Spring is in full bloom, although if we’re honest, this week feels a lot like the height of summer. Either way, the sun is shining, the days are getting longer, and we’re all awakening from our winter slumber.
With that said, there’s plenty to do in Sydney. Here’s what’s on in Sydney this spring.
It’s been ten years since Sydney was graced with the iconic olive oil ice cream sandwich at NOMAD, and to celebrate, they’re treating us to food-filled events this October through to November. Every day from 4-6pm., patrons are invited to enjoy ‘Toast To Ten’ across all venues.
Group executive chef Jacqui Challinor has curated a special happy hour ‘snacks’ menu, along with a selection of drinks to complement, by beverage director Gerard Bellis. On Wednesday, November 15, NOMAD Sydney will create a special dinner event, 10 X 10 X 10. Jacqui will create a menu to celebrate ten years, inviting ten chefs from the past decade to create ten dishes which have been favourites on the menu since opening. Get your tickets here.
Crown Sydney is notorious for hefty price tags, from Nobu to Woodcut, but there is a more affordable way to get a taste of the high life. CIRQ is hosting Sunset Cocktail Hour every Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m., with $2 oysters; and signature cocktails for $12, such as the negroni sbagliato, Hugo Garibaldi, and Aperol Spritz. There’s also a menu of Spanish-inspired snack plates for $15, which include Jamón, tomato salsa and sourdough, truffle manchego, quince paste and crackers, kipfler potato bravas and aioli. Bookings are a must. Book here.
Spend a Night Listening to DJs in a Japanese Vinyl Bar
Turn up the volume at Rekōdo, a Japanese restaurant and vinyl bar in Barangaroo. Taking over the decks every Wednesday throughout August are some of the best names in the music space, including Planet Trip, Elefant Traks, Utopian State, Future Classic, and I OH YOU. As part of a new DJ series, each performer will have their turn to showcase some of the best homegrown vinyl DJs in the game.
Try a Bottomless Pottery Workshop
Have you always wanted to try pottery? Well, now you can with bottomless G&Ts. Located in Angel Place, INDU takes you off the busy streets of Sydney to an underground restaurant. On October 14, INDU is teaming up with Crock’d to launch a bottomless pottery workshop. Guests can enjoy a unique clay workshop crafting incense holders with the team at Crock’d whilst enjoying two hours of bottomless G&Ts and a grazing table. Tickets cost $150 per person and here’s where to book.
Attend a Taco and Tequila Festival
Mejico is a thriving Mexican-inspired restaurant on Pitt Street known for smashing guacamole tableside and shaking some of Sydney‘s best margaritas. In honour of their favourite spirit, Tequila, they’re bringing back their annual Taco & Tequila Festival on Saturday, October 7. For the seventh year in a row, they’ll be turning the restaurant into a dedicated agave tasting room with stalls from top suppliers, who will be bringing along their favourite agave spirits and sharing insights into their brand and tequila. Tickets are only $30 per person, which includes entry, tequila tasting glass and two tacos. Book here.
Sip Your Way Through YCK Laneways
Fire up the group chat and get ready for an afternoon of delicious bites and even better bevs because Sydney’s favourite precinct, YCK Laneways is serving up an unmissable new cocktail event series. For one afternoon only, Saturday, October 7, Sydney’s favourite small bars will join forces so you and your friends can savour Sydney’s best cocktails for a steal because Cozzie lives has taken enough of our joys.
The self-guided experience lets you explore the precinct’s venues at your own pace and here’s how it works. Simply line up your pals, select your four favourite YCK bars and book yourself in via the event registration link. On the day, you’ll be given four tokens at your starting venue, which equals four cocktails, one small bite (available from a select menu at your starting venue), and the rest is up to you. Hand one token over at your first venue in exchange for your first cocktail and a snack. Then you have two hours to visit three further venues to have your other cocktails.
Get a $5 Taco From El Primo Sanchez
Forget Taco Tuesday; it’s Taco Wednesdays you want to make a beeline for at El Primo Sanchez. Every Wednesday, tacos are $5 (that’s half price). There are five tacos to choose from, including the Al Pastor, made with 12-hour achiote marinated pork belly cooked over coals and served with sweet pineapple, salsa verde, and onion and coriander jardin, a vegan version of the traditional Mexican cheese, plus kangaroo milanesa with salsa guacamole and chiles toreados. $5 tacos are available from 5 – 11 pm every Wednesday.
Indulge in a Fine French Feast
Fine dining in Sydney is so often synonymous with a big spend, especially when it comes to a set menu. Although if you’re still looking to spoil your tastebuds without the high price tag, consider Bouillon l’Entrecôte’s Saturday Lunch Fixe Menu. The two-course menu will set you back $59, while the three-course is available for an affordable $69 per person. You will still have change leftover from $100, which is basically a rarity these days.
Take a Hike
Sydney’s spring offers an abundance of sunny days, allowing you to enjoy the city’s usual attractions and activities without the extreme heat of summer. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk showcases breathtaking coastal scenery. Nothing beats a plunge at Bondi Icebergs.
Bite Into a Free Cheeseburger at Valentina’s
In association with Adidas Original to celebrate its partnership with creative pioneers, Marrickville restaurant Valentina’s is offering free cheeseburgers with a side of beef tallow fried fries and to finish, an ice cream sundae. It’s happening for three nights only, Thursday, November 9, Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, from 5pm – 9:30pm each night. Limit one per person until sold out, and you must RSVP beforehand here.