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What’s Trending In Sydney Right Now | January

By Florence Tan - 10 Jan 2016

what's trending in Sydney 2016

We’ve teamed up with Peroni to bring you our What’s Trending hit-list: your monthly guide to maximising life in the city. We’re cutting through the chatter and counting down our top 10 hottest new openings, events, and trending happenings in Sydney this month, so you won't miss a thing.

Well hello again! It seems you did, in fact, make it through the silly season, with maybe a hangover or two, yes? Don’t worry, us too. But in between all the merriment we found the time to scour the far edges of the internet in search of the latest trends for January and let’s just say, we saw some things. But we’ll spare you the gory details. 

Here’s our list of what’s trending in Sydney this month so you won’t ever have to make a false step.

#1 American BBQ from Bovine & Swine Co

When the weather is fine, the BBQs come out in full force. But don’t run the risk of venturing into well done territory by cooking on your home unit. Let the masters deliver the mouth-watering meat at Bovine & Swine Co. Located in Enmore, this barbecue restaurant has all your low and slow favourites, from brisket to beef short rib. Meat-sweats will happen—but hey, it’s summer so you’ll be sweating anyway!

#2 Lawn bowling in style at The Greens

Free the toes this month and get ready to play the most extreme of sports. Lawn bowls. Yeah you heard me. No longer is this sport reserved for retirees, now with bench-side Prosecco and a miniature trophy on the line, not to mention major bragging rights, it won’t take long for your competitive spirit to surface when you’re next at The Greens

#3 Cool ramen at Salaryman

There’s a time for tradition and then there’s a time for something new. Salaryman achieves both with their update on the traditional ramen bowl complete with quail breast, confit leg and game broth. It’s got that same same but different thing going on which we’re totally loving. Other modern revivals on the menu include the crayfish chicken wings with sea plant batter and the Lady Elliot island bugs that come straight off the robata.

#4 Mr Davis burger from Three Williams

We have Bette Davis eyes only for Three Williams’ Mr. Davis burger. Get ready to wrap your mouth around this: one thick as beef patty, strips of bacon, two layers of American cheese, pickles, lettuce, onion mayo, ketchup AND mustard all nestled in between a soft milk bun. This bad boy is a guaranteed whopper of a good time so get in on it!

#5 Brigade Dining’s fancy pavlova

Best dressed goes to the dessert at this Woollahra newcomer. Spinning an Aussie classic on its head, it’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Presented like an untouched flower patch, there’s meringue drops of pavlova mixed in with drops of passionfruit crème and patches of raspberries throughout. While it may look delicate, the flavour is intensely delicious. Bliss.

#6 Rooftop drinks from The Old Clare Rooftop Pool and Bar

Drinks on the ground level? Please. The only acceptable way to indulge in a sneaky tipple is to head straight to the roof for uncapped cruisy summer vibes. And at The Old Clare Rooftop Pool and Bar you can really bask in all the glory that is our fair city without having a pesky ceiling keeping you down. With a pool nearby can summer get any better?

#7 Banh Mi from So 9

Oh me, oh my is it just us or is the Banh Mi from So 9 just simply timeless? With all the fillings you could ever want (including some vegan friendly ones for those so inclined) it’s your no-fail January go-to for when you can’t decide what you want to eat. The pulled chicken is an office favourite—juicy meat with fresh salad for some much needed crunch and a sauce that has just the right amount of spice. Is it any wonder why?

#8 Living Vita al Mare at Opera Bar with Peroni

Peroni is turning one of Sydney’s most iconic drinking spots into a little piece of Caprisan Vita al Mare, or life by the sea, for the whole month. We almost don’t really need to describe Opera Bar to you, it’s such a Sydney institution, but what’s a bonus to that stunning harbour view is the series of Peroni-infused cocktails that are not to be missed! With this addition, you’ll be making many a repeat trip to this harbour-side resting spot. 

#9 The toasted crumpet from Drake Eatery

Forgo the ungrammable porridge and poise your cameras over this delectable bad boy. Toasted to perfection, the crumpet from Drake Eatery in Bondi is drenched in honey that perfectly seeps into those crumpet-only holes, creating little pockets of sugar delight. Paired with ricotta, bananas and walnuts to balance out all the sweetness—it’s rich, it’s tasty, it’s beautiful. 

#10 A staycation at Primus Hotel Sydney

This just in. Our city is currently trending so why not book yourself in for a staycation at one of Sydney’s most stylish hotels? Having just opened on the 23rd December, because they’re so generous, Primus Hotel Sydney is allowing us all to get that five star experience starting at just $290 per night. Taking its style cues from the art deco period (think Gatesby-esque) and perfectly positioned in the CBD, it’s the city retreat that’ll have you refreshed and rejuvenated for the year ahead.


We're beyond thrilled to partner with Peroni to bring you the What’s Trending series—our monthly guide to the hottest new openings, events, and Instagrammable happenings in Sydney. Each edition of What’s Trending is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and served to you by Peroni—our go-to beer when we’re after something deliciously crisp to sip. Look out for our monthly Peroni What’s Trending hit-list for everything hot in your city right now, and while you’re working your way through the list, relax with a long cold Peroni at the hotspots marked with a ribbon. Buon Appetitio!

Image credit: Jackielyn Powell at So 9

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