How To Do Vivid!

Every year the city is brought to life with a festival of Lights, Music & Ideas – safe to say there’s something for everyone at VIVID Sydney, no matter your age or budget you won’t be disappointed! For those who are short of time, do not fear – we’ve tailored the perfect evening to explore the best of the festival.

STEP 1: Line those tummies!
Any great explorer will tell you that the key to a successful exploration is sustenance! So it comes as no surprise we recommend you stop by The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room for a light snack and a cheeky beverage to kick start the night… We recommend sharing a dozen of our freshly shucked oysters, crab tacos and chicken lollipops! Take advantage of our $5 Happy Hour drinks between 5-7pm every day…

STEP 2: Sun down, lights up!
The variety of light installations across the city has left us spoilt for choice, but to get the best out of the festival in one single night we recommend sticking to the Circular Quay area. From The Morrison, you can wander down towards the harbour where two of the biggest installations are: Sydney’s Hidden Stories @ Customs House and Lighting the Sails @ The Opera House. A wonderful celebration of local artists and designers, captured in brilliant moving colour.


Hidden Vivid BLOG

STEP 3: 50 Shades of Purple 
To escape the crowds and catch your breath, why not stop in at the Deep Purple Pool Hall – found inside the Opera House’s Concert Hall’s northern foyer, where you can get cosy and warm while still taking in those epic harbour views. Featuring live DJs and free pool until late.

STEP 4: The Botanist
Sydney’s Botanic Gardens are the next stop in the area, with 4 amazing installations to explore while gently wandering through the garden. We recommend checking out The Cathedral of Light – a 70m tunnel of tens of thousands of LED light globes. And the Will o’ the Wisps – under the branches of a sprawling tree in a dark corner, sits countless numbers of mysterious, glowing entities.

Cathedral of Light BLOG

STEP 4: Music
One of the most exciting elements of Vivid is the incredible line up of musicians, singers and DJ’s. If you’re feeling nostalgic, UK singer Barb Jungr is performing The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen @ The Basement on 7th June from 7-11pm – tickets from $65.

STEP 5: Refuel at Parlour
After all the exploring and excitement, it’s now time to relax and refuel. Stop in at Parlour Burger, pull up a seat and tuck into one of their 6 delicious burgers! Duck Fat Chips on the side? Don’t mind if we do. We recommend the Dirty Burger (beef patty, rasher of bacon, house pickles, cheesy beer sauce on a demi-brioche bun) with beer battered pickles. Treat yourself to one of their craft beers such as the Brooklyn Lager, with its firm malted bitterness, refreshing bitterness and floral hoppy aroma.  In a rush, or have a hoard of hungry little mouths to feed? Grab a burger to go from our Vivid Express menu!


Dirty Burger