your summer holiday break. And that’s cause for some serious celebrations – the kind that’ll eclipse your usual Friday night shenanigans. From DJ-fuelled dance floor sessions, to Miami-themed Christmas parties, here’s where to go out in Sydney on the biggest Friday night of the year.
This well-loved Double Bay haunt likes to celebrate its punters with an annual ‘locals drinks’, and this year it’s happening on December 22. On the night, there’ll be free snacks, raffles and badge draws glaore, plus drinks for gold coin donations, with proceeds going to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.
How better to launch yourself into the summer break, than with a beer garden session spent sipping some of the most summery brews around? Swing by Staves Brewery from 4pm this Friday to catch the venue’s summer solstice tap takeover, featuring eight delicious seasonal beers brewed on site. There’ll be a pig on the spit and live tunes in the beer garden, plus you’ll have the chance to meet new brewer Zac Pauling.
If an evening of hip hop is top of your Christmas wish-list, Pontoon is exactly where you want to be this Friday. DJ Robiko and guests will be taking the decks for a special Christmas edition of the bar’s Friday night weekly party, guaranteed to see you partying till the wee hours. Be there between 8-10pm to score drink specials like $5 vodkas, $5 beers and $10 Vodka Red Bulls.
To help get you into the Christmas spirit, Joey London will be taking over the Monkey Magic decks for a whopping six-hour DJ set, from 9pm this Friday. Alongside that tasty serve of disco, house and funk, punters can enjoy $10 cocktails (8-10pm), budget-friendly Tsingtao + loaded fries combos, and even some old-school Nintendo 64.
Wrap up the work year in style, with a night of big beats, as The Lady Hampshire launches its brand new Friday night weekly party, Lady Lady. Kicking off at 9pm December 22, a solid lineup featuring CKDJ, FlexMami and TYOOW will be throwing down a dance-worthy mix of hip hop, rap and RnB, right through until 2am.
If you prefer your Christmas soundtrack to be heavy on the metal, you’ll have yourself a blast at The Bald Faced Stag’s Thrashmas party on December 22. Head in from 6pm for festive beers, and hard-hitting tunes from the likes of Amortius, Carbon Black, Odius and Dark Order. Enrty’s a neat $20.
Celebrate that sweet end-of-year freedom, with an evening of dance floor madness at Candy’s Apartment. On December 22, the Candy Fridays Christmas Party will find you partying hard to sounds from the likes of Mojo Man, Brizz and Josh Nixon. Get in before 11pm for free entry.
The CAUSE crew has moved into shiny new digs at The Bunker and to celebrate, they’re throwing a proper welcome bash on December 22. Head down to the Darlinghurst space to catch a top-notch line-up of local talent, including Monika Ross, B_A and aboutjack. You’ll score free entry if you’re there between 9-10pm.
Forget about those dreams of a frosty white Christmas – Flamingo Lounge is instead tapping into those balmy holiday vibes with its Christmas In Miami bash, on December 22. Think palm trees, Christmas trees crafted from sand, pizzas from Society Pizzeria Di Catania and a line-up of mind-blowing cocktails, along with a thumping dance floor and an evening full of DJ tunes.
The Rug Diggers Christmas Extravaganza is set to be an extra merry affair, taking over both levels of The Flinders on December 22. Head in from 9pm to dance your way into the holidays, with help from DJ’s like Jimmi Walker, Persian Rug, Watson & Clive and Winny. There’s only 200 tickets for this one – grab yours now.