In The Diary: A Magnificent Bastard's Guide to Sydney In July

It’s fair to say that July isn’t a favourite month for Sydneysiders. First there’s the plummeting temperatures, then there’s the short days and early darkness, and finally that niggling pressure to forgo booze altogether and succumb to Dry July.

Well, we’ve got news for you, it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, there are plenty of new and exciting things happening in the city that are guaranteed to keep you warm, entertained and slightly less grumpy over the chilly month ahead.

Here are our top picks for how you should be spending you time in Sydney this July.

Food & Drink

Cheese & Wine Night At Salts Meats Cheese


Embrace that extra layer of winter blubber this month at Salts Meats Cheese when the Alexandria hotspot hosts its very own cheese and wine appreciation night in collaboration with Omnom Cheese and McWilliam’s Wines on Tuesday 5th July.

Start the night off with a little sparkling and your first matching cheese then slowly descend into a cheese coma carefully curated by Salts Meats Cheese experts. Fun, educational, relaxed and mouth watering, it’s the perfect winter date idea or laid back night out for a flourishing bromance.

Art & Culture

Splendour In The Grass


It’s that time of year again, when the flower crowns and beards come out to play at Byron’s Splendour in the Grass festival. Held this year from the 22nd to the 24th of July, Splendour’s line-up features headliners like The Strokes, The Cure, Flume, The Avalanches and James Blake.

If you missed out on tickets there are also plenty of cool sideshows happening throughout the month of July, like Jack Garratt at the Metro on the 21st and James Blake at the Hordern on the 26th. If you’re really keen to get off the beaten festival track then check out Band of Horses’ one-off secret sideshow at Marrickville’s Grifter Brewery on the 27th.


Munich Brauhaus Pop-Up


Embrace (or escape) the freezing temperatures with a cold one or two at the Munich Brauhaus pop-up bar at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Sydney Winter Festival from June 30th – July 17th.

Conveniently located next to the Festival’s ice skating rink for those who don’t mind ending up arse over tit, the pop-up is also hosting Jägermeister chalet parties every Friday in July where the bar becomes an alpine chalet and the d-floor heats up with haus DJs.


Climb ‘n’ Dine 


With arguably one of the best views of Sydney, the Shangri-La Hotel are hosting the inaugural Climb ‘n’ Dine this July, on the 31st.

The only tower race of its kind in the city, Climb ‘n’ Dine challenges Sydneysiders to struggle race up the Shangri-La’s 37 flights and 630 steps for charity.

With only 200 competitors, it’s stiff competition to see who reaches the top first yet the fastest runners are expected to finish in just under 4 minutes. If you’re willing to take on the challenge you’ll be greeted with a scrumptious breakfast at Altitude, raising funds for charities A Start in Life and OzHarvest.