Ever noticed that our weekends start on a Thursday? There is a simple explanation for this—there is just too much to cover in a measly 48-hour weekend. We know you feel us, which is why, this week we have done the impossible. We have somehow managed to extend the weekend to, dare we say, Wednesday!
Yes, the public holiday on Thursday is just too damn juicy, so we’re kicking off Australia Day the only way we know how—wine drenched and party ready. We’ve also got fresh tunes, festivals, lion dancers, and coffee. Here are 13 awesome things to kick off the weekend: for the love of ‘Straya, Sydney and of course general good times.
Wednesday 25 January
Australia Day At Goros
Japanese street-style bar, Goros, is bringing in Australia Day with an ode to Mean Girls party. Not sure what Mean Girls and Australia Day have in common? They are both fetch, obvs. With drinks specials, late night food and of course some iconic pop bangers, their private karaoke rooms are turning into a celebration of the 2000s, and we’re pretty excited about it.
What: Australia Day at Goros
When: Wednesday 25 January 9pm-3am
Where: Goros, 84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
Cost: Free entry all night
Australia Day Eve At Darlo Country Club
The Californian-inspired Country Club is getting transformed down-under, with a BBQ, some bevs and a whole lot of boogie. They’ve really pulled out the ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi’ card, with BBQ prawn skewers, lamb shoulder, triple cooked chips (deep breath in) and spliced pavlova. The genius bar team have even crafted a lamington flavoured cocktail, which means there’s really no excuse to not celebrate all things Aussie at the Darlo Country Club.
What: Australia Day Eve At Darlo Country Club
When: Wednesday 25 January
Where: Darlo Country Club, 235 Victoria Street Darlinghurst
Cost: $35 set Aussie menu and DJs playing till late
Australia Day Week Continues At Coogee Bay Hotel
Coogee Bay Hotel is once again delivering just what the doctor ordered—a well-deserved week long party with nothing but the beach and the bevs. Thought Australia Day was one day only? WRONG! From Wednesday to Saturday, the Coogee team have figured out that live DJs every night and free entry means that the party never actually has to stop. With the likes of Elle May, Tim Colon Trio, DJ Jeremy Dotch and heaps more taking to the stage, a ‘lil party never killed nobody.
What: Australia Day Week
When: Wednesday 25 January -Saturday 28 January
Where: Coogee Bay Hotel
Cost: Free Entry
Thursday 26 January
Today is the day we party. With the Hottest 100 pumping, the sweat is, let’s be honest, also pumping, and a cold bevvy happens to be the hero of the day. Check out our hottest 100 (more like 10) list of places to party like its 1969 this Aus Day.
What: Australia Day
When: 26 January
Where: Everywhere, but also, more specifically, these 10 awesome party-town locations
Cost: Can you put a price on a good time?
Australia Day At The Star
If you’re looking for an Aus Day with a view, The Star has your back with an after-dark party at Sky Terrace. There is face painting (we’ll be there) and a Sydney Festival extravaganza glowing dance cube (sounds fabulous), where you can be engulfed in glitter and have your very own mini-dance party. Hungry? The Sports bar is serving the Great Aussie burger for $10 and chicken wings with vegemite or Jack Daniels BBQ sauces, you couldn’t get more Aussie than that.
What: Australia Day At The Star
When: 26 January from 5pm
Where: The Star’s Sky Terrace
Australia Day Bash At Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Melt into the Australia Day spirit with a line-up like no other at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. The Beach Club is turning into a pretty legit affair, with LA-based Aussie duo Bag Raiders performing their hits Shooting Stars and Way Back Home, plus loads more. Shantan Wantan Ichiban is also set to play, as well as Purple Sneaker’s DJ’s hitting it off into the sunset. $2 jumbo shrimp on the barbie go down perfectly with flowing Aperol. Watsons Bay sure do know how to host a party.
What: Australia Day Bash At Watsons Bay Hotel
When: 26 January from 4pm
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay
Club Aperol At Icebergs
Icebergs is one of the best spots in Sydney for a sunset session especially when they have an Aperol pop up serving the famous spritz Wednesday through to Sunday. Relax, sit back enjoy an Aperol Spritz as DJ Stefano Pierozzi spins chilled beats til the sun goes down. Get all the deets here.
What: Club Aperol At Icebergs
When: 5pm to 8pm, Wednesday through Sunday
Where: Icebergs Bar + Dining Room
Cost: Entry is free
Friday 27 January
Twilight At Taronga
Twilight at Taronga is coming back for 2017 and this time, the line up is even more exciting than last year. There is literally a show for every single taste in music, with Peter Garrett and Kev Carmody playing opening weekend, Björn Again (who couldn’t get enough, so they decided to perform two nights in a row) and old school favourites like The Living End, who’ll be accompanied by a complete orchestra, for their special ‘Twangin’ at Twilight’ performance. On the food front, there’s a primo charcuterie hamper available for pre purchase and a vegetarian option – most importantly, they both come with wine.
What: Twilight At Taronga
When: Kicks off 27 January and runs until 11 March
Where: Taringa Zoo
Cost: prices vary, see the full program and books your tickets here
Red Bull Sound Select
These monthly showcases of Aussie talent are the perfect way to curb that post-Aus Day lull. Celebrate local artists and all-hail-Australia emotions with Jack Grace and Wollongong artist Bec Sandridge gracing the Uniting Church in Paddington. For a spiritual/gospel/modern RnB fix, cello player Kelsey Lu will take the helm, promising what will be some of the most mesmerising vibes of the year.
What: Red Bull Sound Select Showcase
When: Friday 27 January, doors open 8pm
Where: Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street Paddington
Cost: $3 with RSVP, RSVP here
Sydney Opera House Celebrates The Year Of The Rooster
Each year Sydney hosts one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia, and the Opera House is definitely holding up its part in 2017. Head to the Boardwalk to see giant colourful rooster lanterns light up, or munch on special Chinese New Year deals at your favourites: Opera Kitchen, Opera Bar, Bennelong and Portside Sydney’s. Make sure to grab your tickets to Music Under The Moon in the Concert Hall, showcasing Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
What: Sydney Opera House Celebrates The Year Of The Rooster
When: 27 January – 12 February
Where: Western Broadwalk, Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen, Portside Sydney, Bennelong
Cost: free, tickets to Music Under The Moon available here
Saturday 28 January
Electric Gardens Festival
Once again taking center stage in Centennial Park, get your electronic fix from Electric Gardens Festival this weekend. Headlined by world renowned Swedish DJ Eric Prydz, tickets are still available to this highly sought-after event, with three stages delivering the very best house electronic music. Prydz has been responsible for some of the biggest progressive house tracks in the past decade, from Madison Square Garden to Brixton Academy, and now coming to your back yard, Centennial Park. This is one not to miss.
What: Electric Gardens Festival 2017
When: Saturday 28 January 1pm
Where: Centennial Parklands
Cost: Final Release $140, get those tickets before they sell out
Chinese Lion Dancers
Schedule your weekly fish for today and celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Get ready for a parade of Chinese lion dancers and fortune cookies delivering the motivational goods, this is a great oppor-TUNA-ty to discovery that’ any-fin is possible if you don’t trout yourself’. Yes, those puns have just happened. Let’s roll with it.
What: Chinese New Year Lion Dance at Sydney Fish Markets
When: Saturday 28 January, parade from 9.30am-11am
Where: Sydney Fish Markets, Pyrmont
Sunday 29 January
Collective Roasting Solutions Pop-Up
Exhausted after this ridiculously big weekend? Boy do we have the solution for you. Collective Roasting Solutions really are the best pop-up solution this summer, with a Brew Bar hosting some of the best beans in town. If you think you like coffee, think again friend, these guys are obsessed. We’re talking smelling, tasting, sampling, and even feeling the good ‘ol bean. There are treats galore from Nutorious, as well as raw green coffee beans for sale. What more could you want?
What: Collective Roasting Solutions Pop-Up
When: Now until the end of February
Where: CRS Brew Bar, 177 Enmore Road, Enmore
Hungry from all those adventures? Check out Every Foodie Experience Worth Ticking Off In Circular Quay.
Image Credit: The Star