From staycations and arty affairs, to foodie feasts and mindful meet-ups, Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied throughout the year. Avoid FOMO with our top picks of things to do in Sydney throughout the rest of March.
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
EXPERIENCE: Cherry Blossom Garden, The Rook
The Rook, Sydney’s hidden rooftop bar nestled above the busy CBD streets, has transformed into an awe-inspiring Cherry Blossom Garden taking influence from Japan’s most talked about season. Launching this week, the Japanese inspired pop-up will offer a range of exclusive dining experiences, taking guests on a cultural journey and immersing them in the springtime tradition of Hanami. On Wednesdays, indulge in bottomless dumplings and jazz, and come Sunday you can feast on their decadent bottomless brunch!
From now until 31st May
Level 7/56-58 York St, Sydney
Bopp & Tone’s beloved Soul Saturdays are BACK and better than ever. Grab your gang and indulge in a six-course Mediterranean-inspired menu, two hours of bottomless drinks and the grooviest tunes brought to you by up and coming Sydney based band PU-SIKI. Want to #treatyoself? Upgrade to a lux Perrier Jouët Champagne package for $150 per person.
Saturday 14th March, from 2pm
$85 per person (inc. six-course shared set menu and two-hour of bottomless bubbles, mimosas and beers)
60 Carrington Street, Wynyard
Channel your artist this weekend. BWS are hosting a creative "Paint and Sip" night at Cork & Canvas this Friday, where budding artists can raise a glass whilst creating their own artistic masterpiece. In amidst the art class, craft beer aficionados will have the chance to sample a range of palatable new and emerging brews from BWS, including the likes of Young Henrys Newtowner, Wayward Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Bentspoke Crankshaft IPA, and Philter XPA – if these don't get the creative juices flowing, we don't know what will. And the best bit? You get to take home your very own work of art at the end of the class. Winning.
Friday 13th March, 7pm
Tickets $30 + booking fee
Cork & Canvas Crows Nest, 35 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
Sydney's Glass Island has launched onto Sydney Harbour, so get ready for an onslaught of alfresco fun.. In what promises to be another massive season, prepare to boogie all day with spritz in hand.
From $24.29 (+BF)
37 Bank Street, Pyrmont
Book a weekend staycation at West Hotel and you’ll be in for a stylish experience from start to finish. Set slap bang in the middle of Barangaroo, this chic city retreat comes with all the trimmings – think stunning interiors, a slick geometric glass façade and a lush, three-storey atrium where you’ll find the rather plush Solander Dining and Bar.
But if theatrical cocktails and delicious Aussie-inspired eats aren’t enough to keep you entertained, the West Hotel is offering curious minds a variety of unique experiences that can be tailored to each guest’s personal taste. Take The Curiosity Quiz to discover whether you’re a Culturalist, Challenger, Pathfinder, Spiritualist or Epicurean, then based on the results, you’ll be given personalised recommendations from the hotel’s chief concierge. From book recommendations and photographic exhibitions, to meditative crystal rituals, cocktail masterclasses and in-room fitness sessions, this is a hotel stay that quite literally, ticks all the boxes.
Sitchu tip: For sweeping views of the harbourfront playground, ask for a room on the upper floors.
From $760 per night
65 Sussex Street, Sydney
Determined to drive the conversation and necessary funding needed for ovarian cancer, CAMILLA and MARC have created three limited edition t-shirts, with all proceeds donated directly to UNSW’s Ovarian Cancer Research. The objective, to support Associate Professor Caroline Ford and her team to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer and, in the process, raise awareness of the disease.
Buy online or in-store
Breaking conventions and pushing acetate to its limits, Bailey Nelson's new range is too cool for school (in the best possible way). Adding radical bevelled detailing around the perimeter of each frame, Bailey Nelson teamed up with Sydney creative Yasmin Suteja, founder and director of Culture Machine, to bring this new collection to life, with a shoot inspired by an end of summer backyard barbeque.
Available in-store or online
TRAVEL: Experience the Adelaide Fringe Festival from the Johnnie Walker Highball Bar
Taking the infamous Adelaide Fringe Festival to new heights, Johnnie Walker have launched a new rooftop bar experience for festival-goers this year. Located in the buzzing Gluttony district, the sky-high Johnnie Walker Highball Bar will be serving up four low-alcohol highballs, alongside a spiced-popcorn snack created by Africola’s Duncan Welgemoed.
Fringe-goers can take in the stellar views from the pop-up rooftop while sipping their way through the tasty Johnnie-infused offerings – from the citrusy lemon and blood orange varietals, to the spicy ginger and refreshing crisp apple pours ($10 each). For just $2 more, guests can enjoy the ‘Johnnie Walker x Africola Popcorn Combo’– which includes any Johnnie Walker Highball serve paired with the delicious spiced popcorn from the lauded South Australian restaurant.
14th February- 15th March
Johnnie Walker Highballs- $10
Johnnie Walker x Africola Popcorn Combo- $12
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Gluttony, Rymill Park
THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY: Generation Seafood: Seafood Masterclass
Powerhouse chefs, Analiese Gregory and Josh Niland are hosting a one-off intimate masterclass and wild seafood tasting experience to celebrate the Marine Stewardship Council’s Sustainable Seafood Week.
In two back to back headline sessions Saint Peter and Fish Butchery’s, Josh Niland, will demonstrate how to get the most from nose to fin cooking, whilst ex Franklin and Quay chef, Analiese Gregory will share rare insight and passion for preparing sustainable seafood.
Along with entry to the masterclasses, your ticket includes a drink on arrival, Q&A session with the chefs, wild seafood tastings with matching beverages and a meet and greet with Josh Niland and Analiese Gregory.
Sunday 15th March, 5pm-7pm
$69 – tickets are valued $150 including a free goodie bag
Sydney Seafood School, Pyrmont
THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH
SOUL WARMING: One Week of Ramen, Cho Cho San
For one week only, Cho Cho San will be serving every night the ultimate ramen steal. From 5pm each night, walk-in guests can receive ramen and a drink for only $30. Our tip, get in early as once they’re sold out – they’re out!
16th – 20th March, from 5pm
73 MacLeay Street, Potts Point
FUNNY VIBES: Happy Ending Comedy Club, Prince of York
As of March 16th, Prince of York will be bringing a bit of excitement to Sydney every Monday night, with comedy shows in their cocktail lounge, Pamela’s. They’ve partnered with Happy Endings Comedy Club to bring a run of stand-up shows featuring mystery talent from all over Australia, every Monday. Now, that's how we will be curing our Mondayitis!
Every Monday from 16th March, from 7:30pm
18 York Street, Sydney
Hospitality group, Australian Venue Co (AVC) and refrigerated truck and van rental company, All Wheels Rentals have joined forces to host a fun, non-for-profit culinary event in aid of food waste charity, OzHarvest, with proceeds going towards areas affected by Australia’s recent bushfires, floods and droughts.
‘The Zero Food Waste Battle’ will be hosted at AVC’s waterside Kingsleys Woolloomooloo restaurant on 24 March and will see three heavyweight AVC chefs battle it out in a quest to win over the taste buds of their hungry diners.
Chefs competing will be AVC Executive Chef Daniel Corbett, Senior Head Chef Adam Rust and 25-year old rising star, Adelene Stahnke. The evening will also be filled with numerous celebrity entertainers and hosts including Shelly Horton as MC, and Bachelorette and Dancing With The Stars Angie Kent and Gogglebox co-host Yvie Jones, who will lead the charge between the kitchen and diners.
24th March, 6:30pm-10:30pm
10/6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
In partnership with the Biennale of Sydney, The Old Clare Hotel will host the Nirin film program. Presenting a series of short films by artists including Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste (Chile) and the short documentary Our Land is Gone – Mama Malind Su Hilang (2012, West Papua) directed by Nanang Sujana, this is a night of must-see film.
Sunday 29th March, 6pm
1 Kensington Street, Chippendale
To kick off #MindfulMarch, CEDER’S is partnering with The Winery and Cork & Canvas to offer a soulful evening of painting, drinks and nibbles – all guilt-free! Perfect for Sydneysiders that still want to have evenings out with friends but avoiding all hangovers the next day, CEDER’S will be hosting Cork & Canvas sessions, painting the botanicals featured in this brand new alt-gin paired with G&Ts (alcohol-free) and CEDER’S cocktails.
Thursday 19th March, from 6pm
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
For two days only, premium mixer brand Fever-Tree will transport the most discerning gin-devotees across Sydney visiting three of this city’s beautiful rooftop bars, with a healthy selection of G&Ts (of course). The gin journey begins at Sweethearts Rooftop at Potts Point Hotel followed by the Woollahra Hotel before ending at the iconic Hotel Ravesis in Bondi.
Thursday 19th March, 5pm-8pm
Saturday 21st March, 12pm-3pm and 5pm-8pm
From $65 (+BF)
Sweethearts Rooftop, Potts Point Hotel, 33-35 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point
THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY: The Other Art Fair
Celebrating our diverse art scene, The Other Art Fair Sydney will showcase 130 independent artists, live art, installations, DJs, drinks and more over the four day fair.
Thursday 19th March, 6pm-10pm
Friday 20th March, 2pm-10pm
Saturday 21st March, 10am-6pm
Sunday 22nd March, 10am-5pm
From $20 (Children under 16, free)
The Cutaway, 1 Merriman Street, Barangaroo Reserve
Tayim, The Rocks’ Middle Eastern-inspired bar and restaurant, is launching its first-ever bottomless boozy brunch this month. Available for bookings on Saturdays, Tayim’s creative take on brunch features a stellar line-up of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes (and cocktails!).
Feast on three-courses ($49 per person), with the option to add on free-flowing cocktails (Middle Eastern-inspired Rose Flower Spritz, Aperol Spritz and Bloody Mary) for an additional $39 per person, or a bottomless selection of house beers and wines for an additional $29 per person. We’ll see you at the bar!
Available from Saturday 21st March, 11:30am-1:30pm
From $49 per person
14 Nurses Walk, The Rocks
WATCH: Moonlight Cinema
Kicking off at the end of November, Moonlight Cinema will be back in full force until March. Picnic-lovers, wine-guzzlers and movie buffs unite annually in Centennial Park for films beneath the stars. A casual affair, bring your own basket of goodies, picnic blanket and even a bottle of wine. (Yes, BYO wine!) Otherwise get in early, snap up a beanbag and order movie snacks from the food trucks. Heaven.
28th November 2019 –29th March 2020
Centennial Park, corner Carrington Drive and Broome Avenue, Paddington
THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY: A Little Cup Of Hope, The Pink Hope x The Langham Sydney
The Langham's A Little Cup Of Hope activation will see $5 from each delicious High Tea donated to Pink Hope assisting their work in the Australian preventative health space by providing education, information, and support for families at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
From now until 9th April
From $75 per person
The Langham Sydney, 113 Kent Street, Sydney
A lush botanical oasis that comes decked out in plush pink velvets, fresh foliage and exotic artwork. This heavenly sanctuary set tucked away in a quiet enclave of Vaucluse, serves up fresh paddock-to-plate infusions, with all produce sourced from their Jamberoo Valley farm and local ‘sustainable’ suppliers. Food is wholesome, organic and downright delicious, with seasonal showstoppers on the menu that might include tea smoked duck breast with leek and peach salad or buttermilk fried yellowtail kingfish with chermoula, lime yoghurt and black garlic. Be sure to try one of their signature gin cocktails – the Celestial Martini is a must – followed by their Dutch cream potato gnocchi served with prawn, heirloom tomato and basil. The perfect share plate.
2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse
RAISE A GLASS: Negroni Sbagliato, Molo Bar
Looking, feeling and tasting like the chic Italian coastline, Molo Bar is equal parts laidback and sophisticated. With its wharfside locale and harbour outlook, the water views pair perfectly with aperitifs and cicchetti.
The end of summer has seen the burst of many an Aperol Spritz bubble (finally) and Molo has the perfect refreshing replacement - a Negroni Sbagliato. With sparkling wine instead of gin, this refreshing spin on the iconic Negroni is the perfect way to while away a balmy afternoon.
The Sbagliato is now available at Molo Bar for just $10 from now until the end of March. No bookings needed, just walk up and start sipping!
Tuesdays to Sundays, 3pm – 7pm
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Woolloomooloo Wharf, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
Gelatissimo has expanded its vegan gelato range with two new decadent and creamy, vegan-friendly flavours that launched in-stores on Friday. Set to accompany the existing range of refreshing vegan sorbets, these two new flavours (with one more on the way) are the first of a new indulgent and creamy vegan range, introduced to ensure that anyone and everyone can enjoy a scoop or three, regardless of their health or dietary preferences.
The two new flavours, Caramel Mudcake and Triple Chocolate, have been carefully formulated with a combination of coconut and soy milk that result in a perfectly balanced and rich plant-based gelato. But all dietary preferences aside, the flavours are so delicious that even the most experienced gelato connoisseur won’t mind that the dairy is missing.
Across 47 stores nationally
THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY: Listen to 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.
SHOP: Buy From the Bush
For your next online shopping binge, switch your internationally shipped order for a bunch of goodies from the country. The Buy from The Bush campaign aims to connect shopping-savvy city slickers with small businesses, artisans and crafters from rural Australia. By buying from the bush, you’ll invest much-needed dollars into local regional communities and help combat the negative impact of the drought.
Now that towns are starting to re-open and welcome visitors after the bushfires across the state, it’s our turn to do our bit by spending some tourism dollars at home. There’s no better time to gather your friends and pack the car for a weekend escape that gives back. To help you plan your #emptyesky pilgrimage, we’ve rounded up a handful of rural towns that could do with your support. These rustic weekend getaways are so worth splurging on.
BEAUTY: Bliss out at Venustus
Burning the candle at both ends? There's nothing like an indulgent pamper session to get you feeling back on track. Whether you're feeling overworked or just a little overwhelmed, the talented tribe at Venustus will work their magic to have you centred and re-balanced from the moment you walk through the door. They offer a range of treatments, from hot stone remedial massages to crystal cryotherapy facials, each designed to relax, rejuvenate and cleanse – most of their treatments incorporate healing rituals with chanting, crystal therapies and energy cleansing. A trip to this Paddington sanctuary will lift you in more ways than one.
For aches and pains, the soothing remedial hot rock massage is quite literally, miracle-working. But for something more spiritual, the Om massage will re-centre and re-energise your entire being through a combination of om chanting, singing bowl vibration, palo santo sacred wood, hot crystals, remedial and shiatsu massage. Pure bliss.
Om massage 90 minutes, $335; hot rock remedial massage from $225
381 Oxford Street, Paddington
With a #holistic mindset to fitness reigning supreme in 2019, it looks like this attitude will continue to evolve in 2020, and these next-gen wellness spaces are more than keeping up. With innovative classes and unique add-ons (wellness cafés aplenty!) – these are the spaces to watch this year.
THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY THIS MONTH
THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY:Lock in Your Next Sunday Session
When the sun's shining on a Sunday, it’s un-Australian not to make the most of it. We may be a bit biased, but when it comes to Sunday sessions, Sydney has it covered. So, to help you round off the week in style, we bring you the best bars in Sydney for an all-out Sunday session, so there’s nothing standing in between you and a spritz. Apart from Monday morning, of course.
2020 marks one decade of Porch & Parlour welcoming locals and nomads alike under the one roof for delicious coffee, fresh fare and good wine. A bonafide Bondi institution, Porch & Parlour are celebrating the past 10 years with some delicious new menu items and a beautiful range of handcrafted Porch crockery in collaboration with expert potter Ryan Der. While you sip on delicious brews and snack on the new coconut panna cotta granola, you can peruse the ceramic merchandise and take a little piece of P&P home with you.
17-18/110 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi