In true Sydney style, the city is pulling out all the stops for Halloween. From scary movie screenings to a Day of the Dead inspired event (FYI, they fall in the same week this year) so prepare to be scared silly. Don’t worry—it all involves cocktails.
If you’re not in the mood for a touch of terror, then you’re in luck. This week covers all bases, from an oyster and whisky festival to a four-course Italian feast—yeah, you definitely won’t be hungry.
These are our top picks for errrything you need to do in Sydney this week.
Monday 30 October
Bo’s Diner Takes Over Soda Factory
This week Soda Factory is giving the ol’ Monday night a shake up with the delish eats from Bo’s Diner. The American-style menu is only available for the week so you’ll want to head down for their screening of Baby Driver and settle in for a night full of action and feasting. For deets and to RSVP, head here.
Where: Soda Factory, 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
When: Monday, October 30, doors open at 8pm and the movie kicks off at 8.30pm.
Cost: Free entry
Wild Rover Oyster Fest 2017
Oysters—you love ‘em or you hate ‘em. We happen to love them. So we’re pretty damn pleased Wild Rover is putting on a week-long celebration in honor of these little shelled beauties. A special menu has been created with the slimy little suckers in mind, plus an impressive selection of whisky to match. Oh, and the Wapengo Rocks oysters are only $1 each! It’s a shucking good deal and you know it—more deets here.
When: Monday 30 October-Saturday 4 November
Where: The Wild Rover, Surry Hills
Tuesday 31 October
ITALIAN AFFAIR @ BALLA
It’s not summer yet and your beach bod is going to have to wait because Balla’s Italian Affair is happening this Tuesday and carb loading is 100% mandatory. Federico Zanellato (of LuMi Bar & Dinging fame) will join head chef, Gabriele Taddeucci, for an four course Italiano feast with matching wines so bring your stretchy pants and get set to eat yourself into a food coma. Get all the deets here.
Where: Balla, The Star
When: 31 October from 6:30pm
Cost: $175 per person
Tex-Mex Hangout At El Camino Cantina
A tequila-fuelled extravaganza is happening this week at El Camino Cantina and yeah, we obviously can’t wait. In true Day of the Dead style, the week-long celebration will see events running from dawn to dusk so it’s time to put your drinking hat on (you have one of those, right?). BTW there will be $2 tacos and that, my friend, is ‘nuff said. For more info and to book your spot head over here.
When: Tuesday 31 October-Sunday 5 November
Where: El Camino Cantina, 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Cost: Free entry, booking recommended.
Wednesday 1 November
Rooftop Cinema @ SoCal
Picture this: you + dranks + BFFs + a rooftop cinema, in a bar. That’s right, we just described your Wednesday night and it sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well that is exactly what’s happening at SoCal this Wednesday and FYI it’s scary movies only (because Halloween). Hold your popcorn and margaritas tight (but especially the margaritas) and enjoy the terrifying show. Book here.
When: Sunday 29 October-Thursday 2 November
Where: SoCal, Neutral Bay
Cancel your plans for this weekend, guys, because we've teamed up with AMEX and Shop Small to bring you the two best, god damn delicious days of your life aka Urban Weekender. Kicking off this Saturday 4 November and running all weekend, over 50 venues across the country are offering a series of epic treats for this weekend only. Think edible glitter martinis, espresso martini ice creams, $10 Aperol spritz and 20% off all your fave brands. Head here to find out what's happening in your city, and remember to get out, shop small and support local business. Click here for deets.
Note: you will need an American Express account to claim these epic deals, so make sure you bring your card along on the day.
When: Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 November, 2017
Where: Varies locations around your city.
Halloween @ The Royal Oak
It’s time to scream the night away (in delight, not fear FYI) because Phil’s Bar at The Royal Oak is putting on a bloody (geddit?) treat for Halloween this year Think $5 tacos and tequila (the ultimate combo), $10 Bloody Mary’s, and monster mash tunes all night long. There’ll also be horror movies playing in the background (obligatory), creepy decorations and free sugar skull face painting for those of you who can’t be bothered with a costume (that’s all of us, TBH). Halloween = sorted.
When: Tuesday 31 October, 7pm-late
Where: The Royal Oak
Cost: Free entry
Day Of The Dead Meets Halloween Fiesta @ Mejico
Our friends at Mejico know a thing or two about partying, so they’ve decided to combine Day of the Dead and Halloween into one big fiesta. Think their usual delicious menu (oh yeah, the guac will be there) with spooky themed cocktails and Day of the Dead face painting (#halloweenmakeupgoals). Book here.
When: Monday 30 October
Where: Mejico (CBD & Miranda)
Cost: Free entry
Olmeca Altos: A Haunted House Experience
If you’re keen to brave a haunted house this Halloween (after a few drinks, let’s be real), House of Merivale will be transforming into the ultimate house of the dead for halloween. You’ll be taken on a guided tour through Casa de Los Muertos (translation: until death do they part), which will be filled with ghouls, ghosts, vamps and other scream-inducing and flesh-crawling characters. Charming, no? There’ll also be Olmeca Altos (aka tequila) cocktails and hor(ror) d’oeuvres to ease the pain of being scared shitless all night. Details here.
When: Friday 27 October - Tuesday 31 October, 5-10pm
Where: Casa de Los Muertos (Upstairs at Slip Inn House of Merivale)
Day Of The Dead At The Eastern
Get ready for the ultimate fiesta because The Eastern is throwing a Day of The Dead party and we couldn’t think of anything better than enjoying an ice-cold Espolon Tequila margarita on a Friday night. There’ll be face painting so you can get into character up at El Topo Rooftop. See you there. Drink Responsibly.
When: Friday 3 November
Where: El Topo Rooftop, The Eastern
Editor's Note: Espolon Tequila's event is proudly sponsored by Campari and Balla's event by The Star Sydney, both are endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.
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