From truffle-infused dishes and intimate operatic dinners to charity fun runs and lively parties – Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. Make sure you don’t miss a thing with our top picks of things to do throughout the rest of August.
EAT & DRINK
Set in a dark navy painted townhouse in Chippendale’s buzzy food precinct, Gin Lane oozes old-school London glamour. Homesick Brits will feel suitably at home settling in for the night on comfy leather booths with a Hendricks and cucumber in hand. But despite its sultry and velvet-clad setting – this really does have date night written all over it – it's the clever cocktails that will keep you coming back for more.
Artistic, flamboyant and wonderfully theatrical, work your way through an illuminating menu of masterful classics. From Game of Thrones goblets embellished with skulls to mysterious smoking treasure chests adorned with fireworks and flickering sparklers, prepare for your minds (and your taste buds) to be officially blown.
16A Kensington Street, Chippendale
Surry Hills favourite, NOMAD, will be showcasing some of the best wines from Mornington Peninsula next week in a food and grape-fuelled extravaganza. Martin Spedding of Ten Minutes by Tractor will be joining forces with NOMAD's wine program director, Ged Bellis, to pair nine delicious drops with a carefully curated menu designed exclusively for the evening by head chef Jacqui Challin.
The line-up will feature all of the new release 2017 'Estate' wines, as well as a selection from the outstanding single vineyard range, and will be paired with an array of showstopping dishes, including the likes of raw scallops with green chilli zhoug and crème fraiche; BBQ cornfed chicken with chermoula, labne and baby cos; and roast cauliflower with almond and sweet and sour currants. Be sure to save room for the halva magnums for dessert. Positively dreamy.
Tuesday 20th August, 6:30pm, tickets $175 available to purchase here
NOMAD, 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
Acre is set to host ‘the prince of free-range farming’, Luke Winder of Tathra Place Farm, for this month’s Meet the Farmer Dinner. Luke, alongside Head Chef Gareth Howard, will guide you through a four-course Italian feast using Luke’s sustainable, pasture-raised produce with matching NSW wines.
Friday 2nd August, from 7pm
31A Mallett Street, Camperdown
Enjoy a Champagne weekend with your friends or family at BLACK Bar & Grill, by pairing your lunch with a package which includes two-hours of NV Perrier-Jouët ‘Grand Brut’.
From now until Sunday 1st September
Lunch, every Saturday and Sunday
Harbourside, The Star, Level G/80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Burger Project has refreshed its happy hour for August, which is available between 3pm and 6pm, from Monday to Friday. Deals include classic cheese and American burgers for $6 each, $5 beer, wine and cider, chicken bites for $4, and regular chips and Darrel Lea dessert Smash-Ups for $3.
All month long, Monday- Friday, 3pm-6pm
Bondi Junction, Broadway, Circular Quay, Grosvenor Place, Martin Place, and World Square
Get ready to revel in the flavours of the beloved truffle this winter with a four-course Truffle Dinner feast that truly celebrates the season. Chiswick Woollahra head chef, Francois Poulard and Chiswick at the Gallery head chef, Tim Brindley are joining forces for one night only to celebrate the rare, but very delicious truffle.
Tickets include a four-course communal dining experience at Chiswick Woollahra matched with a carefully paired selection of wines from head sommelier Eleonore Wulf. Jayson Mesman from The Truffle Farm in Canberra will also be on hand to talk all things truffle.
Wednesday 7th August
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
The third instalment in the Women in Wine Dinner Series will be held at BLACK Bar & Grill with an intimate three-course affair and an expertly paired wine list. Hosted by winemaker, Prue Henschke, from HENSCHKE Winery, in collaboration with Gourmet Traveller Wine, this empowering dinner series is aimed at showcasing Australia’s finest female winemakers.
Tuesday 6th August, 6:30pm
Harbourside, The Star, Level G/80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is set to host an exclusive black-tie dinner where Italian and French Opera will transform the space. A unique and dynamic experience, the intimate affair will encompass dramatic music, courtesy of Opera Australia’s principal artist Anna Dowsley. A decadent four-course menu by Executive Chef Monty Koludrovic will be paired with wines selected by Head Sommelier James Hird.
Wednesday 7th August, from 6:30pm
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
Bar Patrón is exploring Mexico’s east-coast state of Veracruz with an exclusive, share-style dinner. Highlights from the traditional Mexican menu include soft-shell crab tacos with guajillo morita sauce, lime and coriander saltbush, and roasted pork belly with sweet and spicy mole, sesame and warrigal greens. Top it off with coffee-cream milk crumble with Patrón XO Café caramel and macadamias. The delicious dinner includes a classic margarita on arrival, and you can also add matching wines for $30pp.
Wednesday 21st August, from 6:30pm
2 Phillip Street, Sydney
Discover and indulge in winter’s culinary gem, the exquisite truffle, as The Star Sydney celebrates Truffle Month across its multi-award-winning dining destinations. At The Star Sydney, signature restaurants; Sokyo, BLACK Bar & Grill, Flying Fish plus Fat Noodle will be offering dishes with this exquisite ingredient.
1st July –31st August
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Spice Temple will be showcasing the regional dishes of Sichuan with an elegant, banquet-style dinner. The sharing menu, designed by Spice Temple Executive Chef Andy Evans, includes delicacies like prawn wontons with aged black vinegar, and stir-fried spanner crab with leeks and salted chilli. Finish it off with coconut and mango sago with candied nuts for dessert.
Monday 26th August, from 6:30pm
10 Bligh Street, Sydney
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Redfern bar Misfits is teaming up with Pirate Life to present Locals in the Lounge. On the first Thursday of every month, a line-up of local and upcoming live musicians set up in the Out of Bounds lounge, behind the bookcase. There are $5 schooners of the new Pirate Life Port Local Lager, with $1 from each schooner sold donated to local charities.
First Thursday of every month, 1st August, from 8.00pm
106 George Street, Redfern
Friday night live music program, ‘No Hat, No Play’, is an exciting collaboration between inner west brewery legends, Young Henry’s and late-night hangout, The Oxford Tavern. With a rock and roll vibe, this month Los Tones will take the stage with Flight to Dubai, Good Pash and The Van Demons in support.
Friday 23rd August, from 8pm
1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
Park House Wednesdays brings back some Mona Thursday nostalgia, with a new day, a fresh sound and a fresh look at how to throw a party. They will be playing the best of electronic pop, hip hop and house music from 9pm till late each week, with $5 select drinks from 9pm-11pm.
Wednesdays, from 9pm
2 Park Street, Mona Vale
Back to inject a good dose of soul into your weekend, Soul Saturday gets underway on the 17th. Combining a six-course Mediterranean-inspired menu (think squid ink linguini and char-grilled ribeye), two hours of bottomless bellinis, bubbles and beers with the swinging sounds of a live soul band, and you have yourself an unforgettable Saturday afternoon.
Saturday 17th August, 12pm-2:30pm
60 Carrington Street, Sydney
Kick start your weekend right by stopping into Marble Bar this Friday night to boogie with local, live music legends Brown Sugar Music. Playing all your fave RnB classics, this popular band draws a crowd every Friday night, so be sure to get in early.
Fridays, from 10pm
488 George Street, Sydney
In the mood for some tunes? You’re in luck because Sydney’s live music scene is strong. There are brilliant venues dotted all over the city and surrounds, from huge theatres and pubs to underground bars. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere at these eight live music venues.
Now in its second year, the three-day Winter Fire Festival showcases the Orange region at its winter best. With a program of 30+ events, this year, guests will get to experience bonfire events, char-grilled feasts, campfire cooking, boutique shopping, award-winning wine, and arts and crafts. The popular Orange Readers and Writers Festival will also be included in the festivities.
2nd- 4th August
Various venues across Orange, NSW
The Morrison’s much anticipated Oyster Festival returns this August for its seventh year running. The month-long celebration promises a shucking good time with a daily oyster happy hour and bottomless bubbles special each weekend.
All month long
225 George Street, Sydney
Throughout winter, Goros is set to host a seasonal festival filled with late-night frivolities and wintry events. From monthly DJ sets and trivia nights to a special Winter Olympics Edition of game night, Goros Winter Festival is the perfect place to warm up on a cold, Saturday night.
From now until 31st August
84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
Australia’s most popular dog-dedicated festival is back again for another year. From doggy face painting and speed competitions to Q&A sessions and hundreds of exhibitors, this two-day celebration of our four-legged friends is the perfect day out for you and your pooch.
3rd-4th August, 9:30am-5pm
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
Yes, Sydney comes alive during the summer, but the city is equally exciting in the wintertime. To help coax you out of your seasonal blues, Sydney has endless festivals, pop-ups and events that make the most of the crisp climate. From winter wonderlands and ski bars to decadent truffle lounges and harbourside igloos, here are the awesome things to do in Sydney this winter.
The online restaurant reservation platform has launched TheFork Festival – six weeks of delicious dining experiences, at half the regular price. At participating restaurants, diners will receive a huge 50 per cent off the total food bill, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. From fine diner Monopole to dumpling house Din Tai Fung, some of Sydney’s best restaurants will be taking part. Jump online and check out who’s taking in part in the festivities.
From now until 11th August
Venues across Sydney
MARKETS & SHOPPING
Lee Bob, founder of Storeroom Vintage and renowned curator, has sourced a collection of 1800 exclusive pieces, that will set your fashion hearts aflutter. For one day only, you can get your hands on Storeroom Vintage’s The 1800 Collection, where they combine 1800 Tequila’s ethos of ‘Just Refined Enough’ and Storeroom Vintage’s truly unique selection of one-of-a-kind pieces. Prices starting from $60, in-store there will be DJ Jade Le Flay manning the decks and a 1800 tequila pop-up bar to keep you hydrated.
Saturday 17th August, 12pm-8pm
277-285 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Get ready to tighten those purse strings, we've searched the streets to bring you our design-savvy edit of stores, markets and boutiques to help you consume more mindfully, save money and most importantly, have fun doing it.
More than just a place to pick up your weekly dose of fresh produce, farmers’ markets have become a foodies’ destination, a place to hang out with friends, and the go-to for unique fashion and homewares. We have done the legwork so you can spend less time researching and more time tasting your way through some of Sydney’s best farmers’ markets.
Whether you're a green thumbed goddess or simply aspire to be one, Sydney has a range of nurseries to please plant lovers at either end of the spectrum. If you require advanced garden consultations or simply need to save a neglected plant, you will find comfort in the fact there’s a nursery close at hand. The bonus part is they have a gorgeous array of plant accessories to lust over too.
LEARNING & WORKSHOPS
The Inn Talks series kicked off in June with a focus on finding the balance. For this month, the panel of industry thought-leaders will be discussing sustainability in fashion. Journalist Rosie Dalton will talk to Clare Press, Vogue Australia’s sustainability editor-at-large and Wardrobe Crisis podcast presenter, Arnsdorf fashion designer, Jade Sarita Arnott. She will also be talking to responsible fashion and retail strategist, Melinda Tually from NDLESS: The New Normal, all of who will share their learnings around mindful and ethically sourced fashion, and how to think, act and consume sustainably.
Tuesday 13th August, 6pm-8:30pm
338 Oxford Street, Paddington
Learn how to roll like a pro at this hands-on sushi rolling course at Barangaroo’s Zushi. Under the guidance of Head Chef Lee, you will learn everything from how to select the right fish at the markets to filleting fish at home. You'll also get a sushi-rolling mat and recipe booklets to take home with you so you can keep rolling at home. And best of all, when the class finishes, you get to eat all the sushi you've made with a complimentary beverage.
Saturday 24th August, 9am-11am
Shop 10, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Flexing your creative muscles in Sydney has never been so easy. Some brilliant minds have developed a range of unique experiences that are perfect for a group catch up, an inventive date night, or if you’re flying solo, an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded individuals or upskill. Strap on an apron, pour yourself a glass of wine and prepare to get your hands dirty at these top Sydney creative classes and workshops.
Want to make pizza or pasta from scratch? Or learn how to craft cheese, and bake the crusty bread to go with it? Maybe you want to whip up a seafood feast fit for a king, and then chase it up with handmade chocolate? Whether you’re keen to build up your repertoire of go-to dishes or take your tastebuds on a trip around the world, impress your next dinner guests by finessing your skills at one of Sydney’s top cooking schools.
For a chic staycation with a twist, head to West Hotel this month for their winter 'artist in residence' program. A quirky collaboration with celebrated fashion illustrator Aaron Favalaroo, throughout August, the artist will be offering guests the chance to sit for a personalised portait that they can then take home for themselves. Have a natter over a couple of cocktails – there are two limited edition specials on the menu to mark the occasion; The Clutch and The Messenger – whilst Aaron gets to work on recreating your portrait masterpiece. Or, if you're really lucky, he might even give you an illustration class so you can recreate your own work of art.
West Hotel, 65 Sussex Street
Rooms from $208 per night
The Curated Plate is a new four-day destination food festival on the Sunshine Coast. From 8-11 August, there will be an exciting program of events to kick off the inaugural festival. Showcasing the best chefs from Australia and around the world, The Curated Plate will burst with unique culinary events that span the region and bring to life the unique local artisan culture.
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Feeling the winter blues? There’s nothing better than a weekend of spa indulgence to lift the spirits (and your body temperature). So, if you’re craving a weekend of pampering bliss – that’s all of us, right? Then you will be happy to hear that the lovely folks at Elements of Byron have teamed up with Habitat Byron Bay to offer a delicious winter spa and shopping package. Book in for a three-night stay at Elements before August 31, and you’ll receive 20 per cent off your room rate (they’ll even throw in an inclusive continental breakfast too). You will also receive an exclusive North Beach Passport which gives you some fabulous discounts and special offers from Zephyr Horses, The Beach People, Children of the Tribe and Tigmi Trading. Tempted much?
This offer is for a minimum of three nights stay. Rooms start from $304 per night, for travel from 1st June to 31st August.
144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
We may be biased, but Sydney really does have it all: a sparkling harbour, postcard-perfect beaches, a thriving food and cultural scene, and big-city sophistication. While you could spend a lifetime exploring every nook, cranny and cove, if you’re just jetting in for a weekend or entertaining out-of-towners, it’s best to stick to the CBD. Here’s our insider’s guide to spending two fun-filled days in Sydney.
ARTS & CULTURE
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is set to breathe new life into the Sydney CBD when it kicks off QVB After Dark – a series of rich artistic installations, tours and events running till September 2. QVB After Dark represents a change in direction for the QVB, towards a more inclusive, connected and creative future – using dramatic arts to welcome new audiences and to humanise the treasured 120-year-old space.
1st August- 2nd September
This August expect a month full to the brim with the hottest blockbusters and sensational events at Event Cinemas. With a fresh line-up of events highlighting Hollywood, pop culture classics and a 20th Anniversary Screening of a reality smashing sci-fi masterpiece, this is the month to get the gang together for an epic night ̶ or day ̶ out at Event Cinemas.
Slowly but surely, Sydney has become a bona fide art and culture hub. Our galleries and museums are bursting to the brim with world-class artists and exhibitions that delight, excite and enchant. Exhibitions come and go, so be sure to hop on them while they’re here. If you want to be wowed, wander through these mesmerising collections for an instant culture fix.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
The annual fun run and charity fundraiser City2Surf is back again this month for its 49th year. The 14km track takes racegoers from the CBD to Bondi Beach, all in the name of raising funds for charitable causes. Whether you are a running pro or walking enthusiast, this fun run provides a great excuse to get out and exercise for a good cause. Better still, the après activities post-race in Bondi ̶ think wine and dine ̶ is incentive enough to get to the finish line in record time.
Sunday 11th August, from 7:50am
Hyde Park, Sydney CBD (Starting point)
If you want to stick to an exercise routine, it has to be fun. Enter: dance fitness. These classes not only break a sweat and flood your body with endorphins, but they do it in the most distracting way. As you’re busy moving, shaking and bopping, you barely notice that you’re working out and boosting your flexibility, coordination, strength and confidence.
When it comes to scenic walks, we Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice. From Palm Beach to Coogee, strap on your hiking shoes hit the trails, and take in Sydney’s spectacular harbour and coastline.
Pelotons assemble! With such dramatic scenery and consistently fabulous weather, Sydney is the ultimate city to hone your cycling form. Beachy rides to the east, climbing challenges to the north-west and the well-loved inner-city routes provide a host of options to get your two-wheeled obsession going. If you’re a seasoned cyclist or recently took off those training wheels, there is a track perfect for you.
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