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Where it’s at 101** Riley St Garage

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Once a full service garage – now a full service restaurant and bar, the highly anticipated Riley St Garage has rolled up its doors this month for gastronomic service & repairs.

 

Located at 55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, the 200-seat restaurant is the vision of Brody Petersen from The Parlour Group who brought The Flying Squirrel and The Stuffed Beaver to Sydney’s bar scene.

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Chef Regan Porteous, previously from Maze London, Dubai and Hong Kong and bar manager Bobby Carey, ex-Shady Pines Saloon head up Petersen’s new venture.

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The heart of the restaurant is the Grand Bar, which harks back to their motto, ‘I’d rather eat in a bar, than drink in a restaurant’.

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“I wanted the restaurant to have a New York Meatpacking District look and feel, with a huge central bar seating 30 guests, and two distinct dining areas. I believe the restaurant will also significantly add to the recent revitalisation of the William Street area,” said Petersen.

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Riley St Garage’s modern Australian cuisine, will focus on share plates, along with a spectacular oyster bar. Behind the bar you will find Canadian and Irish whiskey, craft beers and an original cocktail list featuring the classics, with a twist.

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Located in a beautiful art deco building, Riley St Garage was designed by Richard Alexander of RAD Studios. It will maintain its original 1910 industrial warehouse elements whilst incorporating spectacular design finishes including rich leathers, steel, brass and copper detailing.

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www.rileystgarage.com.au

SOCIAL SPY**The Botanist Kirribilli Turns One!

On Tuesday night Kirribilli’s first small bar and restaurant The Botanist, which is owned by Applejack Hospitality, who is behind successful Sydney restaurants Bondi Hardware and recently opened SoCal Neutral Bay, held a huge birthday party to celebrate turning one year old. Over 200 locals, friends, media and celebrities attended, including Teri Haddy, Demi Harman, Tim Blackwell, Tara Rushton, Nacho Pop, and Scott Gooding, and the event was a lively night of celebration which continued late into the evening! Sydney Social 101 was there to provide a sneak peek into the VIP party!

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Upon arrival guests were treated to a choice of two cocktails, the Barrington Boutique – made with Ketel One, lime juice, raspberry jam sugar syrup, cranberry juice and a dash rhubarb bitters, and Fothergill Punch – consisting of Pampero Especial, lime juice, orgeat, pineapple juice and a dash of cherry bitters. Charles De Fere French sparkling, wines by Geoff Merrill and Vale Ale & Vale IPA were also served. James Privett, Applejack Group Executive Chef, served guests delicious tasters from the new autumn menu such as the ever popular classic beef sliders, white fish ceviche lettuce cups, broccoli & blue cheese arancini, lamb & harissa sausage rolls and garlic prawn & noodle salad.

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The restaurant’s name references illustrious Botanist Gerard Fothergill who travelled the world researching plants, and whose last years of his life were spent running a small bookshop in the very building the restaurant now occupies. The Botanist pays homage to these historical and botanical themes of exploration and discovery, creating food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of fresh produce, herbs and spices.

Demi Harman & Teri Haddy, The Botanist 1st Birthday, Kirribilli

Demi Harman & Teri Haddy, The Botanist 1st Birthday, Kirribilli

www.thebotanist.com.au

SOCIAL SPY** Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining Turns One Year Old!

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Tucked away at basement level beneath the hustle and bustle of Elizabeth Street, Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining is one of Sydney’s premier bar and dining experiences in the CBD. Last night the restaurant and bar celebrated turning one year old with a birthday party for 120 invitees, with guests including top media, local customers and celebrities such as Justine Schofield, Nacho Pop, Sam McMillan and Brittany Cairns.

Chocolate Skulls, firm spicy pirate cream, coconut cake, rum & fire

Owned and run by Doug Laming, an avid and passionate molecular mixologist turned bar owner, the Rabbit Hole cocktail list for the night was compiled using ground breaking, pioneering techniques and flavour combinations that Australia is yet to experience. “Molecular mixology” means the process of creating cocktails using a physical and chemical modification of ingredients. Cocktail guru Doug’s experimentation last night translated into the use of house-made spices, powders and jellies in unique cocktails available exclusively at the Rabbit Hole, such as Torrontes and Pomme Verte layered agar apples, Powdered Rum with flaming passionfruit and Jellied G&T’s with fizzing tonic powder and flamed orange oils.

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Newly appointed Executive Chef Jeremy Metivier, who has worked in numerous Michelin star restaurants, showcased his new modern French fine dining menu, and Michelin styled food. Guests enjoyed a selection of dishes such as goats cheese and beetroot apples, scallops on beetroot shortbread with mango and beetroot emulsions, mini wagyu sliders with brie cheese and house made relish, slow roasted lamb with artichoke puree, coriander and wine jelly, and the pièce de résistance – chocolate skulls, with firm spicy pirate cream and coconut cake – served on a flaming bar in front of awed guests.

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Sam McMillan, Beth Tudehope, Justine Schoefield, Sean Widera

The Rabbit Hole successfully balances what’s current in the kitchen with what’s trending behind the bar. You’d be mad not to escape the city…and hop down The Rabbit Hole!

Website: http://www.rabitholebar.com.au

Valentine’s Day 101** Your ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day in Sydney in 2014

Sydney Social 101 has pulled together the ultimate Valentine’s Day guide for you in 2014. We’ve worked to pull together an eclectic mix of options to suit all tastes.

This list will be updated daily, if you have any questions about specific events, e-mail me at sydneysocial101@hotmail.com

Hope you have the best Valentine’s Day this year, if you’re single check out the posts for singles events in Sydney – there is always something to suit every need: Fancied & Tinder events

If you’re in need of a chuckle – check out a Valentine’s post on our sister blog from years gone by: Valentine’s Grinch

Here are our top picks:

‘Romantic Dinner for 2’ at Donny’s Bar – Manly

The welcoming and rustic new small bar that is based in Manly is the realisation of a dream for business partners, Matt Clifton & Tol Broinowski.

Together the pair envisioned an exciting new addition to the burgeoning bar scene in the famous beachside suburb.

With Donny’s Bar, Matt and Tol hope to offer a fresh and original venue that will be a part of and support the local small bar community.

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Designed by Sydney based architecture firm, Luchetti Krelle, the venue brings to life the pairs love for rustic, warm and comfortable places to enjoy the company of friends & family.

Donny’s is a two-storey, New York style loft bar that offers a selection of dumplings & Modern Australian tapas (perfect for sharing) with a slight Asian influence.

A small, local bar with a versatile offering and cosmopolitan feel, Donny’s Bar is destined to become one of Manly’s most talked about & loved destinations.

Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year at Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining! For $75pp enjoy a 3 course modern French fine dining meal with your loved one.

ENTRÉE

Scallop Carpaccio, pomegranate, tequila & black pepper

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Ravioli, smoked mozzarella, Italian ham, herb essence

MAIN

Duck breast tarte tatin, goat cheese & caramelised apple

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Salmon confit, creamed roots, orange & avocado

DESSERT

Tropezienne tart, raspberry & lemon sorbet

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Salted caramel slice & ginger and Greek yoghurt ice cream

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

The Australian Heritage Hotel

 

In The Rocks, iconic pub The Australian Heritage Hotel will be showing some love to a few lucky customers with the chance to win a special Valentine’s Day in the raffle at 7pm. Hampers will include champagne, chocolates, candles and maybe something a little cheeky too.

The Glenmore

For those without someone to snuggle up to, never fear as The Glenmore is throwing a party for singles and partygoers with a DJ spinning tunes at the rooftop bar from 6pm and a lip-smacking selection of cocktails on level 1.

The Glenmore Rooftop Bar

The Glenmore Rooftop Bar

The Royal, Leichhardt

At The Royal in Leichhardt, couples can cosy up at The Royal Botanical restaurant with a two-course meal and glass of sparkling on arrival for just $49 per person. There will also be live music from 9.30pm, so bookings are essential to get a good spot.

The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks

If you’re planning a romantic getaway to treat that special someone, a trip to The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks could be just the ticket. The Hotel offers a wide range of comfortable and spacious rooms, all at an affordable price, making it the perfect long weekend getaway. On Valentine’s Day itself, treat yourselves to a delicious seafood platter for two and receive a complimentary bottle of wine enjoy whilst taking in the stunning ocean views.

For further information on any of the venues or events, visit www.wshorthotelgroup.com.au.

The Unicorn Hotel

Paddington’s, The Unicorn Hotel is taking tongue-in-cheek, cheesy romance to the next level this Valentine’s Day with The Serenade Sessions. Pub diners on Friday the 14th will be treated to a three-course set dinner with glass of bubbles on arrival for $45 per person…with an awkwardly hilarious twist.

The Unicorn staff are calling out to those that don’t take the day too seriously, inviting local romantics to make a booking prior to the night,with a special love song request for their partners. Musicians on the night will then surprise unsuspecting lovers with an impromptu and probably cringe-worthy love song serenade at their table. That loving feeling will extend throughout the venue with all time favourite rom coms to be played on the pub’s big screens and a specially produced musical soundtrack that promises to put Richard Mercer to shame.

For all those loved up duos who can’t make it on the 14th, the Serenade Sessi ons will continue on for the following Wednesday evenings in February. And for all you fantastic singles out there, The Unicorn recommends you come down and play spectator for the night anyway whilst Tindering the night away.

The Unicorn Serenade Sessions will take place on the evenings of Friday 14, Wednesday 19 and 26 February. Diner’s are encouraged to call the venue in advance to book a table and make serenade song requests on 9360 7994.

Zeta Bar’s Arabian Nights Valentine’s package

Have an exotic Valentine’s Day!

•For Couples: 4 Cocktails from our exotic Spice Market and one sharing platter from Arabian menu ($150)

•For Singles: Receive 2 complimentary sharing platters (min 5 people and $500 min spend)

Arras Offers a Touch of Class with a Fun Twist this Valentine’s Day

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Modern European fine dining restaurant, Arras, is the perfect place to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a mouth-watering eight-course menu that will be a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

The specially crafted menu features the restaurant’s signature modern twist on European dishes including Salt baked heirloom carrot, Arras crème fraiche and carrot sponge; Roast salmon, lightly marinated scallop and asparagus; and Quail, black bean, pumpkin and peanut with quail broth.

The refreshing Coconut, citrus, ginger, basil and lemongrass promises to cleanse the palate before the decadence of the Spiced chocolate soup, coffee and chocolate ravioli. Those without such a sweet tooth can opt for a selection from the infamous cheese trolley for $25 extra.

Of course a meal at Arras wouldn’t be complete without the restaurant’s handmade, show-stopping petit fours, served with tea or coffee to finish. The menu costs $115 per person and includes a glass of bubbles on arrival.

Arras is run by young British chefs Adam and Lovaine Humphrey, who bring with them a wealth of experience from top restaurants across Europe and Australia, including the three Michelin-starred Michel Bras in France, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and the Castle Hotel in England.

The restaurant comfortably seats 60 with a private dining area available on the mezzanine for 22 guests seated and 40 guests standing for a cocktail-style event. Guests will be inspired by ARRAS’s offerings off the plate too, with unique design features including a graffiti mural by Az One, aka Andy Steel, a Sydney-based graffiti artist and bespoke Paul Smith suit-fabric dining chairs.

The restaurant earned one hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014, three hats in the Gault & Millau Guide 2014, and a star and three glasses in the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide.

Arras

204 Clarence Street, Sydney

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday 12pm until 2.30pm

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm until 10pm

02 9283 1922

reservations@restaurantarras.com.au

functions@restaurantarras.com.au

http://www.restaurantarras.com.au

Merivale

Merivale has a range of different offers across the group including a very cute ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ at ivy.

ivy Pool Club – ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ – Lovebirds, start your night of romance night at ivy, where a kiss is legal tender. Simply pash your other half for a free Lover’s Cup cocktail for two. Pecks on the cheek excluded. Available at Palings and Pool Club between 5-7pm. Pash your partner for one complimentary share cocktail per couple.

est. – Four-course set menu with matching wines and a his & her gift from Jo Malone, $295.

Uccello – Four-course menu including a flute of Veuve Clicquot, $140.

Felix – Four-course menu including a flute of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, $150.

Bistrode CBD – Three-course menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $140

Sushi e – Six-course set menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $135

http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/valentines-day2/

 The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

Cosy up at The Cottage Bar & Kitchen for Valentine’s Day and indulge in a Banquet for 2 for $55pp. The Banquet will include the following:

         2 x Glasses of Prosecco

         Oysters ½ Dozen (choice of Sydney Rock or Pacific’s)

         Seared Scallops w Rocket, fresh fruit Vinaigrette, Pancetta

         Mushrooms Stuffed with dried fruit and grain and marinated chevre

         Rib Eye Steak

         Fairground plate, Maple candied popcorn, house made orange marshmallows, fairy floss, mini ice cream cones, mini toffee apples & peanut brittle

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a special on Veuve Clicquot  – $24/Glass, or $110/Bottle

www.thecottagebalmain.com.au

‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’  screening at Maltesers Moonlight Cinema

Spoil your loved one this Valentines Day with a special screening of ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ at the Maltesers Moonlight Cinema at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park on February 14! Or for a great gift idea, grab some Gold Grass tickets and experience a night of luxury film and food under the stars with that special someone! Maltesers Moonlight Cinema is running until 23rd March, tickets available from moonlight.com.au

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Vesta Italian

Vesta Italian is serving up $25 Italian Antipasto Picnic Platters for the month of February to tie in with Sydney Harbour Foreshore’s Month of Love. Located in the south end of Sydney’s Darling Quarter, Vesta Italian is popular for its authentic and fresh Italian cuisine. The delicious Picnic Platters will be available for couples and all diners to pick up and enjoy in Darling Quarter’s lush green parks on heart shaped picnic rugs, which will be laid out throughout the month.

A celebration of love, the month will be filled with entertainment, including movies from Wednesday through Saturday nights for the first two weeks and special Mardi Gras parades and shows for the second half of February.

Choose from platters of cured meats, gourmet cheeses, tasty olives and pickled vegetables, all served with fresh bread and a selection of bread sticks and crackers.

For more information on Vest a Italian or to order a Picnic Platter, http://www.vestaitalian.com.au / 9267 9644 / facebook.com/vestadarlingquarter

Vaucluse House Tearooms

This Valentine’s Day enjoy a romantic dining experience at the enchanting Vaucluse House Tearooms.

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Fresh Catering is delighted to announce an exclusive dining experience for Valentine’s Day at Vaucluse House Tearooms. Enjoy a special three course dinner created by Executive Chef, Marco Adler and immerse yourself in the charming art deco Tearooms, surrounded by the peaceful gardens of the historic estate.

The menu includes for entrée; Beetroot Tart Tartin, Red Wine Reduction & Horseradish Crème Fraiche; Green Gazpacho with Pickled Spanner Crab Ravioli & Harissa Oil or Jamon with Grilled Asparagus, Crispy Quail Eggs & Saffron Shallots.

For mains, couples can choose from; Crispy Barramundi, Fritto Flowers of Prawn & Scallop with Tomato & Tarragon; Chicken Pave, Corn & Buttermilk Bread Sauce & Snow Pea & Crispy Skin or Saffron Risotto with Broad Beans, Pine & Enoki Mushrooms, Miso Butter.

Desserts include; Torta Di Verona – Amaretto & Pandoro, Blueberries & Mascarpone Cream; Passionfruit Charlotte, Strawberry & Orange Salad or Rose & Watermelon Macaron.

$75 per person. Reservations are essential and are available from 6.30pm. To make a reservation please contact Fresh Catering on (02) 8399 3055 (business hours) or email reception@freshcatering.com.au.

Emmilou

Emmilou has earned a reputation for exceptional tapas and cocktails and a wonderful ambience for a romantic setting.

This Valentines Day we will be offering a decadent 5-course menu including a glass of champagne for $95pp.

Emmilou has always been a favourite on Valentines day and this year, our new head chef will be stepping up the menu to ensure it is a seamlessly romantic evening for your users.

Our new head chef, Gary Ryley recently took over the reins as head chef at Emmilou. Ryley’s passion for Spain, coupled with his time spent overseas has helped him make his mark at Emmilou in fine-tuning the menu to perfection.

To view our Valentines Day offer and other promotions updated regularly on the blog, visit: http://emmilou.c om.au/blog/

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

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Book a Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner at The Morrison and receive a complimentary Love Potion cocktail. The Morrison is a stylish, authentic New York style brasserie in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

225 George St, Sydney

www.themorrison.com.au

Bishop Sessa

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Bishop Sessa is a charming bistro and wine bar located in the heart of vibrant Surry Hills. Chef Paul Cooper is a sustainability advocate and applies a nose to tail philosophy to Bishop Sessa’s food going as far as ageing and butchering large sides of pig, beef and lamb on site himself. An ‘urban gem’, Bishop Sessa serves up fantastic, creative food in an unpretentious and accessible way.

Bishop Sessa is offering both a lunch and a dinner menu for Valentines Day:

Valentine’s Day Lover’s Lunch, four courses, $49

A glass of Jean-Pierre Marniquet Chaine d’Etoiles Brut Reserve, Tours-sur-Marne, Champagne on arrival

Fresh shucked Tathra Rock Oysters, mignonette dressing

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Roasted Aylesbury duck breast, honey spiced beetroot, lentils & cassis

Bittersweet chocolate tart, honeycomb, salted caramel ice cream

Valentine’s Day Dinner, 5 courses, $75 (with matching wines, additional $50pp)

Smoked Trout Rillettes, asparagus mousse, confit fennel& hazelnuts

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Hay-baked Pork Belly, roast peach, fennel, radish & cress

Lamb Mixed grill, pomme puree, eggplant, red peppers, mustard seeds

Chocolate delight, chocolate mousse, apricots & macadamias

527 Crown Street, Surry Hills

www.bishopsessa.com.au

02 8065 7223

MONTH OF LOVE AT DARLING HARBOUR


ROW YOUR WAY TO ROMANCE

A truly unique chance to circle the bay in a rowboat made for two as the sun sets over Darling Harbour and magical, twinkling hearts decorate the surface of the water. Pre-book online or go to Darling Harbour Marina (in front of Cockle Bay Wharf) to board your love boat.

Where Cockle Bay
When Sat 1, Wed 5 – Sun 9 and Wed 12 – Sun 16 Feb, 6pm – 10pm
Cost $25 per boat
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/row-your-way-to-romance-tickets-10180605465

 

LOVED UP FIREWORKS

Cosy up to your baby and stare into the sky as heart-shaped fireworks burst over Cockle Bay on Saturday.

Want your love to go the extra mile? Say it in the sky or even pop the question with specially personalised fireworks.

Where Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb, Wed 5 – Sat 8 Feb, Wed 12 – Sat 15 Feb, Sat 22 Feb and Sat 1 Mar, 9pm
Cost Saturday fireworks – FREE / personalised fireworks – $1,000
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/romance-infused-fireworks-tickets-10181353703

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Stop by Darling Harbour’s giant sparkling red heart to steal a kiss or grab a Valentine’s photo. Post your photo to social media and share your love around the world.

Where Palm Grove

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR – FRAMED!
Who doesn’t love the chance to be cheeky in an instant photo? For one very special night only (Valentine’s of course) you can capture the moment your heart went pop in our Month of Love Fotobooth. Pucker up, pose, print and then post to social media to your heart’s content.

Where Palm Grove (in front of the Love is in the Air giant heart)
When Fri 14 Feb, 6pm – 8pm
Cost FREE!

 

 

LEAVE A MESSAGE OF LOVE

Wander down the ‘Avenue of Love’ from Harbourside and chalk a public message of love on the Darling Harbour Live hoardings. Quote a poem, declare your love or perhaps even pop the question!

Where Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Forecourt
When Early Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours
Cost FREE!

SMOOTHFM LOVE SONG SERENADE
Take a stroll with your sweetheart along Sydney’s most romantic bridge and be serenaded by the world’s smoothest love songs and dance moves to follow.

Where Pyrmont Bridge

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar (excluding 16 Feb) / from 6pm

Cost FREE!

LOVE ON THE ROOFTOPS

Take a moment and take in the view of the hearts and rainbow projections on the rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Fri 14 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!

SUPERCHARGE MY LOVE

Hit the road with your baby for a dazzling super car dream date! Spend $10 or more in Darling Harbour at participating venues anytime during the Month of Love and you’ll go into the draw to win one of 25 super car dates. See the super cars on display around Cockle Bay Wednesdays and Thursdays between 4pm and 11pm.

 

Where Around Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, cars on show every Wed & Thurs from 4pm -11pm

Cost FREE to view Supercars OR spend $10 for your chance to win a super car date* conditions apply

ROSES ARE RED

Go one better than a dozen red roses and dine among hundreds of roses woven in the foliage surrounding the restaurants at Cockle Bay Wharf. Come back again and again and watch the roses grow!

Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours

Cost FREE!

 

TICKLE ME PINK
Spread out a blanket or pick up a heart-shaped rug and snuggle up to watch the special Month of Love Luminous displays or a classic romantic film on the Village Green. Purchase a gourmet picnic platter or pack your own picnic basket. Catch the special ‘loved-up’ hearts display from 1-14 February (excluding Mondays) and the beautiful rainbow display from 15 February – 1 March.

Purchase a romantic antipasto picnic platter for two from Vesta Darling Quarter (9267 9644), which includes cured meats, cheeses, olives, marinated vegetables and bread for $28 or pack your own picnic basket (please note alcohol is not permitted to be brought into Darling Harbour).

Where Darling Quarter Village Green

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, dusk – midnight / Film screenings 8pm, 5–8 Feb, 12–15 Feb, 19–22 Feb and 26 Feb – 1 Mar
Cost FREE!

ANIMAL LOVE

Celebrate love at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo by giving special treats to the animals, learning about animal romantics; crafting a Valentine’s Day card and more! Did you know crocodiles blow love bubbles to their potential mates, the male koala woos his lady with a loud bellow and male satin bowerbirds attract females by collecting blue items for their bowers? These are just a few fun love facts you’ll learn during our special Month of Love keeper talks.

 

Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130
LOVE-IN

Get free entry to all special performances during the Month of Love and enjoy two signature Love Potion cocktails for $20.
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Where Tokio Hotel

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

Cost FREE!

A TOUR OF LOVE

Discover love in the Australian National Maritime Museum through a guided tour of the permanent exhibitions to uncover real-life love stores. Tours held daily.

 

Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Adult $27/ Child $16/ Concession $16/ Family $70

 

CHILDREN’S VALENTINES CRAFT

Get creative and craft a Valentine’s Day card made out of recycled paper and share the love with one of Wild Life World’s Aussie animals!

Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130

VALENTINES NIGHT WITH THE STARS

Walk the red-carpet, sip champagne, enjoy a selection of pre and post dinner canapés PLUS lots more at Madame Tussaud’s memorable Valentines event at Darling Harbour.

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Fri 14 Feb

Cost $120 per couple (valued at $236)

ULTIMATE CELEBRITY VALENTINES

At Madame Tussauds you can vote for your ultimate celebrity Valentine. The winner will be revealed on Valentine’s Day!

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Thu 13 Feb

PLAN YOUR PERFECT DAY… WITH CELEBRITY WEDDING PLANNER PRESTON BAILEY

Celebrity event and wedding designer Preston Bailey will share the secrets of his global success. With clients including Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Joan Rivers, Preston is known for completely transforming spaces into opulent, theatrical environments.

 

Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Wed 12 Feb/ 5pm & 7pm

Cost $95 – book signing, bridal showcase and champagne/canapés OR $195 – also includes presentation by Preston Bailey www.premier.ticketek.com.au

TEST YOUR COMPATIBILITY

Test your love compatibility with gelato at Meno Diciotto! Research by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago say that flavour can predict your perfect match! www.personalityquiz.net/foodtests/icecream.htm

Where Meno Diciotto, Darling Quarter

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

 

OPEN DAY OF LOVE

Dockside Group showcases three spectacular reception venues overlooking Darling Harbour.

Where Three locations – Dockside, L’Aqua & Star room

When Sun 16 Feb / 10am – 4pm

Cost FREE!

JOIN HANDS FOREVER IN WAX

Join hands with your partner at Madame Tussauds and experience the magic of wax-making together with a special keep-sake to take home.

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $15 (usually $25)

BOWL ME OVER

Enjoy one game of bowling per person, one drink on arrival (local tap beer, house wine or soft drink) and a platter to share (10 pieces) for just $40 per couple. Pre-bookings essential, must mention ‘Month of Love’. Not valid with any other offer or promotion, subject to availability.

 

Where Kingpin Bowling, Harbourside

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $40 per couple

POP-UP BRIDE

Immerse yourself in Chinese Wedding culture in 20 minute participatory performances at The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens. Bookings essential, $25 ticket and price includes garden entry, Asian noodle box and a glass of wine.

 

Where The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens.

When 7 Feb / 6pm – 9pm

Cost $25

2014 MARCH INTO MERIVALE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL ON SALE WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY

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MERIVALE CHEFS WERE ‘BORN TO COOK’

March into Merivale, Sydney’s signature Food and Wine Festival, and one of Sydney Social 101’s favourite food festivals, returns for its sixth sensational year from Wednesday 12 February to Friday 11 April. Inspired by the first and favourite food memories of Merivale’s talented chefs, the eight week culinary feast will feature over 60 mouth-watering events across an unrivalled range of restaurants, bars and pubs, from the hatted est. and Mr. Wong to local hangouts Papi Chulo and The Fish Shop. Tickets are on sale Wednesday 22 January from http://www.merivale.com.au

This year’s March into Merivale theme, ‘Born to Cook’, draws on the chefs’ first, favourite and funniest food experiences, inviting diners on a delicious trip down memory lane. Their memories are as diverse as the chefs themselves and reveal the variety of influences and talent that lead Merivale’s award-winning kitchens. Dan Hong, for example, owes his cooking prowess to the early influence of his mother Angie who would often spread newspaper and sit on the kitchen floor, cutting up whole chickens with a cleaver. For Palings’ Christopher Whitehead, it was the ‘Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook’ that first inspired his love of food and he remembers smuggling a torch into bed to pore over the pages of recipes. Felix’s Nathan Johnson recalls the English Summer and the unmistakable sound of the local ice cream van while fellow Brit Jeremy Strode reminisces about his daily childhood job of collecting milk straight from the source. Papi Chulo’s formidable duo, Patrick Friesen and Christopher Hogarth, might be joined at the hip now but their childhood food memories couldn’t be further apart – Tasmanian raised Chris loved to fish with his brothers and throw the catch straight on the BBQ while Canadian born Patrick had an unusual taste for butter, eating chunks straight from the fridge and earning the nickname Phat Pat as a result.

March into Merivale will officially kick off on Wednesday 12 February with the annual Launch Party at ivy. Showcasing the best food and drinks from over twenty Merivale venues, the Launch Party will see more than 3,000 food lovers take over Paling’s Kitchen & Bar, The Den and Terrace, Ivy Ballroom and Ash Street. Guests will be able to meet their favourite chefs, bartenders and sommeliers as they’re served up signature dishes, cocktails and wines, all while enjoying the roving entertainment. The event ticket, priced at $35, comes with eight tokens to redeem at the various stalls, with top-ups available on the night.

Turning kitchens and bars into culinary playgrounds, Merivale has created over sixty amazing events to tantalise the tastebuds. ‘Around the World with Eighty Whites’ will take guests on a global expedition of white wine discovery, curated by Merivale’s Master Sommelier, Franck Moreau, on Wednesday 5 March. Dessert lovers can keep their sweet tooth sugary with ‘Just Desserts presented by Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD’, a dessert extravaganza at Establishment on Monday 10 March. Manly’s hotly-tipped Papi Chulo crosses the bridge for the ultimate urban barbeque party ‘Where There’s Smoke’ at ivy on Wednesday 19 March before Ash Street is again transformed into a twilight street fair for ‘European Laneway’ on Wednesday 9 April. est. is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ with an elegant high tea, Uccello embraces Frank Sinatra with a special ‘mafioso’ dinner and London’s Brick Lane comes to Bistrode CBD for a one-off Indian feast.

Cocktail devotees can be taught how to shake and stir by Merivale’s Group Bars Manager, Paul Mant, with ‘Mixology 101’ at Palmer & Co throughout March. Beer enthusiasts can indulge their love for a ‘cold one’ at ‘Beer at Beresford’ on Saturday 8 March and those with a penchant for Pinot can taste eight international Pinots in a master class at ivy Bottle Shop on Tuesday 8 April.

It wouldn’t be March into Merivale without the incredibly affordable $33 meal deals. Available for lunch or dinner, Monday to Friday, a meal and a glass of wine or beer can be enjoyed at all eleven Merivale restaurants throughout the festival. Merivale pubs have their own take on the $33 deal, offering two meals and two drinks for only $33. The menus will change frequently, leaving no excuse not to try them all.

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Justin Hemmes, Merivale CEO, said: “Now in its sixth year, March into Merivale continues to grow bigger, better and more delicious than ever. This year, our talented chefs have taken a step back in time with the memories that first ignited their passion for cooking. Along with our wonderful sommeliers and bartenders, they have created over 60 amazing events that prove exactly why they were born to cook”.

March into Merivale Food and Wine Festival
12 February to 11 April 2014
For tickets and bookings, visit http://www.merivale.com.au

What’s On: PERONI VIP NIGHT AT ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA

 

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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.

SOCIAL SPY** ST.GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA LAUNCHES THE 2014 SEASON IN SPECTACULAR STYLE WITH THE SYDNEY PREMIERE OF ‘TRACKS’ ATTENDED BY MIA WASIKOWSKA AND ROBYN DAVIDSON

ST.GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA OPENING NIGHT, SYDNEY PREMIERE OF ‘TRACKS’ AT MRS MACQUARIES POINT (Adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens)

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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.

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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.

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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.

ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA'S OPENING NIGHT 2013 PREMIERE OF "TRACKS" MRS MACQUARIES POINT, SYDNEY FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY, 2014 PHOTOGRAPHER: BELINDA ROLLAND © 2014

ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA’S OPENING NIGHT 2013 PREMIERE OF “TRACKS”
MRS MACQUARIES POINT, SYDNEY
FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY, 2014
PHOTOGRAPHER: BELINDA ROLLAND © 2014

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 http://www.stgeorgeopenair.com.au

PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT: BELINDA ROLLAND © 2014

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SODA FACTORY MOVIE MONDAYS! Free Movie Screenings Mondays at The Soda Factory

Every week The Soda Factory helps you shake off those post-weekend Monday blues, offering free screenings of a range of favourite flicks.

Kicking off the New Year Soda will screen the Labyrinth next Monday January 13th, followed by Spirited Away on January 20th….right before they head into Australia Day celebrations! (separate release coming re the Australia Day weekend at Soda)

From old school cult classics to much-loved moderns, The Soda Factory has you covered also throwing in $5 beers and wine from 7-9pm and free popcorn all night long!

Hidden behind its street-level hot dog joint, Bobby’s Boss Dogs, The Soda Factory has fast become one of Sydney’s favourite late night hot spots. With a retro feel, a fantastic line-up of entertainment each day of the week, you’ll never go wrong when you walk through that coke machine door.

Intimate movie nights out, gourmet dollar dog feasts, surprise international drop-ins, VIP afterparties, not to mention their impressive in-house acts… It’s no wonder The Soda Factory has won over the hearts of over 12,000 cool cats (on Facebook), including some familiar names, Jason Mraz, Foals, Bloc Party and Deep Sea Arcade.

FREE MOVIE MONDAY SCREENINGS:

January
13 January 2014 – Labyrinth
20 January 2014 – Spirited Away
27 January 2014 – Amelie

February
3 February 2014 – The Big Lebowski
10 February 2014 – The Goonies
17 February 2014 – Back to the Future Part II
24 February 2014 – Gremlins

March
3 March 2014 – Batman
10 March 2014 – Big Trouble in Little China
17 March 2014 – The Lost Boys
24 March 2014 – Beetlejuice
31 March 2014 – Shaun of The Dead

WHEN: Every Monday Night, films start at 8pm
WHERE: The Soda Factory
16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

TRADING HOURS:

Monday – Wednesday 5pm – late
Thursday 5pm – 2am
Friday 5pm – 5am
Saturday 5pm – 5am

For venue details and more events: http://www.sodafactory.com.au

Celebrate Australia Day in True Blue Aussie Style

This Australia Day long weekend, from Friday 24 to Monday 27 January, W. Short Hotel Group is celebrating the best of our nation with some true blue Aussie events across their iconic venues in Sydney and the mid north coast.

The Group owns and operates some of NSW’s most iconic pubs and hotels, including The Australian Heritage Hotel and The Glenmore in The Rocks, The Royal in Leichhardt and The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks.

The Australian Heritage Hotel will of course be the place to celebrate all things traditionally Aussie over the long weekend with over 130 Aussie beers, a special Australia Day menu including their famous pizzas (anyone for a Coat Of Arms pizza?), and live entertainment.

Up the road at The Glenmore’s iconic rooftop bar, the beers will be flowing from 10am on Sunday 26 January with the Triple J Hottest 100 played all day, followed by a local DJ after the countdown. The pub’s mouth-watering food menu will also be available all day.

At The Royal in Leichhardt, Aussie beers, tunes and a special mixed grill will be the order of the day on Sunday 26, bringing some traditional Aussie style to Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’.

For those looking to get away for the weekend, the Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks will be the perfect spot to celebrate on the coast with face painting for the kids, crab racing, a prawn shelling competition and live music from local artists Paul Clement and Mark Wells. The Seabreeze also offers a wide range of comfortable and spacious rooms, all at an affordable price, making it the perfect long weekend getaway.

For further information on any of the venues or events, visit http://www.wshorthotelgroup.com.au.

Rekorderlig Cider to unveil their Beautifully Swedish Bar & Gazebo at Sydney Festival 2014

Rekorderlig Cider Sydney Festival Night

 

Rekorderlig Cider returns as the official cider sponsor for iconic Sydney Festival in 2014, creating a beautiful themed outdoor bar to feature at Festival Village, the new day-to-night highlight of Sydney Festival.

 

The Rekorderlig Bar will feature a striking, wooden deck with Rekorderlig bean bags and comfortable deck chairs for festival goers to relax as well as long wooden share tables to get together with friends and enjoy the range of Rekorderlig flavours on offer. Open from 4:30pm, the Rekorderlig bar will offer jugs of your favourite cider flavour to share in its perfect serve, including fresh garnishes and tasty fruit additions.

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Located adjacent to the Rekorderlig Bar, the Rekorderlig Gazebo will be the ultimate weekend music and party destination. The unique location will showcase exciting Sydney DJ’s throughout the duration of the festival. You can find the DJ line-up here – http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Free/Rekorderlig-Gazebo/

 

The annual Sydney Festival event kicks off 2014 with a bold cultural celebration of music, quality art and performances. This exciting, cultural, summer celebration in Sydney, Hyde Park, will occur from 9thJanuary – 27th January 2014.

 

* Rekorderlig Cider at Festival Village will be located at Hyde Park North, entry near the Archibald Fountain.

In addition aaward-winning Swedish Cider, Rekorderlig, has launched their first brand film in cinemas nationwide including the St George Open Air Cinema this January 2014.

The Rekorderlig Cider brand film features the four Beautifully Swedish Collective members, following the ambassadors doing daily activities that are unique to each of them. These individuals are rising stars in trendsetting and unique in their field, representing inspiring aspects of the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle. The film highlights each Collective member including; stylist and fashion blogger Caroline Blomst on a fashion shoot among the spring blossom, professional snowboarder and thrill seeker Chris Sörmancarving down snow-capped mountains, professional kite surfer Erika Lindberg riding the waves and talented artist and lifestyle photographer Agnes Thor capturing an Autumn moment.

 

The brand film captures the fun-loving spirit of the Swedish people and the Rekorderlig Cider brand, shot in various locations across Sweden and Barbados. From kite surfing in the sunshine to snowboarding high in the Swedish mountains, the film highlights the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle worldwide and Rekorderlig’s versatility throughout the seasons.


Directed by: Adam Alexandroni, The Apartment A

Soundtrack: Sweetness Alive by Goldroom feat. Say Lou Lou

 

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