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The Only Cocktail You’ll Need This Summer

By Sophia Fukunishi
1st Jan 2016

Aperol Spritz summer

Hellooooooo summer! It’s that glorious time of the year when wearing less is more, everyone’s wayyy more chilled and day-drinking is not only totally acceptable, it’s encouraged. And nothing says “hey guys, it’s summer. I’m here and I’m ready for some good times,” like an Aperol Spritz

Made with prosecco, Aperol and soda, the Aperol Spritz is one of those cocktails that’s quickly gaining popularity with us Aussies. Probably because, like the drink itself, we’re fun, light-hearted and a little bit colourful (no, not bright orange—unless you’ve had a bad fake tan). 

Besides looking like the perfect summer drink, the Aperol Spritz also tastes like the perfect summer drink. And by that we mean it’s not too sweet, a little bit citrusy and—a hot weather requirement—served refreshingly cold.

Aperol Spritz Summer Sessions

To celebrate the warmer months, there’ll be Aperol Spritz parties held at some awesome bars around Sydney where you can get your cocktail on well and good. There’ll be Aperol Spritz available for just $10, so you can enjoy more of them (responsibly, of course). Or, have extra cash left over for delicious food because we’re never not thinking about eating.

Here’s just a taster of where you can go for a $10 Aperol Spritz (or two!) and good times this summer.

For the whole list of Aperol Spritz events, head here.

Afternoon drinks at The Rocks Brewery

Find yourself a cosy seat in The Rocks Brewery outdoor Aperol Garden while you sip on the venue’s very own Aperol Larger Sour available for $8. Enjoy the weekend vibes from Friday to Sunday, 2pm till 9pm.

Dates: 15th November to 15th December

Cruise on down to Cruise Bar 

Cruise Bar is easily one of the best bars in Sydney to join the Aperol Spritz action. With views of the harbour and Opera House, the Aperol Garden will be in full swing in Cruise Bar’s sunny courtyard from 2pm till 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. That’s basically your weekend sorted. Cheers!

Dates: 6th November to 27th December

Aperol Beach Club at The Bucket List, Bondi

Aperol Spritz will be transforming part of The Bucket List into a trendy Italian beach club. Think Italian Riveria but with the classic Aussie vibes of Bondi Beach. Everything you’d expect from an Italian beach club will be on offer from comfy deck chairs to chill out on, Aperol popsicles (!!!), chilled out tunes and great food… not to mention being totally beach front. From 12pm till late every day of the week, get in on the Aperol Spritz Sunday Sessions at The Bucket List.

Dates: 17th December – 14th January

Sunset Vibes at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Nothing says “summer vibes” quite like Watsons Bay Hotel. Every Sunday from 27th December, head in for their Sunset Sessions where you can enjoy live music or a chillout DJ set while sipping on $10 Aperol Spritzes.

Dates: 27th December – 28th February

Aperol Spritz festivities at Jamie’s Italian

It seems only fitting that an Italian restaurant will be taking part in all the Aperol Spritz festivities. Jamie's Italian Parramatta, Sydney and Canberra will be bringing that orange goodness to diners from Fridays to Sundays. Order a $10 Aperol Spritz and enjoy the deliciousness of Jamie's Italian. Sounds like a good weekend to us!

Dates: From 24th November


Hop on a ferry (if you don’t already live in the area) and get in on the Sunday sessions at Manly Wharf this summer. Watch the sun set while you sip on Aperol Spritzes and listen to DJs playing chilled tunes. 3rd January sees DJ Somatik & Graham M on the decks, 10th January DJ Aden Mullins & Alex Mac will be playing and 31st January, kick back with Mo Funk & Husky.

Dates: 27th December to 31st January


Make your way to Club Aperol at The Winery where you can watch the Australian Open in style. There’ll be refreshing Aperol Spritz as well as aperitivo drinks on offer as well as tasty food, live tennis on a large screen, all set within their beautiful garden. Oh, there’ll also be a delicious Aperol menu from 3pm – 7pm, so make a date to head to The Winery this summer.

Dates: 14th January – 6th March (this has been extended from the original 14th February end date. Hooray!)


Taking a break from Sydney this summer? Head to Newcastle for one of the best summer sessions on the coast at The Landing. From 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout summer, feel as though you’ve been transported to the Italian Riviera at this bar in Newcastle. Complete with beach umbrellas and deck chairs, there’ll be Aperol Spritz (including carafes for only $15) and other Italian classics to quench your thirst and a brand new bar menu to please the tastebuds.

Dates: 10th December – 27th March

Orange afternoons at The Sheaf

Enjoy an afternoon in the newly renovated courtyard at The Sheaf. With lush greenery and garden area, it’s the perfect spot to grab an Aperol Spritz ($10) or an Aperol Popsicle Spritz ($14) while kicking back on bean bags. Take a photo while you’re there and upload to Instagram using #AperolSpritz and #TheSheaf for your chance to win one of two Aperol Spritz Packs!

Dates: 16th – 17th January and 23rd –24th January

Last Days of Summer at The Clock

Looking for a place to enjoy the last few weekends of summer? Relax and unwind in the Aperol Garden at Surry Hills’ Clock Hotel. The beer garden will transform into an Aperol Garden Retreat where you’ll be able to partake in Aperol Spritz goodness from the travelling Aperol Cart for $10 along with refreshing Aperol Popsicle Spritz for $14.

Dates: 13th – 14th February and 21st – 22nd February 

Rooftop vibes at Kings Cross Hotel

For some damn fine views coupled with some damn fine cocktails (of the Aperol Spritz variety), the Kings Cross Hotel is where you need to be this February and March. Chill out on bean bags with an Aperol Spritz (or Aperol Popsicle Spritz) in hand while enjoying some chilled out tunes. Take a photo at the event and upload to Instagram using #AperolSpritz and #KXHotel  for your chance to win one of two Aperol Spritz Packs!

Dates: 27th – 28th February and 5th – 6th March

Make An Aperol Spritz Yourself At Home

So you’ve invited some friends over and you want to impress them with your cocktail making skillz (but don’t actually have said skillz)? Make them an Aperol Spritz—it’s as easy as 3, 2, 1…

  • 3 parts prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol
  • 1 part soda

Add ice and a thin wedge of orange and all the accolades and high fives from your drinking companions will be yours. 

Editor's Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Aperol and 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. 

Image credit: Aperol

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