Five ways to enjoy Sydney’s stellar outdoor spaces this summer

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It’s no secret that Sydney is full of great outdoor spots to sip a drink, sample culinary delights and enjoy some of the best artistic talent the city is home to. Do you feel overwhelmed by the multitude of options? We hear you.

We have teamed up with White Claw Hard Seltzer to give you this list of our favorite places to enjoy the great outdoors of Sydney and stay refreshed during the long days and balmy nights of this summer. Check them out below.

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SWING BY A BAR AFTER THE BEACH

There’s no better way to end a day of sun, surf and sand than with a cold drink at a beachside watering hole. If you find a beer or wine too heavy on a hot summer night, you’ll be glad to know that the places listed below offer White Claw in all kinds of tasty flavors.

Pier Bar, Manly

Watch the ferries pass through the iconic Manly Harbor while sipping a nice cold drink on the sun-drenched seats that adorn this local institution. It’s literally right next to the ferry stop, so even if you’re not a local, you can easily head out from the CBD and take in great views on the way. Throughout January, the Wharf Bar hosts a series of epic Sunday Sessions with White Claw, featuring some of Australia’s biggest up-and-coming bands. Head to our event article for more information.

Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee

The Coogee Bay Hotel has long been a favorite spot for Sydneysiders to soak up the sun in the garden bar, courtyard or on the balcony after a surf on one of Sydney’s finest beaches. The perfect combination of relaxation and fun, it’s a great option for group rides that will last the entire distance. There’s always something going on here too, including live music in the Marrah Bar and on the balcony on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay

Hard to get much closer to the water than here, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the quintessential beach boozer to the east – and a perfect spot for a cheeky drink on a sunny arvo. Plus, every Saturday and Sunday in the summer, you can expect DJs between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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TAKE YOUR MEAL OUTSIDE

There’s nothing quite like gorging yourself while simultaneously getting your required dose of vitamin D. Sydney has so many alfresco dining options – here are some of the best.

Totti, Bondi

Come to this Bondi hangout for casual Italian food in a beautiful yet low-key courtyard that’s sure to please the whole team. An eclectic but concise range of Italian dishes and antipasti covering all the bases make this one a no-brainer for a summer’s Eve.

Freda’s Cafe, Darlinghurst

Laid-back but effortlessly cool, this lovely bar and restaurant definitely has the vibe of a laid-back neighborhood bar, but sets up shop in one of Sydney’s iconic nightlife areas at Taylor Square on Oxford Street. However, Freda’s doesn’t just offer food and drink – you can expect to see regular performances, live music, DJs and exhibits.

The Newport, Newport

Stunning waterfront views of Sydney’s northern beaches and some of the city’s best pubs make this the perfect location. And if it’s not your local, it’s worth making the trip.

Roof of Lady Banks, Bankstown

One of the reasons Bankstown is fast becoming Sydney’s new social and culinary hub, this epic rooftop bar boasts 360-degree views of the booming South West and offers modern cuisine from around the world. Italian inspiration in a sophisticated yet relaxed setting. Enter among them.

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HAVE A BOOGIE AT AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

It almost sounds too good to be true, but yes, they’re back. After two pretty dark years, festival season is back and it’s time to make up for all those lost moments. Check out our recommendations for where to go during the outdoor party season.

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Sunday session call? Head straight to the roof of the Kings Cross Hotel for Picnic Social, where you’ll hear an eclectic mix of local musical talent spanning all genres and influences, from chilled-out lo-fi beats to post-punk and, of course, a whole band of bangers for a sunset boogie.

glass island

This beautiful tri-level entertainment vessel is so much more than just a party boat. In fact, the floating venue has three distinct sections with vibes to suit all tastes: on the top floor is a Mediterranean beach club-style outdoor bar and dance floor, the middle section is home to a lounge and a sleek bars, as well as 360-degree views of the city and sea beyond. Then the lower deck is where to head for a more intimate Champagne and cocktail bar experience.

Dusk in Taronga

Not content with being one of the best maintained and most ethical conservation projects in the world, Taronga Zoo also offers arguably the best views of Sydney from anywhere in the city. And when you add epic live music from some of Australia’s top artists to the mix, there’s no better place for sunset. All proceeds from the Twilight at Taronga concerts contribute to the zoo’s conservation efforts to keep these beautiful sights magnificent for all creatures large and small.

Summer camp

Summer Camp, the country’s newest pride festival, features a dazzling array of local and international acts. He will be touring across the country, but will arrive in Sydney on February 27. Titled by UK act Years & Years and featuring performances from The Veronicas (it’s time to sing ‘Untouched’ loudly), Yo Mafia and Ladyhawke to name but a few, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

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UNROLL YOUR PICNIC BLANKET

There’s nothing quite like a summer session in the park, whether you’re walking your dog, flying your drone, or catching up with friends after a hard day’s work. There’s something so tersely inviting about a cheeky bev in the neighborhood park, and Sydney has a few cracking spots where you can make it happen. Grab some White Claws and watch a sunset in some of our favorites.

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park

Arguably the jewel in the crown of booze-friendly interior western picnic spots, Camperdown Park has long been a popular spot for the diverse interior western crowd, not to mention with an abundance of cute dogs.

Wendy’s Secret Garden

This dreamy location by the harbor is home to a mix of local and exotic foliage, as well as a series of sculptures and murals that don’t stand out but rather gently enhance the natural beauty of the garden. There are also tables and chairs scattered around, making it the perfect picnic spot to relax and watch a summer sunset in a beautiful, tranquil setting.

shark island

Traditionally known as Boambily, Shark Island’s current name is derived from the fact that this small landmass in the mouth of Rose Bay used to look like a shark – so don’t worry, it’s not because of an abundance of predators lurking in the waters. This is actually a lovely recreational reserve well worth a visit for a picnic this summer.

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Sydney Moonlight Cinema

WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS

A thousand times better than *insert name of latest streaming service here* and chilling out, wonderful outdoor cinemas abound in Sydney during the summer. Grab some snacks and watch a new or nostalgic movie under the stars on one of those silver screens at sunset.

Westpac Outdoor Cinema, Royal Botanic Garden

Just when you thought the RBG couldn’t get any better. After admiring the magnificent sunset over the city, a 350 square meter screen rises from the harbor and premium Dolby surround sound kicks in to deliver a truly unique cinematic experience. This year’s program features some of the hottest films of the moment, as well as several Australian previews and premieres.

Moonlight Cinema, Western Sydney Parklands + Centennial Park

Discover new releases, cult classics and past hits at this outdoor amphitheater with food truck and bar. If that’s not your thing, you’re also welcome at BYO, so pack a picnic (and some White Claws) and head downstairs to catch a movie. With two locations, you’ll have twice as many excuses for a night out at the movies.

Sunset Cinema, North Sydney

Head to the historic North Sydney Oval this summer and grab a folding chair, beanbag or even a lawn lounge at its lovely outdoor cinema, which will show the latest releases and some old favourites. BYO picnics are encouraged, but if you want to enjoy a bubbly, cocktail or brew throughout the film, the on-site bar will serve a range of drinks. There will also be hot food options, which you can order online and then pick up, as well as plenty of required movie treats like crisps, chocolates, lollipops and popcorn.

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Top Image: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Daniele Massacci

Posted on January 24, 2022 by

Dominique Grunewald


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