#1 Lotus Dumpling Bar, Dawes Point
Described as a “perfect meeting of East and West”, Sydney’s Lotus Dumpling Baris all about traditional Chinese fare, like seafood, salad and of course, dumplings, with a modern Australian approach. The restaurant, and it’s private dining room, features a minimal colour palette, Thonet dining chairs and a number of commissioned artworks by Kim Akimovic.
#2 The Roosevelt, Potts Point
The Roosevelt, which originally opened in Potts Point in 1947, has become a serious player on the Sydney cocktail scene over the past few years and now caters to all your magnificent bastard whims with its Poker Room. Up to 12 guests can push past the secret doorways to The Roosevelt’s Poker Room to find an incredible speakeasy dining den, perfect for a game of Poker or lavish night of food and whisky cocktails.
#3 INDU, Sydney
Sydney’s INDU restaurant is not your average butter chicken and naan fix. It’s a celebration of village cultures, flavours and local hospitality in an environment where eastern mysticism meets western curiosity. For a truly authentic experience, INDU offers 2 private dining rooms carved out of the restaurants heritage listed building for up to 12 guests. These little pockets of luxury book out quick, so get in while you can.
#4 O Bar And Dining, Sydney
Soar 47 floors above the iconic Sydney CBD at O Bar and Dining and treat your comrades to a night of lush food and drink in the restaurant’s private dining room, Salon Privé. With breathtaking 360 degree views, bespoke menus and a dedicated wait staff, you and up to 28 of your mates can drink and dine in the lap of luxury.
#5 The Grounds Of Alexandria, Alexandria
If you’re nice to the Grounds man, he’ll let you in on his best-kept secret: the Lock In. Hidden behind a huge door, The Grounds of Alexandria‘s private dining space, Lock In is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the rest of the venue and relishing in a superb stash of top shelf whisky and spirits.
#6 BLACK By Ezard, Pyrmont
Located within Sydney casino The Star, BLACK By Ezard is a luxe restaurant that makes the most of the city’s harbour views and focuses on a seasonal menu of premium grass, grain and Wagyu steaks. The restaurant’s Onyx private dining room is a truly glamorous and exclusive space, featuring a 10 metre wide hand painted mural, jet black panelling and handmade pendant lighting. It can accommodate up to 26 of your squad.
#7 Spice Temple, Sydney
Neil Perry’s Spice Temple is regarded as one of Australia’s best Chinese restaurants and focuses on regional dishes that delight the senses with their contrasting tastes and textures. Spice Temple’s private dining room is warm and dramatically lit, with subtle influences of China’s exotic street hawker food markets.
#8 Saké, The Rocks
Next time you’re catering to a group of mates hungry for some contemporary Japanese grub, why not try Saké. Saké offers a host of stylish spaces for private use, from the 24-seater Bonsai room to the Saké Private Dining Room, housed in historic sandstone. This room oozes elegance for a sophisticated celebration and features a bespoke menu, extensive wine list, AV capabilities and an adjoining lounge for up to 60 guests.
#9 Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst
Award-winning cocktail bar Eau De Vie is full of hidden gems and its private Whisky Room is no exception. Secretly hidden at the bar of the bar, the Whisky Room takes its name after Eau De Vie’s huge stash of incredibly whiskies that are stored there. It’s also home to a personal bottle locker where you can stash and store your favourite spirits with 30-40 of your friends.