It’s official, we’ve passed the mid-year mark and winter is almost over. Okay, well, not quite, but who’s counting? Regardless, it’s time to pull yourself out from hibernation and embrace what this cold weather has to offer.
With the next few weeks packed full of events, it’s time to ditch those friends who insist on not leaving the house during the colder months, because there’s still plenty of eating and drinking to be had. So if you’re looking for things to do in Sydney this July, we’ve got your calendar sorted.
Celebrate Winter In A Winter Wonderland With Munich Brauhaus
We know ice skating can have you working up a sweat, so quench your thirst with a beer at the Munich Brauhaus pop-up bar located (conveniently) next to the ice skating rink at the Sydney Winter Festival, starting on June 30th. If you’re more the indoorsy type (and we don’t blame you with the prediction of snow about) Jägermeister are hosting winter chalet parties every Friday in July at Munich Brauhaus, where the bar will be transformed to into an alpine chalet and haus DJs bring the winter vibe to the D-floor. Really want to heat things up? Try the new winter spiced Jägermeister shots!
Sydney Winter Festival runs from June 30th - July 17th at St Mary’s Cathedral, CBD.
What: Jägermeister Chalet parties
Where: Munich Brauhaus
When: Every Friday in July
Spend A Night Indulging In Guilt-Free Desserts
We'll admit it, we might have a bit of a soft spot for dessert and so any event offering sweet treats that will leave us feeling better than when we first arrived, has got our attention. On July 28th, The Grounds Of Alexandria will be turning on the fairy lights to host a night of delectable greatness with the GoodnessMe Box dessert themed, wholefood night market. After a sell-out event last year, The Grounds will again turn into a bustling marketplace with over 600 health conscious consumers. Stalls will be selling all the good stuff like nice-cream, healthy doughnuts, raw cakes and milkshakes as well as organic wine and healthy dinner options courtesy of The Grounds' BBQ inspired menu. There will be talks from some of Australia's biggest names in health and wellbeing, as well as leading health food brands including IsoWhey Wholefoods and Table of Plenty hosting stalls where you can sample and purchase take home goodies.
What: GoodnessMe Box Dessert Wholefood Night Market
Where: The Grounds Of Alexandria
Date: Thursday, July 28th 6pm- 11pm
Cost: $35 per person.
Truffle Tribe At Chophouse
While truffles are in season and Chophouse is making sure we embrace every truffle-filled moment right up until the end of July. From Monday to Friday, you can enjoy truffle toasties on the terrace during Truffle Hour and each week there will also be truffle inspired creations and specials added to the menu, including black truffle ‘toppers’ to create the ultimate steak. To celebrate truffles and wine (we’re already sold), Chophouse are also playing host to the Truffle & Terroir Dinner—five-courses using world class Australian truffles teamed with matching Fletcher wines. Truffle Tribe runs throughout July.
What: Truffle Tribe
Where: Chophouse, Bligh Street
Date: Tuesday, July 5th
Cost: $150 per person
Enjoy A Whole Month Of Pisco
With July 24th marking the official day for Peru to celebrate their national spirit, there's no better time to express your appreciation for the Peruvian drink. With a few events kicking off around the city, you can sip, taste, try and learn about the spirit while being treated to Peruvian delights. Join special guest Johnny Schuler at the House of Luis Tan for a Pisco masterclass where you will be treated to Peruvian inspired canapes while learning how to make the perfect Pisco Sour. You can even stick around and enjoy the sounds of a live Latin band performance afterwards. If you’d prefer to simply indulge in Peruvian fare, the Glass Brasserie Peruvian dinner at The Hilton is the perfect opportunity. With five Australian/Peruvian fused dishes including ceviche, Peruvian style roast chicken and dulche de leche inspired desserts, you can sip on Pisco cocktails while getting your fill.
What: Pisco Masterclass
Where: House of Luis Tan, Bondi
When: Thursday July 7th, 6pm- 8pm
Cost: $45, including drink on arrival and selection of canapes
To book, call 02 8021 8891
What: Glass Brasserie Peruvian Dinner
Where: The Hilton, Sydney
When: Saturday, July 9th from 6:30pm
Cost: $140 per person
To book, call 02 9265 6068
A Truffle Excuse To Escape The City
If you’re wild about mushrooms, then the Diggin’ for Diamonds truffle hunt is not to be missed. On Saturday July 9th and 30th July, Black Star Pastry are teaming up with Straight To The Source to bring you the previously sold out truffle hunting event in the NSW Southern Highlands. You’ll be treated to morning tea in Bowral before beginning the truffle hunt at Yelverton Truffles, home of Australia’s largest truffle. There will be expertly trained dogs to help you sniff those little fungi out before being treated to a cooking demo (by renowned Black Star Pastry owner and patissier, Christopher Thé) and a truffle laden lunch paired with wine tastings from local wineries.
What: Diggin’ For Diamonds
Where: NSW Southern Highlands
When: Saturday, July 9th and 30th
Cost: $350 per person
Vine Dinner Series
Once a month, from July until November, Vine in Double Bay will be playing host to a number of collaborated dinners spearheaded by executive chef, Drew Bolton. Each dinner will see Drew collaborate with one of Sydney’s finest chefs to create a one night-only dining experience with a bespoke menu. Kicking off in July with ex-Noma chef, Elijah Holland, the pair will create a uniquely Australian menu using fresh and local produce sourced from the Blue Mountains, matched with wines from De Beaurepaire Wines.
The dinners will be held at Vine once a month from July until November. Bookings will be open at least three weeks before each dinner and can be made by calling 02 9363 0010.
What: Vine Dinner Series
Where: Vine Double Bay
Exercise And Eat For A Good Cause
If there’s one way to reward yourself after busting out some exercise, it’s doing it with a view. The inaugural Climb ‘n’ Dine at Shangri-La hotel will again challenge Sydneysiders to race up its 37 flights of stairs for charity on July 31st. Capping at only 200 competitors, the race is a unique and exclusive event and the perfect way to raise funds for two Sydney based charities, A Start in Life and Ozharverst. Once the runners reach the top (and some will get there in just under four minutes!), level 36 opens itself up to fitness enthusiasts who will enjoy breakfast at Altitude, the hotel’s signature restaurant with spectacular views of the city and harbour.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, CBD
Date: Sunday, July 31st 7:30am (climb), 8am-9am (dine)
Cost: $100 per person
Cosy Up With A Wine At Wintertide
The Hughenden, a boutique hotel in Sydney’s east, will turn into a pop-up wine bar this July. Wintertide, hosted by one of Australia’s leading independent retailers, Prince Wine Store, will be a place where wine enthusiasts can enjoy a diverse range of wines from around the world while being treated to a French bistro-style menu. Sip wines by the open fire, nestle into one of the vintage lounges or perch yourself at the aperitivo bar and celebrate what each country has to offer by way of wine in this intimate setting.
Where: The Hughenden Boutique Hotel, Woollahra
Date: Thursday - Saturday 5pm onwards, throughout July
For reservations, e-mail Prince Wine Store or call 02 9663 4665
Express Your Love For Italy With An Italian Affair
This July, brace yourselves for a night of exquisite Italian dining when The Star’s very own Osteria Balla Manfredi’s head chef Gabriele Taddeucci and Pizzaperta’s Gianluca Donzelli combine their skills to create a superb menu from Italy, with love. With items like the snapper fillet with spicy tomato broth and olive crackers or the suckling pig porchetta (!), we and ham enthusiasts alike, will be sure to be impressed for this one night only event. So to save the heartache of missing out, book now because suckling pig waits for no one.
What: An Italian Affair
Where: Osteria Balla Manfredi, Level G at The Star
Date: Tuesday, July 12th from 7:00pm
Cost: $95 per person.
To book call, 02 9657 9129.
Skip Staying Sober And Enjoy A Month Of Whiskey
The Glenmore Hotel gets our love affair with whiskey and the month commonly dubbed as the ‘sober one’ (ahem, dry July), is no longer a reason to lock yourself indoors so you can finish countless episodes of Suits (although we wouldn’t really be judging if you did). The Rye July series will be warming your cockles for the second year in a row, with a special whiskey menu so you can celebrate whiskey for the entire month. And, if it’s sophistication you desire for being a loyal whiskey drinker, the Night of Whiskies on Thursday the 14th of July brings whiskey tastings, cocktail masterclasses and canapes to the middle floor of The Glenmore where you can up your Harvey Spector ante, and really get to know the spirit you’ve grown to love.
Rye July runs from Friday, 1st July – Sunday, 31st July.
What: The Night Of Whiskies
Where: The Glenmore, The Rocks
Date: Thursday, 14th July
Cost: $55, includes a tasting glass and five tokens
Celebrate With Bubbles And Fine Japanese Dining
Luxury champagne teams with Japanese dining—it pretty much doesn’t get any better. Veuve Clicquot and Sake Restaurant & Bar are coming together this July for an exclusive five-course dinner, paired with the finest of fine drops. The dinner will be hosted by Veuve Clicquot’s very own fine wine specialist, MJ Van Vuuren who will take guests on a champagne journey (need we say more?) through its heritage and history while helping diners gain vital knowledge on how to pair their food with wine. The menu includes dishes like wagyu oyster blade and apple tart soufflé with buckwheat ice cream and salted caramel, so like you need any more convincing, secure your place to enjoy this fine culinary experience.
What: Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner
Where: Sake Double Bay
Date: Thursday, July 7th
Cost: $250 per person
For bookings call 02 8017 3104 or visit the website.
Get Snowed In At An Après Dinner Party
There’s really nothing like going to a dress up dinner where you can enjoy specifically curated menus to suit the theme. Think murder mystery party, but without the murder or the mystery. This is all just food and fun! This July, A Moveable Feast brings us Winter Wonder at Carriageworks and the dress code is of course, Alpine Chic. Each table comes fully styled to theme, with drinks on arrival, live performances and art installations. So pull out your onesie and fur lined boots and get ready for a night of eating, drinking and dancing to celebrate all of the important things while being treated to a winter wonderland spectacle.
What: A Moveable Feast, Winter Wonder
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Date: Saturday, July 30th
Cost: $195 per person, including feast and drinks on arrival.
‘Tis The Season For Truffles
We get it, you want to indulge in truffles from the comfort of your own home, maybe even share with your loved ones (or not) and thankfully Gazebo gets it too. From July 15th to the 27th, you can take your truffle delights away at the seasonal Madame Truffles shop. With a range of truffle products, made from only the highest quality Australian truffle and ingredients, you can devote the month to getting your truffle fix on. Did we mention things like truffle salt, truffle honey, truffle popcorn? We know it’s a tease. Sorry not sorry.
What: Madame Truffles Seasonal Shop
Where: Gazebo, Potts Point
Date: July 15th - July 27th
Warm Up With A Winter Roast
There’s no better time to indulge in warm, hearty foods than winter. Make that a succulent roast and you have your date night sorted. On Wednesday, 13th July, BLACK by ezard are putting on the perfect winter fare with their three course roast dinner. You can choose from either a charcuterie board, seafood or salad for entrée, pork belly, chicken or beef for your main and either a chocolate ganache or lemon curd dessert dish. If you’ve been craving a soul nourishing winter roast but can’t seem to find the motivation to do the prep, then this is the perfect excuse to keep the Weber covered until the sun begins to shine again while being treated to a homely, heart-warming meal at BLACK by ezard.
What: A Winter Roast at BLACK by ezard
Where: BLACK by ezard, Level G at The Star
Date: Wednesday, 13th July
Cost: $120 per person.
To book, call 02 9657 9109
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