Published: January 11th 2012December 31st 2011
We decided to make the most of living so central, and having a great view from the flat on New Year’s Eve, inviting some friends over along with Andy & Jess and their friends to enjoy some nibbles and drinks.
Between us all we cooked up an impressive spread with sausage rolls (of course), a vegetarian alternative to sausage rolls involving pesto, basil and mushrooms, spinach dip, asparagus and parma ham, mushroom caps and chocolate dipped strawberries.
There were a few of Andy and Jess’ friends who had bought tickets to the Opera Bar – these were the hottest tickets in town with uninterrupted views of the Harbour Bridge, but you had to pay for it with £300 tickets just for entry! So these guys came over late afternoon for a few drinks and nibbles before heading down to the Opera Bar at around 7pm to make the most of their money. There was plenty of bubbly popping over the balcony – take a look at the photos and we were soon all in the NYE party spirit
We watched the 9pm fireworks and fly past at Cockle Bay which we can see perfectly from our balcony, and
played the longest game of guess who (blamed on the drink) before walking down towards the Harbour to watch the fireworks on the Bridge.
All the streets between our flat and the Harbour were closed off to traffic and there were a lot of police around patrolling the streets. There was definitely a festival atmosphere in the city with street stalls selling UV lights and people singing and dancing in the streets. But unfortunately we saw the downside to that too with a couple of fights breaking out as we walked down to the Harbour.
By the time we walked down to the Harbour they were just shutting the gates to get into the Quay as they had reached capacity so we settled for a slightly obscured view of the bridge with the crowds outside the Quay. Although we could have done a better job at choosing our viewing spot as we had the company of some unpleasant Australian Chavs (bogens) who were swearing and shouting at each other, whilst trying to pick a fight with anyone who got in their way. After several attempts at trying to alert the police they finally noticed them and removed them
and stopped them from ruining everyone’s night.
The midnight fireworks were incredible and were going off in all directions – above us, behind us and all around the quay as well as the bridge. After midnight we walked back up towards the flat and stopped for a drink and a dance at a bar on the way.
There are more photos below