The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This March

From espresso martini festivals and hilarious comedy galas, to new venue openings and bottomless brunches – Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for things to do throughout the rest of March.

EAT & DRINK

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Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits

Cellarmasters are hosting Australia’s first female only drinks festival this month, to tie in with International Women’s Day weekend. Celebrating Australia’s most talented makers and producers, taste your way around 75 wines, beers and spirits, all produced by leading women in the industry. And you’ll also get the chance to meet them too, with brands like Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Archie Rose and Philter Brewing all making an appearance at the event.

8th-9th March

From $37.50

Australian Technology Park- Locomotive Street, Eveleigh

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10th Birthday, Spice Temple Sydney

It’s been a decade since Spice Temple first landed in Sydney, and to mark the occasion they’ll be throwing a month-long celebration, offering guests a special anniversary menu throughout the entire month of March. Curated by Neil Perry and Executive Chef Andy Evans, the celebratory menu has been designed to reflect Spice Temple’s most cherished dishes – think dried chillies, delicate, hand-made dumplings and silken noodles.

All month long

$99pp (Paired drinks- additional $55pp)

10 Bligh St, Sydney 

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Bottomless Brunch, Barzaari Chippendale

Starting Saturday 9th March, Barzaari Chippendale at The Old Clare Hotel will launch a weekend bottomless brunch that celebrates the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean. Chef Darryl Martin has curated a menu of dishes that take you on a cultural journey through the flavours of Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and surrounding countries. From Baked Eggs and a Mezze Plate, to Rainbow Trout and Spatchcock, the menu is served family-style making it the ideal location to get your friends together for a long and bountiful meal.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am – 3pm

Brunch is $75 per person, including two hours of bottomless spritzes. (Add an extra hour of spritzes for $30 per person).

3 Kensington Street, Chippendale

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Tayim x The Turkish Drop

On Wednesday 27th March, Tayim is hosting a one-night-only collaborative dinner with Turkish wine merchants, The Turkish Drop. Expect a sensory overload as you feast on Middle Eastern fare. Indulge in seven-courses, each matched perfectly with wine produced in vineyards across Turkey. Tayim Head Chef, Ran Kimelfeld, has crafted a one-off menu for the evening, with enticing dishes including Charred Octopus Shish, Grilled Duck Breast accompanied by Smoked Fig Puree and Lamb Spare Ribs paired with Fire Roasted Eggplant.

Wednesday 27th March

$110pp, bookings essential

Nurses Walk, The Rocks

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Build, Shake & Stir with Jameson, Della Hyde

It’s never too early to celebrate the luck (and good whiskey) of the Irish, and with St Paddy’s day just round the corner, Della Hyde has partnered with whiskey merchants, Jameson to host an exclusive masterclass. Head down to the basement bar on Wednesday 13th March, and enjoy an evening dedicated to Irish whiskey lead by an official Jameson ambassador. Expect whiskey tasting and tales, along with a hands-on lesson on how to build, shake and stir two signature Jameson cocktails.

Wednesday 13th March, 6pm,-9pm

$55pp, bookings essential

34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

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The Latest Bar Openings

From intimate Inner City hangouts to out of town brew houses, March welcomes all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to Sydney. Swill a beautiful wine at eliza food & wine in Darlinghurst or head across town to Elettra, for cocktails and good vibes. So, whether you’re after cocktails and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, these are the new bars in Sydney your 2019 calendar is crying out for.

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Black to Beaches Espresso Martini Festival, Manly Spirits Co.

Manly Spirits Co. Black to Beaches Espresso Martini Festival is set to land 16th-17th March, and as an ode to the espresso martini, they’ll be showcasing their new coffee liqueur, Blackfin Cold Brew. The boozy festival line-up will feature a series of interactive masterclasses including: an espresso martini making masterclass; a behind-the-scenes tour into how coffee liqueur is made with made with head distiller Tim Stones; and a sensory immersion session with coffee roasters Seven Miles. All that learning is bound to leave you hungry, so Manly’s favourite newcomer Peanut Butter Jelly has designed a menu featuring an array of coffee liqueur-infused dishes to match the selection of caffeine-laced drinks. Espresso martini taco anyone?

16th- 17th March, from 2pm

$60pp

Manly Spirits Co. Distillery- 4A/9-13 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale

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Celebrate Australia, Mode Kitchen & Bar

Celebrating Australia’s rich palette of vibrant produce, Four Season’s elegant eatery Mode Kitchen and Bar, has launched an exciting new dining series that shines a light on the country’s talented growers and suppliers. The collaborative series crowned “Celebrate Australia”, will kick off with a brand new menu that heroes South Australia’s extraordinary range of food and wine. With its diverse micro-climates, multi-faceted landscape and distinct regions, the picturesque state grows and nurtures some of Australia’s finest citrus fruits and berries, premium sustainable seafood like Pacific oysters, mussels and Hiramasa Kingfish, fresh organic vegetables and high-quality meats including salt bush lamb, beef and kangaroos.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney- 199 George St, Sydney

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Meet the Maker, The Butler

Juniata’s bar at The Butler in Potts Point has teamed up with Sydney wine gods, Captains of Trade, to host a very special ‘Meet the Maker’ event with Manuel Filgueira of Los Nadies Vineyard, Uruguay. This free event is an exclusive opportunity to meet, chat and drink with legendary Uruguayan wine-producer, Manuel Filgueira, and sample wines from his small winery in Los Nadies. Some of the wines available to sample and buy on the night include; Picardia (Skin-contact Chardonnay & Gerwurz), Equilibrio (Malbec & Merlot) and Impetu Tannat (Merlot).

Wednesday 13th March, 7pm-10pm

Free

123 Victoria St, Potts Point 

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Wear Pineapple, Get Free Pineapple Meals, Jamaica Blue

To celebrate the launch of Jamaica Blue’s new pineapple themed menu (jerk chicken tacos, cheesecakes, iced teas and breakfast bowls), they’re slinging free meals and drinks to anyone that comes in to their stores wearing anything pineapple patterned. Best outfit post on socials also goes in the running for the chance to win tickets, flights and accommodation to the Big Pineapple Fest on the Sunshine Coast – this year’s festival sees a fresh line up including Peking Duk, Broods, PNAU, Vera Blue and Thundamentals hitting the stage on 25th May.

Saturday 16th March

Westfield Bondi Junction

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Celebrating a Decade of Fine Dining, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney

Not all birthdays are created equal, and Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney’s 10th birthday is definitely one for the calendar. To celebrate, the team have curated a special birthday menu that will be available throughout March, featuring some of the dishes that Neil Perry, Head Chef Corey Costelloe and this decadent fine-diner are best-known for.

All month long

$135pp (wine pairings available for an additional $55pp)

66 Hunter St, Sydney

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The Newest Restaurants You NEED to Book 

To whittle down your January list, we’ve taste-tested our way around town to reveal the best new restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. Pop into Canton Kitchen in Castlecrag for a taste of Cantonese cuisine or head to the city for a Greek, seafood feast at 1821. Take inspiration from this drool-worthy edit.

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Meat March, NOLA Smokehouse & Bar

From Friday March 1, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, will launch Meat March, their homage to all things meaty. This month-long mega meat fest has seven different meaty events and offerings, with each item influenced by the New Orleans, Louisiana flavours that are at the heart of NOLA Smokehouse and Bar. On Saturday nights they will be serving up a Pork Feast. The star of this nine-dish (plus sides) shared dinner is a spectacular pit-roasted pork belly complete with crispy crackling. Get in quick before tickets sell out.

Saturday nights during March

$95pp (Groups of 8+)

Level 1, One International Towers Sydney- 100 Barangaroo Ave, Cnr Barangaroo Ave & Shipwright Walk, Barangaroo 

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Fratelli Fresh

Happy Hour

Make the most of summer with Fratelli Fresh’s recharged happy hour menu. Classic Italian bites and refreshing drinks, spritzes and cocktails are on offer for $3 – $6 between 3pm and 6pm every weekday. A range of appetisers includes three cheese arancini, bruschetta with Roma tomato, onion and basil, and fried zucchini flower stuffed with five cheeses. The tempting happy hour drinks menu features negronis, espresso martinis, Aperol spritzes and Fratelli house wines, beers and spirits.

Gelato Happy Hour

Gelato Happy Hour happens every day from 3pm to 4pm at Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour, with scoops of artisanal, house-made gelato on offer for just $2.50. Diners can choose from black forest, cookies and cream, blueberry and yoghurt, tiramisu, espresso, chocolate crunch, rum and raisin, mascarpone and figs, Nutella, hazelnut salted caramel, pistachio, snickerone, vanilla, coconut, and raspberry and passionfruit sorbet.

Alexandria, Bridge Street, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney

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Bottomless Rosé, NOMAD

What better way to while away your Saturday afternoon than with a bottomless rosé feast.  Still one of the best bottomless offerings around Sydney, guests can enjoy two hours of bottomless rosé surrounded by great food and great company. The current menu serves up moreish burrata with fennel jam and extra virgin olive oil, zucchini flowers with truffle honey and pecorino, and Ranger Valley rump cap with bbq sugar loaf cabbage, and bagna cauda.

Lunchtime every Saturday

$75pp

16 Foster St, Surry Hills

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Elettra Pop-up

For limited time only at Sydney Town Hall,  the exclusive caterer for Sydney Town Hall, Restaurant Associates, has teamed up with the City of Sydney to launch the pop-up series called Elettra. Working together closely with local suppliers like Archie Rose and Young Henrys, Elettra is a new, unique, diverse, outdoor bar, right in the heart of Sydney. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine, or a refreshing cocktail, while being admiring the beautiful view from the Marconi Terrace. Better still, arrive between 4pm-6pm to make the most of happy hour- $6 house beer and wine.

Fridays, from 4:00pm

Sydney Town Hall – Druitt Street Entrance

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Book in a Brunch Date at one of Sydney’s newest cafés

Calling all coffee fiends and obsessive Instagrammers: gather in tow for the ultimate weekend brunch date. For an Insta-worthy affair, Alexandria’s Went to See the Gypsy does this trick, while those who are in need of plant-based eats and Turkish coffee, Khamsa Caféin Erskineville has all your cravings covered. These are the cafés crying out for your attention this month.

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