13 dates ideas for this week

Drink, Eat, Play, Sydney / 21 May 2019

Forget boring Netflix and takeout and get inspired with these fun date ideas.

From silent disco ice-skating to a pop-up cellar door, boozy long lunches, top gun wine awards and more, things certainly aren’t quietening down this week and neither should you. Here lies your chance to impress your date with these 13 awesome ideas.

SASH Sundays

Having quickly developed a reputation for its boundary pushing fusion dishes, SASH Japanese in Surry Hills is now bringing the party vibes to the tail-end of your week with Sash Sundays. Not to be confused with the Darling Harbour night club, every Sunday from 2pm diners can opt for SASH’s tasting menu paired with 2 hours of bottomless cocktails, wine and beer.

Young Gun of Wines Awards

If you’ve ever wanted to have your say in the Young Gun of Wine Awards, now’s your chance thanks to the People’s Choice Tasting. Presented in collaboration with Best Cellars on Wednesday 29th May, the 2019 Final 12 cohort are presenting the two wines that got them into the final at Surry Hills’ iconic restaurant, Porteno. Tickets start from $45 and includes a selection of Argentinian snacks matched with Young Gun’s pours. To secure yours, click here.

Hospo Mondays at Bibo Wine Bar

On the back of celebrating their third birthday, Portuguese wine bar and restaurant Bibo is now launching Hospo Monday’s. Starting from Monday 20th May and running from 5:30pm-7:30pm weekly, get your hands on two-for-one Negroni’s and Martini’s as well as championing different wineries each week. Curated by sommelier Louella Mathews, you can expect plenty of impressive wines.

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Silent Disco Ice Rink at Central Park

Following an extremely popular first year, the ice skating rink at Central Park Mall has returned. Blade up from now until the 31st of May and don a pair of wireless headphones to join in on the silent disco party vibes.

Interactive Pasta class at Planar Bar & Dining

Learn how to make pasta like an Italian Nona in this hands-on cooking class. Darling Harbour’s Planar Bar & Dining is hosting a special once-off masterclass on Thursday 23rd May from 6:30pm, giving you the chance to learn all the tips and trips from an expert Italian chef. Tickets are $70 and includes the masterclass package + a two course dining experience. To secure your tickets, click here.

Tramsheds World Whisky Dinner

World Whisky Day honours all types of whisky from across the globe, and this year Oska Trading Co. are celebrating with the 3rd Annual World Whisky Dinner. Hosted on Wednesday 22nd May, the events promises various worldwide whiskies paired with a 7-course contemporary Japanese menu. Tickets are $110pp and can be purchased here.

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Grant Burge Pop-up Cellar Door

Bringing a taste of the Barossa to Sydney is this latest pop-up cellar door to land at The Squire’s Landing. Coinciding with the Vivid festivities, lay witness to the illuminated harbour in all of its glory, all while sipping on some of South Australia’s top wines. Tickets are just $50 and includes a glass of sparkling on arrival, canapés and five Grant Burge wine tastings.

Free burgers at Burger Project

In celebration of International Burger Day, Burger Project are giving away free burgers! For one day only on Tuesday 28th May from 11am-12pm, Burger Project are slinging 50 free burgers at each of its six Sydney stores.

Bar Patrón Tequila Dinner

Take a trip through Mexico’s vibrant food scene without leaving the city, courtesy of Circular Quay’s Bar Patrón. On Wednesday 29th May, taste your way through a selection of limited-edition tequilas with Patron ambassador, Alejandro Archibald, before sitting down to a Mexican, share-style feast. Tickets are $120pp and includes matching wines with each course + a signature Bar Patron margarita on arrival. To book, click here.

Raclette and matching wine nights at Handpicked Wines

Raclette Tuesdays have returned to inner city cellar door, Handpicked Wines, and they come with doubly good news. This year, they’re taking it one step further, with Raclette Tuesdays AND Thursdays. Get your hands on a plate of cheesy goodness with potatoes, cured meats and cornichons for only $24 and team it with a matching wine flight for an additional $25.

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$30 express lunch banquet at Cubby’s Kitchen

Forget the stale food court sandwiches, Cubby’s Kitchen have your mid-week lunches sorted with a new $30 Express Lunch Banquet. Offered to groups of 4 or more, the Cubby’s Banquet Menu includes 6 of the ‘Chef’s Favourites’ including hummus with chilli edamame and chilli oil, a choice of Cubby’s famous chicken Shish with garlic and lemon or their Flinder’s Island Lamb Kafta, plus more.

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Pork-a-Palooza at The Morrison Bar

In celebration of all things swine, The Morrison is getting ready for a month long pork party. Running from 23rd April – 23rd May, internationally awarded chef Sean Connolly and the team are serving up limited edition pork themed food and drinks menus alongside weekly specials. Get your hands on $1 artisan hot dogs on Tuesdays, free pork scratching popcorn, rib nights, a whole suckling pig and more. For more information and to book, click here.

Check out Sydney’s best hidden bars

With the evenings getting cooler and darker, now is the perfect time to bunker down in one of Sydney’s best hidden bars. How many have you visited on this list?