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.
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.
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.
New comedy line-up every Wednesday
The Workers, Darling Street’s favourite destination for cocktails, cool tunes and live entertainment,will launch a brand new comedy night from Wednesday August 21. Curated by the Campfire Collective, comedy at The Workers will be live, local, free and regular… and set to be Balmain’s biggest and best laugh.
Cheap beers will lubricate laugh muscles each and every Wednesday night, while even cheaper tacos will fly out of the Workers Canteen.
At just $3 each, The Workers more-ish tacos include “Nemo Ganzales” – Battered blue eye, slaw, salsa pico de gallo and baja sauce, “Shrimp on da Barbie” – Grilled marinated prawn, slaw, mojo verde and scallions, “Soft Shell Coq” – Grilled chicken, slaw, salsa guacamole and chipotie mayo and the “Pulled Porky Pig” – slow cooked pork shoulder, red slaw, pico de pina asado and coriander.
Share the laughs, plates of tacos and drinks at The Workers for the perfect hump day treat.
Ray Badran, one of Sydney’s finest emerging comics, will join a line-up of young gun comedians on Wednesday August 21st for the launch of ‘Balmain’s Biggest Laugh’ comedy night, every Wednesday at The Workers.
Also hitting The Workers stage for launch night are Cameron James, whose weird and wonderful comedy has been praised for “perfect comic timing” and “unplanned madness”, and Jacques Barrett, Jarred Jekyll.
Campfire Collective producer Michael Brown says, “It’s exciting to see a new live comedy stage launch in the Inner West and, after working with the Riversdale Group to bring comedy to the Standard in Surry Hills, we are thrilled to be working together again to bring some of Sydney and Australia’s best emerging and established comedians to The Workers.”
Paddy Coughlan, Riversdale CEO says, “As politicians often carry on like a bunch of bad comedians, and as The Workers is one of the birthplaces of the Australian Labour Party, we thought we’d launch our comedy night before the next Federal election.”
Adds The Workers bar manager Jeremy Baldi, “I love The Workers commitment to live entertainment, and doing it well. That was a key reason why I came across from the Exchange Hotel in Balmain. It’s exciting to be part of the first push to bring something fresh and new to Balmain.”
And while Wednesday will deliver ‘Balmain’s Biggest Laugh’ at The Workers. live music will continue every Thursday night (with some great new talent to be announced as part of the Red Door Sets) and Hawkey’s Happy Hour every Sunday (along with ping pong), with a drinks list and cocktails crafted from scratch by mixologist and bar manager Jeremy Baldi.
The Workers is open Wed-Sun from 5 pm ‘til late.
Address: 292 Darling Street Balmain
So we’re excited that ANZAC Day is almost upon us, a day where we can remember our loved ones, neighbours and friends that have given their lives to protecting our country.
In keeping with tradition, ANZAC Day marks the one day of the year where gambling games are legal in all pubs and clubs in Australia – notably 2-Up!
We are also very lucky to get a day off work! Here is our guide to the best spots across Sydney to celebrate ANZAC Day.
The Australian at The Rocks will be sharing the ANZAC spirit on the city’s largest and most exciting 2-Up Arena.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: Open from 8.00am and 2-Up from midday-late
Address: 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
For further information: http://www.australianheritagehotel.com
Salute and commemorate our courageous Diggers with a cold beer and Aussie BBQ. Play 2-Up from midday on the hugely popular outdoor arena.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: Open from 8.00am and 2-Up from midday-late
Address: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
For further information: http://www.theglenmore.com.au
KIT Wednesdays is upping the ante with a combined celebration for ANZAC Day Eve
· Steve Frank
· Alex Preston
Bungalow 8 |3 Lime St, Sydney
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time : From 11am
· Massive 2UP arena
· Celebrity tossers
· Aussie tunes
· Bagpipe band
· The Last Post (played at 5:45pm sharp)
· $15 cocktail jugs served till 4pm
Cargo Bar |52-60 The Promenade, Sydney
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 11am
· All day BBQ and outdoor bar
· Biggest 2UP arena to date
· Playing the Last Post (5:30pm sharp)
· The party will continue into the night with some classic Aussie tunes from DJ’s KATO, Liz Bird, Adam Bozzetto and loads more
Newtown Hotel | 174 King St, Newtown
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 1 pm
· Fosters cans $5
· Free sausage sizzle
· DJs from sunset, PHDJ, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Meem
Sugarmill Hotel | 37 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 10am
· 2:30pm AFL live Essendon vs Collingwood
· 4:00pm NRL live Roosters vs Dragons
· 7:00pm NRL live Storm vs Warriors
Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ |37 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
When: ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
Time: From 10am
· Sweethearts will be open ALL ANZAC DAY from midday to midnight.
· TAPPY HOUR from 4-7pm when all tap beer and wine is $5
Some other key places that are fab for ANZAC are:
Dicks – Balmain
The Beach Road Hotel – Bondi
Coogee Bay Hotel – Coogee
The Royal – Paddington
So silly season is almost upon us and the true start of the festivities bestowed upon Australians over the summer period is of course the Melbourne Cup!
Sydney Social 101 has compiled a guide for the Melbourne Cup celebrations across Sydney.
In no order of preference, here they are in all their glory:
FOUR POINTS SHERATON
The Heritage Atrium will boast: Sweeps a DJ, the must-have Projection screen & TV’s so that you can capture the action as it unfolds, lucky door prizes, a fashion show and live cooking stations.
All this for just $55 per person, which includes all food and a glass of Chandon on arrival. Bookings here.
GRAZIA will be hosting the ‘Get Racey’ luncheon at Hugos Bar Pizza with Editor Amy Molloy. Tickers are $120 pp includes a 3-course lunch plus all beverages. If this sounds like an event you’d like to back, bookings can be made at 02 9357 4411.
The functions teams at Keystone are raring to go with a range of Melbourne cup packages. With a range of delicious meals, beer, bubbles on offer and big screens in each venue what better way to make sure you don’t miss out on the action! Each Melbourne cup package includes big screens, sweeps & fashion on the field. Plus TAB facilities a stone throw away from each venue.
The Loft, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, cocktail style. This includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cargo Lounge, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, cocktail style. This includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or email@example.com
Cargo Bar, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, of a shared antipasto platter to start, alternate main and dessert canapés. To book, contact 02 9262 1777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf – $120 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, of entrée, alternative main, followed by dessert canapés. To book, contact 02 9299 4660 or email@example.com
The Sugar Mill, Potts Point – $59 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, alternate main and shared dessert platter. To book, contact 02 9363 7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kit & Kaboodle, Potts Point – $89 per person, cocktail style. Includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or email email@example.com
Gazebo Wine Garden, Potts Point – $130 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, 4 course lunch with a selection of 3 mains. To book, contact 02 9357 5333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winery, Surry Hills – Choose between two options 1) $120 per person, cocktail style. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and a laneway style BBQ. Or 2) $130 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass on arrival, 4 course seafood lunch with a selection of two mains. To book, contact 02 9331 0833 or email email@example.com
Manly Wine, Manly – $110 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival plus a choice of his or hers 4 course menu with alternative mains. To Book, contact 02 8966 9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kids Cup at ivy Charity luncheon is being held at the Ivy Ballroom of course! Tickets range from $200 per person or $2000 for a table. The cost includes three-course lunch including Chandon NV, wine and beer as well as sweepstakes, entertainment and live coverage of the race. All profits raised will go to Cure Our Kids. Bookings can be made here: 02 9240 3000
Melbourne Cup After-Party at Upstairs Beresford. Punters can choose to continue the horseplay after the big race. Free entry and live entertainment including Furnace & The Fundamentals to party the night away, music to our ears!
BAVARIAN BIER CAFE
Bavarian Bier Café gears up for the race that stops the nation – The glamour and excitement of Melbourne Cup is fast approaching and Bavarian Bier Café is hosting fever pitched fun across its restaurants including CBD favourites O’Connell and York Street, Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, beachside suburbs Manly and Bondi, the north side’s Crows Nest and Chatswood, and Parramatta in the city’s west.
Whether you are excited to have a flutter on the horses or simply hoping to soak up the atmosphere of race day, Bavarian Bier Café is the place to treat yourself to more than just the office sweepstake this Melbourne Cup – with all participating venues screening the afternoon of racing live.
Special Cup day festivities include:
o Sweepstakes, spot prizes and live screenings of the race across all restaurants.
o Set menus including delicious homemade pretzels, Bavarian deli platters, schnitzels and traditional apple strudel. 2 course $49pp and 3 course $59pp. For bookings at Manly, Crows Nest, O’Connell Street and York Street restaurants.
o Best dressed prize awarded to the most glamorous guy and gal.
Racing enthusiasts and aspiring trackside princesses alike can celebrate Melbourne Cup in true Bavarian style at Bavarian Bier Café. For more information about Melbourne Cup at Bavarian Bier Café, visit http://www.bavarianbiercafe.com/ or book by emailing email@example.com or callling 02 9259 5680.
Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar at The BELLEVUE
Located upstairs at the Bellevue, the beautiful NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar, styled by designer Michelle Leslie, was saturated with spring flowers, candles, painted murals, a freshly ‘turfed’ outdoor terrace and splashes of Mumm red and gold from the red carpet leading upstairs to lamp shades and Mumm imagery.
Set to be the place to be in Sydney during the spring racing carnival, the stylish ‘pop up’ bar will host Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Derby Day, as well as a special men’s dinner, a sumptuous Damien Pignolet dinner and the ultimate in Melbourne Cup day celebrations.
Bellevue Hotel co-owner and Riversdale Group CEO Paddy Coughlan welcomed guests, while ambassador for the NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar Laura Csortan told VIP and celeb partygoers she was thrilled to be back from LA and in one of her favourite Sydney pubs for the launch of the bar, and DJ Alex Dimitriades spun cool tunes throughout the night.
The NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar will run through until Melbourne Cup day on Tuesday November 6, and is available for group and function bookings.
MELBOURNE CUP AT THE OLD LIBRARY
From trackside to beachside all the glitz and glamour of Flemington will hit Cronulla when The Old Library Restaurant & Bar celebrates Melbourne Cup day in style.
A sumptuous three course luncheon for just $75pp has been designed by Head Chef David Magill and showcases the very best in seasonal produce and modern Italian flavour.
David Magill says, “Spring isn’t just about racing, it’s also the time to celebrate nature’s bounty. So why not heighten your glass of Moët with the freshest the season has to offer.”
At The Old Library David’s spring inspired Melbourne Cup menu includes “Stuzzichini” (Appertizers) of snapper carpaccio, baby beetroots and blood orange and an amazing salad of marinated artichokes, broad beans, fennel, olive and purple potatoes.
There will be all the usual Melbourne Cup Day celebrations, including big screen broadcast of the races, a sweepstake and fashion parade that will help set the scene in the award winning stylish surrounds of the spectacular Old Library.
The Old Library’s Melbourne Cup Luncheon will run on Tuesday 6th November and is available from $75pp. The Old Library is the only Shire restaurant to make it into the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Bookings are essential.
Address: 15 Surf Rd, Cronulla, NSW
Phone: (02) 9544 5360
Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday, midday ‘til late
FIRST IN, BEST DRESSED AT THE 3 WEEDS THIS MELBOURNE CUP
Suits and frocks, fillies and jocks, Melbourne Cup unites style queens, gamblers and equine enthusiasts once a year and this November, Rozelle’s 3 Weeds restaurant brings the festivities to Sydney with a Carnival Cup Luncheon for all.
The Restaurant at 3 Weeds brings all the fun and excitement of Flemington to Rozelle with an elegant Melbourne Cup day menu devised by Head Chef Leigh McDivitt.
Large screens provide ample views of the racing action, while sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed make for some great fun off the track.
True to tradition, toast with a glass of bubbles on arrival, before indulging in a 3 course spring luncheon with entrees such as Camomile tea smoked quail with hand-picked crab, basil, sweet corn and ginger jus gras.
For those looking for a more casual experience, ‘Picnic In the Bar’ entails a gourmet hamper for 5, filled with delights such as Chicken & tarragon terrine and smoked salmon, dill & crème fraiche. The $150 hamper is perfect for a relaxing long ‘picnic’ lunch and comes with the promise of dry weather, unlike the imminent rain Melbourne is infamous for.
There will be plenty of activities on the day both in the Bar and Restaurant. Try your luck in the sweepstakes or the team race tipping competition where $500 in 3 Weeds vouchers will be up for grabs.
There will be prizes for Best Dressed Male and Female so don your race day best and join the 3 Weeds this Melbourne Cup!
The Carnival Cup Luncheon, held on Thursday November 1st, is available from just $80pp
Bookings are essential.
To book, head to http://3weeds.com.au or P: 02 9818 2788
The Restaurant is open:
Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.
Lunch – Last Sunday of the Month from 12pm
Special Events – Upon request
SO what you waiting for, there is SO much to choose from – GET INVOLVED!
Balmain has a new haunt and you know what, it is pretty freaking awesome! Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend the launch along-side Bob Hawke (Ex-Prime Minister), Tim Freedman (The Whitlams), Sally Singleton (singer), Michela Noonan (actress – All Saints), Roy Billing (actor – Underbelly), Angus McLaren (actor – Packed to the Rafters) and Courtney Roulston (Masterchef). Not too shabby!
The Riversdale Group hosted the event to launch The Workers last Wednesday, 26th September via a smashing opening party.
The Workers was officially opened by ex-PrimeMinister Bob Hawke, as he shared the stage with good friend John Singleton, and Paddy Coughlan, both co-owners of the new bar.
Mr Hawke told the partying crowd that it was a “genuine pleasure” to help out mate Singleton to launch the venue that also has such a rich labour history.
Guests were treated with a live performance from Tim Freedman of the Whitlams.
All guests enjoyed samples from the yummy menu including:
There is also an AMAZING roof top terrace to rival Melbourne’s greatest:
So if you’re in the area and you fancy checking out the new digs, Sydney Social 101 would suggest that you partake immediately if not sooner!
Address: The Workers, 1/292 Darling Street Balmain
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun 5:00pm – Late
Number: 029318 1547
Sydney Social 101 had a great start to the long weekend as we were invited to review two of Balmain’s hottest boutique wine bars, Corner Bar and Cantina Bar. Now it must be said that I’m a big fan of Balmain, I could see myself living there one day, it really feels like a community and its variety of bars and restaurants seems to be growing by the week!
Sydney Social 101 decided to eat at Corner Bar and then head to Cantina for a post-dinner cocktail – which, maybe wasn’t your traditional style digestive, but did the job non-the-less!
When we arrived at Corner Bar, I was pleasantly surprised by the aesthetics of the bar, low level lighting and candle lit tables were located in a small bar come restaurant, with little vintage features and ornaments. Despite the fact that a mini storm was brewing outside, you would never know once inside the cosy retreat.
Sydney Social 101 was looked after by local Balmain boy, Lindsay Egan, who has had huge success since opening the hot new wine bars on Balmain’s culinary drag, Darling Street, along with the two young Brisbane brothers, Ryan and Daniel Singer of Two Brothers Hospitality.
When we arrived, we promptly ordered an Espresso Martini, following a recommendation by the team at Sally Burleigh PR. You know what, it didn’t disappoint and was a perfect way to start the long weekend and unwind!
Open for breakfast and dinner daily, Corner Bar is nothing short of a premium offering when it comes to delivering good food and wine. From ‘street sambos’, to fajita pizzas, and shared plates, the trio have created a menu inspired by much of their travels around the world. Corner Bar was very unlucky in their timing, as their Pizza oven decided not to work that night. We were not to worry however as there are plenty of other options to choose from!
One seated, we ordered: Scotch Eggs (had to be done, we are British after all), Arancini Balls, a pint of chips and Hot n Spicy Chicken Wings – YUM! A perfect grazing platter that hit the spot!
To accompany our mean, we also had a bottle of the house white Sauvignon Blanc, which was just delightful! We were also told that exclusive to Corner Bar, Ben Gould from Blind Corner has also created a wonderful biodynamic organic Shiraz. As one of the most dynamic young wine makers in Australia, Ben was recently named one of Gourmet Travellers 10 most exciting new producers. He is at the forefront of the natural wine movement, making wines as naturally as possible with maximum care and minimum chemical intervention.
And with one of the world’s foremost contemporary coffee authorities, Paul Bassett under their belt, it’s obvious Corner Bar is serious about delivering the best of the best to its patrons. That’ll be my next port of call for sure, bunch at Corner Bar – You know what, I can’t actually wait!
Here are some of the other dishes that are available:
Sydney Social 101 was also told that Corner Bar will undergo small tweaks over the next few weeks to play homage to its Bar heritage and build their reputation as one of the inner west’s most exciting dining destinations and intimate drinking venues.
They also have a great reputation for amazing service, and they didn’t disappoint! Whilst it was bordering on hurricane season outside, Lindsay offered to drive us to Cantina Bar, what a lovely touch – and certainly one that didn’t go unappreciated!
Their philosophy for Corner Bar and Cantina Bar is very honest and simple – ‘it’s all about things we like’… I have to say, it’s pretty much what most people would like – good food, great atmosphere and lovely crowd!
Upon arriving at Cantina Bar, I only had one thing on my mind… the Twister Margarita! We promptly sat down and put in our order! We were greeted by Ryan, who was lovely, and very welcoming! Cantina Bar too feels very welcoming and was bustling with people, always a good sign in my eyes!
The menu at Cantina Bar, overseen by Group Chef, Shelley Manton has been inspired by ingredients carefully sourced from around the globe, with a focus on Latin American flavours. Dishes include Chilean hot dogs, sliders and pulled pork nachos, with all sauces and marinades made fresh daily. Must stop by here for food next time, it looked and smelled AMAZING!
In addition, the drinks list perfectly complements the cuisine with a selection of tequilas, cocktails, wines and beer sourced from around the world. Apparently the cocktail lists are inspired by the boys’ personal travels. Co-owner Ryan Singer has also lent his expertise as the cocktail mixologist, bringing global drinking trends to Sydney’s inner west. The beer lists include boutique selections, supporting small producers from around Australia.
Cantina Bar provided the perfect venue to end the lovely evening, I can safely say that I will be back 100%. Here are some of the dishes to whet your appetite:
Open only for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday, from 5.30pm to midnight, Cantina is bringing life to the ever expanding culinary precinct of Balmain.
Sydney Social 101 was invited as a guest of Sally Burleigh PR and received a complimentary meal and beverages. All view expressed on Sydney Social 101 are our own.
Here at Sydney Social 101 we certainly are gearing up for what is set to be a fabulous, fun-filled long weekend!
Tonight we’re off to Cantina and Corner Bar in Balmain as guests to sample the amazing news menus! Full reviews to follow over the weekend – we’ve been told to look out for the Espresso Martini at Corner Bar and a Twisted Margarita at Cantina Bar as they are the way to go apparently! Sounds like a plan!
Tomorrow is just as action filled! At 12:30pm we’re heading off to Bucket List for a reservation to sample the lunch menu for Spring, with perfect panoramic views of Bondi beach, and uber crowd and beers on tap – we can’t imagine that we’ll be disappointed!
Following on from Bucket List, we’ve been invited to review The Island Bar on Cockatoo Island – which is renowned for its harbour views and yummy cocktails, my biggest highlight however is the water taxi over to the venue – life’s small pleasures hey, ha! Sydneysiders and visitors can enjoy Harbour Bridge views from iconic Cockatoo Island, just a 12 minute ferry-ride from the city, in the comfort of an exclusive custom-designed bar space with great drinks and food, and cocktails served either by the glass or in jugs perfect for sharing on a warm afternoon. If you’re keen to head this weekend, check out the website: http://www.theislandbar.com.au/
To complete an action packed Saturday, Sydney Social is heading back to our Manchester roots and celebrating all things Northern Soul as we head to Hard Rock Cafe as part of the Soul Weekender celebrations. If this is your bag and you want to catch up with like-minded people, check out this link here
On Sunday Sydney Social, along with half of the Eastern Suburbs is descending into Manly to celebrate a Monday off work! First port of call is Manly Wine as they have a chocolate wheel at the venue all weekend – hello please!
We’ll also be swinging by 4Pines, we LOVE their own brews and will be sampling the following in celebration of Oktoberfest Fest – German Pils 5.2% | 42 IBU’s, Märzen 5.2% | 23 IBU’s, Dunkelweizen 4.8% | 17 IBU’s and Doppelbock 7.2% | 21 IBU’s.
Another Manly FAVE is In Situ, the most amazing cocktails, live acoustic performances and chilled out crowd, if you’re heading manly-side – pop this on your hit list, stat!
However if you’re heading this side of the bridge (bt this side I mean East J), there are some great celebrations at Gazebo at Potts Point. They plan to transform the already quirky and beautiful Gazebo into a celebration reminiscent of Gene Wilder’s chocolate factory, complete with chocolate fountain and three-course bubblegum*.Held over the entire October long weekend, this promises to be an amazing event for young and old. There will be a chocolate fountain (YUM!) Fri – Mon, a chocolate installation will be installed staff dressed in purple themed outfits.
There will be a few chocolate inspired beverages – one where the bar staff will use the chocolate fondue. We will also have the chocolate wheel spinning all weekend!
Over in Surry Hills, The Winery will be celebrating all things Surry Hills! For three whole days! Street art! Fashion! Food! Wine! Stay!
All in all, you simply have no excuse to not go out and get involved!
Happy Long Weekend everyone! Have a good en’ and stay safe x