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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!

Vivid 101 – Vivid Sydney set to sparkle this long weekend


The annual festival of light, music and ideas is set to attract tens of thousands to the illuminated harbour foreshore of Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour and North Sydney, and to music venues across The Rocks and the Inner West, for the final days of Vivid Sydney this long weekend.

Darling Harbour’s Vivid Aquatique show has already captivated over 110,000 people across the first week of Vivid Sydney, and due to its growing popularity has now been extended to include more lights, new full-colour lasers and three new water jets to delight crowds, doubling its size and filling Darling Harbour.

With shows on the hour ever hour from 6pm until midnight, audiences will also be treated to new additional dazzling fireworks at more shows over the long weekend including three shows on Saturday night (at 7pm, 8.30pm and 10pm) and two shows on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights (at 7pm and 9pm). Full schedule below.

Aquatique Show International has developed and installed choreographed water and light shows for the public entertainment for more than 30 years, and has amazed audiences in over 52 countries. The four different shows playing on rotation at Darling Harbour were designed especially for the Sydney public.

What’s On: ANZAC DAY 2013

So we’re excited that ANZAC Day is almost upon us, a day where we can remember our loved ones, neighbours and friends that have given their lives to protecting our country.

In keeping with tradition, ANZAC Day marks the one day of the year where gambling games are legal in all pubs and clubs in Australia – notably 2-Up!

We are also very lucky to get a day off work! Here is our guide to the best spots across Sydney to celebrate ANZAC Day.

The Australian

The Australian at The Rocks will be sharing the ANZAC spirit on the city’s largest and most exciting 2-Up Arena.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: Open from 8.00am and 2-Up from midday-late
Address: 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
For further information:


The Glenmore

Salute and commemorate our courageous Diggers with a cold beer and Aussie BBQ. Play 2-Up from midday on the hugely popular outdoor arena.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: Open from 8.00am and 2-Up from midday-late
Address: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
For further information:


KIT Wednesdays is upping the ante with a combined celebration for ANZAC Day Eve
· Steve Frank
· Zannon
· Alex Preston


Bungalow 8 |3 Lime St, Sydney
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time : From 11am
· Massive 2UP arena
· Celebrity tossers
· Aussie tunes
· Bagpipe band
· The Last Post (played at 5:45pm sharp)
· $15 cocktail jugs served till 4pm


Cargo Bar |52-60 The Promenade, Sydney
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 11am
· All day BBQ and outdoor bar
· Biggest 2UP arena to date
· Playing the Last Post (5:30pm sharp)
· The party will continue into the night with some classic Aussie tunes from DJ’s KATO, Liz Bird, Adam Bozzetto and loads more


Newtown Hotel | 174 King St, Newtown
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 1 pm
· 2UP
· Fosters cans $5
· Free sausage sizzle
· DJs from sunset, PHDJ, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Meem


Sugarmill Hotel | 37 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 10am
· 2:30pm AFL live Essendon vs Collingwood
· 4:00pm NRL live Roosters vs Dragons
· 7:00pm NRL live Storm vs Warriors


Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ |37 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 10am
· Sweethearts will be open ALL ANZAC DAY from midday to midnight.
· TAPPY HOUR from 4-7pm when all tap beer and wine is $5


Some other key places that are fab for ANZAC are:

Dicks – Balmain

The Beach Road Hotel – Bondi

Coogee Bay Hotel – Coogee

The Royal – Paddington

Have fun!!!!



Easter is just a bunny hop away, and to celebrate the most indulgent long weekend of the year, Australia’s favourite chocolate based cafe, Max Brenner, is introducing its new and utterly delectable, 2013 Easter Collection.

Conjuring up choc-filled memories of Easter’s past, this unique gift range is true to the Max Brenner vision – offering a deliciously wonderful and nostalgic experience with each and every bite. From mouth-watering chocolate bars to traditional chocolate eggs, the opportunities are endless when it comes to satisfying (and spoiling) even the most discerning choc-lover:

Classic Fine Chocolate Egg; deliciously smooth and rich chocolate eggs, this traditional favourite is perfect for Easter hunts with the family… or to enjoy all to yourself. Available in milk or dark chocolate ($2.50, 40g or 10 eggs $22.50, 400g).

Max’s Box of Chox; for big and small kids a-like, Max’s Box of Chox contains 20 solid pure milk chocolate egglets. Personalise with your special message, and this becomes the ultimate Easter gift. (RRP: $9.80, 150g)

The Speck-tacular Egg; playfully artistic in design, this delicious and extravagant Easter treat is inspired by Max Brenner’s best-selling product, Nuts (caramelised pecans rolled in rich praline cream and fine cocoa powder)! Featuring rich milk chocolate speckled with unpredictable pecan chunks and crunchy toffee bits: this is truly a treasure among eggs…. (RRP: $16.00, 120g).

Max Brenner Chocolate Bars; presented in chic and colourful packaging, the Max Brenner Chocolate Bars redefine the traditional ‘Chocolate Bar’. Deliciously sleek in nature, these thin Chocolate Bars are available in milk chocolate with caramel pieces and sea salt and Dark Chocolate with caramelized cocoa nibs– drool! (RRP: $8.00, 100g)

White Chocolate studded with Colourful Chocolate Buttons; Let your childhood fantasies come true with these addictive chunky white chocolate slabs studded with colourful chocolate buttons. Deliciously fun for the mini Max’s or for the inner-child in all of us (RRP: Sold by weight, $10 per 100g)

Praline Mixed With Peanut Butter; one of Max’s best selling Pralines comes alive this Easter with a deliciously festive print. Buy these moorish milk chocolate Pralines mixed with peanut butter individually or add them to one of Max’s many Praline boxes. (RRP: $1.90 each, or Box of 9 $21.00)

So whether you’re looking to spoil yourself or your loved ones this Easter, hop to your closest Max Brenner Chocolate Bar or Shop your Experience on the Online Shop ( – the go-to-place for chocolate goodness this Easter.

For more information about Max Brenner or to visit your closest Chocolate Bar location visit the Max Brenner website:



What’s on: The Strand Arcade is seeking out all chocolate lovers!

With the Easter long weekend upon us, The Strand Arcade is seeking out all chocolate lovers!

The Strand Arcade boasts an abundance of succulently sweet retailers including Haigh’s Chocolates, French inspired patisserie Sweet Infinity and boutique chocolatier Bon Bon Fine Chocolates to satisfy every craving.

The Strand Arcade takes the indulgence one step further, with the chance for one lucky shopper to win a year’s supply of Haigh’s chocolates. Yum!






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

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

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

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

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


WHAT’S ON – Sydney 101 – Celebrate all that is Australian this Australia Day…

Whether it’s your first Aussie Day (January 26th) or if it’s your 30th, there is absolutely no reason not to get involved.

There are so many cool activities taking place across this lil’ ol’ country that we call home.

When I first arrived in Sydney four years ago on the 23rd January, I had no idea that there even was an Australia Day, no less when it was! Little did I know that it was in 3 days time, and that it would be one of the best days of my travels yet!

Back in 2009, we started at Hyde Park with a crate of Pure Blonde, then we headed to The Australian Hotel in The Rocks. We then ended our day watching the fireworks at Darling Harbour – they were spectacular!

I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before! So here is a little gift from me to you, to let you decide how your perfect Australia Day will be spent:

1. Bronte Beach BBQ (all day)

Avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the quaint Eastern Suburbs beach between Bondi and Coogee. It is one of the few places where you’re allowed to drink in the open and it has grass, sand and BBQs to complete a relaxing day at the beach.

2. The Rocks – Glenmore and The Australian Heritage Hotel (all day)

This was suggested by one of Sydney Social 101’s Facebook fans as a ‘must-see’ for Australia Day – You can enjoy Emu and Kangaroo pizzas at The Australian, then wander a mere 20 metres to The Glenmore for spectacular Sydney Harbour views. A great option if the weather isn’t 100% as The Glenmore now has a retractable roof to ensure that rain, sun or hail, you can enjoy a schooner with a view!

3. Bondi Rocks – North Bondi (12pm til late)

If you fancy a lively day with beer, sounds and shapes, head to Bondi Rocks in North Bondi – One for all the hipsters (or wanna be) out there!


4. Festival of the Voice – The Rocks (12pm – 8pm)

A great suggestions by another SS101 Facebook groupies 🙂 They advised their pick would be to head to The Rocks this Australia Day for a free celebration of music and song.

There is also a twilight concert with Australian artists in Dawes Point Park. Again you’ll be able to take advantage of stunning Harbour views.

There are also concerts at First Fleet Park and ‘Song Street’ (George Street). If you’re talented with regards to vocal gymnastics, you can even make sweet music on the karaoke stage in The Rocks Square.

5. Darling Harbour – Australia Day Fireworks

Like I did on my first Australia Day, join thousands of people at Cockle Bay, hear an official address from the NSW Premier and witness the grand finale of Sydney’s Australia Day celebrations—an exhilarating symphony of light, sound and pyrotechnics. Perfect if you’re looking for things to do with the family!

6. Party hard with the best of them with Keystone!

Cargo Bar, Cargo Lounge, Bungalow 8 and The Loft have a list of celebrations to suit all tastes this Australia Day here in Sydney, from 25 – 28 January!

They are all hosting a four day festival at the four iconic harbour-side venues on King Street Wharf! With over 50 different DJs and live acts, plus activities, games and more, ‘Oz Fest’ is a celebration of Australian icons with all the jam-packed excitement and entertainment of a festival! Including Minx She Can DJ tour, Sosueme DJs, Strummer & heaps more!

Sweethearts Rooftop Bar is hosting Aussie celebrations from 25 – 28th January! There will be $5 tinnies and great Aussie food ALL WEEKEND


The Sugarmill will be hosting a massive Australia Day party across four floors from 10pm – Kings Cross


Gazebo – 26th January from 12pm

Peter Allen Party with DJs from 4pm, celebrations from 12pm for a massive AustraliaDay Celebration.


Manly Wine – 26th January from 3pm



7. Rave the night away at Pacha at The Ivy – Saturday 26 January from 6:30pm!


Now there are no doubt many events and activities I have missed out – If you have any suggestions, please post a comment below!

Hope you all have the best Australia Day ever!

VENUE REVIEW** Bucket List at Bondi Beach, so much more than a beach-side chippy

On Saturday 29th September, Sydney Social 101 was invited to sample the culinary delights of the Bucket List on Bondi Beach. The name says it all, perfect location, cool crowd and amazing food – you cannot afford to miss out on experiencing Sydney’s hottest venue this Summer! Whether you’re on holiday or you live here, head on down, we assure you that you won’t be disappointed!

Opening in December 2011 The Bucket List is quickly becoming one of Sydney’s most popular beach front dining destinations.

The Bucket List Bar and Eatery is located at the Bondi Pavilion and has the most amazing restaurant headed by the lovely Chef Tom Walton. The venue was created by owner Andy Ruwald, (Sejuiced) The Bucket List has evolved since its launch in December last year and now offers four different hospitality areas including The Restaurant.

The Restaurant offers a unique dining experience, introducing table service located within the open dining room which is central to the buzz of The Bucket List areas and the eclectic variety of Bondi Beach guest.

The tailored menu is designed by Tom Walton (previously Bistro Moncur) from his love of the Middle East and the Mediterranean cuisine. He has said: “Expect simplicity, seasonal ingredients, creatively paired together on the plate, some classic, some for the more adventurous.” It is so refreshing to speak to someone who is so behind and sure of their talent, as we sat and listened to Tom talk us through each line of the menu, his passion behind the offerings was clear to see!

If you live in Sydney, you’ve probably heard of its reputation for a Sunday Sydney watering hole – I had been before and experienced Sydney’s busiest outdoor beach bar, The Bucket List offers many diverse areas from the Front Deck, the Green Room and front bar, the Blue Room with fireplace and the back bar known as Uncle Barefoot’s that opens onto an outdoor lawn area.

Recently recognised by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide as one of the 10 Best Bars with Food, The Bucket List’s head chef Tom Walton offers up a selection of the freshest seafood dishes including Seared Bincho Tuna Nicoise, Sydney Rock Oysters and buckets of fresh Queensland Tiger Prawns served with homemade mayo and Iggy’s sourdough.

I have to be honest in the fact that I had only really heard about the Fish and Chips on the menu, when in reality the menu is SO, SO much more than that! I’m on a one woman mission to let people know that the food is out of this world!

To name but a few of the choices on offer, they include: pan roasted King Salmon fillet with beetroot, fennel, radish, labna and soft herbs is a new addition to the Spring menu while favourites such as 14 hour slow roast pork shoulder and tamarind glazed lamb ribs seem set to stay.

Here are some of the delights I had the absolute honour of trying for myself (with my two friends of course, gotta share the love)

Vegetable crudités at Bucket List

Zucchini – grilled & shaved raw with marinated feta, chickpeas, olive & basil @ The Bucket List

Marinated & grilled lamb ribs @ The Bucket List

Grilled free-range half chicken with broad brand, quinoa tabouli, tahini & yoghurt @ The Bucket List

Salted caramel chocolate tartlet with creme fraiche @ The Bucket List – UNREAL – A must!

White chocolate pan a cotta with strawberry sorbet & pistachio cream @ The Bucket List

There are also live music performances on Wednesday evenings for a more chilled vibe!

Situated on the edge of Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach offering uninterrupted views and just a few short steps to the sand, food lovers are well placed here.

Perfect for an intimate mid-week dinner, a weekend drink with friends or for a corporate event The Bucket List is definitely versatile.

Sydney Social 101 was invited as a guest to review Bucket List, all views expressed are my own!

The Bucket List –The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.

Ph:02 93654122 . Open for lunch and dinner 7 days.

VENUE REVIEW** – Balmain’s hottest boutique wine bars, Corner Bar and Cantina Bar

Sydney Social 101 had a great start to the long weekend as we were invited to review two of Balmain’s hottest boutique wine bars, Corner Bar and Cantina Bar.  Now it must be said that I’m a big fan of Balmain, I could see myself living there one day, it really feels like a community and its variety of bars and restaurants seems to be growing by the week!

Sydney Social 101 decided to eat at Corner Bar and then head to Cantina for a post-dinner cocktail – which, maybe wasn’t your traditional style digestive, but did the job non-the-less!

When we arrived at Corner Bar, I was pleasantly surprised by the aesthetics of the bar, low level lighting and candle lit tables were located in a small bar come restaurant, with little vintage features and ornaments. Despite the fact that a mini storm was brewing outside, you would never know once inside the cosy retreat.

Sydney Social 101 was looked after by local Balmain boy, Lindsay Egan, who has had huge success since opening the hot new wine bars on Balmain’s culinary drag, Darling Street, along with the two young Brisbane brothers, Ryan and Daniel Singer of Two Brothers Hospitality.

When we arrived, we promptly ordered an Espresso Martini, following a recommendation by the team at Sally Burleigh PR. You know what, it didn’t disappoint and was a perfect way to start the long weekend and unwind!

Open for breakfast and dinner daily, Corner Bar is nothing short of a premium offering when it comes to delivering good food and wine. From ‘street sambos’, to fajita pizzas, and shared plates, the trio have created a menu inspired by much of their travels around the world. Corner Bar was very unlucky in their timing, as their Pizza oven decided not to work that night. We were not to worry however as there are plenty of other options to choose from!

One seated, we ordered: Scotch Eggs (had to be done, we are British after all), Arancini Balls, a pint of chips and Hot n Spicy Chicken Wings – YUM! A perfect grazing platter that hit the spot!

Scotch Eggs and Arancini Balls

Pint of chips and Hot n Spicy Chicken Wings

To accompany our mean, we also had a bottle of the house white Sauvignon Blanc, which was just delightful! We were also told that exclusive to Corner Bar, Ben Gould from Blind Corner has also created a wonderful biodynamic organic Shiraz. As one of the most dynamic young wine makers in Australia, Ben was recently named one of Gourmet Travellers 10 most exciting new producers. He is at the forefront of the natural wine movement, making wines as naturally as possible with maximum care and minimum chemical intervention.

Drinks Menu – Corner Bar

And with one of the world’s foremost contemporary coffee authorities, Paul Bassett under their belt, it’s obvious Corner Bar is serious about delivering the best of the best to its patrons. That’ll be my next port of call for sure, bunch at Corner Bar – You know what, I can’t actually wait!

Here are some of the other dishes that are available:

Sydney Social 101 was also told that Corner Bar will undergo small tweaks over the next few weeks to play homage to its Bar heritage and build their reputation as one of the inner west’s most exciting dining destinations and intimate drinking venues.

They also have a great reputation for amazing service, and they didn’t disappoint! Whilst it was bordering on hurricane season outside, Lindsay offered to drive us to Cantina Bar, what a lovely touch – and certainly one that didn’t go unappreciated!

Their philosophy for Corner Bar and Cantina Bar is very honest and simple – ‘it’s all about things we like’… I have to say, it’s pretty much what most people would like – good food, great atmosphere and lovely crowd!

Upon arriving at Cantina Bar, I only had one thing on my mind… the Twister Margarita! We promptly sat down and put in our order! We were greeted by Ryan, who was lovely, and very welcoming! Cantina Bar too feels very welcoming and was bustling with people, always a good sign in my eyes!

Passionfruit and vanilla – Twisted Margarita ($16) at Cantina Bar.

The menu at Cantina Bar, overseen by Group Chef, Shelley Manton has been inspired by ingredients carefully sourced from around the globe, with a focus on Latin American flavours. Dishes include Chilean hot dogs, sliders and pulled pork nachos, with all sauces and marinades made fresh daily. Must stop by here for food next time, it looked and smelled AMAZING!

In addition, the drinks list perfectly complements the cuisine with a selection of tequilas, cocktails, wines and beer sourced from around the world. Apparently the cocktail lists are inspired by the boys’ personal travels. Co-owner Ryan Singer has also lent his expertise as the cocktail mixologist, bringing global drinking trends to Sydney’s inner west. The beer lists include boutique selections, supporting small producers from around Australia.

Cantina Bar provided the perfect venue to end the lovely evening, I can safely say that I will be back 100%. Here are some of the dishes to whet your appetite:

Open only for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday, from 5.30pm to midnight, Cantina is bringing life to the ever expanding culinary precinct of Balmain.

Sydney Social 101 was invited as a guest of Sally Burleigh PR and received a complimentary meal and beverages. All view expressed on Sydney Social 101 are our own.

Want a a fabulous, fun-filled Sydney long-weekend? Read on!

Here at Sydney Social 101 we certainly are gearing up for what is set to be a fabulous, fun-filled long weekend!

Tonight we’re off to Cantina and Corner Bar in Balmain as guests to sample the amazing news menus! Full reviews to follow over the weekend – we’ve been told to look out for the Espresso Martini at Corner Bar and a Twisted Margarita at Cantina Bar as they are the way to go apparently! Sounds like a plan!

Tomorrow is just as action filled! At 12:30pm we’re heading off to Bucket List for a reservation to sample the lunch menu for Spring, with perfect panoramic views of Bondi beach, and uber crowd and beers on tap – we can’t imagine that we’ll be disappointed!

Bucket List – Night time exterior

Following on from Bucket List, we’ve been invited to review The Island Bar on Cockatoo Island – which is renowned for its harbour views and yummy cocktails, my biggest highlight however is the water taxi over to the venue – life’s small pleasures hey, ha! Sydneysiders and visitors can enjoy Harbour Bridge views from iconic Cockatoo Island, just a 12 minute ferry-ride from the city, in the comfort of an exclusive custom-designed bar space with great drinks and food, and cocktails served either by the glass or in jugs perfect for sharing on a warm afternoon. If you’re keen to head this weekend, check out the website:

To complete an action packed Saturday, Sydney Social is heading back to our Manchester roots and celebrating all things Northern Soul as we head to Hard Rock Cafe as part of the Soul Weekender celebrations. If this is your bag and you want to catch up with like-minded people, check out this link here

On Sunday Sydney Social, along with half of the Eastern Suburbs is descending into Manly to celebrate a Monday off work! First port of call is Manly Wine as they have a chocolate wheel at the venue all weekend – hello please!

We’ll also be swinging by 4Pines, we LOVE their own brews and will be sampling the following in celebration of Oktoberfest Fest – German Pils 5.2% | 42 IBU’s, Märzen 5.2% | 23 IBU’s, Dunkelweizen 4.8% | 17 IBU’s and Doppelbock 7.2% | 21 IBU’s.

Another Manly FAVE is In Situ, the most amazing cocktails, live acoustic performances and chilled out crowd, if you’re heading manly-side – pop this on your hit list, stat!

However if you’re heading this side of the bridge (bt this side I mean East J), there are some great celebrations at Gazebo at Potts Point. They plan to transform the already quirky and beautiful Gazebo into a celebration reminiscent of Gene Wilder’s chocolate factory, complete with chocolate fountain and three-course bubblegum*.Held over the entire October long weekend, this promises to be an amazing event for young and old. There will be a chocolate fountain (YUM!) Fri – Mon, a chocolate installation will be installed staff dressed in purple themed outfits.

There will be a few chocolate inspired beverages – one where the bar staff will use the chocolate fondue. We will also have the chocolate wheel spinning all weekend!

Over in Surry Hills, The Winery will be celebrating all things Surry Hills! For three whole days! Street art! Fashion! Food! Wine! Stay!

All in all, you simply have no excuse to not go out and get involved!

Happy Long Weekend everyone! Have a good en’ and stay safe x


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