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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

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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.

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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).

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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

Manly 101 – TMG Developments confirm further investment in Manly restaurant scene

I absolutely love Manly, as you can see from my ‘Suburb in the spotlight’ post here.

I’m really pleased to announce that Robert Magid of TMG Developments, who in recent years has been responsible for the restoration and beautification of several significant public heritage buildings such as the historical Harbour Rocks Hotel and the transformation of Pier One Wharf from derelict to a world-class luxury hotel, is now be able to move forward with the next phase of investment in Manly Wharf following the NSW Land and Environment Court’s decision to approve his revised Development Application.

Known for his design prowess in always maintaining respect for the historical and architectural features in all his property upgrades, Magid’s involvement with the Manly Wharf site extends back to 1995 when it was a much less welcoming shopping arcade and games zone. In 2002, TMG undertook a complete overhaul and refurbishment of the entire wharf, transforming it into a premium restaurant precinct with the signings of Hugos, the Bavarian Bier Café, Phoenix restaurant and the Manly Wharf Hotel. This kick started the turnaround not only of the dining scene in the area but also helped further establish Manly as a world class tourism destination.

As a testament to the appeal and quality of the Manly Wharf precinct, it has been recently confirmed that Justin Hemmes of the Merivale Group has signed up to be part of the wharf too. Hemmes’ dining destinations are known around the world and not only does this mark his first waterfront restaurant but also his first move north of the Harbour Bridge. Hemmes confirmed in June this year his commitment to moving into the wharf and announced his Executive Chef, Dan Hong behind the successful Mr Wongs and El Loco restaurants, is was working on a menu of Argentinian and Cuban food with a bit of Mexican. Magid is sure the new restaurants approved on the roof will also attract other world class hospitality operators and set a new benchmark again for Manly residents.

“We have responded to concerns raised through the hearing process and have substantially modified the design of the proposal. We now look forward to this next phase of investment in Manly Wharf and continuing to attract the very best restaurant and dining operators from Australia and around the world that will add to the appeal of Manly as a world-wide tourist attraction and which will be enjoyed by the people of Manly and visitors alike” Magid commented

Social Spy** Ivanhoe Hotel Sneak Peek

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Last night Sydney Social was invited to the exclusive launch of the Ivanhoe Hotel for an exclusive sneak peek inside the local landmark.

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For decades, the Ivanhoe has been a bar, restaurant, and nightclub staple on the Manly Corso, and the new transformation is truly impressive.

Lucky guests were able to witness the transformation inside, party on the outside decking, try the new sweet vodka mixers served in funky glasses and sample the mouth-watering pizza, lobster soup, burgers plus other treats off new menu too!

The first floor is inviting with plenty of cosy seating and hosts a decedent staircase. There are open areas tucked away and interesting art ties the space together. The second floor’s spacious veranda is perfect for daytime people watching and an after-hours drink. Dance floor junkies can congregate on the spacious third level dance floor, overlooked by a DJ booth.

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Whilst the former Ivanhoe offered a damn fine $10 steak and plenty of locals for a game of pool, the new nautical digs, inventive cocktails and classed-up menu selection will leave you wanting to explore each of the three levels.

According to Bar MD, Grant Collins, the highly anticipated grand re-opening has left Manly locals and Sydneysiders alike, all eager to see how the renovation would take a modern approach to a classic seaside pub.

The iconic hotel, based in Manly has been closed for refurbishment and the official grand opening for the public will be at the end of March!

Next time you find yourself on the Northern Beaches, we highly recommend popping into The Ivanhoe for a bite and a drink.—you won’t be disappointed!

For more info check out http://www.ivanhoehotelmanly.com.au

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WHAT’S ON** FEEL THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY IN SYDNEY

This Valentine’s Day there is plenty to treat your other half to, or yourself!

Here is a comprehensive list for you to have a glance at, to give you inspiration for the day of love!

Valentine’s Day at Arras

At this stunning restaurant nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s the perfect choice for an inner city splash out. Think amazing food, stunning intimate interior and LOTS of brownie points! There’s a five course menu and an eight course degustation to choose from.

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Bucket List Bondi

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“Come in to The Bucket List and break bread with your Valentine on February 14!” – The lovely guys at Bucket List: Bondi ‘s beach-front trendy eatery, have baked a special heart shaped loaf.

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Top chef Tom has created a platter that he calls -‘Love to Share’. It promises to be amazing and has a bit of an aphrodisiac theme -rock oysters, tartare of salmon served with avocado crème, fresh figs , almonds, pomegranate and zucchini flowers … which will be sure to get you in the mood! at $40 it is incredible value.

Valentine’s Day with the Keystone Group

GAZEBO WINE GARDEN

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The Scoot N Root

Glass of Madam Coco rosé, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start and a main course – $55 per person

Glass of Taittinger, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start, a main course and dessert – $99 per person

*Have dinner with us then head then over to Darlinghurst Theatre to see Torch Song Trilogy. If we book for you – we can get you a concession rate to the play for $35!*

THE WINERY

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Fall in love at The Winery

Indulge in a desert tasting plate for two for $26 which can be ordered on the night.

MANLY WINE

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Surf, Wine and Love at Manly

A delicious dinner, decadent desserts and a wine list to swoon over! We also have a rose, chocolate and glass of bubbles for $15 to make your dinner that little bit extra special.

NEWTOWN HOTEL – THE ANIMAL

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Get animalistic this Valentine’s Day

Enjoy bubbles on arrival, a flower for your valentine and a feast for 2 from our Greek Eatery – $55 per person

AND if you are flying solo this Valentine’s day…

Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ

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Who needs boys anyway?

$35 Banquet menu including cocktails on arrival.

MCA Café’s “Sounds on the Terrace”

At the MCA Café in the Rocks, guests can soak up free live music and spectacular views from Circular Quay to the Harbour Bridge at the Café’s Sculpture Terrace where Sounds on the Terrace takes place. This is the perfect spot to start your Valentine’s evening with pre-dinner drinks before your dinner reservation nearby. Or you can make a night of it in the relaxed ambience, sipping champagne and enjoying shared plates with friends and loved ones. New Sydney-based act, Recall will feature music composed by Daniel OʼLeary on the night.

MCA Cafe & Sculpture Terrace

The MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace is located on Level Four of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The understated but luxurious finishes of the Sculpture Terrace provide a sleek contemporary backdrop to suit any occasion. Open to the public as well as Museum visitors, the café has a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea, or simply to drop in for a coffee. The seasonal and sustainable menu changes daily, to utilise fresh, local produce.

Date: Thursday 14 February 2013
Time: 05.30 PM – 09.00 PM
Location: MCA Sculpture Terrace, Level 4 Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
Cost: Free
More Info: http://www.mca.com.au/events/sounds-terrace-14-feb/5822/

Vaucluse House Tea Rooms

At the Eastern Suburbs’ historic Vaucluse House Tearooms, Fresh Catering will present an exclusive dining event featuring live entertainment for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th. The Tearooms are situated within the grounds of the Vaucluse House Estate.

Guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course dinner prepared by award-winning caterer, Fresh Catering, together with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. With bookings available after 6pm, the price for each guest is $65. Live harp music will feature throughout the night, filling the room with a touch old school romance.

Celebrate Valentines at The Star Casino

The Darling

This February, The Darling hotel will be running its special ‘Be My Darling’ package including an overnight stay, romantic breakfast for two in your room and two cocktails at Cherry bar. For those seeking extra relaxation, it’s possible to upgrade your booking to a Jewel Suite for an additional $250 that entitles guests to a couple’s massage to the value of $350.

(Be My Darling $399; Jewel Suite Upgrade $250; to book quote “BEMYDARLING”; available Sunday-Thursday February 2013; 1800 800 830;www.thedarling.com.au)

Spa

In celebration of the month of love, The Spa at The Darling is offering two exclusive pamper sessions for both men and women – The Romeo and The Juliet. For the guys, what’s not to love about an invigorating sports massage, followed by a relaxing scalp massage and a refreshing beer afterwards as part of the treatment? The Juliet includes an express facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, the short and sweet pedi and an indulgent glass of champagne at the end.

(The Romeo – 1hr 15 $200; The Juliet – 1hr 30 $200; available February 2013; 1800 800 830; www.thedarling.com.au)

Sokyo

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The contemporary Japanese restaurant will be serving an indulgent eight course menu, created by renowned chef Chase Kojima, including some of the restaurant’s most famed dishes such as its signature sushi and Abalone Tempura. Chef Kojima brilliantly fuses traditional Japanese culinary craftsmanship with modern Australian flavour.

($120 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/sokyo

BLACK by ezard

Award winning chef, Teague Ezard, has put together a seven course degustation menu for Valentine’s Day showcasing what makes BLACK by ezard one of Sydney’s top restaurants. From a delicate sashimi through to a luxuriant wagyu rump, the menu features the perfect balance of Australian and Asian flavours.

($130 per person, matching wines $70 per adult; bookings required; www.star.com.au/black)


Balla

Stefano Manfredi brings the best of romantic Italy to your table at Balla this Valentine’s Day with a four course set menu beginning with an antipasti feast, followed by a choice of fresh pasta, a main course of either wood grilled John Dory or veal tenderloin, finishing off with a delicious Italian dessert.

($125 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/balla)

Cherry

With its stunning harbour views, Cherry bar is the perfect setting for a stylish pre-dinner tipple to begin your evening. Choose from a host of impeccably made cocktails, made with only the finest ingredients, including fruity Bellinis, aromatic Mojitos and robust scotch based drinks.

(www.star.com.au/cherry)

Rock Lily: Thursday 14th February

It’s rockabilly night at The Star’s live music venue this Valentine’s Day with a dance competition open to everyone! Strut your stuff on the dance floor to Australia’s best live swing acts for the chance to win prizes galore.

7:30pm-9:30pm – Aston Martinis

10:00pm – 11:30pm – Jordan C Thomas

(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, Rock Lily operates on a first in best dressed basis;www.star.com.au/rocklily)

24/7 Sports Bar Thursday 14th February

It’s set to be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for cricket lovers this year as Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee and Brad Hadden make an appearance at the 24/7 Sports Bar. There’ll be a chance to get the players’ autographs, listen to a short Q&A and enter a competition to win a framed signed bat by the Australian Cricket team.

(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, 24/7 Sports Bar operates on a first in, best dressed basis)

For bookings, more information or enquiries, visit www.star.com.au or call 1800 700 700.

So as you can see there is PLENTY to choose from! Hope you have a simply wonderful day and celebrate it with those that mean the most to you!

WHAT’S ON – Sydney 101 – Celebrate all that is Australian this Australia Day…

Whether it’s your first Aussie Day (January 26th) or if it’s your 30th, there is absolutely no reason not to get involved.

There are so many cool activities taking place across this lil’ ol’ country that we call home.

When I first arrived in Sydney four years ago on the 23rd January, I had no idea that there even was an Australia Day, no less when it was! Little did I know that it was in 3 days time, and that it would be one of the best days of my travels yet!

Back in 2009, we started at Hyde Park with a crate of Pure Blonde, then we headed to The Australian Hotel in The Rocks. We then ended our day watching the fireworks at Darling Harbour – they were spectacular!

I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before! So here is a little gift from me to you, to let you decide how your perfect Australia Day will be spent:

1. Bronte Beach BBQ (all day)

Avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the quaint Eastern Suburbs beach between Bondi and Coogee. It is one of the few places where you’re allowed to drink in the open and it has grass, sand and BBQs to complete a relaxing day at the beach.

2. The Rocks – Glenmore and The Australian Heritage Hotel (all day)

This was suggested by one of Sydney Social 101’s Facebook fans as a ‘must-see’ for Australia Day – You can enjoy Emu and Kangaroo pizzas at The Australian, then wander a mere 20 metres to The Glenmore for spectacular Sydney Harbour views. A great option if the weather isn’t 100% as The Glenmore now has a retractable roof to ensure that rain, sun or hail, you can enjoy a schooner with a view!

3. Bondi Rocks – North Bondi (12pm til late)

If you fancy a lively day with beer, sounds and shapes, head to Bondi Rocks in North Bondi – One for all the hipsters (or wanna be) out there!

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4. Festival of the Voice – The Rocks (12pm – 8pm)

A great suggestions by another SS101 Facebook groupies 🙂 They advised their pick would be to head to The Rocks this Australia Day for a free celebration of music and song.

There is also a twilight concert with Australian artists in Dawes Point Park. Again you’ll be able to take advantage of stunning Harbour views.

There are also concerts at First Fleet Park and ‘Song Street’ (George Street). If you’re talented with regards to vocal gymnastics, you can even make sweet music on the karaoke stage in The Rocks Square.

5. Darling Harbour – Australia Day Fireworks

Like I did on my first Australia Day, join thousands of people at Cockle Bay, hear an official address from the NSW Premier and witness the grand finale of Sydney’s Australia Day celebrations—an exhilarating symphony of light, sound and pyrotechnics. Perfect if you’re looking for things to do with the family!

6. Party hard with the best of them with Keystone!

Cargo Bar, Cargo Lounge, Bungalow 8 and The Loft have a list of celebrations to suit all tastes this Australia Day here in Sydney, from 25 – 28 January!

They are all hosting a four day festival at the four iconic harbour-side venues on King Street Wharf! With over 50 different DJs and live acts, plus activities, games and more, ‘Oz Fest’ is a celebration of Australian icons with all the jam-packed excitement and entertainment of a festival! Including Minx She Can DJ tour, Sosueme DJs, Strummer & heaps more!

Sweethearts Rooftop Bar is hosting Aussie celebrations from 25 – 28th January! There will be $5 tinnies and great Aussie food ALL WEEKEND

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The Sugarmill will be hosting a massive Australia Day party across four floors from 10pm – Kings Cross

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Gazebo – 26th January from 12pm

Peter Allen Party with DJs from 4pm, celebrations from 12pm for a massive AustraliaDay Celebration.

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Manly Wine – 26th January from 3pm

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7. Rave the night away at Pacha at The Ivy – Saturday 26 January from 6:30pm!

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Now there are no doubt many events and activities I have missed out – If you have any suggestions, please post a comment below!

Hope you all have the best Australia Day ever!

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

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

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

All looks can be purchased at www.skyeandstaghorn.com

Skye & Staghorn 'Volkerson' One Piece $210.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Volkerson’ One Piece $210.00

 

Skye & Staghorn ' DK' One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘ DK’ One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn 'Cody Jane' One Piece $265.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Cody Jane’ One Piece $265.00

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Skye & Staghorn 'Joker' Two Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Joker’ Two Piece $206.00

SOCIAL SPY** XMAS EVE, XMAS and BOXING DAY CELEBRATIONS ACROSS SYDNEY

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Across Sydney there is a huge number of events taking place to celebrate the festive season! Here is an overview of these events!

More to follow, please let Sydney Social 101 is you have any requests for information and events taking place in a specific suburb!

Bungalow 8’s Xmas Eve Bash

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Get your mates together and come and celebrate the silly season with $5 drinks, great party tunes and good times on Sydney harbour.
Date: 24th December 2012

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Time: 6pm

Cost: Free

Address: 3 Lime St, Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9299 4660

 Cargo Lounge, BBM’s British Christmas Eve Party

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What do you do when you find yourself on the other side of the world on Xmas Eve thousands of miles away from your family? Party like Brit!

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Date: 24th December 2012

Time: 4pm

Cost: Free for Brits

Address: 52-60 The Promenade Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9262 1777

BLOC PARTY at Sugarmill, Kit & Kaboodle, Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ

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4 Levels of entertainment every Saturday night. Old school hip-hop on the rooftop, party mash ups on level 2, house music on level 1 and house classics in the Main Bar.

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Date: 23rd of Dec and every Saturday

Time: 10pm

Entertainment: Alison Wonderland, Joyride, Devola, Hobophonics, Steve Franks, Baby Gee, Chris Coast, Mista Kay, Micky D + many more.

Address: 33-37 Darlinghurst Road Kings Cross 2011

(02) 9368 7333

The Newtown Hotel Christmas Party

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Wolves and Lace Xmas Bash – be there.

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Date: 23rd December 2012

Time: 12pm

Entertainment: DJ’s – Girls night Sveta, Girlthing DJ’s

Cost: Free
Address: 174 King St Newtown NSW 2042

(02) 9557 6399

Gazebo Wine Garden, Christmas Eve Party

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Catch up with your chosen family for drinks and dinner.

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Date: 24th December 2012

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free
Address: 2 Elizabeth Bay Road Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011

(02) 9357 5333

The Winery, Christmas Eve Party

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Celebrate Christmas the European way, on Christmas Eve at The Winery.

Date: 24th December 2012

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free
Address: 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

(02) 9331 0833

Manly Wine, Christmas Eve Party

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Get your mates together and come and celebrate the silly season with $10 drinks, $20 buckets, great party tunes, sea breezes and Australia’s best bar views of Manly Beach

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Date: 24th December 2012

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free
Address: 8-13 South Steyne, Manly NSW 2095

(02) 8966 9000

BOXING DAY

 Boxing Day on the Harbour, Bungalow 8 & the loft

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Watch the sun set over the Harbour and enjoy fresh seafood platters + sparkling for $140 or $15 sangria jugs.
Date: 26th December 2012

Time: 12pm until late

Cost: free
Address: 3 Lime St, Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9299 4660

 Cargo Bar & Lounge, Boxing Day Bash

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Party day into night with an all-star entertainment line-up, $5 beers, $5 bubbly & $10 steaks.

Date: 26th December 2012

Time: 12pm till late

Cost: $10 after 10pm
Address: 52-60 The Promenade Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9262 1777

Boxing Day at Gazebo Wine Garden

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Grab picnic lunch with a bottle of rose/bubbles.

Date: 26th December 2012

Time: 12pm until late

Address: 2 Elizabeth Bay Road Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011

(02) 9357 5333

 Boxing Day at The Winery

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Join us in the laneway for a drinks and nibbles.


Date: 26th December 2012

Time: 12pm until late

Address: 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

(02) 9331 0833

 Boxing Day at Manly Beach

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Spend your afternoon in a place you’d rather be, with mates at Manly Wine, $20 Corona buckets and $15 jugs!

Date: 26th December 2012

Time: 12pm until late

Address: 8-13 South Steyne, Manly NSW 2095

(02) 8966 9000

SYDNEY SOCIAL 101’S MELBOURNE CUP INSPIRATION

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.
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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.

KEYSTONE

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 functionsandevents@tksg.com.au

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 functionsandevents@tksg.com.au

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 info@cargobar.com.au

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 info@bungalow8sydney.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 info@sugarmill.com.au

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 functionsandevents@tksg.com.au

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 info@gazebowinegarden.com.au

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 info@thewinerysurryhills.com.au

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 info@manlywine.com.au

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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

THE BERESFORD

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 reservations@bavarianbiercafe.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!

Want a a fabulous, fun-filled Sydney long-weekend? Read on!

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!

Bucket List – Night time exterior

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

I WISH!

Pure Bier Fest launches across Sydney

 

Setting the challenge to all Mitmenschen, Bavarian Bier Café’s annual bier (not beer) festival, Pure Bier Fest, will return this May, with a range of tempting deals on offer across its eight Sydney venues and the chance for true bier lovers to become the ultimate Bavarian Bier Café ‘Man’ or ‘Woman’.

 

Pure Bier Fest is a month-long celebration of the German Bier Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). Arguably the best consumer law ever made, the 1516 legislation declares that pure German bier can only contain four ingredients; hops, malt, yeast and water – the Bavarian Bier Café’s secret to great tasting pure bier.

 

The Pure Bier Fest will officially launch on Tuesday 1 May across all Bavarian Bier Café venues including; CBD favourites O’Connell St and York St, Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, beachside ‘burbs Manly and Bondi and closer to home locals Crows Nest, Parramatta and Chatswood.

 

Pure Bier Fest’s calendar of offers includes:

 

Mondays

Pure Bier lovers need not fear the return to the daily grind, with Monday night Bier Flights aiding you back into the working week – $10 gets you a selection of specially imported and specialty Bavarian Pure Biers.

 

Tuesdays

Think you can slam down a mega pork schnitzel? The ultimate Löwenschnitzel eating challenge will stretch bellies across Sydney on Tuesday night, with a bier on the house if you get to the last gulp.

 

Wednesdays

Pure Bier taste challenges will test the most hoppy taste buds on a Wednesday night, pitching Pure Bier against your, ahem, ‘standard’ Aussie beers (not biers).

 

Thursdays

Thursdays will see the return of the Bier Akademies, run by Bavarian Bier Café’s own Bier Meisters who will be teaching bier lovers everything they need to know about Pure Bier.

 

Fridays

Bier & Beats featuring DJ music will get patrons in the mood to wind down the working week on Fridays.

 

As well as offering great food and bier deals, each Bavarian Bier Café will challenge bier aficionados to become ‘The Man’ or ‘The Woman’. Over the Pure Bier Fest guests can participate in a challenge and earn tallies against their name on the Bavarian Bier Café blackboard. At the end of the Pure Bier Fest, the winning Man or Woman at each location will receive an invitation into the Stein Club, an exclusive invite only bier club, and the accolade of their name represented on a stein in the venue.

 

Bier enthusiasts will delight in the range of Bavarian biers on offer.  Whether you’re a traditionalist Löwenbräu Original devotee or if you’re enticed by the more subtle tropical flavours of Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell, there’s a bier on offer to tantalise all tastes for the amber liquid.

 

Bavarian Bier Café Managing Director, John Szangolies says: “Pure Bier Fest is a celebration of authentic, premium Bavarian Bier. It gives our patrons an opportunity to appreciate the quality ingredients and heritage of Bavarian Bier. Most importantly, we aim to put on a fun month where our guests can enjoy great food and bier while joining in the Pure Bier Fest spirit.”

 

For more information about Pure Bier Fest 2012, visit http://www.bavarianbiercafe.com/

 

For bookings contact:

 


 

Bavarian Bier Café

York Street

24 York Street

Sydney 2000

(02) 8297 4111

 

Bavarian Bier Café

O’Connell Street,

16 O’Connell Street

Sydney 2000

(02) 9221 0100

 

Bavarian Bier Café

Manly

Shop 2-5, West Esplanade

Manly 2095

(02) 9977 8088

 

Bavarian Bier Café

Entertainment Quarter

212 Bent St

Moore Park NSW 2021

(02) 9361 3833

 

Bavarian Bier Café

Bondi Beach

108 Campbell Parade

Bondi Beach 2026

(02) 8988 5935

 

Bavarian Bier Café

Chatswood Central Precinct

Shop 4-6, 1 Railway St

Chatswood

(02) 8922 8100

 

Bavarian Bier Café

Parramatta

2-8 Phillip Street

Parramatta 2150

(02) 8836 1400

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