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PLEASE VOTE: Sydney Social 101 selected as a Finalist for the Pedestrian.TV Blogster Awards

Every so often I’ll find myself asking why I run three blogs for no income and work over 75 hours a week… Well it’s times like these that I get such fulfilment and reward for dedciating so much of my time into doing something that I love!


I started Sydney Social 101 in Feb 2012 as a ‘hyper-local’ blog to provide what’s on, behind the scenes, social spy, product/ event/ venue reviews and go-to guides for Sydney.


The blog has since gone from strength to strength and regularly gets over 5,500 UV per month. I’m really excited to say that the hard work has paid off and that Sydney Social 101 has been selected as a finalist in the Pedestrian.TV Blogster awards in the ‘Tech, Media and Design’ category – specifically the ‘media’ section!


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Click to vote!


It is especially a great achievement for me as I’ve actually been in the UK since Nov last year due to having to have a serious operation, so have been running this blog remotely for the past 10 months! With the help of a team of amazing contributors, I have been able to continue the growth and success of


Click the link and then click 'Like' to register your vote

Click the link and then click ‘Like’ to register your vote


Whilst back in the UK I’ve also launched Manchester Social 101 and London Social 101 too, suffice to say I’m a busy girl, ha!


I would be forever grateful if you could please click on this link and click ‘like’ to share on FB and tweet and +1 to get the word out about Sydney Social 101 having the massive honour of being selected.


The name of the game is to get as many ‘likes’ as possible on the site and I’m game for the challenge!


It is so rewarding to see hard work paying off! I have no advertising on any of the blogs, I don’t do sponsored posts and I have a team of volunteers who attend events and movies for me whilst I’m in the UK!


Fingers crossed that Sydney Social 101 makes an impact and gets lots of likes 🙂


You can check out various Sydney Social media channels here:






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Thanks so much in advance!


Lisa x

Social Spy** Marking the launch of the Spring Summer 2013/2014 Season was the Strand Arcades annual “evening with our designers”

Last night I escaped into an enchanting world of design in this elegant Victorian arcade that has been tucked into the CBD of Sydney since 1891 and houses many of Australia’s leading and upcoming designers.

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The stunning arcade was transformed into an fashion wonderland.  Fairy lights twinkled,  Chandon champagne was flowing and a live performance from singer Emma Louise perfected a wond

erful evening.

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This was a celebration of the designers, artisans and craftsmen who make the Strand Arcade so unique to other shopping experiences.

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Short videos directed by Hugh Stewart and powered by Samsung were shown throughout the evening titled “The Story Behind The Makers” providing an insight to the talents and skills of those behind the brands.

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Loyal shoppers had the opportunity to meet their favourite designers in store while viewing the latest arrivals giving us all a sneak preview at what Spring/Summer 2013/14 has to offer (FYI lots of monochrome)

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With many stores offering generous discounts for one evening only there was plenty of shopping to be done (in between sipping champagne of course).  Guests snacked on Bon Bon’s signature French style nougat and freshly roasted Tamari Almonds courtesy of The Nut Shop.   For those requiring a break from shopping there was a Cointreau Fizz Garden Bar where complimentary cocktails were enjoyed.


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Before departing it was time to freshen up with a visit to the Pamper Suite for a mini manicure and lipstick touch up.

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Champagne, shopping and mingling with your favourite designers… what’s not to love?  If you didn’t make it this year, next year is a must.

Cheers to that!

Cheers to that!

This event was attended and reviewed by Sydney Social 101’s latest contributor: Susan Black. You can view her blog here:

Social Spy** Lindt Chocolate Cafe

The new Lindt Dome of Decadence

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Sometimes you get invited along to an event that you know you simply CANNOT miss.  When I was invited along to try a new dessert by a Lindt chocolatier , it was an easy decision to clear my diary and head over to Martin Place.


Last night, on a rare blustery evening in Sydney I was among a small group of guests invited along to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place to witness the launch of  “the most excitingly mouth-watering Lindt chocolate dessert ever seen” – the Lindt Dome of Decadence.


On arrival we were welcomed with a glass of chocolate flavoured Martini (to prepare our tastebuds), before the head chocolatier began his demonstration of the creation of the highly anticipated ‘Dome of Decadence.’


Like a magician waving his wand, he painted the inside of the dome shaped mould with chocolate, tipping it upside down, spilling the perfected amount defying gravity in the process.  A biscuit base is then cut into a perfect circle and a scoop of creamy Lindt ice cream is placed on the centre of the biscuit, before the mould is carefully placed on top.   The dome is topped with a sprinkle of finely chopped hazelnuts, along with a drizzle of smooth Lindt chocolate.


Then came the finale, as sauce is poured over the top of the dome, the sides collapse like an avalanche of chocolate and ice cream, dramatically revealing the layers and textures of the dessert.


Once we had witnessed the creation of the dome we were all invited to sample our very own, with a choice of three different flavours; Milk Chocolate (topped with hazelnut pieces); Caramel (with salted caramel sauce); or Berry (with berry compote and raspberry white chocolate ice cream).


I chose the ‘berry’ option, where white chocolate ice-cream is infused with raspberry puree and is served with berry compote.  The combination of the textures and temperatures make this desert unique, exquisite and an absolute pleasure on the taste buds.    The whole experience was a collision of chocolate and theatre.


A tiny piece of chocolate heaven to indulge in while enjoying the European ambiance of this Lindt Chocolate Café, the ‘Dome of Decadence’ is a must try for all chocolate lovers out there.

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Oh, and an interesting fact from the evening – when it comes to chocolate you are either a controller or an indulger, because of the strong connection between chocolate and guilt!  Which do you think you are?

This event was attended and reviewed by Sydney Social 101’s latest contributor Susan Black – you can view her blog here:


SOCIAL SPY** The Rabbit Hole Bar Spring Cocktail Launch

The world's first powdered drink!

The world’s first powdered drink!

Only good things happen to those who are brave enough to go down rabbit holes, as Alice In Wonderland discovered, and the same applies to those feeling brave enough to try The Rabbit Hole Bar’s brand new cocktail list!
This week the funky underground drinking establishment showcased some impressive concoctions for guests at the official launch – including the world’s first EVER powdered drink!
Known as the Stolen Painkiller, it includes rum mixed with pineapple, coconut and blood orange powder, and contains 40% alcohol.
Expert cocktail makers created unique drinks, which burst with flavor, including a whiskey based cocktail, a flaming passion fruit drink as well as jelly G&Ts, were offered to attendees.
And of course Sydney Social had to sample all of them!
Cocktails of the night were:
Painkiller Powder
Jellied G&T
Effin Island
XO Zombie
Breakfast Bouquet
Ay Caramba
Lava Lamp – (yes a drink which looks like the popular lantern)
Also making the rounds, were delicious canapés from the bar’s menu, and invitees tucked in to seared scallops, hand-cut chips, Rabbit Hole Wagyu Beef Sliders, Seared King prawn soft shell tacos and truffle meringues. These culinary delights were made by Executive Chef Tomoyuki Usui.
The spring cocktail list begins September 1 – just in time for the warmer weather.
Check out the website –, for reservations email or call 0280842505.
WHERE: Basement, 82 Elizabeth Street
TRADING HOURS: Monday to Friday – 12pm til late
        Saturdays – 4pm til late
The event was attended and reviewed by Sydney Social’s resident social spy: Jennifer Shelley-Fletcher


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New comedy line-up every Wednesday


The Workers, Darling Street’s favourite destination for cocktails, cool tunes and live entertainment,will launch a brand new comedy night from Wednesday August 21.  Curated by the Campfire Collective, comedy at The Workers will be live, local, free and regular… and set to be Balmain’s biggest and best laugh.


Cheap beers will lubricate laugh muscles each and every Wednesday night, while even cheaper tacos will fly out of the Workers Canteen.


At just $3 each, The Workers more-ish tacos include “Nemo Ganzales” – Battered blue eye, slaw, salsa pico de gallo and baja sauce, “Shrimp on da Barbie” – Grilled marinated prawn, slaw, mojo verde and scallions, “Soft Shell Coq” – Grilled chicken, slaw, salsa guacamole and chipotie mayo and the “Pulled Porky Pig” – slow cooked pork shoulder, red slaw, pico de pina asado and coriander.


Share the laughs, plates of tacos and drinks at The Workers for the perfect hump day treat.


Ray Badran, one of Sydney’s finest emerging comics, will join a line-up of young gun comedians on Wednesday August 21st for the launch of ‘Balmain’s Biggest Laugh’ comedy night, every Wednesday at The Workers.


Also hitting The Workers stage for launch night are Cameron James, whose weird and wonderful comedy has been praised for “perfect comic timing” and “unplanned madness”, and Jacques Barrett, Jarred Jekyll.


Campfire Collective producer Michael Brown says, “It’s exciting to see a new live comedy stage launch in the Inner West and, after working with the Riversdale Group to bring comedy to the Standard in Surry Hills, we are thrilled to be working together again to bring some of Sydney and Australia’s best emerging and established comedians to The Workers.”


Paddy Coughlan, Riversdale CEO says, “As politicians often carry on like a bunch of bad comedians, and as The Workers is one of the birthplaces of the Australian Labour Party, we thought we’d launch our comedy night before the next Federal election.”


Adds The Workers bar manager Jeremy Baldi, “I love The Workers commitment to live entertainment, and doing it well.  That was a key reason why I came across from the Exchange Hotel in Balmain.  It’s exciting to be part of the first push to bring something fresh and new to Balmain.”


And while Wednesday will deliver ‘Balmain’s Biggest Laugh’ at The Workers. live music will continue every Thursday night (with some great new talent to be announced as part of the Red Door Sets) and Hawkey’s Happy Hour every Sunday (along with ping pong), with a drinks list and cocktails crafted from scratch by mixologist and bar manager Jeremy Baldi.


The Workers is open Wed-Sun from 5 pm ‘til late.

Address:                292 Darling Street Balmain



What’s On: Evening with Our Designers – Strand Arcade

The Strand Arcade is holding its much-anticipated annual Evening with Our Designers shopping event next Wednesday, 21 August, Sydney Social can’t wait to go!

If you’re into fashion and love to support local designers, we suggest you get involved!

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WHAT:            Strand Arcade Evening with Our Designers

WHERE:           The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George Street, Sydney

WHEN:            Wednesday, 21st August 2013, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Strand Arcade will celebrate the launch of Spring Summer 2013 as it invites customers to come and meet the makers – the unique designers and artisans behind its retailers – at the arcade’s annualEvening with Our Designers event.


The night brings together some of Australia’s biggest names in fashion: Lover, Akira Isogawa, Manning Cartell, Michael Lo Sordo, Christopher Esber, Ellery, Ryan Storer, Terry Biviano, Dinosaur Designs and Leona Edmiston amongst others.


Stunning illuminated floral archways by Grandiflora’s Saskia Havekes will welcome guests before they are treated to exclusive in-store offers from the Strand Arcade’s leading stores and an acoustic performance by in-demand songstress Emma Louise.


The Strand Arcade will also unveil the debut issue of 1891, a quarterly paper curated by super stylist Meg Gray that highlights the covetable style found at the iconic shopping destination. The publication includes a We Are the Makers profile series shot by renowned photographer Hugh Stewart capturing the masterful skills held by Lover, Dinosaur Designs, Andrew McDonald Shoemaker and Pendolino Restaurant.


Chandon, Cointreau and San Pellegrino bars will be set up throughout the arcade with sparkling wine, cocktails and mineral water served to customers along with mouth-watering roasted Tamari almonds from the Nut Shop and creamy nougat from Bon Bon Fine Chocolate.


Other activity on the night includes screening of the We are The Makers videos presented in the Samsung Smart Lounge with an Instagram treasure hunt and live feed; MasterCard Priceless Sydney VIP Pamper Suite complete with mini manicures, lipstick touch-ups and fragrance spritzing; and the Strand Hatters’ celebration of 100 years of the Akubra with hat making demonstrations.


Plus spend over $250 on your MasterCard to receive a bespoke 1891 gift bag packed full of the Strand Arcade’s best of the best including goodies from Haigh’s Chocolates, Aveda, Dinosaur Designs, Gorman, Leona Edmiston, Funkis, Akira, Farage, Cointreau and Emma Louise’s album Vs Head Vs Heart just to name a few.


Adding to the buzz new retailers to the Strand Arcade Scanlan & Theodore, Hunt Leather and Skin & Threads will be holding launch parties on the night as well as The Corner Shop in its new space.




Hashtag: #EWOD

Twitter: @strandarcade

Instagram: @strandarcade



What’s On** Father’s Day at Keystone Group…

THE WINERY Father's Day


MANLY WINE Father's Day

GAZEBO Father's Day

Social Spy** The Gay Bar VIP Launch Party hosted by Trevor Ashley // August 6th

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Oxford Street just got a lot more colourful – as the hottest new club ‘The Gay Bar’ has just opened!
Located in the heart of Sydney’s gay scene, the glitzy new venue was curated and conceived by independent event producers ‘In The Dark’, who have more than a decade of parties and concerts under their belt!
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Set apart from other venues, the three-storey club offers a slick party with delicious cocktails, as well as some of Sydney’s top DJs and entertainers.
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At the opening night on Tuesday, delicious samples from the fab new menu, which included hot dogs, burgers and pizza made by Head Chef Mark Proudfoot, made the rounds.
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Co-owners Stephen Craddock & Nelson De Sousa, as well as VIP guests, drag queen Trevor Ashley, Danni Da Ros from The Voice Australia, designer Henry Roth and actor Dominic Allburn, attended the official launch.
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The club is decked out with funky large portraits of celebrities and huge chandeliers, and each level has a DJ and dance floor.
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It’s open from 5pm every night until late – so make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun!
Check out for more information on Oxford Street’s newest nightspot.

WHERE:                           231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

TRADING HOURS:             Tuesday – Sunday               5pm til late

ONLINE/SOCIAL MEDIA:       #gaybarsydney



Stephen Craddock & Nelson De Sousa (Co-Owners), Mark Proudfoot (Head Chef)

Trevor Ashley (Drag Queen), Danni Da Ros (The Voice), Henry Roth (Designer), Dominic Allburn (Actor)

Louise Vuitton, Rhuma Hazzet, Ivy League & Vybe  (Drag Queens)

What’s On: City2Surf this Sunday!


The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac – be quick, registrations filling fast!

This year the world’s largest run and Sydney’s favourite sporting event, The Sun-Herald City2Surf will take place on Sunday, August 11.

Organisers are urging anyone keen on participating to register now, as more than 20,000 participants have already entered and entries are capped at 85,000.

Last year the City2Surf raised more than $4million for charity and this year the target has been set at $5million. Participants are encouraged to run for a cause close to their hearts, with more than 650 charities taking part in the fundraising initiative.

Early bird entries are $65 for adults ($45 for children and $15 for under fives) with registrations after April 11 available for $80 for adults ($60 for children and $15 for under fives).



Key dates:

General entries open City2Surf Expo, Moore Park City2Surf
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Location: From College St, Hyde Park to Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW

For further information, please see


What’s On: City to Surf celebration hot spots

This will be Sydney Social’s fifth City 2 Surf and were really excited! We love the way that all the runners team together to spur each other on… Even when it comes to the notorious ‘heartbreak hill’.

Another aspect of City 2 Surf that cannot be ignored is the celebrations that take place following the 13k run from Sydney’s CBD to Bondi Beach!

Bondi is literally awash with runners, their supporters and a stonking great atmosphere! Here is a list of Sydney Social 101’s top picks to raise a glass (or ten) to the runners of City 2 Surf!

Lets begin with the Beach Road, a venue that requires no further introduction or explanation! If you don’t fancy queuing for the bar for 30 mins minimum or don’t like venues that are packed to the rafters, here’s some other gems:

Lox Stock & Barrel

140 Glenayr Ave, Bondi

Deli Diner – American

Harry’s Espresso Bar

Shop 2, 136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi Beach


Bondi Picnic

101 Hall Street, Bondi

The Crabbe Hole

1 Notts Avenue, Bondi


El Topo

Rooftop, Level 3, The Eastern Hotel, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction


North Bondi Italian Food

118-120 Ramsgate Ave North Bondi


Jo & Willy’s Depot

286 Campbell Pde, Bondi


Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Level 3/1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach


Sean’s Panorama

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach


Sefa Kitchen

292 Bondi Road, Bondi

Middle Eastern


126-130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach


Ruby’s Diner

Shop1/173-179 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction


Porch Bread and Wine Parlour

17/110 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi Beach


Three Blue Ducks

141-143 Macpherson St, Bronte

Modern Australian

The Bogey Hole Cafe

473 Bronte Road, Bronte


178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach


Bronte Cucina

463-467 Bronte Road, Bronte


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