When: Saturdays from 12pm
A European getaway may not be in the cards this summer but Sydney’s award-winning Rosetta Ristorante has the next best thing: a summer-long Almafi Coast-inspired luncheon series.
Long-running Bondi pub The Royal has recently reopened but it’s the new Merivale restaurant that’s really causing the buzz. Totti’s, a casual Mediterranean-style eatery serving up pasta aplenty, wood-fired breads and classic Italian cocktails, is set to open mid-December.
When: Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 pm
Roberta’s is a Brooklyn institution with a cult following that includes Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill and Hilary Clinton. Head Chef and Owner will join the team at Firedoor for an all-day Sunday event, serving up wood-fired pizzas and select dishes from the grill.
When: Newly Opened
Sydney’s Chinatown has recently welcomed its first-ever cocktail bar. Banchō Bar is a 100-seat laneway small bar with a 28-strong list of specialty cocktails
When: Nov. 19 – Dec. 10
Hotel Palisade’s rooftop is hard to beat for a sunset session. The new Chandon S Lounge makes it even better. For the next few weeks, enjoy the stunning views with a glass ($12) — or bottle ($59) — of Chandon S and feast on a range of great dishes from the menu.
When: Opens December 6
A taste of Mexico right in Surry Hills featuring Mexican cocktails, street food, and a good bit of entertainment with weekend DJ sets. It’s a pop up bar though, so you’ll have six months to experience it after its opening.
When: Dec. 2
Looking for plans for this weekend? Celebrate the arrival of longer summer days with Melbourne institutions The Everleigh and Rare Hare at their Cuban Lawn Party. There will be a live Cuban band and DJ, Everleigh cocktails and wines and street food or lunch by Rare Hare. Book your tickets ASAP.
When: Dec. 4 – Feb. 24
The Arts Centre is kicking off its summer season with acclaimed Broadway musical Evita and it’s celebrating by bringing the shows Buenos Aires setting to life with a pop-up Argentine beer garden with plenty of food, booze, and music.
When: market days between Dec. 1 – Dec. 24 (every day except M&W)
This December, ice skating in December doesn’t have to just be a Northern Hemisphere thing. The Market has partnered with Air Canada to create Melbourne’s first outdoor summer ice rink.
When: Open now
After closing the doors on its Daylesford location earlier this year, Kazuki is back again, this time with a Carlton location in inner Melbourne. It returns with all of the Japanese-European fusion classics that made it so great along with a few new additions.
When: Open now
The bay and sunset scenery of Sebastion make it worth visiting and that’s before the fantastic modern Spanish menu is even taken into account. The enormous shoreside diner has what you need for a good feed and place to watch the sun go down.
When: Dec. 15 – Dec. 16
A classic Christmas market with a French twist, Alliance Francaise brings French cooking, pastries, wine, homegoods and more all together beneath one roof.
When: Now – Jan. 27
Matt Bax, the genius behind Bar Americanos legendary cocktails, is the mastermind behind Grau Projekt: part concept bar, part gallery space. Bax will be collaborating with whichever artist is on display each week to make drinks that complement the art. Book tickets in advance.
When: Dec. 6 from 6:30pm
Two winemakers and gin-maker collaborate and the result is pretty great: a free tasting. Taking place at RACK and RU!N while supplies last, you can sample 10 different wines and 2 gins from the likes of Allies Wines, A.Rodda Wines, and Pinkster Gins
Today marks the launch of Ginny Brings, a service that brings a flawless G&T to your door in 30 minutes or less. Made with Tanqueray Gins and delivered with the perfect Fever Tree tonic and, of course, citrus garnish, this service is a holiday gift to all G&T lovers.