American Express is known for their network of airport lounges. From time to time Amex will also set up temporary lounges at or near events that they are sponsoring. Twice I have been to a floating lounge they set up in Seattle. I am currently in Sydney during the Vivid Sydney 2017 festival and made a visit to the Vivid Sydney Amex Invites Lounge.
Located on the top of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay, the Vivid Sydney Amex Invites Lounge is free for Amex cardholders and 1 guest, or 2 guests if you are a Platinum or Centurion card holder.
Upon entering the center door of the original museum building, you show your Amex card and are directed to take the elevator to the 6th floor.
From there you turn right and go down a short hall to the Quayside Room.
Inside is a bar that serves drinks and snacks for purchase. If you register your Amex card online, you get $10 back on a purchase of $20 or more. Unfortunately for me it has to be an Australian issued Amex.
Across from the bar is lounge seating with a visual art installation. A “laser harp” musician plays music every hour. When he is not playing, a DJ provides the music.
Outside on the terrace is more seating and views of the main event. Heat lamps provide warmth and blankets are provided.
The views from the terrace are quite spectacular.
The Vivid Sydney Amex Invites Lounge is worth a stop even if you aren’t going to buy a drink or food. It provides a different perspective on the light installations. If you have an Australian Amex, make sure to register your card to get your $10 off food/beverage.
Info from the website:
The American Express Invites program opens the door to a world of entertainment, crafting unforgettable experiences for Card Members.
As a Card Member, you are welcome to take in a panoramic view of the Vivid Lights and relax in the American Express Invites Lounge located on Level 6, Quayside Room at the Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy some refreshments before you voyage along the Vivid Light Walk.
Lounge Open hours:
Saturday 27 May to Sat 17 June 2017
Monday – Thursday from 5:30 – 10:00pm
Friday – Sunday from 5:00pm – 11:00pm
*Subject to change. T&Cs apply
A special Amex Offer will also be available to Card Members visiting the American Express Invites lounge.* Enroll in the Offer here