July 11th - 14th sees Circular Quay transformed into a sight for sore eyes for French expats. Bastille Festival promises art, wine tastings, and authentic food without the jetlag. They use the wintery weather to full advantage, with a Christmas Village and Ski village in The Rocks. There’s also a cinema screening family favourites and French classics, and a Carousel Kids Village to keep the young ones entertained. Check out the street performances and sample the wines, beers, ciders, and produce at your leisure. Alternatively, go for one of the more structured wine and cheese pairings with options ranging from $39 to $89.
Head to St Mary’s Cathedral and embrace the cold with some ice skating. The rink will be available from June 28th through til July 10th, as well as ice slides, a jumping castle, a bar, and food vendors. Tuesdays are date nights, and they’ll be pumping old school RnB on Thursdays. The rink is fully accessible for wheelchair users too.
Want more ice skating adventures? Disney On Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends is touring Sydney this July (17th - 21st). The exciting, interactive show is a celebration of 90 years of Disney, and will feature all your kids’ favourites: Moana, Dory, the Toy Story cast, Elsa and Anna, and more!
Warm up with a decadent Italian-style hot chocolate at RivaReno Darlinghurst. Made with Valrhona single origin Grand Cru ‘Manjari’ (aka one of the best chocolates in the world), the rich cup will transport you straight to Madagascar. Pair it with some fresh hot crepes, or perhaps a scoop of a zesty gelato to balance out the sweetness.
Try something a little different for your next date night. Sydney has a variety of unique activities on offer, but it can be hard to find them if you don’t know where to look!
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites, to help you step outside the box and have an exciting, memorable evening.
Forget being forgettable. Holey Moley is a brand new concept - mini golf in a bar. Each venue is decorated floor to ceiling with unique, pop-culture based mini golf courses. It’s enough to shake off anyone's inhibitions - but the music and drinks sure don’t hurt!
This is one for the alcohol connoisseurs. Head to Archie Rose Distillery in Rosebery. You can your their grounds and see how they make their gin and whiskey (tasting included). If you feel like getting more hands-on, they also offer a cocktail masterclass, and blend-your-own gin and whiskey classes.
It’s a movie date - upgraded. Stepping into the Golden Age Cinema and Bar is like stepping back in time. The Art Deco building has been painstakingly refurbished with lush vintage decor throughout. Their independent program features a mix of old and new, classics, documentaries, and arthouse films you won’t find anywhere else. Dess up, grab a cocktail, and enjoy.
Satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie with a ride on a Sydney Sea Plane. They have a range of options, depending on your scenic preference, and they’re only too happy to accommodate if you want to make your date extra romantic.
- Liv Steigrad for Ruby’s Residences.
Whether you’re after a way to entertain the children, or you’re looking for new ways to embrace your inner child, Sydney has an impressive selection of indoor adventure activities. Perfect for the wintery weather, burn some energy at one (or all) of these great venues.
Kids bouncing off the walls? Take them to Skyzone and let them do exactly that, literally. In fact, why not join them on any of the 100+ interconnected trampolines? Skyzone is more than just trampolines though! Perfect your backflip (or try it for the first time) safely into the foam pit, test your skills on their newly added Enduro ninja course, or attempt any of their 30 rock climbing walls. The perfect range of activities for active kids and big-kids.
Timezone has an impressive dedication to constantly bringing in new entertainment. Find everything here from old-school arcade type games to cutting edge virtual and augmented reality options. Spend a day here as a family, or get a babysitter and embrace your inner child on date night.
If you’re looking for a truly unique date night (or any night) experience, Sydney’s latest offering is Archie Brothers Cirque Electric. Imagine an old school carnival, modernised, and adapted for adults. Arcade games, dodgem cars, bowling, even a 3D interactive theatre ride. (Whatever that is.) All of this making you hungry? The on-site Dazzler’s Diner has a variety of upgraded burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, and shakes (alcoholic or regular). The candy-themed cocktails are enticing, and there are vegetarian options too!
- Liv Steigrad for Ruby’s Residences.
Liv- Tender L Creative and Deb - a long term resident of Sydney.