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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 15, 2019
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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 15, 2019
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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) ideas for dates to go on 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

ESCAPE REALITY WITH MARY POPPINS AND CAKE

Revisit a childhood classic and make boring coffee dates a thing of the past at The Grounds of Alexandria. Inspired by the release of Mary Poppins Returns, the Sydney favourite has transformed its already impressive garden into a Poppins-themed wonderland until Sunday, February 3.

Bring your date along and wander beneath pastel pink trees, spy more than a few umbrellas and find yourself expecting lamplighters to break into song. At 10am, 12pm or 2pm each day you can find bubbles filling the garden as well — and, whatever time you visit, you'll be able to tuck into a limited-edition Poppins cake made from lemon zest sponge and filled with cherry purée and cream cheese.

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SPEND A NIGHT DANCING IN THE GALLERY

Want to impress your date with your refined taste and sweet dance moves? On Wednesday, February 16, Art Gallery of NSW is inviting you to kick off your work boots and slip into your dancing shoes as it continues its series of free dance workshops. Inspired by the revolutionary spirit of the Masters of Modern Art exhibition, the movement session will help you dance the night away and embody the radical spirit of Fauvism.

The workshop runs from 6.30–7pm, so you'll still have time to treat your date to a drink, visit the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition and check out the rest of the evening's Art After Hours program.

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CYCLE BETWEEN ART INSTALLATIONS

If you're keen to get amongst Sydney Festival without dropping any cash, you can get on your bike. Like, actually get on your bike. To commemorate the moon landing, the festival wants Sydneysiders to collectively cycle the 384,400 kilometres to the moon. So instruct your date to bring their bike (or pick up a Lime bike) and get riding through the city together. The festival has even created this route to help you clock up some kms and take you past six of its moon-themed installations.

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UNDER $50

SEE WHAT SYDNEY LOOKED LIKE IN THE 50s

For a date back in time, you won't want to miss out an incredibly rare compilation of our city's photographic history in Street Photography, now exhibiting at the Museum of Sydney through till July. Featuring black and white, postcard-sized candid photos of everyday Sydneysiders from the mid-20th century, many of the 250 images on display depict the everyday life of locals living through the Depression, World War II and postwar periods and have never been publicly exhibited before.

Running alongside the exhibition is a concurrent showcase by nationally renowned photomedia artist Anne Zahalka. Her collection includes nine restaged images using each photo's subject or their descendants, placing them in similar locations from the original image, as well as new present-day images taken around Sydney, which act as a modern homage to the art. Access to the Street Photography exhibition is $15 each.

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ONE BIG BLOWOUT

DO DINNER AND A SHOW AT HUBERT

If you and your SO made a 2019 resolution to go see more live music, this might be a good way to start. Nightly throughout January, the French eatery will be serving up a three-course dinner for $60, soundtracked by live jazz. Among the offerings are stracciatella with stretched cow's curd, tomato and dill, chicken fricassée (a deeply comforting French-style stew), and the Floating Island: meringue with creme anglaise and seasonal fruit. But, if you're not that hungry, you can go a la carte.

Put together by Hubert's resident jazz man Stefan, the program will bring you jazz of all kinds — from vocalists and duos to hard-swinging bands. Be sure to catch jazz-soul powerhouse Virna Sanzone on January 16. Reservations are required, and Le Jazz January runs from 7–11pm each evening.

Published on January 15, 2019 by Concrete Playground

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