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What’s On: Opera Bar – Summer at the House – Sydney’s Backyard

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Last night Opera Bar hosted drinks for the launch of Sydney’s Backyard at Opera Bar.

David Seale & Fabio Roberto. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

David Seale & Fabio Roberto. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

To celebrate the annual ‘Summer at the House’ festivities, Opera Bar has been transformed into Sydney’s Backyard, green turf, an iconic Hills Hoist, picnic tables and authentic veggie patch are all in place and offer a backyard experience right on Sydney Harbour. Sydney’s Backyard is in action from Fri 3 Jan to Fri 31 Jan.

d Downorme, Stuart Welch, Polly Welch & Aaron Renolds. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

d Downorme, Stuart Welch, Polly Welch & Aaron Renolds. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Despite the grey skies, Sydney summer was in full swing last night…guests enjoyed tasty BBQ bites; grilled corn on the cob and barbequed prawns and sipped on Frostie Fruit Slushies and Spiked Homemade Lemonade all made with Australian Tasmanian 666 Vodka and Perth based Gin West Winds.

Hannah Oakes & friend. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Hannah Oakes & friend. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

The venue takes on a true backyard look and feel with green turf laid, an iconic Hills Hoist, picnic tables and an authentic veggie patch. An Aussie BBQ will be on the go from midday through to the evening with tasty barbeque bites including corn on the cob with lime butter and parmesan, pulled lamb shoulder with hummus and salsa and king prawn skewers with romesco and aioli.

Lina Johanson & Sean Kerr. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Lina Johanson & Sean Kerr. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Opera Bar will also be serving up James Squire beer, with 150 Lashes
being celebrated as the backyard beer of choice. A selection of
delicious summer cocktails will be served; frostie fruit slushies,
‘Spiked Homemade Lemonade’ and a ‘Backyard Cooler’ made with Tasmanian Vodka 666 and Perth based gin, West Winds.

Jacqui Nguyen, Jashika Dhillon & Tara Lusk. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Jacqui Nguyen, Jashika Dhillon & Tara Lusk. Summer at The House, Opera Bar VIP launch event. Photographer: Xiaohan Shen.

Modular has curated a line-up of musical talent with live gigs taking
place Thursday through to Sunday every week.

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Happy 2014 – Xmas at Byron Bay

Firstly Happy New Year!

What did you guys get up to for the festive and 2014 celebrations? I was so lucky and got to travel to Byron for Xmas for a week.

Here are my top picks if you’re heading to Byron:

The Pass Beach - Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you'll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

The Pass Beach – Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you’ll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass' viewing tower, amazing!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass’ viewing tower, amazing!

Wategos Beach Byron Bay - My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

Wategos Beach Byron Bay – My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music - this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music – this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel - Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel – Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

The Beach Cafe combines top notch open air dining with beach views so close you can almost touch the water. A great special venue if you’re wanting to spend a little bit more for that special occasion!

Mokha is the hidden gem on Lawson Street that is a great place to chill after a day at the beach with a red wine, great food and live artists that will take your breath away.

A staple venue to frequent at Byron is The Balcony Bar, watch the world go by as you enjoy ample tapas and cocktails.

For a cheaper night out, Woody’s is your venue! Great tunes, young crowd and alcohol flowing like there’s no tomorrow! Cheeky Monkey’s fits this bill too!

Finally, if you're looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal - if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments... ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Finally, if you’re looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal – if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments… ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Here at Sydney Social 101, we’re always on the look out for new exciting venues to explore!

There are going to be MANY posts on here about bars, venues, festivals, activities, beaches, restaurants, clubs, movies, fashion, beauty and SO much more.

We look forward to sharing them with you!

 

Audiojack and Lovebirds jump aboard for Spice Afloat this New Year

 

Spice Afloat NYD 2014

 

SPICE Afloat is about to embark on its 9th voyage to welcome the first sunrise of the year 2014. SPICE Afloat is always the very first party of the year, where from 4am revelers are invited to jump aboard the good ship Bella Vista and cruise into Sydney Harbour to dance past dawn with leading international and local DJ’s until 10am.

 

Imagine being surrounded by your closest friends and 1000 other like-minded music lovers whilst witnessing the very first sunrise of the New Year on Sydney’s majestic harbour.  Soaked and immersed in an atmosphere of relentless musical epiphanies provided by world-class internationals and unapologetic local DJ’s.  Jump on board Sydney’s worst kept secret.

 

Spice Afloat 2014 will feature elite international artists from all corners of the globe, Audiojack (UK) andLovebirds (DE) with support from SPICE residents Murat Kilic, Robbie Lowe, Morgan and Mantra Collective DJs.

 

In the past 9 years SPICE Afloat has welcomed over 7000 partygoers to dance their way in to the 1st day of the New Year.  Past guests include H.O.S.H., Joris Voorn, Tiger & Woods, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Bjorn Wilke, Milton Jackson, Slam, Ripperton, Mattias Meyer, Ant J Steep, Radio Slave, Simon Baker & Deepchild.

 

With first release of public tickets on sale from this Monday 16th September, you will have to keep your finger on the pulse to secure your spot on the party vessel!

 

SPICE Afloat is a special event held as part of Sydney’s famous New Year celebrations organised by the Reckless Republic duo Murat Kilic & Warren Faulkner, who are behind the successful Sydney venue “The Spice Cellar”. Based on the success of Sydney’s clubbing institution SPICE, Spice Afloat was born 9 years ago. Since then, with the opening of successful Sydney club The Spice Cellar in 2011, the SPICE team has proven their standing as leaders in the Australian electronic music scene by supporting local and international underground talent.

The boat, the party, the people, the music and the atmosphere all adds up to create the ultimate wonderland on water. The only sunrise cruise in the country and being the reckless little freak that you are, you just can’t drag your buzzing little self home just yet. It’s not just you that feels this tumultuous rejuvenation…it’s the whole SPICE revolution!
The spicy little underbelly of Sydney’s underground shakes to its feet and stands up to be counted! Lingering in the peripheries we emerge wholehearted and full fisted from the darkest alleyways of the city and stand up to be counted after 4am… We will raise our hands to the first sunrise of the year triumphantly as we float about tranquilly on the hottest damn harbour the world has ever seen.

 

Editors Notes:

Audiojack (UK)

www.soundcloud.com/audiojackofficial

Audiojack are the Leeds based DJs, producers and label owners making big waves in recent years with original productions and remixes for labels such as 20:20 Vision, Leftroom, Get Physical, BPitch Control, OFF, Exploited, Diynamic and their own rapidly expanding Gruuv imprint.

Whilst it was their robotic techno sound that filled the dance floors in their early years, it is their current deeper and housier style which has reaffirmed their ability to produce groovy underground music across the genres whilst maintaining their own strong signature sound.  Now an integral part of the electronic music scene, Audiojack are equally captivating DJs. Their tightly woven, deep digging sets have seen them booked to play everywhere from Space (Ibiza) to fabric (London), Watergate (Berlin) to Zouk (Singapore), D-Edge (Sao Paulo) to SPICE Afloat (Sydney).

As we look to the future, appetite whetting highlights include vocal collaborations with Stee Downes and Nancy Wang (LCD Soundsystem), the long awaited release of their hugely supported Plastic Dreams remake, new original EPs on 2020Vision and Gruuv and their much anticipated live show, sure to be as individual and forward thinking as everything else this twosome set their mind to.

 

Lovebirds (Winding Road/Buzzin Fly/Teardrop – DE)

www.soundcloud.com/lovebirds

 

Lovebirds is the solo project of Hamburg resident Sebastian ‘Basti’ Doering. Following 3 excellent singles on the much-respected Winding Road Records label, Lovebirds is big news right now. Labels such as Freerange and Buzzin Fly are hot on his heels, eager to sign his tracks.

The Lovebirds sound is like a blast from the past with house steroids packing serious production muscle. Listening to Lovebirds is like taking trip back to the 70s and 80s – but riding in a gleaming futuristic spaceship.  The cream of the dance world has its eyes on Lovebirds. Tom Middleton is a big fan. Jimpster has signed up some tracks for a first EP on Freerange. Ben Watt is in regular contact and has signed a track for one of his recent compilations. Basti is involved in fruitful collaborations with Holly Backler, Vincenzo, and other artists. As if all this wasn’t enough, Basti is gathering a collection of songs for release on his and Vincenzo’s new label Teardrop Records, which is destined to become an essential new addition to the house library.

Xmas 101** Sydney’s Perfect Party Venues This Silly Season

 With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, Sydney Social 101 has pulled together a snapshot of Sydney’s most iconic venues and activities over the festive period.

There is bound to be the perfect place to party this December and ring in the New Year.

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Sebel Pier One

Enjoy the Sydney life-style and indulge in a Christmas Lunch Buffet with harbour views. We choose only the freshest seafood so, depending on the markets, the buffet selection may comprise of fresh prawns, fresh Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, Atlantic salmon, calamari, BBQ baby octopus, mussels Provencale, oven baked whole fish and more… The buffet will also include your traditional Christmas Day roasts including ham and turkey.

The Sebel Pier One Sydney is pleased to offer a sumptuous Christmas Day Lunch Buffet dining experience in all three venues:

Water @ Pier One (12pm-3pm) – $249* per adult;

offering breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and North Sydney.

Dawes Point Room (12pm-3pm) – $220* per adult;

offering water views over Walsh Bay

Front Restaurant (1pm-4pm) – $220* per adult;

dining on and over the water with views of Walsh Bay

Our Christmas Lunch Buffet package includes:

Full Christmas Buffet lunch with fresh seafood and traditional roasts

3-hour beverage package of selected beer, wine and soft drinks

A very special visit from Santa Claus for the kids!

Enjoy Sydney Harbour views and each others company over a delightful buffet lunch from only $220* per adult. Children aged 4-12 years receive a 50% discount and children under 3 dine free.

For Christmas Day lunch enquiries please call 02 8298 9999 or email.

BOOK ONLINE TODAY!

*Full payment must be made at time of booking and is non-refundable or transferable. Valid for one buffet sitting only. We strongly advise making reservations well in advance, as this offer is subject to limited availability. Not valid in conjunction with any other packages or special offers.

The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks will be getting festive this December with a special Christmas pizza with turkey, ham and cranberries, and a neighbourhood Christmas party. The venue will be open as usual on Christmas Eve and for those who want to find a bit of “true blue” Aussie in the Rocks on New Year’s Eve, The Australian will be the place to be with a BBQ, over 100 beers and delicious pizzas to ring in the new year in true Aussie style.

Across the road at The Glenmore, there will be an Orphan’s Christmas Party on Christmas Eve with Santa drink specials from 7-8pm and a DJ on the iconic rooftop until late. Partygoers undecided on what to do this New Year’s Eve will be pleased to know that a number of limited spots are still available for The Glenmore rooftop. Tickets are just $299 per person and include three hours of premium drinks and canapés from 7.30-10.30pm, as well as a complimentary glass of Moet Chandon at midnight and top musical entertainment to dance the night away.

For those in the Inner West, The Royal in Leichhardt will be playing host to a raft of live music until late on Christmas Eve with Christmas ham giveaways for a last minute gift or the perfect addition to a Chrissy lunch. The Royal will also be hosting a neighbourhood Christmas party with a petting farm, face painting and live entertainment on Sunday 22 December. The venue will also be open until 4am on New Year’s Eve with live entertainment.

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The Bar at the End of the Wharf

Celebrate in style this New Year’s Eve at one of Sydney’s best vantage points to ring in 2014, at The Bar at the End of the Wharf, located at the Sydney Theatre Company in Walsh Bay.

Not only will you have a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Sydney Harbour fireworks display, get ready to eat and drink the night away enjoying live entertainment by The Kundalini Experience (DJ Marc ‘Kundalini’ + live Sax & Percussion) and exquisite food by the talented kitchen team of NSW’s best caterer Fresh Catering.

The End of the Year Party at The Bar at the End of the Wharf is $350 per person. Kicking off at 7pm, there’ll be live entertainment throughout the night, a superb array of canapés and champagne and the best view of the spectacular fireworks! An extravaganza of colour and a feast for the senses!

Please visit http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2013/new-years-eve.aspx to purchase your tickets.

The End of The Year at The End of the Wharf Party The Bar at the End of the Wharf
Tuesday 31st December 2013 from 7pm Tickets are $350pp (including GST plus booking fee)

Bradleys Head

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and Bradleys Head will be home to a fantastic experience for the whole family to enjoy in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Families can celebrate the new year at one of the best vantage points on the harbour to experience the fireworks and world class Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Children will be entertained by a circus workshop and popular children’s band The Dodadums while adults will be able to enjoy the sounds of Ginger and the Ghost, Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers, Caitlin Harnett, Jordan Millar and Marcus Corowar.

This all ages venue on the north side of the harbour offers uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, giving families a memorable experience and natural stage to watch the celebrations un fold. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic hamper and bring a rug to the event.

Tickets to Bradleys Head are $50 for adults, $25 for children and $125 for a family of four (two adults, two children) and children under the age of five enter for free.

Numbers for this alcohol and glass-free event are strictly limited. Tickets are available at http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/NYE

New Year’s Eve 2013 at Darling Harbour

FREE entertainment across Darling Harbour on New Year’s Eve will see Sydney’s premier party destination in full celebration as the clock counts-down to midnight on Tuesday, 31 December 2013.

Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Darling Harbour will host a string of family-friendly live entertainment from 7.30pm at Harbourside Amphitheatre and on the barge stage at the southern end of Cockle Bay.

Chinese Lion Dancers and an Electric Dragon believed to bring luck and happiness will present an exciting performance of dance, drums and cymbals.

Families will also find dazzling Fire-shows at Darling Harbour, where Leo Bonne’s talented team of stunt-experts will showcase breathtaking fire juggling, fire twirling, fire eating and flame throwing – all choreographed to a lively and dynamic party soundtrack.

Heart pounding and visually-vibrant Pyro Light Shows with gas jets and other exciting features are also sure to amp-up the party atmosphere at Darling Harbour, before spectacular Fireworks at 9.00pm and midnight ignite the skies above Cockle Bay.

Families are encouraged to arrive early to nab the best viewing spots along Darling Harbour’s foreshore. A world-class variety of food and beverage outlets will be trading and visitors are welcome to take their own pic nic. Importantly however, Darling Harbour will be a glass-free zone and strictly no BYO alcohol will be permitted.

Public transport is advised as the best mode of travel, with road closures to be enforced. Extra train, bus and light-rail services will be available to-and-from Darling Harbour.

Those who choose to drive will not be able to park at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre car park, which will be closed from 9 December 2013 for development of the new Darling Harbour Live facilities. Limited parking will be available at Sydney Entertainment Centre car park, Harbourside and 10 parking stations in the CBD within 250m walking distance of Darling Harbour.

For more information about Darling Harbour New Year’s Eve 2013 and other festive season events at Darling Harbour, see darlingharbour.com. Also tune-in for updates via the Darling Harbour YouTube Channel, follow @darlingharbour on Twitter, Instagram or check-out the Darling Harbour page on Facebook.

For transport information, visit 131500.com.au. For traffic information, call 132 701 livetraffic.com.

DARLING HARBOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013 – FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVITIES

– Harbourside, 7.30pm: CHINESE LION DANCERS AND ELECTRIC DRAGON, FIRE-SHOWS, PYRO LIGHT SHOW

– Cockle Bay, 9pm and 12am: NYE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY AND TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. NO GLASS OR BYO ALCOHOL PERMITTED

Award-winning hospitality company, The Keystone Group, has every base covered to ensure you and your friends ring in the New Year in style come the last day of December. Its premium bars and venues across Sydney cater for every taste, and will be offering everything from guest appearances by international music and performance artists, complimentary drinks packages for your party to get the celebrations underway, and more… Where will you choose?

 

Hedkandi at Bungalow 8 & theloft: ‘NYE Carnivale on the Harbour’

Global house superbrand Hedkandi joins forces with Bungalow 8 & theloft to present the NYE 2013 Carnivale on Sydney’s stunning harbour. From 6 – 9pm, over 14 live international artists will perform across two levels beneath Sydney’s world famous NYE fireworks display.

Bungalow 8 General Admission

–          First Release $69

–          Second Release $79

–          Final Release $89

 

Bungalow 8 VIP package: $150

–          Cocktail on arrival

–          Six-piece premium canapé package

–          3 hour discount drinks offer, including beer, wine and spirits

theloft

At the same time as the Carnivale, waterfront cocktail lounge theloft will be hosting DJs throughout the night across both levels, bringing world-class views and a superb soundtrack to your celebrations.

Loft VIP package $225

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          4 hour drinks discount offer, including cocktails and spirits, from 6 – 10pm

–          10-piece premium canapés

Platinum Package – $3000/10 people max/4 hours

–          Private area for duration of evening, with personal tray service staff

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          4 hour Premium beverage package including cocktails and spirits

–          10-piece premium canapés

–          2 x magnums of Tattinger Champagne served at midnight

–          Ketel One Bottle

Ultimate Package – $5000/10 people

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          Premium Package inclusive of spirits for the night

–          10-piece premium canapés

–          2 x magnums of Tattinger Champagne served at midnight

Tickets and packages can be purchased at http://www.hedkandi.com.au/nye2013 orwww.moshtix.com.au; the ticket will provide entry to both levels all night, however the package is only available in theloft.

 

Gazebo

For those that would like to get into the spirit of the occasion early, Gazebo will offer guests Moët & Chandon magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. The a la carte dining will continue as normal so you can enjoy a selection of light snacks and salads, alongside wagyu steak, fresh fish, and gourmet burgers before the party really kicks off.

 

The Winery

Crown Street’s most stylish drink and dining institution The Winery will offer all NYE guests Veuve Cliquot magnums at just $130 between 4-5pm . A la carte will be available during magnum hour.

Rushcutters

Newly-opened restaurant-bar Rushcutters will offer Taittinger magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. A special four-course menu, including sharing plates of oysters, marinated sardines, and smoked pork loin, plus grilled rib-eye and poached Barossa chicken and choice of desserts is available for $120pp in the Dining Room from 5.30pm.

 

Manly Wine

Luxury northern beaches cocktail bar Manly Wine will offer Moet & Chandon magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. A la carte dining from their new menu will be available all evening until late.

 

Newtown Hotel

Newtown Hotel will be closed for NYE, but will reopen on New Year’s Day with the unique Bob Log 111, Donny Benet and Shag set to perform. US native Bob Log has made a career as a blues punk guitar one-man-band and will delight with his musical and sartorial stylings as he plays his silvertone archtop guitar whilst wearing a full human cannonball suit complete with motorcycle helmut wired to a telephone receiver. Joining Bob will be Donny Benet, widely hailed as the new poster boy of Italo funk disco. Armed with a drum machine, slick bass and a Moog synthesizer with a pitch blender that won’t stop, Benet is set to deliver a sound full of sophistication, sexuality and street heat. Festivities will be kicking off from 3pm.

NYE at POOLCLUB

Join ivy POOLCLUB for this night of nights as they celebrate the end of an astounding year and brazenly welcome 2014, with headlining DJ’s –  Baby Gee, Natnoiz, Matt Nugent, Brendan King, MickyD & Pro-Gram.

 

 

When: Tuesday December 31st

Where: ivy Pool Club 330 George St, Sydney

Doors Open: 7.30pm

Cost:  $73.70 (tickets for Pool Club only)

Link: http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/nye-poolside/

 

LOST & FOUND

Ivy Mainroom will be the ultimate New Year’s Eve destination with an epic LOST & FOUND event  featuring a smashing line-up of international DJs including the legendary Danny TenagliaBicep, Cyril Hahn, Will Saul and a host of home grown talent.

 

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When: Tuesday December 31st

Where: ivy 330 George St, Sydney

Doors Open: 6.00pm

Cost: General Admission $119.65 (entry to Mainroom only)

Link: http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/lostandfound/

SIGNATURE DINING

BLACK by ezard

12:00pm – 3:30pm – $125pp six-course Christmas lunch menu5:30pm – 9:30pm – a la carte dinner menu

For those wanting to hand over the cooking ‘reins’ to the experts on Christmas Day, Chef Teage Ezard’s delicious spread will leave guests spoilt for choice. The six course feast for $125 per person will feature roasted, seasonal Spencer Gulf Prawns in chilli dressing, with a salad of avocado, young coconut, mango, pomelo, Thai basil and crispy shallots; a tasty 300 day grain-fed Angus steak with cauliflower, bone marrow and gremolata; and a warm couverture ganache, dulce de leche ice cream and peanut butter mousse.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit – www.star.com.au

Balla

12:00pm – 3:30pm – $105pp/$75pp for children 5-12 years, free for kids under 5, four-course Christmas lunch menu 6:30pm – 9:30pm – a la carte dinner menu

Sydney’s godfather of Italian cuisine, owner and restaurateur, Stefano Manfredi, has prepared a scrumptious four course lunch which includes some Christmas classics with his own Italian twist. Guests are encouraged to share, family-style, dishes such as a seafood salad of prawn, calamari, octopus, mussels and clams;  saffron potato gnocchi with spanner crab, zucchini, chilli and garlic; hot roast turkey with all the trimmings; and sweet panettone custard pudding to finish.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit – www.star.com.au

 Sokyo

 12:00pm – 2:30pm – $140pp 5-course lunch menu/$70pp Lunch Bento for children 5-12 years, free for kids under 5Enjoy a non-traditional Christmas feast as modern Japanese genius, Chase Kojima takes you on a flavour journey.  Commencing with a platter of mixed traditional sashimi and spicy tuna crispy rice, and traversing through Moreton Bay Bugs and caramelised miso cod, this 5-course $140 lunch menu culminates in a Wagyu beef roast with Sokyo dipping sauces, before a final course of sweet treats.  With a very special Bento Box on offer for the kids, this is Christmas lunch, but not as you know it.

CASUAL DINING

Garden Buffet

11:00am – 1:00pm or 1:30pm – 3:30pm – $78pp or $35 for children under 12 (4 years and younger eat free) buffet lunch menu5:00pm – 7:00pm or 7:30pm – 9:30pm – $72pp or $35 for children under 12 (4 years and younger eat free) buffet dinner menu

This Christmas, treat yourself to a delicious Christmas meal at The Star’s Garden Buffet, with all of your holiday favourites, including maple honey mustard glazed ham, fresh shucked oysters and roast turkey with sage and cranberry jus.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit – www.star.com.au

The Food Quarter and Fat Noodle will also be getting into the Christmas spirit for the day, with a range of special offers and menu offerings.

NYE101** HARBOUR PARTY 2013

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Luna Park Sydney once again plays host to the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, the perfect platform to witness Sydney’s world famous NYE Fireworks and usher in 2014 in spectacular style at the renowned Harbour Party 2013! With a feast of talent that includes the best of local and international electronic music DJ’s Harbour Party 2013 is set to be an experience that is unmissable, unforgettable and utterly danceable!

Harbour Party at Luna Park is fully licensed with all the creature comfort amenities on site in
the safety of the Parks precinct – and your ticket will also entitle you to unlimited use of the Park’s beloved rides. Harbour Party is undeniably the pinnacle of fun times and merrymaking anyone over 18 can have in Sydney on New Year’s Eve!

Headlining this year is Australia’s leading lady on the decks, the sensational HAVANA BROWN bringing her modern-day renaissance woman stylings to the Harbour Party stage. An icon for the dreamchaser generation, Havana has been a meteoric force on the dance and DJ scene both here and abroad, ever since she went supernova with her first single – a little gem by the name of We Run the Night. The already phenomenally successful DJ has been mounting a no-holds-barred assault on charts as well as dance floors all across the world, making appearances at Korea’s ABU TV Song Festival (where she represented Australia), the Spring Groove Festival in Tokyo, France’s Fun Radio concert in front of a capacity crowd at Palais Onisports de Paris-Bercy, and for millions of viewers on America’s Got Talent. With her debut album Flashing Lights set to drop later this October this dynamo of a DJ and dance artist will no doubt tear up the Big Top stage.

One of the USA’s leading exports in house music, IAN CAREY also joins the Harbour Party 2013 line-up. A mullti-platinum artist with multiple worldwide top 10 hits, including smashes such as Rise, Last Night and Get Shaky, Ian Carey has sold millions of records across every format. He’s DJ’ed in over 50 countries, produces the biggest, baddest house anthems and runs his own labels – GFAB Records &
Muzic Liberated. Undoubtedly one of the worlds best DJ and one of the highlights of this years party

You know him as the mastermind behind iconic production outfit TV ROCK – GRANT SMILLIE’s prowess and prestige in the dance world has resulted in numerous soaring accolades and accomplishments – he holds the record for the most time spent in the Australian club chart top 10 with his track Flaunt It, is the recipient of 2 x ARIA awards and is host of the highest rating dance radio show in Australia on the Nova network for the past 5 years running. Grant will be bringing his expertise and slick stylings to all you partygoers at Harbour Party 2013!

TIMMY TRUMPET is officially Australia’s busiest DJ, ranking in the top 3 DJ’s in Australia’s InTheMix Awards, averaging 7 flights a week, and juggling over 200 shows per year, including major festivals and international super clubs. In less than a decade, Timmy Trumpet has successfully transgressed from the international stage as an acclaimed Jazz musician to the realm of global dance music. Main stages aren’t the only highlight of Timmy’s career – being signed to Ministry of Sound this year and his last three singles have all held the #1 spot in the ARIA Club charts. There is no doubt at Harbour Party Timmy Trumpet will make you dance ‘til the sun comes up, and 2013 is upon us.

After capturing the hearts and minds of the Australian public by taking out the crown of X Factor in 2012, SAMANTHA JADE will bring her undeniable appeal and dance/pop stylings to HARBOUR PARTY! After taking the country and ARIA charts by storm in 2012, with debut single What You’ve Done To Me shooting straight to #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, whilst it’s accompanying album debuted at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Off the back of dance-pop smash Firestarter, Samantha Jade will ring in the new year in climactic fashion.

Fellow Sassafras collaborator CHARDY makes another welcome addition to the HARBOUR PARTY 2013 line-up. This Ministry of Sound DJ/Producer’s resume includes a string of hits which most recently saw him holding down four spots in the Beatport Top 100, and receiving support from one of the world’s biggest DJ’s in David Guetta. This to go with his ARIA dance Chart No. 1 hit Melbournia which he collaborated on with Timmy Trumpet. Chardy has fast become a firm favourite in clubland with residences in the biggest clubs across Australia ! Chardy will hit the decks in superb form this NYE.

Packing more of a punch than Rocky, Sydney scene-shaker EMBER has sharing stages and rocking riders with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Missy Elliott, Justice, Calvin Harris, Armand Van Helden, Avicii and Steve Aoki, just to name a few. Ember has proved his credentials in stage-slaying, be it Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Shore Thing, Future Music Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Parklife – and now, this year’s HARBOUR PARTY.

With more artists still to be announced, what better excuse to ditch the NYE crowds and join us on the dancefloors! Celebrate this New Year with style and class, at what is destined the number one party event Sydney has to offer in 2013!

1ST RELEASE TICKTS ONLY $99 ON SALE 9AM THURSDAY OCT 10
VIP LEVEL TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE
GATES 6.30PM – LATE

Tickets from harbourparty.com or Ticketek or Moshtix – Over 18’s only!

HAVANA BROWN / IAN CAREY / TIMMY TRUMPET / GRANT SMILLIE
SAMANTHA JADE / CHARDY / EMBER
Plus more to be announced

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact :-

New year 101: NORMAN JAY, AEROPLANE AND RUSS DEWBURY COMBINE WITH THREE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST AWARDED CHEFS TO RING IN 2014

Paradise NYE is an exciting addition to the Sydney events calendar, a party designed to showcase the best of a Sydney NYE; unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour, great food created by celebrity chefs, fireworks so close you feel like you could touch them and the evening’s soundtrack delivered by a line- up of internationally acclaimed DJs.

This December 31st, Paradise NYE will see the Overseas Passenger Terminal, arguably the best location on Sydney Harbour to witness the stunning annual fireworks display, transform into a Paradise wonderland to welcome in 2014 in style. Palettes will be pleased by bespoke canapés crafted by renowned chefs Pete Evans, Adam D’Sylva and Justin North, while the sounds of internationally respected DJs Norman Jay MBE, Aeroplane and Russ Dewbury create a flawless sonic backdrop to welcome in the New Year.

Paradise is a perfectly orchestrated culture clash of fine food and music, eliminating the fuss from NYE while providing an unrivaled New Year experience. Taking place in the upper balcony of Customs Hall, the Paradise event will offer direct views of the Harbour Bridge from its adjoining car park and balcony areas, designed especially for the event. Russ Dewbury, the man behind the historical Brighton Jazz Rooms, will open proceedings with his signature mix of jazz, tropical beats and vintage flavours that will trickle out to all areas. As the clock nears midnight and the party is truly underway, Italian-Belgian producer Vito De Luca aka Aeroplane will take to the decks for the second audible course, spinning his 1980s-inspired French House beats to perfectly frame the peak of celebrations.

Legendary DJ and UK dance-scene pioneer Norman Jay MBE will take Paradise NYE to the early hours of January 1st with his Funk, Soul and Disco DJ set, the kind that will positively make you want to dress- up-to-get-down. In 2002, Norman Jay MBE was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, the highest civilian honour, awarded on merit of “deejaying and services to music”. His multifaceted career spanning over 30 years – and still going strong – has seen Norman Jay play on stages across the world, performing at early incarnations of the Brooklyn ‘Block Party’, starting London’s Kiss FM, through to his current go-to-DJ status for an array of personalities including Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, David & Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Henry and President Obama.

Six courses of finely curated dishes will be served, cocktail style, throughout the course of the evening and come courtesy of some of Australia’s finest chef talents. Since the age of 19, internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Pete Evans (My Kitchen Rules & SumoSalad) has opened six award- winning restaurants across Australia, including ‘The Pantry’, ‘Hugo’s Manly’ and most recently ‘Little Hunter’ in Melbourne’s CBD. Currently at helm of the widely successful international television series My Kitchen Rules, Pete Evans has a penchant for fresh, healthy, organic produce that is paralleled only by his love of educating people about nutritional food and wellness.

It’s no accident that Adam D’Sylva has become one of the most talked about chefs in town. As part owner and head chef of CODA & Tonka, two of Melbourne’s hottest bar / restaurants, Adam has built himself an enviable culinary reputation. Awarded a chef’s hat in the AGFG 2010 and 2011, and owner of a restaurant named after a Led Zeppelin album, Adam is the embodiment of the music vs. food Paradise concept.

Justin North rounds up the trio of chefs adding their deft touch to the most anticipated evening of the year. As a regular on Masterchef, author of two award-winning books, GQ Chef of the Year in 2010, and with his previous restaurant, Bécasse, the proud owner of two coveted Chef’s Hats from 2003 – 2011, Justin is perfectly placed to round off proceedings.

There are two all-inclusive packages available for Paradise NYE.

The exclusive VIP balcony, nestled away from the main Customs Hall on the upstairs balcony, will provide an intimate Paradise experience, offering unsurpassed views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and fireworks, with access to the Customs Hall for music and dancing, complimented with sophisticated food and beverage waiter service to ring in the New Year.

Customs Hall patrons will enjoy live entertainment with canapé service and designated bars, also stepping out on to the Upper Car Park and balcony to enjoy direct views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge when the fireworks are in full flow.

Paradise NYE is presented by Big a-ha!, a group of passionate individuals united by the mantra of “Live that Life”. Their balanced outlook is apparent in the curation of the Paradise NYE event, recognising that people want a complete approach to lifestyle and wellbeing – in this case the combination of fine food, internationally renowned entertainment and unbeatable Sydney harbour views to celebrate the New Year in style.

Tickets are on sale this Thursday, Nov 7.

Customs Hall First release $295 +bf VIP Balcony experience $395 +bf

WEB – http://www.paradiseNYE.com.au
TICKETS – http://www.paradisenye.com.au/events/ticket_prices.aspx?EventGroupID=1 FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/ParadiseNYE
TWITTER – https://twitter.com/ParadiseNYE
INSTAGRAM – http://instagram.com/paradisenye

Social Spy** Sky Terrace Bar Star City

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Last night was the opening night of the newest (and coolest) rooftop bar in Sydney. Sky Terrace Bar in Star City is sure to be everyones favourite hideout this Summer.

Amazing views of the city skyline, pop up food stations, live music, cocktails and if that wasn’t enough to tempt you there is a table tennis table and badminton court for those of you who enjoy a casual hit around with your mojito.

Feast on an impressive food menu including Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Dubai Falafel AND Movenpick ice cream, all items are generously priced at $5.

If you are heading down on a Saturday night you will also have the best seat in the house for the weekly fireworks display at Darling Harbour. What is not to love about this place?

The Sky Terrace is open most Friday and Saturday nights between now and January 9th and then it will be open every night. Keep an eye on their website as it is closed on a couple of Friday nights due to private events.

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SOCIAL SPY** Official launch of Artisan Wine Storage

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Sydney Social 101 was invited to a brand new $2million 12°C wine storage and tasting lounge Artisan Wine Storage last night – http://www.artisanwinestorage.com.au .

The event encapsulated a mood of glamorous ambience and great vibe.

Jackets at the ready, the event was held in its unique 12°C facility in Sydney’s North Shore.

The evening also featured artworks by Art Equity to delight not only wine collectors but also art lovers.

More than 100 specialised media and VIP guests had also the chance to discover the Methuselah’s Cellar and private dining room complete with the only dual vertical public display of Penfolds Grange bottles (1951-2008) and magnums (1979-2008).

A must-see for wine fans visiting or living in Sydney!

LOOK FIVE** On the fifth day of Xmas the only way to be seen, is rocking a hot swimsuit – A look that begs to be seen

As Xmas approaches and Sydney prepares for a hot sunny Christmas day, it is time to bring out the hottest swimwear you can find to ensure that you sizzle this summer!

Sydney Social 101 has a number of key looks to make you stand out from the crowd!

All looks can be purchased at www.skyeandstaghorn.com

Skye & Staghorn 'Volkerson' One Piece $210.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Volkerson’ One Piece $210.00

 

Skye & Staghorn ' DK' One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘ DK’ One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn 'Cody Jane' One Piece $265.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Cody Jane’ One Piece $265.00

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Skye & Staghorn 'Joker' Two Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Joker’ Two Piece $206.00

Day Four** Rhiannon Fish, Brian McFadden, Natalie Bassingthwaighte And More Reveal Music Choices For THEIR Favourite Christmas Moods

Christmas music given a shake-up as stars from around the World share their own Festive/holiday playlists with fans on rara.com to celebrate free trial. On the fourth day of Xmas the way to dance around the tree… is listening to my fave star’s playlist on Rara.com for FREE

Sydney Social 101 is excited to announce that a music streaming service has overhauled traditional Christmas playlists in favour of more modern mixes created with the real moods of the festive period in mind; reflecting the different ways we all celebrate Christmas in 2012. We’re HUGE fans of Xmassy songs here at SS101 HQ and we love a sneak look into the musical tastes of our celebs, so this is right up our street!

Rara.com the easy-to-use instant music service – has enlisted the help of global music stars and names from the worlds of fashion, food, sports and entertainment to update its festive playlists. These famous faces have created hand-crafted compilations inspired by their own festive experiences, to give their fans a glimpse of exactly what they’ll be listening to this Christmas

Whether that’s giving their fans tunes for a hip-hop inspired Christmas party (thanks to UK rapper Tinchy Stryder), songs to enjoy with friends during the break between Christmas and the New Year (courtesy of Home & Away actress, Rhiannon Fish), giving their fans tunes for a hip-hop and dance inspired NYE party (thanks to Actor, Model and CelebrityDJDidier Cohen and Actor &MTV VJ, Keiynan Lonsdale) and even a high-energy playlist to help shed those pounds after all the excess of the party season (created by music artist and XFactor judge, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, as well as Urban Pop artist Timomatic), these new playlists have it covered, whatever mood you’re in.

Other playlists include music for driving home to see family during the festive period (put together by Australia’s Next Top Model judge, Charlotte Dawson), songs to recharge after NYE and get ready for 2013 with (compiled by Media Commentator and Entertainment Editor-at-Large at News.com.au, Melissa Hoyer), and even tunes to reflect on the good times from 2012 (from musician Brian McFadden).

The move comes as rara.com gives the gift of music and launches its seven day free trial so these playlists – and many more already created by some of the biggest rock, pop, and urban artists in the world – are available to all completely free of charge.

Nick Massey, CEO, rara.com said, “We’re really excited to be working with all of these big names who are all passionate about music, to deliver an early Christmas present and celebrate the launch of our free trial this December. As a music service that offers songs for every moment and mood, we wanted to create interesting, hand-crafted playlists that fit how people are really feeling at this joyous, hectic, crazy time of the year. As well as these quirky festive-themes playlists we also have others curated by global music stars from all genres for our listeners to enjoy all year round.”

Until January 31st anyone can find, play and share unlimited music from millions of tracks available on rara.com, completely free, for seven days. Just log on to rara.com online and use voucher code HOLIDAY2012. After the seven day free trial rara.com is just $0.99 (AUD) and $1.99 (NZ) per month for the first three months, then $7.99 (AUD/NZ) per month after that.

rara.com is also available on-the-go via apps for  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Windows 8 devices. Online and mobile costs are $2.99 (AUD/NZ) per month for the first three months, and then $12.99 (AUD) and $13.99 (NZ) each month.

 

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