The much anticipated annual festival, Vivid Sydney, is gracing Sydneysiders once again from 27th May - 18th June this year. This ultimate blend of innovation, art and technology brings us 23 days of some of the most wonderful thinkers and doers of our time, telling stories of urban legends, secret spots and future visions. The festivities will be scattered throughout areas including Barangaroo, Central Station and The Goods Line, Circular Quay and The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter, Darling Square, Luna Park, Sydney CBD and surrounds, Taronga Zoo and Walsh Bay.
At Liven, we believe a delicious meal and drink is the ideal cherry on top of any activity. So, what better way to immerse yourself in the creative brilliance of Vivid Sydney than to work your way through the sights and sounds while ticking off some unmissable local feeding and watering holes? Plus, if you’re part of the Liven squad, you’ll get rewarded too!
Here's our list of 5 great venues for festival feasting:
Bask in the brilliance of Barangaroo’s Vivid Sydney festivities at this exceptional Chinese dinner venue featuring a stunning interactive space, Chinese barbeque style sharing plates, cocktails galore, exceptional service and a delicious chargrill scent that greets you on arrival. Do try their sovereign lamb shoulder with sweet Sichuan glaze and Asian herbs.
Liven perks: 10% Rewards, 35% Bonus Foodollars
Location: Sydney CBD
Imagine taking in the sensational light displays of Vivid Sydney from 83 floors above street level. Now, make it a reality at Bar 83 where you can wine and dine with a bird's-eye view from the iconic Sydney Tower. Impressive cocktails and drool-worthy bar fare are on offer in this elegantly designed space. Treat your tastebuds with some Sydney rock oyster, Siberian caviar or wagyu beef tataki while you’re there.
Liven perks: 10% Rewards
Location: Circular Quay
Offering floor to ceiling windows and a classic-meets-contemporary Italian menu for sharing ‘family style’, this Circular Quay restaurant is a must-visit during Vivid Sydney. Perfect for the whole family! The menu comprises only the best ingredients, with a section especially for the little ones. Their pizzas don’t disappoint.
Liven perks: 10% Rewards, 25% Bonus Foodollars
Location: Circular Quay, Darling Square
Festivals and ice cream go together like you and the Liven app. And we don’t mean just any ice cream, we mean Gelato Messina. If you haven’t already heard, they’re scooping up some of the best gelatos in town. At each of their venues, you’ll find a 40 flavour cabinet, with 35 traditional flavours and 5 rotating weekly specials. So, if Vivid Sydney fails to excite you, dropping by one of these spots definitely will.
Liven perks: 10% Rewards, 20% Bonus Foodollars
Exploring Vivid Sydney can work up quite an appetite. And there’s nothing like satisfying hunger pangs with a bowl of the best Ramen in town. This innovative ramen restaurant and bar uses the freshest Australian sourced ingredients and offers creative cocktails to delight the senses. Their first menu item is the O.G, and it’s a winner involving tonkotsu broth, pork chashu, shallot, nori, seasoned egg, garlic chips, black fungus and menma. Stop it!
Liven perks: 10% Rewards
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