Things You Should Be Doing in August

Drink, Eat, Sydney / 22 August 2018
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Things You Should Be Doing in August

Drink, Eat, Sydney / 22 August 2018

Gather your crew and get planning with these cool activities happening this month.

Make the most of the last days of winter with these cool activities happening in and around Sydney. From an Italian Long Lunch series to Middle-eastern inspired Yum Cha and a unique float tank experience, call up your crew, clear the diary and get planning in August.

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Spend your Saturday at the Fratelli Fresh Long Table Series

Weekends are made for good food shared amongst loved ones, and Fratelli Fresh marks the perfect spot for those feel good experiences with a new long table series. Running monthly, head in on Saturday 25th August to explore Italy’s renowned foodie regions. For just $79pp, you’ll enjoy a lavish 4-course sharing menu plus unlimited Italian prosecco, beer, wine and Aperol Spritz between 12pm-2pm. Bookings are essential. To secure your space, click here

Head to Merivale’s new CBD Tapas Bar

Bar Topa, a tight and tantalising tapas bar, marks the newest edition to the Merivale empire. Head in after work for sangria on tap, an alluring wine menu and tapas. It might only fit 40 patrons standing at any one time, but after nabbing a spot inside, you’ll quickly be transported to the foodie hangouts of Spain.
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Raise A Fork For Our Farmers at The Bavarian and The Bavarian Beerhaüs

Head into The Bavarian or The Bavarian Beerhaüs this Sunday 26th and order a meal for a cause. In an effort to assist drought-effected farmers, Rockpool Dining Group’s Bavarian restaurants will be donating all profits from all venues in New South Wales. Raise A Fork For Our Farmers drought relief fundraisers will be held at the following locations:

  • The Bavarian Beerhaüs: York Street, Sydney
  • The Bavarian: Bondi Beach, Castle Hill, Chatswood, Entertainment Quarter, Manly, Miranda, Parramatta, Penrith, Rouse Hill and World Square

things you should be doing august

Eat limited-edition vegetarian ramen at Butter

Best known for its fried chicken, Champagne and fresh kicks, this Surry Hills and Parramatta hangout is now throwing us a curve ball with the introduction of a limited edition vegetarian ramen. Taking six hours to cook, the all important stock is infused with chickpeas, cashews, fermented bean curd and preserved mustard. To replace the meat component typically found in ramen, you’ll find two fried field mushrooms, resting alongside mushrooms and a marinated egg. Butter’s vegetarian ramen is available from Thursday August 16 – Thursday 30th August so make sure you get in quick.
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Head into Thievery for Middle-Eastern Inspired Yum Cha

For one month only, Thievery will be transformed into a Middle Eastern Yum Cha wonderland, taking you on a journey through both the Middle East and Asia. The Dim Sum menu offers a balance of both China and the Middle East, with dishes including Baba Ganoush Dumplings, Middle Eastern Salt & Pepper Bug Tails, Lamb Kafta Pancakes, Twice Cooked Ras El Hanout Duck with Carob, Ginger and Caramel, and Bastourma spiced Char Sui Lamb Cutlets. On the drinks front, expect a unique selection of tea cocktails, served in large teapots designed to share. Guests can opt for either the a la carte or set menu for $53 which includes a selection of 11 dishes during dinner sessions and brunch on Saturday. Thievery’s Middle Eastern Yum Cha will run from 7th of August – 1st of September. Bookings are essential.
things you should be doing august

Bust out a tune, drink whisky and eat yakitori at this new Japanese Izakaya Bar

Bringing a slice of Shinjuku’s vibrant district to Steam Mill Lane is Bang Bang. Opening its doors on Thursday 9th August, this 85 seater Izakaya bar meets eatery offers both lunch and dinner menus, an ever-growing whisky selection plus its own karaoke room!

Taste the best of the Lane Vineyard at Sydney’s newest wine bar

The Gallery at Sheraton on the Park has recently transformed into a brand new intimate wine bar. Aptly titled The Gallery Wine Room, you can escape winter’s chill with a curated collection of exclusive fine wines from around the world, paired with mouth-watering dishes and artisanal cheeses. Open from 5pm Tuesday to Friday, the Gallery Wine Room will be showcasing the best of Adelaide Hills’ The Lane Vineyard with an exclusive flight offering, available from August 7 to September 28th.
For a special one-night-only experience on 23rd August, The Gallery Wine Room will also be hosting a special tasting event. Sip your way through six of the The Lane Vineyard’s top vintages, teamed with a gourmet grazing table and matching cheeses for $85pp. To book, call 02 9286 6000, visit or email

Eat a burger with a cause at Burger Project

Head into any Burger Project store across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month to eat a burger with a cause. For every Outback limited edition burger purchased, $1 will be donated to the National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI), an apprenticeship, mentoring and support program for aspiring Indigenous chefs. The Outback burger ($12.90) comes with a Cape Grim beef pattie, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, roasted, sliced and marinated beetroot and Burger Project’s secret sauce. These flavours are given a native boost with a generous drizzle of lemon myrtle mayonnaise. In addition, Black Label by Burger Project in Sydney will make an ongoing contribution to the Institute by donating $1 from every Native burger ($17) sold from Wednesday, 1 August.
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Head to August Aperitvo Hour at The Streets of Barangaroo

The Streets of Barangaroo certainly don’t shut down over the winter months, and nor should you. Head down to this dynamic food and drinks hub for August Aperitvo Hour. Running throughout August from 4-7pm, Sunday to Thursday, Aperitvo Hour features carefully curated snack and drink combos to help whet your appetite. Head into 12-Micron and order the Rosebud cocktail ($19) to receive mouth watering polenta chips with whipped cheddar and bush tomato. Anason are offering up a Turkish meze selection with the order of the Wherling Dervish cocktail ($14), while NOLA dishes up charcuterie on toasted baguette rustique with the order of the signature NOLA Spritz ($19). To get the full list of venues involved in Aperitvo hour, click here.
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Book Yourself into a Float Tank Experience at Flow Revive

Struggle to switch off? At Flow Revive, head in and reap the benefits of a unique float tank experience. Often referred to as a sensory deprivation tank, these float tanks are filled with salt water, evoking the sensation of weightlessness. Soundproof in design, the idea is that your brain waves are encouraged to go from an Alpha (alert and active) into a Theta state, which is your gateway to sleep. Float tank experiences run for 75 minutes and cost $65 per session. To book and for more information click here.

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Check out this pop up OzHarvest Café in Surry Hills

OzHarvest recently launched an exciting new collaboration with profit-for-purpose café Gratia, creating a pop up OzHarvest Café in Surry Hills from July-September. Head into Gratia over the next two months and have 100 per cent of the profits from your order donated to OzHarvest. Every $1 spent at the OzHarvest Café by Gratia can help deliver two meals to someone in need.
Gratia, 372 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
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Eat, drink and be merry at the Italian Wine + Food Festival

They say that the Italians do it better and we can’t help but agree. They’ve got the magnificent architecture and sites. They’ve got the gorgeous men with their enchanting accents. But upstaging all of that, they’ve got the wine and they’ve got the food. Make some room in your bellies because Sydney’s Italian Wine + Food Festival is back again for 2018 and is bigger and more Italian than ever. So if you’d like to pasta time away Sunday August 26th, the Italian Wine + Food Festival is the place for you.

Check out the NEW Ételek pop-up in Potts Point

As of Wednesday 25th July, head to the former Gastro Park/Antipodean site in Potts Point for an exciting new three-month pop-up. Introducing Ételek. With Chef Adam Wolfers, together with Marc Dempsey at the helm, you know you’re in for a treat with a menu featuring Wolfer’s heritage. Ételek will be open for three months, from 5pm Wednesday to Saturday and 2pm on Sundays.
Ételek, 5-9 Roslyn Street, Potts Point