Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Möet & Chandon Pop Up
Saké Restaurant & Bar
The countdown to Friday is officially on, and we’re right here to help you figure out how you’re going to spend those two glorious days off. From $1 lunches and Champagne pop-ups to movie sing-a-longs and market hopping, here are the coolest events in Sydney, guaranteed to supersize your weekend.
EAT & DRINK
A sunny afternoon spent harbourside at Cruise Bar calls for a refreshing cocktail from the new menu. Whether you’re after a single serve cocktail, or want to share a friendly sized jug, the seasonal fruity blends are a must-try for a sundowner cocktail session.
Whilst admiring the stunning Sydney Opera House, sip on the Rum infused Sailor's Mistress, complete with passionfruit, strawberry and lemon. Or for something that can be enjoyed with your friends, the Sinking Citrus with Gin, elderflowers, orange, lemonade and cucumber, is hard to miss.
Mobile order and pay app, Ritual, which launched in Sydney in December 2018, is hosting a $1 Food Festival in Sydney’s CBD and Barangaroo for two weeks. On offer will be a selection of over 200 menu items that are usually up to $15, for just $1.
Having partnered with some of the most popular CBD breakfast and lunch haunts, Ritual has curated a menu of the most loved menu items including favourites: Costi’s Healthy Choice Grilled Fish and Salad, Georgie Boys Bacon & Egg Wrap, and Nama Poke’s Sesame Salmon Bowl.
18th - 29th March
Sydney CBD & Barangaroo
Saké Restaurant & Bar Manly is honouring the fabulous beers of Hitachino Nest with an exclusive six-course lunch. Some of the brewery’s most popular beers have been matched with a selection of contemporary Japanese dishes including scallops with truffled white soy, Glacier 51 toothfish tempura with amazu ponzu, jalapeno and coriander, and chargrilled lamb loin with basil miso, red mizuna and apple salad.
Sunday 24th March, 12:30pm
A touch of pink has been added to Rosetta Trattoria, with Moët & Chandon popping up at the restaurant’s Inner City terrace until Tuesday, 30 April. Guests can celebrate summer a little while longer, with glasses of Moët & Chandon Rosé on offer for $15 all day, every day. Diners who indulge in a $90 bottle of Champagne will have it served in metallic pink, customised Moët goblets.
Until Saturday 30th April
118 Harrington St, The Rocks
Hilton Sydney's fine dining restaurant glass brasserie, led by celebrity-chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan, has launched their new seasonal menu. A celebration of autumnal seasonal produce, expect the fine dining excellence glass is none for, along with hero dishes which Luke has become famous for over the years. From liquorice with apple and lime to braised lamb shoulder, make sure to go hungry.
Cucumber Currency, Hendricks Gin
Hendricks Gin will paint the town green this weekend with an unusual cucumber celebration set to offer Sydneysiders the ultimate reason to raise their glass. Hendrick’s will launch a dedicated ‘gin exchange’ platform - ‘Cucumber Currency’ – where consumers can pick up a cucumber from an exchange booth situated in Darling Harbour and swap their veg for ‘cucumber currency’ to receive a free Hendricks gin and tonic at a participating venue.
- The Port
- Tokio Hotel
ARTS & CULTURE
Before the big screen comes down for the season, gather your mates for a musical night out with three special screenings. Fancy yourself a bit of a showman? Warm those vocal cords for last year’s biggest musical hit, The Greatest Showman sing-a-long on Saturday 23rd March. Remember to BYO picnic and liquid courage to help you belt out the soundtrack hits.
Saturday 23rd March
Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park
From bespoke shoe makers to axe throwers and arbourists, artisan jewellers to new wave taco purveyors – the changing face of small business in Australia has been captured in atmospheric detail at Paper to Pixels. With photography by Lauren Bath (regarded as one of the first professional Instagrammers, nonetheless) in collaboration with Xero, you just might leave this exhibition feeling inspired to start something yourself.
March 14th – 25th
Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence St, Sydney
Brett Whiteley was a homegrown hero. In 1999, his mum established the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which gives young painters the chance to travel to Paris and explore Europe to develop their talent – just like her son did. (He won the Italian Government Travelling Scholarship back in 1959). On display at The Rocks, this intimate exhibition features a few of Whiteley’s works, plus those of 20 of the scholarship-winning painters.
22nd March – 5th May 2019
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Get up close and personal with Mother Nature at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Showcasing the best animal portraits, wild landscapes and underwater stills from over 50,000 international entries, we guarantee you'll be mesmerised by this year's stunning collection.
Until 25th August, 9:30am-5pm
Australian National Maritime Museum- 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney
LAST CHANCE: March Dance
Boasting 94 dance events across the month, the inaugural March Dance is guaranteed to get you on your feet. In collaboration with City of Sydney and Independent Dance Alliance, this month-long contemporary dance festival celebrates Sydney's independent dance culture and showcases creative works across the city. Throughout the month you can book in classes, workshops, screenings and performances from over 96 artists and 15 organisations. This weekend learn the art of improvised choreography from Rhiannon Newton or experience the dance theatre show RED.
Until 31st March
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
If the weather is good, then a dip at ivy Pool Club is this weekend. Pack your swimmers and head over to the rooftop hangout where you can sip cocktails poolside and soak up the sunshine. With the bar fully stocked, Vinnie's Pizza taking care of the menu and Aussie legends Sneaky Sound System taking care of the tunes, you will be in for an afternoon of fun.
320 George Street, Sydney
Sitting pretty in the middle of the harbour, The Island is a floating, open-air venue that opens for the summertime. On Saturday and Sunday, The Island will be hosting their Beach Club, transporting revellers to a chic European-style day club on the water. To secure passage to the Beach Club, tickets are $50pp and include return water taxi and welcome drink.
When the sun is 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. A ritual that marks the end of the week in the best way possible: getting outside, listening to music and soaking up the glorious weather, be it by the beach, in a beer garden, or on a rooftop.
We’ve rounded up Sydney’s best Sunday session venues, so there’s nothing standing in between you and a spritz. Apart from Monday morning, of course
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.
HEALTH & FITNESS
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.
Forget the treadmill – no one does the scenic run quite as well as Sydney. In fact, this city is ready-made for runners. It not only boasts some of the prettiest paths in the world, but it’s a very encouraging environment, with plenty of running groups and events for both beginners and seasoned runners.
So, lace up those sport shoes and ready, set, run!
It’s no secret Sydneysiders love to stretch it out. The city has hundreds of yoga studios, all of which put their own spin on the ancient practice. The best studios are calming and inviting, offering classes that either leave you feeling invigorated or melting into the mat. And if they’re beautifully decorated, that adds to the ambience. Lately, studio owners have been stepping up their game, turning their spaces into true urban retreats.
At these gorgeous yoga studios, you’ll want to namaste – and stay long after class is over.
Not a fan of sand? That's ok, because Sydney is home to some incredible public pools that rival some of Sydney's beaches, think harbour views, poolside cafes and water play. We have rounded up the best public pools around Sydney that caters to the whole family, so escape the hordes of people (and hungry seagulls) at the beach and head to one of these pools instead.
While there’s no denying our harbour city is a visual feast for the senses, sometimes you just need to escape the city, even for just a few hours. If you’re keen to swap gridlock traffic for the big open road, take your pick of our favourite scenic drives just outside Sydney.
With beaches and dramatic coastline aplenty, we Sydneysiders are a tough crowd to impress. But step off the mainland and onto one of these stunning islands and you’ll see Sydney in a whole new way. Trust us, they are worth the boat ride. Our advice, pack a picnic or indulge at one of the restaurants and make a day of it because you will never tire of the views.
In need of a little pampering? Sydney has you sorted for every decadent beauty treatment your body desires. Self-indulgent packages abound, and with massages, facials and body wraps aplenty there has never been a better time to reward yourself (and your partner) with some well-deserved relaxation. From rejuvenating massage treatments to calming meditation rituals, we've rounded up the best day spas in Sydney that are guaranteed to calm the mind and soothe the soul.
From iconic Semillons of the Hunter Valley to boutique wineries of the Southern Highlands, some of Australia’s best wineries are just a few hours drive outside of Sydney. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier eager to swirl and swish unchartered drops, or you’re planning a wine tour for a memorable hen’s weekend, the 14 wine regions dotted across New South Wales are ready and waiting to be explored on these popular wine tasting tours.
From paddock to plate, we Sydneysiders certainly love our fresh produce and homemade wares, and where better to snap up some wholesome goodness and artisan produce than at a farmers’ market. From the South Coast to the Central Coast and as far west as Mudgee, source the region’s best produce at these farmers’ market.
Slowly but surely, Sydney has become a bonafide art and culture hub. Our galleries and museums are bursting to the brim with world-class artists and exhibitions that delight, excite and make us wonder. 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.