The year might be coming to a close, but Sydney isn’t slowing down. Here’s your go-to guide to where to eat, drink and play this November.
This month, they’ll be drinks flowing at an exclusive Wine Island event made for fans of the fermented grape, a boozy walking tour around the Inner West’s best bars, a one-day gin extravaganza in Paddington plus a fizzy drink party curated by the crews at Unicorn Hotel, P&V Wine Merchants and Marys. Sydney’s favourite (and free) outdoor sculpture event returns, Newtown’s inclusive community food and music festival is back plus so much more.
Weekends are made to kick back and let someone else do the cooking. If you’re looking for the perfect place to head for a hearty Sunday feast, we’ve found just the spot. This month, The Rock’s only brew and smokehouse Endeavour Tap Room is launching Smokin’ Sundays, featuring brews, smoked meats and live acoustic tunes. For just $35 per person, dive into their signature smoked meats platter and wash it all down with a tasting paddle of the venue’s 4 award-winning beers. Plus, choose your favourite beer and nab a Pint of it, too. To find out more and to book your spot, click here.
Who doesn’t love a bowl of pasta? This month, Westfield Sydney’s Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar will be serving up pasta and drinks specials to celebrate their 9th birthday. For the entire month of November, nab yourself $9 pastas, $9 Aperol Spritz and Espresso Martinis plus $1 glasses of wine with the purchase of any main. Oh and did we mention you’ll receive a free glass of prosecco with every main meal? Find out more about this event by clicking here.
Could this be Sydney’s most affordable bottomless brunch? Kazbah Balmain is giving you a reason to say cheers to the weekend this month. The Lebanese restaurant is serving up Kazbah style favourites, letting you put a Middle Eastern twist of breakfast. Expect four courses of goodness, including sweet couscous, breakfast tagines, eggs, halloumi and so much more. Stop by this November from 11 am to 3 pm to experience the Royal Breakfast Feast ($35) or Lunch Ottoman Feast plus Bellini on arrival and unlimited prosecco for 2 hours ($45).
Love dumplings? This next event will tick all your boxes. After receiving over 600 entries to their Dumpling Masters competition, New Shanghai is calling out for help to select the winner. That’s where you come in. Simply visit their Westfield Sydney, Queen’s Plaza or Chadstone stores from November 1st to 10th to sample 8 flavours for $15. To find out more, click here.
Celebrate the best of plant-based food alongside the water at Manly Wharf Hotel’s World Vegan Day celebrations. For one day only, choose any vegan meal for $16 from their menu plus purchase a glass of vegan-friendly wine. Take your pick of a loaded falafel burger, a falafel kofta bowl and even a classic grains and greens salad if you’re in the mood for something super healthy. Lap up the sun with a glass of wine in hand for the perfect start to the weekend.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would be three things that you would take? Ask us and it would be wine, wine and more wine. Thankfully, Sydney’s Wine Island Festival is back and bigger than ever in 2019. This November, Clark Island will once again transform into heaven on earth for fans of the fermented grape. With 360 degree views of Sydney Harbour, ticket holders will enjoy a weekend of tastings, masterclasses, entertainment and delicious food. Guests will be transported via Batch & Co Spritz boats, with a refreshing spritz cocktail in hand for the short journey to paradise. To nab your tickets, click here.
Looking for a way to find your flow? We’ve found just the spot for you. This month, Surry Hill’s Folonomo is hosting three Sunday Flow yoga sessions (complete with music) to help get you moving. The best bit? Entry is by donation, with 100% of proceeds going towards Blue Dragon, an organisation that supports anti-trafficking in Vietnam. All levels welcome, just make sure to BYO mat. There are three sessions happening this month: November 3rd, November 10th and November 17th.
Need a reason to celebrate? In collaboration with Bombay Sapphire, Opera Bar In Bloom presents an exclusive menu of summer-inspired refreshing drinks and desserts. And this line-up is worth flocking to the Harbour foreshore. To celebrate the warmer months and longer nights, Opera Bar is serving up a mouth-watering menu of floral spritz cocktails made to be snapped, shared and sipped (of course). Opera Bar In Bloom is on now until November 3rd. To explore the full menu and to find out more, click here.
Looking for a dining experience that won’t break the bank? Here’s one just for you. Newtown’s favourite Hartsyard is teaming up with legendary South Australian winemakers Unico Zelo for a wine dinner with a difference on Thursday, November 7th. For $55 per person, you can taste a variety of Unico Zelo wines curated by Brendan Carter (the mastermind behind this vineyard), plus three standard glasses of your choice. The best bit? There’s no set menu so the best of Hartsyard’s al la carte menu is available for purchase on the night – you just pay for what you order. Bookings are essential. To secure your spot, click here.
Now in their second wine-filled year, Urban Wine Walk invites you along to a one-day-only walking wine tour you won’t want to miss. As part of their biggest series to date, the festivities return to Newtown and Erskineville for a stellar line-up of the neighbourhood’s best venues. Kicking off on Saturday 9th November from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, the streets, laneways and footpaths of these leafy suburbs will come alive as the Inner West’s top venues open their doors. Tickets to the Sydney leg of the Urban Wine Walk are strictly limited, so be sure to get your pre-sale tickets quick by clicking here.
It’s the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. Drawing crowds from across Sydney and beyond, Sculptures by the Sea returns to the picturesque shores of the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 24th October to 10th November. This year, over 100 Australian and international artists are set to showcase their work across the 2km strip. It’s a stellar cultural event in Sydney’s social calendar, attracting approximately 450,000 visitors over 18 days.
Celebrate the unique, vibrant and inclusive heartbeat of our city at Newtown Festival 2019. This annual community event is run by Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and is a key fundraising initiative aiming to raise much-needed funds to help those doing it tough in the Inner West. Join over 40,000 Sydneysiders who will be flocking to this one-day event at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park on Sunday, November 10th. For just $5 donation entry, enjoy endless food stalls, a stellar line-up of live music, the Heaps Gay Karaoke Closet, the EDGE “IRL” Talks Tent, the festival’s annual Dog Show and so much more. To find out more and to explore the full festival line-up, click here.
It’s back. Now in its third year, the Inner West Beer Fest returns to Leichhardt’s The Royal for one weekend of beer-focused fun. The beer lover’s playground will boast tasting stalls from 10 Aussie brewers including Young Henry’s, Batch Brewing, Willie the Boatman, Philter Brewing and more. Plus, revelers will be treated to a stellar line-up of gourmet food stalls from the likes of Asian Dumpling House and Mexican Fiesta stalls. To keep punters entertained all day long, they’ll be ping-pong, arcade games, giant Jenga plus live music from local DJs and music acts. The best bit? Entry is free. To find out more about this festival, click here.
Gin lovers, mark your calendar. Gin Palooza is back and better than ever, coming to Paddington for one weekend only. Held over one jam-packed weekend from Thursday, 21st November to Sunday, 24th November, the Gin Palooza sees 39 of Australia’s top gin distillers under the one roof, popping up at well-known Paddington Town Hall. Think Margaret River’s Giniversity, Never Never Distilling Co., Ambleside Distillers, Ironbark Distillery, Four Pillars Gin, Broken Heart Spirits plus plenty more. For more information and to secure your tickets to this event, click here.
Join sommelier and owner of Fix Wine Bar Stu Knox for an exclusive wine school session complete with cheese and charcuterie boards. Meet Wine School 101, an intimate 1-hour session designed to expand your winemaking (and drinking) knowledge. Each session is limited to just 22 people to ensure everyone can truly immerse themselves in the event, with Stu taking students through a range of the most interesting and renowned wines he can get his hands on. Hurry, the last session of the year is taking place on November 26th and spots are strictly limited. To find out more and book, click here.
Let your competitive streak shine at El Camino Cantina’s FREE Loteria spectacular (a.k.a. Mexican bingo). For one night on Thursday, November 28th, grab your crew and get ready to win big, with tonnes of prizes up for grabs include $100, $50 and Tex-Mex fiesta vouchers up for grabs. Plus, for just $29 per person enjoy 1 hour of margaritas, beer, wine plus wings, quesadillas and tacos to keep you fuelled to win all night long. Spaces are limited so make sure to book your spot by clicking here.
What do Champagne, cider and wild fermented beer all have in common? They’ll be pouring at The Unicorn Hotel as part of What A Fizzer 2, a one-day fizzy drink party on Saturday, November 30th. From 1 to 5 pm, sip your way through all the delicious fizzy drinks, curated by Newtown’s P&V Wine Merchants, The Unicorn Hotel and Mary’s. The best bit? Your ticket includes a snack pack featuring a Mary’s burger a Mary’s vegan option. Kick on after the ticketed tasting at the after-party with a special Unicorn x Mary’s food menu and a baller wine list. To find out more and nab your tickets, click here.