The Best Things to Eat and Drink at Vivid Sydney 2022

Our guide to where to eat and drink at Vivid Sydney is designed to help you find the best options if you are heading to the city to see the Vivid lights. With food and drinks every bit as pretty as the lights themselves, you will want to try to fit in as many of these Vivid Eats and colourful cocktails as you can.

Unless otherwise stated, all these Vivid Eats will be available across the entire Vivid event from 27 May-18 June.

Colourful Cocktails for Vivid

Vivid Coctails at Crown Sydney

Enjoy Vivid inspired cocktails and bar snacks at Hickory Bar, gin lovers can try Purple Rain, a blueberry-infused gin cocktail, whilst more adventurous drinkers can choose Light House, a refreshing combination of house limoncello and prosecco.

They cook the snacks at Hickory with wood, charcoal and steam and the Vivid menu includes N25 Almas Caviar, Tasmanian Black Garlic Bread, Iberico Jamon, Lobster Roll, and Woodcut cold meats.

Purple Rain is a must add to your list of what to Eat and drink at Vivid Sydney
Purple Rain Cocktail from Hickory Bar at Crown Sydney

At the Teahouse in Crown are even more Vivid inspired cocktails. There is something for everyone, with five specialty cocktails featuring an array of adventurous spirits, including Lavender Gin, Hibiscus Vodka, and Tequila.

Paying homage to the sensory experience of Vivid, the Teahouse Vivid cocktails feature exciting flavours such as Butterfly Pea Syrup, Blue Curacao, and Elderflower Syrup, further elevated by the stunning displays of Blue Glitters, Gold Flakes and Smoke Bubbles

Vivid Cocktail Crown Sydney
Illuminous World available from Teahouse in Crown

Next up head to Cirq to taste their large range of Vivid drinks. To celebrate Vivid Bombay Sapphire have set up an exciting pop-up at this premium lounge bar. The pop-up will include an immersive and sensory experience at the rooftop bar 26 floors above Barangaroo. If you like pretty colours, you will struggle to decide which drink to order here!

CIRQ Cocktail Vivid Sydney
CIRQ Cocktail Vivid Sydney

You will find a world class cocktail list curated especially for the pop-up, all up against the backdrop of VIVID’s incredible light show across Sydney.

  • Affliction RX – Milk Wash Clarified Bombay Sapphire, Havana Club Añejo 7, Coconut Liqueur, Pineapple, Lime
  • Proud Rubus – Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Bramble, Aperol, Grapefruit, Lemon, Pink Flamingo Hibiscus Tea Syrup
  • Amethyst – Butterfly Pea Flower Infused Bombay Sapphire, Lime, Mint and Fresh Cucumber
  • Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Martini – Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru, Lillet Blanc, Citrus TwistBlue Jaguar – Bombay Sapphire, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, Lemon, Blue Curacao, Pernod

Zepher Bar

Next up is Zephyr Bar Sydney has two limited-edition Glow Cocktails inspired by VIVID.

With VIVID making its way to Darling Harbour this year, Zephyr offers a new vantage point to view the light show and a fantastic spot to take in Sydney Infinity at Cockle bay. An enormous sculpture featuring towering jets pushing water up to 80 metres into the sky. It will be accompanied by a dynamic lighting and soundtrack from DJ Pee Wee Ferris.

View from Zepher Bar Vivid
There will be no firework but there will be a light show and Zeypher is a great place to watch the actionCredit: Darling Harbour

The two cocktails (Glow Your Mind and Just Glow With it) will be available exclusively at Zephyr throughout VIVID.

Vivid Cocktails
Zephyr’s Glow cocktails Credit: Wes Nel

Each Monday evening throughout VIVID, co-founder of Flow After Dark, Kate Kendall will lead a 60-minute vinyasa yoga class suited for all levels. A multi-sensory experience, Silent Sounds will provide headsets, playing beats by a live DJ as you downward dog and crow pose under the VIVID lights. Guests at our Flow After Dark event, in partnership with Flow Athletic (tickets available here) will also receive a cocktail.

When: 27 May – 18 June 2022
Where: Zephyr Bar Sydney, Level 12, Hyatt Regency Sydney, 161 Sussex Street Sydney

Hyde Hacienda

From their balcony location overlooking Circular Quay, take in the lights on the MCA and Harbour Bridge while you enjoy a cocktail as colourful as Vivid itself.

While their talented bartenders have created an exciting VIVID inspired cocktail and get things off to a start, you get to join the fun by pouring coloured viles into your cocktail and create a magical kaleidoscope.

Hyde Hycendia Vivid Cocktail
Get creative at Hyde Hacienda

Bookings are essential but only taken for groups of 4 or more so get some friends together but walk-ins possible for smaller groups.

Where: Pulllman Hotel, 61 Macquarie St, Sydney (you can also enter from East Circular Quay

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

The limited edition Vivid Fluro Glowing Cocktails have been created in partnership with top Sydney Mixologist and founder of Gin Lane, Grant Collins. Mixed to match the lights dazzling Sydney’s CBD, these cocktails begin to glow under UV light, specially fitted at Conservatory Bar for the festival.

Vivid Fluro glowing cocktails at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park

These limited edition cocktails are available throughout the entire month of Vivid and include the Ocean G&T, Dancing Queen and Rabbit Hole. Prices start from $22.

There will be a live pianist from Thursday – Sunday evenings.

Gin Tasting Sessions at Conservatory Bar

Consider yourself a master gin drinker? Join Sheraton Grand Sydney for a specially curated gin tasting experience. Taste through different gins and discover the unique history behind the classic spirit as you chat with expert distillers. You’ll also be provided with delicious snacks and appetisers!  Gin Tasting Sessions from $65pp and include 3 x Gin tasting, Gin History and snacks.

Where: 161 Elizabeth Street Sydney
When: Throughout Vivid

Alibi Vivid Nights

The Ovolo in Woolloomooloo, is the perfect place for pre or post Vivid drinks. Along with their fabulous plant based menu the team at Alibi Kitchen & Bar have added a huge sense of fun. Including an invisible ink diary as you uncover their quirky Vivid-inspired drink additions.

Using a (supplied) blue light to read the menu is a bit of fun but we have to wonder if its a gimick that is really necessary, and hope they are kept for another event and not a single use item. We love that just like their regular cocktail menu, their Vivid cocktails include an alcohol free option.  Book here

Where: Woolloomooloo Wharf – Cowper Bay Road Woolloomooloo
When: Nightly throughout Vivid.

Grain Bar

Grain in the Four Seasons Hotel is digging into its inner artist and will have Sydney artist, James Patrick, create a beautifully glowing Vivid drawing along the exterior window. Pop in and take a photo with the stunning backdrop. Oh and while you are there search for the hidden art to win a prize.

Their Vivid drinks will be three Glowing cocktails

  • Contessa #1 Bombay Sapphire Gin | Select Aperitivo | Mancino Bianco Ambrato Vermouth | Beetroot cordial
  • Navy Cross Bombay Sapphire Gin | Rye Malt | Citrus Cordial | Tonic Water
  • Royal Fortune Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum | Plantation Xaymaca Jamaican Rum | Disaronno | Grand Marnier | Citrus | Bitters
Grain Bar Vivid Cocktails

Where: 199 George Street Sydney 
When: Nightly throughout Vivid.

Opera Bar

One of the best seats in the house for taking in the Vivid lights, why not take a break here and watch the full show on the Opera House sails while you enjoy a blue cocktail.

Opera Bar’s Blue Cocktails Credit: Opera Bar

Opera Bar this year is “Into the blues” they have teamed with Bombay Sapphire Gin on three new Vivid inspired cocktails

  • Icehouse – Bombay Sapphire Sunset Gin- lemon juice – pineapple – soda 
  • Lychee Calling  – Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru- fino sherry – martini bianco – lychee liqueur – citrus – orange bitters 
  • Blue Collins – Bombay Sapphire – lemon juice – pineapple – soda 

They will also have a waterside photo booth, placed perfectly along the sea wall, with Sydney as your backdrop, it’s an unbeatable opportunity to capture your VIVID 2022 moment.

In Sydney alone? Join Local Sauce’s Secret Bar Crawl and see the lights and the cocktails! Sydney Expert readers get 10% off with the code “Sydneyexpert” at checkout.

Cointreau Margarita Kombi

Cointreau Margarita Kombi, the ultimate pop-up bar on wheels, will be outside Terrace on the Domain from May 27 to June 18 from 4pm-8pm. Start your vivid night will Margaritas on the lawn outside the Terrace on the Domain while looking at all the Vivid lights on the city skyline.

To accommodate the versatility of this favoured tipple, the Cointreau Margarita Kombi will be serving 3 different Margaritas, the Original Margarita, the Vivid Bright Margarita and the Spicy Margarita. Each margarita will be sold for $18.

House of Bombay

Perfectly positioned between the Barangaroo and Central Station precincts in Darling Quarter, is a neon lit bar hosting Bombay Sapphire’s collection of exclusive cocktails. Along with the drinks you can enjoy an immersive experience by local artist, Elliott Routledge.

Bombay Gin Darling Harbour
Find Bombay Sapphire’s House of Bombay in Darling Quarter

Vivid Special Dining Deals

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung will be offering Rainbow Dumplings (RAINBAO) – perfect to fill your belly on a cool autumn night!
5 of Din Tai Fung’s most loved dumpling fillings in one basket, including 1 new flavour – crab meat xiao long bao.

Rainbow Dumplings (RAINBAO) 

The rainbow dumplings come in red (Sichuan Mala), orange (Black Truffle), yellow (Crab Meat & Pork), purple (Chicken) and green (Vegetable).

Where: There are a number of city locations – check their website for the closest
When: Throughout Vivid

Lotus Dining

Lotus Dining Group has curated two unique Vivid specials to be enjoyed at four of its Sydney restaurants playing with light, colour and shapes through a combination of flavours and infusions to ignite your senses.

First up they are putting a twist on the traditional Singaporean crab within its classic xiao long bao soup dumpling ($18 for four), as well as mixing up “A Starry Night” cocktail ($23), made with butterfly pea-infused vodka and hints of lychee and strawberry.

Lotus Vivid
“A Starry Night” cocktail and a Singapore crab classic xiao long bao soup dumpling

Well located along the route at CHI by Lotus, Lotus Barangaroo, Dumpling Bar Walsh Bay and Lotus The Galeries.

When: 27 May to 18 Jun 2022 (or until sold out). 
Where: Find locations at www.lotusdininggroup.com/whats-on/

Tenkomori Ramen House Brookfield Place

Tenkomori Ramen House at Brookfield Place at the newly renovated Wynyard station, to inform you about their amazing $1 Ramen special that they are running for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Tenkomori Ramen at Brookfield Place

On the 27th of May from 5pm, you can enjoy Tenkomori’s iconic ‘Tenkomori Ramen’ dish, originally costing $10.90, for just one dollar! This special is the perfect way to celebrate their brand new Brookfield Place store opening and the commencement of Vivid 2022. 

Even if you miss the $1 special, you can still enjoy a tasty and affordable pre Vivid dinner, make you way to Sydney’s latest underground dining at Brookfield Place.

Choose from Korean Chicken, Malaysia delights from Papparich or of course Tenkomori’s ramen!

Where: Brookfield Place
When: 27 May for the $1 special but worth a visit anytime!

High Tea at The Waiting Room (TWR) Barangaroo

Enjoy TWR’s exclusive Vivid Sydney High Tea menu, while you wait for the lights to come on. Indulge in a delicious and vibrant array of savoury and sweet treats including quail scotch egg, lavender mousse and blueberry scones with coffee, glass of sparkling wine or Champagne.

TWR Vivid HIgh Tea
TWR High Tea at Crown

Where: ;​ The Waiting Room, Level 1, Crown Sydney, 1 Barangaroo Avenue
When: 2pm-5pm Friday and Sunday during Vivid.

High Tea at Sheraton Grand Hyde Park

In the mood for some late-night decadence after soaking up the spectacles of VIVID? Join Sheraton Grand Sydney from 8 – 10pm on June 8 & 10 for a late night high tea.  

Vivid High Tea Sydney Night
High tea at 8pm? Why not! Sheraton Grand Hyde Park’s offering is a perfect way to end the night

A month-long celebration of festive indulgence awaits with the VIVID High Tea at Sheraton Grand Sydney. Enjoy an afternoon of bespoke elegance and bubbles with Sydney’s finest high tea offerings – luxe hand-picked tea, fine wine and show-stopping patisserie.

You can also order your high tea to takeaway, perfect for a picnic in Hyde Park, or from the comforts of home! Prices start from $89 pp.

When: 27 May – 18 June 12-3pm or June 8 or June 10 from 8pm-10pm
Where: Sheraton Hyde Park Sydney
Bookings HERE.

Harbour View Hotel Dine in or Picnic Packs

The Harbour View Hotel is excited to be taking part in the festival of lights and visual art, by offering delicious takeaway meals with drinks so there’s no need to worry about dinner before exploring the exhibitions around The Rocks.

The Harbour View Hotel will be launching a special pop-up glow bar, serving glow in the dark cocktails outside their historic venue in The Rocks. This limited edition glow bar will be available throughout Vivid (from 27th May until 18th June), making it easy to sip on cocktails while you take in the stunning light installations of Vivid. 

Harbour view hotels Vivid menu

The Harbour View Hotel will also be selling takeaway packs so you can wander through The Rocks and find the perfect picnic spot overlooking the harbour and Vivid lights. The Harbour View Hotel Vivid Takeaway pack (for $95) includes:

  • Antipasto for 2
  • Stir fried noodles with chicken bites and capsicum x 2
  • Flatbread bread with roasted capsicum dipping sauce x 2 
  • 4 x Smirnoff Seltzers 
  • 1 x Blanket

If you have not planned your visit yet, check out all our tips for enjoying your night at Vivid Sydney.

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