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50 Things To Do On A Rainy Weekend In Sydney

By Simone Jovel - 24 Aug 2018

Here at The Urban List we are all about making the best of even the wettest situation, even if it’s not ideal. So stick with us, and we guarantee that when the next deluge hits (or even just that annoying sprinkle) we’ll have you sorted and well on your way to adding some shine to your otherwise gloomy, Uber surcharged, rainy Sydney weekend.

Here are all of the best fun, boozy or otherwise indoor activities to do in Sydney when it’s raining.

  1. Huddle by the fire at The Commons with a cheese platter and a wine. 
  2. Brave the weather and head to Luna Park for this amazing Australiana fest, put together by our fave Foster's tinnies devotees, Client Liaison. 
  3. Bunker down in Bistecca for a delicious, juicy steak, cooked on flaming coals before you. Order a classic Negroni on tap, indulge in some cicchetti (Italian bar snacks), and surrender your phone for some real quality time with lovers and/or friends. 
  4. Consider a career change—Cards Against Humanity is looking for new writers
  5. Bulk up your beauty cabinet with this EPIC Sephora sale
  6. Treat yourself to a mulled wine at The Doss House. This whiskey bar in The Rocks is also serving a hot whiskey cocktail, infused with ginger and cinnamon and dashed with brown sugar and lemon. Soul-soothing. 
  7. Plan your NYE. You could head to the west coast for Cardi B, or south for PNAU, Tash Saltana, DZ Deathrays and more. 
  8. Get in touch with your cultural side at one of Sydney’s galleries—here are all the best exhibitions happening this month
  9. Book a last minute staycation at one of Sydney's new boutique design hotels. This one is our dream house. We also love this one
  10. Enjoy a heart-warming bowl of limited edition vegetarian ramen from Butter. This bowl of steamy goodness is only available until September 2. 
  11. Jump on Sydney’s vegan and vegetarian-only dating apps.
  12. Sweat it out indoors. Get on the bike at Infinite Cycle, or give this new HIIT concept a try. 
  13. Make sticky date pudding. Eat the pudding. 
  14. Detoxat -170 degrees. 
  15. Drink beer and eat chunky pretzels at Surry Hills' new micro-brewery. Discuss the disaster that is Australian politics right now. 
  16. Or ponder these post Malcolm Turnball times with Parliament's Picks from Jimmy Brings
  17. Treat yourself to a massage at one of these best massage places in Sydney. 
  18. Stock up on the best wintery soups to get you through the day. 
  19. One word: Karaoke. Try Sydney's newest sing-a-long spot, Bang Bang
  20. Embrace your inner pirate and soak up all the sunny Caribbean vibes at Brix Distillers, your new local rum distillery. 
  21. Challenge your mates to a great escape at one of Sydney’s escape rooms. If you ever make it out, here’s to hoping the sun will be shining!
  22. Bounce away the rainy day blues at Skyzone Alexandria.
  23. Take a hot yoga class at One Hot Yoga and Pilates.
  24. Drink all the tea.
  25. Binge binge binge. Hellloooo Netflix
  26. Then satisfy yourself with these pies.  Just eat some ramen
  27. Or some laksa.  
  28. Climb the walls at these rock climbing gyms
  29. Build a blanket fort, choose a password and don’t let anyone else in. Make sure you bring snacks.
  30. Forget everything with a facial from Melanie Grant.
  31. Look out the window with your friend, pick a raindrop that lands on the glass pane, and race them!
  32. Complain loudly and consistently on social media, to your Uber driver and anyone who will listen about the weather. 
  33. Or hide out at one of Sydney’s nine best underground bars
  34. Get some gumboots and go find a puddle.
  35. Order your meat online from The Natural Butcher and have a stove barbie. 
  36. Book that winter escape and bag yourself an upgrade while you’re at it.
  37. Download one of these indoor workout apps so you never have to leave the house again.
  38. Start (and finish) a new diet.
  39. Organise your closet, you know you need to.
  40. Snuggle other people’s pets. 
  41. Spend the day indoors at one of Sydney’s best day spas.
  42. Hit up the cocktail degustation at Owl House because booze = a good time. 
  43. Read or don’t read one of these self-help books.
  44. Find your umbrella.
  45. Splurge on some sweet jewellery from Dinosaur Designs' stunning new collection
  46. Grab your credit card, and browse some Australian ethical clothing labels online.
  47. If you’re single use this time to find out why (based on your star sign).  
  48. Watch some classic rain themed movies such as Singing In The Rain or movies that just have rain somewhere in the title.
  49. Work out how you’re going to get through the rest of the year unscathed, because we all need a plan.  
  50. Still need something to do? Take a nap.

Looking for more? Work your way through 50 Things To Do In Sydney Under $50.

Image credit: Daniel Boud.

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