There’s a lot to drink and eat in Sydney with a world class food scene and incredible bars. We know, it’s overwhelming. To help you navigate the plethora of fantastic options on offer we’ve curated a list of a few of our favourites, organised by mood. The city’s your oyster!


When You’re Feeling a Little Bit Fancy:

Hotel Palisade: Feeling fancy? Say no more. Hotel Palisade has you covered, namely its rooftop bar Henry Deane. The vibe is (and literally feels) lush, the 360-degree view spectacular, the drink to order? Rising Sun. It’ Roku gin, umeshu, lemon myrtle, grape kombucha and sloe gin.

Reign: Reign is a light-filled champagne bar in Sydney’s QVB with over 150 bottles on its list. Settle into one of the booths and order a bottle of something French. Alternatively, order a pet-nat by the glass and bask in the fact that there’s marble EVERYWHERE. Talk about lavish.

Hubert: Heading down to Hubert’s underground parlour feels more like you’re stepping into a vintage French speakeasy than CBD city bar. If you can, try and line up your visit with one of its magnum and movie nights.

Kitty Hawk: Another French bar, this one Paris-leaning. Slink into this joint that feels and looks, intentionally, like a Liberation Day in Paris. The heart of the drink offering here is rum and rye Old Fashioneds – there’s a separate list dedicate to them.


When You’re After Something a Little More Casual:

Mary’s Circular Quay: The team behind Mary’s has a reputation for fun, slightly dingy, rock and roll venues. This new iteration in Circular Quay doesn’t fall short. Head for an all-organic and sustainable wine list with American-style burgers. Heads up, the whole entire food menu can be made vegan. Winning!

Frankie’s Pizza: If an underground pizza bar and parlour is more up your alley, then Frankie’s is a good option for you. Grab a slice or two, have a hit on the pinball machines and get lost in the beer list, an arguably bigger drawcard than the pizza.

Cantina OK!: Mezcal and tequila more your speed? Or do you perhaps prefer the micro side of life? A visit to this 20-person standing-room-only bar in a garage will fit your bill then. Find rare spirits and new friends, don’t leave without trying the Tommy’s Marga.

Australian Heritage Hotel: This right here is the quintessential Aussie pub – it’s located in the heart of Sydney’s historic precinct, The Rocks. With over 120 craft beers on the list you may have a hard time deciding what to order. Our suggestion? Pull up a stool among the old-school

Aussie posters and Edwardian-style fit-out with a bottle of Hawke’s, a local craft beer dedicated to Australia’s great Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.


When You Want an Element of the Outdoors:

Old Mate’s Place: Sydney has its fair share of excellent rooftop bars, but this joint in the CBD is the perfect place to drop into if you’re in the area (just make sure you get there early, there’s

often a queue). Never mind its nondescript exterior, you’ll find yourself in the right place even if it doesn’t feel like it. A plus? Everyone gets a mini amuse bouche on arrival.

Pier One Sydney Harbour: If you’re not up for a hike but want to enjoy Sydney’s stunning water views, then the obvious answer is Pier One, of course! With comfy booths on the Pier, views of Sydney’s incredible Harbour Bridge, plus Archie Rose cocktails and an expertly picked list of local wines, it ticks all the boxes for a drink outdoors.

The Glenmore: The view from the Glenmore is unique and captivating, head here any day of the week and it’ll be packed. Visit and you’ll know why once you get there – the 180-degree views are hard to beat! Order a jug, spot a seat and don’t leave it for the rest of the night!


When You Want To Try a Few Different Drinks:

Maybe Sammy: Behind the bar at Maybe Sammy is world-class, award-winning bartender, Andrea Gualdi, just FYI. While this venue could have easily fit in the “feeling a bit fancy” category, Maybe Sammy is the bar to visit if you feel like dabbling in a number of concoctions. A good way to achieve that? Opt for a few of its half-pour cocktails. Half the price, double the amount of options.

Employees Only: Descend the black-and-gold staircase at Employees Only and you’ll find a Sydney-fied version of its New York counterpart. There’s a fortune teller, a cracking elderflower cocktail and some very excellent turquoise booths to melt into. Pretend you’re in New York … in Sydney.

Bar Patron: We’re getting pretty niche now but Bar Patron, a late-night Mexican CBD bar is perfect for you if you love tequila want options that aren’t just Margaritas. Opt for a classic Paloma then follow it up with the $100 Millionaire’s Margarita, if you dare(read:can)!


When You’re Thirsty But Want a Snack Too:

Bar Topa: Bar Topa, another one of Sydney’s finest standing-room-only bars. While the vibe is very pinxtos, the food offering is more northern Spain than Basque. Sangria on tap with a side empanadas? They’re here!

Ragazzi Wine and Pasta (slated to open September): Get lost in the 250 bottle wine list at Ragazzi (or opt for one of the 20 by the glass) then take a seat (there are only 38) with a plate of handmade pasta. The menu is made up of five or six dishes that change each day so expect hyper-seasonal, hyper-delicious spaghetti and other types of noodles.

J&M: This bar sits atop the historial Angel Hotel. Its 1970s vibes will be the first thing you notice, with the festive wallpaper and decor. You do you, but if we were visiting we’d plonk ourselves on the leather banquette, Silk Route (cocktail) in one hand, croquette in the other.

Uncle Ming’s: Dumplings and beer, it’s a classic combination for a reason. At Uncle Ming’s that’s exactly what you’ll get. This opium den-inspired bar has an extensive beer and cocktail list (try the apple and whisky!) but the prawn dumplings shouldn’t be missed.


When You’re Feeling a Bit Secretive:

Grandma’s Bar: A “retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamour” is how Grandma’s describes itself – it’s a perfect description. Trust Google Maps when trying to find this spot, though like many others on this list, prepare to not get a seat, it’s always busy. Don’t let that deter you though, it’s all part of its vibe. Oh, and don’t leave without ordering a jaffle, they’re a specialty.

The Baxter Inn: Sydney loves an underground basement bar and The Baxter Inn was one of the originals. Like Grandma’s, this bar’s located in a nondescript location in what feels like an unmarked street. Again, trust your map, delight in the adventure. Delight also in one of the 800 whiskies on offer.

Door Knock Bar: What’s better than a door-knock bar? Very few things! To locate it you must enter a fire door next to a sandwich shop then follow a corridor till you see a polished brass pineapple door knocker. Knock three times, and you’re in. Need we say more about the vibe? Order the Tiki Baby and completely lean into the experience.



The 10 Best Sunset Spots in Sydney

Sydney delivers a beautiful sunset. Even us locals have to admit it’s hard to resist a little sunset pic when the skies are painted with pink, gold, orange and red. To help you navigate the best vantage points to land an Insta-worthy photo while you’re visiting Sydney, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favourites (with a few Google probably won’t tell you about).

Pier One, of course! You don’t even have to leave the hotel for one of the best places to watch the sunset in Sydney! There’s nothing quite like it here at Pier One Sydney Harbour. Each golden hour we shake up a special signature sunset cocktail made with gin by local distillers Archie Rose and seasonal ingredients – it changes all the time – plus complimentary canapes (thank you, Gantry!). On Thursdays we offer complimentary bubbles and canapés for in-house guests. Worried about your potentially questionable photo skills? We’ve got that covered too! A vintage 1912 camera is perfectly positioned on the Pier for you to capture a sunset photo using your own phone, you can then print it inside. See you this afternoon!

Hotel Palisade, Henry Deane Rooftop Henry Deane, the rooftop bar at Hotel Palisade, is an excellent bar to visit if you’re feeling a little fancy. It boasts beautiful sky-high views of the harbour, we’re talking 360 degrees, and excellent Negronis and Nogronis (sans alcohol). The best part? It’s under 10 minutes by foot from Pier One.

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay The Boathouse is a lovely restaurant to dine at for an intimate dinner, or celebration with friends and family. It specialises in local seafood and has beautiful harbour and sunset views from a perspective off the beaten track. Don’t leave without trying the snapper pie, it’s a classic Sydney dish.

Bennelong A spectacular fine-diner if you’re feeling a little extra fancy, an excellent spot for international visitors who are looking for sunset views that are the cream of the crop. Australian produce and wine take centre stage here, courtesy of one of Australia’s best chefs, Rob Cockeril. Great emphasis is placed on provenance and farmers, while desserts are whimsical spins on Australian classics. This stunning hatted restaurant, situated in Sydney’s iconic Opera House is a leisurely 20-minute walk or quick water taxi from the hotel.

Opera Bar While it may be dismissed as “too touristy” on occasion, the view at the Opera Bar is truly breathtaking and special every single day. It’s a great location to take in the sunset as well as the hustle and bustle of activity around the Opera House and Circular Quay. Just watch the seagulls!

Gap Park – free While it may be slightly further from the hotel than say, Henry Deane, the Gap Park in Watsons Bay provides a beautiful vantage point not only for sunset but for a wide panoramic view of north and south Sydney. Unlike other vantage points in Sydney, the view from the Gap Park includes the WHOLE city because it’s the furthest east you can go before you start swimming in the South Pacific. Well worth the drive (or ferry across the harbour to Watsons Bay!), we think.

Nielsen Park – free This pretty park and beach (AKA Shark Beach) is a lovely place to set up for the day. There are a number of picnic areas and tables to utilise, or you could simply find your patch of sand and settle in. Here you’ll find views across to Taronga Zoo and Manly as well as the city. Drop into Nielsen Park on the way to Gap Park, or vice versa, if you’re that way inclined, for a double Insta-snap journey.

Observatory Hill Park – free At under 15 minutes on foot from the hotel, Observatory Hill Park is another great outdoor vantage point for catching the sunset, one that’s slightly closer to home. It has panoramic views of the city and harbour, and has a wonderful in-city feel, while still being surrounded by nature. A great pick if you’re not up for a public transport journey or taxi ride to watch the sunset.

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair/Park – free Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a great halfway option between the hotel and Sydney’s eastern beaches. The chair is a Sydney landmark, carved out of sandstone rock by convicts in the early 1800s. Its unique, historical location offers uninterrupted views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from which to watch the sun dip down. Just perfect!

From a Sydney Ferry! – the cost of ferry/water taxi ride Prefer your sunset viewing on the go? Perhaps a ride on one of Sydney’s ferries is the option for you. For between $6 and $12, depending if you’re returning or not, you can catch the sunset on your way back into the city, say from Shelly Beach in Manly (a great beach you can while away the day at, that’s slightly off the beaten track), via boat. Even Sydneysiders take this journey just for the fun of it, the view is truly spectacular. P.S. Pier One boasts a water taxi service from the pontoon, offering a more private way to explore the Harbour.

Sydney’s Most Spectacular Over-Water Hotel Suites Have Arrived

Entirely unique and offering supreme 5-star luxury, the over-water hotel suites at Pier One Sydney Harbour vie for best new suites in Australia

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Pier One Sydney Harbour located in Walsh Bay adjacent to the historic Rocks precinct, has unveiled seven of the city’s most spectacular over-water hotel suites with peerless views of Australia’s most iconic landmarks including Luna Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House – making them Sydney’s most sought-after waterfront suites.

Perched on-and-over Sydney Harbour, the hotel’s seven new suites have been designed by internationally renowned firm Bates Smart Architects and include four Harbour View Balcony Suites which have direct access to private, expansive balconies with sweeping Sydney Harbour views. The largest balcony measures an impressive 40sq meters which juts out over the Pier and makes for an ideal setting for private alfresco dining, sunset drinks or simply taking in the beauty of Sydney Harbour and watching the mega yachts sail past. All the balcony suites have designer day beds and arm chairs which are positioned to maximise the panoramic views.

Designed for open-plan living, there is a seamless transition from the bedroom to the bathroom in all of the new suites, and all have an abundance of natural light due to the floor-to-ceiling wrap around windows and glass sliding doors. Each of the bathrooms have decadent, deep standalone bath tubs, twin rain showers with side jets, double brass bowl vanities and deluxe amenity kits from Appelles Apothecary

From the hotel’s premier Harbour View Balcony Suite at the northern end of the Pier, guests will feel like they’re floating on water, particularly from the deep-set bathtub, which is the feature piece of a bathroom that overlooks the water and the imposing Sydney Harbour Bridge. For an iconic Sydney experience, there is no better suite in the city to enjoy the best Sydney has to offer.

Following in the steps of the internationally revered Harbour Rocks Hotel – its sister property – ornamental art and designer furnishings have been sourced from around the globe and adorn the spectacular new suites.


From regional France to Australian design houses, the eclectic art pieces, some of which have been commissioned specifically for the space they occupy, are a beautiful feature of the new rooms and reflect the very history of the wharf, which began life over a century ago as the main wharf for P&O ships, bringing cargo and passengers to Sydney from all over the world.

All of the new over-water hotel suites feature king size beds, a marble topped wet bar with Nespresso coffee machine, marble topped working desk, two LED flat screen TVs – one of which rises from the bed base, Foxtel, iPod/iPad docking stations and WiFi internet access.

As well as the seven new suites, Pier One Sydney Harbour has also finished renovating 22 new Waterside King and Heritage King rooms which now takes the hotel’s total room count to 189.

General Manager for Pier One Sydney Harbour, Michael Sheridan, said “We’re very excited to be offering such a premium, waterfront product to the local and international market and being so close to the bridge and Opera House, we expect these new suites to sell out well in advance come festival time and New Year’s Eve.

“The new suites along with their expansive balconies will provide Sydneysiders and international guests with accommodation that offers an incredible sense of history and character, while still providing contemporary style and comfort.

“There is no other suite in the city that resonates ‘Sydney’ as much as the new balcony suites do, and we believe that they will be very popular with visitors who want to really experience Sydney while also enjoying a premier location for business and leisure.”

Pier One has been a feature of Sydney Harbour since its construction in 1912. The Pier was used by P&O Cruises as a passenger terminal and cargo until 1977, when works began on redeveloping the site for commercial use. From the late-70s to early-90s, The Pier continued to be a popular attraction and featured restaurants, amusement rides and retail outlets until it was restored and redeveloped into an innovative hotel.
Pier One Sydney Harbour opened in spring 1999, just in time to welcome in the new millennium. In 2012 it celebrated its 100th year anniversary.

Choosing Function Rooms in Sydney

When hiring function rooms in Sydney, you’re sure to look at the best venue location with the best prices…

Hiring function rooms in Sydney which come with an event planner may seem like an additional cost but the money, time and frustration you save in coordinating multiple vendors is well worth the outlay.

Here are three reasons why you should consider hiring a Pier One Sydney Harbour Sydney function room;

  • Convenience: The 5-star hotel is located in the Sydney CBD, only a short commute from the Sydney Airport and close to all public transport links. It is also positioned on the waterfront and within walking distance of iconic attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and The Rocks precinct.
  • Cost-effective: Dealing with multiple vendors, negotiating contracts and managing guest lists can be very time consuming and costly. By hiring a function room, you can include everything in the one convenient package. Pier One Sydney Harbour will use tried and tested suppliers to ensure that nothing goes wrong on the day or during the night.
  • Time-effective: In addition to function hire, an event planner can organise catering, entertainment, tables and really anything you need to make your event a success. It’s the event planner’s job to remember all the little things and make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

Pier One Sydney Harbour has function rooms in Sydney ideal for product launches, luncheons, conferences, fundraising events, fashion shows, birthday parties or specific themed events such as a Christmas party or Melbourne Cup day. Pier One Sydney Harbour can organise venue, catering, entertainment and decorations to make your function a success.

Having an event coordinator should be considered an investment to get the most of out your event planning dollars. For more information make an online enquiry or please contact our friendly and professional Pier One Sydney Harbour Conference and Events team on +61 2 8298 9999.

Luxury Wedding Night Accommodation

It doesn’t get any better than Pier One Sydney Harbour, located on the waterfront and set in the heart of Walsh Bay.

Wake up on your first day as a married couple in your wedding night accommodation with uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour, the Bridge and beautiful Walsh Bay. Breakfast with your loved one on the balcony of a Harbour View Suite overlooking the water, or join your guests in the restaurant for a premium buffet breakfast – complete with Bubbles and Mimosas!

In addition to luxury wedding night accommodation, Pier One Sydney Harbour is one of Sydney’s most desired wedding venues with the Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay an ideal backdrop for your wedding. The Sydney wedding venues can cater from 60 to 180 guests and we can assist with table linen, chairs and flowers through to entertainment.

Our experienced team are on hand to create unique wedding packages and help you choose the best wedding venues, menus and can suggest lively and interesting alternatives to make your wedding reception unique. For more information make an online wedding enquiry or please contact our friendly and professional Pier One Sydney Harbour Wedding Coordinators +61 2 8298 9999.

Waterview Conference Centre Sydney

Hold your next corporate event at Pier One Sydney Harbour waterview convention centre in Sydney and show your clients and customers that you mean business…

Let Pier One Sydney Harbour take care of all your conference needs with our business convention venues located alongside the beautiful Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay with a stunning waterview. The convention centre in Sydney has a variety of day conferences and meeting packages to suit your needs.

At Pier One Sydney Harbour, we understand how time consuming organising it can be to organise a conference and the upmost importance of getting every detail just right. With our years of experience in organising successful business conferences and conventions, we can help create a memorable event in Sydney.

There are several benefits of hiring Pier One Sydney Harbour, the premier waterview convention centre in Sydney:

  • Location: The hotel provides the best of both worlds; it is centrally located in the Sydney CBD and the financial hub of Sydney for convenience but is also located in close proximity and walking distance of iconic attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, The Rocks Precinct and Darling Harbour.
  • Meeting Venues: Our waterview convention centre in Sydney has meetings rooms all with a spectacular backdrop of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay. The meeting rooms are ideal for conferences, product launches, information seminars and cocktail receptions and can cater for up to 440 guests.
  • Conference Facilities: We have state of the art business conference facilities and audio visual equipment and a highly experienced technical support team. We can provide all levels of support from providing secretarial services to organising team building exercises and pre and post conference activities.
  • Catering: Our catering is second to none and we can provide all levels of catering starting from simply providing morning and afternoon tea through to hosting corporate breakfasts and providing lunch, dinner and post conference drinks. Our catering is explained in further detail in our Sydney Conferences & Meetings Packages.
  • Accommodation: We have a wide variety of well appointed luxury hotel rooms all with either stunning views of Walsh Bay, Sydney Harbour or the city skyline. High speed internet access, voice mail and data points are available in all guest rooms.
  • Hotel Facilities: As well as high speed internet access available in all guest rooms and wireless internet access available in certain public areas of the hotel, we have a 24 hour business centre with internet access, secretarial services, a courier and photocopying services.

Our experienced events team are on hand to help you develop a unique conference and meeting program at our waterview convention centre in Sydneythat helps you fulfil your business brief. For more information make an online conference or meeting enquiry or please contact our friendly and professional Pier One Sydney Harbour Event Coordinators on +61 2 8298 9999.

Wedding Packages Sydney Harbour

Create your perfect wedding reception with our wedding packages at Pier One Sydney Harbour with a backdrop of the stunning Sydney Harbour…

Pier One Sydney Harbour has a variety of unique wedding packages. Sydney Harbour, Walsh Bay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be the backdrop for your wedding as the luxurious Sydney hotel is located in one of the most breathtaking harbour cities and one of the most romantic wedding destinations in the world.

At the Pier One Sydney Harbour, we understand how stressful and time consuming it can be to organise a wedding. With our years of experience in the wedding planning industry and our established network of contacts and suppliers, we can help you with arrangements such as menus, decorations, flowers and music to create a unique wedding reception on Sydney Harbour.

There are several benefits of Pier One Sydney Harbour all-inclusive wedding packages:

  • Cost effective: our hotel can leverage discounts through our established relationships with suppliers and pass them through to you at generous discounts rather than you negotiating rates with each supplier separately.
  • Control: you are allocated a wedding planner who will help you plan your special day, organise your wedding package and liaise with suppliers and look after every detail so you don’t have to.
  • Peace of mind: gives you peace of mind that every detail of your wedding is being catered for and makes your wedding planning less stressful as a result and you have more control over your wedding budget.
  • Time effective: it will be less time consuming organising your wedding and will allow you to use that time to focus on more important aspects of the wedding that require your individual attention.
  • Customisation: we can tailor wedding packages to create a unique wedding venue and reception or themed wedding that reflects your personal style and individuality.

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but our wedding packages come in three tiers of precious stones; the Diamond Package, the Ruby Package and the Sapphire Package. Like wedding dresses, we don’t have a one size fits all approach to creating unique wedding receptions and each wedding package can be customised to suit your individual taste and budget.

Our experienced team are on hand to create unique wedding packages and help you choose the best wedding venues, menus and can suggest lively and interesting alternatives to make your wedding reception unique. For more information make an online wedding enquiry or please contact our friendly and professional Pier One Sydney Harbour Wedding Coordinators+61 2 8298 9999.

Holidays With Your Dog

Pier One Sydney Harbour Sydney – Luxury Hotel offering Dog friendly accommodation in Sydney…

With almost four million dogs in Australia there are more people wanting to take them on holidays rather than leave them behind. Pier One Sydney Harbour was written up as the Best Luxury Hotel that offers luxury pet friendly Sydney accommodation.

The Herald Sun writer Christina Pfiffer did some investigating and wrote an article focused on Pet Friendly Accommodation for people wishing to holiday with their dogs looking at caravan parks to luxury hotels.

Pier One Sydney Harbour came in as the Best Luxury Hotel for Pet Friendly Accommodation offering excellent luxury dog friendly accommodation packages and pamper packs for your best four legged friend! We have new puppy packages to keep your furry friend comfortable and allow them to holiday in style along with you. Ensure you book direct to secure your Dog Friendly room (subject to availability).


Pet Friendly Guests at Pier One Sydney Harbour

Pampered pets enjoy their pet friendly accommodation at Pier One Sydney Harbour…

Here at Pier One Sydney Harbour hotel we open our doors to those canine friends who love to travel with their owners. Launched last year, we offer pet friendly accommodation to all four legged family members.

[one_half]With so many of these wonderful furry guests coming back again and again to be welcomed and pampered by our staff, we thought we would like to share some happy snaps of their pet friendly accommodation pampering weekend experiences.

One of our regular four legged guest is Sharie Yip, a real trend setter in the fashion stakes. Sharie regularly visits Pier One Sydney Harbour and raves about the trampoline bed she gets to sleep on!

[/one_half][one_half_last]Horrace, another of our regular guests loves the hotel pampering and doggie menu.

Pier One Sydney Harbour offers Sydney Pet Friendly Accommodation Packages to cater for those people who hate to leave their pets at home or in kennels. You can enjoy a Sydney Hotels Heritage guestroom which opens on to the pier, a full buffet breakfast for two while your canine friend experiences all the comforts of home upgraded to a luxury Sydney hotel room. Your dog will be spoilt with a trampoline bed and a water bowl. Check out our Sydney Pet Friendly Packages.

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Major Facilities You Need For A Constructive Meeting

What are the major facilities you need for a meeting? Pier One Sydney Harbour provides an ideal venue with a range of facilities and equipment to run a constructive and professional event…

When taking part or hosting a meeting there are a range of facilities and equipment you’ll need for yourself and those attending, so that everything can be displayed professionally and so the event can be constructive. This applies to both large and small meetings.

The following list is not exhaustive and doesn’t apply to every situation, but it is a good starting point listing a range of basic things you’ll probably need for a successful event, and it will assist you to develop new ideas for your own event…

Writing Equipment and Stationary

If you have laptops, or your guests can bring laptops, that is great, but having a basic amount of stationary on hand to jot down ideas is fundamental for meetings and conferences. In more creative and technical fields this is even more important, especially if sketches or technical drawings need to be made.

Flip Board

The foundation of many meetings has been based around the flip board; a simple stand and adjoining paper or whiteboard. This allows whoever has the room, to talk and jot down ideas in such a way that they can discuss and present them to the rest of the group.


Next up from the flip board is projector equipment. When connected to a PC, it can work in the same way as the flip board, but can also present videos and slideshows created from computer software. Again this is very important for technical and creative fields.

Audio and Visual Equipment

Not everyone can be present at a meeting that needs to be. The next best option is video or teleconferencing where the outside guest can take part through the telephone or over the internet using video equipment. This requires everyone to have the right software, so using the phone is often a preferred choice, although it can be less personal than with video.

TV Displays

Often in a meeting you may need to play a DVD or video to the rest of the group, and thus some kind of TV display with VHS or DVD equipment might be needed. If it can be made into a digital file, the above projector idea can be used instead.

Table Space

Most meetings require people not only to talk and watch, but to take notes or demonstrate models or products. Adequate table space is therefore needed. The same goes for seating. It is a good idea to have comfortable seating, because if somebody is uncomfortable it can – and will – have a negative effect on the actual meeting itself.

Outside facilities

If the meeting is long and has break periods, you should be near rest room facilities and in some cases food and leisure facilities. At the very least a toilet and a vending machine should be nearby.

There are lots of other things you can use and bring to meetings and conferences. It all depends on your business and the number of people attending, but the above list should help you go in the right direction.

Pier One Sydney Harbour prides itself in offering the highest standard in meeting venues and facilities. For more information make an online conference or meeting enquiry or please contact our friendly and professional Pier One Sydney Harbour Meeting and Events team on +61 2 8298 9999.

Sydney Event Venues & Facilities

There are lots of Sydney venues for hire, but Pier One Sydney Harbour the ideal Sydney venue complete facilities and location right on the Harbour makes us your next destination…

In business you will almost always have to organise some kind of conference at some point, whether it’s for your employees, prospective clients or your suppliers. Often impressing these people with a great event venue and service helps more than the idea, pitch or discussion itself. There are lots of great places to organise a business conference in Sydney, but some of the more popular locations are near the central business district itself. Also offering excellent Sydney accommodation.

Organising a conference in the business district is a no brainer, because assuming your guests are all in business in the area, they won’t have far to travel. Nobody likes driving for hours to get to a business conference. Also the area itself is quite beautiful, which helps to alleviate some of the stress business dealings can bring. The area around the Sydney Harbour is particularly inspiring and can help relax and inspire all parties involved.

The traditional venue for business conferences has and continues to be hotels. There are many Sydney hotels located around the business and harbour region offering ideal Sydney venues for hire that all make perfect choices for your event. Hotels are usually high on the list because they offer a lot of specific services.

Pier One Sydney Harbour hosts high quality designated venue rooms to hold the event itself. These come with all sorts of audio-visual equipment, allowing for recording of the meeting, communication with other guests via the internet, projector and slide show equipment, among other things. Just phone the Events team (+61 2 8298 9999) ahead of time and ask about our conferencing services.

Conferences shouldn’t be taxing and stressful, thus hotels with ample leisure facilities make for great venues. During breaks guests can go to the bar for a relaxing drink or meal. They can hit the gym or retire to a room. Thanks to our great location in The Rocks, guests can also head out and do some shopping, eat at a nearby restaurant or visit the harbour. When organising a conference it is a good idea to keep these leisure activities in mind, because if it is intense, everybody will want a break at some point. You may also need to cater to people that have to stay over night due to travel, or the conference itself can span a whole weekend. Being close to a lot of facilities and activities makes this process a lot easier.

No matter what the theme of your conference or needs of your guests, organising it near the Sydney Harbour and business district will always gain good results and help make the day go down well.

Pier One Sydney Harbour prides itself in offering the highest standard in event venues and service. For more information make an online conference or meeting enquiry or please contact our friendly and professional Pier One Sydney Harbour Conference and Events team on +61 2 8298 9999.

Choosing The Right Sydney Function Rooms

Follow these simple tips to select the right Sydney function rooms for your next event in the city…

Organising a function is an inevitable evil of business, and can be very stressful to the host. Not only do you have to think and plan around the actual purpose of the event, and get your pitch, idea or discussion across properly, you also need to consider the guests and their needs, which is often seen as an unnecessary headache.

It would be a big mistake to choose any old location in Sydney for the event, because if you impress with the function rooms and service, you are more likely to impress where it counts. For good reason, a popular option for holding a conference is the residential conference. This is where a hotel is booked and used for the occasion. There are many benefits to this…


Having a residential conference integrates the whole process. The guests stay at the hotel where the conference is taking place, thus accommodation is already sorted, and there are no issues with the location. Guests simply come from their room to the conference area.

No Public Transport

Public transport (or any kind of transport) is the thorn in the side of business meetings and conferences. Many events have been ruined by poor public transport. People miss the transport, it breaks down, or there is a traffic issue. If everyone books in to a hotel the day or morning before the conference there is no issue with getting there, and the guests don’t need to book one hotel then travel to the function rooms, because it is all under one roof.

No Delays

For the same reason there are no delays. People aren’t getting lost, having to travel across town or being left struggling trying to find or check in to the venue. They are all already there, with all of the needed equipment.


Hotels are perfect for the leisure side of business trips. Guests will need a break at some point, or will need something to do prior and after a conference. Hotels offer loads of facilities, such as bars and restaurants, gyms and swimming pools, shopping areas, entertainment and the rooms themselves where the guests can stay. This is all under one roof. Hotels are also always conveniently located near shopping regions, so members of the conference can go out shopping and experience the city during break periods. This is good for those that bring family along, or whom want to shop for their family.

Business Facilities

Most Sydney hotels have a huge range of business related conference facilities. There will be rooms themselves dedicated to conferencing, offering seating, table areas, video and audio equipment, computer stations, internet access and all sorts of other equipment needed to host and run a successful conference.

Despite all of these benefits, you still must pick the most appropriate hotel. The higher quality, the better. You must also use a location that is generally close to everybody attending, or close to the subject of the conference (i.e. if you were discussing the development of property, then hold the conference nearby the proposed area). Also if you are seeking Sydney accommodation with your conference you can usually negotiate a good rate.

No matter what your conferencing needs, residential conferencing is definitely something you should consider. Pier One Sydney Harbour prides itself in offering the highest standard in function rooms equipment and service. For more information make an online conference or meeting enquiry or please contact our friendly and professional Pier One Sydney Harbour Conference and Events team on +61 2 8298 9999.

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