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Sydney for the curious
With a sculptural facade that gleams like a multifaceted jewel, the West Hotel sits on the western side of the city centre near the waterfront at Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. This new boutique hotel is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and boasts brilliant designer touches including an atrium 'jungle' enjoying all-day sunshine; sophisticated dining at Solander Dining & Bar; and guest rooms with Wi-Fi, 49-inch TVs, Bluetooth speaker systems and Google Chromecast, so that guests can stream their own music and movies. The Curio Collection conducted research and found that curiosity plays a major role in travel choices. They narrowed down travellers into five archetypes: food-loving epicureans; arts-inspired culturalists; nature-seeking pathfinders; thrillseeking challengers; and switched-on spiritualists. With that in mind, Time Out has teamed up with West Hotel to curate five different lists of essential Sydney experiences, taking the five archetypes as inspiration. Know yourself, choose your own adventure, and explore the best of this city. And whether you're from out of town or a local seeking a staycation, you can book a weekend getaway at West Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. Rooms start at $218 per night.
Your favourite city bars are opening on Sundays
For the last six weeks of the year some of the best bars in Sydney will be extending their trading hours and opening on Sunday. And with all the end-of-year celebrating and catching up you have to somehow squeeze into your agenda, that's an extremely helpful development. These bars are the cream of the crop: Time Out award winners, five-star establishments, and even a brand new Sydney outpost of one of New York's best and most famous speakeasies. The bars are all located within coo-ee of each other in the central business district, bringing a welcome buzz to the city on a Sunday. Whether you need to put your feet up and have a cocktail after knocking over your Christmas shopping, or want get a posse together and do an afternoon crawl of some of the finest bars in town, Sunday fun days begin right here.
You know what would make theatre even better? Having a picnic whilst watching it. Well my friend, this is your opportunity to do just that. This December and next January, Sport for Jove is celebrating its ten-year anniversary by taking theatre back to some of its origins, and putting on a season of two epic Shakespeare adaptations, dubbed ‘Rose Riot’. The Hollow Crown and The Wars of the Roses will bring together and reimagine several of Shakespeare’s works, with the first combining the stories of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, and the second mixing Henry VI and Richard III. But great shows don’t create themselves and Rose Riot’s artistic director, Damien Ryan has a lot to say on the works and history that inspired this project. “It’s not just the extraordinary battles, political factionalism and its revolving door of new kings and queens, it is its sheer humanity that draws me to it,” says Ryan. “It is extravagant, violent, funny, fierce and very moving. It could be described as history’s greatest leadership spills.” The plays work as two separate but connected stories. So you can see one or the other or both and still get the satisfaction of a complete story. Among the award-winning company’s new cast are some seasoned vets, including the likes of James Lugton (from Macbeth and the Taming of the Shrew), Eloise Winestock (from Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and The Tempest) and Bernadette Ryan (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It). Tickets range f
The Field at Easts Rugby
Whether you’re trying to escape the Bondi crowds or the manic traffic in the CBD, the Field at Easts Rugby is the perfect place for good times, fabulous bistro dining and great drinks. You won’t be able to see the city for all the gum trees that keep this Rose Bay gem on the edge of the Woollahra golf club a wonderfully secluded Sydney spot. The family-friendly pub welcomes all kinds of families (including those with four-legged friends), whether they be your real life brood of relatives, your girl gang, dog buddies or your team of sports superstars. If you’re bringing along the little ones, they can enjoy yard games of giant Jenga, Connect Four and ping pong while the bistro serves pub classics alongside modern Australian dishes from Wednesday-Sunday. The big-ticket menu items at the Field include their take on contemporary pub meals like buttermilk fried chicken with a maple glaze and a chipotle dipping sauce, as well as the sesame-crusted albacore tuna poké bowl with a zingy nam jim dressing. If it’s a bargain you’re after, swing by on Thursdays for the juicy rump steak for $14. Meanwhile on Saturdays from noon, you can try the $12 burger special that includes a classic Wagyu beef or smoky chicken loaded with avo salsa, or slow-cooked pulled pork and coleslaw. When you've got an occasion to celebrate, whether it be an end-of-year-bash or birthday parties, don't forget that the Field is also an open-air function space with a sun-drenched deck right on the sidelines of