Gear up, April is bringing more antics than just a super-(long)-weekend. This month, lock yourselves in for a mammoth hedonistic warehouse party, a DJ-pumped block party and Sydney’s own Coachella fix.
Here are 14 things to do this April in Sydney.
If you couldn’t afford to go to Japan and see the cherry blossoms in person (same), then Goros has got you covered. The interior of the restaurant will be turned pink and into the Sakura, meaning blossom, paradise. With pink-themed cocktails fore $8 and bento box specials, we’re feeling ten times better about not being in Tokyo right now.
When: Monday 1 to Saturday 13 April
Where: Goros, Surry Hills
BARREL TO BANQUET DINNER SERIES
Woodford Reserve and renowned chef Neil Perry are collaborating this month with a special Barrel to Banquet Dinner Series at Sydney’s Rockpool Bar and Grill. Patrons will be served up a tasting of three craft whiskies and a four-course dinner menu. From goat’s cheese tortellini to a slow roasted lamb shoulder basted in Woodford rye, we can’t stop salivating. For more details on booking, click here.
When: Wednesday 3 and Wednesday 10 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Rockpool Bar and Grill, Sydney
Cost: $150 per person
DOUBLE THE CHEESE RACLETTE
We’re obsessing over raclette cheese, and the folks at the Handpicked Cellar Door are our heroes right now because this event is adding fuel to the fire for our cheese addictions. Their ‘Raclette Tuesdays & Thursdays’ have become an iconic event in their Chippendale location and will be scraped straight from the wheel on top of pancetta, potatoes and pickles.
When: Tuesday 16, Thursday 18, Tuesday 23, Thursday 25 and Tuesday 30 April, 5:30pm
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door, Chippendale
Cost: $24 per plate
CHEESE AND WINE WITH SAM STUDD
These local legends are being absolute champs this month with another cheese and wine pairing workshop. Guided by the cheese expert Sam Studd, taste test your way into a heaven coma. Bring a notebook because your minds are about to be blown with some new knowledge that’ll keep you ahead of the party hosting curve.
When: Thursday 4 April, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door, Chippendale
Cost: $75 per person
CLAPTONE ‘THE MASQUERADE’
German-born and famously the mysterious DJ Claptone is returning to Sydney to hold his latest masquerade party. Party-goers will grab a complimentary golden Claptone mask upon entry and walk through doors into a dark, hedonistic frenzy. Imagine seductive acrobats, next level performers, fantasy characters and house beats all night. Book your tickets here.
When: Saturday 6 April, 2pm-10:30pm
Where: Australian Technology Park Exhibition Hall, Eveleigh
Cost: $89 per person
Think live music, DJs, food stalls and bars, yep, the mixings for a perfect sunny Saturday. The line-up is going to be off the charts with KAIIT, Joyride, Ziggy, Nes and so many more. Munch on the woodfired pizzas and Portuguese charcoal BBQ while sipping on $10 cocktails and sangria jugs. We’re absolutely keen. Jump over here to snap up your tickets.
When: Saturday 6 April, 11:30am-8pm
Where: Sydney Portugal Community Club, Marrickville
Cost: $27.50 per person
GARDEN LIFE JUNGLE DISCO
The pot-plant and gardening showroom is hosting a Jungle disco this weekend and we’re about to get our boogie on. All proceeds from the night will go towards Jarrah House, a women’s shelter in NSW. With a grazing table by Omeio Artisanal Deli and $5 drinks from Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Young Henrys, it’s a great cause to get your drink on. Tickets are found here.
When: Saturday 6 April, 7:30pm-11:30pm
Where: Garden Life, Saint Peters
Cost: $55 per person
HARRY POTTER IN CONCERT
Each year, the Opera House brings out its orchestra and creates the soundtrack to another Harry Potter film. This time around, sit back and watch The Order of the Phoenix (think Umbridge) while being calmed by soothing instruments. Accio tickets here.
When: Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 April, 7pm-10pm & Saturday 13 April, 2pm-5pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
Cost: $49 - $139 per person
MAKERS AND SHAKERS MARKET
Make and shake your way down to Marrickville Town Hall for a day full of various stalls and food trucks. With ceramics, candles, prints and so much more, you’ll be repeatedly reaching into your wallet. With tonnes of vegan and vegetarian eats to choose from, this is the market to be at.
When: Saturday 13 April, 10am-3pm
Where: Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville
Cost: $2 per person
We’re all about the cocktails baby, and this masterclass at The Royal Leichhardt is going to give us the tips and tricks so we can make like the best bars at home. The team from the Botanical Bar inside of the pub is hosting this workshop, so you can get expert advice. April is the month of the espresso martini and the daiquiri. Whew, suddenly we’re feeling very dizzy. Get your tickets here.
When: Thursday 18 April, 7pm
Where: The Royal Leichhardt, Leichhardt
Cost: $55 per person
We’re about to Touch Bass with you about this awesome music festival happening during the Easter weekend. With REZZ, ZOMBOY and RUSKO, you’ve got a night full of insane LED sets and tunes. Every venue except for Sydney has sold out, so you better snap up those tickets here now before you miss out.
When: Sunday 21 April, 6pm-12am
Where: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Cost: $99.50 - $133.45 per person
ANZAC DAY AT SACKVILLE
We love a good carpark party and Sackville Hotel is doing you a solid by hosting an epic one at that. With live performances from 5:30 and a pig on the spit along with a bar and tinnie stall outside, we’re drooling. Plus, they’re playing the Anzac footy match on the big screen, so come on down, grab a tinnie and settle in for the Roosters Vs Dragons.
When: Thursday 25 April, 10am-2am
Where: Sackville Hotel, Rozelle
Cost: Free entry
If the bank account isn’t looking super Coachella-friendly at the moment then bless your lucky southern cross stars, the festivities are coming straight to you. Enter Sydchella, like Coachella… but in Sydney. A mammoth outdoor party is taking place with a heap of DJs buzzed with your favourite electronic and hip-hop tunes. Plus, there’ll be prizes for the best Coachella-inspired attire and free glitter face painting.
When: Saturday 27 April, 3pm-11pm
Where: Hermann’s Bar, Sydney
Cost: $20 - $40 per person
MISFITS LUNCH CLUB
On the last Saturday of every month, the Misfits Bar and Dining team will be hosting a Lunch Club to make you drool. Roundup up the team and grab a table for a long foodie and liquid lunch session and pick from all the shared entrees and mains. Add an extra $20 per person to your bill if you’re feeling keen for a bottomless three-hour mimosa package (honestly who wouldn’t?). Book your spots here.
When: Saturday 28 April, 12pm-4pm
Where: Misfits Bar and Dining, Redfern
Cost: $45 - $65 per person
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