2 weeks into spring, and it doesn’t look like it’s leaving us any time soon. Are you looking for some new spring clothes, or perhaps feeling like a tea, or some cheese, or perhaps tea AND cheese?! Or, do you need something a little stronger? Whatever your flavour we have you covered. So put a spring in your step and head on out into the sunshine with 7 spring things to do this weekend in Sydney.
Archie Rose Dinner @ The Tilbury Hotel
So, in case you haven’t heard, it is, in fact, spring… and every second conversation Sydneysiders are having these days is ‘how beautiful is this weather?!’ To celebrate, Archie Rose Distillery have partnered with the Tilbury Hotel to put on a Spring, 3 course dinner with cocktails. Launching the first batch of their Tilbury Gin, the Tilbury hotel’s Michelin-accredited head chef James Wallis will be working with the talented Lachlan Beange from Archie Rose to create the ultimate gourmet experience. This event is sure to book up, so grab your tickets and come and celebrate the new season.
What: Archie Rose Dinner @ The Tilbury Hotel
Where: The Tilbury Hotel
When: Thursday 15th September
Cost: $85 per person, call 9368 1955 to book or email
Mexican Independence Day at Barrio Cellar
Has it been a tough week? Are you looking at the tequila bottle questioning your life choices? Do you need to let lose? Look no further than Barrio Cellars this Thursday for all your tequila loving, taco feasting needs. Mexican Independence Day is your excuse to dance the night away, with complimentary Tommy’s Margaritas from 5pm until 6pm, and DJs from 7pm. Heard of Mexican Roulette? It’s a killer. Order 4 tacos and guess which one is the extra hot one. Don’t worry, Mexican Flag Sangrias will help wash down those fire-y tacos after. The traditional Grito de la Independencia dish “Chine En Nogada” will be flying out of the kitchen, promising so much more than that dreaded tequila hang over in the morning.
What: Mexican Independence Day at Barrio Cellar
Where: Barrio Cellar
When: Thursday 15th September from 5pm
Cost: a la carte menu available, as well as set menus ranging from $35 pp. For bookings, email or call 9232 7380
Drambuie’s A Night with the Nail
Think New York nightclub - early 60s, Frank Sinatra coo-ing in your ear, Marilyn Monroe is the fantasy, the Beatles are your future husbands and your drink is simple: one part Drambuie, two parts Scotch and a lemon twist over ice – a Rusty Nail. Flash-forward 50 years and you’re at The Swinging Cat in Sydney’s CBD. While Marilyn’s wind swept skirt is not much more than a daily disaster, little has changed for the infamous Rusty Nail cocktail. Drambuie are on team ‘revival’ for this cocktail and want you to celebrate and relive the good ol’ days. Guests will be beckoned into the enigmatic world of Drambuie at ‘A Night with the Nail’, and if you hear a ring of the Drambuie Barkeep’s phone throughout the evening, be sure to answer it – first answer receives a round of Rusty Nails on the house.
What: Drambuie-Themed Jazz Evening
Where: The Swinging Cat, King Street, Sydney CBD
When: Every Thursday from 8 September for the next 3 months
Australia Street: Portraits from the Inner West
Award Winning photographer Zahn Pithers says Hello, and Welcome to Australia Street. A day spent perusing Aussie art while sipping on truly incredible coffee is a day well spent in our eyes, and here is your chance. ‘Australia Street’ is a series of beautifully presented studio portraits depicting the extremely diverse people that make up the community of Australia Street in Newtown. The exhibition will be held in the coveted cafes along Australia Street, so grab your coffee to go and join in the celebration of Sydney’s awesome, unified diversity.
What: Australia Street: Portraits from the Inner West
Where: Australia Street, Newtown
When: Everyday 8am-4pm, until Friday 30th September
Festival Of The Senses
If you haven’t heard already, we’re pretty stoked for Festival Of The Senses that kicked off this month. If you’re only just hearing about this now — where have you been, under a rock? Don’t worry, there’s still PLENTY of stuff left to eat, drink and do. This week the Manly Wine Funk Beach Full Moon Party takes place (September 16), the Rooftop cinema rolls on, and Bottomless Bellinis continue at The Winery. Oh boy, it’s gonna be a biiiiig weekend.
When: For the month of September
Where: Various locations, check out our wrap up for all the details here.
Cheese and Tea Pairing Workshop at Ginkgo Leaf
Set amongst some of Sydney’s most beautiful artisan Japanese homewares, the team at Ginkgo Leaf have prepared a cheese and tea-paring afternoon in their leafy Bamboo Garden this weekend. Passionate about the flavours, aromas and textures of teas and cheese from all over the world, tea sommelier Liliana Algorry will show you how cheese and tea make for the ultimate combination. With no tea knowledge required, there simply is no excuse to not expand your knowledge, and talk about the important things in life: cheese and tea.
What: Cheese and Tea Pairing Workshop at Ginkgo Leaf
Where: Ginkgo Leaf Bambo Garden @ 22 Queen Street, Woollahra
When: Saturday 17th September, 2-4pm
Cost: $69 per person, RSVP required, book here
Westfield’s Fashion Weekend
Has spring-cleaning left you a little worse for wear? Is your wardrobe a little light? This weekend, 36 Westfields across Australia are hosting the inaugural Westfield’s Fashion Weekend. There is now officially an excuse for you to start the hoarding cycle again. Enjoy up to 30% off full retail prices from brands such as Cue, Guess, Seed Heritage, Sass & Bide, Glue, MJ Bale, Wittner and many more. It’s a sad but true reality – we can, and we will, shop till we drop.
What: Westfield’s Fashion Weekend
Where: Every Westfield in Australia!
Spring Social Degustations at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
There is something just so satisfying about sitting at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel on a Sunday afternoon. We’re not sure if it’s the wine that constantly flows, or the fact that the world could end and you would have no qualms because you were by the waterfront with a nice big bucket of fresh prawns. Local favourite Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel invite you and all of your friends to their beautiful Sunset Room for a 5 course degustation menu prepared by Executive Chef John Pye in collaboration with Robert Oatley Wines. Ocean inspired dishes include Hiramasa kingfish with beetroot and Tasmanian horseradish and spanner crab with spring greens salad, spiced grains and yuzu. Guess where we’ll be this weekend? See you there.
What: Spring Social Degustations at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Where: The Sunset Room, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
When: Sunday 18th September, 12pm-4pm
Cost: $130 per person, book your spot here
Image Credit: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel