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Top of the Pops: Sydney’s Unmissable Winter Pop-up Events

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With the advent of winter comes the innate desire to stay indoors, order UberEATS and binge watch your favourite murder doco. But don’t let the cooler temps and drizzly evenings stop you from living your best life… outdoors.

Although known for its summer appeal, Sydney is equally exciting (and maybe even a little bit more magical) in the wintertime. To help coax you out of your seasonal blues, across the city there are festivals, pop-ups and events that make the most of the crisp climate.

From winter wonderlands and après ski bars, to decadent truffle lounges and harbourside igloos, here are all the awesome things to do in Sydney this winter. 

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East Village Winter Garden

East Village Sydney has transformed their rooftop into a pink Winter Garden, inspired by the winter markets of Europe.  Filled with thousands of fairy lights, pink-hued lighting and baby’s breath there is no better place to spend a winter’s night. For that authentic feel, the beautiful fit-out has been paired with a selection of brand-new Euro-inspired dishes (hello currywurst, sauerkraut and coq au vin) and winter-appropriate drinks; from mulled cider and wine to warm meads and  gin toddies. 

All winter long

Bookings: Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm- 11pm

234 Palmer St, Darlinghurst 

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L’Atelier de la Truffle, Kingsleys

Launching a Parisian truffle-themed menu for the winter season, ‘L’Atelier de la Truffle’, in collaboration with French Champagne house GH Mumm. Diners are invited upstairs to the exclusive truffle lounge where they can enjoy the new menu in style. Think luxe interiors, oversized candlelit chandeliers, and lush cushions and throws to cosy up with whilst watching the sunset over the harbour.  

From now until 31st August

Thursday- Saturday, 5pm-11pm

Sunday: 2pm-8pm

10/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

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Winery Glamping

Local watering hole The Winery is transforming into a bohemian glamping destination this winter. As you wander down the laneway, you’ll enter through the handmade macramé arbour to find private teepees nestled among The Winery’s urban fairy-lit garden. 

Decorated with plump cushions, oversized dreamcatchers and rose and cream coloured furnishings, this magical winter hideaway is the stuff of Insta- dreams. Dine on fondue and raclette as you sip on Jacob’s Creek wines. Make a night of it and opt-in for the bottomless package.

From now until 31st August

Bookings (2 hours): Thursday- Friday: 5pm, 7:30pm

Saturday- Sunday: 12pm, 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm

From $59pp

285A Crown Street, Surry Hills

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Bring the Heat, Barangaroo House

Waterfront mecca Barangaroo House has partnered with Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka to transform the venue into a beautiful winter chalet. Complete with pop-up igloos and decadent fondue on the Smoke Rooftop, Bea-tinis and wine dinners at Bea and an array of spiced martinis at House Bar, each floor has something delicious to sample throughout winter.

From now until 31st August

35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo


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Igloos on the Pier, Pier One 

Situated under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Igloos On The Pier is back once again to brighten up your winter plans. Pier One’s pop-up hangout combines incredible harbour views, stylishly kitted out igloos and an impeccable menu for the ultimate winter experience. From the luxe, Snow Globe and Dream Suite to the steamy, Hot Tub igloo, lock in your fave igloo (+ wine and dine package) and find any excuse to party.

From now until 31st August

Bookings: 8am, 12pm, 3:30pm, 7pm

11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

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Italian Takeover at Acre

Can’t afford the flight fare to Europe this winter? Fret not, Acre Eatery is giving itself a chic Italian makeover, dishing up a delectable range of regional Italian fare in a rustic farmhouse setting. For six weeks, Camperdown’s farm-to-table favourite will be showcasing a modern menu of Italian classics, taking diners on a sensorial journey spanning the entire breadth of Italy – from the rolling Tuscan hillsides to the glistening waters of the Amalfi Coast. 

Local ingredients will transform into Mediterranean masterpieces, with sumptuous plates of slow-cooked meats and silky hand-rolled pastas served alongside fresh focaccia, creamy burrata and delicate cuts of cured antipasti. Enjoy alfresco aperitivo in the stunning garden terrace, or head indoors to the main dining area for the full feasting menu experience. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, there will also be a selection of themed dinners running alongside, so be sure to check the schedule to avoid missing out! 

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The dessert trolley gets a big thumbs up – it comes filled to the brim with glazed fruit tarts, cannoli, tiramisu and sticky orange polenta cake – and if you head there on a Friday, you can also book in for Italian masterclasses with Acre’s Head Chef Gareth. Learn the art of wood-fire cooking, bake your own fluffy focaccia and learn to make homemade mozzarella, whilst making the most of the $10 aperitivo offer, naturally. Buon Appetito!

Running until 18th August 

Acre Eatery, Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett Street, Camperdown

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Vintage Ski Chalets, Bungalow 8

At local institution Bungalow 8, guests enter through the eye-catching light adorned archway and follow the treelined path to reach the six vintage-cool cabins, decked with faux fireplaces, stacked timber, cosy warm throws, and feature walls displaying old-school skiing photographs. A Grey Goose Nitro Expresso Martini bar has also popped up in the winter woodlands garden at Bungalow 8, where diners and partygoers are able to experiment and garnish their own Expresso Martini. 

3 Lime Street, Sydney

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Luxury Winter Wonderland, Untied

At rooftop bar Untied, Sydneysiders escape to a luxury ski resort set-up, with flutes of champagne from Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial and Glenmorangie smoking whisky cocktails. New winter menu features indulgent snacks like golden-honey dripped chicken wings and Glenmorangie Signet Whiskey crème brulee waffle cones.

400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

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Igloos, Cargo Bar

Transforming into the ultimate winter getaway, look forward to seasonal dishes and warming cocktails served up inside Cargo's super-cool neon lit igloos. Take in the beautiful harbourside surroundings whilst tucking into the likes of maple fried chicken bites and Peking duck waffle fries, accompanied by steaming winter cocktails served in the form of ginger gin tea and hot buttered rum.

All winter long

From $25pp

52-60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour

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Ramen Alley, Tramsheds

Transforming Artisan Lane into a Japanese-styled laneway, immerse yourself in the Tramsheds' Ramen Alley pop-up this July. Indulge in a warming bowl of ramen, paired with a whisky highball each Wednesday and Saturday evening. Each week will feature an exclusive ‘special ramen’ in addition to Osaka Trading Co.’s ramen menu favourites and $10 Suntory Toki whisky highballs with your ramen purchase. 

3rd-20th July, Wednesday and Saturday evenings

1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge

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Zeta Après Ski Bar

Dreaming of a snowy weekend on the slopes? Get the next best thing at Zeta, where they’ll be getting into the wintry spirit with a series of fun-filled après celebrations. Styled to look like a cosy corner of Val d’Isere – there’s even a fake chairlift projected onto the wall – this winter pop-up will be mixing up a medley of vodka-fuelled cocktails to warm up during the colder months. And when we say fuelled, we mean it literally – the ‘Buttered Blazer’ is served blow-torched with Belvedere Pure, Green Chartreuse, butter and nutmeg. The ultimate winter warmer. 

Choose from three cocktail specials or create your own from the ‘Martini Tree’. A little expert help, however may be required. Head there on Friday for fireside marshmallows, salted pretzels and late-night tunes. 

All winter long

Monday- Saturday, 5pm-7pm

Hilton Sydney, Level 4/488, George Street, Sydney

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Ferris Wheel High Tea, Luna Park x Altum

For an adventurous dining experience 40 metres above the Harbour, book in for the Ferris Wheel High Tea. Available for a limited time, dine on Mediterranean-style treats like panini, spanakopita and tiramisu from Altum Restaurant, while you take in the sights from the soaring heights of the Luna Park Ferris Wheel. 

From now until September

Saturdays, 11am

$80pp

Luna Park Sydney

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Mumm Ski Aprés Beachside Party, The Bucket List

Known for their killer Thredbo pop-ups, G.H Mumm is taking the snow to Bondi Beach. Hosted at local fave The Bucket List, Sydneysiders can embrace winter at the beach. During July, the interior of The Bucket List will be transformed into a Thredbo-styled ski chalet complete with a cosy fire place, lush throws, comfy bean bags and plenty of snow-themed Insta moments.

To kick off the month-long activation, The Bucket List, in collaboration with dating app Bumble, will be hosting the launch party on Saturday 6th July from 2pm. Show your Bumble Date, BFF or Bizz profile to enjoy the tunes, G.H Mumm champagne, confetti canons, free merch and plenty more. 

6th- 31st July

Free

Bondi Pavilion, Shop, 1 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach 

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Light Arc, The Galeries 

To celebrate public art and culture, The Galeries will become a pop-up gallery this winter, with the addition of Elliot Routledge’s limited edition, large-scale Light Arc sculpture. This work by the Australian contemporary artist exudes light and fun, bringing a dynamic energy to the ground floor of The Galeries. 

To add more fun and excitement, the artwork is accompanied by an interactive game called ArtPlay. Use your smartphone throughout The Galeries, by scanning, scattered QR codes, to win one of 3,000 prizes from The Grounds of The City, Lotus Dining, Incu, Ttotaler, Kinokuniya and more.

From now until 30th June

Free

500 George Street, Sydney

Sydney

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