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8 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

By Lucy King - 01 Sep 2016

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We couldn’t be happier to shed a few layers and usher in the beautiful season of spring this weekend. That’s right people, winter is officially over, hallelujah! This weekend in Sydney prepare yourself for a shared love for all things wine, food, sun and of course, Dad. A word to the wise guys, it’s Fathers’ Day so hop too it if you haven’t already made a plan, and as always we have you and your dad #covered with 8 of the most awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend. 


Meet The Winemaker Evening

We’re confident majority of you are always ready for wine, especially as the end of the week rolls around… is it just us or did that take foever? This Thursday, lovers of a good drop have the chance to actually meet the men behind the bottles we love. And of course, wine appreciating obviously means wine tasting. Edinburgh Castle Sydney is playing host to Aussie winemaker Alex from A.Retief wines, who not only has years of delicious experience under his belt but also all of the knowledge when it comes to wine. You can also buy wine on-site from so you can share your new found knowledge over a bottle with your mates. Did we mention the complimentary cheese? 

What: Meet the Winemaker Evening
Where: Edinburgh Castle Sydney, 294 Pitt St
When: Thursday 1st September at 5pm 

QT Sydney Mr Bond Shave 

Get ready for Fathers’ Day celebrations with the vintage Barber Shops at QT Sydney’s ‘Mr Bond’ Shave. The ‘Mr Bond’ Shave is the closest straight-edged razor shave, perfect for special agents aka dads everywhere. Dad will enjoy a steaming, scented towel followed by an eye masque and an enjoyable hand or shoulder massage - and that’s just the beginning. He’ll also receive a complimentary glass of Chivas Regal to finish.  

What: QT Sydney Mr Bond Shave
Where: QT Sydney
When: Starting Thursday 1st September
Cost: Priced at $80 for the 45 minute Mr Bond Shave 


Sunrise Bender at Bondi Beach

Free yoga sessions on the first Friday of each month are a thing down at Bondi, and this Friday we’ll be waking up bright and early for it. Before you recoil at the suggestion of offensive wake up times, hear this. Living Organic Co. is hosting the Sunrise Bender all in the name of combating depression, anxiety and bipolar with the simple recipe of light, joy and good company. The morning is free and everyone is welcome. All you need to bring is a yoga mat and your coolest fluro gear. Oh yes friends, it’s time to resurface the best fashion trend circa 2008. 

What: Sunrise Bender at Bondi Beach 
Where: South Bondi Beach - meet near the ramp 
When: Friday 1st September, 6.30am - 7.30am 
Cost: Free to attend


Fringe Ignite

Take a Saturday evening stroll down Stanley Street, but friends, this won’t be any old stroll. Be sure to walk with swag this Saturday because Sydney Fringe Festival is back for it’s 7th shimmering year and our beloved Stanley Street is proudly playing host to the Fringe’s annual opening celebration: Fringe Ignite. Get ready for four hours of live gigs and performances with favourites such as Lord Roberts, Trovata, Bar Reggio, Lucky Suzie and Dumplings & Beer. This opening ceremony, if you will, will fill the store fronts, galleries, pubs, restaurants and bars with a glittering celebration of local artists, curated by the ARIA winning, Grammy nominated, jazz pianist and composer, Barney McCall. 

What: Fringe Ignite 
Where: Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 
When: Saturday 3rd September, 3pm - 7pm 
Cost: Free event      

Taste Of Coogee 2016

The beaches of the Eastern Suburbs constantly wow us when it comes to the food and drink on offer, not to mention their epic scenery, and the Taste of Coogee combines the best of all three. Having made its mark over the past four years  the Taste of Coogee is now turning up the heat for 2016 with an extended two-day event.   Sealed with a foodie stamp of approval, the event is expected to attract upwards of 40,000 people. Get ready for live entertainment popping up throughout the crowd, so you can get your grove on while you’re double parked with a drink in one hand and a snack in the other. Spring 2016, here we come. 

What: Taste of Coogee 2016
Where: Coogee Oval, Dolphin Stree
When: Saturday 3rd September AND Sunday 4th September, 10am - 6pm 
Cost: Entry to Taste of Coogee is free


Fathers Day Lunch At Manta 

Nothing says I love you Dad, thanks for everything, like taking him out for a killer Sunday lunch (and picking up the bill). Not only does Dad get to spend quality time with his number one (you) but he also gets a rest from being the family ATM. Manta Restaurant and Bar will be taking care of the Dads by opening it’s doors for a delicious meal with city skyline views and waterfront dining. Good food is Manta’s philosophy, complete with their legendary oysters. The culinary excellence is all thanks to Executive Chef Daniel Hughes, who places huge focus on fresh produce and this Sunday will be no exception. Manta is serving up a full a la carte menu with some seasonal ‘Father’s Day’ specials, so considered that favourite child award in the bag. Get in there quick, spots are filling fast.

What: Fathers Day Lunch at Manta
Where: Manta Restaurant and Bar, 6 Cowper Wharf, Woolloomooloo
When: Sunday 4th September, reservations available from 11.30am - 3pm 
Cost: Reservation required - $50 per adult, $20 per child

Fathers Day At Saké 

Vibrant, sexy and downright delicious are not the usual adjectives associated with Fathers Day, but don’t worry we’re not talking about your Dad; we’re talking about the dining experience at Saké Restaurant and Bar. In not one, but two, divine Sydney locations (The Rocks and Double Bay), Saké, is always a favourite when it comes to contemporary Japanese Cusine, and this weekend they are giving Dad all the choice with Saké’s banquet option, including a complimentary Blushing Geisha craft beer, because the old man is totally worth it. 

What: Fathers Day at Saké
Where: Saké Restaurant and Bar, The Rocks and Double Bay 
When: Sunday 4th September
Cost: Banquet menu options from $88 - $110 per person 

A different kind of Fathers Day Brunch at Salaryman 

If your Dad is anything like my dad, this Fathers Day Brunch better be boozy! For those of you who also fall into this category of Father’s Day, we’ve got you covered, and while we’re at it, let’s just skip the whole traditional bacon and eggs this year and dive head first into Salaryman’s breakfast martini and DIY Baos. From 9am to 4pm, Salaryman is having fun with the classic brunch and weekend breakfast menu that we all know and love to serve up a hearty meal both you and Dad can tuck right into. We’re talking four different kinds of DIY steamed buns people, it’s Sunday done different and totally right. 

What: A different kind of Fathers Day Brunch at Salaryman
Where: Salaryman, 52-54 Albion Street Surry Hills
When: Sunday 4th September, from 9am - 4pm 

Image Credit: Drifter Creative at The Edinburgh Castle Sydney

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