Beyond Cinema — the folks who brought the Titanic to Sydney Harbour and the mad hatter's tea party to the Botanic Gardens — are at it again. On Sunday, August 19, the crew will host its next Sydney extravaganza: an epic immersive party inspired by The Great Gatsby. And, in even better news, Tanqueray has jumped aboard, which means you'll be treated to a complimentary fresh apple martini on arrival.
The over-the-top party will take place at a mansion in northern Sydney, which will be decked out in all the imagined opulence of Jay Gatsby's West Egg home. With a cocktail in hand, prepare to chat, flirt and Charleston your way around an authentic recreation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's universe, which will filled with colourful characters and soundtracked by live jazz. Wear your best crazy old thing.
The party has packages available to suit an array of tastes and budgets. In the underground Speak Easy ($105), lay low among the New Jersey mob while mixing your own moonshine and snacking from food platters. In Gatsby's Dining Hall ($165), feast on roaming canapés, check out live performances and hole up in the Tanqueray central bar.
There are also a bunch of fancier sit-down banquets, as well as several outdoor spaces, surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens. All packages come with wine, beer and soft drinks, but as you explore the venue (you're welcome to have a sticky beak at the other experiences), keep an eye out for Tanqueray's alfresco bars, serving up G&Ts. Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaptation will be screened, too — if you want to watch, you'll need to purchase a movie screening ticket on top of your package for three bucks.
The only trick is getting your mitts on tickets. As you can imagine, they've been selling at top speed, but, if you're quick, you might score one of the few left over here.