EAT & DRINK
Chiswick Woollahra and Chandon are welcoming the warmer spring evenings with the launch of Rosé on the Lawn. The sprawling and luscious Chiswick lawn will come alive with live acoustic tunes, garden games and roaming canapés, all completely free of charge. Guests can purchase flowing glasses of Chandon sparkling rosé, as well as an array of speciality Chandon rosé cocktails. Try your hand at a game of bocce or lawn bowls or take a seat on the lawn with a glass or two of rosé.
Thursdays in October, 5:30pm-7:30pm
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Local favourite Park House is dishing up sophisticated eats from its formal dining space, The Restaurant. Big on flavour and direct from the fire, the food is refined yet homely. From wood-baked whole fish and minute steak frites, to rotisserie chicken and indulgent fudge brownie, there is something for everyone to enjoy. First date, family dinner or a mid-week catch up, The Restaurant offers friendly table service and an extensive wine list ranging from local drops to European wines, that will help celebrate any occasion.
2 Park Street, Mona Vale
Spring is definitely in the air, so what better way to celebrate than with a Bottomless Rosé lunch? Every Saturday in October, Hartsyard will be pouring bottomless Sangiovese Rosé from Sparrow and Vine for just $35pp, from 12pm to 2:30pm. Guests can enjoy their rosé alongside delicious dishes designed to share including fried cheese with hot mustard, grilled baby cuttlefish skewers, kangaroo tartare and kingfish sashimi.
Every Saturday in October, 12pm - 2:30pm
$35pp (For bottomless rosé and full menu available for purchase)
33 Enmore Road, Enmore
Beam Suntory has announced the launch of Sip and Stroll – a guided cocktail tour through some of Sydney’s hidden nightlife gems. From trending cocktail bars to the most impressive new establishments, the Sip and Stroll tours will reveal a suite of the most tantalising cocktails crafted by Australia’s finest bartenders.
Throughout the month of October, two intimate Sip and Stroll cocktail tours will be held weekly on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Perfect for those who are new to Sydney nightlife or veterans looking to re-visit some of Sydney’s best haunts, the tour guide ̶ world class cocktail expert Cam Pirret ̶ will take you through an immersive experience leaving no cocktail untouched, from a Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned to a classic Sipsmith Martini.
Thursday: 3rd October, 10th October, 24th October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday: 5th October, 12th October, 19th October, 26th October, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Meeting Point: The Rook, Level 7/56-58 York St, Sydney
Day drinking has never looked so good with Jamie's Italian offering a $50 long lunch with bottomless prosecco on weekends throughout October. Dine on pasta, polenta chips, and bottomless prosecco for two hours. For those who want something sweet, they are giving guests the option to add an espresso martini or any dessert for just $10.
Weekends in October, 12pm-4pm
107 Pitt Street, Sydney
Every Thursday is taco day at Harry’s but this Thursday it’s an extra special one to celebrate International Taco Day. On 3rd October, gear up for a one-day Mexican fiesta with a huge $5 taco menu, with options for everyone, not to mention a selection of Mexican inspired plates. At the bar you'll also be able to grab $5 Mexican beers and $10 margaritas all day long.
Thursday 3rd October, 11am-10pm
Free entry (Menu from $5)
40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Every Sunday, you can indulge in unlimited, succulent smoked meats for just $65 per person at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar. You’ll receive endless amounts of all their smoked meats including Rangers Valley black onyx brisket, slow-roasted and hot-smoked pork shoulder, blackened organic chicken with Creole spices, free range Milly Hill cold-smoked lamb and NOLA’s Andouille Cajun-spiced sausage. Plus, you can order one side per person choosing from the likes of fries with sweet and spicy BBQ salt, Southern slaw or fried Brussels sprouts with blue cheese mayo and hot sauce. Now, that’s our kind of feast.
Sundays in October (Lunch only)
Level 1, Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Each Sunday in October, Hotel Rose Bay are holding an intimate long lunch that takes diners through the journey of fresh produce from soil, vine, sea and vat to Hotel Rose Bay.
On the 6th and 20th, the lunch will be hosted by James Squire, with a Beers + Bites seven course lunch with matching beers for every course ($90pp). On the 13th and 27th, Margan Estate will host a Wine + Dine five course degustation lunch with matching wines ($120pp).
Sundays in October
807 New South Head Road, Rose Bay
Saké Restaurant & Bar is celebrating a decade of delivering its signature, super-fusion Japanese food at its up-market location in The Rocks, Sydney where the remarkable Saké journey began in October 2009. In honour of its 10th birthday, Saké The Rocks will showcase the delightful, modern riff it brings to Japanese cuisine at an exclusive, seven-course dinner, paired with Champagne, wine and Japanese drinks.
Wednesday 16th October, 6:30pm
12 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Chargrill Charlie’s is cheering on the Wallabies in the2019 Rugby World Cupby offering free chicken family packs every time Australia wins. Aussie fans simply need to visit one of the thirteen Chargrill Charlie’s stores in Sydney wearing their green and gold Wallaby jersey, cap, beanie or scarf to enjoy the Wallabies family pack offer, featuring a whole stuffed chicken, large salad and large chips or wedges. The deal is available for 24 hours after the final whistle is blown and also includes an Aussie-themed Chargrill Charlie’s trucker cap with every pack.
Annandale, Mona Vale, Wahroonga, Mosman, Willoughby, Drummoyne, Neutral Bay, Woollahra, Frenchs Forest, Rose Bay, St. Ives, and Lane Cove
Taking the concept of #FOODPORN to daring new heights, Priscillas at The Imperial will be hosting a rather risqué Drag n’ Dine experience this October, and we guarantee you’ll want to get a taste of the action. Guests will be given the royal drag treatment followed by a two- or three-course sensory and seductive menu where you’ll use headphones to ear-gasm your Coconut Ceviche at the table yourself. All this paired with two hours of bottomless bubbles too. Winning.
Running Wednesday and Thursday nights throughout October from 7pm
Two courses $55; three courses $65
35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
The neighbourhood Italian giving A1 Canteen a run for its money, I Maccheroni’s delectable Italian fare is something to truly savour. This month they’re running a special collaboration with Yarra Valley wine producers, Santolin, to showcase a series of small batch, lo-fi wines that come perfectly paired with accompanying Italian cuisine. With a focus on Italian varietals, wine buffs will love tasting their way around this unique collection of interesting blends, all of which are all sourced from relatively unknown wine regions.
Thursday 10th October, 7pm
6-wines paired with 6-courses, $90/pp
3 Jersey Rd, Woollahra
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Sydneysiders are invited to awaken the Kraken this month at The Kraken Black Spice Rum’s latest event. Transforming Luke’s Kitchen into a dark lair of artistic destruction, punters will taste four exclusive Kraken Rum cocktails, smash some ceramics and be treated to a surprise live music performance in an attempt to awaken the beast.
Thursday 10th October, from 8:00pm
8 Danks Street, Waterloo
BOOK AHEAD: Return to Rio
The Riopians are set to return to Sydney’s favourite Del Rio Riverside Resort next month for another weekend of madcap mayhem. Get ready for a three-day blow out of big beats and laid-back summer grooves, as Return to Rio once again spreads her wings. A festival with all the frills, this theatrical extravaganza goes all out with outlandish costumes, giant river floats, water skiing, crazy golf, tennis, cocktails by the pool, hidden discos and some of the biggest names in house, soul, disco and hip-hop. Disco queens, don your best festival get-up, and get ready to party poolside.
When? 8th-10th November 2019
Where? Del Rio Wisemans Ferry, Webbs Creek, NSW
How much? Weekend tickets $300
Electropop duo and full-time fashionistas Client Liaison are on tour this month, bringing dance jams, infectious party ballads and a multisensory concert experience that’ll leave you wanting more. Vibing off their newest track ‘The Real Thing’, it’ll be nonstop funk riffs and smooth synths lighting up the Forum stage.
Saturday 26th October, from 7:30pm
Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown
The Island LIVE returns to Sydney Harbour for its sixth season of sundrenched sounds. In what promises to be the biggest year yet, they are kicking things off on with a huge double billing featuring local faves Set Mo and Dena Amy.
Friday 11th October, 6pm-11pm
The Island, Sydney Harbour
Get ready for one of this year's most Instagram able events, as Side Bar hosts an adults-only ball pit party this month. With over 250,000 balls, confetti cannons, party DJs and neon cocktail buckets, you are in for a fun night at Side Bar.
4th-6th October, from 8pm
509 Pitt Street, Sydney
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
Celebrate the weekend right with a drink or two at The Lansdowne. Bringing together the best local new wave, rave, electro, indie and dance from Sydney and beyond, the Saturday sessions feature big-name acts, hotly tipped local bands and good-time DJs. Better still, no lockouts and you can party till 5am. Bonus!
Saturday nights, from 10pm
2-6 City Road, Chippendale
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
1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
Park House Saturdays 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 10pm till late each week.
Saturdays, from 9pm
2 Park Street, Mona Vale
Kick off your weekend in the best way possible – stop 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
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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
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.
FESTIVALS & POP-UPS
Sydney Good Food Month will celebrate 20 years of unforgettable food events this October. The flavour-packed, talent-filled program shines a light on Australia’s mosy influential chefs and restaurants, and the talent that will define its bright and exciting future. From exclusive dining events to the hotly-anticipated return of the Night Noodle Markets, it's gearing up to be an action-packed Good Food Month.
4th- 21st October
Back for its second year this October, The Rosé Street Fest is turning Military Road pink for a day of crisp wines, live music and good times in the spring sunshine. More than 20 wineries and wine suppliers will take over Military Road with pop-up tasting experiences by the Bay. Armed with Rosé tasting glasses (free with pre-purchased tickets), visitors can wander through the festival sipping the delights of Gilbert wines, AIX, Freeman Vineyard, Mirabeau and many more wine merchants from around the globe. There’ll be Blossom Rosé Sparkling Apple Cider pouring, Proud & Punch is sampling its fruity coconut pops as a cooling palate cleanser and the Watsons Bay street food cart will have a rosy makeover piled high with pink desserts and frosé for guests to sample.
Sunday 27th October, 11am- 7pm
The Military Road strip adjacent to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Head down to The Garden at Coogee Bay Hotel from the 12th-13th October for the epic weekend-long Craft Beer & Cider Festival. Celebrating some of the best craft beers and ciders in the country, enjoy a cold one while being entertained with live music, food pop-ups and over 60 of Australia’s best artisanal beverages to sample.
12th-13th October, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
The Garden- Coogee Bay Hotel, 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
In its 14th year, the annual 10-day festival celebrates the best local produce and cool climate wines from Orange – the highest wine region in Australia – across more than 90 food and wine events, from long lunches and degustation dinners, to winery tours and masterclasses.
18th- 27th October
Barangaroo House is turning pink this October with the return of its month-long celebration of everyone’s favourite blush coloured drink. In its second year, Rosé Rising will see the waterfront venue partner with renowned Champagne brands, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Moët & Chandon to toast all things rosé. From an endless array of food and drink offerings, a rosé vending machine, roulette wheel, pink disco lift and a tiny pink room, hidden somewhere within the venue, there is much to discover this rosé season.
35 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
To celebrate the 2019 Eggsellence Awards, Australian Eggs is inviting people to attend an entirely free pop-up restaurant devoted to serving up the Aussie staple, on the eve of World Egg Day. At the pop-up restaurant, the best four egg dishes in Australia, nominated by the public and hand-picked by celebrity-chef Manu Feildel, will be plated up across four sittings over lunch and dinner. The inaugural pop-up restaurant will see diners vote for their favourite dish to be crowned the best in Australia.
Thursday 10th October, 12.00pm-1.00pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm, 6.00pm-7.00pm, 7.30pm-8.30pm
Free (registration required)
The Private Kitchen, The Old Rum Store, 2 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Throughout Spring, Acre Eatery (Camperdown Commons) has transformed into a farm-fresh, country style cooking farmhouse showered in beautiful native florals. Focusing on ‘back to the country’ wholesome and honest food, Acre in Spring invites Sydneysiders to embark on a culinary journey through the Australian and provincial French countryside.
Head Chef, Ludo Gendre brings country-style feasting to the city with a menu inspired by traditional French provincial cooking techniques. Acre in Spring will also see the farmhouse eatery host artisan tasting experiences with wine pairings and interactive culinary events throughout October and November.
From now till November
31A Mallett Street, Camperdown
MARKETS & SHOPPING
This October, 130 emerging and independent artists will come together for The Other Art Fair Sydney 2019 spring edition. Held for the first time in the fair’s spectacular new home of The Cutaway at Barangaroo, the artistic fair seeks to showcase creative works direct to the public, giving artists a platform to sell their work. Visitors to The Other Art Fair Sydney this year will be met by Extract of Red Air, an inflatable art collaboration between Goldberg Aberline Studio and Yindjibarndi artists Sharon and Kaye Warrie.
The Cutaway at Barangaroo, 1 Merriman Street, Barangaroo Reserve
A gigantic weekend of waste-reducing and treasure hunting fun, Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event. This year’s event is set to be the biggest yet with over 18,000 garage sale events to be held across the country, on one weekend. Now in its ninth year, the multi-award-winning national initiative seeks to educate Australians on the importance of reuse, whilst building stronger, more connected communities.
19th & 20th October
Various locations around Sydney
Handpicked and crafted with love is the spirit at these markets. From seasonal produce to organic dairy, fresh-cut flowers and gourmet treats, everything at Parramatta Farmers Market is handmade. Along with an impressive array of local produce, the market entices with international cuisines, sweet treats and artisan finds.
Every Friday, 8.30am to 2.30pm.
Centenary Square, Church Street, Parramatta
In the shadow of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, Kirribilli hosts two different markets each month – the Art, Design and Fashion Market and the General Market. It’s a great place to discover emerging fashion designers and artists and browse through second-hand goods and artisan produce.
Art Design and Fashion Market: Second Sunday of the month
General Market: Fourth Saturday of the month.
Alfred Street South, Milsons Point
If you want to go green, you can: eco-chic homewares stores are popping all over the city, just waiting for you to fill your home with fabulous, feel-good purchases. Here are 11 of our favourites stores, where you'll find everything from eco furniture to handmade ceramics, with a few animal-friendly charitable donations along the way. Happy shopping!
With the October long weekend just around the corner, we’re sure many of you have already booked your weekend escape. But for those of us who like to leave things to the last minute, there are still plenty of beautiful stays with all the trimmings available to book now.
From seaside inns to chic inner-city hotels, it’s time to pack your bags and book yourself a well-deserved long weekend away.
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
To help you curate the antipodean getaway of your dreams, we've put together an essential list of places to go, stylish accommodation and must-do Australian adventures. Whether you're after a decadent gourmet escape or stylish city staycation, these are the Australian holiday destinations to add to your bucket list. This is your guide to the perfect Aussie weekend getaway.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
For the first time, Australia’s leading cookbook author Donna Hay is set to bring her recipes and styling focus to life with a three-day festival at Bondi Pavilion. The Donna Hay Food + Wellness Festival aims to bring together the best in wellness and food for a weekend-long discovery session.
The event line-up includes cook-a-long workshops, morning mat Pilates sessions by Fluidform founder Kirsten King, a marketplace with fresh eats from Donna Hay’s cookbooks, free bottle-your-own extra virgin olive oil, fresh produce from Kurrawong Organics, book signing sessions and free coffee from Vittoria for a gold coin donation to Two Good, the social enterprise that supports domestic violence survivors and women’s refuges.
Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
Avotherapy is a celebration of the mood-boosting health benefits of avocado, brought to you by Australian Avocados. It will be popping up in Surry Hills at Paramount Recreation Club with two full days of wellness workshops and activities. From avocado facials and avocardio workouts to dying fabric with avocado seeds, Avotherapy is set to be a smash with avo-lovers and better yet, it’s entirely free.
L2/80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
BodyMindLife Surry Hills is hosting a yoga class like no other to raise funds for Unleashed, a campaign launched by The Hunger Project as part of their goal to end hunger by 2030. Led by instructors Noelle Connolly and Arian Levanael, the 90-minute, all-level vinyasa class will be set to live tunes by DJ Marc Tomkinson, followed by an hour to move to and dance. The studio will put on healthy treats to share too and there'll be gifts for all from wellness brands Nimble, Burt’s Bees, Ritual Oil and Vanessa Megan.
Saturday 5th October, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
$30 (100% proceeds go to The Hunger Project)
BodyMindLife Surry Hills, 1/84 Mary Street, Sydney
ARTS & CULTURE
Sculpture by the Sea will take over the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk. Over three weeks, the coastal walk will be transformed to showcase over 100 sculptures from both Australian and International artists.
24th October- 10th November
Bondi Beach to Tamarama Coastal Walk
The Powerhouse is hosting an Australian exclusive event with internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang. For the first time in Sydney, the founding principal of Studio Gang and MacArthur Fellow will discuss her award-winning practice and design process in a free talk.
Monday 28th October, 5:30pm
500 Harris Street, Pyrmont
The Golden Sheaf’s upstairs Canopy Bay will be transformed into a VIP cinema, screening iconic films across art, fashion, music and culture. From the 2002 biographical drama Frida, and the Academy Award-winning Lost in Translation, to seminal music flick Almost Famous and the fashion-forward documentary Bill Cunningham: New York, there will be plenty to see this month.
Accompanying the films will be a limited-edition Bombay Sapphire Gin botanicals menu, as well as a special cinema finger food-style menu delivered straight to your viewing spot in the bespoke Canvas movie caddies.
Thursdays in October, from 6:45pm
429 New South Head Road, Double Bay
Sydney Craft Week celebrates contemporary craft and unites all kinds of crafters: from knitters and quilters to ceramicists and jewellers. Set across 89 venues in 48 suburbs, there are over 200 events to attend and experience.
11th- 20th October
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!
Sydney Lyric Theatre: 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
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.
From now until 20th October
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
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...