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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
January 11, 2021
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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
January 11, 2021
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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 not-boring Sydney activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) 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 THIS REVAMPED MUSEUM AFTER DARK — WITH A COCKTAIL IN HAND

Head down to the newly revamped Australian Museum after dark for DJ tunes, dinosaurs, eye-opening discussions and more thanks to its new after-hours summer series. Kicking off on January 7, and running every Thursday evening, Nights at the Museum is part of the NSW Government's Up Late initiative that'll see cultural institutions opening with extended hours. And, it's completely free.

You and your date can unleash your creativity in the Prehistoric Playground (open till 6pm), while free hourly tours will give you a close-up glimpse at the new-look museum. There'll also be spotlight tours running every 30 minutes, each visiting three of the Museum's key specimens. Or, you can kick back with drinks from the pop-up bar, matched with DJ sets from the likes of Ayebatonye, Salllvage and Terazatron. And, you can even visit the blockbuster summer exhibition Tyrannosaurs — Meet the Family after hours (paid ticket required).

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UNDER $50

HEAD TO ONE OF SYDNEY FESTIVAL'S AFFORDABLE EVENTS TOGETHER

Summer in Sydney is great for many reasons, one of them being the return of Sydney Festival. Each year, the city is abuzz with arts and culture for the three weeks thanks to the city-wide event. And 2021 is no different. If you and your partner's wallets are feeling a little light post-holiday season, you'll be happy to know you can experience a lot of the festival without breaking the bank. So, art-filled date nights are back on the cards.

As part of this year's program, a pop-up stage dubbed The Headland is descending on Barangaroo for 11 nights — and general admission is just $25. You can watch Vivaldi and climate change combine for The [Uncertain] Four Seasons, celebrate George Michael with The Rise and Fall of Saint George and dive into Rapture: A Song Cycle of Desire and Ecstasy, Murder and Mayhem.

The affordable program doesn't stop there, either. We've picked out nine shows and experiences you can have at the fest that won't break the bank. You can hurl paint at the cleaners, work together to 'keep the peace' and stride for a mile in another person's shoes — literally.

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UNDER $100

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CATCH A FLICK AT SYDNEY'S STUNNING HARBOURSIDE CINEMA

One of Sydney's most stunning pop-ups cinemas — and most romantic summer date nights — Westpac Openair is back with its 350-square-metre screen rising from the harbour.

Thanks to its spot at Mrs Macquaries Point, Westpac Openair has spectacular panoramic views of the city, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, which is one big part of the attraction, of course. But so is feasting your eyes on the event's hefty program.

In the brand new camp, Australian frontier western High Ground and the Eric Bana-starring The Dry are must-sees. You can also check out women's surfing documentary Girls Can't Surf and witness the cathartic power of befriending a magpie in Penguin Bloom. Fancy combining movies and music? New documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart will fill your night with classic disco tunes as it steps through the eponymous band's full career and roster of hits.

Food-wise, you'll be tucking into ready-to-collect gourmet picnic hampers by Kitchen by Mike and its chef Mike McEnearney. Plus, there's a bar serving up wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic options.

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ESCAPE THE CITY TO SEE DINOSAURS IN AN ANCIENT RAINFOREST

While it doesn't seem like earth will be home to a real-life Jurassic Park anytime soon, you and your loved one can visit something close to it in the Blue Mountains these summer holidays. Jump on the Scenic Cableway and journey 66 millions years back in time as you descend into the Jamison Valley. Here, you'll find a fossil-filled alley and roaring dinosaurs scattered throughout the ancient rainforest.

The life-sized T-rex, triceratops, stegosaurus and more all make up Scenic World's new openair Dinosaur Valley experience, which is running until Sunday, January 31. It's definitely an experience kids would enjoy, but there's nothing saying adults won't either — even if it's just another excuse to get out of the city and explore the wonders of the Blue Mountains.

When you've finished exploring, you can take the world's steepest passenger train, the Scenic Railway, out of the valley. And, if you want even more excitement, head to the glass-bottomed Scenic Skyway — an invigorating ride on the 270-metre high cablecar that takes in some of the mountains' most spectacular vistas.

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LISTEN TO LIVE JAZZ IN A ROMANTIC UNDERGROUND RESTAURANT

If more good music and more delicious food are among you and your date's New Year's resolutions — which is completely understandable — then the CBD's Restaurant Hubert is ready to give you a helping hand. Nightly from Monday–Saturday throughout January, the French eatery is serving up a four-course dinner, soundtracked by live jazz. Yes, its Jazz January program is back for another year.

The lineup will bring you jazz of all kinds, with musicians hitting up the venue's stage each evening to keep you entertained while you eat. This week's program features Carl Dewhurst, Jess Dunn Trio, Hilary Geddes, Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts, and the Andrew Dickenson Trio.

As for the menu, Restaurant Hubert is renowned for its French fare. For $88, you'll tuck into a shared menu featuring four courses, such as stracciatella with tomato vinaigrette, wagyu beef tartare, chicken fricassée and chocolate mousse with hazelnut cream for dessert

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Top image: Restaurant Hubert by Daniel Boud

Published on January 11, 2021 by Concrete Playground

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