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Head to Whirly Bird's aperitivo hour
Pyrmont's own cocktail and chicken devoted bar will be dishing out this new aperitivo hour every week. Inspired by the Italian tradition, you’ll be able to order up glasses of red or white wine, bitter amari or Resch's Draught for just $5. If you're after a cocktail, there will be a menu of bartender's picks. You can order up an Aperol Spritz, Negroni, Daiquiri or a Paloma. To go with your drinks, you can peruse a selection of $10 snacks, including salt and pepper silken tofu, avocado and edamame guacamole, chicken and chorizo croquettes and spicy jalapeño poppers. A highlight of the $10 menu is Whirly Bird's signature messy wings, which you can order in three different styles – chilli caramel with pickled radish, sesame and lime; satay with spicy peanut sauce and green onions; or classic buffalo wings, with honey and chilli hot sauce, blue cheese dip and celery. If you're in on Thursday night you'll also find $12 burgers, and every day you can get around the rest of the full Whirly Bird menu, which includes rotisserie chicken and porchetta, buttermilk fried chicken and salads. Whirly Bird's aperitivo hour goes down Sunday through Thursday from 5pm-7pm, making it the perfect spot for after work drinks or a pre-theatre bite to eat. Find out more about Whirly Bird.
Campari, the classic aperitivo
Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and passion when it comes to aperitifs. The Milanese brand is famous throughout the world as an icon of Italian style and excellence. Bitter, herbal, orange and sweet, the Campari recipe, used as the basis of many cocktails served worldwide, has been kept the same since its creation in 1860, and has remained a closely guarded secret passed down from generation to generation. The easiest way to discover the versatility of Campari is by starting with Campari and Soda: Campari, soda water, ice and an orange wedge garnish. This drink has inspired such classic cocktails such as the Americano, Milano Torino Sbagliato, the Garibaldi and of course, the iconic Negroni. Another facet of the Campari legend is its advertising. Campari has employed many greats of graphic design to create its famous posters. For instance, the futurist painter Fortunato Depero (1892-1960) designed the famous Campari Soda bottle in 1932 (it’s still in production!) and his angular, blocky poster prints are simultaneously retro and futuristic. Lenoetto Cappiello (1875-1942) was an innovative designer whose famous 1921 Campari poster features a clown and an orange peel. Marcello Nizzoli (1887-1969) is known for designing Olivetti’s famous typewriters, and his 1926 still life Campari poster regularly fetches over A$6,000 at auction. Franz Marangolo (1912-1995) created posters for Campari during the 1950s and ‘60s that are famous for their light, playful touch. A
Rhythm of the Day
Nostalgia-fuelled throw back party Rhythm of the Night will be stepping out of the club and into the daylight, when the '90s shindig hosts its first open-air outing at the Factory Theatre. Headed up by DJ Levins, the retro rampage will be spread across two stages, all playing nostalgic bangers from 2pm. Much like the original club night, this edition will navigate hits from all your favourite '90s divas, from Mariah to Janet; all the boys from Backstreet to 5ive, and all the Chumbawamba, Aqua, No Doubt and Vengaboys hits you can handle stuffed in between. To really take you back to 1998, Australia's own 'Jack-Jack-Jackie' Joanne will be doing a live performance, alongside DJ sets from party starters Levins, Ariane, Chux and Radge. You'll also find the Island Boys Food Trucks serving '90s snacks, plus free Zooper Doopers to keep you cool and colourful. Also if you're one of the first 50 revellers through the gate, expect some special '90s surprises. As always, hair mascara, velvet scrunchies and double denim will be wholly encouraged, so get down to Rhythm of the Day.
Regatta Rose Bay launches Sunday brunch
Regatta Rose Bay is set to launch a new bottomless two-hour brunch on Oct 14, taking place in the waterfront restaurant every Sunday henceforth from 10am-12pm. You'll be able to enjoy glasses of Rogers and Rufus rosé and a specially designed brunch menu, against a backdrop of the sparkling Sydney Harbour waters and Rose Bay Marina. Executive chef Logan Campbell has prepared a menu that navigates brunch classics with an Italian twist, all while celebrating local produce and fresh seafood. Each of the dishes will be served in a canapé-style portion so you get to try bites of the whole menu, including truffle arancini with taleggio; mini smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels; bruschetta with tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella; mini jamon and gruyere croissants; vanilla yoghurt pots with granola and seasonal berries; and caramel muffins. Regatta is just 15 minutes from the CBD, and can be accessed by ferry, car, water taxi or boat. Bookings essential and the two-hour brunch experience costs $80pp, which includes a Rogers and Rufus rosé package and a full brunch spread. Find out more about Regatta Rose Bay.