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What’s on in Sydney This Weekend: 16-18 November

From a pop-up cocktail bar and gin-fuelled celebrations, to flower-crown workshops and floating yoga classes, there are so many things to do in Sydney this weekend. So you don’t miss a thing or suffer FOMO come Monday, here are our top picks to supersize your weekend.

EAT & DRINK

Maybe Frank Pop-up, Beach Road Hotel

This weekend, Sydney’s tastiest pizza and cocktail set-up will be swinging open the doors to their new summer pop-up at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel. Look forward to a selection of Frank’s most popular doughs, including the likes of Frutti di Porko (A.K.A Italian-style meat lovers); Alba (Italian sausage with truffle pecorino); and Tartufo (mushroom, blue cheese and truffle oil); together with Aperol Spritz and Negroni cocktails. Save some room for the Nutella pizza for dessert – it’s divine. 

Open from Thursday 15 November; Wednesday – Sunday

$10 pizzas and $10 cocktails available every Thursday night

Level 1, 71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach

Saké Manly

Bringing their signature Japanese flavours to the Northern Beaches, Saké’s newest addition has officially made its mark on Manly shores. Set on the rooftop of Manly Wharf, diners will be treated to spectacular seaside views and a mouth-watering menu of delectable Japanese delicacies. Sit alfresco and devour sumptuous plates of made-to-order nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls, Saké classics such as hiramasa kingfish and popcorn shrimp, bite-sized sashimi and vege cones, crisp fish tempura and a robata grill featuring the likes of shiokouji lamb chops, king prawns with yuzu herb miso, and roasted chicken with hot and sour dipping sauce. Tempted much?

Level 1, Manly Wharf

Fratelli Fresh Formula 1 Celebrations

Calling all Formula 1 buffs – the Fratelli Fresh team have partnered with Red Bull Organics to deliver $10 spritzes, live music and entertainment all weekend long. A two-hour lunch package is available between 12pm and 2pm, featuring three courses of classic Italian dishes and bottomless Organics spritzes.

17th-18th November

From $10

Tenancy 2, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour

Hendricks x The Tilbury 

The Hendrick’s Assistance Dispensary for Advantageous Cocktail Mixing Bar will take up residency at The Tilbury Deck for a month of glorious cocktail concoctions. The Tilbury Deck will also be one of the few locations in Sydney serving the new, limited edition Hendrick’s Orbium, allowing Sydneysiders to be some of the first in Australia to try this experimental new gin.

Until Sunday 18th November

Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 12am

Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo

Summer of Gin, West Hotel

Throughout spring and summer, a Summer of Gin bar menu inspired by Archie Rose will be served at West Hotel's Solander Dining and Bar.  The menu showcases bite-sized bar food infused with gin and native botanical rubs, and paired cocktails using Archie Rose gins. Guests will be able to enjoy the Summer of Gin menu daily, and on Friday nights there will be live music in the bar’s lush open-air “jungle” atrium.

From $14

65 Sussex Street Sydney 

Higher Tea, Paramount Recreation Club

Teaming up with Flour Market, Paramount Recreational Club is serving up a decadently sweet affair each Sunday. Offering eight delicious courses from the likes of Brickfields, Grumpy Donuts, Shortstop etc, with bottomless Coffee Supreme and Mayde Tea, guests can indulge in sweet treats all afternoon long. Better still, upgrade to a bubbly affair and BYO Champagne or prosecco!

Every Sunday (Until 2nd December), 11:30am—1:30pm and 2pm —4pm

$55 per person

Paramount House- 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills


ARTS & CULTURE

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibit

This rock ‘n’ roll archive collection delves into the world of one of the biggest rock groups on the planet, and how they shaped an entire generation of music and culture. Showcasing more than 500 items spanning the band’s impressive 50-year career, fans will get the chance to browse through some of the band’s vintage guitars, elaborate wardrobe collection, lyric books, album art, personal letters and diaries, and tons of backstage and touring paraphernalia. 190 original Stones-inspired artworks from the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bailey and John Pasche will also be on display, alongside an interactive sound deck and recording studio, a film screening narrated by Martin Scorsese, and a 3D concert finale. 

From 17 – 30 November 

Tickets from $15-$36.50

ICC, 14 Darling Dr, Darling Harbour 

Just for Laughs Festival

Back for its eight year, Sydney’s legendary comedy fest will return to the city, with a week-long line-up of riotous sketches. Kicking off the celebrations on Monday will be legendary British comedian Bill Bailey, alongside the likes of Ken Jeong, Iliza Shlesinger, Reggie Watts and the stars of Whose Line is it Anyway? – Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops. Tickets will book up fast, so be sure to secure your seat sooner rather than later. 

From 19 – 25 November

Tickets from $37.90 

Various Sydney venues 

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

The MCA is home to the biggest – and most beautiful – collection of Australian contemporary art. While exhibitions come and go, the gallery has a ‘hang’ of carefully curated artworks that stay on display. This collection showcases 40 of the country’s best artists from the 1960s to now, but don’t expect to take a walk through history – the works aren’t in chronological order. Instead, they draw from the Aboriginal concept of time, which is circular and believes that the past, present and future are connected.

Until 29 March, 2020

Free

Museum of Contemporary Art

Flower Crown Workshop, The Botanist

Nestled in the heart if Kirribilli, The Botanist has collaborated with creative crown makers, The Flower Social, to bring a floral crafternoon on Sunday 18th November. Fashioning flower crowns, the workshop includes a beautiful selection of fresh, seasonal flowers to work with, floristry equipment, expert advice from the floral host, bubbles on arrival and snacks.

Sunday 18 November

$85 per person (+BF)

17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli

FESTIVALS & MARKETS

The Westies Markets

Spend your Sunday browsing through a unique collection of one-off fashion finds, taste your way through endless edible treats, stock up on fresh produce and listen to live performances – The Westies Market will far from disappoint. 

Sunday 18 November, 9am

Free

Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, 115-119, Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains 

Market Hopping

When you think Sydney’s market scene couldn’t get much better, well it does. Each weekend schools, halls and industrial spaces are transformed into community marketplaces where locals pick up fresh produce, the latest fashion and a bite to eat. To make a day of it, there are plenty of out of town markets in driving distance where you can pick up farm-fresh groceries or vintage antiques. Sitchu tip- the Inner West is a weekend market hotspot.

WELLNESS

Zen Sessions Yoga, Pullman Quay

To start your weekend with a spring in your step, Pullman Quay will be opening the doors to seasoned yogis with their newly launched early morning Zen Sessions. A soothing combo of yoga and meditation, Zen Sessions are hosted in luxe areas of the hotel such as their renowned bar Hacienda or on the pool deck, so you can stretch out with breath-taking views of Sydney Harbour. Classes focus on either dynamic flow or slow yoga and are open to all levels and abilities.

Friday 16 November 7-8am

$30

61 Macquarie St, Sydney

FloatFit at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

Switch up your standard yoga practice for a workout on the water at FloatFit this Sunday. Seasoned yogis will love splashing around at this high-intensity yoga pool practice. Look forward to 30 minutes of fast-paced stretches floating atop the rippling tides. If you’re worried you might wobble and fall off, the floating mats are pretty sturdy and quite hard to flip. But if you do find yourself submerged underwater, just treat it as a welcome opportunity to cool down! 

Sunday 17 November, classes from 9:30am

Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, 1C Mrs Macquaries Rd


MUSIC

The Rubens

Triple J faves The Rubens will be embarking on their nationwide tour this month for their latest album LO LA RU. Joined by Triple J Unearthed winners Little May, the Aussie five piece band will play an array of their soulful back catalogue along with a stack of new favourites.

Friday 16 November, from 7:30pm

From $71.60(+BF)

Enmore Theatre- 118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown

WANTED & WILD

Following its sell-out opening night, WANTED & WILD is set to return to The Birdcage stage with another explosive line-up of rock’n’roll classics. From rockabilly to glam rock, burlesque to aerials, circus to sexy, look forward to a night of raucous revelry with theatrical performances set to screaming soundtracks – think Alice Cooper, Hendrix, Bowie and everything in between. Get ready to shake your thang – this is a night you won’t want to miss out on. 

Friday 16 November, 9pm-11:30pm 

$31.20

The Birdcage, 84 Union Street, Pyrmont

The Rio Revel

Anyone still winding down from Return To Rio can get their festival fix once again this weekend, as Australia’s best-loved boutique brings their weekend line-up to Sydney’s Manning Bar. Look forward to epic DJ sets from Sasha, Greg Wilson, Cid Inc, Late Nite Tuff Guy, The Owl, plus a secret superstar guest who’ll be announced on the night. Get ready for another night of madcap mayhem.

Saturday 17 November, from 5pm

Tickets $96.40

Manning House, Manning Road, University of Sydney

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