Have your pints at the ready, people! This weekend Sydney has two craft beer appreciation events in stall that’ll get you rowdy and raring to go for the weekend ahead. Wind down with an art exhibition, The Tragedy of Hamlet and a Greek feast for the ages, but don’t get too comfy, because our beloved Argyle is turning nine and like the proud parents we are, it is our duty as Sydneysiders to celebrate this momentous milestone!
Nourish Talks—The Ground Beneath
Start your weekend with some good juju and the kind of warm and fuzzies that only comes from learning a new skill and supporting the local community. Get down and dirty learning about all things ‘soil’ with Costa Georgiadis and other guest speakers, before sitting down to a Thai feast, served by Ty Bellingham and a team of refugees and migrants at the St. Canice Catholic Church. Tickets range from $45-65 depending on how philanthropic you’re feeling. The more you spend, the more you support the Inside Out Organic Soup Kitchen and St. Canice’s Kitchen Garden.
Where: St. Canice Catholic Church, Rushcutters Bay
When: Thursday 14th April from 6.30 – 10pm
Balentes: A Living Ancient Soul
Go on an emotional (and educational) journey this Thursday night at Belentes: A Living Ancient Soul; an exhibition where filmmaker Lisa Camillo takes us to Sardinia to draw attention to the human impact of the contamination disaster on the Italian island. Coupled with paintings by Jason Benjamin you’ll experience the full emotional spectrum of the disaster and view a trailer for the documentary Balentes, which will head off to all major film festivals soon. Don’t miss out, tonight is your last chance to see it.
Where: The Australian Institute of Architects, Tusculum House, Potts Point
When: Thursday 14th April, 6pm
The Argyle’s 9th birthday party
Having a big bight at The Argyle (that you may or may not remember the next morning) is a rite of passage for all Sydney natives. And to celebrate their 9-year reign as one of Sydney’s most iconic nightclubs, The Argyle will be transformed into a dream-like secret garden complete with roaming performers, dancers and vine-covered, hidden corners *wink wink*. The headline act is Throttle and they’ll be hitting the decks at 11pm, following a bunch of other Sydney favourites. We recommend you get in early to take advantage of the free entry, but if you do rock up after 9pm, a $20 cover charge will apply.
Where: The Argyle, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Friday 15th April
RAW Sydney presents SIGNATURE
Get your art appreciation on this Friday night at Manning Bar. The second in a series of six art showcases to hit Sydney, SIGNATURE will be presented by RAW and the exhibition will be bringing together 40 local emerging artists. Whether fashion, music, photography visual or performing arts is more your flavour, all bases are covered here. Tickets are $20 when you book online or $25 at the door.
Where: Manning Bar, Manning Road, Camperdown
When: Friday 15th April from 6.30pm
The month-long Bavarian Brewfest continues this Friday night across ten Sydney Bavarian Bier Café locations as well as at the Munich Brauhaus. To celebrate the launch of their limited edition Porter named Pretty Purrsuasion, simultaneous release parties will kick off across all venues from 5pm and if you’re among the first 200 keen beans to pass through their doors, you will score a collector’s glass to celebrate.
Where: Multiple locations
When: Friday 15th April
Vanishing Elephant & INCU Warehouse Sale
If you're in desperate need of a new wardrobe, or having a little bit of a panic now that it's coming into colder weather and you're wondering just what did you wear last year, then you'll want to hit up the Vanishing Elephant & INCU Warehouse Sale this weekend. With up to 80% off brands like Vanishing Elephant, A.P.C., Bassike, Karen Walker, Isabel Marant, Comme De Garcon Play, T by Alexander Wang, Saturdays Surf NYC, you'll be styling through the rest of the year, cold weather or otherwise.
Where: 53-55 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills
When: Friday 15th: 9am-6pm, Saturday 16th: 9am-5pm, Sunday 17th: 10am-4pm
Social Serve at White Tennis Centre
The inaugural Social Serve charity event will be bringing tennis backhands, beats and artisan eats together, with matches kicking off from 2pm. DJs will be on the decks all afternoon and a menu of smoked beef brisket rolls and chilli lime salmon skewers from Fumo Meats will be available, should you choose to take advantage of it (hint: you should). Any excuse to don our activewear and show off our competitive streak is okay by us. Add a few cheeky bevvies and a round of mixed doubles and you can count, us, in. After all, it’s for charity dah-lings! All drink proceeds will be donated to the Primary Club, an Australian charity dedicated to providing access sport to those with a disability.
Where: White Tennis Centre, Paddington
When: Saturday 16th April
Middle Eastern Cheese Making Class
The ability to make your own cheese is an elusive skill that could actually save you a buttload of money in the long run, especially when you consider a block of haloumi (the king of all white cheeses) will set you back an easy $7 at the supermarket. This Saturday, Sefa Kitchen will teach you how to make haloumi, Lor peyniri (Turkish-style ricotta), kefir, yogurt and a lavender infused labne and also how to whip up a Middle Eastern bread. Tickets are $115 and could not be more worth it for an entire afternoon of cheese appreciation and master class.
Where: Sefa Kitchen, Bondi
When: Saturday 16th April from 3-5pm
Shakespeare By The Bay – The Tragedy of Hamlet
If you enjoy an outdoor cinema as much as we do, then you will love Shakespeare by the Bay, which is taking it one step further this weekend, with an outdoor theatre experience on Sydney Harbour. In partnership with Bard on the Beach, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is ditching the uncomfortable theatre seats and taking the show to the grass. You can even pick yourself up a fully stocked picnic basket complete with blanket when you book online.
Where: Robertson Park, Watsons Bay
When: April 15th – 17th
Alpha feast with Maeve O'Meara
The name, Peter Conistis in synonymous with exquisite Modern Greek fare and this Sunday, Maeve O’Mara is hosting a Local Food Safari in his kingdom, Alpha restaurant. All of the key players will be there; moussaka, spanakopita and twice cooked octopus with spinach and white beans. What Greek feast—modern or otherwise—would be complete without a lamb on the spit? Conistis knows what’s up, serving his 12-hour spit roast of suckling lamb with lemon roast potatoes and stuffed artichokes. I’ll just let that sink in…
Where: Alpha Restaurant, Sydney
When: Sunday 17th April from 12.30-3.30pm
Battle of the Brews: Craft Beer Fight Club Returns with Epic Rematch
Have your pitchers ready! For the first time The DOG is hosting the Craft Beer Fight Club this Sunday afternoon. After being named the two hottest craft brewers by you guys on Australia Day, Stone & Wood and Feral Brewing will be pitted against one another to settle the score, once and for all. In Stone & Wood’s corner we have the ever-popular Pacific Ale, going up against Feral Brewing’s Hop Hog American IPA and Watermelon Warhead. Tickets are available online or at the door, if you are more of a ride by the seat of your pants kind of cat.
Where: The DOG Hotel, Randwick
When: Sunday 17th April from 12pm
Image credit: The Argyle