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The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This September


From the 80’s aerobics brunches and intimate Champagne dinners to late-night gigs and creative workshops – 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 September.


Steak-tasting Dinner, Rockpool Bar & Grill

The country’s most exclusive steak-tasting dinner and masterclass series is coming to Rockpool Bar & Grill. Hosted in their private dining room by Head Chef Corey Costelloe, each bespoke dinner features rare and exclusive cuts of beef that are not available at any other restaurant group in the world.

Guests are served five cuts of premium beef, spanning grass-fed and grain-fed cattle, as well as different breeds and ages, which have been dry-aged, in-house for different lengths of time. The steak showcase is flanked with light entrees and dessert, as well as side dishes and paired wines, a treat for meat-lovers and foodies alike.

Last Tuesday of every month, from 6.30pm

$180 pp

66 Hunter Street, Sydney

Chin Chin (Credit: Steven Woodburn)

Schivitz & Spritz, Chin Chin

Chin Chin has joined forces with popular freestyle aerobic workout Retrosweat for a one-day event, Schivitz & Spritz. Chin Chin’s main dining room will transform into a 1980's dance studio from 10am. Think Olivia Newton-John 'physical' meets the ultimate girl’s brunch.

Post-workout, guests will be treated to the ‘spritz’ with a shared brunch style menu with a classic Chin Chin twist enjoyed downstairs in GoGo. Guests can look forward to wok-fried spanner crab omelette while sipping on a themed cocktail list like lychee in lycra and squat on the beach.

Sunday, September 21, from 10am


69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills


Paddington’s William Street is set to transform into Tokyo’s Golden Gai Bar District for the launch of KOYOMI HIGHBALL. An exciting new Japanese drink innovation, a premium Shochu RTD that has been made especially for Australia. Guests will be guided through three intimate pop-up bars on William Street, accommodating just ten guests at a time, to try three drink and food pairings. The experience will also include an immersive light installation experience, live DJ entertainment and a Japanese photo/sticker booth.

September 18-20


William Street, Paddington

Duck & Rice (Credit: Steven Woodburn)
AYCE Yum Cha, Duck & Rice

The recently launched, modern Cantonese restaurant Duck & Rice is offering unlimited yum cha from the trolley every Saturday and Sunday. The menu will constantly change, but you can expect the likes of BBQ pork, roast Cantonese duck, salt and pepper chicken ribs, Szechuan cuttlefish, Yangzhou fried rice, and garlic kai lan. Plus, a selection of dim sum and desserts.

Every Saturday and Sunday, from September 7, 11am – 3pm

$50 for adults, $30 for children under 12

Westfield Pitt Street, Level 7 Rooftop, Sydney

Fratelli Fresh
$10 Spritz, Fratelli Fresh

Fratelli Fresh is putting a spritz in its step this September, offering $10 spritzes all day, on selected Sundays. Diners can sip on a line-up of classic Fratelli spritzes, such as Aperol, lychee rose and limoncello, or their new, pink gin spritz.

Sundays, September 15, 22, and 29


Various locations

Croissants & Petanque, The Fernery
Croissants & Pétanque, The Fernery

Atop The Fernery rooftop, the venue will host a weekly retro-French celebration ‘Croissants & Petanque’. Alongside the limited-edition croissant menu that features oozy truffle and brie, and indulgent chocolate cookie crumble, the month-long event will feature free pétanque on the leafy rooftop, flowing Lanson Champagne and rosé from Provence.

Every Sunday, starting September 15, from 11am

Free entry

719 Military Road, Mosman


Aria x Krug x Music Experience

This September, Aria and Krug are collaborating on a sensory experience that looks to explore the perfect balance between sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Diners will receive a glass of Krug Champagne, two custom canapés and be loaned a pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones that play a specially curated Aria x Krug playlist. While they eat and sip, guests will be taken through a journey of taste and sound as rousing symphonic and orchestral music plays, which is said to alter the way each mouthful tastes.



1 Macquarie Street, Sydney

The Butler Restaurant Sitchu Sydney

Bottomless Lunch Series, The Butler

Nestled amongst the backstreets of Potts Point with breathtaking views of the city, The Butler is now home to the newest bottomless feast. Grab the gang and enjoy 2-hours of bottomless bubbles, plus a delicious Ibero-American shared lunch each Sunday at The Butler.

Every Sunday, from 12pm


123 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Saké Restaurant & Bar (Credit: Anna Kucera)

Cherry Blossom Celebrations, Saké Restaurant & Bar

Saké Restaurant & Bar is celebrating the arrival of spring and the stunning sakura, or cherry blossom, throughout September with two, exclusive dinners focusing on the regional cuisines Japan and a picnic-themed lunch event, inspired by the iconic pink blooms.

Japan’s regional cuisine will be showcased at two dinners that focus on the cuisines of East and West Japan, respectively. A weekend picnic event will be held at Saké The Rocks with dedicated spaces transformed into Japanese floral wonderlands. Dine tatami-style with an extensive, shared Japanese menu which includes a cocktail on arrival and two hours of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, Cloudy Bay wine and Sapporo beer.

Various dates through September

East & West Dinner, $159pp ($300pp for both)

Picnic, $169pp

Saké The Rocks - 12 Argyle Street, The Rocks

Saké Manly - Manly Wharf


Native Australian Dinner Series, Regatta Rose Bay

Connoisseur is bringing an exclusive Native Australian Dinner Series to Regatta Rose Bay, to celebrate the launch of the new Connoisseur Australian Native Collection. Each Thursday throughout September, the Native Australian Dinner Series will bring you a taste of the diverse flavours and textures of Australia’s unique native ingredients, with a three-course menu with matched wines crafted by Logan Campbell, Regatta’s Executive Chef.

Every Thursday through September, from 6pm


594 New South Head Road, Rose Bay


Locals in the Lounge, Misfits Redfern (Credit: Charlie Hardy)
Locals in the Lounge, Misfits x Pirate Life

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, from 8.00pm

106 George Street, Redfern

The Oxford Tavern
Young Henry Presents: No Hat, No Play, Oxford Tavern

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 is the kind of party that will kick start your weekend right.

Fridays, from 8pm

Free entry

1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham


Park House Wednesdays

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

Free entry

2 Park Street, Mona Vale

Marble Bar
Brown Sugar Music

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

Free entry

488 George Street, Sydney

Factory Fridays, Soda Factory

Kick start your weekend right with a drink or two at Factory Fridays. Bringing together the best local music from Sydney and beyond, the Friday sessions feature big-name acts, hotly tipped local bands and good-time DJs. 

Friday nights, from 5pm

Free entry (Before 10pm)

16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

Upstairs Beresford
Upstairs Beresford
Upstairs Live at The Beresford

Every Friday night at The Beresford, you can continue the post-work celebration with free live music upstairs. Each week expect a different muso or band headlining the evening’s festivities. To make the most of the evening, start your night from 7pm-8pm for The Beresford’s happy hour.

Friday nights, 8pm-10pm

Free Entry

354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Beach Road
Live Music Around Town

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.


Might & Mane Barber Shop, The Old Clare Hotel

Might & Mane is a mental health support service in Sydney, arming Aussie barbers with resources to help encourage healthy conversation around mental stability with their clients. To help support this amazing cause, The Old Clare Hotel is transforming their bottle shop exhibition space into a barbershop on R U OK? Day. For just $40, book in for a haircut and 100% of the proceeds will go to helping Might & Mane continue their work. If you can get in for a trim, stick around and have a drink or two at The Clare Bar who will be donating 5% of all sales from the day.

Thursday 12 September, 12pm - 8pm 

$40 with ALL proceeds going to Might & Mane

The Bottle Shop at The Old Clare Hotel, 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale (on Broadway side)

Sakura Sakura! A Cherry Blossom Festival, Daniel San

Prepare for your Instagram feed to be filled with pink. Daniel San Manly is hosting a month-long Cherry Blossom Festival and filling the restaurant with floor to ceiling blooms for the prettiest social media snaps. Sakura Sakura! A Cherry Blossom Festival is the venue’s tribute to Daniel San’s Japanese heritage and the magical time of year when the country’s cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. The festival begins the first day of spring with pink-inspired, cherry blossom special dishes, cherry-licious cocktails and a fabulous floral photo wall.

From now until October 7

55 N Steyne, Manly

42BELOW presents Waste-Free Weekender 

In partnership with Adelaide-born, ethical cocktail bar Maybe Mae and local legends Acre Eatery, 42BELOW are bringing a brand-new collaborative series of sustainable, guilt-free soiree's this month. Guests can participate in Paint & Piss(take) classes with the notorious piss taker Struthless and a Wasteless Brunch with ethically sourced restaurant, Acre Eatery. The party will also pass into each late evening with a trio of Trash Bash events. They’re inviting a string of esteemed local DJs including Paul Mac, KATO, Ariane and more to dig into their crates playing recycled and second-hand guilty pleasure records, sourced from Sydney’s finest thrift stores.

September 12-14

Free entry (Registration required)

This Must Be The Place, 239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Gin & Tonic Festival

Fever-Tree is bringing Australia’s biggest Gin & Tonic Festival to Sydney’s Centennial Park this September, for a three-day celebration of the much-loved G&T. The Festival will take place within the picturesque Rose Gardens, with over 30 local and international gins available to taste and explore from the Gin Village, paired with the world’s finest tonics from Fever-Tree.

September 27-29


Rose Gardens, Centennial Park, Sydney

Sydney Latin American Film Festival

The 14th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is returning this September to the Dendy Opera Quays and Addison Road Picture House. The Festival will screen a specially curated program of 23 feature films and shorts showcasing the very best in contemporary Latin American cinema and will also include an epic Opening Night Fiesta, a Q&A with a special festival guest and a Closing Night Party.

September 4-11

Various locations


Marrickville Organic Markets
Marrickville Organic Markets
Marrickville Organic Farmers Market

This laidback, family-friendly farmers’ market is all about gourmet food and fresh produce. An eclectic line-up of stalls that offer a selection of flavours from around the world is mixed in among local producers. Visitors choose to linger on picnic blankets while families take advantage of the pony rides and bouncing castles.

Every Sunday, 8am to 3 pm.

Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville

The Beaches Market
The Beaches Market

A curated selection of fresh produce, meats, dairy products, baked goods and artisan foods are just some of what can be found at this Northern Beaches farmers market. Located in Warriewood, The Beaches Market lures visitors and locals alike, who come to nab their weekly fresh produce but stay for the tantalising aromas from the ready to eat food stalls, or a touch of boutique fashion and homewares shopping.

Every Friday, 8am to 1pm.

Pittwater Rugby Park, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood

Bondi Farmers Market
Bondi Farmers Market

Bondi Beach is the backdrop to this popular weekly farmers’ market that’s located on the grounds of Bondi Beach Public School. The place to nab seasonal produce, including organically grown meat and poultry, artisan bread, farmstead cheeses, and condiments. Roasted coffee beans paired with a tasting platter is a great start to your weekend.

Every Saturday, 9am to 1pm.

Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach


Paddo Inn Inn Talks 10 - Photo Credit Sean Foster
Inn Talks, Paddo Inn (Credit: Sean Foster)
Inn Talks, Paddo Inn

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 goal-setting. Journalist Talitha Cummins will talk to Kirsten King, owner and principal instructor at Fluidform Pilates, Jerico Tracy, director and curator of Jerico Contemporary and Amy Parfett, co-founder of WedShed. Each entrepreneur will talk to their own tricks and tactics for maintaining focus and direction in their careers and personal lives, and how this vision and motivation has got them to where they are today.

Tuesday, September 17, 6pm-8:30pm


338 Oxford Street, Paddington

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Wine and Sashimi Masterclass, Helm Bar

Sashimi guru and Zushi Head Chef Lee joins Cloudy Bay winemaker Victor Joyeux for a wine and sashimi masterclass. The evening will feature four wines specifically matched with four sashimi dishes, sliced in front of guests, freshly plated and served by Chef Lee. The intimate masterclass teaches guests the tricks of the trade, including selection, preparation methods and knife techniques to create delicate sashimi dishes. The learnings continue with Victor taking guests through specific flavours and aromas of the wine, different wine techniques and the story behind the luxurious wine label.

September 25


7 Wheat Road, Sydney

The Pottery Shed
The Pottery Shed
Creative Classes 

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.

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Go to Cooking School

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.


QT Sydney, Sydney CBD
Vroom Service, QT Hotels x MINI

QT has put the vroom into room service, offering guests their very own MINI to explore the city during their stay, free of charge.  When booking a room at any QT Hotel or resort in Australia, guests can simply ask for Vroom Service to receive a wheeled upgrade.  Parked and waiting at QT’s seven design-led hotels around Australia are the brand new MINI Countryman, Convertible, Clubman and Hatch in colours flashing everything from Starlight Blue to Chilli Red and Melting Silver. 

From now until May 2020

QT Hotels, Australia-wide

Pretty Beach House, Killcare
Pretty Beach House, Killcare
Girls’ Weekend on the Central Coast

From wild national parks and sun-kissed beaches to bustling bars, boutiques and trendy food haunts, the Central Coast is one of the best places to escape for a weekend with the girls. Wander through the wilderness, browse the local markets or treat yourself to an indulgent spa session, this coastal gem is so worth escaping the city for. And it’s all within 90 minutes of Sydney. Here’s our pick of the best places to eat, drink, stay and explore.

hotel collectionist
Terri Boffil, Hotel Collectionist
A Memorable Staycation at The Collectionist Hotel

For those looking for a unique, out-of-the-box hotel experience, Camperdown’s latest addition is guaranteed to spark intrigue. With a focus on individual, design-led rooms, The Collectionist is anything but ordinary. We’ve got the lowdown on Sydney’s coolest concept hotel.


fringe festival, sydney
Sydney Fringe Festival

As the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales, Sydney Fringe Festival is a month-long celebration of cultural quips, where a mix of independent local artists and performers dazzle onlookers with a showcase of their talents. This year boasts their most ambitious line-up to date with over 400 productions, many of which have never been seen on Aussie soil.

Running from throughout September, Fringe highlights the city’s vibrant culture with its diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.


Various locations

Michael Armitage, Kampala Suburb, 2014
Michael Armitage: The Promised Land

In his first Australian exhibition, Kenyan artist Michael Armitage will showcase his most recent works from The Promised Land. From politics and national elections to cultural traditions and stereotypes, Michael provides an inside look into life in East Africa through a unique, oil paint and Lubugo bark lens.

Michael Armitage, Kampala Suburb (2014)

June 28 - September 22, 2019


Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks

Mad Men
Binge-worthy TV Shows

Looking for a new series to stream? Squander away your weekends with nail-biting thrillers, 90s TV sitcoms and comedy classics. We’ve pulled together a binge-worthy edit of must-see shows, all available to stream now. So, clear your calendar, make space on your sofa and get ready to wave goodbye to your social lives; these are the TV shows worth staying in for...

Chicago the Musical

A true icon of Broadway, Chicago is heading back to Sydney from August. The slick musical created by theatre legends John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, will be brought to life by Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton. Expect the sultry moves, and blockbuster hits ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’ to bring down the house. Get in quick and book your seats, as tickets are selling fast!

From $59.90

Sydney Lyric Theatre: 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont


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