The countdown to Friday is officially on, and we’re right here to help you figure out how you’re going to spend those precious two days off. From vegan feasts and wintry pop-ups, to killer live music and weekend pamper sessions, here are the coolest events in Sydney, guaranteed to supersize your weekend.
EAT & DRINK
The team at Chiswick at the Gallery has collaborated with finalists from the 2019 Archibald Prize exhibition to create a series of dishes inspired by their stories. This July, in support of NAIDOC Week, Chiswick has collaborated with two artists of Aboriginal heritage that have painted prominent Aboriginal people.
Blak Douglas who painted Aunty Esme Timbery has inspired a nostalgic "meat and three veg" dish of grain fed sirloin alongside his favourite winter vegetable; the cauliflower, served three ways. At the same time, Thea Perkins, an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman who painted a fellow Bidjara artist, Christian Thompson, has inspired a lemon myrtle mille feuille, apple, rye berry and finger lime dessert in honour of her grandfather and Alice Springs.
From now until 31st July
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
Manly’s popular beachfront restaurant and bar, Manly Wine, has launched a three-course vegan menu that even carnivores will love. Better still, each course has been paired alongside organic wines from Riverland, South Australia.
From now until 31st July
8/13 South Steyne, Manly
Waterfront mecca Barangaroo House has partnered with Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka to transform the venue into a beautiful winter chalet. Complete with pop-up igloos and decadent fondue on the Smoke Rooftop, Bea-tinis and wine dinners at Bea and an array of spiced martinis at House Bar, each floor has something delicious to sample throughout winter.
From now until 31st August
35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
There's no better way to end a weekend than with a mouth-watering Sunday roast. From succulent roast chicken to slow-cooked sirloin, Sunday lunch isn't complete without a plate of meat and gravy. Want to know which ones are worth booking? These establishments have not only mastered the traditional roast, but they take it to a whole new level. Below are some of our favourite places to hang out come Sunday afternoon.
Cutting out alcohol... #dryjuly? To stop the inevitable fomo, get creative with your mocktail order. Sydney’s bartenders and mixologists are getting more and more inventive, coming up with drinks so delicious, you won’t even realise they’re virgin. Here, we round up the bars and restaurants that have mastered the mocktail.
Jacob’s Creek are set to bring back their sell out event, Kitchen Collective this month. Held at Sydney’s iconic Bennelong Lawn with an outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour, the pop-up restaurant will offer guest’s the ultimate cook, wine and dine experience.
There will be celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, the chance to cook by competing in true MasterChef style – against other teams and the clock, followed by a three-course sit down dinner- paired with Jacob’s Creek wines of course, and a guided wine tasting.
16th July- 4th August
Bennelong Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Can’t afford the flight fare to Europe this winter? Fret not, Acre Eatery is giving itself a chic Italian makeover this month, dishing up a delectable range of regional Italian fare in a rustic farmhouse setting. For six weeks, Camperdown’s farm-to-table favourite will be showcasing a modern menu of Italian classics, taking diners on a sensorial journey spanning the entire breadth of Italy – from the rolling Tuscan hillsides to the glistening waters of the Amalfi Coast.
Local ingredients will transform into Mediterranean masterpieces, with sumptuous plates of slow-cooked meats and silky hand-rolled pastas served alongside fresh focaccia, creamy burrata and delicate cuts of cured antipasti. Enjoy alfresco aperitivo in the stunning garden terrace, or head indoors to the main dining area for the full feasting menu experience. If you head there on a Friday, you can also book in for Italian masterclasses with Acre’s Head Chef Gareth. Learn the art of wood-fire cooking, bake your own fluffy focaccia and learn to make homemade mozzarella, whilst making the most of the $10 aperitivo offer, naturally. Buon Appetito!
Italian takeover running until 18th August
Acre Eatery, Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett Street, Camperdown
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Heading to Splendour this weekend? Be sure check out Smirnoff's immersive drinking den, The Wilds while you're there. A botanical wonderland of the senses where you can relax, unwind and recharge with a vodka and soda in hand, naturally.
Local Byron artists will be hosting a series of creative masterclasses –from headwear pieces to airbrushed body art – as well as a pop-up make-up bar hosted by Rimmel, where you can get the ultimate wild child festival makeover. And if that wasn't enough, there's also a decadent Icebergs Dining Room where you can indulge in a sumptuous three-course feast served alongside a selection of Smirnoff infusions. Fancy.
Splendour in the Grass, Friday 19th July - Sunday 22nd July
The Wilds opening hours: Thursday 19 July: 2pm – 12am; Friday 20 July – Sunday 22 July: 12pm – 2am
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar sessions: Friday 19 July – 7pm; Saturday 20 July – 12pm, 3pm and 6pm; Sunday 22 July – 12pm, 3pm and 6pm
Ticket price: $148.50 + booking fees & cc charges
Do yourself a favour and book one of the remaining tickets to SZA’s Hordern Pavilion stat, because the American R&B/neo-soul singer is one of the most captivating performers of our generation. Influenced by avant-garde jazz, alternative rock and hardcore rap, she’s been compared to contemporaries such as Jorja Smith, Solange, H.E.R. and Kehlani.
Friday 19th July, 7pm-10pm
Tickets from $129.90
Hordern Pavilion, 1 Driver Avenue, Sydney
If you’ are feeling nostalgic, then head to Oxford Art Factory this weekend for a nineties and early noughties love-in. Playing all the hits from your fave artists – gear up for an all-night dance party marathon.
Friday 19th July, from 11pm
Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Merivale has announced the return of See Sound, a season-long series of free live music events presented by Furphy. Bringing together the best local music from Sydney and beyond, the live sessions will feature big-name acts, hotly tipped local bands and good-time DJs. This Sunday at Coogee Pavilion, lively group Total Giovanni will be playing an epic DJ set, with Stoney Roads and Audiopaxx DJ’s in support.
Sunday 21st July, from 12pm
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
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. This week Lil Spacley and 3K (Melbourne) will be rocking the stage from 8pm. To make the most of the evening, start your night from 7pm-8pm for The Beresford’s happy hour.
Friday nights, 8pm-10pm
354 Bourke Street, 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.
MARKETS & SHOPPING
Carriageworks will celebrate all things WILD at the Winter Night Market this month, curated by Biota’s James Viles. The Carriageworks Night Market will excite visitors with chefs, distillers, farmers and producers at the leading edge of their practice presenting dishes and beverages using wild, seasonal, sustainable and ethically-sourced ingredients. Along withd electable eats, the night market will host a slew of talks and demonstrations from a range of industry experts.
Friday 19th July, 5pm-10pm
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Each week, the Tramsheds plays host to a Growers Market that showcases the best in local produce. From fruit, veg and gourmet treats to workshops and masterclasses, there is plenty to taste, learn and experience every Sunday.
Every Sunday, 8am-2pm
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
Food lovers unit! TheFork, an online restaurant reservation platform, has launched TheFork Festival – six weeks of delicious dining experiences, at half the regular price. That’s right, diners will receive a huge 50% off the total food bill at participating restaurants during the festival, across all services at participating restaurants, whether that be breakfast, lunch or dinner. From fine diner Monopole to dumpling house Din Tai Fung, some of Sydney’s best restaurants will be taking part. C heck out their participating restaurant list for a full list of venues
From now until 11th August
Venues across Sydney
To avoid European vacation FOMO, waterfront ristorante OTTO is bringing a slice of Italy to Woolloomooloo. Escape To OTTO will be the restaurant’s winter series including lots of different events like a Cheese Dinner with local producers Vannella, a pasta degustazione (five-courses of delicious pasta), menu del giorno, and various wine dinners. Plus, they are giving every guest who dines in the restaurant the chance to win an escape to Hamilton Island.
From now until August
Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
During Winterfest, Luna Park becomes home to an ice-skating rink overlooking the harbour, complete with regular snow falls, wintery tunes and delicious ‘winter-themed’ food and drinks. This year’s Winterfest will also be a Christmas in July theme, with a visit from Santa each day. Feeding into that theme will be offering roasted chestnuts and gingerbread caramel spiced popcorn!
Unlimited ice skating is all-inclusive in the unlimited ride pass
1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
For the first time in Australia, Dyson has opened Beauty Lab in the Queen Victoria Building for all your hair primping and perfecting needs. Dyson's experienced team of styling experts will be providing a luxury beauty experience to the Sydney masses, with a complimentary beverage, hair consultation, wash and head massage. Whether you have a preferred style in mind or you’d like to choose something new from Dyson’s hair styling menu, your hair will be expertly styled using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer or Dyson Airwrap styler.
Fridays, 7:30am- 6:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am – 6:00pm
QVB, LG1/455 George Street, Sydney
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.
For when your run-of-the-mill shopping centre massage joint just won’t cut it. These Sydney spas offer unique treatments that will have you refreshed and renewed after your very first session.
Eyebrows have come and gone in history (quite literally) but the day of the Brooke Shields-esque arch is certainly back in fashion. For those not naturally blessed with the arches bestowed on Brooke or modern icon Cara Delevingne there are thankfully a handful of experts to turn to - those who have been trained to pluck, shape, and dye brows to new heights. We roundup the best of the best Sydney-side below.
From Shellac to SNS to an elegant new set of acrylics, there is just something about having a fresh manicure to leave you feeling polished and ready to tackle anything. We’ve compiled our top 10 spots across Sydney to keep you looking buffed and lacquered to perfection.
ARTS & CULTURE
Photographic interior stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones is hosting an exclusive workshop to help you 'gram like a pro. Perfect for upskilling or side-hustling, master the art of flat-lay, and get tips on styling shoots in this two hour masterclass.
Saturday 20th July, 10am-12pm
La Porte Space, 87/103 Epsom Road, Rosebery
As we prepare to trade in seemingly-endless summer beach days for cosy nights curled up on the couch with a good read, it’s time to revisit (and possibly re-stack) the bookshelf. To help revive your novel collection for winter nights well-spent, we’ve curated a list of the best book curators in Sydney. Consider it the ultimate curation and your precious time saved for those nights in with a good book.
You’ve visited the Australian Museum, seen the ships at the Maritime Museum, ridden a train at the Powerhouse Museum and you think you’ve finished the museum circuit. You haven’t! Sydney has a number of lesser-known historical gems that are well worth a visit and are perfect for a day out.
Slowly but surely, Sydney has become a bona fide art and culture hub. Our galleries and museums are bursting to the brim with world-class artists and exhibitions that delight, excite and enchant. 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.
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.
Recreating scenes from a bygone era, cinemas in historic buildings around Sydney deliver an experience from the moment you step inside. Showing the latest blockbusters and golden oldies, these Sydney film houses combine an endearing nostalgia with all the latest mod cons.