We’ve officially hit that ugh-worthy time leading up to Christmas, guys. The stress levels are rising and work is slowly (emphasis on slowly) wrapping up. That’s exactly why you need to do all the things this weekend to fuel yourself through next week. Go on, have a few cheeky drinks and welcome the Christmas festivities with open arms.
Here are 12 awesome things to do this weekend.
American Express Openair Cinemas
There's only one week left to catch the American Express Openair Cinemas at Cadigal Green before the season wraps up on 20 December. Get ready for delicious Italian eats provided by Salt Meats Cheese, craft beers from 4Pines, Giesen Wines and, of course, some of the best flicks of the year. We've already bought our tickets for Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express and Elf, so get yours now before they sell out!
When: Until 20 December
Where: Cadigal Green in Camperdown
For more information, click here.
Mr Black Amaro Cocktails @ Grasshopper Bar
Grasshopper Bar is notorious for their bang on cocktails and if there’s one particular drink that truly speaks to us in a big way, it’s any cocktail involving the new Mr Black Amaro liqueur (aka your new BFF). Forget the O.G. espresso martini and make way for these luxe AF concoctions: My Guest Café (Mr Black Amaro, orange sherbet, chocolate and some zest) or the Bittersweet Symphony (tequila, Mr Black Amaro and chai tea). We don’t know about you lot, but we’re sold.
Where: Grasshopper Bar, CBD
When: Right now
Cost: Cocktails from $19
In Bed Pop-up Store
The online store In Bed (aka homeware heaven), is having its first ever pop-up Christmas store in Paddington up until 24 December and you need to jump on it. Literally all of your Christmas present woes will be solved with gifts like fresh AF kitchenware, homewares, textiles and bathroom goodies.
Where: 72b Oxford St, Paddington
When: Thursday 14 December to Sunday 24 December
Catalina Limited Edition Summer Cocktails
Because Catalina loves summer, they’ve just gone and released a limited edition cocktail menu celebrating all things summer. And per usual, it’s damn good. We’ll be ordering the Santa’s hangover which involves Havana 7, spiced syrup, grapefruit juice, apricot brandy and a touch of amaretto (mainly because the name speaks to us on a deep level). While you’re there, make sure you hit up their new summer menu and consider dinner #sorted.
Where: Catalina, Rose Bay
When: Right now for a limited time
Cost: Cocktails from $23
Thursday 14 December
The Lights Of Christmas
Presented by AGB, St Mary’s Cathedral will once again be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Featuring an amazing light and sound show, 2017 will see the Cathedral lit up with animations and decorations, with choirs singing Christmas carols from 7:30pm every night until Christmas day. Deets are here.
Where: St Mary’s Cathedral
When: Every night until Christmas Day
Friday 15 December
The Rocks Christmas Village
Throughout December, you can stroll through The Rocks Christmas Village until 8pm to do a spot of Christmas shopping. Why would you even consider heading anywhere else to shop when you could be on Sydney Harbour eating fresh food and listening to live music—Christmas shopping doesn’t sound so bad anymore does it?
Where: The Rocks
When: Each Friday, 2 December to 23 December
Red Bull Sound Select
Red Bull Sound Select has been putting on monthly concerts all year, showcasing local and emerging artists and we know you love them. This Friday you can catch Basenji, Mallrat, Haiku Hands and Genesis Owusu at Beach Road Hotel in Bondi, so really, it’d be silly not to grab your mates and head on down there. RSVP right here.
Where: Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
When: Friday 15 December, from8pm
Cost: $3 with RSVP, $10 without RSVP
Free Gingerbread Lattes
We knoowwww it’s damn hot in Sydney right now but we’ve heard that Friday will be slightly cooler. Oh, and we also heard that T Totaler will be giving away 200 free gingerbread lattes from 12pm, because Christmas
Where: T Totaler, The Galeries
When: Friday 15 December, from 12pm
Saturday 16 December
Summer Bottomless Brunch
Lunch is 110% better when it’s long, bottomless and on a sunny Saturday. Honestly, we urge you to go and check out the new menu that Kensington Street Social is offering this summer. The menu is all about fresh seafood, meat and superfood options all crafted by chef Jason Atherton and it’s a goodie. Book your table here.
Where: The Old Claire Hotel, Chippendale
When: Every Saturday and Sunday throughout summer, 11:30am-3:30pm
Cost: 2 course bottomless $65, 3 course bottomless $75
Your silly season is about to get a whole lot sillier because we just found an Italian feast with bottomless cocktails. You no longer have to dream of stuffing yourself with allll of the glorious carbs while sipping on liquid gold because the crew at Fratelli Fresh have made it a delicious reality. Get more info here.
Where: Fratelli Fresh, 229-231 Macquarie St, CBD
When: Every Saturday, from5pm
Cost: $40 per person (without booze) or $60 per person (with booze)
Sunday 17 December
Firedoor Brunch Series
It’s no coincidence that the Firedoor brunch series takes place on the last day of the week (after all, Sunday is the ultimate brunch day). The fire-powered menu will be packed with grilled peppers, jamon, wood-baked eggs with chorizo and ash-baked potato tortillas. And don’t worry, the crew here is backing you up with grilled tomato Bloody Marys and breakfast martinis to help you soldier on from the night before. We all know you’ll need it. Get your tickets here.
Where: Firedoor, Surry Hills
When: Sunday 17 December, 11am-3pm
Cost: $65 per person (not including drinks)
F45 Track with Cory George
Is anyone else envious of their friend’s commitment to F45, while you’re just too lazy and too poor for it all? Fear not, a free F45 class run by the new face of F45, Cory George, is being held this Sunday at Sydney Olympic Park. Can we get a yassss? For the ultimate pre Christmas workout, register here and get #ripped in time for Christmas (where literally all your hard work will be cancelled out).
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
When: Sunday 17 December
SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET
Hold onto your kale, vegan friends, there’s a new market in town and it’s got your animal-loving names allllllll over it. In case you weren’t already spoilt enough living in such a vegan-friendly city like Sydney, a monthly market launched in November and it’ll be wall-to-wall cruelty-free goodies errry month. Get more info here.
Where: Portuguese Community Club, Marrickville
When: Sunday 17 December, 9am-4pm
Here are a few free things happening in Sydney this month.
Image credit: Catalina