To get you into the spirit of Father’s Day (which is this Sun 1st Sept in case you forgot), here is a hilarious (read: tragic) dad joke.
Me: Dad, can you make me a cup of tea?
Dad: *Waves his hand over my head* and says ‘Poof! You are now a cup of tea.’
Unless your dad happens to be genuinely funny, then you’ve probably heard this one or one like it many times in your life. Despite the fact our dads never learn that they’re not as funny as they think they are, we love them anyway.
To say thanks to our dads, we’ve put together your ultimate guide for how to celebrate this Father’s Day. Here’s to our dads and dad-like figures, in all your dorky, embarrassing yet helplessly loveable glory.
Spend this Father’s day on the gorgeous and sunny verandah of The Sydney Mint Cafe. For a little bit of elegance and luxury, dads will love this!Choose from a two course ($55pp) or three course ($65) meal whilst all children eat for $20pp.
10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
02 9233 3337
What dad doesn’t love being treated to a free meal? The answer to that would be no dad. The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room is giving all days a free main meal for your choice of lunch or dinner. And dads, it’s limited to one main meal per person. Don’t try and joke and swindle your way out of that one!
The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
225 George St, Sydney
02 9247 6744
If you’re the kind of dad who just wants to kick back with a nice cold one in hand, soaking up the sun, then check out Crane Bar this Sunday. Sit in the sun-drenched garden, listen to some live music and feast your way through an AYCVE Japanese BBQ for $39 per person. BBQ is from 12pm-4pm, with the menu including Chicken Yakitori, Beef Kushiyaki, King Prawn Skewers, Mixed Veggies and more.
Crane Bar Restaurant
32 Bayswater Road, Potts Point, Sydney
02 9357 3414
This one’s for dads who are just a little bit posh (and let’s face it, what dad doesn’t think of himself as Royalty from time to time). Spend your Father’s Day at The Victoria Room for an ‘Afternoon Tea for Chaps.’ It will be a decadent affair, where you can indulge in fine food, live music and a special whiskey tasting (that part’s not for kids, obviously). Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, savoury scones and decadent dessert plates for $60.
The Victoria Room
Level 1, 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
02 9357 4488
Brekky and Booze at The Carrington
Dads are going to be flocking to The Carrington with their promise of all day booze and a bunch of food and drink specials between 9am and 1pm. With an eclectic and exotic breakfast menu, any dad who loves a drink and a hearty brekky will want to spend their day at The Carrington.
565 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
02 9360 4714
FREE BEER! That’s probably enough to send all dads running to Red Lantern on Crown or Red Lantern on Riley this Sunday. Book in for a Father’s Day Lunch at Red Lantern on Riley or dinner at Red Lantern on Crown and all papa bears receive a free 333 beer. To complement your free beer is Chilli Salted Squid, Salad of Confit Duck, Wok fried Snapper with Mango Salad, Curry Roasted Lamb Shoulder, Hot and Spicy Chocolate Cake and other delicious meals. $75 pp.
Red Lantern on Riley
60 Riley St, Darlinghurst
02 9698 4355
Red Lantern on Crown
545 Crown St, Darlinghurst
02 9698 4355
If nothing makes you happier than steak and wine, then head over to Manly Wine for their special Father’s Day menu. Chow down on 1/2 dozen Sydney Rock Oysters, 150 day grain fed Angus rib-eye and a glass of Tomfoolery Son of a Gun Cabernet Shiraz for just $70. If that doesn’t quench your thirst, choose a beer, cider or champagne to drink the afternoon away with.
8-13 South Steyne, Manly
(02) 8966 9000
Cricket at the Park / Footy on the Beach
Nothing screams a true blue Father’s Day than spending it at the park playing cricket, or at the beach playing some good old footy. The best thing about taking spending your Father’s Day outdoors is that it’s free (not counting the ice-cream your kids are almost certainly going to want you to buy them). Pack a picnic, grab the footy/cricket set and pick your favourite park/beach spot and get out into the fresh air and have some Aussie fun.
If you’re a dad who loves to help out a cause, you can do just that this Father’s Day in the Fantasea Harbour Hike. The Hike is an easy 12km walk from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, along the foreshore paths on the slow north shore to Clifton Gardens Reserve. Take a relaxing walk with the fam, uncovering the secrets of Sydney Harbour whilst also raising much needed funds for marine research.