We often cop a bit of flack for favouring Sydney too much so this time we’ve decided to give some love to the east and west coast. If you’re in for some sun seeking this November just before it really heats up in summer then whet your appetite with some of the country’s coolest hangs that comes with a free dosage of some sun rays.
Catalina Sundays will be kicking off this Sunday the 30th October in true Sydney style – that’s with sun, water and cool drinks. The weekly vibes will continue every Sunday throughout the Spring-Summer period with a summer-inspired menu including cocktails. Helping the weekly event along will be some of Sydney’s top DJs spinning tunes as you dig into a Cubano Sandwich with Roast Pork, Prosciutto, Pickles, Cheese and Mustard for $20, Empanada’s with Beef, Olives, Coriander and Lime Salsa for $18 or Sydney Rock Oysters for $4.50 each. There’s more where that came from so drop in from 5pm-10pm every Sunday. Reservations are not necessary.
The Kerrigan Pier One
Smoked meats and Sydney Harbour aren’t terms you’ll normally see going together. Leave it to Pier One Sydney though to get the ball rolling though when they host one of the coolest pop-ups to arrive in November. The Kerrigan which will sit just outside Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel is offering proper smoked grub sourced from Black Forest Smokehouse in Marrickville. The meat at The Kerrigan is smoked for up to 14 hours to ensure that authentic American taste goes hand in hand with the Sydney summer sunset. What’s even better is that they’ve set up an outdoor dining area for punters to enjoy the smoked pork racks, grilled prawns and local craft beers on offer.
The Kerrigan kicks off from Friday the 28th of October and will open daily from 11:30am–9pm.
Fort Denison Summer Sunset Sessions
Sunset Sessions. What a cracking name. For something truly different jump on a water taxi and head over to the Fort Denison for an evening of cocktails, carpaccio and live music at one of the city’s most scenic waterfront restaurants. Sunset Sessions will kick off from November 6 continue through into summer with water taxis leaving from Circular Quay providing a complimentary tour of the island to go with your two-course meal.
Think lamb short ribs, Wagyu beef cheeks and Muscovy duck breasts to go with the sweet tunes by DJ and saxophonist Zak Hameiri who’ll be spinning acid jazz and old school R’n’B. Do make sure to book ahead for this one.
They might not get as much sun but that’s part of the fun. Pull in a warm seat and your closest buddies and head to the rooftop of Curtin House where you’ll be greeted by views of the Melbourne skyline and a killer cocktail. On warmer nights the place can undoubtedly get busy whilst in more adverse weather the place may not open at all. That’s in extreme cases though and most nights Rooftop Bar will be equipped with umbrellas and gas heaters. Food can be purchased from downstairs at the All Day Burger shack or Mesa Verde. We recommend you get in before December comes around and the Rooftop Cinema completely takes over. Rooftop Bar is open from 11am to 1am everyday except Mondays.
Take a hike, man. No seriously, Melbourne has some of the greatest hiking landscapes in Australia and the best time to do it is in November when it’s warm enough without giving you third-degree burns and cool enough so that you don’t get hypothermia. Our pick is Werribee Gorge which is generally considered a mini Grand Canyon. The trail is located one hour out of the Melbourne CBD towards Ballarat and offers health freaks the freedom to traverse down steep inclines into a 200-metre deep gorge or trail the Werribee River along cliff faces. For the serious, there’s a 10km Circuit Walk which can bring you into the river if you know what you’re doing.
Stokehouse St Kilda
We’re going to jump the gun a bit and point you guys to the revamped Stokehouse in St Kilda which burnt down in 2014 and has today re-opened the new Paper Fish with Pontoon to follow shortly. What do they do? Awesome food and drinks with a view. Think fish and chips, salads, coconut prawn tacos, kingfish wings and semolina-dusted calamari prepared by the head chef of Stokehouse Restaurant (due to open in December) Ollie Hansford. Pontoon is where you’ll be heading to drinks in the same building and it’s pretty much set to open come November so make sure to be one of the first to try out this resurrected kid on the block. Did we mention the beach was right at your doorstep?
Get your beer hats on this November at Little Creatures brewery in Fremantle which used to be a home for the crocodiles. Keen purveyors of craft beer can taste some of the brand’s finest pale ales including their Original Pilsner, Bright Ale, Rogers Beer and India Pale Ale flowing from the taps all year round. For the special brew seekers there’s single batches to try out at the venue.
Definitely one educational way to spend November.
Let the rays of Swanbourne Beach flow in as you kick back to some seriously good grub and a nice wine at this coastal-inspired luxe eatery. The menu on offer includes steak tartare, platters of premium crudo, starring raw snapper, scallops and tuna. Inside the charcoal burner meanwhile is Harvey beef and fat tiger prawns fished directly from the pristine waters of the West Australian seas. Naturally, beach walk-ins are also welcome at The Shorehouse.