Are you ‘old skool’ or ‘new school’? That’s what you’ll need to decide when you enter Shane Delia’s newest dining concept, Biggie Smalls, which launched in Collingwood late last week.
Now that we're in December, Sydneysiders are no doubt scrambling to lock in those perfect NYE plans, and with so many options available around the famed Harbour City, one is definitely going to need some help sorting through all that's on offer. Pretty much every venue around Sydney will be trying to coax you through their doors and into their ticketed event, but not all NYE parties are made equal. Because we're a helpful bunch we've sifted through a shortlist of our favourite New Year's Eve events around Sydney for the 2015/2016 period, trimming that down even more to present you this list of traditional events, new parties, and more.
2015 is ending with a burst of exciting new openings for Sydney and front and centre is Lot.1, a lush three-level establishment in the heart of the CBD that offers a premium dining experience, leaning towards classic Italian favourites and focused on local seasonal ingredients handled with a refined modern twist. The venue has a capacity of 400 people and boasts stunning architecture completely befitting it's multi-million dollar development.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky Mortlach launched a new expression in Australia earlier this year, offering an entry level to add a bit of elasticity to their reputation as "The Beast of Dufftown". Mortlach has always had that rich, powerful body that has made the Whisky ideal for use in blends, but this new expression, the Mortlach Rare Old, seeks to reshape and re-imagine the brand's position in the world of Whisky, with the first in what will be a new range from the valued Dufftown distillery.
Meatworks could soon become the best thing to ever happen in South Melbourne's food scene. Housed in a renovated old 1930’s panel-beating garage, this warehouse turned pleasure palace for carnivores will be opening its doors in four stages across the next few months. Grass-fed meat is the name of the game and with influences from both the East and the West, the brand new eatery will surely not disappoint.
Fresh off a successful, inaugural Dog Show, Sydney institution The Beresford has released their summer calendar for this season, bringing in weekly events to fully showcase their new menu and refreshed interiors. Most notably on the schedule is the return of The Monday Jam and Movie Night in The Beresford Courtyard.
Local Woollahra favourite The Light Brigade Hotel has undergone quite the impressive transformation, joining the long list of contemporary pub makeovers that have been strung throughout Sydney this year. The venue's spirit has been refined and re-imagined with a vibrant, modern approach from new owners The Bayfield family, who are most known for their long-running ownership of The Newport Arms, which they sold to Merivale earlier this year.
What do you get when two of the kings of Sydney's brimming burger scene collaborate to the benefit of hearts and minds across the city? You get a brilliant summer residence from Pub Life Kitchen and Barrio Chino at inner-west fashion-slash-cafe staple Deus Ex Machina, propped up in the large space that has become known as Deus Cafe. With the official title of Deus Presents PLK x Barrio this summer-long pop-up brings together two minds which have shaped and lifted Sydney's burger game to a level of unprecedented feverish demand.
Since 1978 Ben & Jerry's has been a constant in discussions about good quality ice cream, and the brand has certainly delivered on that reputation time and time again. They remain once of the most loved ice creams brands in Australia, so whenever they introduce a new flavour to their ever-evolving Legendairy range it's always to a welcoming and warm reception. Their latest addition, Save Our Swirled is the brand's effort to raise awareness for Australians to stand up and be proactive when encouraging the government to commit to an international agreement to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to keep global warming below 2*C. Political and delicious.
Tasmanian sparkling is an MVP every time NYE comes around, due to the region's famously cool climate, offering an alternative to French sparkling that is now widely known to be just as good - if not better - for big occasions. Two varietals have remained the brand's most acclaimed, the classic Premium Cuvée NV, and the Vintage Rosé 2011, both of which dominate their price category year in and year out.
While not quite a chain (like, at all) Mary's have now been established as one of the most popular food businesses Sydney has ever seen. The wild enthusiasm with which people seek out their American-style burgers remains feverish, and so news that you can now get their signature burgers delivered comes as very welcome news.
Famed, forward-thinking fashion label <>Romance Was Born will be making Sydney fans very happy this week as the team host not one but two sales throughout the week, each at different locations, both in darlinghurst.
The Sydney Comedy Festival is back in 2016 and to celebrate its 12th year, they've decided to throw a 27-day party. Showcasing at all the usual venues, this year for the first time ever a program will be taking place at the magnificent Sydney Town Hall.
Theatrics and speakeasys have remained supreme at this year's Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards. The ceremony, which was held last night, crowned the very well established Eau De Vie as Bar of the Year, amongst a whole heap of other categories aimed at celebrating excellence in Melbourne's much adored bar scene. Check out the full list of winners below.
The 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival has released the first line-up of acts that will be spread throughout the city for a series of stand ups from 23rd March to 17th April. Check out the full announcement below and get across the who's who of Australian and international comedians.