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Sydney’s best bars

The fab guys at Concrete Playground have an amazing page citing the best bars in Sydney. ‘There are a few of my bezzie faves on there! Specifically Bondi FM and Eau De Vie which I reviewed here.

Check it out: http://sydney.concreteplayground.com.au/bars/

Also, fab congratulations to Eau De Vie, it has been named the world’s Best New Cocktail Bar at international industry convention.

Eau-de-Vie was last night named as the World’s Best New Cocktail Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. The awards are held annually in New Orleans, and are internationally recognised as the industry’s biggest and most influential awards worldwide.

The Darlinghurst small bar was amongst stiff competition, with only New York City venues as other nominees:

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

●      1534, New York City, New York

●      Dram, New York City, New York

●      Eau de Vie, Sydney, Australia

●      Painkiller, New York City, New York

Sven Almenning, owner of Eau de Vie said ‘It’s a huge honour to be recognised on a global level like this, and the team and I are overwhelmed with the response we’ve had to Eau-de-Vie. We set out to create a small cocktail bar where quality of drinks and service are king… I hope that we’re helping to drive trends on a global level rather than just following whatever’s happening in London and the U.S which have typically been seen as the leaders in our industry.’

In addition, all avid blog readers that are from Melbourne, the team is excited to announce that Eau-de-Vie Melbourne is opening soon. Come October, Eau-de-Vie will be venturing south with a new venue opening under the supervision of industry heavyweight Greg Sanderson. Having been in behind the bar for over 12 years and coming from Melbourne establishment Black Pearl and prior to that Mur Mur, Sanderson will take over the new venue in Melbourne CBD. 

I plan to work my way round all of the bars in Sydney and will soon be creating a page on my blog that is specifically for bar and restaurant reviews. If you have any recommendations, drop me a note below 🙂

Cocktails and charity – What’s not to love?!

On the 23rd February 2011 Dating101Sydney was invited along to an event to celebrate the start of Parched March – ( surely not another event or initiative to stop us drinking – why do they feel the need, why?! ) No, I was wrong! Go on, read on, I know you want to…


After the great event that was the second birthday of Fat Yak in a bottle, I was dubious about how this next event could possibly even come close. Well my friends, let me just say that it was just as great an event and it was for a good cause. Sydney-based bar, beverage and beer lovers turned out in force to celebrate the official kick start to ‘Parched March’.

The event was arranged by the great guys at Sara Bray PR & Events, flawless from start to finish as always!

The launch event was held in the stunning Argyle Bazar, the lighting was decedent red and the drinks were flowing throughout! (We like this) My lovely friend Jenny and I (along with our fellow guests) sipped on Absolut Pear and Patron Manzanero cocktails, we also mixed it up (classy aren’t we!) with Saint & Sinner wines – delicious!

Tapas were served and we were completely spoiled throughout the event. The menu was of course prepared by resident chef, Miguel. A Spanish cooking fiend, who never fails to deliver a taste explosion. I highly recommend you to go and savour the tapas at Argle Bazar, you won’t be disappointed. To whet your appetite: croquettes, brochette with a twist, prawn and chorizo skewers and the meatiest meatballs you’ve ever tasted. This selection only slightly dents the array of amazing food on offer!

We of course weren’t just there to eat food and drink cocktails, no , no, no! We were of course there for a fantastic cause as we toasted the launch of ‘Parched March’ – an initiative led by Sun-Herald columnist Amy Cooper and bar and drinks writer Simon McGoram.

As they put it: Parched March, Sydney’s only month-long celebration of bar culture.

“If you’re over Ocsober, Fed up with Febfast and want to say goodbye to Dry July, March brings you the perfect antidote to abstinence – and a chance to raise money for charity while enjoying great bars and drinks. Good times for a good cause!

During Parched March you can show your support by

  Sponsoring our teams as they embark on their fun odyssey of 30 Bars in 30 Days

  Visiting our participating venues and contributing to the cause by buying a Parched March special cocktail

  Forming a team of your own and taking up the 30 bars in 30 days challenge – (or do it alone if you dare!)”

Bars that are involved include:

Bavarian Bier Cafe

Eau de Vie (we’ve spoke about here)

Grandma’s Bar (yup we’ve also spoke about here)

Rum Diaries Bar & Restaurant

There is also a host of other bars involved in this great initiative! Log on to parchedmarch.com to get involved!

Parched March is not all about the socialising, there’s actually a worthwhile cause behind it all!

Parched March uses the misadventures of their teams and ambassadors to raise funds for the Sydney Dogs & Cats Home & the Animal Welfare League Queensland.

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The event was a great start for what is sure to be an exciting month celebrating Sydney’s unique bar culture. Visit http://www.parchedmarch.com for info.

Get involved people – you know you want to! Drinking and charity – what’s not to love!?

How very swish, my first ever bar review – The Island Bar – Cockatoo Island

So working in PR daahhrrrllliiinnggggg I’m used to being the one that organises the event and get the cool media types to attend. I have also been guilty of engaging food/ mummy/ fashion bloggers to come along too. So as I’m sure you can appreciate it’s nice to be on the other side of a media launch event for once.

More than anything else I appreciate the hard work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’, so it was with a gracious attitude that I attend the official media launch, the launch of The Island Bar – Cockatoo Island. (More images to follow shortly)

The invite explained that water taxis would transfer us to the venue at 5:45pm and 6:00pm, as I have a day job it was the latter for me! Now as I hail from faraway shores, the water taxi in itself was somewhat of an experience for me as much as the event! (Well not as much, but still exciting non-the-less!)

The journey took us past the opulent Opera House at dusk and under the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge, quite the scenic route indeed!

The journey was short but sweet, about five minutes. We arrived at Cockatoo Island to see the bar in all its glory. Quirky industrial machinery is peppered around the site, which is somewhat eerie, partly due to its history and partly due to how quiet it is. You would never believe that you were just a short boat ride from the heart of Sydney, or for that matter on the site of a former imperial prison!

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour and is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers. It is the site of one of Australia’s biggest shipyards during the twentieth century. The first of its two dry docks was built by convicts and was completed in 1857.

As you approach the bar you can see three shipping containers that have been transformed to create a venue like I’ve never seen before. A bar with two levels, two hanging egg chairs and fully trained mixologists no less!

Outside the views of the harbour are breathtaking, the Sydney Harbour bridge is in the distance along with the iconic Sydney skyline on the horizon. The astro turf at the back of the bar adds a cool are deco twist, along with the deck chairs and parasols aplenty to take in the view. The ecliptic mixture of an amazing space, tasty cocktails, beautiful people and soulful music performed by local Sydney band Kinetic Method (highly recommended!), they certainly ensured that they’d dotted all their Is and crossed all of their Ts.

The concept for the venue came about by renowned Sydney mixologist the charismatic Marco Faraone, of Bacco in Chifley Plaza and formerly Lotus in Potts Point. The bar definitely lives up to the calibre of his previous ventures – fun, relaxed and with the best quality drinks and food.

Signature cocktails and drinks were served by the beautiful bar staff that were just perfect for ‘aperitivo’- as we all watched the sun go down over Sydney with a perfectly blended drink and an Italian accented snack.

The drinks, ahhhh the lovely drinks… what can I say… here goes: the cocktails were inspired by some of the finest brands around and definitely weren’t shy when it came to the measures: signature cocktails were available by Campari, Sauza tequila, Russian Standard Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Maker’s Mark and Mount Gay rum ( personal fave of mine – can’t go wrong with a Mount Gay, Diet Coke and a generous squeeze of lime!). Peroni and Grolsch beers were also on tap along with Jacob’s Creek and Brancott Estate wines.

If you fancy attending The Island Bar, it will be open every day and entry to the UNESCO World Heritage listed island is free. Transport is easy too (and a LOT of fun in my opinion – did I mention you go under the harbour bridge?!) with regular ferry services, getting you from the heart of the city at Circular Quay to the Island in 12 minutes.

A rolling calendar of exciting events will take place at The Island Bar each week, including:

  • Sunday Bloody Mary sessions
  • Mastering the Margarita with Jason Crawley
  • Croquet & Bocce (Italian bowls) competitions
  • Laid back summer tunes throughout the day with intimate live acoustic acts
  • Public events: New Years Eve and Australia Day festivities.

 With its relaxed bar vibe, fantastic views and professional team of bartenders, The Island Bar on Cockatoo Island is sure to become the destination venue for Sydney Summer.

More info if you wish to frequent:

About The Island Bar on Cockatoo Island

 Opening Hours:  December 11th – April 10th

                              11am to 9pm, Monday – Thursday

                              9 am – 9pm Friday – Sunday

Cost:                      Entry is free; large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and ‘aperitivo- style’ food

Transport               Regular public ferry service 7 days a week gets you to Cockatoo Island from Circular Quay in 12 minutes; ferry services also from Woolwich/Greenwich, Balmain/Birchgrove

Water taxis are available

Marina for private boats to dock for two hours at Cockatoo Island

 For more information go to www.cockatooisland.gov.au or visit www.theislandbar.com.au