Bust out your flags, thongs and other Australia Day paraphernalia cause we’ve got your plans sorted for the most Aussie day on the calendar. The Urban List have sniffed out the best spots to get yourself full as a boot and spinning yarns well into the last light. Let your day be filled with lamb chops, half-baked games of cricket and unsolicited opinons from triple j fans.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel can always be counted on for a good time and you and the squad can enjoy non-stop Aussie tunes on the decks. Entry is free, and there are a few tempting food and drink specials on the day to get you going. If your “crew” consists of just you and your pooch, ‘av-a-go at the Every Man and His Dog stand-up paddle boarding competition. 'Coz Australia Day ain’t Australia Day without dogs on SUPs.
The Public Cammeray
Go for broke and smash a few Young Henrys tinnies with ya mates at The Public in Cammeray. There will be plenty of live music to keep the mood light and yes, you can listen to the triple j Hottest 100.
To celebrate Australia Day in an Argentinean way, La Boca in Alexandria are putting on a Surf and Turf style BBQ buffet. $60 will get you an endless supply of fresh seafood, La Boca signature meats, delicious sides and Aussie desserts. Book yourself a spot—it’s gonna be a cracker!
The Cut Bar & Grill
Australia Day needn’t mean slinging meat pies at fellow revellers. The Cut Bar and Grill are doing a classic Beef ‘N’ Reef for just $99 with the option to match it with a glass of wine or beer.
The Rocks and Double Bay
Take the time to celebrate our mixing pot of cultures and settle in for lunch or dinner at Japanese restaurant Sake. The Australia Day menu will include your choice of three robata dishes and ice cold Coedo Japanese craft beers will be available all day.
Dove & Olive
The Good Beer Company is patriotically hosting Hottest 100 Beach Parties at each of its venues. From midday, Australia’s hottest craft beers of 2015, as voted by you, will be announced live across The Good Beer Company venues, including The Dove & Olive. What’s more, most of these brews will be on tap to guzzle all day long. Similar vibes can be felt at the Keg & Brew in Surry Hills and The Dog in Randwick.
Treat yourself to a traditional pork spit roast lunch this Australia Day, served with house baked damper, spuds and slaw. Slug down a couple of Young Henrys brews and set yourself up for a round of Aussie trivia. The feast at 3 Weeds will set you back just 35 bucks—don’t forget to save some cash for the meat raffle (it literally does not get any more Australian than that).
Get yourself a vantage point from The Glenmore’s rooftop on Cumberland Street. With 180 degree views, you can get yourself a slice of the action without actually braving the street-level shenanigans. Knock back a few beers and settle in for the triple j Hottest 100.
We Aussies love a challenge and The Royal in Leichhardt will put your patriotism to the test with the ultimate Aussie burger and VB combo (24 bucks). Tuck into this little ripper and enjoy the family vibes at this good old-fashioned Aussie pub.
The Rocks Australia Day
We love things that are free (means there’s more cash for food) and thankfully you can make your way down to The Rocks to enjoy the sounds of Katy Steele, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Jinja Safari and Tuka playing live across two outdoor stages. As well as live music, George Street will be converted into a relaxed space for all sorts of activities.
Goat Island Sounds 2016
This shiny new addition to the Australia Day line-up is a sure fire good time, with a killer electronic bill featuring Kilter, Just A Gent, OK Sure, LUEN and Klue. Chow down on a Mary’s burger between sets at Goat Island Sounds, or order yourself a gourmet picnic hamper for something a little more luxurious.
The Australian Heritage Hotel
For anyone impartial to a cheeky lamington, The Australian Heritage Hotel have constructed a giant chocolate-covered sponge to satisfy your affections. To continue the backyard barbie theme, a VB-only bar will be in operation and naturally, the triple j countdown on full volume.
The Sheaf have put together an all-Aussie supergroup of musicians to deliver a set of Australian rock and pop classics. There is a good chance you’ll hear some Midnight Oil, INXS and Daddy Cool—don’t lose your head/pants.
Daniel San are hosting a more relaxed Australia Day on the Northern Beaches. The team will be firing up the Okinawa BBQ and offering face paints for the little ones. Live DJs will set up after the triple j countdown for anyone in for a big night.
This Newtown institution have a ripper line up for Australia Day this year, including Backyard Olympics hosted by Pat form Willie the Boatman. Go-for-broke and try The Bank's spit roast lamb, mint sauce and bush tomato mayo for lunch. For purists, a classic Aussie Steak sanga with BBQ onions is also on the menu.
Image credit: Goat Island Sounds