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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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BenCarroll, Hamish Wash

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

Foodie 101** ‘Tokyo Lunch’ on the menu in Sydney until 25 Feb


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Sydneysiders can treat themselves to the unique flavours of Tokyo with eight different Japanese food outlets across Sydney taking part in the Tokyo Lunch promotion until 25 February, 2014. The project, launched by Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), is designed to raise the profile of Tokyo’s delicious cuisine as well as highlight the incredible value for money.

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Participating restaurants include Azuma Restaurant, Blancharu by YomoIzakaya MasuyaJapan City Eat Street, JapazOcean RoomOoh Rice and Sake Restaurant.

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Eat your way around the city and treat your tastebuds to cuisine highlights from Tokyo including edo-mae sushi, yaki-tori chicken skewers and monjayaki – similar to the well-known okonomiyaki pan-fried dish.


Sydneysiders interested in sampling the different Tokyo Lunch menus can



This summer Aperol takes Sunday sessions to a whole new level at the Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Sydney’s hottest harbourside venue that combines aesthetics of contemporary coastal with harbourside luxe following recent  multi-million dollar renovations. There is no better place to sit back and watch the sunset over the sparkling Sydney harbor with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

Kicking off on December 15th and continuing every Sunday until March 30th, the Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions will be the place to be this summer. With some of Sydney’s coolest DJ’s on deck including Alice Quiddington, Andrew Mathers, Richie Carter & Murray Lake, the Aperol Spritz Sunset sessions are sure to impress with some of Sydney’s finest.

Bar staff will be wheeling drink trolleys around serving $10.00 Aperol Spritz cocktails setting the perfect scene for guests to unwind, cool down and watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour.

The sessions will introduce the beginning of summer by hosting a VIP Launch party on December 15th, with canapés and drinks served throughout the afternoon. Guests will be treated to a DJ set by the talented Alice Quiddington, whilst sipping on this season’s must-have cult drink, Aperol Spritz.

Take the party to the next level – guests can enter to WIN a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the home of Aperol, via social media competitions. The prize includes: 2 x economy airfares and airport transfers, 5 nights’ accommodation, a personalised visit to the famous Aperol Bar and $2,000 spending money.  What better way to end your summer than celebrating the beginning of the European summer in the home of Aperol.

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APEROL SPRITZ*             


The Perfect Serve

Making Aperol Spritz is as easy as 3, 2, 1 – just get a tumbler or a large balloon glass and follow the simple instructions:

Add ice in the glass then pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a splash of soda, top with a slice of orange. This serving avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.

  • Ice
  • 3 parts of Cinzano Prosecco
  • 2 parts of Aperol
  • 1 splash of soda
  • A slice of orange
  • Also called “Spritz Veneziano” in an official cocktail of the IBA (International Bartending Association). IBA cocktails are prepared all over the world according to this original recipe.


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Social Spy** Pimm’s First Day of Summer Launch Party

Guests celebrated the start of summer with Pimm’s cocktails in hand and English-inspired canapés surrounded by fresh flowers and panoramic views of Bondi Beach at the Bucket List.
Launching a collaboration with artisan ice pop company Pure Pops, guests enjoyed the first taste of the Pimm’s Pop ­to show the Brits how summer is done properly!
Guests included: Alice Storey, Georgina Larby, Carmen Hamilton, Xiaohan Shen, Jana Hocking, Angus Thompson, Harry Condos.


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A Tavola – one of Sydney’s best-loved Italian restaurants – is excited to announce the opening of a second restaurant in the heart of Bondi Beach.

The sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed flagship, A Tavola Darlinghurst, is part of a recent development in the new Adina Complex on Bondi’s Hall Street. Along with a number of other high-profile tenants, the new A Tavola is part of an exciting rejuvenation of Bondi’s dining scene and marks a significant milestone for chef and owner, Eugenio Maiale.

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A Tavola Bondi is headed by chef Eugenio’s right-hand man, Luke Randall, who has been with the restaurant since 2009. After working under Jamie Oliver, Luke has since honed his culinary skills in the A Tavola kitchen, and will now implement A Tavola’s philosophy of simple and humble Italian food in the Bondi restaurant.


In keeping with A Tavola’s namesake, literally meaning ‘to the table’, A Tavola Bondi includes the trademark communal 10-metre marble table at the heart of the restaurant.

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Bondi also features the same rustic and honest classic dishes that Darlinghurst has become known for. Chef Eugenio’s food is best described as predominantly “abruzzese” (home to Eugenio’s family, north-east of Rome), made the way his mother taught him. Guests can expect to experience A Tavola’s signature flair with dried and fresh pasta, which is prepared daily with love and attention to detail on the long marble table. Reflecting its seaside location, Bondi also offers an added emphasis on beautiful seafood. The kitchen team will be incorporating diverse varieties of seafood into pasta dishes, mains and their Italian take on casual bar food.


A Tavola Bondi is located at Shop 2, 75-79 Hall Street Bondi NSW 2026. The restaurant can be contacted on 02 9130 1246 or


Opening hours are: 


Dinner – Monday to Sunday (7 days): 5.30pm – late

Lunch – Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 3pm


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What’s on: The Cottage Bar & Kitchen Launches Its Spring Menu

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The weather is warming up and The Cottage Bar & Kitchen in Balmain has launched its new spring menu just in time – it’s perfect for sharing with friends and family on long, hot, sunny days. Designed by head chef Ellen Young, dishes include baby corn with lime oil, parmesan and micro coriander; arancini with lemon, mint, pea & haloumi; snow pea salad with red onion and cabbage, carrot, and orange oil; seared scallops with rocket, fresh fruit vinaigrette and prosciutto; and pork ribs with guava BBQ sauce and jicama salad. The menu also boasts an extensive selection of the finest cheeses from the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

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The restaurant is a wine bar that feels like grandma’s farmhouse, with a mismatch of kitsch and vintage furniture and a newly opened courtyard for alfresco dining. The menu is inspired by ‘share-style’ food and pizza’s cooked in the huge pizza oven – one of the centre pieces of the venue – and an extensive wine list is comprehensive yet approachable with some quirky twists, along with top notch cocktails and craft beers on offer.

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Working with renowned designers Luchetti Krelle (of Momofuku Seiobo, Hinky Dinks and Sake fame) the owners put together the concept for the venue, creating a warm and friendly space which complements Balmain’s rustic heritage. The Cottage Bar & Kitchen is a charming venue which food and wine lovers will relish, and locals will want to make their regular hangout.

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For the first time in Australia, from 6th September until 13th October 2013, Sailor Jerry presents Hotel Street (12 Kellett St. Kings Cross), a venue dedicated to live music, film, clothing and an exhibition of over seventy distinctive and pioneering pieces of artwork from the legendary tattoo artist Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins. Sydney Social was invited to the opening night, it did not disappoint!!!


Named after the infamous Hotel Street District, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins defined his style and built his reputation in the crucible of the tattoo arts. Hotel Street is a place where people can immerse themselves in the Sailor Jerry culture and enjoy a Sailor Jerry drink.


The art has been brought together for the exhibition following extensive restoration by The Conservation Centre for Art & Historic Artefacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, USA. The newly preserved collection of original artwork includes a range of stencils, rubbings and hand drawn design sheets – known as ‘flash’ in the tattoo industry – that were used in Norman Collins’s tattoo parlour in the gritty Hotel Street district.

Established to ensure his legacy lives on, the lifestyle brand that bears Norman Collins’s nickname, ‘Sailor Jerry’, is partnering with CCAHA on a long-term project to ensure as much of the iconic artist’s work and life is rejuvenated and archived for future generations to enjoy. The world’s largest exhibition of his work has been displayed in museums in the USA and in London at Hotel Street in 2012 before arriving in Australia. The level of expertise and detailed work involved was captured on film and can be viewed at


Commenting on the collection, Enda O’Sullivan, Sailor Jerry Global Brand Director said: “Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins was quoted in 1972 saying, “I don’t want to just copy the work of the old masters; I want to give it my own thrust”. The restoration of his old-school artwork really brings this to life as the bold colours, detailed drawing style and innovative tattoo techniques are shown off at their best. Norman Collins was a pioneer for American tattooing and his independent spirit, zest for good times and uncompromising attention to detail are traits we aim to keep alive not only through this collection, but the clothing, the music events and the rum that carries his name.”


Hotel Street will transform into a socially-integrated, interactive experience. By using RFID technology to link with Facebook, Hotel Street guests will be able to check-in and post photos automatically via flash tattoo-inspired smart pendants (wearable-tech that doubles as an entry pass). Interactive points around Hotel Street will include the live music stage and the art exhibition, extending the exclusive Hotel Street experience onto social platforms, allowing guests to share Hotel Street with friends around the world.


To go with a Sailor Jerry, Sydney’s favourite food truck Eat Art Truck will be serving up American BBQ street food the way it should be. Run by renowned Australian chef, Stuart McGill (ex Tetsuya’s), Eat Art Truck (EAT) has created a bangin’ BBQ sauce incorporating Sailor Jerry’s Rum, which will be served on some of EAT’s old favourites, exclusively at Hotel Street, and can be washed down smoothly with a spiced rum or two.

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Hugh Payten Smith, Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador says, “Hotel Street will get under the skin of The Man and the cultural following around him, all the way from the music and his art to the drinks”


Alongside this unique exhibition, Norman Collins’s life and influence on tattoo design can be seen in the film Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry and book, Homeward Bound: The Life & Times of Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry. Both chronicle the life and artistic legacy of Norman Collins and the emergence of this enduring art form.


Forty years after his death, his work is more influential than ever. Look around almost any tattoo parlour today and you’ll see artists practicing his techniques and his style.

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SOCIAL SPY** The Rabbit Hole Bar Spring Cocktail Launch

The world's first powdered drink!

The world’s first powdered drink!

Only good things happen to those who are brave enough to go down rabbit holes, as Alice In Wonderland discovered, and the same applies to those feeling brave enough to try The Rabbit Hole Bar’s brand new cocktail list!
This week the funky underground drinking establishment showcased some impressive concoctions for guests at the official launch – including the world’s first EVER powdered drink!
Known as the Stolen Painkiller, it includes rum mixed with pineapple, coconut and blood orange powder, and contains 40% alcohol.
Expert cocktail makers created unique drinks, which burst with flavor, including a whiskey based cocktail, a flaming passion fruit drink as well as jelly G&Ts, were offered to attendees.
And of course Sydney Social had to sample all of them!
Cocktails of the night were:
Painkiller Powder
Jellied G&T
Effin Island
XO Zombie
Breakfast Bouquet
Ay Caramba
Lava Lamp – (yes a drink which looks like the popular lantern)
Also making the rounds, were delicious canapés from the bar’s menu, and invitees tucked in to seared scallops, hand-cut chips, Rabbit Hole Wagyu Beef Sliders, Seared King prawn soft shell tacos and truffle meringues. These culinary delights were made by Executive Chef Tomoyuki Usui.
The spring cocktail list begins September 1 – just in time for the warmer weather.
Check out the website –, for reservations email or call 0280842505.
WHERE: Basement, 82 Elizabeth Street
TRADING HOURS: Monday to Friday – 12pm til late
        Saturdays – 4pm til late
The event was attended and reviewed by Sydney Social’s resident social spy: Jennifer Shelley-Fletcher

What’s On : The Glenmore Takes To The Rooftop To Host First Spring Ladies’ Luncheon



On Thursday 26 September, the iconic Glenmore in The Rocks will be turned into a haven for lunching ladies for its first ever Spring Ladies’ Luncheon in conjunction with the League of Extraordinary Women.


Taking over the entire 130-seat rooftop, with stunning views across Sydney harbour, The Opera House and Harbour Bridge, ladies will be treated to canapés and a sit down lunch from 12-2pm whilst sipping on Pimm’s and bubbles, all for a good cause.


Inspirational bare all blogger and international professional life coach, Vashti Whitfield (aka Maybe McQueen), will be speaking about finding purpose, legacy and your personal brand that will be invaluable for ladies looking for further direction in their life and career.


The event is being held in conjunction with the League of Extraordinary Women (The League), an Australian group empowering and educating young female entrepreneurs to build better businesses. The League was recently named one of Australia’s hottest female networking groups by Marie Claire magazine.

“The League is delighted to be involved with an event that helps support the well-being of women. Vashti’s story is truly inspirational (she spoke at a League event earlier in the year) and I am so pleased that she is involved with this luncheon,” said Sarah Riegelhuth, Co-founder of The League of Extraordinary Women.


Prizes will be drawn throughout the day and all proceeds from the event will go to the Gidget Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression amongst women and their families, their healthcare providers and the wider community to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.

·                12.00pm for 12.30pm start. Finishes at 2pm

·                Canapés, lunch, Pimm’s and bubbles included

·                All proceeds go to Gidget Foundation

·                Tickets $45 from http://tix.yet/springladiesluncheon

·                The Glenmore, 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks


For further information, visit or call 02 9247 4794

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