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The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This January

From buzzing music festivals and indulgent food fests, to weekend escapes with the girls, Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this summer. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for things to do throughout the rest of January.

EAT & DRINK

The Latest Bar Openings

From glamorous '50s-style drinking dens to grungy beer and burger bars, January welcomes all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to the city. So, whether you’re after cocktails and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, these are the new bars in Sydney your 2019 calendar is crying out for. Well, those not partaking in Dry January! 

The Pool for Summer with Chandon x Seafolly at Pier One Sydney Harbour

Pier One Sydney Harbour have reopened their wildly popular summer pop-up ‘The Pool’, Sydney Harbour’s first ever plunge pool under the bridge. This Summer, The Pool is back with a tropical new look in collaboration with Chandon x Seafolly. Perched on the hotel’s private pontoon in Walsh Bay, you will be available to book for private pool parties or the ultimate summer hangout for events of up to 30 people, taking a dip alongside the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset from only $50 per person. Guests will have access to luxury pool toys, including paddle boards and a lifeguard and waitstaff. The food and beverage menu includes lavish grazing platters featuring homemade dips, charcuterie and Aussie retro classics created by The Kerrigan smokehouse, matched to bubbles by Chandon and a selection of mouth-watering cocktails. 

Available until 28th February 2019 (Advance bookings are required – Exclusive Use Only),  1pm – 4pm or 5pm – 8pm 

$1,500 minimum spend ($500 set hire fee) 

11 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Allen's Lolly Vote

To celebrate the launch of the 2019 Allen’s lolly vote, Australia’s favourite confectionery brand is giving Sydneysiders a taste of two new delicious, never-seen-before lollies – for free!  Colourful Allen’s mascots will be popping up in Martin Place – and spreading smiles across the city by encouraging locals to try the two treats and vote for their favourite online, which will be sold as a limited-edition in store.

Monday 14th January, 12:30pm-2:30pm 

Free

Martin Place, Section 2 – Pitt and Castlereagh Streets

Weekly Specials, 4 Pines Surry Hills

Surry Hills' latest bar 4 Pines is kicking off 2019 with a bang, continuing the festivities all week long:

Weeknights, 4pm-6pm

Happy Hour- $6 pints.

Monday

$10 Burgers – The Cheese, The Tree Hugger & The Chook.

Tuesday

1 for the Community night – nominate a charity and 50% of the net profits from your event will go to your registered charity (further details provided on request).

Wednesday

$20 burger and pint (excluding The Crown Royale).

Thursday

$20 jugs and $10 cocktails.

557 Crown Street, Surry Hills

G&Tea, The Star

Tea house by day, gin bar by night; The Star Sydney has lifted the lid on its newest addition, G&Tea, a stylishly quirky new bar. With a menu celebrating a range of artisan tea and gin in all its refreshingly delicious glory, G&Tea’s chameleon-esque vibe will see both its offering and mood transform from day into night. Guests can immerse themselves in daytime rainforest tranquillity with 24-karat gold specialty white tea, while the magic of moonlight and fireflies creates an atmospheric companion to an evening gin martini. Award-winning architects Luchetti Krelle have designed a venue that centres around the idea of bringing the outside in. A transformative audio-visual system and a series of 10 LED wall screens bring a dynamic landscape to life creating an unforgettable experience.

The Star, Ground Level at Astral Tower

The Newest Restaurants You NEED to Book 

To whittle down your January list, we’ve taste-tested our way around town to reveal the best new restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. Take inspiration from this drool-worthy edit. 

Seafood and Spritz Bar at Angelo's Cabarita

With its beautiful waterfront setting and delicious menu, take a seat at Angelo’s beautiful new bar this Summer and delight in a medley of Seafood and Spritz. Key picks available on the brand new bar menu are locally sourced Sydney rock oysters, a light and crisp calamari served with preserved lemon aioli and a rich scallop crudo with red and yellow pepper, lime and nasturtium. We suggest pairing with a Campari spritz with hints of fennel and lemon or an Aperol spritz to make this combination the ultimate Summer delight. 

Daily from 12pm- 10pm

Angelo’s Cabarita, Prince Edward Park, Philips Street

Brunch Date: January's Hottest Café Openings

Calling all coffee fiends and obsessive Instagrammers: gather in tow for the ultimate weekend brunch date. These are the cafés crying out for your attention this month.

ARTS & CULTURE

Sydney Festival

Every year, like clockwork, Sydney Festival reminds us of just how culturally diverse and lively this city is – and 2019’s edition is set to take it up another notch. The three-week festival kicks off on January 9th, with a steady stream of music, theatre, dance, opera, visual arts, ideas and family events. It’s going to be big. In true Sydney Festival style, the schedule features a mix of Aussie and international talent, which not only introduces new names to the world but gets people buzzing about the event. 

9th-27th January

Various locations across Sydney

Dali Sculpture Exhibition and Sale

Get up close and personal with a breathtaking collection of iconic bronze sculptures by the master of surrealism, Salvador Dali. See his striking artwork in all its ethereal glory at the Billich Gallery, along with original works from Australian surrealist, Charles Billich. 

Until 31st January 2019, open daily 9am-7pm

Tickets $10

106 George Street, The Rocks 


St George Open Air Cinema 

Sydney's uber-glam outdoor cinema is set to return this month, with a whole new roster of alfresco cinematic fun. As well as some of the latest blockbuster hits you can dine in style in the onsite restaurant, which will once again partner with Matt Moran's fine dining institution, Chiswick. Look forward to a delicious selection of paddock-to-plate fare served with a side of spectacular harbourside views. Notable mentions include Mary Queen of Scots, Vice and Holmes and Watson. 

Various showings running from 9th January - 17th February 

Tickets from $40

Royal Botanic Garden at Mrs Macquaries Point

Down For Good Laughs, Della Hyde

Returning with another riotous line-up of stand-up shows, Della Hyde will be kicking off the New Year in true comical style. The first in a monthly series of intimate comedy nights, catch some of the most celebrated, well-loved comedians in the country that are guaranteed to have you giggling the entire night. This month look forward to the likes of Marty Bright and Pat Doherty. Can you think of a better way to swing into the New Year? 

23rd January, 7:30pm

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 on the door; 'Snack & Show' package $39pp includes  entry, reserved seating and snacks

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2018

Marvel at nature in its most magical form, with Australian Geographic’s breathtaking photograph collection. Celebrating the natural beauty and heritage of Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea regions, this captivating exhibition showcases a range of professional, emerging and junior photographers, who have artfully captured rare moments of natural beauty through the most enchanting forms. A spectacular display of ethereal landscapes and wildlife as you’ve never seen them before. 

Daily from 9:30am-5pm, running until 28t January 2019 $21

Australian Museum, 1 William Street 

Street Photography: 1930s-1950s

Throughout the '30s and '50s, street photographers would stroll around Sydney and snap people going about their daily lives. They were a familiar sight, and some city-slickers would stop to pose, while others were captured candidly. This exhibition gives us a peek into post-war Sydney, with photos of families, young-and-in-love couples out on the torn, uniformed servicemen, and migrants exploring their new city. The old-school photos sit next to contemporary photos by Anne Zahalka, who does the same thing today!

Museum of Sydney

Until 21 July 2019

Ticketed 

FITNESS & WELLNESS

Get Hiking

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.

Crunch Dance Party

Ready to get your dance on? This Sydney staple has a rowdy roster of dance classes that double as full-body workouts. Along with a freestyling class called #JustDance, there’s Bounce DanceFit and Cardio Dance Blast – both heart-pounding, seriously sweaty sessions that combine cardio, balance and muscle conditioning. On Friday nights, you can shake and shimmy your way to the weekend at Crunch’s Dance Party class.

Alexandria, Bankstown, Caringbah, Chatswood, Dee Why, Liverpool, Mortdale, Parramatta, Rockdale, Sydney CBD

Bootcamp: The Ultimate Summer Workout 

As the morning chill fades, Sydney's bootcamps are ramped up and ready for action. So grab the girls and practice your burpees  – these are the Sydney bootcamps to shake your booty at.

Zen Sessions Yoga, Pullman Quay

To start your day with a spring in your step, Pullman Quay will be opening the doors to seasoned yogis with their early morning Zen Sessions. A soothing combo of yoga and meditation, Zen Sessions are hosted in the luxe pool deck area of the hotel, so you can stretch out with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. Classes focus on either dynamic flow or slow yoga and are open to all levels and abilities.

Monday, Wednesday, 7-8am

$30

61 Macquarie St, Sydney 

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

Market Hopping

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.

Electric Gardens

From the brains behind London’s legendary ‘90s dancefest South West Four, founders Damian Gelle and Anton Marmot’s latest DJ-fuelled spectacle is back on homegrown Aussie soils, ready to launch into its fourth year. Set in Centennial Park, Electric Gardens will once again welcome the crème de la crème of electronica with a dizzying line-up of world-class talent. Look forward to the likes of Fatboy Slim, Underworld, Erick Morillo, Patrick Topping and Eats Everything, with many more to be announced. Plus this year, legendary Ibiza clubsters Amnesia will descend on Sydney with an entourage of hedonistic dancers,  beaming lasers and explosive cannons. 

Saturday 26th January

Tickets from $130

Centennial Park, Sydney

GET YOUR TICKETS FAST: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

When the likes of Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) label Laneway as “Australia’s best festival”, who are we to argue? In fact, we’re jumping right on the band wagon to get a taste of the action. This much-loved, long-standing music-fest is an indie-rocker’s mecca, each year showcasing some of the biggest, most exciting names on the Australian music scene. Starting out as a hole-in-the-wall pub in Melbourne, Laneway has quickly become one of Australia’s biggest festivals – there are now locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Fremantle and Auckland – each year boasting an impeccably cool line-up of homegrown and international talent. This year includes everyone from Sydney’s Gang of Youths, Melbourne’s Camp Cope, Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and electronic music duo Cosmo’s Midnight, to American rapper Denzel Curry, English electro producer Jon Hopkins, and New York punk rockers, Parquet Courts.

Sunday 3rd February

$139 + booking fee

Rozelle, Sydney

GET YOUR TICKETS FAST: Secret Garden

A magical deep forest adventure where the disco doesn’t stop. Well, for 48 hours it doesn’t. Located just an hour from Sydney, this enchanted, glittery utopia is a partying paradise, where music, dance, performance, food and theatre entwine. Feathers and whimsical fancy dress waft through the fairy-lit foliage, whilst buzzing soundtracks beckon through the towering, jungly trees. The line-up is never announced until tickets are sold out (note to self: this jungle rave is always a sell-out), but if previous years are anything to go by – think DZ Death Rays, Holy Holy, Alex Lahey, The Jezabels and Japanese Wallpaper – you won’t be disappointed. Plus, all profits made from the festival are shared out between the organisers’ chosen charities, for that added feel-good factor. Uplifting, joyous and wildly intoxicating, Secret Garden is one 2019 festival not to be missed.

23rd – 24rd February 2019

Two-night disco $219.37; one hot night $167.15

Downs Family Farm, NSW

WEEKEND ESCAPES

Girl Gang Getaways

Want to escape the city with your closest pals?  From the coast to the countryside, we've whittled down 7 gorgeous weekend getaways, sure to suit every type of girl gang.

A Weekend of Wine Tasting

A haven for foodies and wine lovers alike, the rolling hillsides of Orange are as pretty as a postcard. And the wineries aren't half bad either. Here's where to head on your next tasting adventure. 

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