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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

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.


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.


Scallop Carpaccio, pomegranate, tequila & black pepper


Ravioli, smoked mozzarella, Italian ham, herb essence


Duck breast tarte tatin, goat cheese & caramelised apple


Salmon confit, creamed roots, orange & avocado


Tropezienne tart, raspberry & lemon sorbet


Salted caramel slice & ginger and Greek yoghurt ice cream


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

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


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.


204 Clarence Street, Sydney

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday 12pm until 2.30pm

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm until 10pm

02 9283 1922


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

 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

‘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

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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, / 9267 9644 /

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


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

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

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

02 8065 7223



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



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



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!

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!




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!

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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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

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

Where Tokio Hotel

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

Cost FREE!


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



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


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)


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


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


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!

Where Meno Diciotto, Darling Quarter

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar



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 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)


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


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

Foodie 101** Get a True Taste of Sydney


Food festival favourite returns 13th -16th March 2014


The festival on every foodie’s calendar returns in 2014 as Taste of Sydney hits Centennial Park from 13th -16th March.

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With gastronomic taste sensations to suit everyone’s culinary desires, Taste of Sydney will see over 15 top dining destinations featured as well as over 100 artisan producers and exhibitors offering a range of tasty treats.


The first of Taste of Sydney’s huge restaurant line-up includes: Chur Burger, who will create a bespoke ‘Taste’ burger especially for the event; Taste of Sydney favourites Popolo, 4Fourteen and Four in Hand; and Bowral’s Biota Dining and  Jonah’s Whale Beach who will return to Taste of Sydney’s ‘Destination Dining’ roster.

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Four days of incredible food and wine offerings will see festival-goers sip, sample and taste from over 60 specially selected menu items from Taste restaurants plus delicious produce from Australian and international gourmet exhibitors. With so many incredible restaurants and exhibitors located in one place, it’s the perfect way to find a few new favourites or discover the places you’ve been dying to try.


In addition to eating and drinking their way through the festival, visitors can take a leaf out of the books of some of Sydney’s top chefs and industry experts, with a series of tasting master classes, cooking schools and chef demonstrations. Festival-goers more inclined to sit back and soak up the atmosphere can check out live bands, entertainment and fun pop-up attractions designed by the likes of Rekorderlig and Dilmah.


Those who want to experience the full festival indulgence can purchase special tickets to the exclusive Taste of Sydney VIP Lounge which will also return in 2014. A number of tickets to attend the VIP Gala Night are also available, where attendees will rub shoulders with their kitchen heroes and be the first to hear the announcement of the Best in Taste Award winner, as judged by a select panel of the industry’s top food critics.


A sumptuous, social and indulgent day out, Taste of Sydney provides an unbeatable opportunity to explore breathtaking cuisine and discover new delicacies for the ultimate alfresco dining experience.


The full restaurant line-up is to be announced in January 2014. Tickets are on sale now. For more information on Taste of Sydney and to book tickets go to or call Ticketek on 132 849.

What’s on 101** Oi, Oi, Oi… Australia Day Activities to behold

Sydney Social 101 is looking forward to celebrating our sixth Australia Day here in Sydney! Even better this year, it falls on a Sunday so we get to sleep of our inevitable hangovers – result!

Please find our comprehensive guide below to celebrate everything Aussie this 26th January 2014!


Sydney’s premier hospitality company, The Keystone Group will kick off a host of Australia Day celebrations across their venues on Sunday, January 26.

Whether it’s soaking up the sun while enjoying a BBQ at your favourite rooftop establishment, playing lawn bowls by the harbour listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown or watching the Australian Open on a big screen, The Keystone Group has you covered – and with Monday the 27th a national public holiday, there’s all the more reason to party.

Cargo Bar will host their renowned harbour-side lawn bowls in one of Sydney’s favourite beer gardens while counting down Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2013. A stellar line up of acts will then set up the electric atmostphere including DJs Kato, Mo Funk, John Glover and Oakes & Lennox.

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The perfect destination to celebrate from day to night, Sugarmill Hotel will offer the quintessential Aussie experience. From midday, guests can soak up the sun with a drink in hand and enjoy the Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ with a spectacular view of the city skyline.
Downstairs at Sugarmill Hotel, sports fans can enjoy the Australian Open played on a big screen, with the Aussie favourite $10 steak also on offer.

The doors at Kit & Kaboodle will open at 9pm for the ultimate after party with beats by Nukewood, Oakes & Lennox, Discokid, Steve Frank, Six Fingers, Nanna Does Smack and Oh Glam.


Newtown Hotel’s Cider Yard will be transformed into a pool party scene to celebrate Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013! During the day guests can enjoy a barbeque by the cider tree with super soakers to escalate the fun while DJs Purple Sneakers and Shag will provide the beats moving into the evening.


For a family friendly affair, Bungalow 8 have dialed up the activities this year, with jumping castles and painting for the kids while adults can get involved in the dunking tank, pie-eating contest and the all- Aussie thong-throwing competition! An accoustic set by Duan And Only will provide a relaxed vibe during the day and will move into party beats in the evening provided by the likes of Turbo, Micky D and Danny Simms to keep the party pumping until early morning.

Bungalow 8

Bungalow 8

The Bucket List

The stunning beachside venue will be celebrating Australia Day from 11am until midnight. Aussie specials include BBQ Prawns, Lamb snags & Pavlova with passionfruit cream and fresh mango. Patrons will also receive a complementary XXXX GOLD stubby holder, not too mentioned the iconic location!!

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DJ’s will be playing from 2pm- free entry, no bookings required.

Australia Day at Crank Fins will be fun for the whole family with free face painting happening for the kids. The regular A la carte menu will be be available from 11am and Australia Day Slushies (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be served on the Balcony.


Free entry, also no bookings required.


FLOATILLA – Lilo Party @ Venue TBC

Ok last year there was an impromptu lilo party held at Milk Beach that was an absolute corker… It has come back this year bigger and better with over 3,000 RSVPing ‘Yes’ on the facebook group.

The venue has since had to change due to the pilic and council shutting it down at Milk Beach – however we live in hope that a new venue will be soucred asap.

Keep checking in here for more info and updates


Celebrations don’t come much bigger than The Rocks Australia Day annual festivities in Sydney, and 2014 will be no exception. This year, organisers are set to deliver an event that highlights some of the most loved music acts in the country, alongside interactive installations and games taking over George Street that will bring the sounds and celebration of summer to the streets of The Rock’s.

Taking place from 12noon to 6pm – and all for free! The event will feature a selection of incredible artists and activities across various locations within The Rocks including George Street, The Rocks Square and First Fleet Park – giving Sydneysiders a plethora of options to keep their Australia day celebrations kicking on in style!

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Chief Executive Officer Catherine Gallagher says, “We really look forward to sharing Australia Day with Sydneysiders down at The Rocks. The program we’ve put together will deliver a wonderful, festive celebration of music and community; a highlight on the Australia Day calendar of events, with a great line-up of fantastic Australian musical talent.”

Music-lovers on the day will be able to revel in a stellar line up of Australian musical artists including Melbourne soul-funk band The Bamboos; break beat, hip hop and world music outfit Tijuana Cartel; and visual art-freestyle rap fusionist Sketch the Rhyme. Indigenous artists include Emma Donovan and The Putbacks and pop-folk duo Microwave Jenny taking to the stage to perform tracks from their latest releases.

Up-and-coming duo Jones Jnr are set to perform at the transformed Rocks Square, while Papua New Guinean born singer-songwriter Ngaiire will bring her own brand of soul, folk and smooth vocals in a live set that’s sure to resonate with listeners, young and old.

One of Australia’s hottest live outfits Kira Puru and The Bruise will keep the day on a high with their signature mix of clammy grit and tropical, dreamy folktronica, before Sydney-meets-Adelaide “internet teen pop” duo Collarbones take to the stage to round out a truly diverse musical lineup.

Ever wanted to picnic and dance on Sydney’s main street? Well here’s your chance. George Street will provide a buzzing hive of festivity on the day, transforming into a tropical sound playground by the beach with unique experiences for the whole family. Revelers will be able to grab a delicious cocktail from one of the festival’s many pop up bars, join in on some volley ball and other fun games and lounge in a paddling pool while listening to lively beats and sultry sounds at the Tiki Bar.

Those after something a little livelier will look no further than the Karaoke Stage where punters can belt out a ballad or make their way to Hubbub Music’s Sound Garden a wacky interactive music making station filled with all sorts of instruments crafted out of recycled materials.

Offering up a slightly different breed of entertainment will be the Lolo Lovina Caravan Stage, where gypsy world fusion band Lolo Lovina, blues-jazz outfit The Rusty Spring Syncopators and swing-inspired collective Godfrey Uke and his Orchestra will play diverse live sets throughout the day. Those in the need of a little retail therapy and some mouth-watering food delights should look no further than The Rocks Markets.

Framed by the majestic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and nestled on the edge of the world-famous Sydney Harbour, The Rocks offers an unrivalled blend of the old and the new. From heritage architecture and cobblestone laneways, to stylish modern bars, world-class restaurants and a shopping precinct that has it all.

With the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) as one of its modern ambassadors, The Rocks is emerging as Sydney’s new cultural precinct, and has been transformed into a creative nucleus of contemporary art, festivals and evolving pop-up spaces. The Rocks: it’s a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and a myriad of experiences worth savouring.

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) is proud to manage The Rocks: traditional land of the Cadigal people and the birthplace of European settlement in Australia. Whilst preserving The Rocks’ unique heritage, SHFA produce large scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours.


Marquee Sydney is blazing into 2014 with a hot line up of international and local music talent including Pete Tong, Funkagenda and Max Vangeli.

On Friday 10 January which was cemented by a season residency at Pacha Ibiza alongside Pete Tong, Erick Morillo and David Guetta, culminating in the latter inviting him to be his official support act for his David Guetta October Asia Tour –Marquee favourite and resident DJ, K Note will spin up a storm, while US DJ and producer Shogun continues the party on Saturday 11 January with his trance and progressive tracks. Shogun has remixed for top DJs including Armin Van Buuren and was a resident DJ at Ministry of Sound Tapei for 3 years.

DJ Zannon will bring his signature mash ups and club bangers to Marquee on Friday 17 January, having played at international festivals, events and clubs including WMC Miami, Travelling and playing internationally and across Australia at big festivals, events and clubs including Playhouse Hollywood, Marquee Sydney, Billboard Melbourme, Future Music Festival, WMC Miami and Good Life Festival to name a fePlayhouse Hollywood and Future Music Festival.

Marquee is excited to host electronic music legend, Pete Tong on Saturday 18 January. With a career spanning over 25 years, the UK DJ and producer has made his mark by hosting programs on BBC Radio 1 such as Essential Mix and Essential Selection, pioneering Pacha club nights including All Gone Pete Tong and most recently releasing The Pete Tong Collection in 2013.

Homegrown talent Helena will add to the mix on Saturday 18 with her progressive house and electro tunes, recently performing at Ultra Music Festival Miami and dropping her debut single Girl From The Sky which shot to #1 on the Australian club chart.

Nino Brown will live up to his accolade as Australia’s top urban DJ on Friday 24 January, the multi award-winner of Best DJ at the Urban Music Awards has been entertaining crowds with his hip hop and R&B anthems for over 15 years.

Saturday 25 January will see UK talent Funkagenda bring his big house sound to Marquee, the award-winning DJ’s awards include DJ Mag’s ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ and remixing Grammy-nominated The E.N.D by Black Eyed Peas. Australian talent Chardy will add his spin that night with hits like Sassafras featuring Timmy Trumpet, reaching #1 on the ARIA dance chart.

European-born and San Francisco-based DJ, Max Vangeli will bring an international flavour to Marquee’s Australia Day celebrations on Sunday 26 January, with hits from his debut album People of the Night featuring Steve Angello

and Tiësto.

The Soda Factory

Already making plans for Australia’s most beloved day of the year? Look no further than one of Sydney’s most beloved late-night secret sweet spots…The Soda Factory. Pull the handle and walk in, as you’re teleported from a Coca Cola vending machine to a room of naked concrete walls, exposed beams and vintage charm.

Serving up everything Aussies love most – drinks, incredible food, live music, dancing and free entry.

Always open late and always free entry, celebrate the weekend behind Sydney’s best-kept secret door with Australia Day at The Soda Factory in Surry Hills. Sunday 26th January with the doors open from 5pm.

House band, The Syphons, will be out busting out all your favourite jams from 9pm and DJs spinning till 2am.

Monday, Public Holiday, day off – smile and relax. Phew.

Australia Day at the Greenwood

A collaborative party festival between OzParty and T1000 the creators of the legendary SW4 in London. This is SW4’s first festival in Australia and no expense is being spared with additional staging and a winning line-up featuring some of Sydney’s top resident DJ’s.


Merivale is celebrating Australia Day 2014 with a host of sizzling events across the group’s unrivalled range of bars, from a mammoth courtyard party at ivy to a recovery cinema session at The Beresford Hotel.

ivy will embrace the green and gold fever with two massive day parties on Sunday 26 January. The ‘Australian Day Courtyard Party’ boasts an epic 12 hour DJ fest featuring sets by What So Not, The Proxy, Will Sparks, The 2 Bears and Joel Fletcher. Meanwhile up at Pool Club, Sydney’s unrivalled rooftop pool party mecca, Marco Polo, will open its doors at 1pm and feature a smashing headline set by Nora En Pure.

The Beresford Hotel, will be the place to enjoy the sun and wind down in Surry Hills’ this Australia Day Weekend. Its premier weekly gay party, Beresford Sundays, is celebrating with a Diva Fever take-over upstairs, headlined by DJ Chris Cox of Thunderpuss fame. Then on Monday 27 January, Beresford’s leafy courtyard will transform into a free Surry Hill’s backyard cinema with a special screening of the much-loved Aussie classic, ‘Muriel’s Wedding’. Guests can enjoy $15 Pasta and Pinot from Beresford’s Italian trattoria.

The El Loco gang are also tipping their sombreros in honour of the nation’s favourite day. Open from 12midday, the Excelsior cantina will offer delicioso kangaroo tacos and mini lamb hotdogs, along with $25 buckets of Corona and DJs all day. The bottle shop will be open and a great place to pick up $3 bags of ice for those wanting to continue the Aussie fiesta at home.

The Oaks Australia Day

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Enjoy an outdoor barbie in the sunny beer garden, with The Oaks’ signature cook-your-own steak station running all day long. You’ll be well fed with the $20 rump steak special, which comes with salad, a baked potato and bread roll*. Otherwise The Oaks kitchen will be open all day long serving the hotel’s signature range of tempting classic pub dishes.

Wash it all down with The Oaks’ huge choice of Australian craft beers on tap, or choose from a stellar selection of local red and white wines.

The annual Triple J Hottest 100 will be playing in the upstairs pool rooms and public bar from midday, and a DJ will be spinning Aussie gold in the garden from 4pm. Get ready to make it a late one, with party tunes in the public bar from 8pm.

With all the essential Aussie trimmings on offer at The Oaks, it’s the place to be on Sunday, January 26. You beauty!

The Oaks Hotel is located at 118 Military Road Neutral Bay. They can be contacted on 02 9953 5515.

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2 Addison Rd, Enmore

ONE DAY SUNDAY presents the Australian Day Edition on Sunday 26th January at the Vic.

Enjoy a day of ALL LIVE MUSIC from 12pm to late…headlined by local hip hop stars JACKIE ONASISSIS, hooking guests up with their EP launch.

Extra outdoor bars and food stalls will be on site as part of the celebrations.


345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

BBQ, chooks and $5 Foster cans… there a few things Aussie’s love more!

With crab racing, live music, V8 slot car action and cheap feeds on offer – it will be hard to pass up the Toxteth on Sunday 26.

Wash down $10 burgers and house made meat pies with $5 Fosters and cheap $12 Reschs jugs


1/ 292 Darling St, Balmain

Need an excuse to amp up your Aussie spirit? Look no further… The Workers are offering up a $250 Bar Tab for the BEST AUSSIE OUTFIT.

Sit back and take in Australia’s HOTTEST 100 with $5 Fosters as well as a backyard BBQ on the Deck.


705 Forest Rd, Peakhurst

Celebrate Australia Day EVE (Saturday 25th January)  with the Peaky’s FREE car park Event!

Featuring Live Comedy entertainment from Austen Tayshus LIVE at 2pm and Mental As Anything at 5pm playing Live.

And, if you dare … try out “The Screamer” slide as seen on the NRL Footy Show.


– 159 Hargrave St, Paddington

Dining Room Lunch Offer

Book for 2 or more for lunch and receive a complimentary bottle of either:

2012 Brokenwood Chardonnay, Hunter Valley NSW OR 2012 Rymill “The Yearling” Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, SA

Aussie Sunday Session on Upstairs: 
Acoustics from the human Ipod Matt Seaberg with $15 Sangrias, $5 Aguila and $16 Share Platters


201 Missenden Rd, Newtown

Hit up the Marly in Newtown as they host a Hottest 100 party followed by a very “Newtown”, suburb loving 3 band bill supported by the venue’s resident DJs.


– 383 Bourke St, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst

Take your pick from ALL 3 levels on the public holiday, Monday 27th January.

Get the day started early – Chapel will be open 9am-6am DJ starting 11pm
Lo-Fi open 6pm-3am DJ starting at 9pm


Open 10pm-3am, DJ starting at 10pm

Celebrate Australia Day @ The Australian Hotel & Brewery

Time: from 5pm-9pm with family entertainment, shows, games, petting zoo, face painting etc. Lots of prize giveaways, enter our Best Dressed Aussie Competition. Gold coin donations go to charity Variety Australia.

Adults can party on later with Seattle Sound live in the AB Sports Bar.

The Australian Hotel and Brewery – 350 Annangrove Rd Rouse Hill    Ph: 9679 4555


* Jitterbugs 60min family show

* Step up & Dance Kings Park performing

* Best Dressed Aussie Competition

* Enter “Name our next Beer” Competition

* Face painting, tattoos, get Aussie coloured hair & nails

* Petting Zoo

* Monster Truck Mater from Cars

* Say Hi to Hops the Brewery’s Kangaroo

* Seattle Sound Band


* Jumping Castles

* Nuts N Balls Ride


* Throw the ball through the hole

* Pop the Balloon

Raffles – Variety will have a raffle with 1st prize being;

“Corporate Box Tickets for 2 Michael Buble Concert @ Allphones Arena”

Food & Beer-

*There will be Popcorn, Fair floss, Slushies & The Brewery BBQ Brisket, plus our normal bistro menu

* Australian Brewery Beer Tastings

The Australian Hotel and Brewery –

350 Annangrove Rd Rouse Hill  Ph: 9679 4555

Brewery Australia Day Fundraiser for Charity Variety Australia –  Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh & learn. By giving practical equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face & live life to the fullest.




DAVE HUGHES 9:00AM – 12:00PM




Join comedian and TV personality, Dave Hughes, as he serves up free 100% Aussie grown and made SPC baked bean jaffles at the Australia Day celebration at Hyde Park North.

The Hyde Park event boasts a day of family fun, with free entertainment at the main stage from popular children’s performers including The Wiggles, Peppa Pig, The Octonauts and Bob the Builder.

At the event, Hughesy will be helping everyone to start Australia Day the most Aussie way possible – with an Australian grown and made baked bean jaffle.

Head to Hyde Park to have a chat to Hughesy and enjoy one is his classic baked bean jaffles served from the SPC Jaffle Van. Free mini footballs and other great Australian made food will also be on offer.


Music style: GIG

Doors: 6PM – 11PM





Where: Coogee Bay Hotel, Selina’s

Address: 253 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee
Tickets Price: $20

Tickets: MOSHTIX + On the door


Beaches to frequent


One great thing about Australia Day is that it is all about celebrating all things Aussie – so where better to celebrate than a beach! Here is Sydney Social 101’s picks for Aussie Day beachtime fun:




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Palm Beach

All equally stunning and great venues for BBQs and stunning views with large groups of friends that are feeling the pinch after a heavy Xmas and NY!

Sydney Social 101 hopes that you have the best day and stay safe and drink responsibly!




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.


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.


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.



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


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Aussie media personalities, Fifi Box, Emma Freedman, Hayden Quinn and Bondi Rescue lifeguards Greg Bishop, Tom Bunting and Brad Malyon, have teamed up for Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month – encouraging Australians to check their skin for bad spots this January. Launching with a nationwide competition today, Friday January 10, 2014, Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month sees $150,000 worth of free skin cancer checks being offered at clinics around the country.

The six Aussie celebs got together to film an online video – which for every share on Facebook, $1 has been pledged to fund the Genome Project(1) – to highlight the importance of skin checks and further aid the detection and prevention of skin cancer. The Genome Project is an ambitious national research program into the diagnosis and treatment of some types of skin cancer.

With skin cancer Australia’s most common cancer and the country having one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world*, skin health has never been so important than at the height of the Aussie summer. Having grown up by the beach, it’s something that Bondi Rescue lifeguard, Greg Bishop, is very aware of.

“Being on the beach every day, you see people being pretty unsafe in the sun,” says Greg. “I’d say we’ve all underestimated the strength of the sun in Australia sometimes, so have almost certainly overexposed yourself at one time or another. That’s why I think it’s really important all Aussies have their skin checked regularly. Good spots can turn to bad spots without you noticing and the old adage is definitely true – prevention is better than a cure.”

“I’m not sure my generation has quite learnt what damage the sun can do to your skin,” Emma Freedman adds, “which really is appalling. We need to continue to push the point that sun protection is an ‘always’, not just a ‘sometimes’.”

Part of the key to helping ensure long-term skin health is via early skin cancer detection and prevention, which is why Invisible Zinc and MoleMap are providing 400 of the normally $375 full body skin cancer checks for free to Australians across the country this month. MoleMap is a leading skin cancer detection service with clinics throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Theatre 101** Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music – Tickets On Sale NOW and Selling FAST!

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The Sound of Music Selling Out the State

Tear down the drapes, sew with your needle pulling thread and start practising your Do-Re-Mi’s because the unforgettable Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music experience is back again for three performances ONLY Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 7.30pm, and a family-friendly MATINEE (Sunday 23rd February at 1.00pm)


Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music is a major audience participation event and an unparalleled night of entertainment where the audience become the stars of the show! See the classic movie on the big screen, re-mastered to its original cinematic glory and with SONG SUB-TITLES on the screen so whether you’re an avid Sound of Music enthusiast or only know a lyric or two, the song sub-titles ensure no one misses a beat!


This year’s event sees the return of the sensational Marika Aubrey as your Host! Currently gracing the stage as part of the stellar cast of ‘South Pacific’ and having dazzled an array of cabaret audiences across Australia and the United States, Marika will guide the animated crowd in song and action as well as judge (with a little bit of help from the Audience Clap-O-Meter!) the show’s famous audience costume parade.


For all Sing-A-Long-A- newbies, be prepared to pull out your Leisl-inspired Gazebo gown, press your best white dresses with blue satin sashes, whip up some Lederhosen made from curtain fabric,  or even brown paper (packages) tied up with string! There will be everything from gaggles of nuns to goats and goat herders, even the Alps themselves! Limited only by your imagination!


A tremendous atmosphere fills the theatre, one that is well worth while experiencing first-hand, as the crowd goes wild at those iconic moments – cheering when we see our beloved Julie Andrews for the first time, wolf-whistles for the Captain, hisses for the Baroness – a favourite……and big boos for the Nazis!

Be forewarned for that memorable moment when Fraulein Maria and the Captain finally lock lips! Nothing quite prepares you for 2000 party poppers going off on cue!


So get together with a few of your favourite friends, whip up a cozzie, warm up those vocal chords and get ready to be a part of the ultimate sing-a-long experience as we celebrate the world’s favourite movie musical ever!


VENUE: State Theatre, Sydney

DATES: Friday 21 & Saturday 22 February 2014 at 7.30pm and Sunday 23 February MATINEE at 1.00pm

START: 7:30pm /1.00pm – runs just under 4 hours (including a 20 Minute INTERVAL)

BOOKINGS: P: 1300 139 588 E:


PRICES: Adults $55 / Group (8 or over) $49 / Concession $45 / Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $155 / Child (under 15) $35   TODAY SHOW filmed at State Theatre 2011


Some of Australia’s best loved bands will be rocking Bondi Beach this Summer as the music line-up for Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is announced.
Bringing music by day and movies by night to the world’s most famous beach until March 2, the Sydney leg of the nationwide tour commences on Friday January 24 with a showing of‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ with indie-popsters Lime Cordiale playing live.
This Australia Day, don your Akubra for the first Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Session in the series. A bonza afternoon of entertainment awaits as Franky Walnut will be taking to the stage before a screening of the Aussie classic ‘Crocodile Dundee’.
February 2 promises to be the highlight of the season as Jinja Safari who are known for their energetic live shows and their dreamy folk pop will be headlining the Sundae Sessions Charity NightSpearheaded by effervescent frontman Marcus Azon and Pepa Knight, the five-strong band wielding African, Indian and indie inspired sounds will be performing tracks from their self-titled debut album before a screening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
The support act billing is up for grabs as Ben & Jerry’s are on the look out for brilliant bands to play alongside Jinja Safari. To get involved and find out more visit
Throughout the rest of the series cinemagoers will be able to experience the soaring vocals ofLouis London, the signature blend of rocking-roots and country-blues from JR Reyne andJordan Millar’s acoustic-pop. Plus Iluka, Little May, Anabelle Kay, Ben Gumbleton, Ollie Brown, Melody Pool and Bec Sandridge will be showcasing their vocal talents.
As always, the Sundae Sessions events will feature free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all as well as a host of fun lawn games – where the much loved Putt Putt and Pick a Pat will be joined by a new addition, Giant Cow Jenga! Bean loungers and deck chairs are available for maximum comfort as guests settle in to watch the cinema proceedings. And what’s more, all proceeds from ticket sales to the February 2 event will go towards WWF’s marine turtles initiative.
If that wasn’t enough, guests will be able to enjoy the perfect ice cream accompaniment as Ben & Jerry’s will be serving up their latest new flavour Scotchy Scotch Scotch’.  Created in honour of the beloved Ron Burgundy, the TV news anchor with a penchant for all things Scotch. This creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl – is sure to have everyone saying, “I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch! Here it goes down, down into my belly!”
Doughboy will be on hand providing tasty fare for cinemagoers and a selection of delicious drinks will be available at the bar.
The full film program for Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is now available online and includes an array of family favourites, retro classics and all the latest and greatest new releases.
Tickets are available from


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!

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music – this is for you!

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!


Carols in the Domain

Little Carollers

Best Female Artist ARIA winner Jess Mauboy set to bring Australia together through song at Woolworths Carols in the Domain

The Woolworths Carols in the Domain line up just got hotter with one of Australia’s biggest acts set to take the stage.

The incredible Jessica Mauboy returns to Carols after yet another stellar year, which saw her third studio album, Beautiful go gold, her 27-date national tour receive rave reviews and the gifted songstress awarded Best Female Artist at the ARIA Awards.

Jess has come a long way from her upbringing in outback Australia, with her incredible voice and acting ability launching her into the stratosphere performing alongside other international superstars including Beyonce, Flo Rida, Chris Brown and Ricky Martin. Her star-power even saw her invited to perform for Oprah Winfrey and US President Barack Obama.

“It is a tremendous honour to be a part of Caro ls again this year. I honestly can’t think of a better way to finish the year than on home soil, singing Carols with Aussie’s across the nation.

“It was no secret how much I loved performing last year, so I can’t wait to do it again this year,” said an excited Jess.

“Carols has such a magical atmosphere which always makes for an unforgettable night. Singing my favourite carols along with the 80,000-strong crowd, and knowing that many more are watching the live broadcast and singing along at home, is just remarkable.”

The ever-popular Carols event, which will be held this year on Saturday 21 December, is set to deliver another star-studded line-up including Jimmy Barnes, The Wiggles, Human Nature, Stan Walker, Amanda Harrison, Tina Arena, Mark Vincent, Dami Im, Jai Waetford, Justine Clarke, the cast of GREASE the Musical, the cast of Strictly Ballroom the Musical, the cast of Angelina Ballerina the 216;Mousical’ and this year’s Ambassadors, Samantha Jade and Johnny Ruffo.

For those who can’t make it to the Domain, you can watch the event live on the Seven Network, hosted by Melissa Doyle and Matt White, from 8.30pm or listen to the simulcast on smoothfm in Melbourne and Sydney.

Woolworths Carols in the Domain is proudly presented by Air Wick and will be staged on Saturday 21 December at The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

For more information on this year’s event, visit

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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:

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


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