8 Cool Ways To Experience VIVID Sydney 2024

Events, Sydney, Winter Guide / 14 May 2024
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8 Cool Ways To Experience VIVID Sydney 2024

Events, Sydney, Winter Guide / 14 May 2024

Behold, VIVID Sydney is making a return this month, and with it are a bunch of exciting activations and ways to celebrate.

VIVID Sydney 2024 is all set to illuminate our city this Autumn. With more than 200+ events celebrating the essence of Sydney’s soul including its diversity, beauty and resilience, we thought it’d be a good idea to line up some of our top picks. From virtual reality art experiences to pop up bars and some of the best hotels and restaurants to view the light show on the Harbour Bridge & Opera House, discover some cool ways to celebrate our city this VIVID.

Light Walk Vivid 2024
Light Walk, Various Locations

Unleash your inner explorer at Vivid Sydney’s free Light Walk! This 8km adventure transforms Sydney’s iconic landmarks with captivating light installations and thought-provoking art. Discover the theme of “Humanity” through interactive experiences like “Chairwave,” where you connect with a stranger, or gaze at the Sydney Opera House’s sails, reborn in a vibrant tapestry of light. Wander through The Rocks, where the Museum of Contemporary Art becomes a canvas for cosmic imagery. Continue the rest of the journey by following the neon bird sculptures, your whimsical guides across Sydney’s most festive occasion.

Funda Vivid Sydney 2024
Hoju Soju Hour, Funda

Fancy a taste of Korea amidst the Vivid Sydney buzz? Look no further than Hoju Soju Hour at Funda. This lively spot embraces the philosophy that good food and drinks are the perfect antidote to a busy life.

Throughout Vivid Sydney, Funda extends their popular Hoju Soju Hour from 5 pm – 6 pm daily to an additional 8 pm – 9 pm, Sunday to Thursday. This special window offers delicious bites like $3 oysters alongside tempting cocktails for just $12.

Feeling a little more adventurous? Try their Vividly cocktail, a vibrant mix of Ketel One Vodka, rhubarb, juniper, and mandarin, available for $15 during Hoju Soju Hour or $23 at other times. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a night exploring the dazzling light installations. Bookings can be made here.

A Night With Nelly, The Jackson

Craving a luxurious escape during Vivid Sydney? The Jackson, Sydney’s iconic superyacht, offers a unique experience. On June 8th, set sail for an unforgettable evening. Award-winning Chef Nelly Robinson curates a bespoke six-course “colours” menu, complementing the dazzling city lights.

Imagine cruising the harbour, enjoying canapés as the illuminated Harbour Bridge shimmers beside you. Witness the breathtaking Vivid Sydney Drone Show, a mesmerizing aerial ballet. Back on board, Chef Robinson’s artistry shines. Savour delicate poached salmon, succulent lamb shoulder, and a delightful finale – a photo-worthy banana creation. Upgrade your experience with the Tyrrell’s Wine pairing. 

Following this four-hour culinary voyage, The Jackson returns you to a prime position for exploring vibrant Barangaroo. Tickets to this exclusive evening can be booked here. 

Kittyhawk, CBD

Kittyhawk is a lively cocktail bar and French-inspired restaurant located on Phillip Lane. Just a short walk from the Vivid display in Circular Quay, it’s the ideal spot to go pre or post light show. For the occasion, Kittyhawk was partnered with non other than Grey Goose vodka to curate a special Vivid-inspired cocktail menu. This playful selection boasts unique flavours and stunning presentations, offering something for every flavour profile.

Think refreshing tropical highballs like the “Pina Fever” or a classic martini with a twist – the “Palamino,” featuring Grey Goose, apricot, and fino sherry. For a citrusy kick, the “Pour La Sante” with melon, amaro, and lemon is sure to delight. More information about the venue can be found here.

The Dining Room Vivid Sydney 2024
The Dining Room by James Viles, The Rocks

For a fine dining experience that complements the dazzling lights of Vivid Sydney, look no further than The Dining Room by James Viles. Here, award-winning chef James Viles and Head Chef Brian O’Flaherty have curated a special Vivid menu that goes beyond just a meal. Their focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients and innovative dishes that capture the essence of the festival’s theme – ‘humanity’. Expect a riot of color on your plate, with each dish presented as a work of art. A highlight is the ‘Crimson Spin’ dessert, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s helicopter sketches and reflecting Vivid’s focus on human ingenuity. This is a must-try for a truly memorable Vivid Sydney experience, with stunning views of the illuminated Sydney Opera House adding to the magic. Reservations are essential and can be made here.

Bar Ombré, Sydney CBD

Take in the Vivid Sydney lights from the iconic Bar Ombré Rooftop. Perched atop the Gateway Building in Circular Quay, this open-air bar offers a vibrant atmosphere and captivating cityscapes illuminated by Vivid’s magic. While the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge might be a partial view, the bar makes up for it with creative cocktails inspired by the festival’s energy. Think Pistachio-tini and Purple Passion alongside classics with a twist like the Sunset Campfire Mule. Live DJ sets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays add to the ambience, making it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the Vivid lights with a drink in hand. Find out more about offer here.

Vivid Lights Secret Bar Crawl

Explore Sydney’s hidden gems and stunning Vivid lights with the Vivid Lights Secret Bar Crawl by Local Sauce Tours. This unique experience takes you on a guided walk through the city, showcasing some of the best light installations while avoiding the larger crowds. Over three hours, you’ll visit three “secret” bars, each with its own distinct ambience, enjoying a drink and a shared snack along the way. Expert hosts will share their insider knowledge of Sydney’s history and nightlife, making it a fun and informative way to experience Vivid Sydney. Choose from two different routes: the CBD and Darling Harbour tour offers rooftop views, while the Circular Quay and The Rocks option delves into hidden basement bars and revitalised areas. At just $60 per person, this is a great way to discover Sydney’s hidden gems and enjoy the magic of Vivid Sydney in a relaxed setting. Bookings are essential.

Vivid Sydney Cruise, Suellen

Experience the magic of Vivid Sydney from a luxurious vantage point with the Vivid Sydney Cruise on Suellen. This intimate cruise for a maximum of 12 passengers is the perfect way to soak up the sparkling light displays on Sydney Harbour. Glide past iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, all aglow with their Vivid best. As you take in the sights, indulge in a selection of gourmet canapés and free-flowing beverages. For an even more indulgent experience, upgrade your package to include a pre or post-cruise two-course dinner at the waterfront restaurant Manta. This cruise offers a relaxed and sophisticated way to enjoy Vivid Sydney, with delicious food, stunning views and impeccable service.  Bookings are essential.

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