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You can dine in style this winter at the Winery's laneway igloo garden
Surry Hills' the Winery is a pretty picture-perfect venue as it stands: bedecked in fairy lights, dotted with people sipping champagne in the garden area, with a plant-decked path leading the way in. Now, it's about to get even prettier with igloos to be installed in the garden, where you and your crew can sit, sip and dine on three courses and a cocktail as soon as your arrive. The igloos are set up to fit between four and eight people, and you can book out the whole space for $69 per person. For an additional $39 per person, you can kee the drinks flowing for two hours with a beverage package. Each booking is for two hours – and don't worry, if the igloo itself isn't enough to protect you from the germs of the outside world, you'll also be able to order with no contact. You can book Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm, and Friday, Saturdays and Sunday from 12pm onwards. Boozy weekend lunch anyone? Book in online. Want more? There's an igloo pop-up by the harbour at Cargo Bar, too. Time Out’s Love Local campaign is supporting local food, drink and culture businesses in Sydney. Find out how you can help save the places that make our city great.
Sydney’s cat café is open again, and its cats want to hang out with you
Sydney’s only cat café is doing a big pussycat stretch after taking a prolonged nap and is ready to welcome back human guests. When the lockdowns closed up much of Sydney in March, as a small family-run business, Catmosphere knew it would be in trouble. And while owners Darren Eldred and Edouard Gestier had many of the same concerns as other café owners who had to abruptly close up shop, they’ve also had the welfare of their resident cats to consider. The felines are another reason they waited it out a little longer than most to reopen. “You can’t really disinfect a cat,” Darren told Time Out. If snuggling up with a cup of coffee and a brood of fluffy new friends sounds pretty good to you, it’s about time you got down to Catmosphere. The café reopened on Thursday, July 2. We spoke to Darren about the logistics of running a cat café, and how the team managed to keep this haven for rescued cats and the people who love them afloat during lockdowns. “When we got word that we were going to have to close, we knew the only thing we could do was let people know how they could help,” he says. “We already had a very loyal and compassionate support base, the majority of which were part of our monthly sponsorship program – a recurring payment that grants people two visits a month, weekly email updates on the cats, and lots of other goodies. When we let people know we were in trouble but that we were going to be adding livestreaming as part of our sponsorships, we saw an immediate respo
Sydney restaurants with a view
Being a harbour and beach loving city, Sydney's got fine pickings when it comes to dining with a view. You can go seriously swanky and take in the multi-million dollar views at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Aria or Bennelong, or keep it more casual by checking out a beachfront RSL, a revamped harbourside pub or a upper-level dwelling CBD eatery. Either way, these are the restaurants that will ensure you've got both sweeping vistas and great plates of food. Want more? Check out our guide to Sydney's best rooftop bars, waterfront restaurants and beer gardens. RECOMMENDED: The best winter getaways from Sydney.
The 20 best places for pasta in Sydney
Whether it’s a simple spaghetti with garlic, oil and chilli, ravioli stuffed to the high heavens, or lovingly layered lasagne, few foods give us the feels quite like pasta. Let’s be real – Sydney’s Italian restaurant game is seriously strong on all fronts, but when the hour calls for carbs, these are the spots that turn flour, eggs and water into small miracles. Note: we've double-checked that all of our favourite places are open again plating up pasta, but be aware that opening hours may be different at the moment and bookings may be required. Need an aperitivo before you chow down? Knock back a cocktail at one of the 50 best bars in Sydney.