London’s Ministry of Sound Club is launching in Sydney this month

June 2, 2017

In what should be big news for club-minded Sydneysiders, London’s iconic Ministry of Sound Club is making it’s way on over the the harbour city, launching from Saturday 10th June for weekly residencies at ivy. Every Saturday night onwards will feature a brand new four-room soundsystem and clubbing experience curated by MoS, which has remained […]

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Merivale add Zebra Bar to Enmore’s dynamic Queens Hotel (Sydney)

May 24, 2017

The opening of the Queens Hotel late last year marked Merivale’s first ever venture into Sydney’s inner-west, refreshing an Enmore institution into what has now become the go-to for its gorgeous upstairs cocktail bar, The Smelly Goat, and resident dumpling kitchen Queen Chow. Now the property has added Zebra Bar to that offering, completing the […]

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March Into Merivale: a night of food, cocktails and wine returns to ivy this March (Sydney)

March 2, 2017

March Into Merivale is a culinary spectacular that promises a unique and extensive spectrum of food and drinks when it returns on Wednesday, March 22nd with it’s traditionally huge launch party. The first night of March into Merivale 2017 will conquer the whole ivy complex and surrounding laneways with guests experiences a bustling Asian street […]

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Merivale’s old-school chicken shop by an ex-Noma chef opens this week (Sydney)

January 24, 2017

Michelin-trained chef Ben Greeno has been leading the charge at Merivale’s The Paddington since it opened late 2015, and this week he’ll be overseeing the long awaited extension of that concept as the takeaway focused The Chicken Shop opens on Thursday 26 January. The small shopfront right next to The Paddington will be turned into […]

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Merivale open Queen Chow and The Smelly Goat in Enmore’s Queens Hotel (Sydney)

December 13, 2016

Merivale weren’t about to end 2016 quietly, playing one last card for Christmas just weeks after unveiling Paddington’s well-received double-venue Fred’s and Charlie Parker’s. It now feels like a long time ago when Merivale announced that they had purchased Enmore’s historic Queen Victoria Hotel, and for over a year we’ve been slowly drip-fed info about […]

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Merivale’s Sunday Sundown features free gigs from PNAU, Remi, Montaigne and more (Sydney)

November 28, 2016

Hospitality juggernauts Merivale and Summer Bright Lager have officially kicked off their returning Sunday Sundown series, a free live music program which will last across Sydney’s scorching summer with some of the country’s best acts showing out at the group’s best venues. This time around, the shedule has grown to include sixteen free events from […]

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Merivale open dual venue Fred’s and Charlie Parker’s in Paddington (Sydney)

October 24, 2016

It has been a year of tremendous growth for Merivale and as we enter the final few months of 2016, Justin Hemmes’ hospitality empire is pulling some final tricks out of the sleeve. A stellar team of Merivale key players – Head chef Danielle Alvarez and cocktail duo Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall – are […]

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Young Gun of Wine: 50 new wave winemakers to showcase at ivy this week (Sydney)

October 23, 2016

There’s no shortage of epic wine parties in Sydney, many of which tighten focus on one aspect of what is an incredible diverse scene. This latest one, Young Gun of Wine Uncut, will be held at Merivale’s famed ivy this Wednesday, playing to host to 100 wines from 50 of the country’s leading cutting edge […]

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Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards announces 2016 winners

September 20, 2016

To cap off yet another busy Bar Week, the industry came together last night at the 16th annual Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards to celebrate the past 12 months of outstanding bars across Australia. Always an authoritative lens through which to examine the massive scale of quality bars across the country, the awards ceremony celebrated […]

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Papi Chulo launch “Who’s Your Papi?” menu (Sydney)

September 18, 2016

Manly go-to Papi Chulo, which has become one of the more popular casual dining destinations for Merivale, has edged into spring with a new three-course set menu offering going by the name of “Who’s Your Papi?”. They’ll be making this one available for three days a week, from Tuesdays through Thursdays with the option to […]

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Merivale’s Uccello announces some big changes led by ex-Rockpool chef (Sydney)

September 11, 2016

Merivale’s rooftop Italian restaurant Uccello has gone through some big changes now that new Head Chef Ben Sitton has taken the lead at the pool-side kitchen. The result is a brand new menu, sticking with the Mediterranean elegance that has come to define to popular dining destination, Sitton expanding the kitchen’s inspiration to include various […]

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Merivale buys The Alexandria Hotel (Sydney)

August 11, 2016

Merivale have picked up another historic inner-west venue, saving it from certain destruction as it was primed to become yet another residential block before development proposals were denied. The venue in question is the heritage-listed Alexandria Hotel, a local hero that inspired a huge campaign from supporters when it was picked up by developers last […]

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How to celebrate Bastille Day 2016 in Sydney

July 11, 2016

Thursday 14th July is Bastille Day, France’s national day which always brings an excuse to indulge in the rich culture and cuisine of the famous country. Being that some of the country’s best French restaurants are located in Sydney, Bastille Day in this fine harbour city is always a must, even more so with special […]

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The best things to do in Sydney this weekend (Easter Special: 25th-28th March)

March 23, 2016

One of the most anticipated holidays of the year, Easter, is coming this weekend, and even for those who aren’t big on the reason behind this faithful day, it’s hard not to embrace the extended weekend and penchant for spreading chocolate throughout the city with open arms, but there’s so much more than just chocolate […]

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Merivale will open their super venue, The Newport, on Good Friday (NSW)

March 21, 2016

Merivale  is set to open the much anticipated mega-venue The Newport on Good Friday as a part of the official launch of the first phase of the iconic’s landmark redevelopment. The Newport promises to be a vibrant gathering place thanks to its remarkable location, which looks out over the vista of Pittwater estuary, and the […]

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Jordan Toft (Coogee Pavilion) talks Coogee Foreshore Festival, March Into Merivale, and more

March 17, 2016

As March Into Merivale approaches it’s end for another year so too does the big Coogee Foreshore Festival at Coogee. Easily one of the biggest and best events of the comprehensive Merivale food and wine festival, the event brings an afternoon of eating and drinking by the beach as both inside and outside the sprawling […]

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‘Feast of the Senses’ Coogee Foreshore Festival returns to the pavilion (Sydney)

March 11, 2016

The Coogee Foreshore Festival returns to Coogee Pavilion on Sunday the 20th of March. The festival is part of the eighth annual March into Merivale, the popular five-week food and drink program bolstered by dozens of Merivale’s restaurants and bars to showcase the work of their group chefs. Food and drink stalls, live performances by The […]

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Recap: Felix, Ash St. Cellar, Bistrode CBD and more showcased at Merivale’s European Laneway (Sydney)

March 3, 2016

We continued to march on into Merivale and its aptly named festival this year with the hotly anticipated European Laneway, fashioned as a feast under the stars. After a series of successful events in previous years, the laneway was once again choc-a-block of the best food and drink the Merivale group has to offer, all […]

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Merivale will preview Queen Chow this week at “Wok On” (Sydney)

February 29, 2016

March Into Merivale’s ultimate showcase of various Asian cuisines, dubbed Wok On, will take place this Wednesday 2nd March at Establishment Main Bar, calling on some of the group’s top venues and chefs like Mr Wong and Ms.G’s to offer up a selection of their best dishes at a market-style event. The mix of Asian […]

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Merivale previews new venues and dishes at extravagant launch party for March Into Merivale

February 15, 2016

Last week, Merivale celebrated the start of their one-month March Into Merivale festival with it’s traditional launch party throughout their famed ivy, presenting stalls from all Merivale venues new and old, with all chefs on hand to offer some of their latest creations, some old favourites, and future staples. AU’s Head Photographer Johnny Au was […]

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Interview: Sam Egerton (Palmer & Co.) talks Guilty Pleasures, March Into Merivale, The Paddington, and more

February 9, 2016

Merivale’s huge March Into Merivale kicks off this week with a big launch party on Wednesday 10th February, where the many talents which make up the juggernaut hospitality group will be able to showcase their eats and drinks throughout the luscious ivy. Ahead of the big day, we caught up with Palmer & Co. stalwart […]

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Merivale chefs name their top picks for this year’s ‘March Into Merivale’ festival

February 8, 2016

It’s not long now until the big launch of March Into Merivale, the renowned hospitality group’s annual festival which gives them a chance to celebrate their acclaimed team of chefs and bartenders through a series of food and drink events, catering for a massive range of tastes. This year also marks one of the biggest […]

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Chef signatures and a sixteen room feast feature on the 2016 March into Merivale Festival program

January 19, 2016

Sydney’s hospitality behemoth Merivale in the midst of their biggest changes to date, with several venues opening up within the past few months and several more planned for the year ahead. It then makes sense that they make their annual March into Merivale as jam-packed as possible, and with a program that features a sixteen-room […]

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Merivale are set to unveil their ambitious Northern Beaches venue, The Newport, next month

December 15, 2015

When Merivale purchased the iconic Newport Arms earlier this year from long-running owners The Bayfield Family, interest was almost immediate. What would Justin Hemmes and his crew do the new venue? They had already showcased their ambition and knack for creating super-sized and extravagant hospitality hubs with the likes of ivy and Coogee Pavilion, so […]

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The Beresford gets a new look, new menu, and announces summer program (Sydney)

December 13, 2015

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. The Beresford has always […]

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Eric Koh’s Dim Sum Pop-Up at Work In Progress – CBD (Sydney)

November 22, 2015

Before he helps man the kitchen at Enmore’s forthcoming Queen Victoria Hotel, Merivale Dumpling Master Eric Koh has a few more weeks left running his dim sum pop-up, @EricKoh, at CBD bar Work in Progress. The pop-up was originally intended to last for six weeks through September, but an unsurprisingly high level of demand has […]

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Merivale’s The Paddington to open on Oxford Street this month (Sydney)

November 17, 2015

In continuing their massive list of new openings, hospitality giants Merivale are just about ready to unveil the first of what will be three new properties on Oxford Street, opening doors to completely revamped space which will now be known as The Paddington. Formerly The Paddington Arms, Merivale’s flashy new pub reno will be in […]

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Merviale’s intimate Whisky bar, J&M, opens in Sydney

November 10, 2015

Hospitality group Merivale will officially open doors to J&M, an intimate Whisky Bar located on Level 2 of Angel Hotel, from 11th November 2015. Initially, J&M will function as an exclusive showcase for Chivas Regal, driven by the sensory experience of Chivas 18. Aimed at a complete but intimate experience, J&M will be one for […]

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Eric Koh’s popular Dim Sum pop-up extended to late December (Sydney)

November 7, 2015

Highly regarded dumpling master Eric Koh initially planned to stay a temporary resident at Work in Progress for just six weeks in September, but his @Erickoh residency at Merivale’s small bar has met with such a huge response that demand has forced him to remain in the kitchen until 23rd December. Koh’s dim-sum pop up […]

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