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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

For venue details and more events:


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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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: Exclusive Cape Mentelle Dinner at The Winery

The Winery is a stunning wine bar located on Crown Street in Surry Hills. If you’ve never been, I strongly suggest you go if you like wine, lovely surroundings and great service.

The perfect opportunity to check out one of Sydney Social’s top picks is an exclusive Cape Mentelle Dinner with senior wine maker, Rob Mann and Keystone’s head sommelier, Sarah Limacher that is being held at The Winery. We recon it’s sure to be an awesome event!


When: Tuesday 6th August at 7pm

Where: The Winery, 285A Crown St Surry Hills

What: Three course dinner with matching wines with Rob Mann & Sarah Limacher

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Call The Winery to book on 9331 0833, or email:


What’s on: Grandmaster Flash in the Flesh at the Soda Factory


When: Friday March 22nd, 9pm-5am
Cost: $20 (on the door)

He’s the daddy of DJ culture, the ultimate decknician, the grand master himself, and he’s coming to Surry Hills’ tightest new hotspot, the Soda Factory, on Friday 22nd March.

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Grandmaster Flash has been killin’ it since ’74, and is still regarded one of the greatest DJs of all time. So dust off your platforms and don’t miss your chance to catch Flash in the flesh in the intimate, vintage surrounds of the Soda Factory.

Less than a month since opening their doors, The Soda Factory is fast becoming the watering hole of choice for hot bands and celebs alike. Just recently, hit makers Bloc Party were seen kicking back behind the coke machine. With sweet old school tunes, delish dogs and killer cocktails it’s no wonder the likes of Kele, A-Trak and the other cool kids come to hang… must be something in the bubbles…

Speaking of cool kids, the Soda Factory is stoked to announce an additional ‘secret’ show for Electric Empire after the overwhelming response to last night’s gig. The indie roots band will perform this special encore show tonight, Friday 15th March. With no door charge, we suggest you take your dollars straight to the bar for a Choc Passion Martini instead.

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For venue details and more events:


16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

For those in the know, last night saw Sydney’s music industry heavyweights, actors, artists and more arrive in droves for the opening of Surry Hills’ newest late-night sweet spot, The Soda Factory.

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From the outside, onlookers questioned why there was a queue on Wentworth Ave for entry to a hot-dog joint. Those with a keen eye though, would have spied celebrities slipping behind a 1950’s coke machine and not remerging until hours later, faces flushed and wearing smiles. Sydney Social 101 LOVES this!!!!

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Thirsty Mirc frontman Rai Thistlethwayte, Triple J breakfast presenter, Alex Dyson and the god father of music himself Michael Chugg were just a few of the music industry faces out in support of the night.

Channel V presenter Marty Smiley and Actress Sarah Snook were seen cutting up the dance floor while New York’s DJ SPINNA worked the decks. And Masterchef winner Andy Allen and Puberty Blues actress Charlotte Best kicked back on the make-shift crate booths sipping cocktails.

Scott Tweedie, Renee Brack, Nacho Pop, Casey Burgess, Akos Armont, Nick Westaway and Dominic Allburn were also amongst the crowd.

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Guests had the chance to sample drinks from the menu designed by mixologist Mitchell Warters, straight from London. He’s spent the last two years perfecting the art of the delicious drop at Richard Branson’s exclusive members-only Roof Gardens cocktail bar on High Street, LDN.

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But rather than a traditional serving of spirits and classic cocktails, Warters has created some unique and exciting signature drinks to complement the old school atmosphere. The Chocolate Passion Martini: rich blend of dark chocolate and lush passionfruit was a real crowd pleaser. The Sailers Mule was cinnamon and bitters infused and served with a cute red and white milk-bar straw while the Sweet Gal’s Blush was a fruity mix of strawberries and kiwifruit.

To tie in with the hot-dog restaurant entry, food on the night consisted of gourmet dogs and sides of Mac & Cheese. The Hotdogs on offer included: The Texas Redneck – Classic Frankfurter Sausage, Smoked Chilli, Cheese, Texas BBQ Sauce, The Johnny Drama – Beef Sausage Bacon, Sour Cream, Avocado, Tomato Salsa, and The Buffalo Bill Chicken Dog -Battered Chicken Sausage, Buffalo Chicken Sauce, Cheese.

Bar owner Graham Cordery said the night was a huge success “We’ve had an incredible first night and the response has been overwhelming. People have been craving something different from Surry Hills for a while now and where excited to be able to offer them both a not so small bar and music venue all in one.”

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For those in the know, The Soda Factory will offer the highest quality entertainment and beverages in a wonderfully central location, long into the night and beyond.

So whether you stop for a nightcap hot dog at Bobby’s Boss Dogs – the fast food joint that conceals this hidden gem – or pass through it as you wander out in the early morning glow, there’s a secret spot waiting for you at the bottom end of Surry Hills – but don’t just go telling everyone, alright? Shh, it’s just this way…

Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 12am
Thursday 5pm – 2am
Friday 5pm – 5am
Saturday 7pm – 5am

Upcoming Events/Artists
§ Thurs Feb 21st (VIP launch) DJ SPINNA (NYC)
§ Sat Feb 22nd – Public Launch Party feat DJ SPINNA
§ Sat March 2nd – GREG WILSON (UK)
§ Thursday March 15th – ELECTRIC EMPIRE (Live)
§ Sat March 16th – DROP OUT ORCHESTRA (Sweden)
§ Friday March 22nd – GRANDMASTER FLASH (USA)


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.


Bucket List Bondi


“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.


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



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!*



Fall in love at The Winery

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



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.



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


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
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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;


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;



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;

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;


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;


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.


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;

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 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!



Hey sweetheart, now that this old dive is closing up… I know of a swingin’ new place. Some guy told me about it a few days ago, he said it was a hip honky-tonk with it’s door all hidden up behind one of them hot dog joints? And the hot dogs aren’t half bad either, he says – anyway, whaddaya say sweetheart? I’ll buy you a gin soda, take you for a dance…

It’s a warm midnight and the pavement is slick from a passing summer shower. The lights have gone up and it’s time to move on, but this ol’ suburb has been kicking off its heels and crawling in to bed or wandering further abroad… up until now.

A phoney fifties’ coke machine makes a secret entrance to a space you’d never expect: welcome to The Soda Factory, Surry Hills’ newest late-night sweet spot. They’ve stripped out the Mars Lounge, Tone and all that fleshy interior to present the stunning industrial bones of this beautiful old building, and there’s a top-notch cocktail menu to match.

And with it’s late-trading license, The Soda Factory will have the tunes sorted. Expect a regular offering of live acts, international DJ’s & local vibe controllers to engineer your nights from chill in the early evening to some sweet, sweet d-floor action later on, expect to leave early… if you know what we mean.

Bar owner and Experience Entertainment Director, Graham Cordery says, “Surry Hills is one of the most diverse and trendy suburbs in the world, but when it comes to late night offerings, there’s been something missing.”

He knows how to make a place work, too: with Experience Entertainment at the helm of ivy’s weekly shindigs for the last 2.5 years and bringing home AHA’s Best Entertainment Venue two years in a row, his standards for a good night out are understandably pretty darn high.

“Just like Surry Hills, there’s going to be a little bit of something for everyone when we open our doors.”

Joining Cordery’s wealth of experience in the electronic music scene, partner Michael Chase brings a world of experience in live music acts to the table, mastering the delicate confluence of old-school classics and contemporary beats, from Buddy Holly to Dangermouse. Chase’s background at MGM Distribution paints a picture of one of the most well-respected names in the music industry – and with that clout comes some serious pulling power.

Aside from big names, early evening punters might be treated to some select live sets. “The live music component will also try to support some of the best up-and-coming and indie talents out there,” Chase explains. “Earlier in the night or mid-week nights we’d love to get some great acoustic sets on.”

At this bar & music venue, the stage will find itself under the feet of the coolest touring bands and exclusive guest DJs. This exciting hybrid of bar & creative space boasts a first for Sydney, evoking the experience of a smoky late night New York club. That’s how you’ll find New York’s DJ SPINNA manning the decks for the launch party on Saturday 23rd February and the legendary Grandmaster Flash a few weeks later.

But don’t worry if you left your dancing shoes at home: you’ll still find a spot at the bar to suit, with a drinks menu designed by mixologist Mitchell Warters, straight from London. He’s spent the last two years perfecting the art of the delicious drop at Richard Branson’s exclusive members-only Roof Gardens cocktail bar on High Street, LDN. But rather than a traditional serving of spirits and classic cocktails, Warters will be creating some unique and exciting signature drinks for The Soda Factory to complement the old school atmosphere.

Warters’ philosophy is all about flavour-focused, accessible, unpretentious cocktails with an adventurous streak, but not too intimidating. His playful approach to cocktails includes nostalgic numbers like root beer floats with gourmet ice cream and switched out bubbles (like raspberry lemonade and vodka ice cream). The pina colada and martini get new twists, too. A focus on quality will bring you a more ‘adult’ selection of organic vodka, lychee, ruby red grapefruit and sage, or pepper tequila, basil, strawberry and cranberry juice.

The soda syphon will also make a triumphant return with a boozy makeover, serving up share cocktails of sparkling apple and rum as well as gin and lemonade and similar classic pairings. 12 classic cocktails, 12 original cocktails and late-night service: there should be no shortage of delicious dance-floor lubrication going on at this hip new bar.

For those ones in the know, The Soda Factory will offer the highest quality entertainment and beverages in a wonderfully central location, long into the night and beyond.
So whether you stop for a nightcap hot dog at Bobby’s Boss Dogs – the fast food joint that conceals this hidden gem – or pass through it as you wander out in the early morning glow, there’s a secret spot waiting for you at the bottom end of Surry Hills – but don’t just go telling everyone, alright? Shh, it’s just this way…

Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 12am
Thursday 5pm – 2am
Friday 5pm – 5am
Saturday 7pm – 5am

Upcoming Events/Artists
Thurs Feb 21st (VIP launch) DJ SPINNA (NYC)
Sat Feb 22nd – Public Launch Party feat DJ SPINNA
Sat March 2nd – GREG WILSON (UK)
Thursday March 15th – ELECTRIC EMPIRE (Live)
Sat March 16th – DROP OUT ORCHESTRA (Sweden)
Friday March 22nd – GRANDMASTER FLASH (USA)

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!


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


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


Gazebo – 26th January from 12pm

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


Manly Wine – 26th January from 3pm



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


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!

SOCIAL SPY** Taste of Clinique Breakfast

It looks like it’s set to be a VERY merry Christmas – as Clinque have revealed some of their latest must-have products at an exclusive breakfast launch.
The Taste of Clinique, held at the Rainforest Street Social in Surry Hill, showcased some of the brand’s top selling products from this year along with their latest new goodies set to appear in 2013!
Flying off the shelves has been the Clinique High Impact Mascara, which retails at $38. The mascara contains a built-in-base of polymers, which when layered onto the lashes create a wide eye dramatic look.
Adding a heap of colour is the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, which retails at $35 and has become a worldwide phenomenon. As well as providing statement pouts with it’s colourful range. It also pampers and protects the lips, as it has a special blend of butters and oils in it to moisturise them all day long.
Also causing a storm this year has been the Clinique’s NEW Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, which repairs skin and helps it stay hydrated.
Top make-up Jenna Menard is a massive fan, revealing it helped her at this year’s New Work Fashion Week.
“Moisture Surge Intense was essential to prepping the models’ skin so that I had a good base before placing foundation where needed. It plumped the skin and gave it the luminous finish that was essential to the look,” she said in an official statement.
As well as a heap of other goodies, which will be revealed in due course, the Clinique camp have announced that they are giving away ten glitzy prizes to their phone savvy beauty buyers!
Don’t miss your chance! All you need to do is log onto the Clinique mobile website and purchase something using your smart phone before January 22! There are ten give aways worth over $300 and the lucky winners will be revealed on January 23!
For more information visit



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

Bungalow Sign

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

Bungalow 8

Bungalow 8

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free

Address: 3 Lime St, Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9299 4660

 Cargo Lounge, BBM’s British Christmas Eve Party

Cargo Lounge by Moon Light

Cargo Lounge by Moon Light

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


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.


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


Wolves and Lace Xmas Bash – be there.


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


Catch up with your chosen family for drinks and dinner.

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


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

Manly Wine

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 on the Harbour, Bungalow 8 & the loft

Bungalow 8

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

Cargo Lounge

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


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


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

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