It’s nearly that time of the week again… You know what we’re talking about—it’s the weekend! We’ve got sales, eats, arts, and drinks lined up for you, so whoever says there aren’t that many fun things to do in Sydney in winter, we’d beg to differ. And here’s proof…
O'Connell Street Merchants sale
If you've ever lined up for a cup of coffee and a brewnut at Brewtown Newtown, there's a good chance you've popped upstairs and lusted over everything at O'Connell Street Merchants as well. If so, you're in luck! The upstairs boutique are having an epic sale, with up to 50% off their winter collections, both men and women's fashion. With brands like Alas, Saint James, and Insted We Smile, this is one not to miss!
Running Bare warehouse sale
If winter’s got your motivation levels down and your jean size going up, never fear because Running Bare have saved the day. Head to their warehouse sale this Thursday, Friday or Saturday to score some cheap (in price, not quality) workout gear to get your exercise groove going again. They’re open 9am – 5pm in Rosebery selling some of the best workout clothes in the business. Who says you can’t be fashionable when you workout?
Where: Unit 1&2, 26 – 34 Dunning Ave, Rosebery
Cheap Monday and friends stock and sample sale
If you’ve been wondering all your life where to get $40 jeans and $25 shoes, the stars have aligned for you. Cheap Monday are getting together with the likes of Zoe Karssen, Natural Selection and Lazy Oaf to give you Sydneysiders denim, fashion and footwear from the coolest labels in town. They’re even offering further discounts if you buy in bulk (if that’s not reason enough to tempt you, we don’t know what is).
Where: 76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Ume's third birthday
Here at The Urban List we’re fans of all things food related, especially when it comes to Japanese food—give us some sushi or a big bowl of ramen and we’re happy campers. Thanks to Ume celebrating their third birthday we can delight our senses in a whole 5, 7 or 9 course menu of Japanese delicacies, and you can too! Think kingfish sashimi, miso cured salmon and strawberry compote of white chocolate, matcha pudding and gingerbread. If that’s not enough, they’re even giving away a cooking class with head chef Kerby Craig and a bottle of Taittinger Champagne if you enter before June 20th! Keen beans can book here.
Winter Garden at St Mary's Cathedral
Hibernating for the winter sounds like a perfect idea; but not as good as ice skating in a Winter Wonderland. That’s why Winter Garden has come to Sydney, transforming the CBD into a large, open-air skating rink. The month-long festival offers everything from skating and entertainment to food and pop up bars. There’s even igloos available for rent to keep the festivities going. Tickets are available online for $15 for kids and $24 for adults (or older kids, if you will).
2XU Yearly Clearance Sale
Lovers of sportswear, this one's for you! Fitness brand, 2XU is holding their annual clearance sale at Paddington Town Hall this weekend. With up to 75% off the RRP of a huge range of gear, there'll be no excuse not to keep exercising this winter!
Where: Paddington Town Hall, 29 Oxford Street Paddington
When: Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 8am-7pm and Sunday 9am-5pm
The Winery Fashion Markets
Fashion and food, what a wonderful combination. It’s even better when the fashion is cheap and comes from some of the best bloggers to grace the internet. Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson from They All Hate Us and Carmen Hamilton from Chronicles of Her will be selling their pre-loved items from 10am—but they’re going so cheap that it’s practically a steal! If you’re there early grab a cold-pressed Botanica juice while you stroll through the stalls, but be sure to stay for a post-shopping lunch (the best kind) of cheese and charcuterie boards from The Winery.
Mud House at Chur Burger Surry Hills
We know that you Sydney folk love your burgers as much as you love your wine, and that’s why Mud House winery has teamed up with the infamous Chur Burger to give you a month long fiesta of delicious meals. For just $20 you can snag a meal deal of a Chur burger, a glass of Mudhouse wine and a side. Whether you’re a carnivore, pescatarian or vegetarian, there’s something on the menu for you.
Ananas' French Riviera Champagne Brunch
Two words. Champagne. Brunch. This Sunday, Ananas (one of Sydney best French restaurants) is holding a French Riviera inspired champagne brunch. For $69 per person and an optional $50 for 2 hours of all you can drink champagne (why wouldn't you?!), this is the best way to end the weekend in delicious style. Don't miss out on this feast! Reserve your table today.
Paint it up
We’ve all had that time in our lives when painting a masterpiece is at the top of the to-do list. Well now you can cross it off because Paint It Up offers one of a kind painting lessons where you’ll be guided by professional artists while sipping on a glass of wine, beer or cocktail of your choice (now isn’t that fancy?). After a mere two hours you’ll leave with your own unique creation, probably amazed at what a great artist you are. Tickets are $65 and you can book online.
Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion
We all know that fashion starts with underwear, and that’s why London’s Victoria and Albert Museum have revealed the highlights of fashionable underwear and displayed them for all eyes to see. We’re talking corsets, petticoats, bras and nightgowns designed by none other than Dior, Versace, Calvin Klein, and Vivienne Westwood. And, if you’ve ever wanted to see what the likes of Queen Victoria wore under her royal clothes, they’ll be on display too. It’s on at the Powerhouse Museum and tickets are included in the normal entry fee.
Movie Mondays at Soda Factory: The Doors
Monday night at the movies never looked so good, particularly if you’re an indie-rock music lover. Bunker down at The Soda Factory and watch the story of The Doors from their humble beginnings in LA, through the height of their popularity in the 60s and all the usual rock band experimentation that happened in between. There’s even trivia and a chance to win a $200 dinner tab, just to make the night even better. But who are we kidding? Everyone’s a winner when there’s $5 beers and sliders served all night.
Winter Garden Dinner at CHISWICK at the Gallery
For things to do in Sydney that involve some damn good eats, listen up. Chiswick at the Gallery are launching a new kitchen garden, and to celebrate they’re hosting a special Winter Garden Dinner. The four-course menu flourishes with produce fresh from their garden and matched wines from Rusden Wines. It starts at 6:30pm and tickets are $155 per person. It’s bound to be even better than their already delicious pumpkin risotto, and that’s saying something.
Beer and Clam Night at Red Lily
Red Lily have done it again, teaming up with some of the best in the business and giving us gastronomic delights that you just can’t miss! This month they’re teaming up with Newstead Brewing Co for a five-course menu of, you guessed it, beer and clams! Think clams with wood ear mushrooms, soy and sesame oil or blue mussels with coconut milk and lemongrass, all matched to perfection with Newstead’s craft beers. Book online for a night you won’t regret, and hurry because they sell out fast!
The Gantry & Black Star’s The Swinging Bridge Dinner
Kick the mid-week blues and book a night of culinary delight as The Gantry teams up with Black Star Pastry and Swinging Bridge Wines—it’s a match made in foodie heaven! Enjoy a four-course meal showcasing the best of the Orange region, and finish with a decedent dessert from Black Star—maybe they’ll treat you to their orange cake with Persian fig, or something equally as delish, you’ll have to book a table to find out! For $130 per person, how could you resist?
Switch at Hotel Steyne
If you can’t make it to Thredbo this ski season in Australia but are still keen to show off your snow skills, then Switch is the event for you! It’s Australia’s biggest indoor skiing and snowboarding competition, featuring a 30-metre long snow park in the middle of Hotel Steyne (how inventive!). P.S. did we mention there’s over $8,000 in prize money up for grabs?
T2 Chai Celebration
Chai, the warming drink that if you get right has the perfect combination of spicy and sweet, is being celebrated for all its goodness by T2. Join the crew at T2 this month to for a tasting of their delectable Chai, some warming Indian treats and incredible discounts. You can even continue the festivities in the comfort of your PJs because they’re giving away goodies to take home (yay)! It’s on from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Newtown abode, and everyone is welcome!