Hens Life Drawing and Dinner Party party ideas

Fun Hens Party Ideas

Taking it from personal experience, there seems to be a growing trend of brides preferring relaxing getaways, experiences and dinners with their girlfriends over a rub-up by as many topless men as possible while downing a bottle of Champagne for their hen’s night.

Sounds like you and the bride-to-be?

If yes, we have compiled a list of Fun Hens Party Ideas in Sydney to help you celebrate.

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Hair, Make-Up & Photoshoot

Be the centre of attention in this attractive hair, makeup and photography package suitable for the stars. Your Hens Party will be treated to charming make-up artistry and high-end hair-styling prior to a professional photoshoot to display your new design. Sip champagne and assistance yourself to the lolly bar, while the knowledgeable team members work their magic, capturing the energy of your celebrations and enabling your natural charm to shine. Even the most camera-shy of your team will feel great and at ease with the help of this expert team. This distinct Hens Day experience is filled with love and laughter, perfect to show the mother of the bride-to-be and another member of the family too, making incredible memories to last a lifetime.

Boudoir Photography


Boudoir photography is a celebration of the female form. It’s a photo shoot that helps you step out of your comfort zone, embrace your body, embrace self love and capture beautiful portraits that celebrate your unique beauty. A boudoir photo shoot is so much more than just a photo shoot. It’s an experience. It’s a feeling. It’s owning a collection of photographs that remind you of the empowering feeling that comes with stepping outside your comfort zone! There are many different types of boudoir photography.

It ranges from the sexual to the sensual; and depending on what you are looking for there is a variety of different photographers out there.

​To me, the most empowering boudoir is soft, subtle, feminine and leaves something to the imagination. It’s not overly sexual, but more sensual. It is all about capturing the most beautiful photographs of you – your unique beauty; and by stripping down into lingerie in front of a relative stranger you face your body fears and step into empowerment and ownership of your body.

Ultimate Glam Hens – Hair, Makeup, Dine & Limos!


This package encapsulates everything a Sydney Hens Night celebration is all about – everyone feeling truly glammed up and extraordinary with hair & makeup, pure celebration and lots of luxe and champers thrown in! Have your hen and all her lucky celeb guests ready to shine all night at this fabulous Sydney Hens Party!

Prep those cameras ladies as we’ve popped the bubbles on ice, reserved an exclusive inner city hair salon for your group to indulge with profesh blow-dries and styling! Our makeup artists are ready to give everyone makeovers for the glam night out together filled with those ever-so-delish cocktails and harbourside hens dinner party! Don’t forget our fabulous and charismatic limo drivers, who are ready to whisk you on your luxury stretch limousine cruise with lots of glam photo stops! Everyone will be feeling confident & beautiful! What better opportunity to spoil your hen – and yourselves – then with our stylish, totally fabulous and alluring Ultimate Glam Hens Makeover celebration! It’s all inclusive and totally luxe!

Meet your hen and her lucky guests in the heart of Sydney and teeter into your exclusive salon – closed to the public for your group – and begin celebrating immediately with a glass of bubbles! It’s that magnificent, joyful feeling of getting ready with the girls for a night out! The afternoon is a whirlwind of mingling, hair styling and bubbles! It is no secret that having your hair blow-dried by a pro leaves us all feeling exceptional! Clink those champers glasses & relax! What better chance to experience this feeling than at a Sydney Pamper Hens Party Night!

Whilst some guests are enjoying those heavenly head massages and having their locks prepped to perfection, others can mingle in the ample space, read mags, play some hens night games, prep for the night out and enjoy bubbly, as well as some sweet treats & lemon and cucumber water! It is girly, stylish and fabulous!

Once everyone is feeling magnificently gorgeous, it’s time to take lots of photos and teeter to your awaiting Hens harbourside dinner party! Make your way up to the balcony level of cockle bay wharf and settle in with a freshly shaken cocktail for each guest on arrival! Whilst enjoying your colourful cocktails, your lucky guests will be receiving their glam eyes-lips-cheeks makeovers by our professional make-up artists and LOVING the feeling of being all glammed up! Indulge in your 1 course dinner party complete with gorgeous views – your hen will feel showered in celebration!

Just as your dinner party is wrapping up, imagine the excitement as you realise your hens experience is only just beginning! Your exclusive Stretch Limousine (or a convoy of them if you have a large group!) pull up to the doorstep of the restaurant ready to take you & your friends on a whirlwind 1 hour night-lights Sydney cruise through the city & surrounds– wind in your freshly styled hair & your choice of tunes, take lots of photos, enjoy the ride and realise you are living your hens dream! Of course, we pop some bottles of bubbly in to the limos as a surprise for the hen too! Clink champers glasses & stop off along the way for lots of glamorous pics! What an amazing keepsake to remember this special hens celebration by! VIP entry is included too, of course, to continue the hens party in glam style!

Hens Party Studio Photography Sydney


Feel like a ‘Star for a Day’! Not only do you get professional photos but you and your entourage will get your hair and make-up done as well. A group photo-shoot at the end and two take home professional photos for each and every girl! Also the photo studio is BYO so bring the champagne and pop bottles!

This is a hens party experience that will be remembered forever!

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Princes Of The Night Hens Party Idea Melbourne

princes of the night hens night idea melbourne

Australia’s premier male cabaret show, Princes of the Night, is the perfect way to celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime hen’s party. Situated at Crown Melbourne, this popular show is fun, glamorous, and – best of all – elegant, with the organisers focusing on providing a comfortable, safe environment. Celebrate your impending marriage with class, style, and a dash of cheekiness at this lively event.

Handsome Princes, comedy, and spectacular dance routines – it’s like stepping into a real-life fairytale… with an outrageously sexy twist1
Featuring a cast of Australia’s hottest and most talented men; Princes of the Night promises a high-class male striptease experience like no other. Fun, energetic, and the perfect combination of sex appeal and sophistication, it’s a show that everyone is guaranteed to love – even nanna!
The show is held at Crown Melbourne and the venue is all class, warm, intimate, and the groups that walk in just feel amazing, happy, and excited about what’s to come. Being at Crown really sets the scene, it’s high–class, glitzy, and glam.

“If you haven’t been here, do yourself a favour and go! Not only is the show hot, but it’s also amazing and fun as well! Both the owner and host are so, so accommodating and wonderful and the princes are to die for! They are tasteful, professional, and move like majestic unicorns. By far the best male strip show!” Andrijana

What can brides and bridesmaids expect from Princes of the Night?
The Princes of the Night promise you a heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, first-class male striptease experience with an outrageously sexy cast of Australia’s hottest and most talented men.
This isn’t your average “male strip show”, but a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience filled with a visual storyline, creative and sexy male talent, thrilling choreography, and audience participation guaranteed to excite all the senses.
Highlights of Princes of the Night:
• Evening of classy, live male entertainment
• Reasonably priced tickets
• Comfortable, safe environment
• Show caters to women and men of all ages
• Centrally located at Crown Melbourne
• Crown restaurants pre-show dinner options

“I highly recommended Princes of the night last night was my 4th time there all for hens parties including my own hen’s party 2 years ago and we always have a great night the blokes are fantastic and the hostess is an AMAZING best girls night out and I can’t wait to come back for more it is the BEST night and was so good to be able to chat to all the crew afterwards… such wonderful cast.

Princes International Events PTY
Crown Melbourne: Australia
Box Office: 1300 135 556

Sherbet Birdie


At Sherbet Birdie, you’re not just partaking in a photo shoot. The experience that we offer is so much more than that: it’s an experience of self-discovery where you’ll enjoy an indulgent day of pampering and makeovers as we help you to discover your beauty. Inclusive of a high tea (premium tea options, sandwiches, macarons), French champagne to calm your nerves, a relaxed 2-hour session of hair and makeup, custom selections from our wardrobe and thorough posing instructions throughout your photoshoot of choice. This is an experience you will never regret.

We aim to make this experience available for everyone with all budget ranges.

Pole Dancing

For a more ‘common’ hen do, experiment with pole dancing. Shake your hips and learn some exotic dance moves. This appropriates for individuals of any ages and capabilities so do not be shy! If you’d like to make this class additional special for the bride, add in extra champagne and even a partially nude stripper!

Arrange a Pole Party With Sydney Pole


No one holds a pole party for a Hens night better than Sydney Pole. With the availability of a number of packages including arrival time with instructor-led pole/burlesque class & Instructor performance and a lot more, they are sure to let you make the most of hen’s party. Sydney Pole can organize a custom hens party run by glamourous instructors and you can choose the desired aerials, pole, burlesque, chair, and lap. Moreover, it is one of the unique hen’s ideas, and your bestie and her guests are going to love it. Though they provide gloves, feather boas and spare platform heels to play with, you can bring your own accessories and some decorations a little earlier to set them up.

Flirtatious Cocktails – with Hens Pole Dancing!


Prepare to unleash your inner flirty goddess with this truly fun-loving Sydney Hens Party Pole Dancing Package that includes oh-so-sparkly costumes, pulling out your best Dita Von Teese moves & giggles with the gals, topped off with a Darling Harbour Hens Night Cocktail Dinner Party! Prepare to shower your hens with celebration and shimmy & shine on her final fling!

The excitement begins as your hen and her lucky attendees meet in the heart of Sydney CBD! Teeter into your very own Sydney Hens Pole Dance Studio & enter your change rooms reminiscent of a Moulin-Rouge party girl pampering suite! Each fabulous queen is treated to a glimmering costume with the opportunity to hunt through the accessories chest to finish that shimmering look. Of course, don’t forget to get some insta worthy shots with the girls. ! #perfecthensparty!

The fabulous Sydney Hens Night party continues as your vivacious pole dancing session starts…your hostess will make sure all your girls are having a ball and in giggles whilst learning cheeky moves that can be taken into the bedroom later or the dance floor! Teehehe! Of course, we will make sure the hen has a few tips for her honeymoon too! Nervous? Don’t be! Your Hens Pole Dancing workshop is specially designed for our Sydney hens parties and is a very unpretentious and fun environment where there are lots of girly giggles and naturally all ages, body shapes and levels of fitness! It’s all about celebrating the beautiful, sexy women you are and feeling confident and fabulous on this wonderful Hens Night Event for your bestie! Oh-la-la!

After unleashing your inner seductress…it’s time to make your way to the sparkling waters of Darling Harbour for your lovely Sydney Hens Dinner Party! Of course your ladies you are welcomed to your table with a cocktail on arrival – Clink Clink! & My Ultimate Hens guests exclusively enjoy a $10 cocktail menu all night for additional drinks – so you can raise a glass to your hen over and over again! We love the Mint Oh-la-la with tequila, peach schnapps, mango juice, orange juice & a splash of cranberry, finished lovingly with an orange slice and fresh muddled mint! Oh and that Ultimate-tini – An exotic mix of Bacardi & apple sour…over pineapple & ruby pink grapefruit juice, topped with a maraschino cherry! …Or indulge in our Hens twist on a Bellini with Vodka, peach schnapps & orange juice = Sydney Hens Cocktail Party perfection!

As you toast away your colourful cocktails and snap the gorgeous views, each guest is served their choice of main meal from a delish menu! Think Haloumi Delight Pizza with roasted pumpkin, sundried tomato, capsicum, kalamata olives, onion, haloumi cheese, radish + rocket tossed w. lemon vinaigrette… Succulent cornfed chicken breast, chargrilled marinated plump chicken breast rested on green beans + truffle mash, potato drizzled with a dreamy apple cider reduction…or perhaps the Spicy Prawn Fettucini with marinated tiger prawns tossed w. slow-roasted tomatoes, roasted chilli garlic, snowpeas, wilted spinach, tomato base sauce & rosemary infused olive oil! No matter what your guests are in the mood for, this scrumptious Sydney Hens Night menu has something for everyone!

Bobbi’s Pole Studio


Empowering women to feel confident, sexy and fit. Bobbi’s Pole Studio was the first studio in Australia. We specialise in the Showgirl Style of pole dancing so you’ll look and feel great. Try a beginners class and try not to get hooked, we have classes 7 days a week so you’re sure to find one that suits you

A hens night at Bobbi’s Pole Studio is a feast of extravagant costumes, music, and creative entertainment. We’re based right in the heart of the city, making it easy to add to other activities!

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Pole Athletica


Would you like to feel STRONG, CONFIDENT, FIT and SEXY?

Well, you can, and without spending countless hours in the gym that you’ll never get back. Simply put, there is no other work-out like PoleFit. Think of it like four workouts in one: Yoga, Pilates, TRX and Calisthenics. PoleFit is a badass mix of strength, flexibility, cardio and endurance training that builds strong, flexible bodies. PoleFit strengthens and sculpts muscles like nothing you’ve tried before. And it isn’t just amazing for your outer body but for your inner self too! You’ll gain a sense of confidence, independence, sexiness, and strength that no other sport can offer. But don’t just take our word for it! Our clients tell us all the time that they’ve never experienced workouts or seen results like ours.

We’re keen to work with girls and guys who are seriously looking to make a positive change in their life and ready to get started NOW! So if you’re a complete newbie to pole and ready to feel fitter, stronger and more confident, we invite you to get in touch today and register for a FREE PoleFit Intro class. With pole, there are no limits – anyone can do it!

The perfect party for any occasion – hen’s night, girls’ night out, birthday or Christmas party. Gather the girls and guys as we have the perfect party suggestion: a Pole Dance Party! Learn impressive pole dancing tricks and sexy dance moves in a fun filled pole dancing class that’s guaranteed to kick start your evening and get your group off to a great start.  Pole dancing parties are hosted at our conveniently-located Surry Hills Studio, the gateway to the busy nightlife of the Sydney CBD, Oxford St and Kings Cross. 

Sky Sirens


Hoist up your suspenders kittens, because you’re about to unleash that headline honey from your dreams. It’s time to become a Siren. Enrol now!

Siren Philosophy

Blow a kiss, Bonjour and Welcome to our inclusive dance studio in Sydney flirting with sensuality, fantasy and vintage elegance. Experience an explosion of confidence, treat your body and feel inspired. Burlesque, Pole Dance and Aerial Artistry will tantalise muscles and joints that you never knew you had, releasing endorphins that feel like ecstasy!

Our Story

Katia was inspired to create Sky Sirens because she wanted to create a safe and beautiful environment for people to learn to explore their sensual side, through pole, lyra and burlesque. The studio is a safe space for students of all backgrounds and fitness levels to learn aerial and dance styles, and be included in a positive community.

After five weeks of renovations and set up, Sky Sirens launched with a bang in May 2016, with a decadent Launch Party showcasing performances by local burlesque, circus and pole talent, students from other Sydney-based, supportive studios, and showcases by the founding teachers, including Katia, Dahlia and Billie. Guests were treated to champagne and canapés, and this luxurious event set the stage for our recurring Speakeasy student showcase.

The very first term at Sky Sirens had 60 students, with only four teachers. Sky Sirens is now open seven days, with more than 400 students attending classes each week, and we are now a team of over 25. Our students are part of an empowering, diverse community that promotes body-positivity and self-acceptance.

The studio is always growing and evolving, with the goal of being as inclusive and diverse as possible. Since opening, we have launched many initiatives to promote these goals, including using gender-neutral vocabulary in all our classes, and our ‘We Are Sirens’ diversity campaign.

What better way to spend a special night out, than posing against Leopard print wallpaper and lounging on provincial sofas? We are the perfect hostess for a Hen’s, Birthday or Girl’s Night! You will learn some fabulous new skills in either Burlesque, Pole or Aerial and put it together in a quick routine!

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Pole Dance Academy


What ever the occasion – a hens night, a birthday party or even if you’re just looking for an excuse to dress up, have fun and try something new – look no further. A Pole or Burlesque party is a perfect opportunity to get the girls together and leave the boys at home. 

We offer customised packages with extras (male strippers, male topless waiters, life sketching etc) to suit you and your budget. Mix and match to create your perfect night out!

Party & Pole Hens Package Sydney


A package for the cheeky Hen! Spin, twirl and shake what your Momma gave you in a private pole dancing class with just you and your besties! You and the girls are guaranteed to pick up a few new dances moves sure to make him blush! Once you finish your dance class, a super stretch hummer will be waiting outside for a tour of the city and to drop you back off at your hotel in the city where a gorgeous topless waiter will be on hand to serve you champagne as you take in the view!

Pole Dancing is a fantastic Hens party activity. Not only will you build up a sweat, but you’ll have a great time with your girlfriends and even learn a trick or two along the way. For a Hens party with a bit of edge, get Wicked Hens Parties to custom design a package to suit your needs, Sydney location preferences and budget. Let us take care of all the details so you can relax with your Hen and bring your sexy back.

A ‘Pole Dancing’ class is a sure fire way to kick your Hens weekend into high gear! Learn how to ‘drop it like it’s hot’ in a privately tutored studio with just you and your girlfriends! Enjoy a glass of wine on arrival before twirling, popping, and dropping your way around the dance floor! At the end of the class go ahead and take full advantage of the dress ups provided before showing off your new routine.

Oz Party Events


The Sydney Slinky Ladies Pole Dancing and Dining Experience will have you and your Hen’s giggling with giddy satisfaction from start to finish! 

Get the girls together and learn a new dance skill in this fun, interactive and professionally led pole dancing class in Sydney!

Receive a warm meet and greet from your professional pole dancing instructor with a welcome glass of sparkling wine to toast you and the girls!

Begin your 2-hour pole dancing class learning a range of pole dancing techniques and poses. Your expert dance teacher will guide you through the combination of various pole moves and dancing steps.

Suitable for all levels and fitness, you and the girls will be spinning and dancing before you can say wit woooo!

Reward your pole dancing talents with a delicious 3-course shared platter dining package with welcome glass of sparkling wine on arrival at a premier Darling Quarter restaurant.

Showcase your new masterful sultry moves grooving the night away at a choice of top Sydney bars or nightclubs with prearranged complimentary guest-list entry!

Cocktail Making & Gin Masterclass

A very popular alternative for hen’s days in Sydney, due to the fact that who doesn’t want to learn how all their preferred drinks are made? Invest a couple of hours mastering all those pointers and tricks you see those master mixologists do perfectly– certainly an ability to flaunt at your next dinner celebration. The very best part? You even get to taste them too– this one is something the women will enjoy and is the ideal activity to do in the afternoon before hitting the clubs later that night.

Gin Masterclass

A beverage option of 2019 is gin, so maximize this popular year-round drink with a gin tasting sesh. Try the finest gins and select your own mixers. Some classes teach you the history of gin and how to pour the best drink, all whilst getting to try three different ranges. If you would like something a little more unique, you can create your own gin. As a bonus offer, you’re given some of your own design to take home with you to continue the festivities.

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Sip cocktails while soaking up Hacienda’s harbourside views – yes, please! During the 90-minute class, you’ll learn how to mix four colourful cocktails, including two classic concoctions and two of the bar’s signatures. You’ll then sit back among the plants and pastels and nibble on a cheese and charcuterie platter.

Sydney Hens Cocktail Masterclass


A private cocktail class is a perfect way to kick off your hens celebration. Relax over a few cocktails and learn how to make them at the same time, becoming skilled in the art of mixology with our fun and interactive cocktail masterclasses.

Men on Fire


What does a cocktail making class involve?

Our Men On Fire Cocktail Classes are all about combining entertainment with activity through cocktails. Our professional mixologists will guide you through a series of popular cocktails (think Mojito, Sex On The Beach, Espresso Martini) and then get the bride and her guests hands-on to make their own. The classes are always super fun and hilarious as guests see who can make the best cocktails and get shaking! A cocktail class is also the easiest way for you as the organiser to plan your afternoon or night like an absolute pro. With everything included in one place, you can have drinks, dinner, activity, entertainment and even a topless waiter at a set price per person to make it a very easy process to plan.

What packages are available?

We have three cocktail packages available at Men On Fire; for earlier parties who just want a fun activity to add to an already busy day, we recommend our Darlinghurst Cocktail Class Package. For later parties who really want a one-stop package for the night, we recommend our Darling Harbour Cocktail Class Package. For those who have their own location and would prefer we come to you, especially helpful if you have a specific time in mind or are based outside Sydney, our Mobile Cocktail Class is the best option.

Shakealicious! Hens Cocktail Making Class


This Shakealicious Hens Cocktail Making party is pure hens perfection –  learn to shake cocktails like a pro, get cosy in your VIP area of our chic hidden cocktail lounge and settle in for an exclusive hens soiree of fab friends, flamboyant drinks and delish canapés too! Sip proudly on 3 cocktail creations with your hens best gals as Sydney’s best bartenders take you through the steps on how to mix and shake up the perfect cocktail in an exclusive experience for your group only! It’s a Hens Night Cocktail Making Class in Sydney Package that everyone will wish they thought of first!

This ever-popular & exclusive Sydney Hens Cocktail Making package provides that magical combination of learning to make some colourful cocktails from a shake-a-licious bartender while indulging in cocktails and enjoying platters of irresistible canapés – did we mention your own VIP area to kick on! Grab your bride tribe…it’s time to get shaking!

This gem of a Sydney hens party celebration starts as you meet your girls in the heart of party central & make your way into our hidden cocktail lounge! Away from the pressures of wedding planning and the world, head into our chic bar just in time to meet our resident cocktail professional! Now naturally all My Ultimate Hens Party guests receive lots of special service throughout your event, so settle in for the VIP treatment! The plush surrounds and stylish mood lighting sets the scene as you prepare to spend the experience with our talented, vibrant bartender who will teach you how to make, mix and pour an array of delightful cocktails! But don’t get too comfortable, you get to do a bit of shakin soon enough!

Your hens night group will be fascinated to learn the history behind each cocktail and the variety of spirits, liqueurs and will enjoy not one, now two, but THREE cocktails each! We even throw in a fun Hens Martini Stirring Comp between your party- to bring out everyone’s fun, competitive side – with a deluxe cocktail for the winner of course – clink clink – just another reason this cocktail making hens night package really is hens perfection! After your cocktail class, continue the party in your reserved area & sip proudly at your cocktail glasses whilst giggling with your girls over your creations and taking zillions of photos – #hensnightcocktailmaking!

Continue the indulgence as you and your squad are served amazing canapé platters – think crowd-pleasing chefs selection share plates including traditional antipasti boards with cured meats & chargrilled vegetables, Swedish Meatballs with dips & our favourite – the ploughmans board with mixed Mediterranean olives, pork crackling, organic chips & lots of tasty treats! This is all topped off with scrumptious strawberries dipped in Belgian Chocolate sauce! Yum!

The cocktails on offer are simply divine! Often including the likes of ever popular My Ultimate Hens Lemon Meringue Pie with citron Vodka, Crème de Cacao white, vanilla & lemon syrups then shaken hard to whip up a treat! Our Signature Hens Cocktail Snow Candy that will actually change your life – A deliciously smooth mix of Amaretto, white chocolate liqueur, strawberry puree and crème freche. Finished with grated milky bar…oh yes yes yes! Or how about our twist on the SATC Cosmo with a generous measure of Sake, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, coconut and pineapple syrups, then shaken with fruit juices! Oh-la-la Instagram perfection we promise! Clinking cocktails provides the most beautiful setting to this special Sydney hens party celebration!

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Cocktail Making Classes in Sydney


The Sassy & Sleek Cocktail Making Class in Sydney is a fun, interactive and professionally led cocktail masterclass located in the heart of Sydney’s vibrant Darling Quarter! 

Shimmy, shake and stir up three fabulous cocktails in this vibrant Mediterranean inspired venue.

The fun begins the moment you arrive in your semi-reserved area laid out with a smorgasbord of fresh fruit, liquors, spirits, mixers and a dose of mixology magic.

Your professional mixologist will share expert tips and secrets to create the perfect cocktail. Indulge in a dose of healthy competition in a bid to win best cocktail of the session!

Once your cocktail making skills are tried and tested, compliment your tastebuds with a selection of delicious gourmet pizzas and chef’s dessert.

Finish up the celebrations with complimentary prearranged guestlist entry to a choice of popular Sydney bars or clubs.

Cocktail Making Classes Sydney


Hen party in Sydney coming soon and you need to get the activities organised? So many to go for and still you got stuck for ideas – let us help you! Book the one that will really get your group going and bond, book a fun hands-on Cocktail Masterclass in Sydney from the comfort of your house where you will be guided through the secrets of Mixology. We will move the cocktail bar to you for one night in Sydney – glasses, ingredients & cocktail making equipment. We teach full hands-on cocktail making classes where you will get your hands dirty at making & shaking 3 cocktails as instructed by your own mixologist on the day! Get your hen party started with this fabulous cocktail making masterclass, a Mixology Class in Sydney is the perfect activity to get you in the party mood! Catering for groups from 10 up to a maximum of 100 people per booking our Cocktail Making Classes in Sydney are perfect for hen parties, special occasions, corporate.

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Learn How to Make Awesome Cocktails


Why not start your party by doing something totally unique, original and fun. By learning how to make some awesome cocktails the hens can show-off their abilities and naturally there has to be a competition at the end. The mixing of cocktails is an art form and we have the best teachers on hand to take you through the process of making the perfect cocktail.

Our talented team of mixologists will teach you about the various cocktails, the history behind them and some cool moves. This hands on experience will teach you all of the secrets that you always wanted to know and will make you the hit of every party. Amaze your friends with your cocktail making abilities and knowledge.

The hens night will sample the cocktails and you can expect a lot of hilarious moments to start happening after a couple of cocktails have been sampled. Learn how to free pour, make classic cocktails and about the equipment needed to make a perfect cocktail.

Champagne on arrival creates the mood and after all the hard work of learning how to create a perfect cocktail, the hens will be divided into teams. The teams will compete against each other and each team will have to create, name and mix a cocktail of their choice.

Included in the evening will be delicious food platters, fun and game activities and naturally perfectly made cocktails. Learning how to make perfect cocktails is a great way to kick-start your party and it will definitely break the ice. Our team of professional mixologists is very friendly, have great personalities and know everything about cocktails that is worth knowing.

At the end of the session, every hen will be able to make a variety of cocktails using the correct methods and they will also be able to create their own unique cocktails by using the knowledge gained. Do something different this year and spoil the girls with something that they can enjoy, have fun while doing and use in future to entertain their guests!

Li’l Darlin Mini Bar


Your Mobile Cocktail Bar Hire & Hens Party Specialist in Sydney

Beer and wine can be so sensationally dull, and if you’re looking for a wonderful alternative to the generic drinks offered at your next function, you simply can’t go past what we have to offer.

Our mobile cocktail bar, available in Surry Hills and all over Sydney, is simply perfect for all types of events. So whether you have a girls’ night on the cards or for specialist birthday or hens parties, from Surry Hills to somewhere else around Sydney, pump up the volume and get involved with Li’l Darlin Mini Bar!

A selection of small bars packages in Surry Hills & beyond

You can rest at ease knowing that whichever of the small bars packages you choose we take care of it all. We’ll remove all the hassles and headaches by supplying everything. This includes our custom mobile cocktail bar, trained and friendly specialist mixologists, and all of the equipment required. Our staff will set everything up prior to your event beginning, and once it’s all done and dusted we’ll pack and clean everything, leaving the spot as clean (or cleaner!) than it was when we arrived.

The Cocktail Masterclass we have available will no doubt be a huge hit at hens parties and other functions. Over 2-3 hours, you and your friends will learn how to make several different cocktails from a specialist mixologist! This also includes three deliciously mixed drinks per person, too.

We also offer comprehensive bar hire services direct to you.

We’re Sydney’s best birthday and hens party specialists for a reason!

They say it takes 10,000 hours to truly master something. Well, if that’s true, after serving more than 500,000 cocktails, we’re pretty sure we’ve got the whole ‘mastered’ thing in the bag. While other small bars in Surry Hills may have the ingredients, they’re more than likely lacking in mixing talent. Book our hand-crafted portable cocktail bar hire and you’re getting the whole shebang!

Cocktail Workshops & Party Idea for Hens Night in Sydney


Nothing says an elegant celebration like a Sydney Cocktail Party and it doesn’t need to be a drama to organise. The experienced team at Wicked Hens Parties can arrange the entire event for you so all you need to do is get your Hen to the venue and happy with her choice of which cocktail to try first. Get set for a night to remember, get a quote for a Wicked Cocktail Party Hens night.

The Botanist


Cocktail Masterclasses at The Botanist

Perfect for hen’s parties, birthdays, team building and group gatherings, assemble your friends and learn to become a cocktail pro.

Mixology Crew


Hands on cocktail making classes for fun, shake your favourite cocktails together with friends! Learn to make delicious drinks instructed by top mixologists!

Shake, muddle and stir your way in this hand-on cocktail making class where you will learn step by step the secrets of Mixology! 

Cocktail making classes are a great way to start your hens weekend with the girls, it’s the perfect icebreaker! You will have your share of great laughs, creative work and a few cocktails as well. If you believe that a cocktail class would be the perfect entertainment, then you are right!

We will share tips and techniques used by world class bartenders and then we will get straight down to shaking your own. Book cocktail classes with Barmen For Hire in Sydney, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Mornington, Perth, Adelaide and surrounding communities!

Archie Rose


Join us for a tour of the Archie Rose Distillery and learn first hand how we produce our gins, whiskies and vodka followed by a guided tasting of all four of our core spirits. Or if you want to get a little more creative, join us for an evening as we walk you through the history of gin as well as how we make our own here at Archie Rose. You will then get the chance to blend a selection of Archie Rose’s pure botanical distillates to create your own signature blends. Each guest will leave with two 200ml bottles of their own, truly unique, gins.

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Gin Experience- Hens Party Cruises


Are your group gin lovers? Let me share this super cool idea…. why not do some gin tasting incorporated with learning about gins, how’s its made and even customising your own gin for the ultimate gin experience on Sydney Harbour.

One of our featured boats, Silver Spirit, has partnered with Archie Rose, a local Sydney distillery to offer an exclusive gin experience on Sydney Harbour.

If you have only a small group, Silver Spirit runs ticketed events once a month for gin lovers. Join on one of their cruises for a fun night.

Otherwise lets tailor this to your group so you have the boat, the bartenders and the gin all to yourself!

Get in touch for a detailed quote on guest numbers and prices. Let me know your preferred date, time and what style of food and I’ll do a custom quote. This is after all, something really special!

Team Days Gin Tasting Botanicals in the Boardroom


Distilling your own gin in the workplace will probably get you fired. But in this Gin Tasting Masterclass you’ll be celebrated for it. (Apparently everything’s okay when the chief is doing it too!). Your experienced Botanical Advisor will take your team on a tour of the history of gin and the distillation process, before inviting you to touch, smell and most importantly, taste, a prized selection of gin. The Gin Tasting Masterclass is available at a range of private bars and distilleries, and some will even invite you to blend your very own bespoke bottle of gin to take home (and by home we don’t mean the office!).

Spirit Fleet Boat Charters


Spirit Fleet have teamed up with Australia’s most highly awarded distillery; Archie Rose Distilling Co. to offer exclusive gin experience cruises. A unique venture on board a distinguished yacht.

Be welcomed onboard Silver Spirit, a luxury motor cruiser, with canapés and G&Ts on arrival. Silver Spirit is one of kind, with old school charm, rich timber craftsmanship she offers the ideal floating venue to enjoy some classic G&Ts. 

Over the course of the cruise, Archie Rose experts will take you on a whirlwind tour of gin distillation. This sensory experience includes an Archie Rose bar styled with dried botanicals and botanical distillates, where guests are guided through a comparison of botanicals in Archie Rose’s Signature Dry Gin and Distiller’s Strength Gin, and then select their favourite to enjoy in a G&T.

Bass & Flinders


We offer one of the most unique Gin Masterclasses in Australia where you have an opportunity to create your very own bespoke gin.

During our Gin Masterclasses you will delve into the wonderful world of gin. Learn the long and fascinating history of gin and how it is made.

You will discover the techniques and exotic botanicals used in gin production and experience for yourself how these affect the flavour and quality of gin. Bass & Flinders Distillery are always scouting for new and interesting botanicals so our classes remain distinctive. 

During the classes, you will also be guided through the process of blending up your own gin recipe from a vast range of vapour infused botanicals.

Once you have created “your gin” tailored to your taste preferences, you will be able to take home a 500ml bottle with you for you and your friends to enjoy.


You and your ladies have started off with Champagne, prior to delighting in a banquet and flowing wine. Next thing you understand you’re looking for a brand-new celebration destination. For the times when you desire more than just drinks at a bar, head to one of Sydney’s leading karaoke spots.

Sydney Hen Karaoke Queen


Unleash your inner Beyonce and shake your booty all night long for an unforgettably fun night with the girls! Sing, dine, dance & drink in our luxurious private karaoke rooms!

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Goros, Surry Hills


This Japanese themed fun-park is packed with all the ingredients for a good time. They have private karaoke rooms with quirky props, a wide selection of songs to choose from AND free karaoke slots on selected nights! (You’ll have to keep up with their Instagram/Facebook page for updates). As well as karaoke, the bars selection of sake, creative cocktails and Japanese street food will keep your energy up for more activities. With pool tables, ping pong, and a ridiculously large arcade, Goros is one of Sydney’s leading fun-loving bars.

Ding Dong Dang, Surry Hills


When the clock strikes midnight and you’re ready to kick on there are only three words you need to remember. DING. DONG. DANG. This place is one of the oldest karaoke joints in Sydney. Located on Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills there is nothing flash and fancy about it. In fact if you looked at the front of Ding Dong Dang during the day of light you’d probably think it was just a cover for a dodgy illegal gambling ring. But when night falls just look for the neon sign and on the weekends be sure to call ahead and make a booking- this place pumps! Drinks wise you’re pretty limited but if you don’t mind smashing some tinnies or Smirnoff Double Blacks you’ll love it! They are big on the old fashioned book system so don’t expect a digital, high-tech extravaganza. But the drinks are cheap and they have all the songs you’ll ever need for a good time.

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Strike Bowling


Strike has become the ultimate adult playground. With karaoke, bowling, laser tag, and most recently, escape rooms, you’re guaranteed to have a good time! Karaoke booths are big enough to cater for large groups and can be hired by the hour. To top off the experience they have happy hour galore. Drinks can also be delivered to your private room to conveniently keep the karaoke confidence flowing. With boxes full of props, an endless selection of new and classic hits and the option to kick on for more fun activities, this sanctuary of fun will force out the kid in you.

Dynasty Karaoke


Located in the heart of Chinatown, this bar, restaurant and lounge is a Chinese temple of karaoke fun. With great food, drinks, dancing and karaoke all in one, this space has every ingredient necessary for a good night. There are 13 VIP rooms that can be privately hired. There is also the main lounge space where you will be treated to Concubine Tapas Bar’s modern Asian infusions. Cocktails, wine, Champagne and any other delicacy you could imagine are also on offer. This is a much more high-end karaoke bar for a fun evening with friends.

K1 Karaoke Lounge


K1 Karaoke Lounge is an Asian-infused, futuristic ball of fun. The space is lit up with high-tech karaoke gear to give your night as much WOW-factor as possible. Extra cool feature: the LED showcase tables not only light up and change colour, they each have a mini bar inside them which you can fill up with your favourite beverages.

Karaoke World


Karaoke world also operates private room hire. Decked out with high-end tables, chairs and equipment. There are over 120,000 songs to choose from in English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Korean in a range of genres. They also offer a heap of deals. If it’s your birthday and you book in with a group  you’ll receive a free bottle of Champagne. 



Bottle service, traditional Asian food and a funky, lit up private space is what you’ll find at this CBD gem. Open until 4am, you have ample time to scroll through the lengthy list of songs to suit your taste. Creative cocktails and innovative shots (ABC shots are a must) will help skyrocket your night and karaoke abilities. There’s also a long list of banging appetisers, snacks and noodles. Who doesn’t love a serving of Pad Thai or Pad See Ew to reward a great performance?

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Lantern by Wagaya


Japanese restaurant Wagaya in Haymarket have opened a sister restaurant and added an extra side of fun with it. The renowned touch screen ordering booths are especially helpful for large groups and fast service. With a range of Japanese adaptations like Japanese Style Chicken Pizza and traditional meals like ramen, the menu can be shared or ordered individually. After your stomach has been satisfied, it’s time to satisfy your inner diva. Dinner and karaoke packages can be purchased together, so you’ll have both your dinner and a jam in a private space. There’s also $6 per hour happy hour deal at any time from Sunday to Thursday, or before 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays.



Mizuya is arguably one of Sydney’s most glamorous and popular Japanese karaoke bar and restaurants. The touch-screen ordering process simplifies your selection of over 200 authentic Japanese dishes. It’s a perfect venue for a quick drink or a few cocktails before singing the night away with friends. There’s also the option of intimate booth dining to test out all the dishes before your karaoke ventures. Or you have the three-in-one option of having your dinner and drinks served in your private karaoke room. The karaoke is not compulsory to hire the private dining room (but is an obvious bonus).

CEO Karaoke Sydney


These ultra-modern, rooms decorated with Hollywood-esque decor are the CEO experience of karaoke bars. You have electronic song selection, compatibility with your smartphone to select your own music and sound insulation for privacy. Basic food like pizza and small snacks are expected, though if you’re looking for a banquet meal it’s best to eat before. You won’t be cut short for choice by the drinks menu though, with mixed spirits served by the jug and glass, and a range of beer, wine and Champagne. Each of the 22 private rooms are decorated with a different Hollywood star, ranging from Bruce Lee to the Minions!

Escape Room

For a fun afternoon, experiment with an escape room in Sydney. Work together to find ideas and work them out to “save the world”. This is a perfect concept if not everyone in the party understands each other; it’s an excellent way to start a conversation!

Expedition Escape Rooms


The first challenge you face at Expedition Escape Rooms is figuring out if you’re in the right place. The entrance to the recently opened Redfern venue sits below a sign for a linen factory outlet (we don’t think it’s part of the theme), and you’ll need to push through an internal gate to walk up the dimly lit stairs.

You’ll meet your gamesmaster in the tidy lobby – the pictures of colonial ships and old manuscripts don’t give too much away – and get nitty gritty release forms out of the way before the theatrics begin. Our group of five brave code crackers is led, blindfolded, into the first section of ‘the Forgotten Son’, which is the first of three rooms being planned for the venue. 

It begins with an ominous debrief: we are lost travellers in outback Australia who have stumbled upon a shack, drawn there by the sound of childlike sobs. We’re tasked with finding a way inside the locked door to investigate, and also escape the encroaching dark (make use of the torches as night rolls in). The time period? Definitely pre-internet but we’ve got electricity down pat. We’re told the gods are watching over us, and if we require assistance, we should simply look to the heavens and pray (for a clue).

The puzzles are an intriguing mix of traditional mechanical and word-based codes, along with electrical and magnetic mysteries – we’re glad we have an engineer in tow for the tricky electrical current switcheroo. There are plenty of padlocks to open, and as you make your way from the shack’s front gate to multiple interior rooms, you’ll find more chilling, interconnected items that’ll lead you to freedom. But beware: it’s easy to get distracted thinking a particular pot or pipe is integral to the game, when you should really be focused on the fire and the spooky childlike voice that seems to be floating in the air. You really need to keep your ears pricked in this escape room, as there’s the unusual addition of ghostly interactivity.

The highlight of the 60-minute experience has got to be the grand finale (fingers crossed you get there) which requires synchronised teamwork and just a tad of cardio fitness. After this mad dash finish, you can do a post-game review with the gamesmaster (who is the hilarious Lindsey on our visit), walking through each space to break down clues you missed and crown the MVP. 

If you like Expedition’s dramatised, storyline-oriented style, look out for the next two rooms they’re developing at the same site. They’re going for one with a medieval theme and another nuclear disaster situation.

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The Cipher Room


This escape room in Newtown is brilliantly challenging and entertaining

Down the St Peters Station end of King Street there’s a portal back in time to 1945. Venture inside and you’ll find yourself in somebody’s elegantly furnished study with tasteful wallpaper. Big band music plays quietly on the radio. An unfinished Scrabble game has been hastily abandoned in the corner. And there’s an old-school typewriter on the desk.

Welcome to Espionage, the debut escape puzzle at the Cipher Room. You and your co-players have just one hour to locate the secrets that Agent ‘M’ has hidden somewhere in the room. To find them, you’re going to have to look for clues, follow a bunch of hints and crack a bunch of codes. There’s no time to waste – enemy agents will arrive when the clock strikes 12.

The Cipher Room is a labour of love for its co-creators, Newtown locals Marise Watson and David Vella. Game designer Marise spent a year researching escape rooms around Australia and in New York before creating Espionage. Husband David is the builder who put together the room’s ingenious bits and pieces by hand. The two sourced furniture and props from the vintage furniture shops that lower King Street is famous for, which gives the game plenty of period atmosphere.

Time Out sent a trio of players to solve the room’s mysteries, but up to six people can play at once (and there’s plenty for all of them to do). We are provided with mini-torches, a pen and a notepad, which all come in very handy. We also get a walkie-talkie which buzzes to life a few times during the hour asking us if we would like a hint. We’re happy for the extra help: while some clues we’re able to pick up on immediately others are more challenging and the hints help keep the game moving along.

Several times during the hour we gasp with the pleasure of the discovery of something hidden. This is a game that has been cleverly conceived to provide a variety of tactile, visual and aural experiences. Also, unlike many escape rooms, the backstory actually informs the various puzzles you encounter as well as your ultimate goal – a lot of thought has gone into this.

The Cipher Room’s second game room the Cabin, which has a serial killer theme, will launch at the end of 2016 – we can hardly wait.

Next Level: Ex Libris


Even when you escape Ex Libris, you never really leave. Games masters Daniel Thomason and Aaron Hooper ditched their careers as economists at the Reserve Bank to open their first escape room – and boy is it exciting! The two self-proclaimed nerds had relatively little experience of escape rooms before launching Next Level, however, they’ve thrown all their passion into the project and the joy of puzzle solving shines through in their execution.

Thomason, our storyteller and host, meets us at the bottom of an office block near Rockpool Bar & Grill as ‘Daniel of the Night’s Watch’. His childlike joy gets us pumped for the first games room, a 15-minute entrée before the main course. Our team of four is handed an iPad. We’ve got 15 minutes to solve as many Game of Thrones themed challenges as we can – fiddling with strands of Targaryen hair, dragon eggs and one ugly White Walker. Like the reign of a Westeros king, it’s all over too quickly. We completed six challenges, coming out with a score of 564!

But we’re here for the good stuff. Ex Libris is a 75-minute escape room with a difference. It’s designed so that if/once your team has successfully escaped, there are more puzzles scattered around the literary fantasy room to entertain you until your time is well and truly up. Our focus is to power up the portal, find the golden pen and get the hell out of there.

It’s not a linear experience, and so solving a puzzle may require several parts that come together as you progress through the rooms. Our team of half-rookie, half-expert level escapees splits up and applies our individual skills to working out what we have at hand. There are familiar characters: Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes… Any missteps and we’re prompted by a humorous narrator who drops hints like “Hero Amy is getting warmer.”

Puzzles range from cryptic riddles to operating a large telescope – and all four team members are kept busy with props and pointers that lead us in-and-out of spaces, yelling numbers, words and colours in an attempt to unlock one of the many boxes we’ve found. Though the themes link to popular culture, everything you need is in the room – so don’t worry if you’re not a diehard Potter fan.  

We knock heads together to figure out what Sherlock is trying to tell Watson, whether Esme rides a Nimbus 2001 and if those stickmen on the walls spell ‘password 1’. (They do not.) We ‘escape’ the room within 44 minutes – success! Our heart rates return to normal and spend the next half hour working out the remaining puzzles, just for funzies. Look out for information about their second room, which will be sci-fi themed, opening later this year.

ParaPark Sydney


Hungarian expats Noemi and Laszlo Agocs have set up one outstanding escape room in the business and industrial zones of Mac Park. It’s the only exit room north of the bridge, and they’re giving Sydney’s more established companies a run for their money with the expertise and backing of ParaPark – a global network of puzzle rooms that started in Budapest.

There’s just the one theme, but the couple have plans to develop two more rooms that will book-end the experience: one for newbies or families, and one for experienced gamers. We’re a little nervous about the paranormal edge of Passage no. 9, which requires a minimum of three players, but our games masters prepare us with one radio, a torch and a notepad and pen. Our first, untimed challenge is to locate the key to open the door – hidden in a wall of key shapes. Success! We’re off, scurrying around the dimly lit space for unusual objects or padlocks.

Horrifying sounds echo through the room. Four pairs of eyes dart to the bookshelf, the mirror, the strange basket in the centre – why is that there? As we collect clues it creates a breadcrumb trail and for the most part every member of the team is engaged in a different activity. One navigates a map of symbols, one is on hands and knees searching for a monkey wrench, another pieces wooden blocks together and the final player toys with a remote controlled car. It’s all hands on deck, but we’re solving brain-teasers faster than Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang.

To be clear, this room isn’t easy. Tokens, numbers, pictures, nuts and bolts all pile up, seemingly unconnected. We shriek with joy when the wildest ideas give us the result we need. As we get closer to unlocking the final safe, we don’t want to leave – we’re having too much fun. An alarm is triggered, ramping up the tension. There’s nine minutes to spare but our hearts don’t stop beating any faster. Shaky hands fumble at the last lock… and we’re out! We’re exhausted, exhilarated and totally hooked on the escape room phenomenon. Bring on the next one.

Paniq Room


Hailing from the motherland of escapism, joint directors Akos Viktor Oldal and Martina Oldal-Horvath have brought with them all the tricks of the Hungarian trade. They’re confident in their designs and if there’s a puzzle sequence they haven’t seen before, they’ll eat their blindfolds.

Found inside a historic property in the Rocks, this suite of escape rooms has two themes, Military Bunker and Supercell 117, with another one on the way. There were no qualms about which one we’d take – it had to be the real-life Prison Break offered in room 117. Anxiety levels skyrocket as all four players are handcuffed and escorted into the darkness.

Sixty minutes on the clock. Two players in one cell, two in another, our first challenge is to locate the one key that’ll free us all so we can continue the game. There are padlocked cabinets, exercise equipment, lads’ mags and a chessboard – red herrings? Or the keys to freedom? There was only one way to find out.

The key to unlock our handcuffs was easy enough to find and we found a way to share the success with our neighboring cell. Noisy and reckless, we yell long numbers around like traders at the New York Stock Exchange. If there was a three-digit number in the room, we found it and used it, no matter how useful it turned out to be. Each unlocked puzzle generated more mess and more noise. Were we getting closer, or going around in circles?

Unlike other rooms we’ve experienced, the only way to signal for help in this escape room was to look as desperate as possible and hope that the games master was feeling generous. We looked desperate. Clattering down a makeshift shaft, a dumbwaiter delivered scraps of paper to nudge us in the right direction: “Brick wall!” “Wooden box!”

Paniq Room have incorporated as many varied challenges as possible, and though each one was much deliberated by our team they were all achievable tasks – the test was whether or not you could solve them all in time. Sadly, we couldn’t.

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The Enigma Room


Slip deep into the memory minefield.

Behind a set of ominous green doors on Pitt Street is one of Sydney’s newest arrivals. It’s run by three mates, Matt Lee, Barry Skalrud and Piyush Bedi, who are raising the bar for escape rooms, from production to the technical tricks and locks that keep us all guessing. We were tempted by the dastardly dictator story behind the Dr Disaster room, but we chose to tackle the mind-boggling trip through a patient’s memory bank in the Inception-like room In Memoriam.

The operation is independently run by well-travelled, experienced escapees. Upon entering the reception area we’re greeted by Lee, who designed the room. It’s clear from the sizeable grin on his face that he and the team are confident in the standard of the rooms they’ve created here. And justifiably so.

Before entering the room we’re shown a video to set the butterflies off in our stomachs. A doctor tells us that we’re entering the mind of a woman who is in a coma. We must relive her memories to have any hope of saving her future. The clock is ticking. Dressed in white coats, we enter the first room and our first challenge. There are doors, but no padlock and no code.

Like the crack-team of professionals we’re dressed to be, we smash through the first two challenges unaided. We’re moving objects, riffling through magazines and CDs and jumping up and down to try to trigger sensors. It’s by far the most dynamic range of puzzles we’ve come across, and some challenges leave us speechless.

When we reach the final stage of the game it’s all too much – we’re on sensory overload. Somehow they’ve managed to send us all on a trip down memory lane, while keeping us immersed in the character’s story as well. We’ve come so very close to completing the sequence in time – but it doesn’t matter. Every puzzle was as satisfying as the next, and we leave the room feeling inspired to come back and do it all again.

As we leave, we meet the couple who were in the room next to ours. It was their first escape room and he had surprised his beau with an extra clue, with help from the Enigma Room team. It read ‘Will You Marry Me?’ She said yes.

CT Adventure Escape Room


Slip through the doorway between David Jones and Rip Curl on Market Street and you’ll find a lift that takes you up to a series of escape rooms created by Jason Tang and Anthony Chiu. CT Adventure Escape Rooms has three themes to choose from: a jungle expedition called ‘Gotcha’, a terrifying room called ‘The Witch’ that has just a five per cent success rate, and a museum heist called ‘MU-T’ – with a far friendlier 30 per cent chance of escape.

We like our odds of busting into (and out of) the museum. Eye masks on, we’re led into the first room knowing we have 60 minutes to work out way through the puzzles and eventually retrieve the ‘T’. Our escape room expert calls out what’s in the room – she’s a veteran games nerd and knows it’s all about communication and teamwork.

We have a few easy wins: A key! A handle! A video tape! It feels like we’re flying through… We’ll be out of here in record time. Then comes the video tape. Like a spoof version of The Ring, we’re told our fate – there’ll be a telephone, there’ll be numbers, there’ll be people out to get us. Why is she dressed like that? Is that a child’s voice?

In the second room, the theme becomes a little clearer but a few clues slow us down. Luckily we have a tall person in the team to reach some of those mechanisms, but we use two phone calls for clues to trigger some of the puzzles – the morse code, for example, doesn’t correspond to short and long pulses. But we’ve come this far, so we push through and smash our way through other mechanical puzzles with the help of four pairs of hands.

We reach the final room, but time is running out… Our smallest thief weaves her way through laser beams as others yell numbers from rooms one, two and three. Ten minutes on the clock. Three codes disarmed. We watch the video again… We’re so very close, but out of luck. Undeterred by our failure, we know we’ll be back to tackle The Witch.

Mission Sydney


Enter the Vampire’s lair. Found between a Vodaphone shop and a TAB, this back-room set up is proof that you don’t need a big budget to produce a captivating escape room. Our games master is bouncing from the walls with excitement for us, and the bowl of free Minties is a nice touch. ‘Only three clues’ we read on the preparation sheet. Yikes.

Blindfolded and led into the Vampire Room, we’re told to clasp our hands onto the metal rail. “Don’t look,” she says. “Not until I leave the room.” Hot with anticipation we rip off the blindfolds to face an empty bed – a vampire’s cloak laid out on the sheets. One player gives out a shriek. We’ve entered a medieval castle and we need to solve the supernatural mystery.

Still spooked, we search for clues under the bed, on the tables and in the cracks of the room. Four lonely hooks stick out on the walls – what are they for?

With just two players, we quickly work our way through the cryptic puzzles and onto the next room. We’ve never seen laser beams before – how cool! With trepidation, we drop things into water, dodge lasers, do our best Game of Thrones impressions – all in what feels like record time. At the final post we’re held up by loose screws and inaudible hints across the radio. But we make it out, with eight minutes to spare. And as sweat glistens on our brows, it’s official: we’re addicted.

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The Escape Hunt Experience


Elementary, my dear. Part of a global chain of escape rooms conceived by UK expat Paul Bart, who is based in Thailand, the Escape Hunt Experience is a well-oiled machine that caters for team building events, parties and walk-ins. In the reception area there are large leather sofas, iPads for checking in and signing the Ts & Cs, and shelves of merchandise should you wish to dress up like Baker Street’s famous detective.

They’ve tailored the themes to attract Sydney’s tourists, with rooms based on crime-riddled stories of the city. There’s Robbery in the Cottage, set in the Rocks during the 1900s; there’s Murder in the Pub, a nod to the historic hotels around the city; and Extortion in the Dockyard, the story of an adulterous captain who wants to protect his reputation. We opt to set sail into the latter.

As we enter the room, it’s dark, but not scary. Ropes, boxes and wooden crates fill the space and there’s an intercom system right next to the light switch should we need tips. Our games master hints that we should search through the hessian sacks to get going – but it’s not long before we call him back to help us out with some mental arithmetic. Having the games master in the room each time is a mood-killer, and did nothing to ignite any fire in our bellies to proceed any further.

Our pace is slowed even more when we come across a second room filled with clues, and we’re baffled. Where do we start? The big red timer on the wall is blinking back at us. We make it through to the final room, deflated but too embarrassed to ask for more help. Fingers scramble to unlock combinations in time, but we’re too slow. The final key is in our hands, but victory will have to wait for another day.

Social Escape


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Dare you enter the Labyrinth? Parramatta’s first escape room will have you outsmarting a mad scientist, finding a missing asylum patient and joining a Mexican Cartel.



There’s a new escape room opening on December 9 at Strike Bowling in EQ. It’s a room so clever it gives you hints in real time.

Break the Code


Your first challenge is to find the new escape room venue Break the Code, hidden down a laneway in Haymarket. Your second challenge is to assemble a crackpot team of Indiana Jones wannabes who don’t mind being locked in a room together for 60 minutes as you stumble through physical and mind-bending puzzles.

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Hens Treasure Hunt

Analyze ideas, total cheeky challenges, take pictures with random hot people, it’s that easy and loads of FUN! (Well, there is more to it, however if we tell you we’ll need to kill you …) Oh, and there’s no apps or technology involved, we’re traditional enjoyable– the pen and paper range with a real person as your hostess– yes! A genuine individual! Don’t worry, if your hen is a bit conservative our activities are designed to fit the tame and shy hen along with the girl who’s up for anything! How many in a team you ask?

Hens Treasure Hunt


Looking for an activity that will make everyone happy? It can be tricky sometimes. Not all guests are big drinkers, there may be the Mum of the bride to consider and some guests you don’t even know yet. But don’t panic! We can help take the pressure off. Here at Hens Treasure Hunt we have come up with a unique and fabulous hens party idea to suit everyone!

With 17 years of experience we know how to make a group of ladies happy, especially the hen. Our events aren’t overly physical, you can drink along the way if you like and there is nothing sleazy or embarrassing involved, just good, cheeky, girly fun!

Sydney Hens – Hens Treasure Hunt


Looking for a bit of adventure & frivolous fun on your hens day? You’ve come to the right place! Our Hens Treasure Hunts are unique with guaranteed laughs, hilarious photo opportunities with cute locals and bucket loads of fun!

Learn to Dance Burlesque

Now you girls can put all your sexiest dance relocations together, get dressed up like you are ready for a shift at the Moulin Rouge and have one hell of a fun time. A Burlesque class is one of the most asked for Sydney hen day activities. The staff here are great and will make certain to bring the shyest members of your hen group out of their shells. By the end of the session you will all be ready to place on the sexiest show in the land … … if you can stop laughing that is!

Party at Home

Now you women can put all your sexiest dance moves together, get dressed up like you are ready for a shift at the Moulin Rouge and have one hell of a fun time. A Burlesque class is one of the most asked for Sydney hen day activities. The staff here are wonderful and will make certain to bring the shyest members of your hen group out of their shells. By the end of the session you will all be ready to put on the sexiest show in the land … … if you can stop laughing that is!

Classic Sleepover

Remember the days of staying up all night with your closest gal pals? Giggling, talking about boys, watching movies, eating as much junk food as humanly possible and generally having the BEST time?

If your bride-to-be isn’t keen on hitting the town, but would rather spend some quality time with her friends – consider a good old fashioned sleepover – full of games, chick flicks, food and fun.

To pull it off, fill your lounge room with mattresses, cushions, blankets, lollies, chocolates, dressing gowns, champagne, wine, board games, movies and more.

Clothes Swap Party

Inform guests’ that they are going to be taking part in a clothes swap party via their hens night or bridal shower invitations. Specify only clean clothes that are in good condition can be brought along (nobody wants your old rags!), and some sort of bag to carry your new party clothes home is also desirable. 

Once everyone has arrived at the party, hand each guests one token per item of clothing they have brought (in other words, if they have three items for the clothes swap, they receive three tokens in return). Once tokens have been given out and clothes have been placed around the venue for everyone to see, it’s time to get the party started!

Use a fair system (such as pulling numbers out of a hat) to decide who goes first, second, third, etc. and limit the number of items each guest can swap per turn to one or two (meaning those who don’t get to take part in the clothes swap until later will still have the chance to grab some nice outfits as not everything will be gone). 

This party is great fun in itself, however adding delicious food platters, wine and other beverages, a million photos, a couple of games to break up the event and, of course, some fashion shows with your new outfits is what makes it memorable!

Get Crafty in your Lounge Room

Get those creative juices flowing with a relaxing DIY activity in the comfort of your own home. Armed with a glass of bubbles and your imagination, surrounded by the chatter and giggles of close friends, it’s the perfect setting for making your very own masterpiece! Whether this activity is used to kick off celebrations or wind down after a huge day, kits (such as the Terracotta Mosiac Kit for 4, found at Dawdle Box) take the stress out of organising, whilst simultaneously adding a touch of fun and uniqueness to your party.

​Host an At Home Pamper Party


With your best friend’s wedding just around the corner, she’s sure to be going through a range of emotions. Whether she’s excited, stressed or somewhere in between, a little pampering definitely won’t go astray!

How much you spend on this option is entirely up to you.

With hair, make-up and massage businesses more than happy to come to your venue, it’s easy to put together a professional experience that guests will adore. Whilst it can get pricey, this option also means you don’t have the added pressure on the day of running activities yourself. 

Alternatively, a DIY pamper session with the girls can be just as fun. Ask everyone to bring their own dressing gowns/robes, set up pamper stations around the house/venue (such as nails, massage, facials, foot spas filled with rose petals, etc.), and hand out gorgeous little goodie bags filled with chocolates or chocolate coated strawberries and beautiful beauty products. You could also ask the girls if they’re interested in putting in some money to organise for one professional to come out and treat your bride-to-be (and the rest of the group) alongside your DIY options.

Whichever way you decide to go, combined with a girly sleepover full of food, wine, games, movies and giggles; you’re definitely onto a winner!

Handy Hint for you DIYers: print off DIY facial recipes that you can make as a group (with drinks in hand, of course!). It will get everyone mingling, so makes for the perfect ice-breaker activity when you have a number of guests who don’t know one another.

Secret Garden Party


The perfect option for any lover of the outdoors; garden parties provide a beautiful backdrop, fresh air, a relaxing atmosphere and, best of all, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up any spills (in other words, no red wine stains on white carpet!).

Incorporate furniture, picnic rugs, platters, and jumbo sized activities (such as giant jenga) alongside some typical hen party games, and you’ll have a celebration that will be remembered for all of the right reasons.

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Cake or Dessert Tasting Party

For any bride-to-be with a sweet tooth, this would be a dream come true!

To organise, ask guests to bring along their favourite cake or dessert (whether this be homemade or bought is entirely up to them). On the day, set up some long tables covered in white table-cloths and, as guests arrive, place their cakes/desserts on display (the colours will really pop against the white backdrop!). 

The way in which you host the party from here on is your choice. Whether it’s a free-for-all (i.e. people grab some cake or dessert when they feel like it) or has more structure to it (i.e. one-by-one you make your way through each of the options as a group), a lot of sugar will be consumed, and a lot of fun will be had!

Pair this activity with a ‘sweet as can be’ theme (e.g. bright colours, lolly bars, sweet wines, etc.) and you have the basis for a great celebration!

Food Truck Party


The perfect option for any foodie hen – food trucks are a fun and unique way to get your hunger (and thirst) fix. Being replicas or refurbishments of vintage trucks and caravans, they’re often quite stunning to look at PLUS they also make amazing backdrops for selfies or any other piccies you may snap during the event.

Photo Booth

If your budget allows for photo booth hire, definitely consider it! Photo booths provide lasting, hilarious memories; and the guest of honour often receives a digital copy of every single picture following the event (plus a guest book)!

Can’t justify spending money on this or want to save your dollars for a different activity? You don’t have to go without. Create your own party photo booth by putting together a backdrop (such as streamers or fabric strips – click here for more ideas) next to a basket of props and dress ups. Guests can then use their phones or a provided instant camera to take funny shots of each other throughout the event. 

Handy Hint: If you have a selfie stick, set it up in front of the backdrop so that guests’ can easily take photos of themselves on timer! It’s also a good idea to link any props to your overall theme (e.g. if it’s an Angel themed party, provide props such as wings, wands, halos, white feather boas, white hats, etc.).

Hire A Venue

For some girls, a hens night has to be ritzy, flashy, and elegant. If your bride is one that likes to feel ruined and surrounded by glamour, a terrific hens night concept is to hire out an unique secret place in the CBD. There’s nothing more amazing than seeming like a superstar, and Sydney’s concealed venues offer you the possibility to seem like a VIP on your hens night. A hens party in a personal place suggests you and your women can celebration in privacy. Take control of the location for a night, make your women feel unique, and do what you require to do!

Creativity Comes Alive at The Muse in Surry Hills.


It seems everyone these days is looking for that extra special experience when it comes to planning an event. Our games have been lifted from the quality of food we’re buying to the drinks we’re serving. Finding that unique venue is just part of the wish list. Whether it’s a secluded beach for the ultimate picnic or a piece of undiscovered parkland to throw a luxe garden party. Forget the boring restaurant booking or clichéd backyard BBQ. We recently discovered The Muse in Surry Hills an amazing five-storey heritage listed building that’s been converted into a unique event space and co-working hub.

Built in the late 19th Century, throughout the Roaring 20s the building itself was once the bustling headquarters of The Chinese Republic Newspaper. Almost 100 years later, The Muse has transformed 74-76 Campbell Street into a secret lair of creativity for businesses and event organisers. A short walk from Central Station or the CBD The Muse is easily accessible to all.

Famed for constructing the aesthetic masterpiece The Grounds of Alexandria, the designers at ACME & Co have partnered with architect Vince Alafaci to devise a sophisticated, industrial hangout. Spread across four levels and a rooftop terrace The Muse is a “creative community” with something for everyone.

Nestled amongst planter boxes and warm festoon lighting, the rooftop at The Muse is just one of the spaces available for event hire. From intimate birthdays to work parties, the rooftop space is the ideal blank canvas for Sydney event curators.

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Port Bow


All Hands Brewing House draws inspiration from the history and tradition of the King St docks while celebrating the art of contemporary brewing and modern dining – creating an enticing and surprising place that also feels familiar and warm.

All Hands Brewing House draws inspiration from the history and tradition of the King St docks while celebrating the art of contemporary brewing and modern dining – creating an enticing and surprising place that also feels familiar and warm.

All Hands is one of Sydney’s most unique corporate venues due to its magnificent waterfront views and the variety of function spaces available. Impress your stakeholders with our state of the art AV equipment, specialised packages and event management staff, which all make this the perfect venue for corporate dining events and conferences, large or small.

Come and hob-nob at All Hands for some truly fun times. All Hands will be on deck to ensure you have a memorable event

Booths at Star Bar


Maloney Hotels bring more to the table. Seven magnificent venues, each with designated or communal functions spaces. 

Next to your celebratory events, we pride ourselves in being able to host a multitude of event styles from corporate board meetings, conferences, galas, launches, dance parties and concerts, even movie premieres and amphitheatre performances.

With four bars and set over three levels, the iconic Star Bar is nestled in the heart of the Sydney CBD. 

Famed as the madcap watering hole for many locals and the ‘star of the city’ for visitors, Star Bar comes packed with vibrant character. 

Whether it’s lunch with friends, after work drinks, watching your favourite game, hosting an event or a big night out, Star Bar is what Sydney is all about. 

Featuring a sumptuous, modern Australian menu, Star Bar uses the very best local, seasonal ingredients, showcasing our most mouth-watering dishes including steaks, burgers, schnitties, salads and pub classics. To top off your meal, check out our extensive local and imported beer selection, well rounded wine list or enticing cocktails. 

If it’s nightlife you are looking for, Star Bars Studio One is playground to over a thousand party revellers every Friday and Saturday night. With DJs till late making Studio One the cities party mecca. 

Boasting over 6 function spaces, Star Bar can cater for elaborate and sophisticated events to more casual parties; we even have a private cinema and stage available for that event with a difference.

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Wolf Bar


One of the most innovative waterfront venues in the world is available for hire. From intimate gatherings to events, Home The Venue are experts at hosting anything from a premiere to a product launch, film locations to awards ceremonies, theatre style events, cocktail parties, social club events, performance to a press conference.

The result of our recent refurbishment – including digital surround sound, 6 distinctive rooms, 8 bars, 6 dance floors, 6 DJs booths, multiple outdoor waterfront areas and a lounge.  Available as a whole, or room by room, our clients don’t have to worry about staffing, security management or sound and lighting rigs and technicians. DJs, décor, event specific design and catering can be arranged. You can rely on Home The Venue for something fresh, distinctive and memorable.


Right Balcony at The Watershed Hotel


With panoramic views of the city skyline, The Watershed Hotel is Darling Harbours’ premier waterfront venue. We hold a variety of events including corporate gatherings, Christmas parties, product launches, birthday or engagement parties. Or anything else you’re celebrating! 

We also have a 24 hour license and no lockout. After party anyone?

Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, The Watershed Hotel & Cohibar boast unrivalled views of the dazzling city skyline & Sydney Harbour.

Relax as our experienced team look after your guests and let our kitchen brigade spoil you with delicious canapes, pop-up bars or a group dinner menu. We have a variety of spaces available each with their own unique style and stunning harbour views so we will be able to provide the perfect setting for your event. Perfect whether a corporate event, Christmas party or private function.

high chairs and tables at watershed hotel sydney

Chimney Room at The Captain’s Balcony


Perched above the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s city the Captain’s Balcony is a hidden gem. Our unique three level venue is nestled in a charming 1800s Victorian Terrace on Erskine Street. The Captain’s Balcony is the perfect spot for lunch, after work drinks, dinner, corporate events, birthdays, farewells, whisky tastings, cocktail parties and christmas parties. 

​We promise you an intimate and relaxed dining experience.

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The Atrium at Creek and Cella


Creek & Cella is a beautiful, intimate venue nestled in one of the few remaining federation bungalows in the heart of Leichhardt. The interior seamlessly blends functional minimalism with rustic timber and hand crafted tables, drawing your eyes along the long marble bar to two cold-cabinets, custom built to showcase the award-winning cheeses and meats on offer.

A modern European style of dining combines sliced-to-order charcuterie and cheese, with a seasonal bar menu, to create an experience of eating and drinking conducive to spending hours talking with friends and family. With the weekend comes brunch, serving up the best Sydney produce to create fresh and moreish food, paired perfectly with a coffee and the morning sun from the balcony.

The wine list features a rotating selection of organic, natural and minimal intervention wine, complimented by local craft beer on tap and by the bottle. Classic aperitifs, house cocktails, and an extensive back bar rounds out the drinks.

Creek & Cella can accommodate your next event with premium options personally tailored to ensure the very best experience. From intimate gatherings to wedding receptions, birthday parties to corporate functions, we work with you to create unforgettable experiences. We offer a private space catering for up to 50 guests, and exclusive use of the venue for up to 118  guests.

the atrium at creek and cella bottle of wine and cheese

Lounge Area at Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe


We can help create a unique experience with minimal stress and at a reasonable price too!

We cater for groups from 10 to 200. Whether its a birthday, work lunch, team event, bucks’ party, social drinks, cocktail party & more. Because we are a smaller venue, we can offer much more flexibility to suit your occasion. We have canapes, share platters, set menu, beverage packages or any combination of these to suit your needs and budget. With over 10 years’ experience, our team can help you choose the right menu and drinks options for your budget and guests.

Why Choose Redoak

We offer you a unique ‘beer & food’ experience with Australia’s most awarded beers which are carefully matched to delicious food. Our attention to detail across all aspects of your function from the beer, the wine, the food to the service on the day sets us apart from other places.

The Venue

Our venue can accommodate up to a maximum of 200 people standing or 100 people seated. We have a few different spaces to consider – Hop Room, dining area, bar space, lounge area.

The Chapel at The Rawson


The Rawson, 100 George Street is a stylish multi-level venue that offers various function and event spaces, bar and dining options.

The original 1856 Rawson Institute for Seamen has been transformed with a fresh nautical vibe, quickly becoming a favourite destination for The Rocks locals and visitors to enjoy modern bar food, cocktails tap beers and our extensive wine list. There are no other venues in Sydney with The Rawson’s blend of culture, history, elegance and versatility. Join us for The Rocks very best heritage eats and drinks…

The Rawson Bar on the ground floor an inspiring space bound to stir curiosity as you enter. Grand ceilings and a long brass bar invite you to explore. Take a seat in one of the booths or high tables and listen to music from Sydney’s best DJs and stunning live performances. With a delicious bar food menu and a vast range of cocktails, beers and wines you can focus on the people with you, the ones who matter.

With entry through The Rawson Room or directly via Bethel Stairs, the beautifully restored Chapel maintains the cathedral ceiling and some of the original stain-glass windows, this room is exceptional day or night.

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Back Terrace at Matteo Double Bay


Let the team at Matteo transform your next event into an experience you won’t forget. Whether you’re planning a corporate cocktail party or an intimate dinner, we can tailor a package to suit your special occasion.

Matteo Dōwntōwn: 

Inspired by the big all-day dining restaurants of Milan and Rome, this new inner-city concept will offer a true Italian experience capturing the flavour, energy and theatre of the high-paced city lifestyle.

Matteo Downtown can cater for up to 275 guests cocktail-style and 120 guests banquet-style.

Matteo Double Bay: 

Nestled in the bustling centre of Double Bay, the venue features a Mediterranean-style fit-out with a light-filled front courtyard that doubles as an aperitivo lounge bar, an open theatre kitchen in the main restaurant and a spacious back terrace that can be closed off for a private dining experience.

Matteo Double Bay can cater for up to 150 guests banquet-style and 50 guests private dining

Courtyard at The Captain’s Balcony


Perched above the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s city the Captain’s Balcony is a hidden gem. Our unique three level venue is nestled in a charming 1800s Victorian Terrace on Erskine Street. The Captain’s Balcony is the perfect spot for lunch, after work drinks, dinner, corporate events, birthdays, farewells, whisky tastings, cocktail parties and christmas parties. 

We promise you an intimate and relaxed dining experience.

The Front Room at Rubyos Restaurant


Rubyos is Newtown’s best place to celebrate, featuring an eclectic grazing menu, designed to be shared from the middle of the table.  We offer the ultimate grazing experience – a modern Australian cuisine with a “fusion” mix of international flavours – to be shared in true tapas style!

Rubyos brings a touch of style to the bustling King Street strip. With its heritage charm and relaxing contemporary interior, Rubyos is the perfect place to celebrate anything.

Whether your next event is an intimate dinner for 10, a cocktail party for 40 or a wedding for 90, Rubyos can help make your special event one to remember. We have hosted everything from Christmas parties to Birthdays, from Cocktail parties to Corporate Functions/Product Launches, from Graduations to Weddings, Hens Nights, Educational Sessions with dinner and beyond!

Entrust your special occasion to our experienced event coordinator and friendly professional waitstaff who share your vision of a perfectly hosted event.

Rubyos is available for private events 7 days a week for lunch and dinner (minimum spend applies).

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The Haymarket Hotel (Martini Bar)


The Martini Bar is part of an amazing basement space which contains the original bank safe door from its previous occupants. It is exquisitely designed with luxe furnishings, a pressed metal ceiling and a boudoir feel.

The bar is situated on the basement level of the Haymarket Hotel on George Street, which is close to all transport as well as the entertainment district.

The onsite Market Grill restaurant has many mouth-watering options, and the party catering will make your event the talk of the town.

The Forresters


Whether you’re planning a big birthday bash, taking your teammates out to dinner or seeing out the end of the year with a bang, you’ll find the perfect function space at The Forresters. Our legendary functions crew can help take the stress out of event planning, leaving you free to celebrate.

The ArtHouse Hotel (Attic Bar)


Situated in the heart of the CBD, The ArtHouse Hotel exudes inner city retro chic. The heritage listed venue dates back to 1836 when it served as The School of Arts. Therefore it has a name synonymous with art, music and entertainment.

Elegantly refurbished to reflect its heritage, original features of this distinctive building are evident in the high arched windows, impressive ceilings and stunning fireplaces.

Your private bar will be well stocked, and delicious, house-made edible delights will be created for your event.

Our experienced and dedicated events team will manage your celebration from your initial enquiry right through to when your final guest leaves. We are on hand throughout the process to ensure your expectations are exceeded at every step.

Stitch Bar (The Common Room)


Hidden behind a faux seamstress and down a grand staircase is Stitch Bar, regularly named one of the best bars in Sydney.

Stitch Bar is the perfect drinking den to enjoy a rare whiskey while trying a burger or hot dog. The cocktail bar with American diner style food will leave you salivating for more, while the drinks will keep your whistle whet.

Descend a grand staircase and find this gorgeous drinking den tucked away behind a faux seamstress shop – hence the name.

Stitch is a cool, semi-industrial space with polished floors, stone walls and a mixture of booths and table seating. It’s Common Room is ideal for a catchup or party.

American-style diner food can be plattered up and served, and the shared bar is right there, stocked up to your heart’s desire.

The Ox


The Ox Darlinghurst is one of Sydney’s hottest multipurpose function spaces.

Situated in a fantastic location on the corner of Oxford and Flinders Streets, the venue features a stylish marble bar and stunning lighting. It also has fab seating areas and private male, female and disabled bathrooms. The gorgeous fitout will be a great backdrop for your party.

The food is deliciously hand crafted on the premises, and there is a well stocked bar with all your faves.

You will deal directly with the owner of the venue, who will go to extraordinary lengths to make your event the most special evening you will ever have.

Gaslight Inn (Terrace Bar)


The perfect stop for your birthday get together, farewell drinks, office parties and specialty events. The Gaslight is waiting to host your important event.

The Terrace Bar gives you an entire floor of cohesively adjoining rooms including an alfresco, in which to celebrate.

The decor is all dark wood, leather booths, charcoal walls and exposed brick. There is a private bar and kitchen-fresh function eats for you and your guests.

The perfect stop for your birthday get together, farewell drinks, office parties and specialty events. We have different function areas depending on the size and style of your event, and our dedicated events team is always on hand to assist.

Your function can include catered food or beverage or a combination of the two. We have a selection of beverage menus, platters or you can simply order from our regular bar menu.

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New Hampton (Front Bar Function Room)


A beautiful venue full of history. The New Hampton Hotel is the place for great food, live music, and a home to meet your friends for a drink after a long day at work.

If you want your guests to feel like they are in The Rocks rather than Kings Cross, if you want to celebrate in style, and if you want your own exclusive space with all the trimmings, New Hampton is for you.

This rustic lair is decked out with wood and stone, a beautiful backdrop for your celebration. It boasts a private bar in a private space where you can play your own tunes until the wee hours, then kick on for an after party in this superb locale.

Third Eye (Main Hall)


The ground floor Main Hall has a simple, cohesive layout with a bar at one end, a stage at the other and a whole lot of party space in between. There is banquette seating along the sides to rest feet weary from dancing, or to indulge in the edible delights served up from the kitchen.

Third Eye houses a popular Sydney restaurant upstairs, so you can rest assured that their party food oozes with lip-smacking goodness.

The room can be set up to suit your preference, acting as a versatile backdrop for your important event.

The Palace Hotel


Palace Hotel Sydney is a modern, fresh venue offering guests an all in one venue.

Whether you’re booking an intimate gathering for 10 or extravagant event for 300 the Palace Hotel can cater to all your needs with options to suit all budgets & styles.

The Palace Hotel in Sydney’s Haymarket is a popular dining and entertainment choice for Sydney’s business crowd, theatre goers & tourists in the CBD. Formerly Paddy Maguires pub, a major refurbishment undertaken, has transformed the site into a stylish & contemporary venue while still paying homage to the heritage of the area, particularly the former Palace Hotel which once occupied part of the site.

The contemporary Brasserie with seating for 80 sits in a sunny Atrium by day & is candle lit by night. It is the perfect spot for a pre theatre lunch or dinner with The Capitol Theatre just next door & The Sydney Entertainment Centre a short stroll away.

The interior design carries through aspects of the heritage-style Palace Bar with accents of dark timber & polished brass, with the addition of plush modern furnishings in the form of lounges, banquettes, chairs & stools along with dining tables in the middle bar.

Australian Technology Park


Doltone House Australian Technology Park is a unique industrial-style venue is located on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD and just moments from Redfern Station. The largest venue in the Doltone House collection, with a main event space of 7050 square metres, a purpose-built theatre, and breakout meeting spaces. 

The Exhibition Hall at Australian Technology Park is the largest event space in the Doltone House collection with the capacity for 4,600pax theatre style and seats 2,080 guests banquet style. Towering cast-iron columns with arched windows and rustic brickwork offer an impressive industrial aesthetic for corporate events, and can be draped for smaller purposes.

From state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment to private break out spaces and our exclusive House of Doltone Styling service, we have the resources to personalise your event and showcase your brand.

Winners of the 2018 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence, food and catering are what we are renowned for. Our love of food is reflected in all our menus and quality is never compromised.

Contact our Doltone House dedicated Sales Team to hold your next corporate event at Australian Technology Park and let us assist you from beginning to end.

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Cafe Mint


Are you are looking for a function room with a difference? A function venue that is ideal for celebrating a birthday party, hosting a cocktail style event, or a corporate event with clients and colleagues? Try adding some Moroccan spice to your next event! Cafe Mint offers an exotic Moroccan themed restaurant for these types of events and much more, centrally located in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills, Sydney.

Upstairs, on the new second level, you will find a glorious and large dining room equipped with its own curtained off candlelit annex. The space can cater for special occasions for guests up to 36 banquet style or 60 cocktail style. For exclusive use the function room at Cafe Mint requires a minimum spend of $1000 (Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday). A minimum spend of $2000 is required Friday and Saturday for exclusive use.

Cafe Mint offers set function menus to choose from that include a tasting menu, set menus, canape menu and a vegan menu – all featuring delicious and modern Mediterranean style cuisine.

Cafe Mint is an ideal function venue for celebrating all types of occasions – a birthday party, engagement party, bucks night, hens night, group function with work colleagues and so much more.

Talk to the experienced Event Team now about holding your next function or event at Cafe Mint.

The William Inglis Hotel


The William Inglis Hotel is steeped in history, an event precinct with facilities for all sized functions, combined with MGallery hotel elegance.

There is a variety of sophisticated modern event spaces on offer to impress your guests and delegates for events such as bespoke weddings, conferences, corporate and residential conferences and retreats, private dining, cocktail events, training sessions and group workshops.

Sales Arena

The Sales Arena can cater for up to 1,000 people and has a variety of seating options for events such as corporate functions, conference or gala style event. With the latest audio visual equipment, built in stage and podium, nine breakout spaces for up to 30 people.

Garden Pavilion

For weddings, the stunning Garden Pavilion offers a premium luxury wedding venue, nestled within the beautiful Riverside Stables garden, with floor to ceilling windows.

Grand Armee Meeting Room

The Grand Armee Meeting room is great for small sized meetings or conferences, equipped with all the audio visual equipment you could need and nine private suites that can be utilised as breakout spaces.


For exhibitions and trade shows, Stable B & C are ideal with over 150 booths, undercover and hard cased exhibition space with power and lighting for smaller or larger exhibitions.

Big Barn

A rustic design for a wedding in a unique setting – become immersed in history will all the modern day elements.

Newmarket Restaurant

Newmarket Restaurant offers dining options with a modern menu in a stunning indoor and alfresco setting overlooking the beautiful gardens of Riverside Stables.

1867 Lounge

A full bar with an extensive beverage list, the 1867 Lounge can host up to 100 people cocktail style for intimate gatherings.

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Cruise Bar


Get aboard a scenic journey on Cruise Bar, a wharf-side oasis of pure aqua luxe style over three unique and individually themed event spaces, located in the beating heart of Circular Quay in Sydney.

Want a place to celebrate? Cruise Bar has a space that is perfect for everything from social celebrations such as a birthday party, engagement party or wedding, to a business conference, media launch or showcase, or corporate networking function.

Cruise Bar

Located on ground level, this green urban retreat is ideal for group functions of 10 or more on the waterfront surrounded by the buzz of Circular Quay.

Junk Lounge

Junk Lounge on Level 2 is a Asian inspired chic cocktail lounge with timber benches, sunken lounges and can be reserved for groups of 60 or more.


Celebrate on the rooftop. This large indoor space adjoins a large outdoor terrace that can cater for up to 400 guests cocktail style. Be dazzled by the glorious panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney skyline in this light filled event space with glass frontage. The space has stylish lounge furnishings and can be configured to suit a multitude of event scenarios.



Looking for a brand new, stunning water view venue for your next function or event? The Neptune’s function space has just finished a multi-million dollar facelift and is the ideal space for any occasion, whether it is a birthday, wedding reception, corporate event or just a private celebration.

Guests will be greeted at the entrance by a beautiful staircase that leads to a bright, airy and warm winter garden room. With panoramic views of the beach, plentiful audio visual equipment, lavish bar and elegant furniture, your event at Neptune’s is guaranteed to be a memorable one.

The chefs and dedicated Events Team at Neptune’s will work closely with you from start to finish to take the stress off your shoulders. They will guide you through the specially curated packages by the new Kitchen Team. The Events Team will also be more than happy to help you curate a custom offer to suit your event needs and ultimately, bring all your dreams to life!

If you’re ready to escape to this stunning seaside oasis and immerse yourself in all that it has to offer, contact Neptune’s now. The Neptune’s family will be ready to help and host you in this brand new and iconic space.

Be one of the first people to celebrate in our new renovated multimillion dollar venue. We specialise in creating the perfect setting for you to create lasting memories. Not only is the space bright and welcoming, it also offers panoramic and stunning views onto the beach to take your event all the way to the sandy shores.

With breathtaking features in every corner, the event space is versatile and can host events both large and small, whether for a business meeting, wedding or private party. No detail is overlooked in this space, with plentiful AV equipment, a lavish bar and elegant furniture for use.

Our chefs and dedicated events team will work closely with you from start to finish to take the stress off your shoulders. We will guide you through our specially curated packages by our new kitchen team. Our events team will also be more than happy to help you curate a custom offer to suit your event needs and ultimately, bring all your dreams to life!

The Hughenden Boutique Hotel


The Hughenden Boutique Hotel is an award winning historic hotel that embodies the grace and elegance of a bygone era in Woollahra in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Perfect for corporate events, special occasions, private celebrations, wedding receptions and more, The Hughenden Boutique Hotel offers various event rooms and spaces, indoor and outdoor, private or semi-private. There is simply a solution to fit every brief and will appeal to anyone looking to host a function or event in a special place.

Original features have been preserved including the marble fireplaces, original grand staircase and guests will enjoy the elegance of the Victorian Lounge, to the newly decked private upper floor sunny terrace or intimate speakeasy bar.

The Hughenden Room

With loads of natural light, this room is light and airy with modern decor and can cater for up to 100 guests cocktail style or 60 guests banquet style. Can easily adapt to events as diverse as a wedding or engagement celebration to corporate event.

The Lobby & Bar

The perfect room for cocktail functions, able to cater for up to 50 guests for networking sessions, product launches and private occasions.


This alfresco style function setting can cater for up to 30 guests for cocktail style events, pre or post event activities and more.

The Dining Room

With a vaulted ceiling and natural light, this room is ideal for banquet style seated events with a conservatory style look and feel for up to 25 guests. The Dining Room and Terrace can be combined to accommodate up to 50 guests.

The Terrace

The Terrace is at the front of the venue, a bright and airy room that caters for up to 35 in an L-shape configuration or up to 25 on a long table. Great for launches, bridal showers, hen’s night celebrations and more.

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Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge


Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge, is Sydney’s newest luxury hybrid dinner, drinks and dancing venue.

Inspired by the grand plantation architecture of Cuba, and mixed with the lux yet playful modern vintage hotels of the 1950’s Miami, Hyde Hacienda Sydney is a botanical oasis overlooking Sydney’s iconic Harbour in Circular Quay.

Discover Hyde Hacienda Sydney’s seductive signature cocktail and premium beverage menu, while tantalising your taste buds with a variety of mouth-watering South American inspired eats designed to share. On offer is a focus on superior table service, premium beverage options, weekend DJ’s and an even more extensive cocktail list, continuing the legacy of Hacienda, to bring locals and visitors alike a new level of excitement and entertainment to Sydney’s nightlife scene.

For events, whether for private occasions or business functions, Hyde Hacienda Sydney is bound to delight your guests. With facilities to cater for up to 200 guests, soft furnishings, stunning views and glistening water, Hyde Hacienda Sydney is a breathtaking setting for a product launch, fundraiser, cocktail party, corporate events, the list is endless. You have the option of booking the Northern End or Southern End of the bar, catering for 40-60.

Urban Winery Sydney


In a complex that operates as a cellar door and wine bar, fully functioning open winery, and unique event space, the Urban Winery Sydney offers a venue with a difference for a corporate event, private special occasion, hens party, milestone birthday party, engagement party, team building session, bespoke wedding reception, bridal shower and more in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

As the first true urban winery to hit the heart of Sydney, ideally located in The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Urban Winery Sydney is a place to enjoy and discover the very best of wine and produce from across regional New South Wales, while celebrating with guests in an expansive, industrial chic styled event space.

For your function or event, you can simply make the winery yours! Ideal as a meeting or conference space, Urban Winery Sydney is equally suitable for a client function, team or workshop session, product launch, business presentation or group function.

A multifunctional space that has flexible configuration options for an event to engage all the senses, Urban Winery Sydney can cater for up to 250 guests standing and 180 seated.

Imagine the delight as your guests are hosted among the wine barrels, with A.Retief wines hand-crafted on site, creating a unique backdrop and point of difference for your occasion.

Barrel Bar & Dining


Just steps away from the iconic Hayden Orpheum Theatre in Cremorne on Sydney’s lower north shore, Barrel Bar is an ideal choice for functions and events. Suitable for a special occasion, wedding, corporate event, Barrel Bar can cater for functions 7 days a week with catering tailored to your needs and budget.

The New York style cocktail bar can accommodate up to 40 people in a shared space. For those wanting more privacy, the leafy and private outdoor courtyard can hold up to 60 people for a cocktail style event or for a sit down dinner. Exclusive use is also available, with the venue able to hold up to 100 people for a cocktail style event. Canape and beverage packages are available to suit any budget.

For a space that is totally unique, there is the Private Cellar Room, with a cellar table in a private space for up to 8 people.

Barrel Bar can cater for weddings in style. Imagine holding your wedding ceremony at Cremorne Point, with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as the backdrop. Then continue on to Barrel Bar, a short 5 min trip, for a stylish reception to celebrate with your guests.

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Searock Grill


Imagine as you host your function alongside stunning views of the harbour bridge as your backdrop, with the Sydney Opera House close by, the delight of your guests when you hire the private function room for a birthday party, engagement party, corporate function or other special occasion event at Searock Grill.

You can host your function in the Main Room or the Private Dining Room, and there is a delightful outdoor area that is a perfect setting for pre or post function activities or to combine with your room hire booking.

The unique space at Searock Grill is perfect for functions up to 50 people seated or up to 70 people standing. Ideal for cocktail parties, pre-event functions, bridal showers, hens night celebrations or bespoke wedding gatherings.

There is also and outdoor function area with seating making Searock Grill a perfect all weather venue. And those views! Quite simply, they are phenomenal!

Create Consultants Canberra


Create Consultants are proud to be the exclusive caterer at iconic venues in both Sydney in Canberra. With a long history of successfully hosted events and a passion for delivering bespoke food and beverage experiences, Create Consultants will help you to create the event you dreamed of.

With two stunning and unique event venues in Canberra, at Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard Estate in Murrumbateman and Westering Lake George Winery that are perfect for corporate events, private celebrations and group functions, Create Consultants offer a range of varying function spaces to suit all sized events.

The award winning Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard Estate operates as both a restaurant and a function space, with lawns and an outdoor terrace so you can extend your event outdoors if you wish. The venue is just a short drive from the centre of Canberra and is ideal for functions, weddings, celebrations and conferences alike.

Westering Lake George Winery is located on the north-western shores of Lake George and has a rustic charm with modern furnishings that is a wonderful backdrop for weddings, engagement parties, birthday celebrations and a host of corporate event occasions.

Get in touch with the team at Create Consultants and start planning your next function or event today.

The Golden Sheaf


The Golden Sheaf is an oasis in the heart of Double Bay in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. A popular destination for both corporate and personal functions and events, with a range of indoor and outdoor venues that offer both mixed use and exclusive use.

There is the iconic rooftop space for celebrating everything from a cocktail party, bridal shower or engagement party to a media launch or networking function. With a leafy green beer garden, a band room and five bars across its various function spaces, The Golden Sheaf is a function destination to suit everyone. Its also home to Sydney’s most recognised fairy-lit tree!

Whether you are wanting to host an awards ceremony, a Christmas party or business launch, the experienced team at The Golden Sheaf can assist you organise your event with everything from catering and decor styling to audio and visuals to create the event you dreamed of.

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Empire Lounge


A first-class destination on the Lyne Park waterfront, with stunning harbour views and built over the glistening waters of Rose Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the Empire Lounge is a glamorous and sought after venue for celebrating private functions and corporate events alike.

Empire Lounge derived its name from history where grand old flying boats took to the skies over Rose Bay during the golden age of air travel. Imagine sitting on the waterfront deck while you take in the stunning views and enjoy the delicious catering from the bar and lounge facilities at Empire Lounge.

The packages at Empire Lounge provide for all event types and budgets and there are styling packages available also.

Combining your event with one of Sydney Seaplanes’ spectacular scenic flights offers you an opportunity to take your entertaining to a whole new level, such as unique team building experiences, so talk to the team today for some great ideas.

Pier One, The Pool & Private Pontoon


As the name suggests, this venue option is one to really create the ultimate send off! Pier One has done it again with the recent launch of Sydney’s first bar and plunge pool straight into the harbour! With the ability to exclusively hire this space for a capacity of 30 people, this option is one that should not be passed up lightly! If your Hen Party is falling before the 28th February 2019 check it out fast, as this experience only lasts for a limited time. Your Bride Tribe will never forget this incredibly unique experience. One that sets the standard for a truly classy event!

Host your Celebration on the Sydney Waterfront.

Unrivalled views and five-star service set the stage for unforgettable memories. Choose one of our venue’s state-of-the-art waterfront spaces and our professional and experienced staff will ensure your celebration is stress-free and one that creates memories to last a lifetime. Whether it is a birthday, engagement, baby shower, anniversary, cultural celebration or any other special occasion – our event coordinators can help with all of your planning arrangements, so you can enjoy an unforgettable celebration.

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Bottomless Bellinis, The Winery


Sydney’s only wine laneway is the perfect place to play in Surry Hills. Our beautiful and quirky aesthetic creates ideal spaces for weddings, engagements, corporate events, birthday functions, laneway drinks, wine tastings, hen’s parties, product launches, team building, private dining, speaker & networking events.

If your looking for a boozy lunch then look no further than the highly acclaimed Bottomless Bellini’s at The Winery in Surry Hills every weekend. At $79 per person you will be sure to get your silly money’s worth! In a gorgeous venue with a charming ambience this venue boasts a quirky garden oasis full of stylish sophistication.

Seadeck – Sydney


The last sail before the veil! This option is only for the classiest of Nauti Brides. The Seadeck is worth jumping on board for with it’s truly unique experience. It’s worth noting that Hen Parties are strictly forbidden so ladies make sure you leave the sashes, props and games at home. The optimised version of the experience is the VIP table option, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking your booth from any of the three levels on the boat. Treat your ladies to an event of sheer class with these sought after tables, each one coming with it’s own VIP waitress, dedicated table, tickets, beverages and ability to pre-order food.

Henry Deane, Palisade Hotel


The Henry Deane room is the crown jewel of Hotel Palisade in Millers Point, Sydney. The stunning lounge covers the top two floors of the Hotel and boasts incredible views of the iconic Harbour Bridge. Lounges can be booked for exclusive use or the Hotel also offers private rooms for your own personal function including a VIP waitress to assist you throughout the afternoon and evening. Winner, winner frosé for dinner!

Icebergs Bottomless Brunch


Another very attractive bottomless brunch that includes an unforgettable view is the iconic Bondi Icebergs Restaurant. Offering a Sunday brunch from 10.00am this venue is sure to set the day up with gloriously chill beach vibes. With a three option menu you can tailor the morning to your bride tribe’s needs. A feasting menu is also an option for private room small groups.

Silent Disco Tours

Let your inhibitions vanish and ready for an hour like no other when the streets become your dance floor with our Silent Disco Tours! Quiet disco events involve using cordless headsets that provide the exact same banging beats to everybody in your group. As you check out the streets of Sydney, the tunes will stream and your dance relocations will start to intensify as you let your hair down. Prior to you know it, your dance team will be busting moves you never ever knew existed!

Sydney Hens Silent Disco Tours


Let your inhibitions disappear and get set for an hour like no other when the streets become your dance floor with our Silent Disco Tours! Silent disco events involve wearing wireless headsets that deliver the same banging beats to everyone in your group. As you explore the streets of Sydney, the tunes will flow and your dance moves will start to escalate as you let your hair down. Before you know it, your dance crew will be busting moves you never knew existed!

Silent Disco Hire Sydney Services


Unwind with “Party Higher”, a new level of fun for folks in Sydney. Welcome to the world of Silent Disco, you have arrived at the right place if you are looking to hire us for your next unforgettable event. We specialise in offering full-fledged Silent Disco Hire in Sydney. Party Higher operates not only in Sydney, we cover the whole of New South Wales. We are the best Australian Silent Disco and the only company with staff and equipment in each state.

Silent disco hire Sydney is what Party Higher specialise in. We offer professional DJ’s, amazingly skilled staff, eye catchy light up headphones, interactive Entertainment and much more. Party Higher even offer a 100% FUN Guarantee. It does not get any better then this!

We are the one and only silent disco hire for kids parties, birthday parties, this limited theme party for little ones by Party Higher provides safe volume levels for them. We also offer incredible activities and games for kids and we guarantee it will be the best birthday party ever!

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Disco Dtours


A party or event using silent disco headphones, everyone hears the same music and you dance like no one is watching! This can be any location including dancing to your dinner. Perfect for parties, corporate events and can make any occasion extra special! Anytime, anywhere, turn any space into a disco party.

Fun for everyone!

We provide you with an amazing dance instructor who will lead you through your silent disco experience. You tell us what kind of party or event you are having, and we design the experience. We have the best playlists to get you moving!

We are the Hens Party Experts !! Over 500 hens have made the streets of Sydney their dancefloor. Check out what they have to say below in our testimonials section. Come dance with us for an unforgettable start to your hens night! We can also add a special mystery male dancer as part of the experience!

Guru Dudu


Girls just wanna have fun!

Silent Disco Tours are very popular way to kick of a Hen’s celebration. It’s a perfect way to offer something different to your friends and bond together before dinner. We have a great selection of playlists to suit different age groups, plus our usual facilitation of fun flash-mobs and choreography to keep the group and onlookers entertained. We are also open to requests.

Dance Class

An ensured fun, active, interactive and extremely funny activity to start any Hens Party with a bang! Choose from endless dance designs such as; Pole, Burlesque, Twerk, Cheerleading, Bollywood, Hula Hooping, Michael Jackson, Disco & more. Select from having a mobile occasion or having it at a studio in Sydney. The most sweaty enjoyable a Sydney Hens Party can have!

Brooks & Baker (Vintage Dance Hen Parties)


Celebrate your upcoming wedding with one of our vintage dance hen parties! Pick your favourite dance style, vintage era or your most adored film and enjoy a fun, informal celebration that can even be brought to you. Inclusive for everyone (it doesn’t matter what age you are if you have two left feet!), we love being able to create a truly memorable day for all involved.

Real Escapes – Sydney Hens Party Twerk it Dance Class


Learn how to Twerk It like Beyonce, Rhianna, Iggy & Nicki Minaj with this hilarious & super fun Twerk Class Hens Party! Dance & shake it for an 1 hour including learning basic technique & moves, sexy warm up, freestyle dance off, games & competitions & more, also the lucky bride-to-be gets a lovely twerk gift! Hosted by a professional & fun instructor, no dance experience is necessary.

Aussie Twerk (Nothing BUTT fun!)


Wanna learn the hottest new dance craze around? Yup, we’re talking about that sexy style known as twerking; and the saucy instructors at Aussie Twerk can’t wait to teach you!

We have earned a reputation of being a highly reputable Twerk Instruction School in Australia. We run Miss Twerk Australia 2015 and our competitive instructors have won numerous comps and titles in NSW, QLD and VIC. We were the 1st Twerk Team in Australia to perform on Australia’s Got Talent 2016! We were the first company representing Australia on the International Twerk Convention 2018. We strive to provide the highest quality of Hens, Birthday, Office or Girls Night Out parties.

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Sydney Hen Dancing Diva


Unleash your inner diva with a fun dance class, followed by gourmet nibbles or dinner, hens games and a sexy topless waiter* in your own private dance studio!

Reggaeton at Dance Central


Caroline Garcia, 26, takes two weekly dance classes at Cleveland Street’s Dance Central: reggaeton followed by dancehall, which the school is starting to dub the double ‘twerkout’. Full-time student Garcia has been perfecting her footwork for eight years, and she tells us the two styles have resonated with her more than other dances. “It’s amazing for women in particular to be able to express themselves and embrace their bodies in that way,” she says. “There’s no body type that’s most suitable for this type of dance. It really is for everybody.”

Remember the dancers in the music video ‘Trick Me’ by Kelis? Those guys were moving in the style of dancehall, a Caribbean dance that’s been popularised by pop stars from Sean Paul to Major Lazer. Reggaeton is a style that developed from dancehall, though it has a more Latin American flavour.

“There’s the booty aspect of it,” says Garcia. “I think you have to be comfortable, first of all, to be able to dance from your pelvis. Then you need to be able to do that in front of other people. Everyone in the class has really great energy and they’re encouraging.”

Time Out watches as 30 students pile into the first class, some dressed in Lycra and cotton T-shirts and others wearing big gold earrings, colourful tights and headscarves. The class begins with warming up the legs and pelvis with energetic shakes, bounces and thrusts. Garcia says it’s a misconception that ‘twerking’ is an easy thing to do.

“It requires a lot of skill. It’s difficult to isolate your body and your core as well. There’s this looseness, so then you get this lovely tilting motion. It takes time.” She adds that the movement has roots that run far deeper than Miley Cyrus. “This particular gesture can be traced back into African dancing and it has travelled throughout the African diaspora into the Caribbean, Latin America and into the States. Whether we’re looking at reggaeton, dancehall, baile funk in Brazil or bounce in New Orleans, this type of movement can be traced to lots of genres.”

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