Father’s Day Gift Guide 2023

/ 21 August 2023

Ignite your Father’s Day gift inspiration using our guide, whether you’re in search of luxurious beverages, enjoyable family dining outings, or budget-friendly gift options.

It’s that time of the year again! Father’s Day is just a few weeks away on Sunday 3rd September and whether you’re celebrating your dad, grandad, husband, or perhaps a fatherly figure, you must get the right gift to show them how much you care. We know dads can be hard to buy for so we’ve put together a guide to spark your gifting ideas.

Luxury Beverages:

Treat your dad to the exquisite flavours of The Wiseman Whiskey. This whiskey is expertly crafted by the skilled artisan John Rhea, and each bottle is a tribute to the mastery of the whiskey-making process. This specific edition boasts delightful hints of oak, caramel, and banana bread. Find this bottle online at The Whiskey List for $119. For those who prefer the distinctive character of rye whiskey, opt for The Wiseman Rye Whiskey. It skillfully combines the essence of rye with a touch of caramel sweetness, making you return for another sip. Find this bottle online at The Whiskey List for $129. No matter which variation you choose, it’s a toast to impeccable taste and the celebration of life’s finer pleasures.

Family-Friendly Dining Options:

Chin Chin in Surry Hills is heaving each year on Father’s Day! The South East Asian-inspired menu is loved by all and the lively atmosphere is perfect for celebrating. We suggest dining on the ‘Feed Me’ banquets starting at $88pp to get a taste of their signature dishes like Kingfish Sashimi, Pork Larb, and Pad Seuw. For something more personalised, go a la carte and enjoy a bunch of Father’s Day specials including the Dad To The Bone cocktail, Pork Belly Drunken Noodles, and 1kg Tomahawk with chargrilled leek and curry butter. Book here.

Tucked away in the heart of Rhode, Maestria Restaurant is a hidden gem catering to those from the western areas or those seeking a city escape. The newly renovated alfresco area is ideal for group dining and indulging in the sunshine. The menu is South American-inspired and for Father’s Day, they’ll have a special menu for $99pp (or $35 for the kids). Enjoy dishes designed to share like Focaccia with Spanish ajo blanco, Peruvian Snapper Ceviche, Chargrilled Octopus, Mexican Tinga-style Chicken, and Pibil Style Pork Ribs, plus a decadent Chocolate Creme Brulee. Find out more here.

Experience a heartwarming Turkish feast by the water at Anason in Barangaroo – the perfect Father’s Day treat for the family. No set menus here; you have the freedom to indulge in their delectable shared menu. From kebabs and succulent lamb ribs to special steaks, it’s a meat lover’s delight. With its chic ambiance and harbourside terrace, Anason offers a memorable culinary experience. Book here.

An outing to Fratelli Fresh is a treat for everyone at the table, especially dad! This Italian haven is preparing a mouthwatering 400-gram Portoro rib sirloin, complete with rosemary potatoes, broccolini, and a delectable mushroom sauce. This exclusive dish will grace the menu for a single day, and those who pre-order will also receive a complimentary pint of beer for their dad. You’ll be able to enjoy an array of dishes from the a la carte menu including antipasto, pizza, and pasta. Plus, kids under 12 eat FREE on Sundays! Book here.

At The Bavarian, the Father’s Day Set Menu will be available for just $45 per person. Dishes include a freshly baked pretzel, followed by your choice of two delicious main dishes. Opt for the Bavarian Half Pork Knuckle, expertly paired with creamy mash, sauerkraut, apple compote, and bier jus. Alternatively, relish the Löwenschnitzel – a perfectly golden crumbed pork schnitzel accompanied by apple slaw. Dad will also get a 300ml Munich lager and Schnapps to raise a toast to the occasion. With multiple locations across Sydney and an inviting family atmosphere, The Bavarian makes a great choice for dining this Father’s Day. Find your nearest location and book here.

Munich Brauhaus has everything covered for Father’s Day with the enticing Dad Pack for $65 per person. This features a haus-baked pretzel and a generous half portion of the iconic Pork Knuckle, served with creamy mash, sauerkraut, bier jus, and apple compote. To top it off, enjoy a refreshing 500ml glass of German beer and Schnapps. Whether you choose a sunny spot in the bier garden or prefer the inviting ambiance of the beer hall’s inner sanctum, it’s a perfect opportunity to raise a stein and celebrate dad. Find your nearest location and book here.

More Refined Dining Options:

Celebrate in style at Chippendale’s latest seafood establishment, Longshore. Situated on vibrant Kensington Street, this seafood paradise evokes the sophistication of a luxury yacht. Enjoy their exclusive $120pp lunch tasting menu, featuring a welcome drink, delectable starters, and your pick of entrée and main. Available from September 1st to 3rd, this experience is sure to be a treat for seafood-loving dads. Book here.

Armorica will be focusing on serving the perfect steak frites this Father’s Day. Choose from the steak specials including 250g Rum Cap, 250g Sirloin, Bone-In Tenderloin, and 500g Rib Eye, with your choice of Bearnaise, Mushroom, or Bone Marrow Butter. This new French-inspired restaurant in Surry Hills has very quickly become a Sydney favourite. Book here.

Indulge dad with spectacular harbour views, delicious Mexican flavours, and top-tier tequila at the beloved Circular Quay restaurant & bar, Bar Patrón. They’ll be putting on a delicious (but approachable at just $69pp), four-course menu including a signature margarita on arrival and a 5 year-aged Gran Patrón ‘Piedra’ Extra Anejo to finish. The dishes include their famous Guacamole with burnt cashew and corn chips, Pork Carnitas Tostadita, Carne Asada, and a decadent Espresso Jericalla dessert with vanilla custard. Book here.

As one of the Bentley Group restaurants, you can expect big things! Cirrus has worked up quite the reputation as a seafood restaurant and wine bar in Barangaroo. This Father’s Day they’ll be offering a $130pp shared-style lunch menu with matched wines. Indulge in fresh seafood and juicy sirloin with sparkling water views, and choose to dine alfresco for the ultimate experience. Book here.

Sailmaker Restaurant inside Hyatt Regency is serving up a feast fit for a king this Father’s Day! The Sailmarker’s Seafarer Dinner allows dad to indulge in a 3-course seafood menu, including a Mediterranean tapas table filled with bread, grilled artichoke, stuffed peppadew, smoked mozzarella, cured olives, and an array of dips that he can pick at his own leisure. Then move onto succulent seafood and a decadent dessert trolly for just $89 per person. The full a la carte and kid’s menu will also be available. Book here.

Unique Experiences:

How about a trip to URNBSURF, Australia’s cutting-edge surf park in Tullamarine, Melbourne? This spot boasts a two-hectare surfing lagoon, churning out up to 500 flawless, two-metre-high waves per hour. No matter his skill level, the park’s advanced wave technology guarantees consistent, adjustable waves. Conveniently close to Melbourne’s city centre, he can even make it a fantastic weekend escape. Shop vouchers online here.

Give your dad a chance to unwind at Maniax in Sydney’s Inner West. Maniax offers an urban axe-throwing adventure, allowing individuals to safely hurl axes at wooden targets. It’s a distinct and invigorating experience where he can release some tension. Surprise him by booking a session or grab an online voucher here.

The Gozney Roccbox makes an excellent Father’s Day gift, especially if dad loves to cook. This portable pizza oven reaches temperatures of 500°C, allowing you to cook traditional Neapolitan-style pizza in just 60 seconds. It can be set up in the backyard or taken camping as a unique and interactive cooking experience for your family. The Gozney Roccbox is $799 and can be ordered online here.

For the social dads who love spinning a good yarn and meeting new people, a Secret Foodies dining experience voucher is just the ticket. Secret Foodies is a surprise dining experience popping up in amazing restaurants across Sydney and Melbourne. Past delicious themes have included a Spring Gin Masterclass, a Hollywood Glamour Soirée, and a Fabulous Fifties Blowout. The surprise location is announced just two hours prior to the event for maximum thrills, and each event is set to shared dining tables, guaranteeing dad will make some new foodie friends. Buy vouchers here.

Beverage Picks From Your Local Bottle Shop:

If you’re cooking up a feast at home for dad, don’t forget the perfect red pairing! The Crash Shiraz is on rotation as one of our current favourites and it’s just $30 from your local bottle shop. This limited-edition McLaren Vale Shiraz is aged in Starward Two-Fold Whisky barrels, giving off subtle notes of toasted oak, vanilla, and spices. Find it at your nearest Liquorland or First Choice Liquor Market online and pick it up today!

For a dad who ages like fine whisky, honour him with Glen Moray’s 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Expertly crafted, it harmoniously combines vanilla and berry notes. Distilled by the River Lossie since 1897, it matures in chosen American oak casks, unveiling the classic Speyside character. With flavours of toasted oak, deep fruits, and creamy vanilla, this scotch is a true delight. You can pick it up from your local Dan Murphy’s for $65.99.

For tequila-loving dads, Tequila Don Ramón is a must-try. Crafted from 100% Agave Azul Tequilana Weber, this unique tequila is made with classical music-infused fermentation and ozone transformation for a distinctive smoothness. Sustainability-minded dads will appreciate its efficient raw material extraction process. From the Platinum Reposado Cristalino’s silky wood and spice notes to the Platinum Plata’s lasting agave flavour, Tequila Don Ramón offers a range perfect for various preferences. Browse the collection at your local Dan Murphy’s, all under $100.

For The Dads With Good Taste:

Golden Goose shoes combine style, comfort, and craftsmanship, making them a great choice for the fashion-savvy dad. With their iconic worn-in appearance and meticulous Italian craftsmanship, Golden Goose shoes are designed to last a lifetime. The brand’s diverse online selection features a multitude of colours and styles. Plus, their exclusive Co-Creation experience invites your dad to infuse his sneakers with personalised touches like custom drawings and studs. Browse the collection online here.

Aesop skincare products seamlessly blend efficient skincare with aesthetic refinement, making them an ideal fit for self-care-conscious dads. Their ready-made packs make the perfect gift featuring all the essentials, like the Balance Classic Skincare Kit with facial cleanser, toner, and hydrator for $130. Shop online here.

Gifts Under $50:

TRUFF ensures dad can get his truffle dose all year round with their convenient, high-quality sauces. Here at Eat Drink Play, were are huge fans of the signature TRUFF Hot Sauce. It blends ingredients that are usually reserved for fine tequilas and elegant dining experiences like agave nectar and black truffle. Bottles are $32.95 and can be purchased online here.

For the dad with a sweet tooth, we recommend a visit to Venchi’s new Sydney store in The Galleries. This Italian confectionary brand has brought its Italian goodness to the CBD, offering a variety of tasty treats including chocolate gift boxes, handmade praline, chocolate bars, colourful gelato cones, and so much more. In a rush and want our advice? We’d go for their decadent dark chocolate options or the signature Pistachio Soft Bar. All under $35 to keep things affordable this year! Find out more here.

While slightly exceeding the budget at $54, it’s worth considering! The GABS festival Craft Beer Packs are an ideal choice for beer lovers. These limited-edition festival packs contain 8 of the finest craft beers, meticulously curated for a unique tasting experience. The 2023 collection features brews from acclaimed makers like Newstead Brewing Co, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co, Green Beacon Brewing Co, Wayward Brewing Co, and Noodledoof’s. Shop online here

Is your dad a coffee enthusiast? Gift him with a pack of premium coffee beans – a thoughtful present that will keep him fuelled and energised for the upcoming weeks. Whether he enjoys a rich dark roast, a smooth medium blend, or an exotic single origin, we know where to find the best in Sydney! Here is our guide to the best coffee beans in Sydney which can all be ordered online.

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