It’s hard to believe that we’re officially over halfway through 2020. Whilst your plans of an exotic European summer may be put on hold, this week is jam-packed with insane events that will make you glad to be stuck in Sydney.
Celebrate the start of July by indulging in Koko Black’s exclusive one-off lamington collab, bring out your inner Massimo Bottura at Howards Cantina handmade pasta nights, or indulge in some $1 oysters at The Pacific Club. Then be sure to end the week on a high at Prince of York’s Comedy Club revival, or with some free food and drink at The Oxford Tavern’s Thank You Party.
Here are five awesome things to do in Sydney this week.
Tuesday 7 July
Celebrate World Chocolate Day With KOKO Black's (Very) Limited Edition Tokyo Lamington Collab
They say a day without chocolate is a day wasted. One day you don’t want to miss is Tuesday’s highly anticipated World Chocolate Day—especially because premium Aussie chocolate brand Koko Black has buddied up with Tokyo Lamington for a seriously delicious, one-day-only collab.
Typically only available in Singapore and Tokyo, this is the first time Tokyo Lamington will be popping up in Australia. For the collab, the team has crafted three flavours inspired by native Aussie ingredients.
There’s a decadent caramelised coconut with almond and caramelised coconut cremeux covered in white chocolate; there is a Davidson plum lamington with rich, fruity dark Sao Thome chocolate; and finally, a triple choc lamington, made from 80% dark chocolate ganache coated in silky dark chocolate, finished off with crisp dark chocolate shavings.
The fancy lamingtons can be purchased in packs of three for $21—but they are here for a good time, not a long time, meaning you’ll only be able to score some on Tuesday 7 July.
When: Tuesday 7 July only
Where: Koko Black, The Strand Arcade and QVB stores
Wednesday 8 July
Cop Some Free Food And Drink At The Oxford Tavern’s Thank You Celebration
We made it. You made it. Things are starting to return to (almost) normality and it’s time to celebrate. What better way to do so than by partying with a bunch of absolute legends.
The Oxford Tavern is hosting an evening of good beers and good times to say thank you to the locals and legends who helped them survive the past few months. They’re shouting free nibbles and drinks, and have locked in a DJ to deliver an epic line-up of your favourite COVID related bangers.
When: Wednesday 8 July, 5 - 7pm
Where: The Oxford Tavern
Get Fancy With Some $1 Oysters And Bubbles At This Bondi Beach Club
Shuck yeah! You heard us right. The Pacific Club in Bondi are making our dreams come true with $1 oysters every Wednesday night in July. Just a short stroll from the famous waters of Bondi Beach, this luxurious bistro and beach club is the perfect place for a hump day wine and dine.
To nab their $1 oysters, all you have to do is purchase a beverage. Simple as that. And with an extensive drinks menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The $1 oysters are available from 5 – 7pm but if you want the night to live on, then treat yourself to some Kingfish Sashimi with yuzu dressing and crispy leeks or a cheese plate served with lavosh and muscatels.
Bookings are essential and you don’t want to miss out. Book here.
When: Wednesday 8 July, 5 – 7pm
Where: The Pacific Club, Bondi Beach
Get Your Hands Dirty At The Howard's Cantina Homemade Pasta Night
Is there anything better in life than carbs? We think not. Howard's Cantina is calling all carboholics to join them for a night of culinary creativity and fun (and pasta).
Every Wednesday night in July (and don’t worry there’s five of them), you’ll be able to build your very own fresh pasta dish. Choose from six different types of pastas and seven different sauces, then spruce up your creation with some cheeky garlic or parmesan bread. Howards has everyone covered with vegan and GF options, giving us all the opportunity to become a master of the DIY pasta bowl.
Starting at $14, this is one heart-warming meal you don’t want to miss. Book in before it’s too late. Head here.
When: Wednesday 8 July
Where Howard's Cantina, The Rose of Australia, Erskineville
Cost: Starting at $14
Ditch The Couch For A Night Of LOLs At Prince Of York’s Comedy Club
July has been a long-awaited month for many, bringing in much more relaxed social-distancing regulations. This means you can hit the town mid-week—and we’ve got the perfect event to commemorate your return to Sydney’s nightlife scene.
Prince of York is reviving its partnership with Sydney’s go-to stand-up comedy club, Happy Endings, to bring a night of guaranteed laughter and fun. They’ve got an incredible, mystery roster of world-class comics ready to make you LOL your way into the second half of the week.
Enjoy a delicious Italian-inspired dinner upstairs before heading down to their glamorous underground cocktail bar, Pamela’s, to enjoy the show. The “Diana Ross” punchbowl and pink velvet couches are literally calling your name.
There are only 25 tickets available for the launch event at $15. But don’t fret if you miss out because this event will be continuing every Wednesday. Purchase tickets here.
When: Wednesday 8 July, 7.30pm
Where: Prince of York
Planning ahead? Lock in a bottomless beer and BBQ session at Surly's—they're happening every Saturday and Sunday in August.
Image credit: Nikki To, Nikki To, The Oxford Tavern, Laura Peruchi, Prince of York