Sydney's casino grand opening may have caught the headlines week, but if you weren't one of the 250 VIP guests partying with Leo last night, here are some other ways to feel cool about going out this week:
'Miranda Otto' and the 'Sydney dining scene' don't seem like two things that go together, unless you count glamourous restaurant openings and the like. Nevertheless, Otto has teamed up as a mentor on the American Express Room For Thought community ideas project, in which winner Elle Formica (with help from Otto Ristorante) will put together a pop up restaurant from September 14-16. The restaurant will highlight Sudanese and Burmese food, where trained chefs will work alongside refugees from each of those countries to help them gain experience in hospitality as well as to highlight more serious social commentary. This evening is the last night of the pop up restaurant, so check it out by calling 8333 0010.
When: Wed 14–Fri 16 Sept | 7am–10pm
Where: 72 Erskine St, Sydney
Phone: (02) 8333 0010
Details: Look up Room For Thought on Facebook
Serious cocktail lovers should head to Hinky Dinks, a new bar in Darlinghurst, where the only thing serious is the technical know-how to make a damn fine drink. Named after Michael ‘Hinky
Dink’ Kenna, a corrupt Chicago politician who owned a bar and used to give away
drinks to the homeless in exchange for votes, it's a nod to the seedy (dare I say it) underbelly of this part of the world. Gangstas and technically-driven cocktails aside, it's a super cute retro-inspired space that's geared for fun, frivolity and if Leif Etournard (ex Onde, who consulted on the menu) has anything to do with it, some damn fine food, too.
185 Darlinghurst Rd Darlinghurst 2010
Double Bay. Not the first place you think of for cutting edge bar culture, but think again. Opening about two weeks ago, Mrs. Sippy brings a touch of vibrant fun back to fading 80's glory that is Double Bay with it's multifunctional cafe/diner/bar space. By day, it's all about Campos coffee, and simple, tasty breakfast and lunch dishes and by night, Mrs. Sippy's laneway and couryard bars open to allow plenty of cocktail swilling and wine toting, as well as a relaxed menu including pizzas, steak frites with cafe de Paris butter and banofee banana splits (YUM). The place is owned by a group of four hospitality industry lifers including Andrew 'AJ' Jamieson, sommellier extraordinare...so you know the list is bangin'.
7 Bay St. Double Bay, NSW Australia, 2028