Well folks, you’ve officially made it through the wild and wacky Christmas and New Years party period. But don’t go losing momentum now! We’ve scouted out a whole bunch of fun ways to put your January to good use, from live music showcases, to summer wine tastings. Here, check out our pick of 10 great things to do in Sydney this month.
This year, Australia Day is gifting us with a big fat long weekend and plenty of ways to put it to good use. Perhaps you’ll find yourself partying hard at Arq’s Aus Day Beach Ball, or getting stuck into a good old fashioned pub session at somewhere like The Quarrymans. Whatever your style, you’ll find a swag of ideas in our Australia Day guide, out later this month.
Pay your respects to the three queens of hip hop at Hudson Ballroom’s Holy Trinity party on Friday, January 19. From 10pm, you’ll find yourself carving up the dance floor to a soundtrack of hits from Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, alongside a few of your other RnB and hip hop favourites.
Prepare yourself for a summer of great drinking, at The Oak Barrel’s Summer of Wine tasting event on Saturday, January 20. Your $25 ticket will find you sampling some stunning seasonal drops from across Australia and beyond, as well as a tasty cocktail on arrival. Secure your spot here.
For a silky smooth start to 2018, catch The Botany View’s all-vinyl Sundays Got Soul session on January 14. From 3-9pm in the upstairs bar, you’ll find eight local DJ’s spinning their favourite vinyl jams, covering ska, reggae, motown, hip hop and everything in between.
Gin season is finally upon us and to celebrate, Grain Bar’s hosting a Summer of Gin festival, kicking off with a launch party on January 12. Opening night will feature the unveiling of Grain’s new Archie Rose collaboration gin and a range of gin-inspired cocktail specials available throughout the two-month festival. Don’t miss the exclusive Grain Signature Martini.
In need of a good old fashioned girls catch-up? Round up the crew and head on down to Tequila Mockingbird’s first ladies lunch of 2018, on January 6. From 12-3pm, you’ll enjoy six tasty dishes, matched to two hours of bottomless Bellinis, for a neat $70. Book your table here.
Saturday, January 6 marks the first 2018 edition of 3 Wise Monkeys’ monthly 90’s party, Juicy. Roll in for a three level throwback party, complete with drink specials, prizes for best dressed and an epic soundtrack of party jams from the good old days. Tickets are $10 if you get in early.
What’s more summery than a midweek session of oysters and bubbly? If you’re yet to be acquainted with The Morrison’s well-loved Wednesday night oyster hour, sunny January is the perfect time to jump on board. Head in from 6-7pm each Wednesday and enjoy a truckload of molluscs for just $1 a pop, while knocking back seasonal sips from the bar’s drinks list.
Put that first weekend of 2018 to good use, with a good ol’ dance floor session at The Flinders. On Friday, January 5, the pub’s embracing all the summer vacation vibes with its Holla-Day Festive Party, pulling together artists like PaddyMac, Dirty Kev and DeeJay TyTy for an evening of hard-hitting techno. Happy hour runs from 9-11pm, with free entry before 11pm.
On January 5, The Unicorn Hotel debuts its brand new monthly live music showcase, co-hosted by the legends at Young Henrys. To kick things off with a bang, there’ll be tunes from Los Tones and Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents, plus a whole range of Young Henrys brews on tap. Best of all, entry is free.