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Every day, a new restaurant, cafe, or bar opens in Sydney. To keep on top of all the new exciting places to drink and dine, we’re rounding up the best new openings of 2022.

Lowkey

North Sydney
Lowkey is a new hidden cafe in North Sydney serving up native ingredients in our breakfast favourites. Think kangaroo pastrami and lemon myrtle mustard. All bread and sandwiches are made in-house, fresh every morning. North Sydney residents can pick up a brioche doughnut filled with strawberry gum jam and wattleseed custard on the way to work. Or stop in for a pepper berry pork belly toastie with burnt apple and Geraldton wax sauce for lunch. If you’re after a hot drink, try a wattleseed chai or a tall cold glass of the house soda, strawberry gum and rhubarb.

Jinja

Macquarie Park
Former Silks Chef Sebastian Tan is bringing a contemporary Cantonese restaurant to The Governor Hotel in Macquarie Park. The restaurant is named after a Chinese woman, Jinja, depicted by artist Ronnie Samuels in original paintings around the venue. Diners can expect vibrant, flavourful, aromatic Cantonese dishes whipping from the kitchen. Signature dishes comprise a selection of over 20 dim sum including sesame prawn brioche, live seafood such as lobster and coral trout, BBQ dishes of Cantonese roast duck, and Jinja signature BBQ smoked pork ribs, grilled Wagyu with black truffle Yakiniku sauce, and a variety of Chinese rice and noodles. Jiinja is slated to open August 3, 2022.

Liberty Hall

Entertainment Quarter
Mary’s Group is set to open a new 1200-person live music venue, Liberty Hall, in late October. The new venue will be a champion for great art, opening the doors and stage to local and international artists. The dedicated music venue will also sit next door to a new Mary’s venue, bringing their infamous burgers, fried chicken, and natural wine to the most exciting live music party of 2022. 

S’WICH

Bondi
S’WICH is not your average salad and sandwich shop. University graduates Jordan Abram and Jay Fink have brought their love of food, art, and design to launch a next-gen sandwich joint in Bondi. They serve lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Pick up a classic thick-cut bread chicken schnitzel sandwich or go for the herby tuna salad with wild rice and pickled fennel. For a snack, you can’t leave without trying the three-cheese toastie.

Henley’s Kitchen and Bar

King Street Wharf
There’s a new casual waterfront bar opening on Monday, July 11, and it’s here to shake up the vibrant King Street Wharf precinct. Henley’s Kitchen and Bar is lively and laid back. Expect it to be an all-day drinking and dining destination, catering to locals, workers, and everyone in between. There will be signature cocktails with a fruitful flair, an approachable wine list, and of course a food menu packed with burgers, baby Philly cheesesteaks, grilled corn ribs, and popcorn chicken. They also serve stone-cooked pizzas, salad bowls, and larger, more refined dishes including a togarashi pumpkin. Inside the venue is a large-scale mural featuring aerial drawings of the Sydney Opera House. Although, there are water views from every seat here.

Porter House

CBD
Porter House is Sydney’s new multi-level hospitality destination, opening in July, alongside a hotel called The Porter House Hotel Sydney. Porter House is housed within an 1870s heritage-listed building and includes three venues over five levels, as well as two floors dedicated to private dining and function spaces. The hotel accommodation, which is a supporting act to the F&B, is located next door in a brand-new build. You can be dining and drinking in Porter House and have no idea it’s linked to the hotel accommodation so it really is as far from hotel dining as you can get.

ELE

Pyrmont
Now open in The Star is ELE, a new dining concept from head chefs Federico Zanellato (Lumi Bar & Dining) and Karl Firla (Oscillate Wildly, Est, Marque). ELE offers a degustation experience like no other. Diners start in the bar with small snacks and a beverage before being ushered into the dining room to watch the digital projections and enjoy larger dishes. Think corn souffle and a buttery lobster placed over even more buttery brioche bread. During the course, diners will find themselves immersed in a compelling visual and sound scene, complementing the meal. Diners are then ushered to their last destination, the chef’s counter. Here, you can watch the team of chefs prepare dishes and even ask them questions about the food. This is also where the mains and desserts are served. if you’re looking to switch off and completely immerse yourself in the tastes, smells, and sounds of dining, then ELE is the premier place to go.

Rumble

Pyrmont
Opening in May, Rumble will bring the traditions, tastes, and colours of South East Asia to The Star. Influenced by the four classic flavours that permeate South-East Asian culinary culture—sweet, spicy, sour and salty— Rumble is balanced at every level. The dishes and drinks pair familiar flavours with creative, contemporary techniques while the interiors walk a fine line between theatrical and understated, making Rumble a surprise and delight for the senses. Diners can expect to enjoy nostalgic, authentic flavours reminiscent of travels through Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore with an unexpected, progressive twist. Think a deconstructed prawn laksa, black Angus short ribs infused with the spices of beef rendang, and dried-red curry smoked duck. To match the bite-sized delights and family-style banquets, expect creative Asian-inspired cocktails infused with spices and herbs.

Topikós Bar & Dining Room

Bondi
A fresh and modern Greek venue is coming to Bondi Beach Thursday, April 14. The Bar menu focuses on casual Greek all-day dining, with the menu split across meze, salads, and larger plates, whereas the dining room is designed to share and celebrate contemporary Greek dining and moves from meze plates to seafood, and meat, salads and vegetables. Expect a  short, sharp list of around 60 wines from Greece, Italy, France and Australia, with 20 by the glass. Inside, Greek key inspired stepped window frames and a marble mosaic chef’s bench opposite rendered banquet seating that runs the length of the dining room, anchor the space.  Topikós Bar and Dining Room also have a 30-seat private dining room.

Parlar Restaurant and Bar

Potts Point
Located next to Franca in the heart of Potts Point, the 55-seat Parlar (to speak in Catalan) is an ode to Becher’s love for Barcelona and the French coastline. From the design to the food and drink menus, Parlar is heavily influenced by a combination of Catalan and Mediterranean culture and cooking. The wine list is a postcard to the Mediterranean, focusing heavily on the varieties that dot the sunbaked shoreline from Spain to the tip of the Italian boot. The wine offering has plenty of reference points across styles showing alternatives to the classic varietals from Spain, Southern France, Italy and Australia. Parlar Restaurant + Bar will open Wednesday, April 6.

The Rover

The Rover, a reinvigorated dining and drinking destination has officially opened its doors in Surry Hills. A polished version of its former self, The Wild Rover, The Rover brings the bustling charm of a dapper New York cocktail bar to the reinvigorated inner-city precinct. While respecting the rustic charm and good-time Irish heritage of the previous space, The Rover, owned by Liquid & Larder hospitality group who run sister venues Bistecca and The Gidley, ushers in a new life to the Campbell Street stalwart with an evolved personality and sparkling new interiors.

Diners can expect an expanded dining offering, led by Executive Chef Pip Pratt who has crafted a generous New England-inspired and a seafood-driven menu boasting everything that’s great to share.

Even before entering, guests can capture a peep into the bustling allure of The Rover with its new clear front windows that now welcome the afternoon sun into a space once notably hidden from street view. The elevated interior has been upgraded to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, aligning it closer to the DNA of sister venues, Bistecca and The Gidley. The banquette seating has gained plush velvet upholstery and a warm amber glow radiates from the softened lantern style lighting.

Fish Fish

Fish Fish will open Tuesday, March 29, in Sydney’s West, reviving a Penrith institution. Phil Hallani, owner of Percy Plunkett’s owner, has put his spin on affordable, quality fish and chips by bringing in a fresh design and innovative menu. You can expect to chow down on a tuna cheeseburger or wrap your hands around his take on a fillet-o-fish burger. There will also be grilled seafood on the menu and salads as a healthier option. Poke bowls will also grace the menu as they grow in popularity. Fish Fish is set to bring back a little class to fish and chip shops while keeping it affordable to feed the family.

Block’s Bar

After months of secret building and design, Block’s Bar has emerged beneath the iconic 4 Pines Brewpub. This cheeky, younger, subterranean bar is a late-night haunt, hosting local and international DJs, with a lot of Caribbean soul. The kitchen slings brisket sandwiches, chicken katsu burgers, loaded fries, and flatbreads. There are plenty of beers on tap and a few funky cocktails to try. In the end, Block’s Bar focuses on live music and fun.

The Rockley Pub

Chef and restaurateur Matt Moran are reopening The Rockley Pub, which he purchased in mid-2021, in the NSW village of Rockley, south of Bathurst and just down the road from his farm. The pub will reopen on March 17, with a new Moran-style pub menu and drinks list in the classic country pub setting. The new pub menu showcases as much local produce as possible, including some from the nearby Moran Family Farm and meats from Cowra. In the second phase of renovations next year, Moran plans to expand the pub’s footprint and infrastructure, with the addition of a bakery, general store and more accommodation.

Mister Fish

A new fish n chipper has landed in the heart of Earlwood, and it’s taking the nostalgic battered fish and chips to the next level. Here, wood-fired whole snapper and wood-fired shellfish are the stars of the menu. There’s also an award-winning prawn and snapper pie that is a must-try. You will also find Sydney Rock oysters, a seafood platter for two and prawn buckets on the menu. The best part, all seafood is locally and responsibly sourced from suppliers who are part of the Master Fish Merchants’ Association.

The Castlereagh

Located within the iconic building, The Castlereagh club; steeped in Sydney history, The Castlereagh by Colin Fassnidge will embrace produce from local farmers and suppliers to marry the warmth and comforts of your local go-to with a restaurant-quality menu including standout dishes such as Colin’s ‘Suckling pig sausage roll’ and ‘Buttermilk chicken schnitzel’. The venue is now open.

Aalia

Aalia introduces a new perspective on Middle Eastern cuisine. The culinary team spent years exploring dishes and techniques from lesser-known regions and coastlines of the Middle East and North Africa. They discovered forgotten ingredients from millennia ago and uncovered recipes from within the pages of 10th century Arabic cookbooks. Aalia beautifully combines ingredients from across territories and times, contrasting tradition with modern techniques to offer diners an Arabian nomadic time-travelling odyssey of dishes. Aalia is now open.

Bar Mammoni

The newest resident in Quay Quarter Sydney’s burgeoning precinct in Circular Quay is the cheekiest to date, Bar Mammoni. Opening Wednesday, March 2, Bar Mammoni is small but mighty with a zippy collection of laneway food and drinks shepherding you from your first cappuccino of the day to your last cocktail. Occupying just 100 sqm and with seating for 30, the majority of which is situated in the laneway, Bar Mammoni’s menu draws on the pastry prowess of Grana Bakery and cocktail concoctions of Apollonia, sister venues located next door at Hinchcliff House. Come lunchtime, the focus moves to pizza by the slice, heated to order on Bar Mammoni’s countertop. The 72- hour slow-fermented pizza is made with freshly milled flour from Grana Bakery’s flour mill and comes topped with the likes of nduja and caramelised onion.

Kiln

Ace Hotel Sydney has brought together a world-class team for Kiln, its wood-fired rooftop restaurant set 18 stories above Surry Hills. The inventive Mitch Orr leads the kitchen as the restaurant’s Chef-Partner, with acclaimed Melbourne-based interior designer Fiona Lynch as the design partner for the space. The ground floor of the hotel — designed by Flack Studio — is anchored by the all-day eatery LOAM, alongside a coffee shop and a Lobby bar showcasing local producers. Mike Bennie, a champion of the Australian drinks scene, is helping to curate the hotel’s beverage menus. The debut of the ground-floor food and beverage venues will coincide with the hotel’s opening in Autumn 2022, while Kiln will follow shortly afterwards. 

Fish Butchery Waterloo

Waterloo
Customers can watch the Fish Butchery Waterloo kitchens through the floor to ceiling glass windows along Bourke Street.  Inside, a long 13-metre marble counter hosts the fish butchers preparing, trimming and cutting to order.  The hot kitchen supplies dishes like Murray Cod Souvlaki coming off a vertical kebab cooker and a list of Josh Niland favourites including the Yellowfin Tuna Cheeseburger as a single, double or triple and Fish & Chips. While the freezer will have everything from Yellowfin Tuna Lasagna, Smoked Red Gurnard Pies and Aquna Murray Cod fish fingers. A range of fresh seafood, fish charcuterie and rock oysters will be on display in the retail fridges. Josh and Julie Niland recently announced Fish Butchery Waterloo will officially open, Thursday, Feb 3 2022, for retail and takeaway.

The Meat & Wine Co

Bella Vista
The Meat & Wine Co recently opened their new Bella Vista location, at Sydney’s newest lakeside playground of dining establishments. Diner will enjoy an upscale dining experience, with picturesque waterfront views, and a boardwalk to wander down. Keeping in tune with the brand’s ethos, expect premium steaks, contemporary food dishes and an extensive beverage range to complement. The menu’s focus is a combination of Australian and seasonal produce that is energised by Afro-centric ingredients and cooking techniques that reflect African culture and tastes. It’s a dining experience that offers something for everyone. At the helm of the menu is the brand’s curated meat program from Australian purveyors. The meats are handpicked by the chef and feature the exclusive Monte line of steaks, heritage Shorthorn and Australian Wagyu from the limestone coast that has been finished on 450 days of grain feed for a superior marbling score.

Little Pearl Bar and Dining

Manly
In lieu of Manly Wine closing after 12 years, Little Pearl Bar and Dining aims to be a new waterfront bar, offering a casual, all-day dining destination. Expect hawker-style shared plates, bold cocktails, easy-drinking wines, and prime ocean views. There are a number of weekly specials, including happy hour from 5 pm-6 pm Monday to Thursdays, and a $79 brunch with soul on Saturdays. Led by executive chef Jason Roberson, Little Pearl is the perfect spot to drop in for breakfast, gather with friends for brunch, or let lunch roll into dinner and drinks.

Paripe

Chippendale
Paripé, a casual funky style Spanish restaurant and bar has landed on Chippendale’s eclectic Kensington Street. Showcasing the very best of Spanish culture, this unique venue adds even more diversity to the already extensive offering found at Sydney’s best food and drink destination. With the menu including garlic prawns, chorizo and Spanish omelette, Paripé looks to bring a traditional menu that brings to life the tastes of Pablo and Maria’s Spanish home. The venue also brings to life an extensive bar selection to indulge the senses, offering exclusive signature cocktails using the freshest Spanish ingredients.

Giuls

Surry Hills
A new Italian restaurant from the team behind Rockpool Dining Group is bringing a taste of Tuscany to Crown Street. Here, it’s all about handmade pasta, in moreish sauces, and topped with fresh local produce. The signature dish is a Conchiglie, vodka, pancetta and taleggio. You’ll also find squid ink fettuccine and lamb ragu, sprinkled with parmesan. Even though it’s the new kid on the block, Giuls wants to be the new local for lingering after-work drinks, and delicious bowls of pasta to soak up happy hour.

Loulou

Lavender Bay
Lavender Bay will welcome a new French bistro, boulangerie and traiteur when Loulou opens Wednesday, December 22. A tour de force, Loulou, the first venture from Etymon Projects, is set to become the lower north shore’s local go-to for fresh bread and bakery items, charcuterie, rotisserie and ready-to-go meals, through to all-day dining in the bistro. Next door is the très French combination of Boulangerie and Traiteur. Here, the delicious aroma of take-home artisanal baguettes, croissants, batards, and baked sweets spill from the boulangerie all day, just like in Paris. An unfamiliar concept to most Australians, a traiteur is one of the most frequented destinations in a French neighbourhood and will no doubt be as beloved in Sydney. At Loulou’s Traiteur, you’ll find exceptional house-made produce and meals to take home, such as Toulouse sausage, country terrine, chicken liver parfait sliced to your liking, duck pithivier, and ready-to-heat sauces, and condiments.

Bouillon l’Entrecôte

Bouillon l’Entrecôte takes a nod from the original “Le Relais de l’Entrecôte”, the famous one-dish steakhouse that opened in 1959 in Porte Maillot, Paris. Think premium sirloin steak served with a salad, home-cut fries and a secret sauce – a true French speciality. In line with a French bouillon, the restaurant will fit comfortably between Bistro and a Brasserie, offering great food for a reasonable price, along with a ground-floor wine bar featuring French wines and Jazz music. Authenticity is at the heart of the restaurant, going beyond just the menu. Tables will be covered in crisp white butcher’s paper and chairs will be traditional bistro style. Champagne will be poured into elegant Lalique glassware. There will be an extensive French wine cellar and the house beer will be Kronenbourg from Alsace. The décor will also feature authentic French objet d’art shipped from Europe by both Giausseran’s and Ventura’s parents. With doors opening in January at Quay Quarter Lanes, Bouillon l’Entrecôte will accommodate up to 70 patrons in its upstairs 6 Loftus Street premises, with a downstairs bar area with seating for up to 20 people. 

Chuck Trailer’s

Only steps away from Bondi Beach, Chuck Trailer’s is the new dive bar with a difference bringing a little grunge, a touch of debauchery, and a whole lotta-style to Bondi. Around the bar, you’ll spot skateboards pinned between rock ‘n’ roll posters, neon signs hanging from scaffolding and even taxidermy toads. The venue itself is undoubtedly eclectic. During the day, the bar spills out Roscoe Street with outdoor seating in the sun but come night, the windows close, curtains are drawn, and the “anything goes” vibe comes into its own. Chuck Trailer’s might be a dive but they don’t mess around with their food and drinks with twists on American classics, like BBQ wings (served with their house Dr Pepper sauce) to the more adventurous Ring Sting Idiot Wing (served alongside a well-needed glass of milk). For those not partial to wings, there’s the Thunderbird Chicken inspired by Nashville buttermilk style chicken or even the No Chook Yoself beef burger for those swerving the chook completely. 

Beau

NOMAD Group, which owns and operates the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and bar NOMAD restaurant in Sydney’s Surry Hills, and the soon-to-open Melbourne venue on Flinders Lane will launch a new wine bar and deli, Beau, in Surry Hills in early 2022. Beau Deli will highlight manoush, traditional flatbreads popular across the Levantine, the classic being a simple housemade za’atar by executive chef Jacqui Challinor and her team. Expect dips, pickled and marinated vegetables and toppings like spiced Margra lamb shoulder, green chilli zhoug for your lunchtime manoush. Positioned alongside a private laneway that connects Reservoir St and Foster St is Beau, an intimate 50-seat neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant, as well as offering a rooftop private event space.

Santa Catarina

Open on Clarence Street, Santa Catarina pays homage to Oaxacan municipality, ‘Santa Catarina Minas’. The 100-seat mezcal bar features a large wine cellar as well as an intimate private dining room, creating the perfect week-round drinking and dining destination in the CBD. The elegant and modern menu designed to share pays homage to the ancestral cuisine of Oaxaca and showcases traditional Mexican dishes such as Mole Madre, which was once offered as a tribute to the gods and to this day is associated with celebration in Oaxaca. Santa Catarina’s signature Mole utilises more than fifty original ingredients and is made using ancient techniques passed down from indigenous communities in Oaxaca. 

Casa Mérida

Casa Mérida is now open on Kellett St in Potts Point. The 70-seat venue draws its inspiration from the city of Mérida – its palatial elegance and Mayan ancestry, juxtaposing stone and rustic time-worn interiors with chandeliers and luxe gold detailing to create a feeling of nostalgia and history. Casa Mérida’s design is inspired by the charm and opulence of the renowned Coqui Coqui Mérida, based on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Showcasing traditional Mayan cuisine while utilising the best in local produce, menu highlights include market fish ceviche (lima Leche de Tigre, maax’ik chile, citrus cured lobster, tortilla strips, red onion and chervil); a range of tacos including Mayan octopus, chicken and jackfruit. The drinks menu will feature new Mexican spirits, rare mezcals imported from indigenous communities in Oaxaca, and tequilas exclusive to the venue including top tier selections of Clase Azul Ultra, 3-4-5 and Casa Dragones at $300-$400 a shot. 

The Redfern

A historical Redfern neighbourhood pub that operated for more than 100 years until 1990 has completed the final phase of its loving restoration and is now open. Now called The Redfern, a nod to the suburb it calls home, it features a warm and welcoming new Public Bar on street level while upstairs is an eclectic cocktail bar and lounge with casual dining. The two venues are connected through a series of internal and external stairways and entrances. Begin downstairs at The Redfern Public Bar and find more than 26 beers on tap, an approachable wine selection, sports on TV, and pub food with a twist. Then, kick on upstairs at Misfits at The Redfern for a meal, cocktails, DJs, and dancing. Or, enjoy a boozy long lunch at Misfits, then head down to the Public Bar for a kick on.

Yardbird

Local husband and wife team, Simon Arkless and Cait Mitchelhill have brought Yardbird to Albury. The new restaurant and bar bolster the region’s culinary scene with traditional European-style cooking. Expect bold flavours, and intense heat through their authentic imported Spanish Mibrasa oven. The casual bar offers a Spanish and European snack menu on offer, boasting charcuterie, tortilla, croquettes and Padrón peppers.

Boydell’s Cellar Door

Boydell’s Cellar Door and Restaurant is the first of its kind in the historic township of Morpeth. Named after Charles Boydell, who planted some of the first vines in the Hunter, the cellar door,w which opening in September, showcases Boydell’s wines simultaneously with an entirely Australian menu, featuring locally sourced produce. Visitors can go in for a wine tasting and a taste of the region at this new dining hotspot.

Botswana Butchery

With 14 years of history in New Zealand, Botswana Butchery is a premium fine dining experience with an emphasis on innovative dining. Botswana Butchery’s diverse menu is all about flavour and has a strong focus on fine cut meats and locally sourced foods.

L’uva Pasta & Wine Bar

L’uva is a Roman-inspired pasta and wine bar coming to the heart of Martin Place with a menu designed to share and a wine list built on boutique wineries from Europe and our own backyard. Offering a cosy, warm and relaxed vibe, L’uva is the perfect location for a catch up with friends and colleagues in the epicentre of the CBD. Enjoy oysters and champagne or meet for after-work cocktails and share plates of antipasti, zucchini flowers and kingfish Crudo. Larger dishes like handmade fusilli with veal brisket ragu or tagliatelle with blue swimmer crab are perfectly complemented by a bottle of Barolo from Northern Italy.

Cabana Bar

Striking the perfect balance between poised and playful, cheeky and classy, Cabana Bar delivers the ultimate staycation experience in the heart of Sydney’s concrete jungle for Sydneysiders and visitors alike. Nestled in a lush inner-city oasis with an open-air terrace spanning over 100 meters overlooking Martin Place, guests are invited to escape to Cabana Bar, where you can drink cheeky, eat well and holiday often. Operating on ‘Cabana Time’ where the kitchen is open all day, every day, patrons can enjoy lunch on the run, a late-night meal after a show, or an afternoon spent wining and dining with friends.

White + Wong’s and Sardine

White + Wong’s ‘east meets west’ cuisine takes classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand—the noodles, soups, curries and delicious dumplings—and creates an eclectic menu to pick and choose from. Expect flavoursome massaman and red curry pastes made from scratch. Oysters and sashimi with freshly ground wasabi root. In some dishes, you’ll find untouched classics like the bang bang chicken and BBQ pork buns, while in others, whole Peking Ducks, numbing and fragrant prawns and BBQ meats. Sardine Bars are funky little cocktail bars located next door to White + Wong’s restaurants. The interior of Sardine Bars features stunning ‘sardine tin’ wallpaper and inviting bar areas with seating options both inside and out. The perfect setting to enjoy a drink or two at any time of the day. These venues are slated to open in 2022.

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What’s On in Sydney This Winter

There's plenty on.

It’s officially cold, but that doesn’t mean we should hibernate. Throw on a warm coat and hit the streets as Sydney comes alive with Bridgerton Balls, lobster rolls, ramen clubs and much more.

Check out these events if you’re looking for more fun things to do this weekend in Sydney. 

things to do sydney this weekend
Photo: @thelobstersocial

Indulge in lobster rolls and truffle fries at the Lobster&Co pop up

August 16- September 25
The Rocks
Following a hugely successful Melbourne pop-up, Lobster&Co is coming to Sydney. Bringing with it their iconic lobster rolls, truffle fries and champagne—served from an airstream. The lobster rolls are stuffed with wild-caught whole confit lobster, fennel slaw, and a touch of citrus. Lobster&Co will also be popping up during Taste in the City, taking place in Entertainment Quarter from September 3-4.
Cost: Starting from $50

things to do sydney this weekend

Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday August 20 to Sunday, August 28
Auburn
One of Australia’s most photographed cultural events is returning to Auburn Botanic Gardens this August. The Cherry Blossom Festival pays homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture, and food, with the incredible backdrop bursting with cherry blossoms. For those who want to attend, you must buy tickets and pre-book a session in advance. Each ticket includes an all-day entry into the festival grounds and a 45-minute session of your choice on the Cherry Trail, which is where you can get the best photos. Although, be sure to check out the other attractions, including a Hello Kitty Garden Party, 9-hole Putt Putt Course, and the Japanese Food Village for Japanese Hanami staples.
Cost: $11.75

things to do sydney this weekend

Party all night in this Rave Igloo

Ends September 25
Greenwood Hotel
A three-month igloo rave has arrived at Greenwood Hotel brought to you by S*A*S*H Sydney and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Enjoy tonnes of snow, a fireball bar, and fire pits to keep you cosy all night. Local S.A.S.H. residents Kerry Wallace, Gabby and Jake Hough will provide the background music, along with international DJs every week.
Cost: Varies.

things to do sydney this weekend

Get a Negroni at Apollonia’s Negroni Series

Starts July 26, 2022
CBD
Negronis from five of The World’s 50 Best Bars will take centre stage at Apollonia for six months with Volume One featuring negronis from Atlas (Singapore), PDT (New York City), Sweet Liberty (Miami), COA (Hong Kong) and Above Board (Melbourne). In six months, these five negronis will rotate out and be replaced with five more from a new selection of bars.
Cost: Varies.

Catch a never before seen in Australia Sidney Nolan exhibit

July 21 – October 23
Darlinghurst
The Sydney Jewish Museum is exhibiting 50 of Sydney Nolan’s Auschwitz paintings, which have never been seen before in Australia. Until recently, the paintings mainly remained hidden, their stories untold for over half a century. The public can tour the exhibit to see Nolan’s intense paintings, created after a tour of Auschwitz in 1961. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this interpretation of history from an Australian perspective.
Cost: $20.08 for adults, $15.86 for senior concession, and $12.69 for students. Free for children under 10.

things to do sydney this weekend

Go glamping in the city with friends

Surry Hills
The Winery has been transformed into a cosy, bohemian glamping spot, perfect for rugging up and indulging in comfort food with friends. Nestled in the laneway’s garden, each glamping tent is set up with floor cushions, soft rugs, blankets and low table tops for grazing. The experience is complete with a four-course menu featuring grilled olive bread and burrata, salt and pepper calamari, truffled steak frites, and more.
Cost: Starts from $69 per person.

things to do sydney this weekend

Indulge in Raclette, S’mores, and spiced rum cocktails at Opera Bar

July 21-28
Circular Quay
This winter, Opera Bar is launching roving carts serving raclette, s’mores, and warming Bacardi Spiced Rum cocktails to your table. Keep warm by hailing the cocktail cart for hot buttered rums, raclette melted over crispy potatoes, or get your sweet fix with s’mores—toasted at the table. Live music is on every night and there are plenty of heaters to keep you warm while you take in that stellar harbour backdrop. The roving carts are available from Thursdays to Sundays.
Cost: $11 -50.

things to do sydney this weekend
Photo: K Wong Photography

Follow the Truffle Trail down in Darling Square

Ongoing
Darling Square
Over the next few weeks, dive into all things truffle with a selection of Sydney restaurants offering exciting dishes showcasing the unique depth and the umami and sweet flavours of the hyper-seasonal truffle. To take things to the next level, a pop-up cart will be open each Sunday offering exclusive, luxury truffle products for avid truffle seekers. Expect duck truffle soup from Auvers Cafe, wild mushroom truffle ragu from Hello Auntie, and even Truffalo buffalo wings from Wingboy.
Cost: Varies

things to do sydney this weekend
Photo: Holly Hawkins

Attend a 10-day art, NFT, and negroni pop-up for charity

July 21-31
The Rocks and Darling Quarter
Sydneysiders can discover an epic line-up of homegrown artists, from NFT creator Bianca Beers to graffiti artist Scott Marsh, with 100% of profits from ONE’s ticket donations, art sales and auctions going to local charities, including; Asylum Seekers Centre, HalfCut and Save the Children. Across the 10 days, there will also be live auctions featuring luxury items from local businesses, exclusive pieces from Sydney artists and designers, themed life-drawing, and comedy tickets to the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. 
Cost: Varies from $10- $200 (dependant on auction pricing)
Buy tickets here.

Attend The Bridgerton Ball

Saturday, September 3
Town Hall
The town’s most informed Lady is inviting the cream of the town to the social gathering of the season at the exquisite Sydney Town Hall. Dress in elegance and come prepared to dance to classics known to many by our fabulous string quartet. Favourable food and enticing premium drinks fit for Lady’s and Lord’s, along with an array of activities such as life drawing and games of chance await you as you try not to be caught up in the gossip to earn the Queen’s attention. 
Cost: $209.

things to do sydney this weekend

Try Maybe Sammy’s new cocktail menu

From April 6
The Rocks
Rat Pack is out. Artistic doyennes are in. The new menu has been inspired by 12 women who have shaped us artistically from the fields of music, art, cinema and fashion. Each of the 12 cocktails is a tribute to these leading ladies and their contribution to the arts. Maybe Sammy has collaborated with a talented female Australian artist, Clementine Roslund (who goes by @klemekleme_), who has created bespoke artworks to accompany each cocktail. The artwork sits alongside each cocktail in the new menu booklet, entitled ‘Stardust’, which is the name of this new collection. Each cocktail will have a bespoke custom social media filter made from the artwork, so you can pop yourself or your chum into it and extend the experience. The filters will be accessed by a QR code that can be found next to each of the cocktails in the Stardust menu.

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Conquer Sydney’s tallest paint and sip experience

Ongoing
CBD
Champainting has launched Sydney’s highest paint and sip event at over 300 metres above the CBD in the Sydney Tower Eye. The exclusive event allows guests to paint the ‘City by Night’ masterpiece. Sip on a two-hour drinks package and enjoy a gourmet grazing box while you unleash your inner Monet.
Cost: $145 per person.

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Race your friends at Hyper Karting

Ongoing
Entertainment Quarter
Located in Sydney’s The Entertainment Quarter, Hyper Karting is not your average go-karting—it’s karting reimagined. Think, electric karts, faster speeds, environmentally friendly, all-weather track and safe and inclusive karting. Each race is 15 minutes, and you can enter as many races as you want. It’s only $19 per race and there are two tracks, one for the kids (3-7 years old). When you start the race, your kart is at 50% power, although with every lap you finish, your speed increases dependent on your lap times. So the faster you complete a lap. the faster you can go the next time around. They have expert and standard races. If you’ve never been karting before, stick with the standard. You can race as a family, and the best part, they take your dine and discover vouchers. So what are you waiting for?
Cost: $19-$59.

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Bridge Climb X Hendrick’s Gin Bar

Ongoing
CBD
Throughout the month of January 2022, all climbers that scale the iconic arches on Day and Twilight Climbs departing after 1 pm will be treated to a complimentary post-Climb celebratory drink in an on-site celebration bar, which closes at 10 pm. The post-Climb drink offered will be a Hendrick’s and Fever-Tree Tonic with a cucumber garnish. Alcohol will be served to guests aged 18 years and over only. Those not of legal age to drink will be offered a non-alcoholic version.
Cost: From $198 for adults, and from $99 for kids.

things to do sydney this weekend

Butter X Impossible Pop Up at The Rocks

Ongoing
The Rocks
Butter, Sydney’s favourite burger and chicken joint, have launched an Impossible Pop-Up in The Rocks in Sydney. The menu is made exclusively with Impossible Beef, so you can pop down and try the full menu. Expect dishes such as an Impossible Chilli Cheeseburger, Impossible Katsu and American Impossible Chilli Cheese Fries. There will also be live music, DJs every week, and a bar stocked with fun cocktails. Butter hour is from 5 pm to 6 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bottomless brunches will also be on, as well as secret menu items, Australia Day festivities and New Years’ events.
Cost: Varies.

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