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So you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Sydney for your birthday but the question is how do you celebrate? I can imagine some of you who are reading face the same dilemma I face on my birthdays;
YES it’s my birthday and I should definitely treat myself but NO I don’t want to go broke celebrating.
Being a Sydney-sider, I’m sharing with you the best ways to treat yo self on a budget of $100 per activity!
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To kick off your birthday festivities get yourself down to Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel. Located at one of the most eastern suburbs of Sydney you’ll be treated to stunning views of the harbor, city landscape, and Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Grab yourself a coffee (or a cheeky birthday mimosa) to start the day off and have some brekkie as you take in the ocean breeze and views.
After breakfast (or brunch for late risers) book yourself into a massage. Nothing quite says treat yourself on your birthday quite like going to a day spa and letting someone else do all the work as you relax away.
Today is all about treating yourself, so whether you want a deep tissue Swedish massage, hot stone massage, a facial, or even just a mani/pedi go for it! I know, I know, these things are expensive right?! True, if you’re looking for a five-star experience it’s hard to stay under $100, but if you look on coupon sites like Groupon or Scoopon there are plenty of deals to suit your budget and desire for luxe!
As the afternoon approaches and you’re looking for the perfect place for afternoon/sunset drinks, head to Opera Bar in Circular Quay. If you’re only passing through Sydney, this is the go-to place to spend your afternoon, sipping cocktails and taking in the sunset views of Sydney Harbour.
Watch as the ferries sail in and out of the harbor, planes fly over the bridge, and people watch the crowds of passer-biers that come to take in the sites. Treat yourself to a few share plates, and chat the afternoon away with friends. The best thing about Opera Bar is that it’s right next to your next stop.
Just a few steps away from the infamous Opera Bar is Dendy Cinema. Dendy’s is somewhat of a boutique cinema chain with only a few theatres around Australia. If you’re a movie buff, this is the activity for you! Dendy’s has a $1 Birthday Club wherein any day during your ‘birthday week’ (Sun-Sun) you can see one movie a day for a measly ONE DOLLAR! Just remember to bring a valid ID with your date of birth!
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What better way to celebrate your birthday than to have dinner 305m (1000ft) above the ground with 360° views at 360 Bar and Dining. Enjoy your dinner as you spin around the tower and take in the twinkling lights of Sydney. If you’re scared of getting nauseous; don’t be! The tower takes 80 minutes to complete one full rotation so plenty of time for your eyes to adjust (and to take your perfect Instagram).
A 2-course dinner will cost $85/per person, 3-course dinner will cost $95. The menu is extensive and champions the best Australian produce, especially the world-class seafood and steaks. Located at the top of the Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney’s tallest structure, you’ll celebrate your birthday with breathtaking views.
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
What better way to end your birthday day than to dance into the night? Whether you’re into rock music, top 40 hits, jazz, old school hip-hop, or whatever else, Sydney has a place for you! Here’s my guide to the best bars and clubs in Sydney for whatever you’re into:
- Top 40: Soda Factory – Surry Hills, The Standard Bowl – Darlinghurst
- Rock’n’Roll: Frankie’s Pizza – Sydney, Mojo Record Bar – Sydney
- Electronic: Marquee – Sydney, Chinese Laundry – Sydney, Ivy – Sydney
- Live music: Oxford Art Factory – Darlinghurst, The Vanguard – Newtown
- Indie tunes: Freda’s – Chippendale, The Beach Road Hotel – Bondi
- Hip Hop: Big Poppa’s – Darlinghurst, The Lord Gladstone – Chippendale
- Beergarden: El Loco – Surry Hills, The Oaks Hotel – North Shore
- Karaoke: Goros – Sydney, Mizuya – Sydney
LATE NIGHT EATS
To bring your birthday celebrations home, grab a late night snack and make your way back to your comfy bed. I can almost guarantee you that after having a dance around you’ll be craving a late night snack. Whether you’re looking for vegan, healthy, oily, or fast-food Sydney has got you covered.
Mr. Crackles serves up its famous pork crackling rolls filled to the brim with chunks of roast pork, and Vietnamese salad. It will set you back around $10. For those of you that are craving a late night Chinese fix, the Golden Century Seafood Restaurant is the answer. It is open until 4 am each night. The menu is broad and extensive but is the perfect spot for late night eats.
If you want to keep the party going, try out Frankie’s with pizza by the slice. It will add to your night and mood with its rock’n’roll tunes and some spunky beverages.
By now, you should have a pretty good idea of how you’re going to celebrate your birthday in Sydney. Sydney is alive at all hours of the day and night. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to celebrate your birthday.