The Best Things To Do This Summer In Sydney

Summer Guide, Sydney / 11 January 2023

The sun is out and we’re ready to play Sydney!

We’ve rounded up a bunch of things to do around Sydney from harbourside yoga and cinema experiences to exclusive wine dinners and foodie festivals. Don’t plan on leaving the house? We’ve got you covered there too with some incredible cocktail and pizza recipes.

Head To Wollongong For A Sunday Session By The Beach at For The Love Festival (Sunday 26th February)

For The Love has announced its international lineup featuring global pop star Charli XCX and beloved dance icons Duke Dumont, Sonny Fodera & Snakehips. Aussie favourites Cosmo’s Midnight, Budjerah, Kye, Sumner and Jade Zoe will also make up the carefully curated blend of dance, pop and live performances. Brought to you in partnership with the team behind Beyond The Valley, Wildlands Festival & Grapevine Gathering, the event series is set to deliver iconic summer memories. Find out more here.

Viva el Vino Bottomless Lunch at Tequila Mockingbird

Paddington’s favourite hideout for tacos and margaritas has launched a bottomless Saturday lunch that’s all about vino! Enjoy 2-hours of free-flowing rose and sparkling alongside a selection of their most popular Latin American-inspired share plates. Think guacamole with chips and salsa, tapioca frittas, ceviche tacos, skewers grilled on the Parrilla and more. For $99pp, it’s the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or catch up with friends. Find out more here.

feb guide zen sessions
Enjoy FREE Yoga Classes With Harbour Views For A Limited Time

Nespresso is celebrating the launch of their limited-edition iconic coffee blend with complimentary yoga classes at the Westpack OpenAir cinema. These ‘Sip & Breathe’ sessions invite Sydneysiders to enjoy the picturesque views of Sydney Harbour over a yoga session, followed by a nutritious breakfast and a complimentary taste of the new Nespresso blend. The 1-hour sessions will start at 7:30am on Thursdays and Fridays, and at 8:30am on Saturdays and Sundays, and will run from 19 January – 17 February. Book online here.

Westpac Openair Cinema Summer 2020
Perch Up At Sydney’s Most Picturesque Cinema

Taking up residence at the stunning Mrs Macquaries Point, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden, Westpac OpenAir Cinema is set to host 45 nights of top-notch entertainment alongside sparkling water views. Swap the popcorn for delicious eats from Kitchen by Mike – as acclaimed local chef Mike McEnearney introduces Fish & Chips, burgers, wraps and salads to the Royal Botanic Garden. The season has kicked off and will run until the 21st of February with a variety of new-to-cinema movies and old favourites to watch. Find out more here.

Social Serve North Shore 2019
Play Some Tennis With A Cocktail In Hand At Social Serve’s Australian Open Party (Saturday 28th January)

Social Serve’s Australian Open Party will return to Rose Bay! From 3:30pm to 9:30pm the Lyne Park Tennis Centre will come alive with killer cocktails, wicked DJ beats, party vibes, and a giant serving of social tennis. Your ticket will give you entry to the event with access to a delicious spread of cocktails in the afternoon sunshine. Expect refreshing beverages including Aperol Spritz, Fevertree, Little Creatures, White Claw Seltzers, Ellesse and Baxter Vodka, and ensure you stick around for the after-party. Find out more here.

Flickerfest Film Festival 2020
Watch A Film At The 32nd Instalment Of Flickerfest (20th – 29th January)

The annual summer short film competition will return to the stylishly revamped Bondi Pavillion presenting a not to be missed season of emerging talent. Alongside the best of short films from Australia, audiences will be delighted with amazing LBTQI films in competition at home and across the world (Rainbow Shorts), special showcases of kids and family-friendly films (FlickerKids), films about relationships (Love Bites) and hilarious comedy films (Short Laughs). Find out more here.

Rancho Seltzo, Bondi
Visit Bondi’s Hottest Bar Pop-Up, Rancho Seltzo

Bondi Brewing Co. and House Made Hospitality (Grana, Apollonia, Bar Mammoni) have joined forces to bring beach-goers a one-of-a-kind resort-style tropical oasis this summer, featuring boozy slushies, Sydney’s best selection of seltzers and our favourite agave spirits. On the menu, expect Baja California flavours with a honed Mediterranean influence that House Made Hospitality do so well. Think kingfish ceviche with coconut, grapefruit and jalapeno, plus a shared flatbread menu featuring housemade bread cooked over the woodfire grill, each platter served with kale tabbouleh, tomato, cucumber, pickled carrots, lettuce and peppers. Find out more.

Keep the Summer Vibe Going With Hickson Rd Wild Rosé Summer Cup

The team from Hickson House have just launched a brand new gin-based tipple, ideal for summer sipping! This all-Australian Aperitif features their award-winning Australian Dry Gin blended with Regal Rouge’s organic Cabernet Rosé Vermouth, tonka beans, native bush tomato and muntrie berries. It’s a light and refreshing alternative to wine and spritzes, with a fruity aroma and dry finish. The limited release Summer Cup is perfect to make some delicious summer cocktails at home – the team have even shared some of their favourite recipes! Purchase your Summer Cup bottle online (and get free shipping) or visit the Hickson House distillery in the Rocks to try one of their signature Wild Rosé Summer Cup cocktails.

Summer Cup
60ml Hickson Rd. Summer Cup
120ml Ginger Ale

Method: Fill highball glass with cubed ice, pour all liquid to the wash line and stir
Garnish: Mint sprig, fresh berries and cucumber slice

Summer Royale
30ml Hickson Rd. Summer Cup
120ml chilled French Champagne

Method: Build all liquid in a flute glass
Garnish: Raspberry

Wild Rosé Negroni

60ml Hickson Rd. Summer Cup
30ml Campari

Method: Add all liquid into mixing glass with cubed ice, stir 10-12 times and strain over a large cube in a rocks glass
Garnish: Orange zest (penny shape)

Surprise Your Tastebuds With An All-Vegan Dining Experience at INDU Sydney (Tuesday 31st January)

INDU Sydney is bringing back their Vegan Night in 2023 and you bet we’ll be nabbing a seat. These nights are dedicated to converting even the biggest of meat eaters and celebrating Sri Lankan-inspired cuisine. This session will be all about highlighting summer produce with dishes including parippu and corn vada, Chaat Masala, roasted cauliflower, chilli pineapple acharu, tamarind rice with crispy devilled chickpeas and nectarines with whipped coconut yoghurt. Tickets are just $75pp – Find out more here.

Bottomless Limoncello Spritz Session at Mille Vini, Surry Hills

Mille Vini (formerly MV Bistro & Wine Bar) in Surry Hills has taken bottomless to a new level with free-flowing Limoncello Spritz! Every Saturday between 1pm – 3pm you can enjoy 2 hours of unlimited Limoncello Spritz, Mimosas, and selected wine, served with a 5-course menu for just $99pp. The menu features dishes that will take your taste buds to the Amalfi Coast including Crostini Puttanesca, Zucchini Flowers, Prosciutto, Melone & Burrata, house-made pasta and Tiramisu, and more. Find out more here.

Try Your Hand at Traditional Neapolitan-Style Pizza with a Gozney Oven

Gozney’s Roccbox pizza oven is everything you need this summer for entertaining! It’s not only portable which means you can use it in your backyard, on the beach or camping, but it is also easy to use to cook your traditional Neaoplitan-style pizza in just 60 seconds. We have asked the legends at Franco Pizza Bar (Hatted restaurant in Thirroul, NSW) to share some of their top pizza recipes which you can recreate at home. Find out more here.

Wine Dinner? Wine Not! Check Into Kid Kyoto For A Taste Of Sidewood Estate’s Finest (Wednesday 18th January)

The team from Kid Kyoto, Sydney’s adored Japanese-inspired restaurant down Bridge Lane, are dedicating a night to celebrate one of South Australia’s best winemakers. Sidewood Estate is known for producing incredible cool climate wines and Head Chef Rhys Watson-Lamb has created a menu to match each bottle. Your evening will be spent sipping wine with each course and enjoying dishes of scallop and finger lime, beef tartare, duck tsukune, yuzu cheesecake and more. Tickets are just $14ppp – Find out more here.

So Frenchy So Chic 2023
Get Your Dose Of French Decadence At The So Frenchy So Chic Festival (Saturday 21st January)

So Frenchy So Chic is the unmissable foodie festival that will pop up at Glebe’s Bicentennial Park this month. Expect a Champagne poppin’ good time at Australia’s poshest picnic, soundtracked to a lineup of live performances from chart-topping French pop icons. Bring along your picnic blanket and further your French immersion with a deluxe offering from the French-style food market selling everything from oysters, lobster rolls, croque monsieur, cassoulet, Basque paella, sweetcorn madeleines with blue swimmer crab, mussels, and pissaladiere to crème brûlée and crêpes. Find out more here.