Choosing a blank canvas venue gives you maximum creative freedom and allows you to include all of the details that make your event meaningful and special. These venues are the ideal setting for those who want complete control over the event’s look and feel (a big reason why event planners love them).
Blank canvas venues are suitable for just about any type of gathering you want to personalise — from themed birthday parties and weddings to trade shows and product launches. Looking for the best blank canvas venues in Sydney? Here are 9 of our top picks to get you started.
Pier One Sydney Harbour
It’s possible this is the most versatile blank canvas venue in all of Sydney with 18 unique function spaces to choose from. Our top pick? The Bridge Marquee is an exquisite, open-air option that can be customised to suit your every need. It’s a hero of the wedding scene and a popular choice for corporate events and cocktail receptions. Plus, who can forget the unparalleled views of Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay?
Establishment offers three function spaces that can seat up to 350 guests. Function spaces offer gorgeous views of The Establishment Garden whilst adjoining smaller rooms serve as breakout areas during conferences. For this venue, it’s all about the location. In the centre of the city, your guests will find it easy to get to your event and be moments away from more great venues for an after-party. Think late-night drinks from Hemmesphere or Palmer & Co., the on-site bars, and Cantonese-style dishes from Mr. Wong.
Converted from a former private residence, this modern minimalist venue makes you feel like you’re entertaining from your own home. The property exudes elegance but has an inviting air that makes it so suitable for intimate gatherings. If you’re looking for a venue for an engagement party, anniversary dinner, or client lunch, you’ll love the huge boardroom, in-house AV equipment, and light-filled warmth in this space.
Thrive360 is one of Sydney’s most popular blank canvas venues for content production and brand activation — and no wonder. The industrial space features a large demonstration kitchen, a separate prep kitchen, an open showroom, a boardroom, and a separate meeting room. It’s also close to the airport (10 minutes) and the Sydney CBD (15 minutes) and can hold up to 100 people. Thrive360 is open seven days a week for corporate bookings.
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The Venue Alexandria
This venue is one of Sydney’s newest premium warehouse spaces. It’s played host to a huge range of events from cocktail parties to trade shows, fashion shows, conferences, exhibitions and banquet dinners. The sky's the limit for your event design with generous 7.6m high ceilings and 1,900 sqm of floor space at your disposal. To top it off, there are cloakrooms, onsite parking and great air conditioning to keep your guests comfortable all-year round.
Bangarra Dance Studio
This blank canvas venue is in a prime location in Sydney: right on the edge of Sydney Harbour, in the middle of the bustling Walsh Bay arts sector with spectacular views of Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge and North Sydney. Bangarra is the country’s top Indigenous performing arts company. This dance studio is a creative centre for some of Australia’s most well-known Indigenous artists and is imbued with a unique creative spirit.
Walsh Bay Kitchen
Walsh Bay Kitchen is a world-class restaurant housed in the Roslyn Packer Theatre (previously Sydney Theatre) and boasts an exceptional position just minutes from Circular Quay. The venue has a semi-private dining room that’s ideal for smaller gatherings such as midweek company lunches or after-work celebrations. The food philosophy at Walsh Bay Kitchen is all about serving attractively presented, flavourful food that reflects the exceptional quality of Australian seasonal and sustainable produce.
If you’re looking for a smaller space for about 40 seated guests, this light-filled venue is perfect. Studio Palms is also the ultimate space for content creators. They can help you with photography, videography, events and workshops, to name a few. Studio Palms counts many of the country’s most important filmmakers, designers and marketers as friends and family, and you’ll often find them right here.
Handpicked Wine Cellar Door
Handpicked Wines, located in a converted industrial warehouse, has delivered a one-of-a-kind cellar door experience to Sydney's CBD. In addition to daily wine tastings and wines by the glass in the lounge, Handpicked's cellar door offers two unique rooms for your gatherings. The Experience Room at Handpicked is ideal for business events such as board meetings and team building activities, as well as private parties and educational wine experiences.
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