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Dating & Valentine’s 101** Your Sydney Valentine’s guide

 ‘Romantic Dinner for 2’ at Donny’s Bar – Manly

 The welcoming and rustic new small bar that is based in Manly is the realisation of a dream for business partners, Matt Clifton & Tol Broinowski.

 Together the pair envisioned an exciting new addition to the burgeoning bar scene in the famous beachside suburb.

With Donny’s Bar, Matt and Tol hope to offer a fresh and original venue that will be a part of and support the local small bar community.

Designed by Sydney based architecture firm, Luchetti Krelle, the venue brings to life the pairs love for rustic, warm and comfortable places to enjoy the company of friends & family.

Donny’s is a two-storey, New York style loft bar that offers a selection of dumplings & Modern Australian tapas (perfect for sharing) with a slight Asian influence.

A small, local bar with a versatile offering and cosmopolitan feel, Donny’s Bar is destined to become one of Manly’s most talked about & loved destinations.

Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining


Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year at Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining! For $75pp enjoy a 3 course modern French fine dining meal with your loved one.



Scallop Carpaccio, pomegranate, tequila & black pepper


Ravioli, smoked mozzarella, Italian ham, herb essence



Duck breast tarte tatin, goat cheese & caramelised apple


Salmon confit, creamed roots, orange & avocado



Tropezienne tart, raspberry & lemon sorbet


Salted caramel slice & ginger and Greek yoghurt ice cream




The Australian Heritage Hotel


In The Rocks, iconic pub The Australian Heritage Hotel will be showing some love to a few lucky customers with the chance to win a special Valentine’s Day in the raffle at 7pm. Hampers will include champagne, chocolates, candles and maybe something a little cheeky too.


The Glenmore


For those without someone to snuggle up to, never fear as The Glenmore is throwing a party for singles and partygoers with a DJ spinning tunes at the rooftop bar from 6pm and a lip-smacking selection of cocktails on level 1.


The Royal, Leichhardt


At The Royal in Leichhardt, couples can cosy up at The Royal Botanical restaurant with a two-course meal and glass of sparkling on arrival for just $49 per person. There will also be live music from 9.30pm, so bookings are essential to get a good spot.


The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks


If you’re planning a romantic getaway to treat that special someone, a trip to The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks could be just the ticket. The Hotel offers a wide range of comfortable and spacious rooms, all at an affordable price, making it the perfect long weekend getaway. On Valentine’s Day itself, treat yourselves to a delicious seafood platter for two and receive a complimentary bottle of wine enjoy whilst taking in the stunning ocean views.


For further information on any of the venues or events, visit



The Unicorn Hotel


Paddington’s, The Unicorn Hotel is taking tongue-in-cheek, cheesy romance to the next level this Valentine’s Day with The Serenade Sessions. Pub diners on Friday the 14th will be treated to a three-course set dinner with glass of bubbles on arrival for $45 per person…with an awkwardly hilarious twist.


The Unicorn staff are calling out to those that don’t take the day too seriously, inviting local romantics to make a booking prior to the night,with a special love song request for their partners. Musicians on the night will then surprise unsuspecting lovers with an impromptu and probably cringe-worthy love song serenade at their table. That loving feeling will extend throughout the venue with all time favourite rom coms to be played on the pub’s big screens and a specially produced musical soundtrack that promises to put Richard Mercer to shame. 


For all those loved up duos who can’t make it on the 14th, the Serenade Sessi ons will continue on for the following Wednesday evenings in February. And for all you fantastic singles out there, The Unicorn recommends you come down and play spectator for the night anyway whilst Tindering the night away. 


The Unicorn Serenade Sessions will take place on the evenings of Friday 14, Wednesday 19 and 26 February. Diner’s are encouraged to call the venue in advance to book a table and make serenade song requests on 9360 7994.

Arras Offers a Touch of Class with a Fun Twist this Valentine’s Day


Modern European fine dining restaurant, Arras, is the perfect place to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a mouth-watering eight-course menu that will be a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.


The specially crafted menu features the restaurant’s signature modern twist on European dishes including Salt baked heirloom carrot, Arras crème fraiche and carrot sponge; Roast salmon, lightly marinated scallop and asparagus; and Quail, black bean, pumpkin and peanut with quail broth.


The refreshing Coconut, citrus, ginger, basil and lemongrass promises to cleanse the palate before the decadence of the Spiced chocolate soup, coffee and chocolate ravioli. Those without such a sweet tooth can opt for a selection from the infamous cheese trolley for $25 extra.


Of course a meal at Arras wouldn’t be complete without the restaurant’s handmade, show-stopping petit fours, served with tea or coffee to finish. The menu costs $115 per person and includes a glass of bubbles on arrival.


Arras is run by young British chefs Adam and Lovaine Humphrey, who bring with them a wealth of experience from top restaurants across Europe and Australia, including the three Michelin-starred Michel Bras in France, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and the Castle Hotel in England.


The restaurant comfortably seats 60 with a private dining area available on the mezzanine for 22 guests seated and 40 guests standing for a cocktail-style event. Guests will be inspired by ARRAS’s offerings off the plate too, with unique design features including a graffiti mural by Az One, aka Andy Steel, a Sydney-based graffiti artist and bespoke Paul Smith suit-fabric dining chairs.


The restaurant earned one hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014, three hats in the Gault & Millau Guide 2014, and a star and three glasses in the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide.



204 Clarence Street, Sydney

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday 12pm until 2.30pm

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm until 10pm

02 9283 1922




Merivale has a range of different offers across the group including a very cute ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ at ivy.


ivy Pool Club – ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ – Lovebirds, start your night of romance night at ivy, where a kiss is legal tender. Simply pash your other half for a free Lover’s Cup cocktail for two. Pecks on the cheek excluded. Available at Palings and Pool Club between 5-7pm. Pash your partner for one complimentary share cocktail per couple.


est. – Four-course set menu with matching wines and a his & her gift from Jo Malone, $295.


Uccello – Four-course menu including a flute of Veuve Clicquot, $140.


Felix – Four-course menu including a flute of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, $150.


Bistrode CBD – Three-course menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $140


Sushi e – Six-course set menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $135


The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

Cosy up at The Cottage Bar & Kitchen for Valentine’s Day and indulge in a Banquet for 2 for $55pp. The Banquet will include the following:

         2 x Glasses of Prosecco

         Oysters ½ Dozen (choice of Sydney Rock or Pacific’s)

         Seared Scallops w Rocket, fresh fruit Vinaigrette, Pancetta

         Mushrooms Stuffed with dried fruit and grain and marinated chevre

         Rib Eye Steak

         Fairground plate, Maple candied popcorn, house made orange marshmallows, fairy floss, mini ice cream cones, mini toffee apples & peanut brittle

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a special on Veuve Clicquot  – $24/Glass, or $110/Bottle

‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’  screening at Maltesers Moonlight Cinema

Spoil your loved one this Valentines Day with a special screening of ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ at the Maltesers Moonlight Cinema at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park on February 14! Or for a great gift idea, grab some Gold Grass tickets and experience a night of luxury film and food under the stars with that special someone! Maltesers Moonlight Cinema is running until 23rd March, tickets available from

The Gallery Shop Bronte


The Australian, The Glenmore, The Royal and The Seabreeze Beach Hotel) and Arras

Vesta Italian

Vesta Italian is serving up $25 Italian Antipasto Picnic Platters for the month of February to tie in with Sydney Harbour Foreshore’s Month of Love. Located in the south end of Sydney’s Darling Quarter, Vesta Italian is popular for its authentic and fresh Italian cuisine. The delicious Picnic Platters will be available for couples and all diners to pick up and enjoy in Darling Quarter’s lush green parks on heart shaped picnic rugs, which will be laid out throughout the month.


A celebration of love, the month will be filled with entertainment, including movies from Wednesday through Saturday nights for the first two weeks and special Mardi Gras parades and shows for the second half of February.


Choose from platters of cured meats, gourmet cheeses, tasty olives and pickled vegetables, all served with fresh bread and a selection of bread sticks and crackers.


For more information on Vest a Italian or to order a Picnic Platter, / 9267 9644 /

Vaucluse House Tearooms

This Valentine’s Day enjoy a romantic dining experience at the enchanting Vaucluse House Tearooms.

Fresh Catering is delighted to announce an exclusive dining experience for Valentine’s Day at Vaucluse House Tearooms. Enjoy a special three course dinner created by Executive Chef, Marco Adler and immerse yourself in the charming art deco Tearooms, surrounded by the peaceful gardens of the historic estate.

The menu includes for entrée; Beetroot Tart Tartin, Red Wine Reduction & Horseradish Crème Fraiche; Green Gazpacho with Pickled Spanner Crab Ravioli & Harissa Oil or Jamon with Grilled Asparagus, Crispy Quail Eggs & Saffron Shallots.

For mains, couples can choose from; Crispy Barramundi, Fritto Flowers of Prawn & Scallop with Tomato & Tarragon; Chicken Pave, Corn & Buttermilk Bread Sauce & Snow Pea & Crispy Skin or Saffron Risotto with Broad Beans, Pine & Enoki Mushrooms, Miso Butter.

Desserts include; Torta Di Verona – Amaretto & Pandoro, Blueberries & Mascarpone Cream; Passionfruit Charlotte, Strawberry & Orange Salad or Rose & Watermelon Macaron.

$75 per person. Reservations are essential and are available from 6.30pm. To make a reservation please contact Fresh Catering on (02) 8399 3055 (business hours) or email



Emmilou has earned a reputation for exceptional tapas and cocktails and a wonderful ambience for a romantic setting.


This Valentines Day we will be offering a decadent 5-course menu including a glass of champagne for $95pp.

Emmilou has always been a favourite on Valentines day and this year, our new head chef will be stepping up the menu to ensure it is a seamlessly romantic evening for your users.


Our new head chef, Gary Ryley recently took over the reins as head chef at Emmilou. Ryley’s passion for Spain, coupled with his time spent overseas has helped him make his mark at Emmilou in fine-tuning the menu to perfection.


To view our Valentines Day offer and other promotions updated regularly on the blog, visit: http://emmilou.c

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room


Book a Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner at The Morrison and receive a complimentary Love Potion cocktail. The Morrison is a stylish, authentic New York style brasserie in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

225 George St, Sydney


Bishop Sessa


Bishop Sessa is a charming bistro and wine bar located in the heart of vibrant Surry Hills. Chef Paul Cooper is a sustainability advocate and applies a nose to tail philosophy to Bishop Sessa’s food going as far as ageing and butchering large sides of pig, beef and lamb on site himself. An ‘urban gem’, Bishop Sessa serves up fantastic, creative food in an unpretentious and accessible way. 


Bishop Sessa is offering both a lunch and a dinner menu for Valentines Day:


Valentine’s Day Lover’s Lunch, four courses, $49

A glass of Jean-Pierre Marniquet Chaine d’Etoiles Brut Reserve, Tours-sur-Marne, Champagne on arrival

Fresh shucked Tathra Rock Oysters, mignonette dressing

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Roasted Aylesbury duck breast, honey spiced beetroot, lentils & cassis

Bittersweet chocolate tart, honeycomb, salted caramel ice cream


Valentine’s Day Dinner, 5 courses, $75 (with matching wines, additional $50pp)

Smoked Trout Rillettes, asparagus mousse, confit fennel& hazelnuts

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Hay-baked Pork Belly, roast peach, fennel, radish & cress

Lamb Mixed grill, pomme puree, eggplant, red peppers, mustard seeds

Chocolate delight, chocolate mousse, apricots & macadamias


527 Crown Street, Surry Hills

02 8065 7223





A truly unique chance to circle the bay in a rowboat made for two as the sun sets over Darling Harbour and magical, twinkling hearts decorate the surface of the water. Pre-book online or go to Darling Harbour Marina (in front of Cockle Bay Wharf) to board your love boat.

Where Cockle Bay
When Sat 1, Wed 5 – Sun 9 and Wed 12 – Sun 16 Feb, 6pm – 10pm
Cost $25 per boat



Cosy up to your baby and stare into the sky as heart-shaped fireworks burst over Cockle Bay on Saturday.

Want your love to go the extra mile? Say it in the sky or even pop the question with specially personalised fireworks.

Where Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb, Wed 5 – Sat 8 Feb, Wed 12 – Sat 15 Feb, Sat 22 Feb and Sat 1 Mar, 9pm
Cost Saturday fireworks – FREE / personalised fireworks – $1,000



Stop by Darling Harbour’s giant sparkling red heart to steal a kiss or grab a Valentine’s photo. Post your photo to social media and share your love around the world.

Where Palm Grove

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!



Who doesn’t love the chance to be cheeky in an instant photo? For one very special night only (Valentine’s of course) you can capture the moment your heart went pop in our Month of Love Fotobooth. Pucker up, pose, print and then post to social media to your heart’s content.

Where Palm Grove (in front of the Love is in the Air giant heart)
When Fri 14 Feb, 6pm – 8pm
Cost FREE!





Wander down the ‘Avenue of Love’ from Harbourside and chalk a public message of love on the Darling Harbour Live hoardings. Quote a poem, declare your love or perhaps even pop the question!

Where Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Forecourt
When Early Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours
Cost FREE!



Take a stroll with your sweetheart along Sydney’s most romantic bridge and be serenaded by the world’s smoothest love songs and dance moves to follow.

Where Pyrmont Bridge

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar (excluding 16 Feb) / from 6pm

Cost FREE!




Take a moment and take in the view of the hearts and rainbow projections on the rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Fri 14 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!



Hit the road with your baby for a dazzling super car dream date! Spend $10 or more in Darling Harbour at participating venues anytime during the Month of Love and you’ll go into the draw to win one of 25 super car dates. See the super cars on display around Cockle Bay Wednesdays and Thursdays between 4pm and 11pm.


Where Around Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, cars on show every Wed & Thurs from 4pm -11pm

Cost FREE to view Supercars OR spend $10 for your chance to win a super car date* conditions apply




Go one better than a dozen red roses and dine among hundreds of roses woven in the foliage surrounding the restaurants at Cockle Bay Wharf. Come back again and again and watch the roses grow!

Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours

Cost FREE!


Spread out a blanket or pick up a heart-shaped rug and snuggle up to watch the special Month of Love Luminous displays or a classic romantic film on the Village Green. Purchase a gourmet picnic platter or pack your own picnic basket. Catch the special ‘loved-up’ hearts display from 1-14 February (excluding Mondays) and the beautiful rainbow display from 15 February – 1 March.

Purchase a romantic antipasto picnic platter for two from Vesta Darling Quarter (9267 9644), which includes cured meats, cheeses, olives, marinated vegetables and bread for $28 or pack your own picnic basket (please note alcohol is not permitted to be brought into Darling Harbour).

Where Darling Quarter Village Green

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, dusk – midnight / Film screenings 8pm, 5–8 Feb, 12–15 Feb, 19–22 Feb and 26 Feb – 1 Mar
Cost FREE!



Celebrate love at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo by giving special treats to the animals, learning about animal romantics; crafting a Valentine’s Day card and more! Did you know crocodiles blow love bubbles to their potential mates, the male koala woos his lady with a loud bellow and male satin bowerbirds attract females by collecting blue items for their bowers? These are just a few fun love facts you’ll learn during our special Month of Love keeper talks.


Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130



Get free entry to all special performances during the Month of Love and enjoy two signature Love Potion cocktails for $20.

Where Tokio Hotel

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

Cost FREE!



Discover love in the Australian National Maritime Museum through a guided tour of the permanent exhibitions to uncover real-life love stores. Tours held daily.


Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Adult $27/ Child $16/ Concession $16/ Family $70



Get creative and craft a Valentine’s Day card made out of recycled paper and share the love with one of Wild Life World’s Aussie animals!

Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130



Walk the red-carpet, sip champagne, enjoy a selection of pre and post dinner canapés PLUS lots more at Madame Tussaud’s memorable Valentines event at Darling Harbour.


Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Fri 14 Feb

Cost $120 per couple (valued at $236)



At Madame Tussauds you can vote for your ultimate celebrity Valentine. The winner will be revealed on Valentine’s Day!


Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Thu 13 Feb



Celebrity event and wedding designer Preston Bailey will share the secrets of his global success. With clients including Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Joan Rivers, Preston is known for completely transforming spaces into opulent, theatrical environments.


Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Wed 12 Feb/ 5pm & 7pm

Cost $95 – book signing, bridal showcase and champagne/canapés OR $195 – also includes presentation by Preston Bailey



Test your love compatibility with gelato at Meno Diciotto! Research by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago say that flavour can predict your perfect match!


Where Meno Diciotto, Darling Quarter

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar



Dockside Group showcases three spectacular reception venues overlooking Darling Harbour.

Where Three locations – Dockside, L’Aqua & Star room

When Sun 16 Feb / 10am – 4pm

Cost FREE!



Join hands with your partner at Madame Tussauds and experience the magic of wax-making together with a special keep-sake to take home.


Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $15 (usually $25)



Enjoy one game of bowling per person, one drink on arrival (local tap beer, house wine or soft drink) and a platter to share (10 pieces) for just $40 per couple. Pre-bookings essential, must mention ‘Month of Love’. Not valid with any other offer or promotion, subject to availability.


Where Kingpin Bowling, Harbourside

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $40 per couple



Immerse yourself in Chinese Wedding culture in 20 minute participatory performances at The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens. Bookings essential, $25 ticket and price includes garden entry, Asian noodle box and a glass of wine.


Where The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens.

When 7 Feb / 6pm – 9pm

Cost $25 



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Here at Dating 101 Sydney, we’re always on the look out for new dating venues to explore!


There are going to be MANY posts on here about dating bars, venues, festivals, activities and stories (of course!). To whet your appetite, here’s the first one of 2014 – Happy New year!


Some of Australia’s best-loved bands will be rocking Bondi Beach this Summer as the music line-up for Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is announced. What’s not to love about listening to music under the stars with your beau… exactly!


Bringing music by day and movies by night to the world’s most famous beach until March 2, the Sydney leg of the nationwide tour commences on Friday January 24 with a showing of ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ with indie-popsters Lime Cordiale playing live.


This Australia Day, don your Akubra for the first Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Session in the series. A bonza afternoon of entertainment awaits as Franky Walnut will be taking to the stage before a screening of the Aussie classic ‘Crocodile Dundee’.


February 2 promises to be the highlight of the season as Jinja Safari who are known for their energetic live shows and their dreamy folk pop will be headlining the Sundae Sessions Charity Night. Spearheaded by effervescent frontman Marcus Azon and Pepa Knight, the five-strong band wielding African, Indian and indie inspired sounds will be performing tracks from their self-titled debut album before a screening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.


The support act billing is up for grabs as Ben & Jerry’s are on the look out for brilliant bands to play alongside Jinja Safari. To get involved and find out more visit


Throughout the rest of the series cinemagoers will be able to experience the soaring vocals ofLouis London, the signature blend of rocking-roots and country-blues from JR Reyne andJordan Millar’s acoustic-pop. Plus Iluka, Little May, Anabelle Kay, Ben Gumbleton, Ollie Brown, Melody Pool and Bec Sandridge will be showcasing their vocal talents.


As always, the Sundae Sessions events will feature free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all as well as a host of fun lawn games – where the much loved Putt Putt and Pick a Pat will be joined by a new addition, Giant Cow Jenga! Bean loungers and deck chairs are available for maximum comfort as guests settle in to watch the cinema proceedings. And what’s more, all proceeds from ticket sales to the February 2 event will go towards WWF’s marine turtles initiative.


If that wasn’t enough, guests will be able to enjoy the perfect ice cream accompaniment as Ben & Jerry’s will be serving up their latest new flavour ‘Scotchy Scotch Scotch’.  Created in honour of the beloved Ron Burgundy, the TV news anchor with a penchant for all things Scotch. This creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl – is sure to have everyone saying, “I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch! Here it goes down, down into my belly!”


Doughboy will be on hand providing tasty fare for cinemagoers and a selection of delicious drinks will be available at the bar.


The full film program for Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is now available online and includes an array of family favourites, retro classics and all the latest and greatest new releases.


Tickets are available from

Valentine’s Day screening of MY WEEK WITH MARILYN at St.George OpenAir Cinema

I heart her!


Sydneysiders will be treated to an added touch of glamour this Valentine’s Day with the screening of MY WEEK WITH MARILYN at St.George OpenAir Cinema. St.George OpenAir Cinema is the ultimate summer experience. Before the film, wine and dine in the restaurant and bar area whilst taking in the views of the most famous harbour in the world. Then, as the giant 350 square metre screen rises above the water, relax back in grandstand seating and enjoy an extraordinary, only-in-Sydney experience.

Already the subject of extravagant Oscar®buzz thanks to Michelle Williams astounding portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, the film recalls with fabulous charm and wit, the difficulties experienced on and off set when Marilyn Monroe travelled to England to make The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).

The 2012 OpenAir program has included blockbusters such as MONEYBALL, which stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and the hilarious comedy THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE, which follows on from the edgy UK TV series about the over-imagined sexual ambitions of a group of young males.

The 2012 St.George OpenAir Cinema program features fourteen premiere or preview screenings, all the major summer releases, and a selection of the year’s best indie films. Although pre-ticket sales have sold out, there is a number available via the box office.

Last year more than 30,000 tickets and over a dozen screenings were sold out in the first half hour alone, so be sure not to miss out on the ultimate summer experience.

Event: St.George   OpenAir Cinema 2012
Where: Mrs Macquaries   Point, Sydney – adjacent to Royal Botanic Gardens
When:  January 11 to February 18 2012
  Gates, bar and   restaurant open from 6.15pm
  Films commence   shortly after nightfall (approx. 8.30-8.45pm)
Tickets: Tickets on sale   from Thursday 15 December via the event website

Advance   Bookings*: General $30 / concession $28 + booking fee
Door Sales*: General $35 / concession $32
*additional costs may apply for special presentations.

A weighty achievement!

I was recently invited to attend the Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards, Weight Watchers is something I’ve grown up with, so was keen to attend to see the success stories of the women who has stuck to the plan and reached their end goal.

My mum has always been a fad dieter, I’ve seen her go on the British Heart Foundation cabbage soup diet, and she’s only eaten white meat and vegetables. I’ve known her to just eat tuna with Worcester sauce for a week. One of the diets that she always went back to was Weight Watchers, as when she actually did it correctly and didn’t binge/ starve herself she really did see the results. We’d always have the Weight Watchers frozen meals in our freezer, the soups in our cupboards and bread in the kitchen.

The Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards ceremony was held at Daltone House, a stunning venue with gorgeous views of the harbour. We were welcomed by a band from the Cook Islands, to represent the prize that the winner would receive.

After a few glasses of sparkling and some delicious canapés we were seated to watch the ceremony.

The ceremony was hosted by comedian and Weight Watchers member, Ben Lomas, and former Olympian and Weight Watchers ambassador, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor.

We were talked through and introduced to each of the finalists – utterly amazing strong willed women – with one of the women having shed a jaw-dropping 67 (yes 67!) Kilos – Inspiration for us all! That the equivalent of one of me! I’m struggling to lose 5 kilos, never mind sixty bloomin seven!

From diabetes and shortness of breath to losing nearly 35 per cent of her body weight and becoming a healthy and happy role model for her students, high school teacher Brooke Addison was crowned Australia’s Slimmer of the Year at the 2011 Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards.

After 29 weeks of hard work and determination, the 28 year old from Croydon, Victoria, slimmed down from a size 18 to a size eight, losing an unreal 35.1 kilos and beating hundreds of hopefuls to secure the national title.

Here are the before and after pictures – pretty cool hey!?



Brooke will now take on the role of Australian ambassador for Weight Watchers and will enjoy  a fabulous holiday for two to Rarotonga’s leading luxury resort in the Cook Islands flying Air New Zealand.

For years, Brooke used to trick herself into thinking her eating habits were not bad and that she was too busy or tired to exercise. We’ve all been there done that! After my trip to the land of Thai I am joining Weight Watchers with my colleagues – I figure if we do it together we’ll have each other for moral support.

“I used to have some terrible habits and my attempts to lose weight always had an expiration date – an event, wedding or party – but as soon as the party was over, I’d slip back into my old ways. When I joined Weight Watchers, I decided I had to be completely honest with myself so I didn’t cheat and tracked everything that went in my mouth. This allowed me to see my weaknesses and make better choices, and with the help of exercise, helped get me to where I am today,” Brooke said.

Accepting the award, Brooke thanked her fiancé and family for their continued love and support and said she was thrilled at the prospect of becoming a Weight Watchers ambassador.

“Winning Slimmer of the Year has been one of my biggest achievements and I’m so proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve changed so much both on the inside and out and I am more confident and comfortable in my own skin I hope that my story will encourage and inspire others to make a positive change to their lifestyle.”

Weight Watchers spokesperson, Bronwyn Stubbs, congratulated Brooke on her hard work and commitment.

“Brooke promised to make a commitment for as long as it took and in the process, has set an unbelievable example to her students, showing them how hard work and determination can help you to reach your own goals. All of the entries this year were of a high standard, however, Brooke stood out from the pack and we’re pleased to have her as an ambassador for Weight Watchers. She is a truly deserving winner!”

Weight Watchers donated almost $8000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, that’s $1 for every kilo lost by Australian entrants to the Healthy Life Awards. Amazing work ladies I stand back and applaud you in awe! I will keep you across my progress across 2012.

Leap of faith…

A leap of faith, a coin or term of phrase that is used when someone is putting their faith into something, whether it be a friend to support you in time of need, a colleague to support the workload when you’re under the pump. Perhaps, most relevant to me is when the term is used in reference to a new relationship. Yeah I’ve been burned badly in the past and dated A LOT of question marks, however I often find myself asking the question: “Will I be able to take the leap of faith when I meet ‘the one?’” I hope so! My name isn’t Optimist 101 for nothing people 🙂

So I got the thinking recently about steps that others deal with in their lives, I am a firm believer that ever thing is relative in context. Confused? Let me explain: We know I’ve had issues with IVF etc and had to have some pretty serious operations, all my friends used to say to me that their trivial issues seem to fail in comparison… this really annoyed me as we are all on this Earth living out our lives, we all have grudges to bear and we all have our own shit to deal with (deal with being the operative word as in my experience you do just do that, it’s almost like you go onto auto pilot).

If someone has been in a long term relationship and their world comes crashing down around them when they’re broken up with, it can be just as confronting for someone who doesn’t hear back from a guy they fell for after six dates.

It is all about taking that leap of faith and moving on, to ensure that we’ve lived the life we’ve imagined – what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger right?

So imagine how completely moved I was when I came across an event that is taking place in the city this week. It is a yearly event that I discovered this time last year and the event is Sir David Martin Foundation’s Abseil for Youth. The Sir David Martin Foundation is a non-profit organisation created by the late Governor of NSW, Sir David Martin, who had a dream of “safety, hope
and opportunity for all young Australians”.



The Abseil for Youth event will see 200 members of the Australian public take a leap of faith, off the side of the humongous AMP building in Sydney’s CBD, the difference being, they’re not just doing it to get their kicks and a massive adrenaline rush, they’re doing this to raise some much needed funds for the foundation that helps towards funding programs to better the lives of youth
in crisis.

The Foundation’s major fundraising project is Triple Care Farm, which helps 100 young Australians every year who have been affected by issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, family breakdown, violence and juvenile crime.

Information about the participants can be found at:

The abseil takes place in stunning Circular Quay off the top of Sydney’s first skyscraper, thanks to the support of AMP on 21 & 22 October 2011, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m

It is these youths that are taking a leap of faith with Triple Care Farm, which is Foundation’s major funding project situated on 100 acres of land at Knights Hill, near Robertson. Every year the farm helps rehabilitate 100 young Australians from problems such as substance abuse, mental illness, family breakdown, violence and juvenile crime.

Last they received 6,000 enquiries for Triple Care Farm; however with capacity for only 100, for every person that is helped by the Sir David Martin Foundation, 59 miss out. Abseil for Youth is a great example of the way the Sir David Martin Foundation raises funds to expand the program and help more people.

Rehabilitation VS Detention

Rehabilitation has been proven to be:

  1. Mor cost effective – In 2009-10, it cost $232 per day for each student at Triple Care Farm, while the most recently published cost of holding a young person in detention was $556 per day*.
  2. More successful – Recent studies have shown that holding children and young people on remand actually increases the risk of them re-offending**.

* Audit Office of NSW, 2007

** NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics, 2009

So why don’t you take a leap of faith and help to support this worthy cause?

Event review: The launch of The Premise

I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch of The Dispensary, which is located on the Island Bar, which is essentially a floating bar with the most amazing views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Even the torrential rain fall couldn’t dampen the spirits of those privileged enough to be in attendance.

We headed to the Man O War steps at the side of the Opera House for 6:30pm where we waited for out water taxi to pull up.

I was excited as to what the bar would look like and what I was letting myself in for, I was bragging to all that would listen that I’ve never suffered from sea sickness, so had a bad feeling that my sea legs were going to vacate me at the most inopportune timing.

Luckily I was ok despite the rough choppy water and the relentless downpour, I managed to steer clear of the green sheen washing over my face (so not a good look, especially as I had a date with me as a plus one) and managed to remain unaffected.

As we approached The Island, I could see the detail that had gone into the design of the bar, it left no doubt in my mind as to why Matilda Swan (23) and Simon Connett (24), had been victorious as the winners of The Premise.

We were treated to an array of Drambruie inspired cocktails, see below:

  • The Dispensary Signature Drink ($15) – Drambuie, lemongrass and ginger ice tea
  • Honey Juleps ($13) – Drambuie, pink grapefruit juice, lemon juice, Mint Leaves and Angostura Orange Bitters (my personal fave!)
  • Black Donald ($13) – Drambuie, Reposado Tequila, Chambord, fresh lime juice, ginger beer (the boy’s tipple of choice)
  • Libertine ($9) – Drambuie, fresh lime, dash of soda
  • Drambuie and Ginger Ale ($9) – Does what it says on the tin 🙂

In addition to the fabulous cocktails, (disclaimer – I may have had more than I should’ve, but they were sooo yummy!) canapés were provided by renowned Chef Cristian Di Sandri from La Tana. They consisted of the following:

  • Mini burger plate ($10) Beef and truffle burger and chicken and turmeric burger
  • Scottish scallop skewers ($14) – I’m not even allowed to mention these to the boy as he was looking forward to them all night and didn’t get chance to sample them. At one point the waitress was about 2 seconds away from us with the last dish and someone swooped in and pipped him to the post. The say he was gutted may be somewhat of an understatement 😉
  • Tender lamb shoulder skewers ($12)
  • English cheese platter ($14)

Matilda Swan (23) and Simon Connett (24), created their vision for a trendy apothecary inspired bar, thanks to Drambuie’s rich history in folklore as a medicinal elixir

The stunning view - Shame about the weather!

All in all it was a wonderful event and I recommend you go check it out if you get chance. In fact I’m going to go again for sure as I’d love to see the full effect of the bar in the sunshine!

If you fancy checking out the bar, log onto facebook. Remember it’s the last week left to check it out!

production period
Mon– Wed 26/09 –
Premise operational nights
Thu – Sat
over 3 weeks
06/10 –

Marble Bar 118th Anniversary!

I’m sure by now you all know that I’m a PR by day, I haven’t really expanded on my area of expertise/ passion as it’s always good to leave a little bit to the imagination right?

 I can reveal that one of my favourite sectors to work within is travel, I began my career working for an international airline and thrived on the fast paced industry and of course the face that it enabled me to see the world. I was very lucky to be elected to host media famils to Antigua, Barbados and Moscow – my job to showcase the airline, once I got the destination it was my turn to sit back and enjoy and let the tourism authority take over whilst I went along for the ride. I look back very fondly of that time and the amazing sights I got to witness and take part in – swimming with Stingrays and rainforest canopy tours in Antigua, eating at The Cliff in Barbados and standing in the middle of St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow in awe!

 This is where my passion to travel came from and is one of the factors as to how I ended up living and working in Sydney. If you’d have told me back then that in five years time I’d be living in Sydney, doing a job I love and blogging about my experiences I would’ve been a very happy girl!

 One of the great things about working in the PR industry is that literally everybody knows everybody and you also very quickly become aware of who is a master of their craft. When I was invited to the 118th birthday of Marble Bar by the new PR Manager, I knew that I would be in for a treat. (I’ve been to her events before and they never fail to impress). I had never heard of Marble Bar before, that was until I was taken there on a date the week before the event – funny how that happens isn’t it – never heard of somewhere then you end up there twice in one week.

 The thing that strikes me most about the bar is its sheer opulence and history. One of my friends who I took with me explained that it used to be THE place to be in the sixties, her mum described it as the place where you went to be seen, which in all honesty I find heartbreaking that it isn’t anymore. Once you see the bar you immediately wish that you’d known about it sooner, so it’s great that the PR Manager has been brought on board to raise the awareness of the venue that is, Marble Bar.

 Tucked underneath the Hilton Sydney like a secret den, the landmark Marble Bar is a funky musical hub in the heart of the city. It’s a setting to enjoy live artists in decadent surrounds and sample premium beers, fine wines and classic cocktails.

 With the overall design of the Hilton Sydney cool and contemporary, Marble Bar is a place to relive memories and create new ones.

 Loved by generations past and present, Marble Bar is a completely unique Sydney spot. Liza Minnelli, George Benson, Wyclef Jean, Eve, Kelly Rowland, Mischa Barton, Ewan McGregor (swoooooon), Adam Lambert and Slash have all partied amongst its breathtaking and original marble features. Local rockers Cold Chisel announced their comeback tour at Marble Bar just last month, revisiting the very scene of their 1979 album cover ‘Breakfast at Sweethearts’ which was photographed at the bar.

Marble Bar History

Marble Bar is now a designated national monument – the 118 year old Heritage-listed watering hole is architecturally breathtaking. The original George Adams Bar, named after its talented builder, was crafted costing the (then astronomical) sum of 32,000 pounds. The bar was relocated from Tattersall’s in 1973 and Hilton Sydney’s original architect J.H. Bryant assumed the role of Marble Bar historian having published several journal articles on the history of the bar.

In the following decades the bar hosted generations of international visitors and local revellers alike, yet the years took their toll. Smoke damage, staining and general wear and tear dulled the gleam of this world class masterpiece. As the Hilton Sydney underwent its own renovation, Marble Bar lay dormant, tucked underneath tonnes of concrete like a secret bunker ready to be unearthed. To restore the bar to its former glory was a labour of love, but each hand crafted column, rejuvenated cedar frame and perfectly shaped cornice now sparkles with renewed magnificence since its restoration in 2005.

Today patrons can enjoy the original 15th Century Italian Renaissance influence of the Marble Bar including 35 different varieties of Italian, Belgian and African marble as well as stained glass doors and ceilings, ornate carved bars of mahogany and a gallery of 14 Julian Ashton paintings valued at an estimated $1.6 million AUD. Marble Bar also features the four original fireplaces, which were restored piece by piece when the bar was moved from Tattersall’s.


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Aspire to Hilton Sydney…centrally located in Sydney CBD close to shopping and entertainment, Hilton Sydney offers 577 luxury accommodation rooms and suites plus four dedicated levels of conference and events space catering up to 3000 delegates. The hotel also features Luke Mangan’s renowned restaurant glass brasserie, the stylish and award-winning Zeta Bar, iconic Marble Bar and LivingWell Premier Health Club and Day Spa.

I’ll leave you with a few images from the event (cos I’m nice like that)…