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Movie 101** Grudge Match review

Grudge Match is based on a story of two boxing rivals who had a couple of fights that ended in a draw. Just before the big rematch Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp, played by Sylvester Stallone, suddenly retires. This is to the anger of Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen, played by Robert De Niro. The Kid goes on to be famous and rich while Razor chooses to take a normal every job.

30 years go by, then there is a program on tv discussing the old fight. Everyone wonders who would win. Then Dante Slate Jr, played by Kevin Hart, decides this is the chance to make a name for himself by promoting the fight that never happened. But they will both need to help him with promoting the fight to give it that extra excitement. They always fail at promoting the fight but their arguments with one another and anyone else who gets in their way, starts to turn heads.

Kim Basinger plays the love interest as the one time girlfriend who has come back in to their life. I have not seen Kim is a film for many years, was strange to see her looking so old. The final piece of cast goes to Alan Arkin who plays Louis ‘Lightening’ Conlon. He adds a lot of the humour as Razor’s old constantly moaning trainer.

This film gave Stallone a good opportunity get back in to the ring after his famous Rocky trillogy. (Some of my favourite films). It was also a chance to see De Niro back in the ring after the also famous but one off film, Raging Bull. There were many nods towards the old films, more so on the Rocky front. The famous training scene in the freezer and the running scene where he tries to beat his tainer on a bike. Except here Stallone is trying to outrun his trainer on a mobile scooter. These pull out some of the funniest moments, for those who get them.

De Niro seems to take on the bad guy role in this film but I am sure everyone will have a favourite. If you like the high profile cast then I think that you would enjoy this film for the warm hearted comedy it is.

Sydney Social101 gives ‘Grudge Match’ 6.5/10. Just remember to stick around after the credits. A couple of surprise people come in and produce the biggest laughs of all.

Grudge Match was reviewed by SS101’s movie reviewer Syrus Wynne.

Social spy** Major Lazer tear up Sydney Harbour for [V] Island Parties


Sydney Social 101 had the privilege of being invited to a pretty impressive party that was being held by Channel [V]. Major Lazer came, they saw, then blew the whole joint up in the most raucous Channel [V] Island Party in history. With banging tunes, dancers, backflips and a whole lot of party, the dance heavyweights took over Sydney Harbour for an exclusive DJ set last night.


The Major Lazer crew are notorious for their explosive, mind-blowing shows, but no one had any idea just what was in store for them when Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire got on the Channel [V] Island. From the moment they hit the stage, they commanded the crowd, tearing through a ferocious set of Major Lazer tracks, remixes and sure-fire bangers that had everyone working it low.

The boys, flanked by their trademark dancers, came to party and it wasn’t long before the shirts were off (crowd included) and Diplo was in the water after backflipping off the island. The debauchery was next level, minds were lost and it was all over far too soon.

This is the summer of [V] Island Parties – exclusive gigs on Channel [V]’s very own floating island. Coming to you direct from Sydney Harbour, we have some of the world’s best artists lining up to party with you


It doesn’t stop here, friends. The next [V] Island Party will be announced next week. Stay tuned to to find out how to score tickets.

Highlights from [V] Island Parties: Major Lazer will be on-air from next week.

body+soul revolution: You’re only 10 weeks away from a new you!

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It’s the first day back at work after the Australia Day weekend and to say I’m feeling a little fragile is putting it mildly. I may have over indulged – but then again, it would be un-Australian of me to not get in the spirit of things, right?

Well now I’ve decided to take a stand and to start to work towards the new me – I’m 29, not getting any younger, this is the last year of my twenties and I figure I should do what I can to look after my body (we only get one of them)!

Don’t get me wrong, with the array of wonderful events I get to attend, with the free bars and stunning food, it can be very easy to ‘have a night off’. Ultimately however, I have come to the conclusion that I should live by the moto ‘everything in moderation’, a quick fix diet isn’t ever going to work for me – neither is banning alcohol or amazing food from my life. All that I achieve by doing this is being miserable and gorging when the ‘fix’ is over (and probably undo all m hard work within two-hours).

As you may have heard, I am taking part in body+soul revolution! The body+soul revolution is a 10-week health and fitness online program scientifically proven to help users achieve a balanced, healthy lifestyle – all with the help of our team of trusted body+soul experts (from nutritionists to sexologists!). I believe that this is the best way for me to start as I mean to go on, a lifestyle choice rather than a fad diet.

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I’ve also decided to put myself out there and will be documenting my progress throughout the 10-week revolution (so that I have nowhere to hide and so that I actually have to face this head on!).

Having scoured the healthy prepared meal delivery services across Sydney, these two have consistently come out on top – in terms of taste and affordability.

In additional to the body+soul revolution, I will be following a 14 Day 1,200 Calorie Kick Start Plan from Dietlicious (prior to the body+soul revolution commencing).

I will also be working with Hello Fresh during the body+soul revolution to provide you with information on meal plans, how tasty and affordable they can be along with insights as to how long they take to prepare. (For time poor, health conscious readers!)

Throughout the process I will be working out with my own personal trainer (plus swimming four times a week) – you have permission to shout at me if I slack off!

I will be monitoring my progress on body+soul revolution’s website throughout the ten weeks. There is a wealth of information as part of the body+soul revolution, you can find out more at

Now I will update you all with my progress week to week and will also post daily updates via my social media channels to see how I’m tracking. In the interest of being 100% transparent, I will update you with my weight and inch loss (fingers crossed!) as I progress.

Here are my current stats (inches will be added soon):

Height: 5’7” (170cm)

Weight: 72 KG

Dress size: 12

At the end of the 10 week body+soul revolution, with the help of Hello Fresh, Dietlicious and my PT I would love to achieve the following:

Height: 5’7” (170cm) – Shockingly the same 😉

Weight: 62 KG

Dress size: 10

I would absolutely love some support throughout this progress, maybe you might be interested in even taking part with me? To be involved it’s really simple,

Simply log onto for a free health and weight assessment, choose a program to suit your lifestyle and goals, and let the fab team of body+soul experts guide you through a 10-week program of delicious meal plans and recipes, easy-to-follow workouts and all the tips and tricks you’ll need to lose weight, feel great and boost your energy.


The body+soul revolution begins Sunday 2nd February 2014 at I have already begun with the pre-revolution detox to best prepare myself for the experience, you know what, I’m really excited about this!

You can also follow body+soul revolution here:

In addition the official hashtag for this phase is #bodyandsoulrev – join the conversation!

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!

What’s On: Dust off your magic oil lamps and release your inner Prince or Princess at Hilton Sydney


Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Bar launches ‘Arabian Nights’
A Sheesha Chic Experience every Friday night throughout summer.


SYDNEY – January 2014 – With the temperatures set to soar this summer, transport yourself to an Arabian Oasis. Surround yourself with luxury and opulence whilst indulging your senses with an array of Arabian inspired cocktails, a spice market bar and sheesha pipes on the terrace.


Hilton Sydney’s internationally acclaimed Zeta Bar launches its latest Friday night concept, ‘Arabian Nights’ – a sheesha chic experience for the senses. Held every Friday from 14 February starting at 6.00 p.m., Zeta Bar will be magically transformed into an Arabian palace, encompassing the flavours, aromas and essence of Arabia complemented by exotic décor, including plush Moroccan cushions, lanterns and Moroccan elephants.


Zeta Bar’s terrace will include an additional outdoor lounge pod decked out with a luxurious day bed and Persian rugs. Guests will be greeted by a sheesha Sommelier who will introduce the splendour of smoking the hookah and guide you through the entire process including offering a selection of fragrant premium flavours.


All this combined with a range of specially concocted cocktails, taking inspirations from classic movies such as Casablanca, One Thousand and One Nights and Aladdin, each with their own story. Ranging from molecular to playful twists on classic cocktails, the menu features a mixture of aromas and spices including- cinnamon, star anise, Turkish delight, figs, rose teas, sumac and smoked fairy floss.


Partnering with Johnnie Walker, the cocktails have been carefully conceived to incorporate the flavours of the spirit. In addition to the cocktail menu, Zeta’s back bar will showcase a ‘spice market’ display whereby guests can select a spice to which a Zeta Bartender will create bespoke cocktails to order.


The Arabian experience does not stop there, the culinary playfulness continues through a Middle Eastern inspired bar food menu including grilled Harissa lamb cutlets with a potato humus and Muhammara sauce; a tasting plate of house made dips including a pearl onion salad with pomegranate; and to finish, a selection of Arabic sweet treats.


Launching to the media on Thursday 6 February, guests will be welcomed by live camels, Sinbad guards and performances by magician and illusionist, Adam Mada as well as Belly Dancers and fire shows.


The ‘Arabian Nights’ summer concept follows the previous successes of ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Coney Island’ and ‘Farmers Market’ concepts previously held at Zeta Bar.


Arabian Nights at Zeta Bar opens to the public every Friday night from 6.00 p.m., launching Friday 14 February through to Friday 21 March 2014. #zetabararabiannights #opensesame


Social Spy** Flickerfest Opening Night – Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach

Last Friday Flickerfest Opening night was held at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach. The who’s who of film and TV filled the room, including award winning film director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover), Matilda Brown, Rachel Ward, Mirrah Foulkes, Miranda Tapsell, Henry Roth and celebrity trainer Luke Hines.


A balmy night and the beachside amphitheatre proved the perfect setting for guests to be treated to a selection of short films. Talk of David Michôd and the much anticipated release of his latest film The Rover which stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce also filled the room. At the after party, guests enjoyed a selection of Crystal head Vodka cocktails, Phoenix Organic Juices, Rosnay Organic Wines and Little Creatures beer.

Flickerfest 2014 Opening Night_Damian De Montemas, Annelise Huyser


Flickerfest 2014 Opening Night - Luke Hines


Flickerfest 2014 Opening Night - Michael Cody, Mirrah Foulkes, David Michod,

GUESTS: Luke Hines (trainer Luke), Matilda Brown, Rachel Ward, David Michôd (Director – Animal Kingdom, The Rover), Mirrah Foulkes (actor), Michael Cody (Producer), Jeff Lack (stylist), Dr Nikki Goldstein, Alyssa McLelland (actor) and her partner Adrian Mazzaferro, Bronwyn Kidd (Flickerfest festival director) and Gillian Armstrong (Director – Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda).






Peroni Nastro Azzurro, number one premium Italian beer, has again resumed their role as a major sponsor of the annual St George OpenAir Cinema for the 5th year running. This year will see Peroni celebrate the brand’s heritage and indulge in their love of Italian film with a special preview screening of Paolo Sorrentino’s greatest film yet, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty).


Peroni is set to host some of Sydney’s most stylish crowd at the exclusive VIP event to be held on Tuesday 21 January at the iconic cinema venue overlooking the spectacular Sydney Harbour.


The event will see guests treated to pre-screening drinks where they can enjoy Collezione Peroni, crisp and refreshing Peroni Nastro Azzurro and 3.5% alcohol Peroni Leggera, accompanied by the brand’s delicious signature aperitivo including Beef carpaccio on crostini, Forest mushroom and mozzarella arancini as well as fried Zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and parmesan.

Confirmed guests for the VIP event include Kate Waterhouse, Nick Smith, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, Carla Zampatti, Pip Edwards, Romy Frydman, Martin and Michelle Walsh and Nicola Finetti.

Movie 101** The one you’ve been waiting for: The Wolf of Wall Street review

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Sydney Social 101 was invited to the Sydney premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street last night and was absolutely privileged to be one of the first people in Australia to see the complete film.

The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the most sought after movies for quite some time! Whilst monitoring Sydney Social 101’s  traffic, there has been a significant number of visitors coming to Sydney Social 101 via Google looking for information on Leo’s sixth pairing with Martin Scorsese.

I have often entered into debate with my friends about Leonardo DiCaprio and how it is quite shocking that he has never won an Oscar – I stand by this claim even more so now than ever before. Leonardo’s performance in this film in nothing short of amazing, if he doesn’t get the recognition from the Academy that he is so deservedly of, I might have something to say – and it wont be nice…

For any of you who have read the book, I’m sure you’re intrigued to see how the story of Jordan Belfort can transcend from pages of  a book to the silver screen. An anti-climax for many on so may occasions when a great read that sets your imagination on fire crumbles as it plays out on the big screen.

“Who would you have playing you in a film of your life?!” is question many are asked throughout your lifetime (Blake Lively or Jennifer Lawrence just incase you were wondering), I can only imagine that in his wildest dreams would Jordan Belfort have expected that Leo, one of the best actors of his generation, would depict his story from rags to riches and him stepping on anyone and everyone to get there.

I won’t spoil the plot for those of you who haven’t read the book, however I will provide you with a succinct synopsis: “The best film of the 2000s by a long way!”. Complete with every 522 F-bomb and a storyline that will leave you feeling a mixture of awe and hatred for Jordan Belfort, it is a film that should absolutely be in your calendar for its official release on 23.1.14.

It is sometimes hard to believe that Jordan Belfort is a real person as you follow the real-life story of his ambition and realisation of becoming a successful stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, ego, corruption and selfishness that is beyond comprehension.

Funny, whitty, cringeworthy and gripping – the film evokes many emotions in the 1-minute-shy of three hours epic. Sterling performances by Aussie’s own Margot Robbie, who plays Jordan’s Duchess-wife, Jonah Hill is wonderful at playing the rage educing Donnie Azoff and Rob Reiner portrays Jordan’s Dad Max wonderfully.

This soon-to-be classic already has a 8.7 rating on IMDB, impressive to say the least.

Sydney Social 101 gives the Wolf of Wall Street 9.5/10 as nothing is perfect – but this film comes pretty bloody close!

Lisa Hollinshead.




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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Beauty 101** The ultimate travel buddy and beauty essential this summer + Competition

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NOTE: This competition has now closed, the winners have been notified and they are Charlotte S Cotton and Nicole Kent. 

Thank you so much for all your entries – stay tuned for more competitions coming on Sydney Social 101.

Every so often I get asked to review a product, new technologies, beauty essentials for Sydney Social 101. I am usually reluctant unless it has a great fit with the site, and my readers! This is one of those occasions where I just can’t keep this little beauty secret to myself!

Oral-B and Braun have partnered up and designed the new Black 7000 electronic toothbrush model, creating one of the most high performing, multi functional electric toothbrushes ever.

After trying the Black 7000 for four weeks I can honestly say I will never go back to using a regular toothbrush again! A bold claim I know, but a true one!

The impressive gadget has a huge variety of modes including deep clean, sensitive, whitening, massage and tongue cleaning as well as five different brush heads for precision cleaning.  It evens lets you know when you are brushing too hard.  There is literally nothing this brush cannot do.

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“With 48,800 movements per minute, the Oral-B 7000 Black features unique oscillating, rotating and pulsating bristles that provide a tooth-by-tooth clean – a technology heralded by independent reviews for removing up to twice as much plaque as a regular manual toothbrush” (Oral-B spokesperson).

The toothbrush comes complete with a slick travel case and a digital timer which signals dentist recommended brushing times.  Finished in a stylish black matt the Black 7000 ticks all the boxes and is definitely worth its price tag (RRP $299).  You will not be disappointed, I wasn’t and my teeth have never felt cleaner.

Don’t forget to pack this bad boy for your summer vacations, it is a must-have – bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase: “Don’t forget your toothbrush!”

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning one of  2 x Oral-B BLACKs (worth approx. $300 each) simply like Sydney Social 101 on Facebook and tell us in 25 words or less why you should be picked!

Competition closes 5th February 2014 at 17:00.

Echoer – Featured Blogger


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