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Happy 2014 – Xmas at Byron Bay

Firstly Happy New Year!

What did you guys get up to for the festive and 2014 celebrations? I was so lucky and got to travel to Byron for Xmas for a week.

Here are my top picks if you’re heading to Byron:

The Pass Beach - Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you'll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

The Pass Beach – Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you’ll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass' viewing tower, amazing!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass’ viewing tower, amazing!

Wategos Beach Byron Bay - My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

Wategos Beach Byron Bay – My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music - this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music – this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel - Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel – Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

The Beach Cafe combines top notch open air dining with beach views so close you can almost touch the water. A great special venue if you’re wanting to spend a little bit more for that special occasion!

Mokha is the hidden gem on Lawson Street that is a great place to chill after a day at the beach with a red wine, great food and live artists that will take your breath away.

A staple venue to frequent at Byron is The Balcony Bar, watch the world go by as you enjoy ample tapas and cocktails.

For a cheaper night out, Woody’s is your venue! Great tunes, young crowd and alcohol flowing like there’s no tomorrow! Cheeky Monkey’s fits this bill too!

Finally, if you're looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal - if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments... ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Finally, if you’re looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal – if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments… ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Here at Sydney Social 101, we’re always on the look out for new exciting venues to explore!

There are going to be MANY posts on here about bars, venues, festivals, activities, beaches, restaurants, clubs, movies, fashion, beauty and SO much more.

We look forward to sharing them with you!

 

PARTY ON BOURBON STREET AS NEW ORLEANS COMES TO COCKATOO ISLAND

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Let The Island Bar at Cockatoo Island transport you to Bourbon Street in New Orleans for an Aussie take on one of the world’s legendary festivals- the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

It will be all about old-fashioned Southern hospitality (in the heart of Sydney Harbour) as Sydney’s favourite summer-time bar is transformed into New Orleans oldest neighbourhood, the French Quarter. Featuring Bourbon Street favourites Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Cruzan Rum, from Friday February 15 to Sunday February 17 there will be an irreverent festival atmosphere at The Island Bar with top bartenders showcasing the traditions and history of cocktails from New Orleans.

The Island Bar’s Bourbon Street party will transport island-goers into a world of decadence, Creole style. To get into the spirit, visitors will be given beaded necklaces and festival masks on arrival to party in the bar festooned with lighting and jester hats. On offer will be Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps, Cruzan Rum Hurricanes and other classic New Orleans cocktails, to be sipped on a French Quarter balcony with garlands and bunting flags.

Food carts will serve unique Louisiana cuisine including Creole pizzas straight from the wood-fire oven, Louisiana “hot” dogs and spicy Cajun chicken strips. Signature New Orleans jazz, blues and soul music & street performers will keep you movin’ from day to night, and don’t miss the marching band as they parade through the bar in celebration. For dessert, finish with banana crepes and banana fritters with cinnamon, prepared right in front of you.

Bluesy tunes, Southern food and a vibrant atmosphere- if it weren’t for the spectacular Sydney Harbour backdrop, you could almost be in New Orleans this February….

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The Rubens play Time Out Sydney’s fifth annual bar awards, plus Baxter Inn takes home the gong

The fifth annual Time Out Sydney Bar Awards – Sydney’s only consumer-based bar awards – were held Sunday the 21st of October on Cockatoo Island. The cream of Sydney’s bar scene – from industry legends to hot up-and-comers – kicked back, enjoyed drinks on the harbour and clinked more than a few glasses with Time Out readers. Of course, no Time Out event is complete without some good old fashioned rock’n’roll. This year, the Rubens headlined, playing a one-off gig fresh off their latest sold-out tour just for Time Out.

Five hundred people hopped the ferry for the awards, including Sneaky Sound System’s Angus McDonald, who presented the Hall of Fame Award to Icebergs’ Maurice Terzini. Whisky den the Baxter Inn took home Bar of the Year, while tequila slosh house Tio’s went away with Best New Bar. People’s Choice, an award voted by over 2,000 Time Out readers, was given to Mojo Record Bar. Best Bar Food went to Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill.

“Time Out awards the best of the best. It’s independent, and refreshingly agenda-free. The only thing we’re interested in at these awards is celebrating our quality Sydney bar scene,” said Time Out’s Chief Food and Drink Critic, Myffy Rigby.

The Midnight Special, Enmore’s favourite little record bar, left the island with the award for Best Entertainment while Best Design went to Hinky Dinks. For the first time ever, Time Out gave over the reins to ten of Sydney’s most respected bartenders, asking them to each elect their picks for Hot Talent. The award went to Black Bar’s Michael Chiem, while Baxter Inn’s Lewis Jaffrey picked up the award for Best Bartender.

Best Wine Bar was won for the second time in three years by the Wine Library, while newcomers the Hazy Rose took out Best Small Bar. Late-night speakeasy Palmer and Co brought it home with Best Cocktail Bar, while the Local Taphouse did craft beer proud winning Best Pub.

Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2013 winners

  • Best Bartender Lewis Jaffrey
  • Best Cocktail Bar Palmer and Co
  • Best Small Bar The Hazy Rose
  • Best Wine Bar Wine Library
  • Best Pub The Local Taphouse
  • Best Design Hinky Dinks
  • Hot Talent Michael Chiem, Black by Ezard
  • Best Entertainment Midnight Special
  • Best Bar Food Rockpool Bar & Grill

Well done to all involved! An amazing event and great recognition for Sydney’s growing bar scene!

Cockatoo Island – Sydney Harbour – Sherwood leads the way in Red Bull X-Fighters Qualifying

 

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour equal points leader Levi Sherwood has gained the upper hand on his competition claiming first place in qualifying on Cockatoo Island early this afternoon.

The New Zealand-based rider heads into the final event deadlocked on points with Frenchman Thomas Pages, who qualified only seventh.

Sherwood’s first run was the one that impressed judges most, awarded 87.40 points for his efforts against closest competitor Japan’s Eigo Sato on 84.50.

The best-placed Australian rider was 2011 event winner Josh Sheehan, who put together a run good enough for 5th place with 83.60 points.

The course has proved challenging for riders who have needed to use every available second to ensure their delivery of tricks is both smooth and stylish.

The impressive course and competition precinct has taken over 60,000 man hours to complete, with barges bringing over 6500 tonnes of dirt which has been shaped by 24.5 tonnes of lift and shift equipment.

Over 400 return barge trips have been required to deliver trucks and equipment.

Tomorrow, thousands are set to turn out to see the final climactic leg of the World Tour take place where there will be plenty of home support for the four Aussie riders in action.

Red Bull X-Fighters Qualifying

1. Levi Sherwood, 87.40
2. Eigo Sato, 84.50
3. Taka Higashino, 84.40
4. Dany Torres, 84.10
5. Josh Sheehan, 83.60
6. Jackson Strong, 80.70
7. Thomas Pages, 78.00
8. Cameron Sinclair, 77.60
9. Blake Williams, 76.30
10. Javier Villegas, 74.70
11. Todd Potter, 72.90
12. Maikel Melero, 0.00

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