Alright Sydneysiders, let’s get down to business. This weekend is all about immersing yourselves in all our city has to offer, which means you’re going to be pretty darn busy and there is no time for slacking off, particularly in the eating and drinking department.
We’re talking some seriously delicious carb loading at the Italian Food and Wine festival, mulled cider and toasted marshmallows by the fire and sushi with a side of free karaoke. Yep, no time for cat naps this weekend.
Hope you have your calendar and marker pen handy, because here are 19 fab things to do in Sydney this weekend!
MS G’S WEEKEND LUNCH SQUAD
Fire up the group text team, it’s time for one helluva leisurely long lunch at Ms G’s. The Potts Point oh-so-playful Asian fusion joint is serving up some of their fave dishes in an epic banquet all weekend. We’re talking those cheeseburger spring rolls everyone talks about, chicken katsu sliders, kingfish with aged ponzu, ‘strange flavor style’ burrata and Peking style lamb party pancakes. Oh and their speciality Aloe Vera cocktail upon arrival. For lunch squad bookings, click here.
When: Saturday’s from 12pm, Sunday’s from 1pm
Where: Ms G’s, Potts Point
Cost: $55 per person
This is not a drill, a magical place exists where you can spend quality time watching a fab film with a bunch of cats, I know right, you have ‘cat’ to be ‘kitten’ me! Introducing the Cat Cinema in Surry Hills, where you can curl up on a beanbag and watch a movie among a heap of adorable little rescue fluffsters. We’re talking all the works, blankets, popcorn, chippies, drinks and a salted caramel milkshake during viewing time. And… CATS! On Fridays, the cinema has kid-friendly movies (ages 5+) on offer that the whole fam bam can enjoy, whilst Saturday’s and Sundays are for those aged 15 and over. The movie schedule sees oldies like Beethoven and The Goonies and more recent films such as La La Land and The Greatest Showman. Let’s just say this sounds like the ‘purrfect’ evening. To grab your tickets or check out the movie schedule, head here.
When: Fridays’ to Sundays, 6-8:30pm
Where: Catmosphere Cat Cafe, Surry Hills
Cost: Tickets $38.50
THE SPIRIT OF ROKU – JAPANESE GIN TASTING POP UP
Gin enthusiasts, listen up, there’s a Japanese gin-themed sensory pop up this weekend and you’ve been summoned. Brought to you by House Of Suntory, The Spirit Of Roku is a fully-immersive, sensory experience which highlights the six botanicals that go into making the Japanese crafted Roku Gin which just happens to be one of the best gins we’ve ever tasted. It’s centred around Japan’s changing seasons, so we’re talking smells of yuzu, flavours of green tea and the beauty of the sakura flower, and, well, some freakin’ delicious gin. FYI, there’s traditional sansho pepper seasoned yakitori, G&T’s with fresh ginger and you’ll also get to leave with a gift bag (and a gin connoisseur). You’re not going to want to miss this one so to grab your tickets, head here. Let the weekend be-gin.
When: Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August, various tasting times
Where: Lower Town Hall, Sydney CBD
Cost: Tickets $42 (+GST and fees)
TRUFFLE MENU AT 117 DINING
Get ready to be truffle pigs in mud with the new five-course menu at 117 Dining, which showcases elusive black truffles. Menu-wise we’re talking wagyu short rib with truffle potato puree followed by truffled double brie with honey and rosemary lavosh. I know right, you’ve got to brie kidding me. Truffle for dessert? Yep, the black truffle ice cream with macadamia praline and malted cream is totally a thing. It’s a little nutty but we’re into it. The best part? Wine pairing. For more deets, head here.
When: Fridays and Saturdays in August, 5:30-7pm or 7:30-10pm
Where: 117 Dining, InterContinental, Sydney CBD
Cost: $139 per person. Additional $49 per person for wine pairings.
WINTER GARDEN AT EAST VILLAGE
Chilling out (literally) on a Sydney Winter’s night at a rooftop bar may not be so appealing, unless it’s East Village we’re talking about. Dressed up with thousands of fairy lights, a fire place and luxe lambswool throws, this cosy local bar is where you want to spend the remainder of your winter nights. Menu wise, these legends have a delish winter warming fancy minestrone soup with root veggies poured at your table, an epic traditional single-serve beef wellington, the münchen brat-dog aka bratwurst with dill pickles, mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, jack cheddar and a brioche bun with crushed pretzels. To get you really nice and cosy, the drinks menu involves winter warmers like mulled cider and Hot Toddy’s. It’s probably vital to let you know that on clear nights, y’all can toast marshmallows and chestnuts on a chiminea. Okay, we’re sold.
When: Tuesdays to Sundays, 5-11pm
Where: East Village Hotel, Darlinghurst
Cost: Free (menu varies)
HUNTER & BARREL
Digging into a one kilo T-bone steak with your lover is the new ‘romantic candlelit dinner’ and if your date night doesn’t look like this, you’re doing it wrong. We’re calling it the new and improved ‘Lady and the Tramp’ moment. Hunter & Barrel have launched one kilo, we repeat, one kilo T-bone steak offering for parties of two. The delish succulent meat is served up how you like it with a side of thick cut chippies, chopped green salad and your choice of sauce. You’re going to want to BYO loose-fitting attire and get ready for a stroll along the totes stunning Cockle Bay Wharf to rid those food coma feels. For more, jump right here.
When: Sunday – Thursday 12-10pm, Saturday 12-10:30pm
Where: Hunter & Barrel, Cockle Bay Wharf
Cost: $89 for two people
Thursday 23 August
DARLO MUSICAL BINGO
The legends at Darlo Bar are changing the way we think about Bingo, so move over Gran, there’s a new Bingo aficionado in town. They’ve ditched the wheel and replaced it with snippets of all our fave songs, so get pumped for new, old, iconic, tacky and just plain awful tunes from this week’s theme; movie soundtracks. Oh, and jugs of Young Henry’s Newtowner that won’t break the bank. Yep, pitcher perfect.
When: Thursdays, Bingo kicks off at 7:30pm
Where: Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst
BALMAIN BEER CLUB AT EAST VILLAGE HOTEL
Okay kids, brace yourselves, this is the best thing since chess club, introducing the Balmain Beer Club. The East Village Hotel is holding their very first session of Beer Club and you’re invited to bring the squad, meet the crew behind a few breweries and of course get around a coupla’ frothies. The legends from Melbs’ Two Birds Brewing and Sydney’s own Sauce Brewing Co will be serving up delicious brews and you’ll get a fresh tinnie on arrival, four tasty schooies and bar snacks galore. Grab your tickets here.
When: Thursday 23 August, 6:30pm
Where: East Village Hotel, Balmain
Cost: $55 per ticket
TATTINGER AND CHARCUTERIE AT NOLA SMOKEHOUSE
Looking for the perfect spot for Friday eve? We’ve got a smoking hot arvo planned for you. Nola Smokehouse is offering a complimentary charcuterie board with any bottle of Tattinger Cuvèe Prestige. Is it just us or do complimentary things always taste better? Get down to this waterfront hotspot and finish the workday with a glass of champaz in hand. Get more details over here.
When: Every Thursday from 12pm
Where: Nola Smokehouse, Barangaroo South
Cost: $100 bottle of Tattinger + complimentary charcuterie (or $15 a glass special)
Friday 24 August
MICHELLE E’ TOTÒ AT VERDE RESTAURANT
It’s not every day that you get invited to devour extraordinary food prepared by an utterly brill MasterChef contestant and two award winning Italian chefs at a two-hatted restaurant. Well, today is your lucky day peeps. There’s a luncheon happening this weekend involving Michelle Walsh from MasterChef 2018 and she’s teaming up with traditional Southern Italian chef Antonio Ruggerino and contemporary Northern Italian Chef Federico Calvi at Verde Restaurant and bar. Michelle e’ Totò is offering out of this world gourmet canapes, followed by a four-course regional Italian menu and of course, the recommended dose of traditional Limoncello. The menu is a surprise but it will incorporate all the freshest ingredients from Sydney’s local fruit and fish markets. This is an exclusive lunch series you ain’t gonna wanna miss folks and spots are limited, to book your place, head over here.
When: Friday 24 August, 12:30pm
Where: Verde Restaurant, Darlinghurst
Cost: $120 per person
Saturday 25 August
GOROS PARTY BRUNCH
There’s a party brunch coming to Surry Hills this Saturday feat. bottomless cocktails, a 3-course feast and free karaoke. Yep, thought that might peak your interest. Goro’s is serving up snacks like fried nori with avo dip, wasabi peas, lotsa sushi and sashimi and a delish Japanese pork or vego plate for main. As for that free-flowing booze, there’s 90 minutes of your choice of G&T’s, Espresso Martini’s, Bloody Mary’s and Spritz’. We’re also talking a bunch of drink specials, no shortage of karaoke fun and the DJ kicks off at 12:30pm so get the gang together and let’s get this partay started. To book a table, head here.
When: Saturday 25 August, 12 – 4pm
Where: Goros, Surry Hills
Cost: $55 per person
TEQUILA MASTERCLASS AT MEJICO
You know what they say, when life gives you lemons… just add tequila. So, no biggie, but the largest tequila bar in the Southern Hemisphere is running a tequila masterclass this weekend and you’re invited. Mejico’s resident tequila expert Justin Scott will guide you through history, process and flavors and you’ll learn how to taste, match and make margaritas for your next shindig. During the class, you will also sample some of the world’s best tequila and munch on some delish Mexican canapes, we know, it’s a tough ask but someone has to do it. To become a tequila aficionado, book your tickets here.
When: Saturday 25 August, 3pm
Where: Mejico, Miranda
Cost: $60 per person
FISH BUTCHERY AT CARRIAGEWORKS FARMERS MARKET
Josh Niland of Fish Butchery (AKA the guy behind the only fish sandwich with a waitlist longer than your arm) has officially joined the myriad of ridonkulously good Carriageworks Farmers Market stalls and we’re going to tell you everything we know, because we’re not shellfish. The market stall is based around whatever is fresh from that morning. There’s an array of pre-prepared, incred seafood meals like fish curry, fish pies, fish fingers, fish cakes and crumbed fish… all ready for you to take home and have your very own MasterChef moment (with approximately 97% less effort required). As for this famous sanga? We’re talking wild cobia from Evans Head which is corned like beef before being crumbed and wedged into a soft white roll with cheese and pickles. Get all the juicy deets here.
When: Saturdays 8-1pm
Where: Carriageworks Farmers Market, Eveleigh
Cost: Free entry (food prices vary)
Sunday 26 August
ITALIAN WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
Okay, so maybe slurping on spaghetti ‘Lady and the Tramp’ style in a seaside village in Cinque Terre isn’t on the cards this weekend, but we’ve got the next best thing on offer. A whole lot of deliciousness is coming together under the one roof this Sunday for the Italian Wine and Food Festival. This is an Italian food lover’s dream with pizza dough being rolled and tossed in front of your very eyes, and of course, an abundance of fresh-pasta being churned out of hot saucepans full of tasty market fresh ingredients. Expect to sample loads of delicious imported wines, sip on the finest Italian coffee, groove to live entertainment (feat. Accordion; for those total European street performance vibes), munch on freshly-piped creamy canolli’s and most importantly indulge in a whole lotta’ free tastings. For tickets, head here.
When: Sunday 26 August, 10 – 6:30pm
Where: Doltone House, Eveleigh
Cost: Tickets from $25 - $125
SUNDAY SOUNDS AT THE BOTANIST
You’ll never find us passing up a Sunday Sesh, particularly when there’s live music and Sangria Jugs on offer. Our fave little hip-happenin’ den in the heart of Kirribilli is now giving us more reason to love Sunday Funday with Soulful acoustic singer Tommy Novak playing some tunes this weekend while you sit back and sip on sangria with the squad. Get around the oxtail croquettes, soft shell crab rolls and steamed black mussels and thank us later. To make a reservation, click here.
When: Sunday 26 August, from 2pm
Where: The Botanist, Kirribilli
JAZZ AND NEGRONI’S AT MOYA’S
Is there a better way to finish your weekend? Go on, we’re waiting. Yep. Didn’t think so. Moya’s Juniper Lounge is ridding your looming Monday blues with a free jazz performance from The Squares and classic negronis for just ten buckaroos. Cosy up in this trendy gin bar with a Negroni in hand and perhaps a cured meats plate or ‘ham and cheese sanga’ with crisp prosciutto, ricotta and pineapple pickles. For more, head here.
When: Sunday’s from 6pm
Where: Moya’s Juniper Lounge, Redfern
GIN YOGA AT MANLY SPIRITS DISTILLERY
FYI, it’s totally possible to combine two of your greatest loves in the one sesh. Manly Spirits Distillery is giving us the chance to Zen out with an hour-long yoga class amongst the ever so calming tipple barrels, followed by a post-class G&T. The distillery is open after class for healthy cocktails (yep, it’s a thing), cold brew coffee, gin tastings, tasty nibbles and fun times. To reserve a spot, head over here. Namaste.
When: Sunday 26 August, 12pm
Where: Manly Spirits Co. Distillery, Brookvale
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