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Hot spots for your Christmas celebrations

Including 3 brand new venues that have just opened!

The year is coming to an end, you can feel the excitement in the air! The champagne has been chilling, the Christmas shopping has started, and everyone is ready to celebrate together. But where should you go and what should you do? With so many fantastic bars, restaurants, and activities to choose from picking a spot might just be the toughest decision! If you need a bit of inspiration, we've put together some of Wollongong's favourite spots to celebrate the season with friends, co-workers, or family.

Wollongong Classics

These spots are some of Wollongong's favourites, and they are classics for a reason. With a range of options to suit small groups right through to larger parties, and plenty of different food and beverage offerings you're sure to find something to make everyone happy!

The Illawarra

With plenty of spaces and packages to suit every group, The Illawarra is the perfect location to celebrate this Christmas. You can hire out Hilda's (the private bar area) and organise canapes or you can make a regular booking online for drinks and a feed!


The always eclectic Dagwood Bar and Kitchen pairs their tap beers and cocktails with a to-die-for menu of Asian fusion and Latin American street food bites. They have a menu perfect for mixing and matching and sharing with friends!

Pepe's on the Beach

Pepe's has become a favourite for group gatherings, with their cabanas and large deck areas providing plenty of seating options to suit. The food and beverage menu is Cali inspired, so take advantage of the summer weather at this beachside location. 

The Illawarra
Group Activities

Wollongong's got some quirky ways to celebrate, whether it's for a fun friends-mas gathering or a long-awaited team get-together. Here's some activities where you can get hands on with your group and have fun while doing it!

Breakout Bar + Escape Rooms

At Breakout Bar you can immerse yourself in an escape room, indulge in a creative cocktail, or belt out a tune in a private karaoke room! The drinks menu features twists on classics and spirits in test-tubes, and you can order food from Kneading Ruby or Tsuki to be delivered right to your table.

Battle Axe Throwing

There’s something addictive about hurling a hatchet into a wooden target. Run by a team of entertaining coaches, battle axe throwing will get your competitive spirit soaring. Release your inner Viking or lumberjack in this fun and inclusive activity!

Pinot and Picasso

Whether it's getting your work colleagues together for a bit of bonding time or a moment creativity with friends, why not channel your inner artist in a sip and paint session! It's BYO beverages and you can bring your own platters to enjoy as well.

Breakout Bar + Escape Rooms
Brand New Bars

If you want to go somewhere new (or show off your knowledge of what's what in Wollongong) then you're in luck! There are 3 brand new bars in the CBD that have opened their doors right in time for your Christmas celebrations.

Halfway Bar

Introducing Halfway, your new late-night bar and dance experience. With stunning decor, a shining disco ball, and finely curated beverage selection this is the spot for a late-night boogie and a fab time. Welcome to the jungle.

Balthazar Champagne Bar

Pop into this high-end champagne bar for a bougie get together this Christmas! With a baby grand piano, huge chandelier, marble back bar and bespoke furnishings, the only thing more impressive than the decor is the food and beverage menu.

Roys Restobar

For a chilled-out vibe with a focus on good wine and house-made snacks, Roys is the place to be. We love their beautiful wooden bar, bi-fold windows, and neighbourhood vibe. This is a bar where you can really settle in for a fun night with lots of laughs.

Halfway Bar