It may be that time of year where most of your friends are sipping coconuts on tropical beaches (and posting lots of Insta photos just to remind you too!) but that doesn't mean you can’t have a great time right here at home. To make you feel a little better about winter, we have gathered a list of totally cool things to do in Sydney (and take photos of… Take THAT, vacationists!) to make even your jetsetting friends jealous.
Jungle Giants National Tour – tickets on sale!
Coinciding with the release of their new full-length album, “Speakerzoid”, Jungle Giants will be touring Australia in September (yay!). Tickets went on sale on Monday for their Enmore show on Friday September 18th, and are sure to sell out. Get online and get your hands on some tickets—we’ll see you in the front row dancing like no one is watching.
When: Fri Sept 18 - The Enmore Theatre, Sydney (Licenced All Ages)
Apres-Work Drinks at The Chalet
Take your Thursday after work drinks to The Chalet in Darlinghurst this week for the cosiest session of mulled wine and toasted marshmallows! Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Chalets in St Noritz and Aspen, The Chalet is a pop-up bar running throughout winter brought to you by the boys behind The Island Sydney and The Lobo Plantation Bar. Equipped with a fire pit, two ornamental chairlifts, a snow machine and snow scene windows, this winter ski-lodge/bar fusion is designed to transport you straight to the Alps and we absolutely can’t wait to try it out!
Harrold’s 50% off sale
One of the best luxury stores in Sydney is having a huge 50% off sale! Hinto Harrolds until 5th July and get your hands on a huge range of designer clothing, accessories, shoes, and bags from the likes of Tom Ford (you need to check out their Tom Ford room!), Saint Laurent Paris, Givenchy, Balmain, and Acne. If you’ve been thinking you need to treat yo’self… Now’s the perfect chance!
Löwenbräu Keller’s Après Ski Party
If you couldn't make it to the slopes this snow season then this event is going to make you feel a little better about life! This Friday night the Löwenbräu is hosting an incredibly cool Après Ski Party at Keller bar. Prepare to be transported directly to the Alps of Bavaria with faux snow, a Jägermeister Pop-up Bar and killer DJ tunes. So if you are keen to let loose after a long winter working week, gather your squad, throw on some Apres ski gear and warm-up (or drink up, either way) this Friday!
The Soda Factory 4th of July Party
Ready for a bit of 4th of July fun? Even if you’re not an American, you can still act like one this Saturday. On the cards at The Soda Factory is a night of classic American DJ Jams, themed cocktails, and of course USA inspired food. Soda will be serving up an outrageous American-style burger made with, wait for it, two deep fried mac & cheese patties as buns, a chargrilled beef patty, double melted jack cheese, bacon, red onions and a pickle on top. Now that you’ve made up your mind, start shopping for some red, white and blue and head down to The Soda Factory this Saturday from 5pm!
Winter Wonderland presents Disco Inferno at Manly Wharf
Get your winter warmers ready and head to Manly Wharf Hotel for their Winter Wonderland Disco Inferno on Saturday! This free event provides the perfect excuse to embrace the cold weather by feasting on fondue fountains, toasting marshmallows and roasting chestnuts over disco, soul and funk tunes. We don't mean to alarm you, but there will also be a snow machine (OMG!) and $10 cocktails such as the Incendio Dark Chocolate chilli tequila. Doors open 6pm and fun is a guaranteed commission of entry. Be there or be cold.
Red, White & Bubbles Party at Three Williams
We hate to further intensify your confusion regarding which Saturday night event to attend this week, but our fave Redfern café, Three Williams and Exclusive Vines have partnered to invite you to sample an array of South American wine at their Red, White and Bubbles party. Included in the $59 ticket price will be delicious snacks by Three Williams where you’ll be the first public crowd to sample their brand new range of canapés and, of course, some signature dishes. You will also appreciate knowing that $5 from every ticket, and $10 from every case purchased, will be directly donated to Tribal Warrior, a local Redfern organisation that empowers disadvantaged Aboriginal and non-indigenous people.
Soup Group Vol. 6
There’s always lots of fun things to do in Sydney on a Sunday afternoon, but we think this one in Chippendale comes right on top! In a nutshell, Soup Group is an event where chefs Matt Gollan, Jakob Dolan and Robert Watson prepare 200 litres of fresh, natural and delicious soup for a group of Sydneysiders to enjoy over live music and some drinks. Besides the potential to make lots of friends (and perhaps even heat up with a little romance), the best part about this community day is that all ingredients are locally sourced and any leftovers go to Oz Harvest! Be warned, however, in previous Soup Groups the soup has completely sold out, so get in early to avoid disappointment!
Silent Film Festival
Prediction: Silent films will be the next big thing in Sydney! If you want to beat the trend then make sure you head over to the Sydney State Library of NSW this Sunday for their silver screen tribute to the 100th anniversary of Technicolor! Starting from 2pm, hipster and film fanatics will be treated with a silent screening of The African Queen, a 1951 Hollywood classic narrating the timeless tale of incompatible strangers who join forces in a common war cause and of course, find love in the process. Tickets start at just $10 and can be purchased online here.
Pulp Fiction at Manly Wharf Hotel
Watching movies is obviously the most comforting winter activity, so why not continue your filmic bender by viewing the classic Pulp Fiction at the Manly Wharf Hotel this Monday! Tight-arses and the like will be pleased know that this weekly event is completely free. A $10 movie menu is also available and includes everything from burgers, beers, and cocktail jugs. So if you are after the cosiest way to start your week, grab some friends and plonk yourselves down on one of their comfy beanbags for the ultimate night in from 7pm!
Sagra Dinner at Berta
We didn't used to care much for Tuesday nights until we discovered Berta’s weekly Sagra night! In order to celebrate the best produce available, Berta chooses an ingredient each week that inspires a complete four-course meal for $65 per person. This Tuesday is onion night and we can hardly wait to see what new head chef Jamie Irving has in stall for our rumbling bellies! If you are keen to celebrate hump day a night early, then you can also have an additional matching wine flight for $40.
Scandinavian Film Festival Opening Night
We don't think there is anything more cultural than an entire festival dedicated to Scandinavian films. We also don't think there is anything more Scandinavian than a movie about Ikea. This is why you should head over to The Palace at Leichardt Norton Street this Wednesday for the opening night of the Scandinavian Film Festival and catch the Australian Premiere of Here is Harold! The comedy follows a man whose successful furniture business becomes bankrupt when IKEA opens next door, prompting his hilarious journey to Sweden to catch his new nemesis. This hilarious film will air at 7pm and tickets can be purchased online here.
Looking for more things to do? Check out 50 things to do in Sydney this winter