Businesses in Sydney range from the traditional and highly professional to the more relaxed, creative and youthful. As a result, there’s no one-size-fits-all corporate event or venue. Instead, we wanted to gather a broad selection of corporate event ideas in Sydney to suit every type of professional and a variety of business needs. Whether you want your start-up’s brand new team to bond with one another, you have to impress clients or thank your team for a wonderful year, or you need everyone to bounce back from a setback, here are 19 ideas for planning your next corporate event.
Management Thinking Workshop at Brian Tanti’s Workshop
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The full-day Excellence in Management Thinking in the Modern Business Environment workshop, part of Brian Tanti’s Workshop (BTW), combines the inspiring with the practical to offer a thoughtful, hands-on program. The focus is on evergreen, foundational values to teach guests about adaptability, circumspection and improvisation, and goes further by explaining how to apply these values at work. The experience is “cognitively rich” and the hands-on portion reflects the commitment and hard work required to reach the highest standards. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the timeless values that lead to strategic achievements.
Capacity: Small teams
Ideal For: Cognitive learners who prefer hands-on activities
Highlight: Focuses on timeless, core values
Corporate Golf Days at The Bucket List
Corporate golf days at The Bucket List at Bondi Beach are the perfect setting for your event or product launch. The Bucket List has a ton of corporate event ideas in Sydney tailored specifically to your guests and needs. They’ll also take care of audio-visual equipment, production and transportation if needed. Golf can definitely be a solo sport, so consider pairing people up in teams to encourage conversation. Not everyone has to be a pro, but it’ll be more fun and run smoother if you don’t have any first-timers to cater to.
Capacity: 30 – 400 people
Ideal For: Fun-loving golfers/sports enthusiasts or golf/sports brands
Highlight: Venue located by the Bondi Beach
Corporate Retreat at CUB Clubhouse Sydney
The CUB Clubhouse in Sydney is a private club that offers a luxurious escape where you can work, relax or do a little of both. They offer three function spaces for corporate events, including presentations, private events, product launches, seminars, team meetings and workshops. There’s also a private bar and outdoor space. When planning your function, take advantage of their food and beverage services, which include connected kitchen facilities for either in-house or external catering, as well as screen, projector and AV equipment.
Capacity: 50 – 150 people
Ideal For: Impressive corporate functions in an elegant, private setting
Highlight: Mentorship from the community with over 1400 years of business experience
Neighbourhood Bar Corporate Party at Since I left you
Since I Left You is a petite neighbourhood bar beloved by locals, outfitted with an easy-going, industrial vibe, plus greenery, fairy lights, and murals from street artists. Attention to detail is their cornerstone, and they’ll work with you to tailor your corporate event with details like custom menus and signature drinks. Since the venue is small, it’s best for boutique events for close-knit companies or teams. You can choose a specific theme or style, if you wish, and staff will help you decorate the space. They’ll even wear attire to match the event!
Capacity: up to 50 people
Ideal For: Small groups and Happy Hour regulars
Highlight: Cosy vibe and amazing cocktails!
Giant Board Games at The Bucket List
A day or evening of playing giant board games at The Bucket List is fit for a group of young professionals who want to celebrate the launch of their start-up or their latest product announcement. Designed to get lost in the fun and blow off steam, this beachside corporate outing is totally casual and relaxed. Talk about business or simply enjoy a few hours with the people you’re chasing your dreams with. There are a few different rooms to choose from, but we suggest The Fish Bowl. You’ll get a panoramic view of the ocean, your own wrap-around bar and an outdoor balcony area, and it stays open until midnight.
Capacity: 50 – 200 people
Ideal For: Young professionals who want to get lost in a game
Highlight: Wide range of food packages available
Corporate Presentation or Product Launch at The Studio
The Studio is the perfect blemish-free backdrop for your next corporate presentation. You’ll have the flexibility to design the space as you wish or you can take advantage of it’s “blank canvas” appeal so that all of the focus is on your presentation. They have kitchen, furniture and props that you’re free to use for no extra charge.
Capacity: 50 – 200 people
Ideal For: Creative companies that need a “blanc canvas” for their function
Highlight: 7m high ceilings and unlimited level loading facilities with roller door opening at 5m x 4.5m
High-Performance Team Building Workshop at Brian Tanti’s Workshop
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The full-day Developing High-Performance Work Teams workshop, part of Brian Tanti’s Workshop (BTW), tackles the individual behaviours that negatively affect the team, with the goal of minimizing these common pitfalls in the future. There’s also an emphasis on how decisions made as a team are more important than decisions made by individuals. This is team building, but not just for the team – it’s also geared toward the managers who need a better grasp on team dynamics. Additionally, there’s an outdoor lab portion to identify and help with a specific team issue.
Capacity: Small teams
Ideal For: Collaborative companies or teams and the managers who oversee them
Highlight: Demonstrates how team dynamics work
Rye Whiskey Flights at Kittyhawk
Kittyhawk is a unique, themed cocktail bar and French restaurant that recalls Paris circa the mid-1940s. Each whiskey tasting package involves a few varieties of rye with just the right amount of education so you come away sounding like a spirit wizard. The flights are accompanied by cheese and charucterie. Step back in time and order an Old Fashioned to match. It’s a great way to get more familiar with the people you work with and maybe find a shared interest.
Capacity: 4 – 20 people
Ideal For: Anyone who can appreciate 1940s-era charm
Highlight: A wide selection of cocktails and rye whiskey
Corporate Catch Up at The Captain’s Balcony
What we love most about The Captain’s Balcony is that there are so many function spaces to choose from for your next corporate catch-up. You can book the entire restaurant for large groups; choose from the brick Chimney Room, the main bar or the Balcony Room for medium-size groups; or reserve the Captain’s Window Table or Captain’s Courtyard for small gatherings. For a catch-up or networking event with just a few co-workers or industry professionals, consider the Window Table – it’s small, comfortable and the perfect place to chat.
Capacity: 6 – 150 people
Ideal For: Groups looking for an upscale and traditional restaurant space
Highlight: Craft spirits and beers, plus a creative cocktail menu
Breakfast event with a view at Icebergs Club
Get out of the office and enjoy breakfast-with-a-view at Bondi Icebergs Club for your next conference. Between their dedicated corporate function venue, fully-staffed private bar and three exclusive balconies, you and your guests will be in their own little bubble – one with panoramic views of the club’s pool, not to mention Bondi Beach. The extendable space lets the area shrink or expand to fit your needs so that you don’t feel too small or large for the venue. Furniture is already in place, but you can add personal touches if you like, too. Flexible packages and schedules work around your conference, and your guests can even go for a stroll on the beach or cool off in the pool if they want. (The pool and pool deck can also be booked.)
Capacity: 20 – 50 people
Ideal For: Offsite, this-doesn’t-feel-like-work corporate conferences
Highlight: Beautiful setting overlooking the Pacific
Corporate Family Day at Creek and Cella
Work functions with families are an excellent way to show appreciation to hard-working staff and value the support they receive from their families. Organize your corporate family day at child-friendly Creek and Cella venue. When you plan a corporate event there, they’ll offer you premium options that are then customized to give you and your guests the best experience possible. It is the perfect location to host a work event where families are welcome.
Capacity: 20 – 118 people
Ideal For: Foodies and/or work functions that welcome the family
Highlight: Organic wine and local craft beer
Cocktail Making Class at Kittyhawk
Get your creative juices flowing with a cocktail making class at Kittyhawk – mixology courses are ideal for young, forward-thinking entrepreneurs and companies. This is great for team building, but it’s also great if you just want to have a fun night out where you can get to know your co-workers or other professionals. You’ll be in a welcoming, laid back atmosphere at an experience that’ll keep everyone engaged. You can even turn it into a competition to see who makes the tastiest cocktail.
Capacity: 8 – 30 people
Ideal For: Fun, hands-on team building or competition for young professionals
Highlight: Five cocktail packages to choose from
Exclusive Beach Party at The Island
Corporate event ideas in Sydney, while work-themed, can still be decidedly different from the normal office setting you’re used to. The Island’s event space is like no other: a floating venue with signature European beach club culture and 5-star service. The white, modern décor is sleek enough to match any company’s aesthetics, and there’s a fully-licensed and serviced cocktail bar for after-hours events. Plan a small, internal work gathering or a large media launch anywhere in the Sydney Harbour.
Capacity: Up to 250 people
Ideal For: Premium events
Highlight: Surrounded by water on all sides, Australian first and only floating beach club
Corporate Cocktail Party at All Hands Brewing House
All Hands Brewing House loves contemporary brewing and they want to help you plan your corporate function in a space that feels polished while still being comfortable and welcoming. The Galley is the perfect setting for your cocktail party. It has standing room for 120 people, plus four booths, high top tables and stools, and the Brewery Bar. Limited seating and extra standing room encourage mixing and mingling here, all with great views of the brewery. Plan a menu of canapes to compliment their craft beer and delicious cocktails.
Capacity: 20 – 1000 people
Ideal For: Socializing with co-workers in a cocktail party-style
Highlight: Microbrewery onsite
Corporate Cruises at Coast Harbour Cruises
Coast Harbour Cruises hosts corporate events, conferences and parties on their catamaran and boasts views of Sydney Harbour during the day or night. In-house catering is available and external catering is also allowed. You can even have the team at Coast Harbour Cruises decorate indoors and outdoors to suit your budget and style. They offer a phenomenal mix of top notch service and a relaxed vibe, plus 360-degree views from all decks. What we love most is that even though you’ll be on a boat together, there are a few separate entertaining areas: the main deck salon, main deck aft and the upper deck. You can break off for an intimate chat or wander around to join in another group’s conversation. Plus, each area is covered, so you can get together even if the weather is less than perfect.
Capacity: 25 – 150 people
Ideal For: An outdoor corporate event no matter the weather
Highlight: 360-degree views from all decks
Corporate Dinner at New Hampton Hotel
If your company has just held an important meeting, you may want to plan a corporate dinner to cap off the day. Guests can talk about business, the meeting and highlights from the day in a sort of “open forum” setting. The New Hampton is a great spot for this type of event – they’ll create a menu just for your corporate dinner, offering both healthy options and comforting pub classics. They can handle event entertainment, AV equipment and styling, too.
Capacity: 10 – 500 people
Ideal For: A post-meeting corporate dinner
Highlight: Relaxed atmosphere and good food
Creative Classes By Work-shop.com at The Bucket List
Corporate Work-Shop classes provide team building activities that your employees won’t roll their eyes at. We personally like these classes because they have the ability to get stuffy professionals out of their shell or let creatives explore even more ways to express themselves. Just about any type of business will benefit from employees who think outside-the-box. Activities can be tailored for groups as small as five or as large as 500. Clay hand-building provides a good learning lesson: that the best results come from hard work and getting your hands dirty. Drunk painting doesn’t necessarily involve alcohol, but instead encourages participants to lower their inhibitions in order to create something totally unexpected. Street art fundamentals bring the group together to create street-worthy graffiti.
Capacity: 5 – 500 people
Ideal For: Professionals who want to break out of their shell
Highlight: Creative thinking and team building with lots of fun
Women-only Garden BBQ at Tatler Sydney
The Garden BBQ and Spritzes corporate function venue at Tatler is so beautifully feminine that we think it’s the best locale for a women-only corporate gathering. Women bosses, women-led businesses, female entrepreneurs…the girl power is positively overwhelming. There’s an awning, too, so you don’t have to end the get-together early even if it starts to rain. Tatler can help you create a branded night, set up a content production or arrange a talk. Their “little black book” is filled with the best artists and performers in the area, and they also have projectors and a complete AV setup.
Capacity: Up to 100 people
Ideal For: Women-run-and-staffed companies
Highlight: A former speakeasy with vintage decor
Classes with Glasses at Bustle Studios
Classes with Glasses from Bustle Studios is just what the doctor ordered for corporate teams that need to let loose, bond or unwind. Paint with watercolour, create a flower crown, indulge in a wine tasting or learn about screen printing. The most interesting class, though, is Laughter Wellness. The idea here is that laughter can combat bad emotions and make you feel better – it’s cathartic and replenishing. This class incorporates guided breathing, affirmation and, yes, laughing exercises to get rid of stress and make you feel better overall. Offbeat? Definitely. But for the company that maybe just came out of a rough time, the Laughter Wellness class could be restorative for all. Opt to BYO drinks or speak with an event coordinator to arrange a snack platter and beverage package.
Capacity: Up to 92 people
Ideal For: Individual employees or teams that need to bond
Highlight: Will add a new skill to your repertoire
Still, don’t see what you want on this list? Most of these venues will work one-on-one with you to design the perfect corporate event in the venue of your choosing, and with a bar or food package that will suit your needs.