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Social Spy** Sebel Pier One Sydney Launch

Robert and Ruth Magid, owners of the Sebel Pier One Sydney threw open their doors earlier this month to welcome guests to a series of events to unveil the hotel’s seven new premium suites. Over three consecutive days, the Magids hosted a dinner, High Tea and lunch to showcase the five-star dining experience guests of the hotel enjoy and to provide a brief history of the pier that they have developed into the magnificent hotel that it is today. Pier One was in fact the only means of crossing from one side of the harbour to the other until the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the structure underwent various incarnations including as a carnival in the 1970s to rival Luna Park. When the Magids took over the site, it was practically an empty shell.

Until recently, the front section of the pier, jutting right out over Sydney Harbour, was a cavernous space used for events until the Magids engaged Sydney architects Bates Smart to convert the spaces on to the top two floors into seven premium suites that now offer unparalleled harbour views. With luxurious fittings and fixtures, deep bathtubs from which guests can unwind while watching the water and generous balcony spaces to step out and enjoy the fresh air, the Sebel Pier One premium suites are a hotel experience not to be missed!

Down below, designers SJB Interiors recreated the forward function space to create Water @ Pier One – if you’re looking for a wedding or event space, you would be hard pressed to match the view this room offers with panoramic water views and space for up to 220 guests at a sit-down event.

So whether you’re planning a pampered holiday to the harbour city, an inner-city weekender or looking for somewhere for that special occasion, be sure to check out the Sebel Pier One (www.sebelpierone.com.au).

Sydney’s majestic Sebel Pier One hotel, built over the glorious Sydney Harbour at Walsh Bay has unveiled seven newly constructed suites that boast unparalleled views across the water, taking in the city’s iconic landmarks including The Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Sydney Opera House and the famous smile of Luna Park.

The seven new suites were designed by internationally acclaimed firm Bates Smart Architects who introduced a fresh and contemporary palette with luxurious fixtures and fittings. Maximising the already generous space, the designers created bathrooms that seamlessly transition into the bedrooms. The raw woodwork of overhead beams in the three top-floor suites, part of the century-old architecture was re-exposed, providing the spaces with the feel of a New York loft or Hamptons Beach House.

On the floor below, the four suites boast large balcony spaces, allowing guests to lounge outside, taking in the fresh harbour air. A wrap-around balcony around three provides generous space with divisions to ensure privacy while the fourth offers an impressive 40 metre squared space jutting over the Pier. The space makes for an ideal setting for private alfresco dining, sunset drinks or simply taking in the beauty of Sydney Harbour and watching the mega yachts sail past. Two of the balcony suites have designer day beds and arm chairs which are positioned to maximise the panoramic views. Each of the bathrooms have decadent, deep standalone bath tubs, decadent rain water heads with side jets, double brass bowl vanities and deluxe amenity kits from Appelles Apothecary. All of the new suites feature king size beds, a marble topped wet bar with Nespresso coffee machine, marble topped working desk, two LED flat screen TVs – one of which rises from the bed base, Foxtel, iPod/iPad docking stations and WiFi internet access.

From the hotel’s premier Harbour View Balcony Suite at the northern end of the Pier, guests will feel like they’re floating on water, particularly from the deep-set bathtub, which is the feature piece of a bathroom that overlooks the water and the imposing Sydney Harbour Bridge. For an iconic Sydney experience, there is no better suite in the city to enjoy the best Sydney has to offer.

Robert Magid of TMG Developments, owner of The Sebel Pier One, says the completion of the suites brings a period of extensive refurbishments to the hotel to a close and the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the property.

“Despite its world famous harbour, Sydney had only a handful of hotels that offer accommodation right on the water and in our case, actually over it, let alone in a building with a century of history behind it. The new premium suites at The Sebel Pier One offer guests the chance to experience the finest views and experiences the city has to offer in a luxurious space that will instantly make them feel at home with its sense of style and comfort.”

Following in the steps of the internationally revered Harbour Rocks Hotel – its sister property – ornamental art and designer furnishings have been sourced from around the globe and adorn the spectacular new suites.
From regional France to Australian design houses, the eclectic art pieces, some of which have been commissioned specifically for the space they occupy, are a beautiful feature of the new rooms and reflect the very history of the wharf, which began life over a century ago as the main wharf for P&O ships, bringing cargo and passengers to Sydney from all over the world.
As well as the seven new suites, The Sebel Pier One Sydney has also created 22 new Waterside King and Heritage King rooms, which now takes the hotel’s total room count to 189.
Simon McGrath, CEO of Accor Hotels Australia, operators of the hotel believes the hotel’s accommodation adds a significant new element to Sydney’s tourism scene.
“There are no other suites in the city that resonate ‘Sydney’ as much as the new balcony suites of The Sebel Pier One do, and we believe that they will be very popular with visitors who want to really experience Sydney while also enjoying a premier location for business and leisure.”
Pier One has been a feature of Sydney Harbour since its construction in 1912. The Pier was used by P&O Cruises as a passenger terminal and cargo until 1977, when works began on redeveloping the site for commercial use. From the late-70s to early-90s, The Pier was in disuse until it was restored and redeveloped into an innovative hotel. The Sebel Pier One Sydney opened in spring 1999, just in time to welcome in the new millennium. In 2012 it celebrated its 100th year anniversary.

Located alongside the harbour, the hotel’s Front Restaurant & Bar offers alfresco dining on the Pier, which is complemented by a modern Australian menu and extensive wine list. The hotel also has a newly renovated gymnasium with harbour views, equipped with a full range of the latest exercise equipment and is available 24-hours a day.

In September 2012, the hotel launched its spectacular new function space, Water @ Pier One, which has quickly become Sydney’s most sought after venue for cocktail parties, product launches, weddings, conferences, events, gala lunches and dinners. Situated on the ground floor and at the front of the Pier with expansive wrap-around glass windows, Water @ Pier One is made up of eight conference and event rooms, enjoys unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour and can hold up to 450 people.

With the hotel’s prime harbour frontage, guests can arrive by yacht or water taxi via the hotel’s private pontoon, which provides direct water access to nearby attractions including the Opera House, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo. The Sebel Pier One Sydney is not only an iconic Sydney Harbour landmark, but a well placed, pioneering hotel offering guests a truly unique Sydney – and Australian – experience.

Rates start from $299 for a standard Heritage King room and $699 for a Harbour View Suite.
Bookings: phone 1800 780 485 or visit http://www.sebelpierone.com.au

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Movie 101: The Hangover 3

Sydney Social 101 was invited to review The Hangover 3 by Roadshow Films. Syrus Wynne, our roving movie reporter provides his view of the film…

So the Wolfpack are back for one last adventure as the Hangover trilogy comes to an end. I loved the first film and thought it was hysterical, even after watching it a couple of times. The second film wasn’t as good and I thought as it leaned on a lot of old jokes from the first. I was left wondering where the story was going to go.

Thankfully the setup for Hangover 3 had nothing to do with any hangovers and lost memories from the night before. This time everyone is fed up with Alan. He still hasn’t grown up and is still the imbecile that we all love to hate, so his family decide that he needs to go to rehab. After a bit of convincing and with the guidance of the wolf-pack, they all set off to Arizona. This is where it takes its usual turn for the worse…

Without spoiling the film, a gangster played by John Goodman wants the boys to find the insane Leslie Chow. He has been locked away in prison since the end of the second film, but has escaped. Doug is taken hostage and the the three regular cast members are left alone to sort things out. Again they get up to there same antics which lead them to Tijuana, Mexico, and then finally back to where it all started in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately even though I was happy to see a change in direction from the first movies, I felt that it strayed too far in the wrong direction. The jokes were there but not as often as in previous films and there was only a couple of time when the audience laughed out loud with a few chuckles along the way.

Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis, is where the usual jokes are, however at the same time he is made to stand out far beyond Bradley Cooper and Ed Helmes, Phil and Stu. Most the jokes revolve around him and Mr.Chow. There is nothing mildly as amusing as Stu and the lady boy from the 2nd movie. Though references to it do come up.

As always with trilogy’s, if you have seen the first two films then you need to know how it ends. Unless you are a big fan of the series, I think you will be disappointed by this one.

Do wait around after the first part of the credits as they do have a marvel style after credit scene. This will bring a few laughs and possible though hopefully not, open the doors for a fourth movie.

Sydneysocial101 gives ‘Hangover 3’ a not so funny 5/10.

Despite Sydney Social’s lukewarm review Box office results show that Australians are not quite over their Hangover, with the third and final instalment of the film claiming the number one spot on its opening weekend.

Director Todd Phillips’ conclusion to the three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions grossed approximately $8.9 million on 496 screens across Australia from Thursday to Sunday to be the biggest opening weekend for a comedy in 2013. It is also the year’s second highest opening weekend behind Iron Man 3 (3D).

The first two films of the record-breaking comedy franchise earned $54 million in Australia and just over $1 billion internationally.

“Australians have always been known for their wild sense of humour and with results like this it is clear that we are not ready for the party to be over,” said Roadshow Films Director of Marketing Phil Oneile.

THE HANGOVER PART III is rated MA15+ and was released in cinemas nationally on May 23, 2013.

What’s On: ‘LIVE FULL VOLUME’ – SKYY VODKA

SKYY Vodka is running a national competition to find the new face of its ‘LIVE FULL VOLUME’ campaign.

Contestants are invited to go to one of the many chosen bars Australia wide and have their photo taken in a specially crafted photobooth. The photos are automatically uploaded to the SKYY Vodka Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SKYYVodkaAU where participants are entered into the ‘Live Full Volume’ competition.

X3 Major Prize Winners will win ( as judged by a panel of judges)

• Become the face of Skyy and see your photo on billboards around your city!
• A cheque for $1000
• A years subscription to RUSSH Magazine
• A case of SKYY Vodka

People Choice Winner (whoever gets the most amount of votes on facebook)
• A cheque for $1000
• A years subscription to RUSSH Magazine
• A case of SKYY Vodka

For full details please log into http://www.facebook.com/SKYYVodkaAU

LOCATIONS AND DATES FOR PHOTOBOOTHS

QLD
Easton’s Hill Hotel
646 South Pine Road Albany Creek QLD 4035 Friday 24 May 10pm- 1am

MELBOURNE
BigMouth
168 Acland St StKilda VIC 3182 Saturday 25 May 10pm- 1am

PERTH
Club Bay View
12/20 St Quentin Avenue Perth WA Sunday 26 May 10pm- 1pm

The Leeeerville Hotel
Newcastle Street Leederville WA 6007 Wednesday 29 8.30pm-11.30pm

QLD
Eaton’s Hill Hotel
646 South Pine Rd Albany Creek QLD 4035 Friday 31 May 10pm-1am

MELBOURNE
Baxters Lot
302 Brunswick Street Fitzroy Saturday 1 June 9pm- 12am

PERTH
The Shed
69-71 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, WA 6003 Saturday 1 June 9pm- 12am

NSW
Coolibah Hotel
15-25 Sherwood Road Merrylands, NSW 2160 Friday 14 June 8.30pm- 11.30pm

NSW
The Mill Hotel
189 Beaconsfield St Milperra NSW 2214 Friday 14 June 8.30pm- 11.30pm

NSW
Miranda Hotel
590 The Kingsway Miranda NSW Saturday June 8.30pm- 11.30pm

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What’s On: GRAB A BITE OF VIVID SYDNEY

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VIVID Sydney, an exciting festival of international and local innovation and experimentation in music and light installations, is just moments away. Running from 24 May to 10 June 2013 with many great pop-ups and dining destinations nearby, it is easy to stop for a bite and make a night of the bright lights, great music and big ideas.

Panama House at VIVID Terminal Bar

This year Bondi’s hottest eatery, Panama House, will be serving up dishes from south-of-the border at VIVID’s Terminal Bar, the hub of this year’s VIVID experience. The bar, in the Cargo Hall of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, will feature pop-up dining from a range of restaurants as well as wine, music and installations to celebrate the final weekend of the festival, 8-10 June. Munch on delicious street-food with family and friends, while taking in the best view of the silhouettes cast over the Sydney Opera House and other light installations across Circular Quay.

VIVID Terminal Bar

4pm until midnight 8,9,10 June, free entry

The Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay

Featuring restaurants: Panama House, Mexicano, Bourke Street Bakery After Hours
Food available from 5.30pm
Astral Projekt light installation

Terminal Projekt, Vivid Music Events – 8,9 June
http://www.vividsydney.com/events/vivid-terminal-bar

Guillaume At Bennelong, Sydney Opera House

Where better to experience this year’s VIVID Festival than right in the centre of the action, under the lit-up sails of the Sydney Opera House. Set inside the world-renowned landmark, Guillaume At Bennelong’s restaurant and bar feature spectacular views across Sydney Harbour and the city, providing the perfect vantage point to take in the lights of VIVID. Taste dishes from the new autumn menu or enjoy signature dishes such as the basil-infused yellowfin tuna, Ranger’s Valley beef and passionfruit soufflé. Whatever you decide on, Guillaume At Bennelong combines the best of Australia’s fresh local produce with classical French influences from one of Australia’s most loved chefs, Guillaume Brahimi.

Guillaume At Bennelong

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, lunch Thursday and Friday
http://www.guillaumeatbennelong.com.au

Ph. 02 9241 1999

ArgyleXchange – Saké Restaurant & Bar, The Cut Bar & Grill, Ananas Bar & Brasserie, The Argyle

With four extraordinary venues in one unique space, ArgyleXchange has your dining and drinking needs covered during this year’s VIVID Festival. Start with a Japanese cocktail and a side of sashimi at Saké Restaurant & Bar or champagne and oysters at Ananas Bar & Brasserie followed by French dessert. Indulge in a New York-style steak at The Cut Bar & Grill then hit the dance floor at The Argyle ‘til the early hours. With an impressive outdoor courtyard at its heart, and exceptional restaurants and bars at its soul, ArgyleXchange is the premiere one-stop dining and entertainment hub in The Rocks.

ArgyleXchange
12-20 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney

Open seven days a week

http://www.argylexchange.com.au

Ph. 02 9009 0806

What’s On: Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge lights up in exclusive preview

More than 100,000 LEDs were ablaze in a kaleidoscope of colour on the Sydney Harbour Bridge tonight as the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, previewed the iconic structure’s highly anticipated interactive light installation, a new spectacular addition to this year’s Vivid Sydney, ahead of the festival’s opening night on Friday 24 May.

A world-first immersive projection following a collaboration between Vivid partner, Intel Australia, and Sydney-based lightwork innovators 32 Hundred Lighting, extends the Vivid Light Walk across the harbour into the North Sydney precinct for the first time.

The Deputy Premier illuminated the western face of the iconic structure in a colourful rainbow of bold pinks, reds, blues and greens from an interactive touchscreen located on the Luna Park boardwalk. He was joined by Kate Burleigh, Managing Director Intel Australia & New Zealand; North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson; and Iain Reed from 32 Hundred Lighting.

“Vivid Sydney has created a historic moment for Sydney – showing the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge in a way never seen before and for visitors to interact with one of our most iconic structures, every night of the 18-day festival,” Mr Stoner said.

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Social Spy** – Sol Summer of Six Series

A couple of hundred fabulous faces adorned the Legends Sailing Catamaran and bid farewell to summer, toasting their limed beers to another successful season of the Sol Summer of Six Series.

Partiers aboard the carnivale-themed catamaran soaked in every fleeting second of the setting sun before the dance floor became the place to be.

With Flight Facilities on the decks, Charlotte Best, Scott Tweedie and Nathan Joliffe were amongst the recognisable revellers spotted cutting shapes under the disco lights.

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SOCIAL SPY** The Bucket List Local Produce Dinner

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What better way to support our local farmers than by using local produce in our community? Well that’s exactly what The Bucket List’s Head Chef Tom Walton plans on doing.

Bondi’s popular beach-front restaurant is putting on a succession of meals using organic food as part of the Local Produce Dinner series.

“Through the dinner series we are giving guests a feast using the freshest local and seasonal produce and preparing it simply,” Tom says.

“We want to raise the awareness of the great farmers and producers we have right here on our doorstep.”

The dinners are hosted in conjunction with Food Orbit, and founder James Nathan wants to develop a bigger relationship between wholesale buyers, such as chefs and restaurateurs, to trade with local farmers, so that real food can be brought to food lovers.

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“We’re giving farmers and producers an online presence and a platform to connect, build relationships and trade online with the growing number of chefs and wholesale buyer wanting their produce,” James says.

“In putting these dinners on with Tom, it’s great to get to work with a chef who shares our passion to showcase exactly that.”

Guests had the opportunity to sample goods from brewers, wineries, farmers and producers in and around Sydney, The Hawkesbury River, Southern Highlands, Leppington, Newtown and even as close as Bondi Beach – talk about eating from your doorstep!

Each dinner has a different free range meat, starting with the Free Range Lamb, but that wasn’t the only food on offer. There were a host of starters including organic mushrooms, crisp herb polenta and roast carrots.

Attendees gulped back wine from Newtown Brewery, Young Henrys, as well as a delicious sipping on a delicious 2006 Crossroads Riesling and 2008 Pinot Noir, provided by Terini Wines.

Upcoming dinners in the series include:

Free range beef – Wednesday June 5

Free range pig on a spit – Thursday July 11

Organic Free Range Chicken and Venison – Thursday July 25

Local Sustainable Seafood – August 8

Don’t miss out on trying some of the finest food that Sydney has to offer – check outhttp://thebucketlistbondi.com

Jennifer Fletcher attended the event on behalf of Sydney Social 101.

*Prices start from $80 per head inclusive of all wine, beer and sparkling water.

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Film 101: The Hangover 3

As we’ve mentioned before, we’re very excited about this one! Released across Australia on 30th May 2013!!!

The Hangover Part III, the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. The Hangover Part III reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug. Returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and, as the guys’ long-suffering wives, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung. John Goodman joins the cast as well.

Here is a look back over the first two films to get you in the mood…

http://youtu.be/-SQmt8ziEcg

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What’s On: Fashion Weekend Sydney 2013 – Sydney’s Essential Designer Shopping & Catwalk Event

Sydney’s most exclusive designer shopping and catwalk event is back – and it’s officially packed!
Get the girls together and plan the ultimate fashion packed weekend.

Fashion Weekend Sydney 2013 tickets are on sale now from Ticketek – http://www.ticketek.com.au/fashionweekend

Fashion Weekend will open on Thursday May 16 at 5pm to Sunday May 19 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park. Sponsored by SHOP Til You Drop, [yellow tail], TONI&GUY, NP Set, Sally Hansen and more, Fashion Weekend is the only fashion event in every fashionistas diary this season.

Prepare yourself for incredible discounts from your favourite designers, sensational catwalk shows, luxury pampering, on trend style advice from the SHOP editors at the Fashion Clinic and bubbles on tap at the [yellow tail] Bar.

Join the fashion pack and experience the front row glitz of the full runway experience. The Fashion Weekend Catwalk is set to dazzle and inspire with a sensational show featuring over 100 leading looks from Australia’s most sought after designers. Sit front row and catch the latest trends before you shop for your ultimate designer wardrobe (at a fraction of its normal retail price!).

Once you’ve picked your favourite looks for the season, hit the event floor to literally SHOP til you drop! With over 100 leading designers showcasing their collections at amazing discounts of up to 70% off, Fashion Weekend is the hub for Sydney style and pure shopping heaven. Don’t miss designers such Natasha, Peeptoe, Rodeo Show, Bec & Bridge, Levis, Christensen Copenhagen, Something Else, Stylestalker, Nicole Finetti, Maurie & Eve…just to name a few!

Get your next fix with a visit to the BEAUTY HUB – Take a seat at NP Set, who will have you looking fly in a flash with their mini make-overs and glam lashes. The awardwinning team at TONI&GUY will be on hand to coiffure your locks while nail experts at the Sally Hansen Nail Salon will brighten your day with a coat of new colour. Finally finish off your beautification with a professional model shoot at The Photo Studio.

And a girl’s day out of shopping and pampering would not be complete without a wine! Head to the [yellow tail] Bar and unwind with a glass of your favourite wine – it’s the ultimate fashionista’s day out!

Fashion Weekend 2013 is not to be missed, get your tickets now! Visit http://www.fashionweekend.com.au for more information.

Opening times

Thursday 16th May (Opening night) – 5pm – 9pm Friday 17th may – 12pm – 9pm

Saturday 18th May – 10am – 5pm

Sunday 19th May – 10am- 5pm

Ticket Types:

VIP – $99 valid any day. Strictly limited tickets; includes access to private lounge, complimentary drinks, private till point and bathroom and sponsor goodies.

Platinum – shop and Front Tier catwalk seat: $60 Thursday (incl glass of [yellow tail]),
$50 Friday – Sunday
Gold – shop and general seating in catwalk: $50 Thursday (incl glass of [yellow tail), $40 Friday – Sunday
Silver – shop only:

$30 Thursday (incl glass of [yellow tail), $20 Friday – Sunday

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What’s On: People’s Choice Awards Shake Up 2013 Disaronno Mixing Star

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The public will have the chance to vote for their favourite cocktail in the Disaronno Mixing Star People’s Choice Awards hosted by actor and director Gracie Otto on Wednesday 15 May 2013.

This exclusive consumer event will be held at the The Loft, Sydney at 6pm – 9pm where three bartenders will compete for the People’s Choice Awards, by showcasing their original Disaronno cocktail creations that have been inspired by a favourite film scene.

Guests can sample and judge the specialty cocktails while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres.

The top three cocktails will be chosen from 15 submissions from around Australia judged by Club Suntory (www.clubsuntory.com) and selected to compete in the Disaronno Mixing Star National Final cocktail-making competition. The final three cocktails on offer will have been judged on the quality and taste of their cocktails and their creative link to the film scene.

At the event, the three final cocktails will be available for the public to taste and decide which cocktail should win the first ever Disaronno Mixing Star People’s Choice Awards.

Where: The Loft, 3 Lime Street When: Wednesday, 15 May 2013 Time: 6pm – 9pm
Entry: Free

For more information or recipe ideas visit http://www.themixingstar.com OR http://www.facebook.com/themixingstar

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