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Social Spy** Pop Up bar to bring the Spirit of Mexico to Manly


Cantina del Sol at the New Brighton Hotel in Manly


FIESTA! Last night Sydney Social was invited to Manly’s iconic New Brighton Hotel for Cantina del Sol’s pop-up fiesta.


The venue was transformed into a Mexican escape, with exotic decorations including scatterings of fresh fruit, flowers and candles. VIPs were greeted by Frida Kahlo skulls and a huge Cantina Del Sol wall canvas. Guests sampled authentic Mexican street food and sipped Sols to Mexican vibes by musical trio, Kallidad.

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The pop-up bar brings the colourful spirit of Mexico to Manly’s beachside and will run for ten whole sun-soaked days. The cantina will sit alongside the bustling Australian Open of Surfing and is open for the duration of the festival.


Surfers and spectators alike will find the Cantina Del Sol offers comfortable seating options both inside and out—making it the perfect place to kick back and enjoy some delish Mexican grub. Menu options include the Kingfish Ceviche Toastada ($10), Pulled Pork Tacos ($6) to Chicken Quesadilla ($10) and a refreshing Watermelon Salad ($10).


Live music will be held every night from the likes of Kallidad, Hein Cooper, James Englund and Dax Goulding followed by DJs and fun times until midnight.


Dos cervezas por favour!


Cantina del Sol at the New Brighton Hotel, Manly

Open 6-16 February

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


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


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

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

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


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

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



Aussie media personalities, Fifi Box, Emma Freedman, Hayden Quinn and Bondi Rescue lifeguards Greg Bishop, Tom Bunting and Brad Malyon, have teamed up for Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month – encouraging Australians to check their skin for bad spots this January. Launching with a nationwide competition today, Friday January 10, 2014, Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month sees $150,000 worth of free skin cancer checks being offered at clinics around the country.

The six Aussie celebs got together to film an online video – which for every share on Facebook, $1 has been pledged to fund the Genome Project(1) – to highlight the importance of skin checks and further aid the detection and prevention of skin cancer. The Genome Project is an ambitious national research program into the diagnosis and treatment of some types of skin cancer.

With skin cancer Australia’s most common cancer and the country having one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world*, skin health has never been so important than at the height of the Aussie summer. Having grown up by the beach, it’s something that Bondi Rescue lifeguard, Greg Bishop, is very aware of.

“Being on the beach every day, you see people being pretty unsafe in the sun,” says Greg. “I’d say we’ve all underestimated the strength of the sun in Australia sometimes, so have almost certainly overexposed yourself at one time or another. That’s why I think it’s really important all Aussies have their skin checked regularly. Good spots can turn to bad spots without you noticing and the old adage is definitely true – prevention is better than a cure.”

“I’m not sure my generation has quite learnt what damage the sun can do to your skin,” Emma Freedman adds, “which really is appalling. We need to continue to push the point that sun protection is an ‘always’, not just a ‘sometimes’.”

Part of the key to helping ensure long-term skin health is via early skin cancer detection and prevention, which is why Invisible Zinc and MoleMap are providing 400 of the normally $375 full body skin cancer checks for free to Australians across the country this month. MoleMap is a leading skin cancer detection service with clinics throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA.


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The Sol Summer of Six returns to Sydney next Sunday 19th January 2014, heading out to sea for “The Island of Forbidden Love”, one of the biggest parties our Harbour has ever seen with hit band Jagwar Ma ready to rock the boat.

The brand new, state-of-the-art Aqua Club, which finds its home on a floating barge, will be picking up Sydney’s party elite for the third hot event in this summer’s series, with Sol transforming the venue into the hottest, most exclusive party of the year!

The Aqua Club will feature all the vibrant, romantic colours that the Sol Summer of Six parties are known for, inspired by their love for the sights, sounds and culture of Mexico. The club will be adorned with love themed decorations. Romantic, Mexican floral pieces will frame the bar, fairy lights will be strung around, Sol beer bottles will dangle from the Sol Mates door and the Mexican woven stools will throw pinks and purples all throughout the barge to give this Island of Forbidden Love the atmosphere it deserves.

Armed with the promise of a few tricks and treats up their sleeves, other boats will be attached to the barge and a giant 9 metre high water slide called the “atomic drop” will ensure that guests armed with their cossies are able to fall in love with the Sydney harbour again, again and… again.

Providing the anticipated grooves for the day, giving all dancers in attendance a chance to show off their moves to someone special, will be one of Sydney’s most loved bands, Jagwar Ma, who spent 2013 touring the world off the back of their critically acclaimed, smash hit album Howlin’. They’ll be sure to get everyone dancing and we can’t guarantee that the dance floor won’t become a place for romancin’.

Troy Douglas, the man behind the much anticipated venue, is excited to show off Sydney newest harbour bar to the VIP crowd, “We want everyone to have a great time, to fall in love with summer all over again. It’s a place you can sit inside or outside with a cocktail in hand, enjoying our open air roof terrace while you look across the beautiful harbor. We know you won’t be disappointed.”

The Aqua Club’s luxury taxi service will give all guests the VIP treatment on arrival, with their unique boats able to pick up and drop off their guests from wharfs, beaches and anywhere where the land meets the sea, running every 30 minutes.

With the newest venue in Sydney at their disposal, organisers are promising an unforgettable event, with the hottest music, the best food and the opportunity to rub shoulders with Sydney’s elite, all there to spread the love of Summer with Sol.

Now in its second year, Sol Summer of Six is an incredible calendar of events that Sol run to celebrate the spirit of Mexico. Last year saw secret parties on pirate ships, catamarans, roof tops and in aquariums – and this year, Sol continues to deliver the best parties in the coolest locations Australia has ever seen.

Stay tuned for more Summer of Six parties popping up in cities across the country! Where: The Aqua Club. Tickets purchased at Moshtix

When: Sunday 19th January, 2014, 3pm to 9pm

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


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.





Smirnoff Double Black vodka makes a bold arrival in Sydney

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Smirnoff kicked off its first party of the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE event series last week, opening the doors of the customised venue to over 150 of Sydney’s cool crowd and now you can experience the epic space yourself!

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Guests including Michael Di Francesco and the Rufus crew, to name just a few, enjoyed the signature Smirnoff Double Black Comet in the bespoke Double Black kitchen and partied to the sounds of Sydney quartet Panama, playing live from the living room stage supported by Lancelot playing from the ironing board DJ decks.

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The #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE keys will now be handed over to Future Classic and General Pants Co to host two public events, with tickets for the first night on sale now.

Amy Finlayson, Tiah Eckhardt

Amy Finlayson, Tiah Eckhardt

The musical geniuses at Future Classic will take over the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE on 8 November with multi-instrumentalist, italo-style icon, and the original Pizza Guy, Michael Di Francesco aka Touch Sensitive headlining the night, supported by Charles Murdoch.

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Giorgia Mack – Hannah Busby.jpg

On 15 November the series will continue, with the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE keys placed safely in the hands of leading Australian fashion brand General Pants Co. Sydney rock and roll five-piece The Preatures will headline the night, bringing their infectious, gothic soul meets classic rock and roll sound to partygoers, with killer supporting acts to be announced shortly.


Located in the hub of Surry Hills, the blacked out #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE celebrates the bold arrival of the new double freeze filtered vodka and has been designed to match the new statement vodka. Not your average venue, it features a black facade, blacked out feature walls, a black kitchen, staff kitted out in black Lee jeans and a black bathroom complete with a black bath overflowing with ping-pong balls!

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The intimate venue will make you look twice and keep you wondering what’s inside. An event series not to be missed, the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE creates the perfect setting for a memorable night that only Smirnoff Double Black vodka can deliver.

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Tickets to #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by Future Classic are on sale now at Tickets to the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by General Pants Co sale date to be announced shortly.

The event series kicks off as Smirnoff unveils an epic new commercial to launch the new statement vodka. Check it out here:


#DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by Future Classic:

WHAT: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by Future Classic, featuring Touch Sensitive (LIVE), Charles Murdoch (DJ set) and Future Classic DJs

WHEN: From 7pm, 8 November, 2013
WHERE: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

#DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by General Pants Co:

WHAT: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by General Pants Co, featuring The Preatures (LIVE), supported by a killer line up to be announced shortly

WHEN: From 7pm, 15 November, 2013
WHERE: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

What’s on – The Bucket List Pop-up – Sculptures by the Sea

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It’s no secret that Bucket List in Bondi is one of Sydney Social’s favourite haunts for a night out/ day by the beach! We are pleased to reveal that as part of this years Sculptures by the Sea, The Bucket List will be holding a POP UP Bar – a first for both.

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Head chef Tom Walton will be whipping out crab po’boys during the evening, there will be jugs of Pimms all served in true Bucket List style, they are even bringing their milk crate seats with them!

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The night will commence with some great tunes to celebrate all things food and Bucket List fun! The POP UP will be held for the two weekends (Fri – Sun) during Sculptures.

Here is a sneak peek at the venue:

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Thanks to the success of the vibrant Cantina del Sol pop up, Sol Beer is keeping the spirit of Mexico alive in Sydney as it continues to run the colourful cantina until the last weekend of October .

Guests have been treated to a Mexican sensation as Potts Point’s Villa Bar & Kitchen transformed into a Mexican escape, with influences drawn from the style and flair of iconic Mexican artist Frida Khalo – a name synonymous with Mexican arts and culture.

Raul Gonzales, part–owner of popular Kings Cross venue The Backroom, and Bondi Canteen part-owner Shane Moran were tasked with bringing Sol’s vision of Mexican sights, sounds and flavours to life. Gonzales says, “We were thrilled with the results of the opening weekend.

“Our aim was to bring an authentic side of Mexico – from the music to the décor, the drinks and of course the food. We are excited to announce our collaboration with celebrity chef, Phillip Davenport.”

For the last seven years, Davenport has been at the helm of the famous ocean side restaurant and bar KU DE TA, in Bali Indonesia, winning various awards and cooking for many high profile patrons. His global success has been backed by the release of his television series The Toque 12, released on the Australian Network. Davenport will be showcase his take on Mexican infused flavours this weekend to the cantina with a very special menu, “I’m bringing an authentic taste of Mexico and its street vendors. Think honest, rich flavours with a fresh twist.”

Cantina del Sol marks the first time that Sol Beer has opened a pop up bar in Sydney, this is just one part of an incredible calendar of events Sol will run every year to celebrate the spirit of Mexico. From the Sol Summer of Six to endless secret parties on pirate ships, catamarans, roof tops and in aquariums, Sol has become associated with adventure and discovery; the joy of making the most out of life.

With this reputation behind them, Gonzales says of this venue, “We want to take people away from it all, come and relax and enjoy the authentic world of Mexico in this new pop up bar.”

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