The best things to do in May

Drink, Eat, Play / May 1, 2019

A new month means a smorgasbord of new activities! Catch up on the best things to check out in May.

From Game of Thrones trivia to a pop-up cellar door, boozy long lunches, gin collaborations and more. Things certainly aren’t quietening down in May and neither should you. Rally the crew and catch up on the best things happening in May.

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 ‘doof’ night club, every Sunday from 2pm diners can opt for SASH’s tasting menu paired with 2 hours of bottomless cocktails, wine and beer.

SoCal Taco and Tequila Fiesta

Have your maracas and sombreros at the ready. Cinco de Mayo is almost here and SoCal are throwing a week-long party! From music sessions to flowing cocktails, live comedy, an all-you-can-eat taco night and more, get the full lowdown on the festivities here.

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Bar Wars takeover: Four Pillars x Earls Juke Joint

Masters of gin Four Pillars are teaming up with Newtown’s beloved bar, Earls Juke Joint, for a special ‘Bar Wars’ event. Coinciding with Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, the event sees a collaborative menu between Earl’s Juke Joint and Four Pillars, featuring a list of entirely Star Wars inspired cocktails. Along with this will be an entirely dressed up venue and staff, with a best dressed competition and a Star Wars DJ!

Meatstock Music and Meat Festival

They’ve been smoking up a storm for the last three years at the Sydney Showgrounds, and now in 2019 Meatstock promises another smoked meats and music fuelled extravaganza. Running from the 4-5th of May, you can expect some big names in BBQ, plus masterclasses, competitions, live music and more.

Soul Saturday’s at Bopp & Tone

1950s glitz and glamour restaurant Bopp & Tone is bringing the free-flowing beverages, soulful live music and general good vibes to your Saturday afternoons with Soul Saturday’s. Starting at $88pp, you and your mates can enjoy a six-course shared menu, plus two hours of bottomless bubbles, Bellinis and beers. The next session kicks off on Saturday 11th May, with bookings essential.

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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.

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Adelaide Wineries Hills Heist at Chin Chin – Tues 7th May

Sip your way through some of Adelaide’s top wineries without ever leaving the city, with the return of the Adelaide Hills Heist event. Hosted at Surry Hills’ Chin Chin, the evening kicks off with a wine tasting journey through the 70km stretch of the Adelaide Hills, before a lavish sit-down dinner in Chin Chin’s event space, Chii Town. Tickets are $120pp and includes an 8-course menu with Adelaide Hills wine tastings.

Tayim x Archie Rose collaboration

Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant Tayim is teaming up with the masters of gin, Archie Rose, for a new collaborative series. Join the Tayim team and Archie Rose ambassadors on Friday 3rd May and Friday 10th May for a curated, limited edition and changing menu of food and cocktails, all incorporating Archie Rose’s award-winning gins. For the full cocktail and food menu, click here.

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Madame Shanghai 2nd Birthday

Madame Shanghai, the Darlinghurst restaurant known for its punchy pan-Asian flavours, is turning two! To celebrate, they’re hosting an 80s themed birthday on Friday 3rd May, with the revival of some 80s Chinese classics like lemon honey chicken, sizzling Mongolian lamb and even 80s style fried rice. Tickets are $90 and includes a glass of Gosset Champagne on arrival, share-style menu and a goody bag to take home. Bookings are essential. To reserve a table, click here.

The Grounds Roastery Masterclass – Monday 15th May

If you have ever wanted to learn more about where your coffee comes from, now is your chance with the launch of The Grounds Roastery’s first ever masterclass. Promising free donuts, live music and freshly brewed coffee, the evening sees The Grounds owner Ramzey Choker talk about growing a business, with Head Trainer Andrew Hunt revealing insights into the single origin batches. Tickets are $15 and can be secured here.

Game of Thrones themed trivia night

With the Games of Thrones finale season finally upon us, Made by The Hill in Western Sydney are celebrating with a special Game of Thrones themed trivia night. Hosted on Tuesday 7th May from 7pm onwards, the evening promises GoT themed cocktails and eats from Chur Burger and Made By The Hill. Trivia is free to play, however bookings are essential. To secure a table, 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?

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