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Little Creatures Fremantle Brewery Tour
It’s the last Friday afternoon of summer, and Freo’s calling. I wander through the limestone lanes of town until I reach the grassy Esplanade. As I look out past the spinning ferris wheel, I spy a cheeky cherub peering through the pines. It’s just a hop, step and a jump to the docks and Freo's harbourside brewery, turning hops into bevs by the sea. Little Creatures isn’t hidden away behind bricks and mortar – it’s all glass and timber beams and corrugated iron roofs. Later, I learn from my tour guide Iain that the Creatures’ space used to be home to a crocodile farm. Iain’s love of beer is infectious as he lets us in on the secret world of beer, from the birth of beer in Babylon to current day Creatures. “Beer is linked with civilisation as we know it,” he tells the tour. Before I know it, there’s a pinch of hop flowers in my hands, and I’m sifting through roasted grains. Trust your own unique perception of flavours, Iain tells us. “It’s your nose. You're wearing it.” He waves at a man in orange as we explore the buzzing brewhouse. “Over there! There’s a Creature!” It’s Cam, the brewer on duty. He weaves around the enormous silver tanks, picks one, and pops a ‘pig’s tail’ in to pour a pale ale. "We’re all really different, all the staff, but it’s the one thing that sort of pulls us all together. We’ve all got this love of beer… It’s our common bond.” Reggae beats roll over the great hall as the clock hits five – boats putter round the docks, Bathers Beach
Time Out Food Awards
Forks at the ready, Sydney: the Time Out Food Awards are back and bigger than ever. Join us on Monday September 25 as we toast the city’s best fine dining restaurants and casual diners; degustations and sensational takeaways; top chefs and rising stars. Expect delicious drinks, sweet tunes brought to you by Flex Mami, and great food by Porteño – not to mention all the suspense of the awards as we give back to those venues and talent that make feasting in Sydney superb. Tickets are $70 + BF and include food, drink, fun and a copy of the annual Time Out Food Awards issue ($4.95 value), hot off the presses before it hits newsstands. Keen? Limited first release tickets go on sale Thursday July 20. For a taste of last year's action, check out our 2016 winners. You can also have your say by voting in the People's Choice awards. Powered by Eventbrite in association with
Number 20 Martin Place is set to become the stage for a provocative, poised and graceful performance piece, when vertical dance pioneers Bandaloop take to the skies. This isn't your usual dance piece – you'll need to alter your perspective a little if you want to see this performance, as it takes place metres above the ground on the outer glass facade of a building. The vertical cavort will see dancers using state-of-the-art climbing equipment, which allows them to oscillate off the side of the building, multiple stories above. The San Francisco-based dance company have performed off the tops of skyscrapers in New York to the cliffs of Tianmen mountain in China, and now will make their Australian debut right here in Sydney. The performance is free and will take place daily from Friday August 18 until Sunday August 20, as part of the City of Sydney's Art & About program.
Get tickets to Sydney Contemporary
Australasia’s largest international art fair returns to Sydney this spring for four days of curated installations, exhibitions, tours, panel discussions, sculptures, after dark activities, artist talks and more. Sydney Contemporary kick starts at Carriageworks with an official opening night party on Thu Sep 7. The space will morph into an art lover's playground with immersive art, live music and performance pieces, alongside appearances from Sydney's hottest restaurants. The following four days will see local galleries including 107, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Sarah Cottier showing, alongside appearances from galleries travelling from Singapore, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Santiago, New York, Auckland and Melbourne. Works will span experimental video installations, print-making, soundscapes, drawings, paintings, sculptures and more. This year Time Out readers can get 20 per cent off tickets, including tickets to the opening night and daily tickets. Head to Sydney Contemporary and enter the code TIMEOUT to redeem this discount.
Where to drink Espresso Martinis with a view
Sydneysiders get a little forlorn in winter. Which is terribly sulky of us. Even when it’s too cold to be getting in the water, we should still be enjoying that Harbourside life. The best pick me up? An Espresso Martini of course. Sip one while you stare out into the gorgeous distance – at these venues, it’s all about the view. Vote for the bar making your favourite Patrón XO Café Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab.
Enjoy the Archibald exhibition and a meal at Chiswick at the Gallery
Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize is currently showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. To make your visit even more special Chiswick at the Gallery are serving up a custom menu to accompany the exhibition, with a main, dessert, a glass of wine or beer plus one ticket to the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes for $72 per person. You'll get to beat the queue and enjoy either lunch or dinner in the light-filled surrounds of Chiswick at the Gallery. Mains include grilled spatchcock with pumpkin, pine nut, ginger and sage; or seared Cone Bay barramundi with heirloom carrots and tarragon. For dessert pick between Valrhona chocolate with tonka bean, hazelnut and espresso; or rhubarb with coconut sticky rice and kaffir lime. Then cap it off with a glass of Tertini Hilltops Riesling, Tertini Central Ranges Shira or a James Boag. Once you've finished with your meal, head into the exhibition where you can see the divisive and colourful collection of paintings. This year's line-up (the 96th for the prize) features 43 portraits, culled from 822 entries, featuring faces familiar and not, by big name, mid-career and emerging painters. Then head over to the Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibitions – the former for landscape painting or figurative sculpture, the latter for subject painting, genre painting or mural art. You can also see the Young Archie, which features portraits by pint-sized artists between the ages of 5 and 18. Find out more about Chiswick at the Gallery's Ar