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Five Romantic Sydney Date Ideas for This Week From Budget to Blowout

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
May 24, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
May 24, 2022
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for more inventive Sydney activities — ones that are guaranteed to extend your dating repertoire beyond beers at the pub.

Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing the 100th with your significant other, we've got some stellar Sydney date ideas for this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.

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FREE

EXPLORE VIVID SYDNEY'S FREE IMMERSIVE LIGHT WALK

Whenever Vivid is in town, the city instantly gets brighter. Returning for the first time since 2019, the popular festival of lights, music, art and ideas is back with more than 200 events. When it comes to its lights, there'll be more than 50 luminous installations dazzling the city stretching through the CBD, including two particularly spectacular attractions by the water.

The first, Sydney Infinity by Oracle Liquid, is a water sculpture in Darling Harbour that'll feature 12 80-metre-high water shoots, plus a Sydney-inspired soundtrack by DJ Peewee Ferris. And the second, at Walsh Bay, will see a 100-metre floating Light Walk pop up for folks to mosey along.

Those looking to get their step-count up and take in a whole heap of free art can start at Circular Quay and follow the projections all the way to Central Station. The Vivid Sydney website has a map marking out the locations of all of the light installations.

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UNDER $20

SCORE $1 BOWLS OF RAMEN AT THIS NEW BROTH SPOT

Located in the Sydney CBD's shiny new dining and business precinct Brookfield Place, Tenkomori Ramen House's Wynyard outpost has been serving up steaming hot bowls of brothy goodness in the heart of the city since opening at the beginning of the year. To celebrate the beginning of Vivid Sydney, Tenkomori is offering a ramen deal that's seriously good value.

For one day only, the eatery is offering $1 ramen. Yes, you're reading that correctly. Break out the gold coins, because from 5pm on Friday, May 27 you'll be able to get a bowl of Tenkomori's signature ramen for just $1. The Tenkomori Ramen on offer as part of the deal is filled with steamed pork loin, pickled takana greens, a fish cake, dried seaweed and a seasoned boiled egg.

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UNDER $50

CATCH LIVE MUSIC AND SAMPLE TOP-NOTCH EATS AND DRINKS AT MANLY OVAL

The month-long foodie festival Taste of the Beaches has returned, encouraging Sydneysiders to eat, sip and be merry by the beach. For the whole month of May, the entire northern beaches region is getting in on the action, spanning an exciting array of restaurants, cafes and food outlets in the area. This weekend, Manly Oval will be looking a little different with the Taste of Manly closing out the festival. This event will bring together all your favourite local Northern Beaches restaurants, cafes, brewers, distilleries and wineries in one spot. Plus, you will get to check out local talent with live music setting the vibe.

There will be food and drink from Sake, Manly Spirits Co. Distillery, Manly Wharf Bar's The Tropic, Little Viet Kitchen, 7th Day Brewery and Nomad Brewing Co just to name a few. Plus, you can catch live sets from the likes of Lady king and Eagle Eye Jones. Tickets for each day are $10 plus the booking fee.

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UNDER $100

HELP RAISE MONEY FOR RESCUED GREYHOUNDS BY BIDDING ON THEIR ART

Can you think of a better Sunday than being surrounded by some adorable greyhounds, enjoying a couple of top-notch craft beers and raising money for a good cause? Yulli's Brews is bringing together oh-so-many of our favourite things on Sunday, May 29 for the Greyt Masters Art and Ales auction. A bunch of super adorable greyhounds from Greyhound Rescue have all put their creative hats on and painted some colourful artworks that are being auctioned off to raise money and some much-needed funds for the organisation which rescues, helps rehabilitate and re-home greyhounds from the racing industry.

"Greyhounds are invited to participate in creating artworks as a form of enrichment. Enrichment activities are excellent to help rescued hounds develop confidence and decision-making skills," Greyhound Rescue states on its website.

The live auction will be happening at Yulli's Alexandria brewery from 2pm. Yulli's wide range of craft brews will be on hand at the brewery, and the pups will also be in attendance for some much-deserved pats and cuddles. Entry is free and you can of course head along to have a look at the art and have a couple of top notch beers, even if you don't end up placing a bid.

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TREAT YOUR TASTEBUDS TO CHISWICK'S TENTH BIRTHDAY SET MENU

Chiswick has long been a staple in the Sydney culinary scene — for ten years, in fact. All throughout May, the Woollahra eatery has been marking that milestone with a month-long celebration. There's plenty to celebrate. As well as being known for its picture-perfect grounds, Chiswick is home to one of Sydney's only kitchen gardens with produce grown on-site — which means that it serves up a seasonal menu that exudes a welcome balance of innovative fine dining and a warm sense of homeliness.

Creator Matt Moran and his team are releasing a digital recipe book to commemorate the big birthday, and there's a limited-time birthday menu that honours Chiswick's signature dishes and gives diners a peek into what the next ten years might have in store. For $90pp, you'll be treated to bara-masalata with flatbread, grilled peppers with harissa, and butterflied trout with roe and Chiswick garden herb dressing — plus slow-roasted lamb with hummus, tabouli and mint salsa, and a fig and macadamia bombe alaska to finish things off.

Top image: Greyt Masters Art and Ales

Published on May 24, 2022 by Concrete Playground

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