10 Spots You Need to Know
You’ve lived in Sydney your whole life, you’ve been to the eastern beaches, the Surry Hills galleries, and every cafe your favourite site tells you is going off... But you haven’t had the Backyard Opera treatment. When was the last time you went to one of those places that let you know, all over again, like when you first moved here or left your suburb at age 15, how much there is here. Sydney’s an amazing place, we love it, and you’re reading this because you love it, you just don’t know it how we do.
Once upon a time warehouse spaces and fine dining never went hand in hand. Now one of Sydney’s most eclectic spaces, Studio Neon introduces The Guestaurant, an extravagant yet hip mix of casual and fine dining. Owner and chef Aaron Teece along with head chef Richard Robinson are working together to showcase local produce and the stories that go with it. Currently the studio is running “Unearthed Dinners” where diners are served a 5 course meal, running until end of October.
7pm-11:30pm, 11th and 18th October, 2013 $137.24 (incl. GST and booking fee)
STUDIO NEON Lv 2, 136 Raglan St Waterloo
0405 451 744
Nestled in Summer Hill’s iconic flour mill hides a creative studio and workspace for some of Sydney’s most progressive and emerging artists. Within the multi-story white- walled silos are two artists; Louis Pratt and Simon Rippingale, the creative masterminds behind the hub. The space is also home to film nights, openings, BBQs and some super cool ‘secret’ mills parties.
MUNGO STUDIOS 22 Edward St. Summer Hill
0412 412 400 / 0402 924 608 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Instagram - Studio Neon (Aaron Teece)
Milk Beach has to be one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets in the city’s Eastern suburbs. With picturesque views of the harbour and just a spill of white sand sinking into candy blue shallows, it seems like this little treasure would be packed out. But it’s not. It’s really only the locals who flock to Vaucluse’s little gem who, according to the ‘grape vine’ throw some pretty darn cool beach parties flavoured with music, “hawt chickamumas” and classy yachts.
Access via Strickland House 52 Vaucluse Rd
*Limited parking. Bus route 325 from Hyde Park to Strickland House.
Tucked away in the corner of The Hardware Store (yes, a self-explanatory name) in Alexandria is yet another addition to Sydney’s growing café scene. Inside Indiana is the deli/cafe spawned from Naked Indiana, a pop-up focussed on raw foods and local produce which opened earlier this year in Surry Hills. Wanting to change food attitudes in Sydney, owners Rebecca Chippington and Frank Meura are focussing on local produce, raw foods and the importance of supporting Australia’s backbone; our land and our farmers.
INSIDE INDIANA 50 McCauley St Alexandria
Monday - Saturday Kitchen closes at 3pm
Instagram - Inside Indiana
Sounds On The Terrace
Perched on top of the MCA, musical delights from up and coming artists can be heard on Thursday nights at MCA’s Sounds On The Terrace. Constantly changing their artists over a set week series, SOTT provides a variety of sounds for those who want to enjoy dinner or after work drinks to an arresting view of Circular Quay and surrounds. Currently Musical Alaska, an experimental orchestral band will be in session with wine and platters in the café until October 24th.
SOUNDS ON THE TERRACE Thursdays 6pm
MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace 140 George Street
9245 2400 www.mca.com.au/whatson/
Wendy’s Secret Garden
Wendy Whiteley, partner of late artist Brett Whiteley, has gifted Sydney’s Lavender Bay with a garden known to locals as “Wendy’s Secret Garden”. Situated next to the Whiteley’s waterfront mansion, the land was once a derelict dump of collected mattresses, old train carriages, fridges and occasionally homeless people. Now filled with natives, meandering paths, tables and chairs as well as the odd antique wheelbarrow or statue to add to its charm, Wendy’s garden is one of Sydney’s finest picnic spots.
WENDY’S SECRET GARDEN
Bottom of Clark Park
Access via Harbour View Cr or Lavender St Lavender Bay
Secret locations, music, cool themes and pumping vibes sound like the right ingredients for a rocking party. The guys behind Paradise Lost seem to have it right with their party institution hosting events a couple of times a year. Having spawned from DIY warehouse parties, Paradise Lost puts on a show heavy with dance music featuring prominent DJs, dancers and more often than not something psychedelic.
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Various locations around Sydney Venue disclosed at ticket sale
Imagine an entire season of free films. From Sunday 15th September until Sunday 30th November, a collection of cinematic masterpieces will be showcased at AFTRS. (Australian Film Television and Radio School). Hollywood greats such as Scorsese and Tarantino will be featured during the 12 weeks with films such as “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction”. Given that these Sunday sessions are free, the protocol is “first in best dressed”, so be sure to arrive early to save your seat.
AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
* The film program is available via the AFTRS website
Instagram - @aftrs
Twitter - @AFTRS
Garage Sale Trail @ 107 Projects
Not just your average garage sale, Garage Sale Trail is an Australia wide event where people hold garage sales on the same day and Redfern’s newest artist collective 107 Projects will be doing just that. The event will feature a variety of vintage stalls, live music, exhibitions and artist demonstrations as well as a bunch of open workshops where you can get handy finding, creating and fixing. Plus there’ll be a pop-up café and BBQ - every Australian’s weakness.
GARAGE SALE TRAIL @ 107 PROJECTS Free entry
10am-4pm, Saturday 26th October
107 Redfern St
Instagram - 107 PROJECTS
Whether you want to learn how to play the Ukulele, take a ballet class, do pottery or just learn how to match your teas with your cheese, Laneway Learning has it. Making base at Surry Hills’ Cowbell 808, the organisation holds regular inexpensive classes for Sydney Siders who are interested in learning some new and diverse skills. Food and drinks are available during class... I mean, what could be more tempting than getting “loosey goosey” while yarn bombing?
LANEWAY LEARNING Cowbell 808
616 Bourke St
Twitter - @LanewaySydney
- Lauren Hansom