Hello autumn! A new season is almost here and so is a jam-packed month of things to do.
As the crisp autumnal weather begins to creep into our early mornings, venues around Sydney are following suit with comforting meat-fest dinners, cosy laneway pop-ups, an espresso martini festival plus more. See what’s happening in and around Sydney this month and get planning.
As the big parade nears closer and closer, it’s time to stock up on glitter and get costume ready. Secure a spot on Oxford or Flinders Street to catch the parade in action, or alternatively check out the parties that are happening in and around the city. Get inspired with our Ultimate Guide to Mardi Gras 2019.
NOLA Meat Month
Paying homage to all things meaty this month is NOLA. Kicking off from Friday 1st March, punters can expect a series of meat-inspired events and offerings. There’s all-you-can-eat Meat Mondays from just $49pp, plus a Saturday Pork Fest, giving pork lovers a nine-course shared style dinner for $95pp.
To round off the month, a special one-off Beef Degustation Lunch will kick off on Saturday 30th March. Giving you the chance to spend the afternoon meat-munching your way through a menu inspired by the produce, cooking techniques and flavours of Louisiana. For $79pp, enjoy a four-course beef menu + dessert, or for $119pp, enjoy your meal with matched wines and a whiskey. For more information and to book, click here.
Our love for gin is stronger than ever, so much so that the Australian Gin Distillers Association is hosting the ultimate event for lovers of the aromatic spirit – the Sydney Gin Palooza. Held over two jam-packed days on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March, the Gin Palooza sees 37 of Australia’s top gin distillers popping up at well-known restaurant, Manjit’s. For just $70pp, punters will be able to enjoy entry to the festival, plus UNLIMITED gin tastings, CAPI mixers and canapés throughout the five sessions. For more info click here.
A Tasmanian cellar door laneway pop-up
For one day only, Sydney’s laneway bar Three Bottle Man, in partnership with some of Tassie’s best producers, will transform into a pop-up cellar door. On Thursday 7th March, you can expect multiple stalls showcasing Tasmania’s top wines and spirits. Interspersed with live oyster shucking, interactive cheese stations, food stalls, roaming trays of hot food and more. For $25pp, you’ll receive 4 tokens and glassware, with 1 token allocated per drink and 2 tokens per food item. For more information and to book, click here.
Get your float on this month at the annual Manly Inflatable Boat Race! Kicking off on Sunday 17th March, get your inflatable flamingo ready, as the 1km race sees people paddle from Shelley Beach to South Steyne. All profits raised go to Tour de Cure.
Scout Sydney arrives to The Dolphin Surry Hills
Scout by London export, Matt Whiley, is bringing his Sydney version of world famous bar to Surry Hills. Opening Thursday 28th February Scout Sydney will take up permanent residency above The Dolphin Hotel. Here they’ll be slinging sustainably focused cocktails that blur the line between cocktail, wine and drink. The unique drinks list will sit alongside a small plate program created in collaboration with Icebergs and The Dolphin Hotel’s head chef Monty Koludrovic.
Over the course of a booze-laden weekend, Manly Spirit Co. Distillery will transform into an espresso martini lovers paradise, with the inaugural Black to Beaches Espresso Martini Festival. Landing to the Northern Beaches on 16th & 17th March, the festival features immersive Manly Spirits Co. masterclasses, a coffee sensory experience by Seven Miles and boozy food by Peanut Butter Jelly. The event sees Manly Spirit Co. showcase their new coffee liqueur, Blackfin Cold Brew. For more information and to secure your tickets, click here.
Coogee’s The Lucky Cat knows the way to our hearts and stomaches, launching bottomless YumCha sessions! For just $89pp, you can enjoy bottomless YumCha plus 2 hours of free-flowing bubbles or otherwise 4 YumCha courses plus a glass of bubbles for $69pp. Bottomless YumCha is available is available 7 days a week, 12pm-4pm.
Set the tone for your upcoming week with a dose of free stand-up comedy every Sunday at Misfits. Head up the stairs into the bar, grab one of the $15 cocktail jugs and find your way through the secret bookcase for an evening of belly laughs. Hosted by Bri Ellen comedy, you’ll enjoy a variety of rising stars and pro drop-ins. Feeling peckish? Chow down on some hearty favourites including the bacon cheeseburger; fried buttermilk chicken burger; nduja and provolone jaffle; or the slow cooked lamb shoulder for two. For more information, click here.
Rockpool Bar & Grill is getting set to turn the big 1-0! To celebrate, they’re hosting a month-long 10th birthday menu throughout March. Honouring some of Neil Perry and Head Chef Corey Costelloe’s best known dishes. Guests can expect the likes of tuna tartare with Moroccan eggplant salad; split-marinated, roasted Spencer Gulf King prawns; Cape Grim 36-month old, grass-fed, fillet, minute steak with Café de Pari butter; and Catherine’s passionfruit pavlova. This 10th birthday menu comes in at $135pp, with wine pairings available for an additional $55pp. To browse the full menu, click here