What’s New In Sydney | October

By Christine Theophanous
1st Oct 2014

We like lists here at The Urban List (duh), so we thought we'd share our picks for new places to eat and things to do Sydney this October with you. Whether you're looking for good coffee, food or drink as we journey further into spring, October has got you covered. From a new Champagne Room to an organic one-stop-shop there's plenty to keep you busy this month.

Champagne Room | Surry Hills

Just when we thought this place couldn't get any better, The Winery has just received an upgrade! The Keystone Group will be launching Australia's first Perrier-Jouët champagne bar on the upper level of this popular Surry Hills establishment in September. Inspired by London's finest champagne bars, the Champagne Room will feature an impressive list of champagne including Perrier-Jouët's Belle Époque 2006 by the flute. Complete with intimate booths, city skyline views and a nifty little champagne bell to let the wait staff know you're ready for a top up – this could be dangerous. It looks like we're in for a Champagne-filled month and boy, are we excited!

The Organic Project | Online

The team at The Organic Project are about to change the way you go clean. This month they will be launching the very first all natural and organic, all Australian made apothecary – and it's all ONLINE! This brings a whole new meaning to one-stop-shop for organic lovers. The Organic Project will sell strictly synthetic­free products from chic eco-conscious Australian mainstays like The Beauty Chef, Jacqueline Evans, Indah Organics and more. They are also launching the TOP Club, where members receive a free monthly sample pack of the latest organic and natural skincare when they spend $100 or more at The Organic Project – how awesome is that?!

The Pigeonhole Cafe | Ultimo 

This little café is in the heart of Ultimo, only a short walk from Central Station. Boasting Industry Beans, the coffee here is on right on par with many other coffee hotspots in the CBD. Make sure you check out their daily specials board for something different. We definitely recommend the pork and chicken meatball sandwich featuring leafy greens and tasty Swiss cheese on a baguette – delish! The Pigeonhole Café is a definite must this October, whether it's a quick lunch or coffee you're sure to leave utterly satisfied. 

Vic's Meat Market


Vic's Meat Market At Sydney Fish Market | Pyrmont

Get meaty at the first ever butcher at Sydney Fish Markets, Vic's Meat Market! Pick up super fresh meats at market or if you're after something a little different, check out their wild meat section which stocks venison, wild boar, rabbit and kangaroo. Take a gander at curiously named "meat candy bar" where you can pick and mix from 10 mini bite-sized salamis and don't leave without grabbing a smoked pulled pork roll too!

Brewery Yard Markets | Chippendale

Nothing makes us happier than a way to enjoy our weekends, and kicking off on Sunday, October 12, The Brewery Yard Markets will keep you occupied all day with an array of stalls offering fashion, art, crafts, accessories, food, and much more. Head down and make the most of the day from 10am – 4pm. There will be live music and farm-to-table feeds as well, so really no excuse not to head down. 

Keg & Brew | Surry Hills

The team behind Surry Hills' beloved Dove & Olive are making magic happen again. They've recently taken over the KB Hotel and created the Keg & Brew - a nifty place for bourbon, beer and bites. The Foveaux Street treasure has been transformed into an Southern American style haven and will boast one of Sydney's largest collections of bourbon and craft beers on tap. There'll be a selection of 30 taps featuring craft beer, cider and the regulars as well as an extensive range of 30 different bourbons! Bites will range from snack-style Fixin's to the heartier Grub and Grill selections. Signature dishes will include Southern Style KBFC, Bacon & Bourbon Steak and Philly Cheese Steak. All topped off with a Deep Fried Twinkie served with chocolate fondue and sprinkles – one word is needed - amazing!  


Formerly Claude's and Red Rabbit, Sura by Ku has recently opened on the Woollahra end of Oxford Street. Heavily influenced by Korean cuisine, chef Sangkyu Ku delivers a modern take on classic Asian dishes. Enjoy gochujang pork belly tacos, chicken gangjeong and kimchi flash fried rice while partaking in a few sakes or Orion beer on tap. Yum!

The Beach Shed | Dee Why

Intimate café, beachfront views, cinnamon scrolls and salty caramel scrolls – The Beach Shed knows us too well! Once a storage space for the surf club's boats, The Beach Shed has been transformed into a nifty little café, providing smoothies, Daily Grind coffee and countless brunch delights for passers by to indulge. The Shed is tucked away at the south end of Dee Why beach, but you can't miss it. Its chic-casual style creates a great atmosphere. So why not head down to the beach, enjoy some sunshine and smashed eggs on sourdough this October. 

Manly Wine | Manly

We're huge fans of Manly Wine so we're thrilled to see the place open its doors again this October. Following a massive refurbishment (the first since 2009), Manly Wine imparts a relaxed, beachy vibe with a refreshing open door policy. This means even after a day at the beach, you can take your sandy self to Manly Wine with no judgement whatsoever. With an all day raw seafood bar, a purely Australian wine list and rosé spritzer on tap, we know where we'll be spending lazy afternoons this summer!

The Whisky Room  | Surry Hills

Whisky lovers, unite! There is finally a whisky specialist in Sydney to cater for your single malt and sour indulgences. Located on the upper level of The Clock Hotel, The Whisky Room stocks more than 100 whiskies from around the world, including the highlands of Scotland, USA, Japan, Taiwan, NZ and some Australian locals. The menu features a little whisky history as well as staff picks and recommendations, making it easy for all to enjoy – whisky enthusiast or novice. One thing's certain, it's definitely a place we will be hitting up this October. 

The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree | CBD 

Situated in the heart of Sydney's CBD in Australia Square, The Lemon Tree is making waves amongst Italian cuisine lovers. The sophisticated, yet casual 150-seater eatery is the latest project from Tim Holmes à Court and Daimon Downey of Pelicano Bar and Kate McMahon of Catalina – so obviously the food is phenomenal. Featuring the freshest Sydney Rock Oysters and a selection of your favourite authentic Italian pasta, The Lemon Tree creates the perfect Mediterranean escape in the middle of the Sydney CBD. It's open for lunch and dinner from 12pm – midnight Monday to Friday.

Vine Double Bay | Double Bay

Vine Double Bay will throw open its doors on 8th October. With a sophisticated food and wine menu, this will be a welcome addition to Double Bay. With Chef Drew Bolton, of the infamous French Laundry in Napa Valley and Sydney's Quay, you know the food is going to be ah-mazing! Head in for a lazy long lunch (we're big fans of the long lunch at The Urban List) or a romantic dinner. We can't wait to check this one out! 

The Lock-In | Alexandria

Escape the everyday and be treated to something a little different, exclusive and very mysterious at The Grounds of Alexandria's newest venue – The Lock-In at The Potting Shed. As the name suggests, you and your guests will enjoy the seclusion of a private space all equipped with a private bar, delicious menu and your own personal staff. The Lock-In is open to hire for functions and events and is available Monday through to Sunday.

Charing Cross Hotel | Waverley

Having recently undergone an extensive renovation in August the Charing Cross Hotel is expansive, light-filled and is ready for action. Headed up by renowned chef Matt Kemp, Charing Cross features a European inspired menu that's reflective of his British born heritage. Some of Matt's favourite dishes from the menu include the gnocchi with chestnuts, cauliflower, peas & pecorino and a salad of seared albacore tuna, pickled fennel, English cucumbers & mint – yum! The Charing Cross Hotel is open from 10am – late daily and should be at the top of your list this October!

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