Things to do in Sydney this weekend
It's the last weekend of winter. Embrace it by digging into one of Sydney's best roasts or hot chocolates, head to a great gallery or bunker down in one of the city's best bars.
The best toasties in Sydney
Two slices of bread, cheese and butter are the building blocks of the most comforting snack of all time, the toasted sandwich. From there you can stick to the classics – baked beans, tinned spaghetti, savoury mince, or the infallible combination of ham and tomato with cheese – or get crazy and wild with the fillings. There's basically nothing that doesn't taste good inside a hot pocket with cheese. If you're craving the simple pleasures of a jaffle, these are our favourite places to get them.
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The best high tea in Sydney
Sydney is obsessed with high tea, and with good reason – we do some seriously good baking in this here city. Here's our hotlist of venues for tea, scones, petits fours and civilised conversation.
The best healthy breakfasts in Sydney
When you go out for breakfast it can be hard not to go straight for the brisket waffles. But for those days when you’re not nursing a hangover, here are the breakfasts you order that won’t make you feel guilty for the rest of the day. Here are Sydney’s eight best healthy breakfasts, none of which, you’ll be glad to hear, compromise on flavour.
The best first date bars in Sydney
No one is saying first dates are easy – there’s the reasonable fear you might insult them, bore them or that they may turn out to be secret racists. And it’s worse still if you think you might like them – so many expectations to manage. Do yourself a favour and pick a location for that first meeting that matches your vibe, be it low key and local or a litmus test for how they feel about the things you love best – namely wine.
The best desserts in Sydney
We don’t know about you, but dinner ain’t dinner for us without dessert. Sometimes it’s a bowl of silky, melting gelato, or it could be a maple syrup-drenched pudding or a good old fashioned passionfruit pav. Damn it, sometimes it’s an ornate plate of food made to look just like the brittle twigs on the forest floor (that’s when we’ve got the coin to get into Sepia). Regardless, it’s the traditional way to finish a meal, and we intend to keep up that tradition for as long as our waistbands can take it.
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The Tate is stripping off and coming Down Under
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Sydney Town Hall is lit, and purple, to support LGBTIQ young people
Sydney Town Hall will be lighting up purple today to show the City Of Sydney’s support for LGBTIQ young people. City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone said...
This five-star harbourside show is coming back
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It's official! NSW Parliament ban greyhound racing over night
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There’s a new cinema opening in Chippendale
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Who won the Sydney Battle of the Burger?
Sydney, you guys take your burgers very seriously. We've seen pitched battles all over the internet over whose patties are juiciest, whose buns are fluffiest and whose condiment selection trumps whose? And so we decided to settle the question of who is making Sydney's best burger once and for all with the inaugural Time Out Battle of the Burger in association with Tooth's Pale Ale. Who would go head to head in a mighty cook-off came down to you, dear readers. You nominated your favourite burgermeisters in the city and then voted for the top four. Those ground beef grillers then gathered at the Public House Petersham for the showdown where 200 Time Out readers gathered as the judging panel. It was a sold out event and each of those precious tickets meant you got half a burger from every contestant (you needed to be really hungry for this event) and an open bar pouring glass steins of refreshing Tooth's pale ale. There were sweet tunes from Sydney's AUX JAX, selfies and personalised gifs from Fotobox and live street art demonstrations from Work-Shop. In the first round Pub Life Kitchen went head to head with Burgers by Josh. Pub Life were grilling their specialty salt-aged beef patties that they make from beef they've farmed themselves. They went for the classic cheeseburger for their battle burger. Burgers by Josh were using two different cuts of beef for their patty, along with house-pickled jalapeños, extra-crisp bacon and a potato bun. Round two saw Bar Luca bring the
Score a double pass to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
The eighth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a weekend of robust, challenging and inspirational discussion with compelling speakers from around the world.
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Want to score a double pass to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas?
The eighth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a weekend of robust, challenging and inspirational discussion with compelling speakers from around the world. We have six double passes up for grabs to the session Why Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Stan Grant. This one will be a conversation starter – that's for sure. Each double pass includes a mysterious haze cocktail per person at Opera Bar and a FODI-inspired mystery meal at Opera Kitchen (vegan and vegetarian options available). To enter, simply sign up to the Time Out Newsletter (your ultimate social planner) before 10am, Wednesday September 1. Already a subscriber? No issues. You can still enter the competition – and we promise not to send you multiple newsletters. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now! Terms and conditions in full. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Time Out including news, events, offers and competitions.
Van Morrison’s Masterpieces Featuring Vince Jones And The Astral Orchestra
Beloved Australian singer, trumpeter, songwriter and performer Vince Jones has assembled a crack squad of Australian jazz musicians, with musical direction and piano by Matt McMahon, to form the Astral Orchestra. This super-group of local legends will, for one night only, take on Van Morrison's seminal late '60s and early '70s albums Astral Weeks and Moondance. These are the records that turned Morrison into Van the Man, and gave us 'Madame George' and 'Into the Mystic'. Not only were both albums critically acclaimed (although, for Astral Weeks, the road to recognition was a slow one) they were also hugely influenential for a young Vince Jones. This show at Angel Place's City Recital Hall follows two sold out performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, so act fast. Astral Orchestra full lineup: Matt McMahon – piano and music directorBen Hauptman – guitarBrett Hirst – bassJames Hauptman – drumsPhil Slater – trumpetPaul Cutlan - saxaphone and fluteMichelle O'Young – violinStephanie Zarka – violinJustine Clarke – vocals
Father’s Day Lunch at Glass Brasserie
Your dad likes meat, right? And we’re guessing he likes beer, wine and barbecues too. Thought so. Then this Father’s Day Lunch offer at Glass Brasserie in the Hilton Sydney is one you should get on board with. On Sunday September 4, acclaimed restaurateur/chef Luke Mangan is putting together a lunch with three delicious courses matched with brews from Young Henrys and fine wines. The set menu includes confit pork belly, Moroccan spiced lamb and the famous dark chocolate cream Milo mousse. Luke will be also be on hand for an interactive presentation with top butchers (and father-son duo) Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor Churchill, Woollahra and Vic’s Meat Market, Pyrmont. Dad can brush up on his barbecuing and meat seasoning skills, and learn the tricks behind selecting the perfect cut of meat. Guests also have the chance to win a selection of premium meats from Vic’s Meat Market valued at $300. Think of it as the ultimate meat tray, and then some. Glass Brasserie’s Father’s Day Lunch is $125 per person. Spaces are limited, so be quick to make your reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is just around the corner
Sydney’s annual festival of controversial ideas and thought-provoking discussions is back for its eighth year, September 3-4. Sydney Opera House will host 24 individual speaker sessions and 12 panel talks over the weekend with this year’s festival covering four major themes: Disappearing Countries, Dealing in Death, Disruptive Behaviour and Dirty Politics. Headline speakers include author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza, artist and journalist Molly Crabapple, philosopher and columnist AC Grayling, UK science correspondent Alok Jha and English stand-up comedian Alexei Sayle (author of Thatcher Stole My Trousers). The biggest talking points of the festival will be the US election, the results of the recent Australian election, Millennials vs Baby Boomers, human rights violations from racism to the effects of climate change, the global refugee crisis, religious and political extremism and the horrifying number of Indigenous people dying in an international suicide epidemic. “We don’t need to talk about business-as-usual, particularly when you live in Sydney and the sun is shining and the coffee is good…” says FODI co-curator and head of talks and ideas at Sydney Opera House, Ann Mossop. She's laughing at our sense of impending doom. “We look at the more dangerous end of the equation, but also the less-dramatic but equally-interesting topics like the ‘Bamboo Ceiling’, which is about discrimination against people from Asia