ICYMI, this weekend is a long one in Sydney—cue streets turning into ghost towns, shop fronts to close, and entrepreneurs and restauranteurs to go into hiding until Tuesday morning.
But we are here to prove all of this is nonsense. We’ve found some of our favourite places in Sydney that are open alllll long weekend.
It is no coincidence that when you say “Ume Burger” aloud it sounds like “yummy burger”, ‘cause god damn this is a winner. Ume is open for the whole long weekend and are serving up their Japanese-inspired burgers, soft serve and Japanese sodas. Ume will be open from 11.45am-10.30pm every day, except until 9.30pm on Sunday.
If you say you don’t like dumplings, there’s a 98% chance you’re lying (we’d hope). We thanked our lucky dumplings when we found out that Lotus is open for the entirety of the Queen’s Birthday. Go treat yourself to the prawn and ginger or perhaps the squid ink, Blue Swimmer Crab and scallop Dumplings. Honestly, just order the lot and be done with it.
Cho Cho San
Luckily for us, Cho Cho San is open errrry day this long weekend. This means we won’t miss out on their ‘outta this world’ sashimi and pork katsu steamed buns… need. Head to Potts Point for dinner from 5.30pm or all-day dining from 12pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Our now somewhat new friend, Chin Chin, is still as good as it was when it popped up in Syd and they are also open this long weekend. Get to Surry Hills to fill your belly with kingfish sashimi topped with lime, chilli, coconut and Thai basil or some pad seuw of braised Wagyu beef. Yep, now we’re hungry. Side note: There is a 10% public holiday service charge on this one.
Boy does The Newport have something in store for you this long weekend. The Reptile Man will be there from 12pm till 2pm and you can meet them (and maybe pat if you’re careful)! Plus, there’ll be the same lush eats and delicious cocktails (ahem jugs) you already love from this joint. The Newport will be open as per their normal hours, so 9.30am to 12am Monday to Friday, 9am to 12am on Saturday, and 9am till 11pm on Sunday.
Open for lunch and din, OTTO never fails to reel us in. We are craving the spaghetti with eastern rock lobster, cherry tomato, chill, garlic and brandy. Plus, they’ve just launched a truffle service which means you can order all your fave dishes and get a generous shaving of truffle alllll over it. So yep, you’ll find us there… again. OTTO is open from 12pm till 10pm every day.
The Vic On The Park
This long weekend is the launch of Beefeater PINK at The Vic on the Park so we recommend you head there to boogie to some live music and DJ sets, enjoy British-inspired food and Beefeater gin cocktails. We were sold at gin.
Ivy’s got two absolutely bangin’ events lined up for you this long weekend. On Friday, you can find yourself jammin’ to RNB tunes at the RNB Fridays party and on Saturday, Ministry of Sound is taking over the decks, featuring Apollo Jackson. Put on your comfy shoes ‘cos this is gonna be huge.
El Loco at Excelsior
You’ll go coco for El Loco when you hear about this one this. This Friday you will find A) This Mexican cantina closes at 3am, B) There are $7 tacos (yes, $7), C) They have incredible margaritas and tequilas. Thank us later.
The Establishment is hosting the Moët & Chandon Grand Brunch this Saturday with free-flowing bubbly followed by the party upstairs at Hemmesphere. What’s better than only having to move up one flight of stairs from brunch to kick-ons? You’re right, nothing’s better than that.
One of our favourites, Fred’s, is open this long weekend (minus Monday) and is one of the many Merivale venues offering 49% off all drinks at the bar, from 5pm till 7pm. They also make the best fresh pappardelle with pork neck braised in milk, sage and lemon. So, do the long weekend the right way and we’ll see you in Paddington.
Inspired by traditional Hong Kong street food, Queen Chow is delivering a fresh take on traditional Chinese. There’s no better way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday than to also celebrate with a feast at Queen Chow (see what we did there?). Open from 5pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday and 12pm till 11pm Friday through Sunday.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is open allll weekend long, as they host their annual rosé brunch. Whether you want to join in on the fun or just catch up with your pals, Watsons Bay is never a bad idea.
If you’re craving fresh Japanese food this Queen’s Birthday weekend, head to Barangaroo’s Zushi. Our favourites are the sashimi tacos, the kingfish carpaccio and the Wagyu steak with shitake mushrooms, nashi pear and apple soy. You might find us there for all of the four nights.
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria never sleeps. They are open over the entire Queen’s Birthday long weekend, offering every delicious brunch, lunch and cocktail thing just as they usually do. The Grounds is open from 7am till 9pm on Monday, 7.30am-10pm on Saturday and 7.30am till 9pm this Sunday too.
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