Affordable Venues for Hire in Sydney

Discover a myriad of cheap venues for hire in Sydney

Top Affordable Venues in Sydney

On the hunt for affordable venues in Sydney? Our team at Tagvenue has made it easy for you to find the perfect one in a flash! We’ve done the running around and compiled a fantastic list of all the best cheap event spaces in Sydney. From BYO restaurants, blank canvas venues, and bars to community halls and club lounges, we have it all! So what are you waiting for?! Use our super-specific search filters to help narrow down your search by the number of guests, calendar dates, and Sydney neighbourhoods. Let’s get this party started by planning your dream event now!

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Affordable Venues Hire Guide

When it comes to event venues for people on a budget, there are more options in Sydney than you would think! You’ve got cheap bars, restaurants, art galleries, rooftop venues, waterfront venues and more. And what’s the best part? You can find them all on Tagvenue. We’ve found some incredible affordable venues and compiled them all on one list so you can find the ideal one for your function in a flash. Sounds too good to be true? Hop on our platform and start browsing our list of budget spaces in Sydney now! You’ll quickly change your mind. 

How to find the ideal cheap venue in Sydney?

Don’t know how exactly you should nail down your search for a cheap party venue in Sydney? Don’t fret. Use the tips we’ve provided below and you’re bound to find an ideal affordable event spot!

  • Take advantage of a minimum spend - AKA free venue hire in Sydney - that’s right! This is a popular option for bars and restaurants all over the city. It means that you only spend your money on food and drink and you don’t have to worry about additional venue charges. Here’s our top minimum spend tip: calculate how much the minimum spend will cost per person. This way, you can ensure you are getting the best rate per head on your minimum spend. 
  • BYO Sydney venues - Sydney offers some fantastic dry hire venues which give you the option of bringing your own food and drinks. Essentially, you get an empty party venue which you can then decorate and provide catering for. If you are looking for a cheap venue for birthday celebrations, BYO might be a good option.
  • Size matters - These two factors can make a difference to your venue hire budget. If your guest list is small, choose an intimate venue appropriate for the number of guests. Sydney definitely has countless cheap small venues to choose from. If you have a larger guest list in mind, don’t worry. For instance, warehouse venues in Sydney are very popular for large events. These large venues give you the space to design your own custom space for your event. However, keep in mind warehouses need a lot of decor and infrastructure. While a warehouse might seem cheap, most often it’s just a shell you have to fill yourself. You can also take a look at halls in Sydney. They come in various sizes and are extremely cheap to hire. With any blank canvas venue, you will need to calculate your costs for any things you may need to hire for your party such as tables, chairs, decorations and external vendors such as caterers.

How much do cheap venues in Sydney cost?

Costs for these venues will vary and different venues offer different rate options. Here’s an estimated breakdown of what you can expect to pay:

  • Per person charge - the average starts at $30 per head for a sit-down meal. This does not include any drinks. You can save a lot if you go for a cocktail-style event with canapes.
  • If you’re looking at just a hire fee, then budget for a minimum of $500 per session for a small venue. Prices quickly go up into the thousands of dollars for larger, more expensive venues. Make sure to confirm the session limit vs full-day hire. You don’t want to pay $500 for a 2-hour session when you could be paying $1000 for the full day instead!
  • The average minimum spend is between $1000-$1500.

Where can I find the best affordable venues in Sydney?

Still not set on a location for your event? Here are the three most popular locations for cheap event spaces for hire in Sydney:

  • Darlinghurst - This funky suburb oozes creative vibes and culture. You’ll find plenty of affordable cosy cafes, multicultural restaurants and intimate cocktail bars here. 
  • Sydney CBD - The Central Business District is a popular location full of restaurants, bars, banquet halls, and private function rooms that suit any budget. The lively city atmosphere will make any party come alive! 
  • Surry Hills - Lovely and stylish, this area offers an eclectic mix of soulful cafes, hip bars, pubs and cosy restaurants. 
  • Darlinghurst - This LGBTQ-friendly neighbourhood will be the perfect match for those who love being surrounded by art in all its forms. You’ll find plenty of galleries here that are in line with some of the best cheap venues in Sydney, like bars, restaurants, cafes, and more. 
  • Newtown - The most fashionable part of the city boasts offbeat eateries, cafes and pubs that don’t break the bank. Many students of Sydney University call it home and flock to the top venues in between studying and working. Why does that matter? If students go there, then they have to be cheap!

You’re almost ready to go and start your quest to find the perfect and cheap venue in Sydney. Why almost? Because we have another great tip for you! Remember to set your budget and draw up a guestlist before you book anything. Your budget will give you a hint of what price range you should look for in venues, while a guestlist will help you decide if the space that you like will accommodate everyone. Now you can kick off your preparations! 

FAQs about Affordable Venues in Sydney

Do cheap venues in Sydney provide catering?

It all depends on the venue. Bars and restaurants provide catering, of course, while blank canvas venues usually don’t. It’s best to thoroughly check the offer and ask the venue manager directly as they will dispel any of your doubts on this matter.

How early should I book an affordable venue in Sydney for my event?

We suggest booking a space around 6 to 8 weeks in advance. This will give you the time to find offers that are a steal, as well as carefully plan your function from the beginning till the end. Remember that the best cheap event spaces in Sydney may get booked up quickly!

Is hiring on a minimum spend basis better than a dry hire?

Each one has its own perks! The price of dry hire usually doesn’t include catering, while choosing the minimum spend spares you a fee for hiring a space - you only pay for the food and drinks. It’s best to take some time to thoroughly calculate and compare which party venue in Sydney will be the cheapest as in some cases, it’s better to pick an event location with the minimum spend, while in others, a dry-hire and hiring an outside caterer. 

Can I decorate a cheap venue in Sydney on my own?

It will depend on what type of venue you will choose for your function. Restaurants and bars usually have a fixed setting, which means you won’t be able to change much to match your vision. However, they usually allow balloons, banners and flowers. Consult with the venue manager at the beginning of your enquiry, as it will give you a chance to find another affordable venue in case the one that you like won’t allow it.

Guests Reviews of Affordable Venues on Tagvenue

Alison T.
Booked The Loft at The Dale
Kate was an amazing, helpful and accommodating host. The space has a lovely feel. And feels more spacious than the description. The guests loved it. Kate was happy to clear space in the fridge for us to use. If needing the fridge/freezer i would suggest communicate with Kate in advance. Kate made clean up easy.
Annie W.
Booked Diner at Hotel Harry
The venue was perfect in location and environment. We held our work event here and they had a brilliant time. The space for what we needed was just right and the service on the night with your team Ellie, George and Hunter was super fun! Would definitely come back. Thanks again Kylie for such a quick turnaround in supporting our team function. Kind regards
Vanya S.
Booked Entire Venue at Hustler Studios
The day I had booked my event through with the event planner Will, everything went smooth from start to finish. Customer service, communications were solid. This was my first time at this venue and we had so much compliments from everyone about the venue and place. If your looking to have a chill, relaxed or even a party. THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE. We had security on the night who was absolutely so helpful and looked after everyone and made sure we were ok. Thank you again Will so much for your hospitality. Job well done!!
Cynthai T.
Booked Entire Venue at Hustler Studios
Hustler Studio was perfect for our needs. The venue was clean & Will was extremely helpful. Will replied to our emails in the same day & usually within an hour. The venue was set up exactly as we requested. Several people at the party said they would be booking this for get together, functions & parties. When I have my next function, I will return without a doubt.
Vanessa K.
Booked Bright Seminar Room Redfern at Cicada Innovations
The space is exactly what I needed for my event! The facilities are great, and Niamh (the venue manager) as well as the other staff on site are very helpful. We also ordered catering for our event, and Niamh helped us organise everything - it took some stress off the organisation process as it was something we didn't have to worry about.
Hannah N.
Booked Entire Venue at Since I Left You
This venue was absolutely beautiful and the staff were so great at rolling with everything we had going on. All of our guests were blown away by the place. Nick was extremely helpful with all of my questions leading up to the event, and was on the night he was just superb. We opted for the catering menu and antipasti grazing table, which was more than enough food for our 50 guests. They even managed to provide options for our two coeliac guests as well. The highlight from the drinks menu was the Beton cocktail. 100% endorsement from us, thank you guys!

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