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Valentine’s Day 101** Your ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day in Sydney in 2014

Sydney Social 101 has pulled together the ultimate Valentine’s Day guide for you in 2014. We’ve worked to pull together an eclectic mix of options to suit all tastes.

This list will be updated daily, if you have any questions about specific events, e-mail me at sydneysocial101@hotmail.com

Hope you have the best Valentine’s Day this year, if you’re single check out the posts for singles events in Sydney – there is always something to suit every need: Fancied & Tinder events

If you’re in need of a chuckle – check out a Valentine’s post on our sister blog from years gone by: Valentine’s Grinch

Here are our top picks:

‘Romantic Dinner for 2’ at Donny’s Bar – Manly

The welcoming and rustic new small bar that is based in Manly is the realisation of a dream for business partners, Matt Clifton & Tol Broinowski.

Together the pair envisioned an exciting new addition to the burgeoning bar scene in the famous beachside suburb.

With Donny’s Bar, Matt and Tol hope to offer a fresh and original venue that will be a part of and support the local small bar community.

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Designed by Sydney based architecture firm, Luchetti Krelle, the venue brings to life the pairs love for rustic, warm and comfortable places to enjoy the company of friends & family.

Donny’s is a two-storey, New York style loft bar that offers a selection of dumplings & Modern Australian tapas (perfect for sharing) with a slight Asian influence.

A small, local bar with a versatile offering and cosmopolitan feel, Donny’s Bar is destined to become one of Manly’s most talked about & loved destinations.

Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year at Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining! For $75pp enjoy a 3 course modern French fine dining meal with your loved one.

ENTRÉE

Scallop Carpaccio, pomegranate, tequila & black pepper

or

Ravioli, smoked mozzarella, Italian ham, herb essence

MAIN

Duck breast tarte tatin, goat cheese & caramelised apple

or

Salmon confit, creamed roots, orange & avocado

DESSERT

Tropezienne tart, raspberry & lemon sorbet

or

Salted caramel slice & ginger and Greek yoghurt ice cream

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

The Australian Heritage Hotel

 

In The Rocks, iconic pub The Australian Heritage Hotel will be showing some love to a few lucky customers with the chance to win a special Valentine’s Day in the raffle at 7pm. Hampers will include champagne, chocolates, candles and maybe something a little cheeky too.

The Glenmore

For those without someone to snuggle up to, never fear as The Glenmore is throwing a party for singles and partygoers with a DJ spinning tunes at the rooftop bar from 6pm and a lip-smacking selection of cocktails on level 1.

The Glenmore Rooftop Bar

The Glenmore Rooftop Bar

The Royal, Leichhardt

At The Royal in Leichhardt, couples can cosy up at The Royal Botanical restaurant with a two-course meal and glass of sparkling on arrival for just $49 per person. There will also be live music from 9.30pm, so bookings are essential to get a good spot.

The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks

If you’re planning a romantic getaway to treat that special someone, a trip to The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks could be just the ticket. The Hotel offers a wide range of comfortable and spacious rooms, all at an affordable price, making it the perfect long weekend getaway. On Valentine’s Day itself, treat yourselves to a delicious seafood platter for two and receive a complimentary bottle of wine enjoy whilst taking in the stunning ocean views.

For further information on any of the venues or events, visit www.wshorthotelgroup.com.au.

The Unicorn Hotel

Paddington’s, The Unicorn Hotel is taking tongue-in-cheek, cheesy romance to the next level this Valentine’s Day with The Serenade Sessions. Pub diners on Friday the 14th will be treated to a three-course set dinner with glass of bubbles on arrival for $45 per person…with an awkwardly hilarious twist.

The Unicorn staff are calling out to those that don’t take the day too seriously, inviting local romantics to make a booking prior to the night,with a special love song request for their partners. Musicians on the night will then surprise unsuspecting lovers with an impromptu and probably cringe-worthy love song serenade at their table. That loving feeling will extend throughout the venue with all time favourite rom coms to be played on the pub’s big screens and a specially produced musical soundtrack that promises to put Richard Mercer to shame.

For all those loved up duos who can’t make it on the 14th, the Serenade Sessi ons will continue on for the following Wednesday evenings in February. And for all you fantastic singles out there, The Unicorn recommends you come down and play spectator for the night anyway whilst Tindering the night away.

The Unicorn Serenade Sessions will take place on the evenings of Friday 14, Wednesday 19 and 26 February. Diner’s are encouraged to call the venue in advance to book a table and make serenade song requests on 9360 7994.

Zeta Bar’s Arabian Nights Valentine’s package

Have an exotic Valentine’s Day!

•For Couples: 4 Cocktails from our exotic Spice Market and one sharing platter from Arabian menu ($150)

•For Singles: Receive 2 complimentary sharing platters (min 5 people and $500 min spend)

Arras Offers a Touch of Class with a Fun Twist this Valentine’s Day

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Modern European fine dining restaurant, Arras, is the perfect place to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a mouth-watering eight-course menu that will be a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

The specially crafted menu features the restaurant’s signature modern twist on European dishes including Salt baked heirloom carrot, Arras crème fraiche and carrot sponge; Roast salmon, lightly marinated scallop and asparagus; and Quail, black bean, pumpkin and peanut with quail broth.

The refreshing Coconut, citrus, ginger, basil and lemongrass promises to cleanse the palate before the decadence of the Spiced chocolate soup, coffee and chocolate ravioli. Those without such a sweet tooth can opt for a selection from the infamous cheese trolley for $25 extra.

Of course a meal at Arras wouldn’t be complete without the restaurant’s handmade, show-stopping petit fours, served with tea or coffee to finish. The menu costs $115 per person and includes a glass of bubbles on arrival.

Arras is run by young British chefs Adam and Lovaine Humphrey, who bring with them a wealth of experience from top restaurants across Europe and Australia, including the three Michelin-starred Michel Bras in France, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and the Castle Hotel in England.

The restaurant comfortably seats 60 with a private dining area available on the mezzanine for 22 guests seated and 40 guests standing for a cocktail-style event. Guests will be inspired by ARRAS’s offerings off the plate too, with unique design features including a graffiti mural by Az One, aka Andy Steel, a Sydney-based graffiti artist and bespoke Paul Smith suit-fabric dining chairs.

The restaurant earned one hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014, three hats in the Gault & Millau Guide 2014, and a star and three glasses in the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide.

Arras

204 Clarence Street, Sydney

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday 12pm until 2.30pm

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm until 10pm

02 9283 1922

reservations@restaurantarras.com.au

functions@restaurantarras.com.au

http://www.restaurantarras.com.au

Merivale

Merivale has a range of different offers across the group including a very cute ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ at ivy.

ivy Pool Club – ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ – Lovebirds, start your night of romance night at ivy, where a kiss is legal tender. Simply pash your other half for a free Lover’s Cup cocktail for two. Pecks on the cheek excluded. Available at Palings and Pool Club between 5-7pm. Pash your partner for one complimentary share cocktail per couple.

est. – Four-course set menu with matching wines and a his & her gift from Jo Malone, $295.

Uccello – Four-course menu including a flute of Veuve Clicquot, $140.

Felix – Four-course menu including a flute of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, $150.

Bistrode CBD – Three-course menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $140

Sushi e – Six-course set menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $135

http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/valentines-day2/

 The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

Cosy up at The Cottage Bar & Kitchen for Valentine’s Day and indulge in a Banquet for 2 for $55pp. The Banquet will include the following:

         2 x Glasses of Prosecco

         Oysters ½ Dozen (choice of Sydney Rock or Pacific’s)

         Seared Scallops w Rocket, fresh fruit Vinaigrette, Pancetta

         Mushrooms Stuffed with dried fruit and grain and marinated chevre

         Rib Eye Steak

         Fairground plate, Maple candied popcorn, house made orange marshmallows, fairy floss, mini ice cream cones, mini toffee apples & peanut brittle

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a special on Veuve Clicquot  – $24/Glass, or $110/Bottle

www.thecottagebalmain.com.au

‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’  screening at Maltesers Moonlight Cinema

Spoil your loved one this Valentines Day with a special screening of ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ at the Maltesers Moonlight Cinema at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park on February 14! Or for a great gift idea, grab some Gold Grass tickets and experience a night of luxury film and food under the stars with that special someone! Maltesers Moonlight Cinema is running until 23rd March, tickets available from moonlight.com.au

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Vesta Italian

Vesta Italian is serving up $25 Italian Antipasto Picnic Platters for the month of February to tie in with Sydney Harbour Foreshore’s Month of Love. Located in the south end of Sydney’s Darling Quarter, Vesta Italian is popular for its authentic and fresh Italian cuisine. The delicious Picnic Platters will be available for couples and all diners to pick up and enjoy in Darling Quarter’s lush green parks on heart shaped picnic rugs, which will be laid out throughout the month.

A celebration of love, the month will be filled with entertainment, including movies from Wednesday through Saturday nights for the first two weeks and special Mardi Gras parades and shows for the second half of February.

Choose from platters of cured meats, gourmet cheeses, tasty olives and pickled vegetables, all served with fresh bread and a selection of bread sticks and crackers.

For more information on Vest a Italian or to order a Picnic Platter, http://www.vestaitalian.com.au / 9267 9644 / facebook.com/vestadarlingquarter

Vaucluse House Tearooms

This Valentine’s Day enjoy a romantic dining experience at the enchanting Vaucluse House Tearooms.

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Fresh Catering is delighted to announce an exclusive dining experience for Valentine’s Day at Vaucluse House Tearooms. Enjoy a special three course dinner created by Executive Chef, Marco Adler and immerse yourself in the charming art deco Tearooms, surrounded by the peaceful gardens of the historic estate.

The menu includes for entrée; Beetroot Tart Tartin, Red Wine Reduction & Horseradish Crème Fraiche; Green Gazpacho with Pickled Spanner Crab Ravioli & Harissa Oil or Jamon with Grilled Asparagus, Crispy Quail Eggs & Saffron Shallots.

For mains, couples can choose from; Crispy Barramundi, Fritto Flowers of Prawn & Scallop with Tomato & Tarragon; Chicken Pave, Corn & Buttermilk Bread Sauce & Snow Pea & Crispy Skin or Saffron Risotto with Broad Beans, Pine & Enoki Mushrooms, Miso Butter.

Desserts include; Torta Di Verona – Amaretto & Pandoro, Blueberries & Mascarpone Cream; Passionfruit Charlotte, Strawberry & Orange Salad or Rose & Watermelon Macaron.

$75 per person. Reservations are essential and are available from 6.30pm. To make a reservation please contact Fresh Catering on (02) 8399 3055 (business hours) or email reception@freshcatering.com.au.

Emmilou

Emmilou has earned a reputation for exceptional tapas and cocktails and a wonderful ambience for a romantic setting.

This Valentines Day we will be offering a decadent 5-course menu including a glass of champagne for $95pp.

Emmilou has always been a favourite on Valentines day and this year, our new head chef will be stepping up the menu to ensure it is a seamlessly romantic evening for your users.

Our new head chef, Gary Ryley recently took over the reins as head chef at Emmilou. Ryley’s passion for Spain, coupled with his time spent overseas has helped him make his mark at Emmilou in fine-tuning the menu to perfection.

To view our Valentines Day offer and other promotions updated regularly on the blog, visit: http://emmilou.c om.au/blog/

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

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Book a Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner at The Morrison and receive a complimentary Love Potion cocktail. The Morrison is a stylish, authentic New York style brasserie in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

225 George St, Sydney

www.themorrison.com.au

Bishop Sessa

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Bishop Sessa is a charming bistro and wine bar located in the heart of vibrant Surry Hills. Chef Paul Cooper is a sustainability advocate and applies a nose to tail philosophy to Bishop Sessa’s food going as far as ageing and butchering large sides of pig, beef and lamb on site himself. An ‘urban gem’, Bishop Sessa serves up fantastic, creative food in an unpretentious and accessible way.

Bishop Sessa is offering both a lunch and a dinner menu for Valentines Day:

Valentine’s Day Lover’s Lunch, four courses, $49

A glass of Jean-Pierre Marniquet Chaine d’Etoiles Brut Reserve, Tours-sur-Marne, Champagne on arrival

Fresh shucked Tathra Rock Oysters, mignonette dressing

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Roasted Aylesbury duck breast, honey spiced beetroot, lentils & cassis

Bittersweet chocolate tart, honeycomb, salted caramel ice cream

Valentine’s Day Dinner, 5 courses, $75 (with matching wines, additional $50pp)

Smoked Trout Rillettes, asparagus mousse, confit fennel& hazelnuts

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Hay-baked Pork Belly, roast peach, fennel, radish & cress

Lamb Mixed grill, pomme puree, eggplant, red peppers, mustard seeds

Chocolate delight, chocolate mousse, apricots & macadamias

527 Crown Street, Surry Hills

www.bishopsessa.com.au

02 8065 7223

MONTH OF LOVE AT DARLING HARBOUR


ROW YOUR WAY TO ROMANCE

A truly unique chance to circle the bay in a rowboat made for two as the sun sets over Darling Harbour and magical, twinkling hearts decorate the surface of the water. Pre-book online or go to Darling Harbour Marina (in front of Cockle Bay Wharf) to board your love boat.

Where Cockle Bay
When Sat 1, Wed 5 – Sun 9 and Wed 12 – Sun 16 Feb, 6pm – 10pm
Cost $25 per boat
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/row-your-way-to-romance-tickets-10180605465

 

LOVED UP FIREWORKS

Cosy up to your baby and stare into the sky as heart-shaped fireworks burst over Cockle Bay on Saturday.

Want your love to go the extra mile? Say it in the sky or even pop the question with specially personalised fireworks.

Where Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb, Wed 5 – Sat 8 Feb, Wed 12 – Sat 15 Feb, Sat 22 Feb and Sat 1 Mar, 9pm
Cost Saturday fireworks – FREE / personalised fireworks – $1,000
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/romance-infused-fireworks-tickets-10181353703

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Stop by Darling Harbour’s giant sparkling red heart to steal a kiss or grab a Valentine’s photo. Post your photo to social media and share your love around the world.

Where Palm Grove

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR – FRAMED!
Who doesn’t love the chance to be cheeky in an instant photo? For one very special night only (Valentine’s of course) you can capture the moment your heart went pop in our Month of Love Fotobooth. Pucker up, pose, print and then post to social media to your heart’s content.

Where Palm Grove (in front of the Love is in the Air giant heart)
When Fri 14 Feb, 6pm – 8pm
Cost FREE!

 

 

LEAVE A MESSAGE OF LOVE

Wander down the ‘Avenue of Love’ from Harbourside and chalk a public message of love on the Darling Harbour Live hoardings. Quote a poem, declare your love or perhaps even pop the question!

Where Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Forecourt
When Early Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours
Cost FREE!

SMOOTHFM LOVE SONG SERENADE
Take a stroll with your sweetheart along Sydney’s most romantic bridge and be serenaded by the world’s smoothest love songs and dance moves to follow.

Where Pyrmont Bridge

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar (excluding 16 Feb) / from 6pm

Cost FREE!

LOVE ON THE ROOFTOPS

Take a moment and take in the view of the hearts and rainbow projections on the rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Fri 14 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!

SUPERCHARGE MY LOVE

Hit the road with your baby for a dazzling super car dream date! Spend $10 or more in Darling Harbour at participating venues anytime during the Month of Love and you’ll go into the draw to win one of 25 super car dates. See the super cars on display around Cockle Bay Wednesdays and Thursdays between 4pm and 11pm.

 

Where Around Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, cars on show every Wed & Thurs from 4pm -11pm

Cost FREE to view Supercars OR spend $10 for your chance to win a super car date* conditions apply

ROSES ARE RED

Go one better than a dozen red roses and dine among hundreds of roses woven in the foliage surrounding the restaurants at Cockle Bay Wharf. Come back again and again and watch the roses grow!

Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours

Cost FREE!

 

TICKLE ME PINK
Spread out a blanket or pick up a heart-shaped rug and snuggle up to watch the special Month of Love Luminous displays or a classic romantic film on the Village Green. Purchase a gourmet picnic platter or pack your own picnic basket. Catch the special ‘loved-up’ hearts display from 1-14 February (excluding Mondays) and the beautiful rainbow display from 15 February – 1 March.

Purchase a romantic antipasto picnic platter for two from Vesta Darling Quarter (9267 9644), which includes cured meats, cheeses, olives, marinated vegetables and bread for $28 or pack your own picnic basket (please note alcohol is not permitted to be brought into Darling Harbour).

Where Darling Quarter Village Green

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, dusk – midnight / Film screenings 8pm, 5–8 Feb, 12–15 Feb, 19–22 Feb and 26 Feb – 1 Mar
Cost FREE!

ANIMAL LOVE

Celebrate love at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo by giving special treats to the animals, learning about animal romantics; crafting a Valentine’s Day card and more! Did you know crocodiles blow love bubbles to their potential mates, the male koala woos his lady with a loud bellow and male satin bowerbirds attract females by collecting blue items for their bowers? These are just a few fun love facts you’ll learn during our special Month of Love keeper talks.

 

Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130
LOVE-IN

Get free entry to all special performances during the Month of Love and enjoy two signature Love Potion cocktails for $20.
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Where Tokio Hotel

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

Cost FREE!

A TOUR OF LOVE

Discover love in the Australian National Maritime Museum through a guided tour of the permanent exhibitions to uncover real-life love stores. Tours held daily.

 

Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Adult $27/ Child $16/ Concession $16/ Family $70

 

CHILDREN’S VALENTINES CRAFT

Get creative and craft a Valentine’s Day card made out of recycled paper and share the love with one of Wild Life World’s Aussie animals!

Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130

VALENTINES NIGHT WITH THE STARS

Walk the red-carpet, sip champagne, enjoy a selection of pre and post dinner canapés PLUS lots more at Madame Tussaud’s memorable Valentines event at Darling Harbour.

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Fri 14 Feb

Cost $120 per couple (valued at $236)

ULTIMATE CELEBRITY VALENTINES

At Madame Tussauds you can vote for your ultimate celebrity Valentine. The winner will be revealed on Valentine’s Day!

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Thu 13 Feb

PLAN YOUR PERFECT DAY… WITH CELEBRITY WEDDING PLANNER PRESTON BAILEY

Celebrity event and wedding designer Preston Bailey will share the secrets of his global success. With clients including Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Joan Rivers, Preston is known for completely transforming spaces into opulent, theatrical environments.

 

Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Wed 12 Feb/ 5pm & 7pm

Cost $95 – book signing, bridal showcase and champagne/canapés OR $195 – also includes presentation by Preston Bailey www.premier.ticketek.com.au

TEST YOUR COMPATIBILITY

Test your love compatibility with gelato at Meno Diciotto! Research by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago say that flavour can predict your perfect match! www.personalityquiz.net/foodtests/icecream.htm

Where Meno Diciotto, Darling Quarter

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

 

OPEN DAY OF LOVE

Dockside Group showcases three spectacular reception venues overlooking Darling Harbour.

Where Three locations – Dockside, L’Aqua & Star room

When Sun 16 Feb / 10am – 4pm

Cost FREE!

JOIN HANDS FOREVER IN WAX

Join hands with your partner at Madame Tussauds and experience the magic of wax-making together with a special keep-sake to take home.

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $15 (usually $25)

BOWL ME OVER

Enjoy one game of bowling per person, one drink on arrival (local tap beer, house wine or soft drink) and a platter to share (10 pieces) for just $40 per couple. Pre-bookings essential, must mention ‘Month of Love’. Not valid with any other offer or promotion, subject to availability.

 

Where Kingpin Bowling, Harbourside

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $40 per couple

POP-UP BRIDE

Immerse yourself in Chinese Wedding culture in 20 minute participatory performances at The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens. Bookings essential, $25 ticket and price includes garden entry, Asian noodle box and a glass of wine.

 

Where The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens.

When 7 Feb / 6pm – 9pm

Cost $25

SOCIAL SPY** ST.GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA LAUNCHES THE 2014 SEASON IN SPECTACULAR STYLE WITH THE SYDNEY PREMIERE OF ‘TRACKS’ ATTENDED BY MIA WASIKOWSKA AND ROBYN DAVIDSON

ST.GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA OPENING NIGHT, SYDNEY PREMIERE OF ‘TRACKS’ AT MRS MACQUARIES POINT (Adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens)

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Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend the Opening Night of the hotly sought after St George’s Open Air Cinema.

Celebrities, Sydney identities and VIPs gathered alongside Mia Wasikowska and Robyn Davidson on Friday 10 January 2014, at the stunning setting of Mrs Macquaries Point for the launch of the 2014 season of St.George OpenAir Cinema and Sydney Premiere of TRACKS.

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Guests at the Opening Night Party enjoyed a selection of Australian wines from Cape Mentelle, and Chandon paired with an Australian themed menu from Hive Catering, whilst taking in stunning views of Sydney Harbour at sunset.

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The sky cleared for a perfect sunset over the harbour, as guests stepped onto the red carpet featuring camels, at one of the most sought after summer events in Sydney.

ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA'S OPENING NIGHT 2013 PREMIERE OF "TRACKS" MRS MACQUARIES POINT, SYDNEY FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY, 2014 PHOTOGRAPHER: BELINDA ROLLAND © 2014

ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA’S OPENING NIGHT 2013 PREMIERE OF “TRACKS”
MRS MACQUARIES POINT, SYDNEY
FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY, 2014
PHOTOGRAPHER: BELINDA ROLLAND © 2014

A spectacular start to the 2014 season, St.George OpenAir Cinema will continue through to 15 February 2014. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale on the door each night. For full program details and further information on door sales, please visit http://www.stgeorgeopenair.com.au

PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT: BELINDA ROLLAND © 2014

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What’s On: Opera Bar – Summer at the House – Sydney’s Backyard

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Last night Opera Bar hosted drinks for the launch of Sydney’s Backyard at Opera Bar.

David Seale & Fabio Roberto. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

David Seale & Fabio Roberto. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

To celebrate the annual ‘Summer at the House’ festivities, Opera Bar has been transformed into Sydney’s Backyard, green turf, an iconic Hills Hoist, picnic tables and authentic veggie patch are all in place and offer a backyard experience right on Sydney Harbour. Sydney’s Backyard is in action from Fri 3 Jan to Fri 31 Jan.

d Downorme, Stuart Welch, Polly Welch & Aaron Renolds. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

d Downorme, Stuart Welch, Polly Welch & Aaron Renolds. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Despite the grey skies, Sydney summer was in full swing last night…guests enjoyed tasty BBQ bites; grilled corn on the cob and barbequed prawns and sipped on Frostie Fruit Slushies and Spiked Homemade Lemonade all made with Australian Tasmanian 666 Vodka and Perth based Gin West Winds.

Hannah Oakes & friend. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Hannah Oakes & friend. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

The venue takes on a true backyard look and feel with green turf laid, an iconic Hills Hoist, picnic tables and an authentic veggie patch. An Aussie BBQ will be on the go from midday through to the evening with tasty barbeque bites including corn on the cob with lime butter and parmesan, pulled lamb shoulder with hummus and salsa and king prawn skewers with romesco and aioli.

Lina Johanson & Sean Kerr. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Lina Johanson & Sean Kerr. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Opera Bar will also be serving up James Squire beer, with 150 Lashes
being celebrated as the backyard beer of choice. A selection of
delicious summer cocktails will be served; frostie fruit slushies,
‘Spiked Homemade Lemonade’ and a ‘Backyard Cooler’ made with Tasmanian Vodka 666 and Perth based gin, West Winds.

Jacqui Nguyen, Jashika Dhillon & Tara Lusk. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Jacqui Nguyen, Jashika Dhillon & Tara Lusk. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Modular has curated a line-up of musical talent with live gigs taking
place Thursday through to Sunday every week.

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APEROL SPRITZ SUNSET SESSIONS KICK OFF AT THE NEWLY RENOVATED BEACH CLUB AT WATSONS BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

This summer Aperol takes Sunday sessions to a whole new level at the Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Sydney’s hottest harbourside venue that combines aesthetics of contemporary coastal with harbourside luxe following recent  multi-million dollar renovations. There is no better place to sit back and watch the sunset over the sparkling Sydney harbor with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

Kicking off on December 15th and continuing every Sunday until March 30th, the Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions will be the place to be this summer. With some of Sydney’s coolest DJ’s on deck including Alice Quiddington, Andrew Mathers, Richie Carter & Murray Lake, the Aperol Spritz Sunset sessions are sure to impress with some of Sydney’s finest.

Bar staff will be wheeling drink trolleys around serving $10.00 Aperol Spritz cocktails setting the perfect scene for guests to unwind, cool down and watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour.

The sessions will introduce the beginning of summer by hosting a VIP Launch party on December 15th, with canapés and drinks served throughout the afternoon. Guests will be treated to a DJ set by the talented Alice Quiddington, whilst sipping on this season’s must-have cult drink, Aperol Spritz.

Take the party to the next level – guests can enter to WIN a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the home of Aperol, via social media competitions. The prize includes: 2 x economy airfares and airport transfers, 5 nights’ accommodation, a personalised visit to the famous Aperol Bar and $2,000 spending money.  What better way to end your summer than celebrating the beginning of the European summer in the home of Aperol.

@aperitivohouraustralia // #aperolsunsets

APEROL SPRITZ*             

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The Perfect Serve

Making Aperol Spritz is as easy as 3, 2, 1 – just get a tumbler or a large balloon glass and follow the simple instructions:

Add ice in the glass then pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a splash of soda, top with a slice of orange. This serving avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.

  • Ice
  • 3 parts of Cinzano Prosecco
  • 2 parts of Aperol
  • 1 splash of soda
  • A slice of orange
  • Also called “Spritz Veneziano” in an official cocktail of the IBA (International Bartending Association). IBA cocktails are prepared all over the world according to this original recipe.

 

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For more information on Aperol Spritz, visit http://www.aperol.com/

Film 101** MALTESERS MOONLIGHT CINEMA RETURNS THIS SUMMER FOR ITS 18th SEASON

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With summer just around the corner, Maltesers Moonlight Cinema has announced its 2013/14 season dates that will see the cinema under the stars return for its 18th year across Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Over three months, Maltesers Moonlight Cinema will take place in some of the nation’s most beautiful and iconic parks and gardens and will once again roll out a jam-packed program comprising of advance previews, recent releases, classics and cult films.

Highlights of the 2013/14 program will include the highly anticipated THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE; the dark-comedy starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY; and the Disney children’s animation featuring the voice of Kristen Bell, FROZEN.

The season will also welcome the return of crowd favourite films including TOP GUN, THE CASTLE and Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN as well as romantic classics such as DIRTY DANCING and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

To complete their unique cinema experience, attendees at Maltesers Moonlight Cinema are encouraged to bring along a picnic hamper, hire a bean bed or sample the delicious menu on offer. For those wanting to indulge in a little luxury, Gold Grass tickets* provide reserved seating, premium viewing location and designated wait staff.

Ian Sutherland, General Manager of Maltesers Moonlight Cinema said, “We are thrilled to be returning for our 18th season and do so with new naming rights sponsor, Maltesers. Moonlight Cinema offers an entertaining, relaxed and social night under the stars. As the days grow longer and the nights become warmer, there’s no better way to watch a movie than outdoors on a summer evening.”

Maltesers Moonlight Cinema 2013/14 season dates are as follows:
Botanic Park, Adelaide: 28th November 2013 to 15th February 2014
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: 5th December 2013 to 30th March 2014
Synergy Parkland in Kings Park, Perth: 11th December 2013 to 30th March 2014
New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse: 12th December 2013 to 23rd February 2014
Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Sydney: 12th December 2013 to 23rd March 2014
The Maltesers Moonlight Cinema 2013/14 program and tickets will be released on 7 November. For further information visit: http://www.moonlight.com.au

Gold Grass is available only in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

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What’s on: The Cottage Bar & Kitchen Launches Its Spring Menu

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The weather is warming up and The Cottage Bar & Kitchen in Balmain has launched its new spring menu just in time – it’s perfect for sharing with friends and family on long, hot, sunny days. Designed by head chef Ellen Young, dishes include baby corn with lime oil, parmesan and micro coriander; arancini with lemon, mint, pea & haloumi; snow pea salad with red onion and cabbage, carrot, and orange oil; seared scallops with rocket, fresh fruit vinaigrette and prosciutto; and pork ribs with guava BBQ sauce and jicama salad. The menu also boasts an extensive selection of the finest cheeses from the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

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The restaurant is a wine bar that feels like grandma’s farmhouse, with a mismatch of kitsch and vintage furniture and a newly opened courtyard for alfresco dining. The menu is inspired by ‘share-style’ food and pizza’s cooked in the huge pizza oven – one of the centre pieces of the venue – and an extensive wine list is comprehensive yet approachable with some quirky twists, along with top notch cocktails and craft beers on offer.

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Working with renowned designers Luchetti Krelle (of Momofuku Seiobo, Hinky Dinks and Sake fame) the owners put together the concept for the venue, creating a warm and friendly space which complements Balmain’s rustic heritage. The Cottage Bar & Kitchen is a charming venue which food and wine lovers will relish, and locals will want to make their regular hangout.

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http://www.thecottagebalmain.com.au

What’s On: Star Singles Night

Friday October 25th, from 7:00pm

The third instalment in a series of successful events, The Star Singles Night returns for an evening of entertainment, courtship, mystery and glamour.

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The event will again be held in conjunction with Australia’s leading dating website, RSVP, with hundreds of hopeful Sydney-siders coming together in the spectacular surrounds of The Star’s new state-of-the-art Event Centre for a night of romance and fun.

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Live music and DJs, psychic readings, speed dating booths, even mini makeovers, are just some of the fun you can expect on this night of nights.

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Ticket holders will be treated to a complimentary drink on arrival. Cash bars and food stalls will be available throughout the evening.

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Tickets for The Star Singles Night are available for $30 from Ticketek or $35 on the door. RSVP members can purchase tickets for $25 viawww.rsvp.com.au/events

SOCIAL SPY** City Tattersalls Cup Day Royal Randwick

 Avid horse racers, Sydney socialites and race goers enjoyed the final day of the Sydney Spring Carnival on Saturday.
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And luckily Sydney Social was invited along to enjoy the festivities!
Gates opened at 11am in time for the first race at 1.07 and guests soaked up the sun and the buzzing atmosphere – as well as placing a few bets – until the last race at 5.02pm.
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Highlights on the day were, the Go Racing Real SMS competition, where participants were able to watch from the Winning post and those with winning ticket were able win $2000! Musical entertainment from the Smooth FM Relaxation Station, Clinique make-up touches and Chandon pop-up bars were also dotted around the venue.
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Attendees didn’t get to miss any of the action at Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup either – as a big screen was put up at the Randwick races, so guests could enjoy both races at the same place! Talk about getting two for the price of one!
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Unfortunately, we didn’t win anything – but we still had a great time!
The City Tattersalls Cup Day was attended and reviewed by Jennifer Shelley Fletcher.
Pre-purchase and save $5 on general admission tickets, discounts were available until 11.59pm the day prior.
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For all race information check out www.theraces.com.au

A GALAXY OF STARS LINES UP TO TAKE TO THE STAGE AT THE STAR EVENT CENTRE

We’re very excited about some of the acts that are coming up at The Star!!! Read on to find out more info:

The Star Event Centre is fast becoming the ‘must play’ venue for both local and international acts visiting Sydney, as stars line up to perform at the $100 million state-of-the-art venue. From international singers, such as Alicia Keys and Ricky Martin, to Chinese superstars and local entertainers including Cosentino and Trevor Ashley, there’s something on offer for everyone.

Ricky Martin – 14th October

Sydneysiders will have the chance to see The Voice judge, Ricky Martin, perform for the first time in ten years! He’ll be shaking those famous hips to his smash hits including Livin’ La Vida Loca and She Bangs, as well as performing some of his newest material in an intimate live performance.
Tickets from $119 – $229 via Ticketek.

Gym Class Heroes – 23rd October

New York hip-hop outfit, Gym Class Heroes, will take to the stage for an exclusive live performance at The Star. The band behind the hit single, Cupid’s Chokehold, shot to fame in 2005 with their album, The Papercut Chronicles, offering a unique blend of hip-hop, rap, funk and reggae. Since then they have collaborated with some of the industry’s best, including Darryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Estelle, Busta Rhymes and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

Tickets $61.50 via Ticketek.

Australian Independent Music Awards – 7th November

Australia’s powerhouse of musicians come together to celebrate their talents at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards. On arrival, guests will enjoy the Deck Pre-Show from the Event Centre rooftop overlooking Sydney, with exclusive live performances. The main show will feature a number of performances and 22 genre awards. Tickets from $50 – $150 via Ticketek.

Trevor Ashley’s Star Struck – 8th November

Back by popular demand, luck will be a lady once again when Trevor Ashley returns in true style to Sydney’s most fabulous and exciting new venue. Fresh from his hit run on London’s West End, Trevor will transform into some of the world’s greatest loved divas in a show featuring new and old hits. Expect the high energy of Tina Turner, the madness of Bette Midler, the elegance of Shirley Bassey and the anthems of Cher – all channelled with the inimitable Ashley spin.

Tickets from $82.50 – $132.50 via Ticketek.

Olly Murs – 9th November

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British pop star, Olly Murs, hits Australian shores this November for his first official tour. Performing with his full band, Murs will be playing hits such as Troublemaker, Army of Two and Dear Darlin’. Murs’ third album, Right Place, Right Time, saw first single, Troublemaker feat. Flo Rida, reached the Top 5 on the ARIA charts, was a #1 Airplay hit, and is now certified triple platinum

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One Republic – 12th November

American Pop Rock Band, One Republic, led by recent The Voice Australia mentor and high profile hit maker, Ryan Tedder, will perform a single show at The Star Event Centre, rocking a swag of songs from their hugely successful three album repertoire, including Apologize, Native, Counting Stars and current chart topper, Something I Need. Tickets $99.90 via Ticketek.

Jessica Mauboy – 15th November

Jessica Mauboy is hitting the road with her national To the End of the Earth tour which will see her visit all major metro and many regional centres across the country. She will be performing her biggest hits including songs from The Sapphires, as well as unveiling brand new songs from her forthcoming album, including current hit single, To the End of the Earth.

Tickets from $89 – $199 via Ticketek.

Cosentino – 16th & 17th November

Australia’s own world-renowned, award-winning Cosentino, the Grand Illusionist, will take his spectacular The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness Tour on the road to audiences this October and November. Fans can expect to witness Cosentino’s uniquely original and innovative performances brought to life, packed with mind-blowing illusions and death defying stunts.

Tickets from $79.90 – $279.60 via Ticketek.

Alicia Keys – 17th December

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Alicia’s intimate performance at The Star Event Centre is part of her Set the World on Fire Australian tour. She will be performing hits from her fifth studio album, ‘Girl on Fire’ along with songs from her other albumns including Songs in A Minor and The Element of Freedom. Alicia Keys has sold more than 1.7 million units in Australia and more than 30 million albums worldwide. She also holds the record as the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Tickets from $139 – $239 via Ticketek.

RACING 101** CITY TATTERSALLS CUP DAY ROYAL RANDWICK SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2013

Join in the fun at Royal Randwick for the final day of the Sydney Spring Carnival, City Tattersalls Cup Day. The day features the $100,000 City Tattersalls Club Cup and the Lightning Stakes, the racing is great and the atmosphere is even better! Plus, you won’t miss a second of the action in Melbourne as Caulfield Cup Day is broadcast live on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere. The feature race, The City Tattersalls Cup is the last chance for horses to sneak onto the Melbourne Cup field.

WHEN: Saturday 19 October 2013

Gates Open: 11.00am First Race: 1.07pm Final Race: 5.20pm

at the Australian Turf Club Spring Launch at Royal Randwick Racecourse on September 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

at the Australian Turf Club Spring Launch at Royal Randwick Racecourse on September 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

 

WHERE: Royal Randwick

Alison Rd, Randwick

TICKETING: For all ticketing and hospitality information and purchases please visit http://www.theraces.com.au.
Pre-purchase and save $5 on general admission tickets, discount available until 11.59pm the day prior. Alternatively tickets are available at the gates on the day.

RACE DAY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Go Racing for Real SMS competition: winners allocated a feature race horse and invited to watch from the Winning Post. The participant allocated the winning horse wins $2000
  • Free General Admission entry for TAB Shareholders, Number One Club Members and TAB Rewards Members
  • Members Early Bird Reward course admission & members reserve vouchers accepted on this race day
  • Musical entertainment, spring photo wall
  • Clinique Lounge – makeup touch ups and gifts on the Octagonal Lawn
  • Gentlemen Here to Help: offering race day essentials, unique race day experience
  • Chandon pop-up bar
  • Moët & Chandon pop-up bar available to members on the lawn
  • SmoothFM Relaxation Station
  • Free bus service back to The Star, the official post-race venue will depart ongoing from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • View the entire race and interviews on the largest LED screen in the southern hemisphere

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