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.
EXPLORE AN UNORTHODOX ART EXHIBITION
Prefer to make up your own mind about whether an artwork is awesome or awful? Disruptive revolutionary Stefan Simchowitz is leaving the art critiquing entirely up to you and your loved one when he takes over Sorry Thanks I Love You (STILY) this month. That Simchowitz has been dubbed 'the Patron Satan' of the art world by The New York Times should give you some idea of what to expect when his in-store art project pops up at the concept retail space.
Kicking off with a thought-provoking launch event on Thursday, July 19, the exhibition sees Simchowitz showcase large-scale oil paintings from LA-based post-internet artist Marc Horowitz, all in a format that's far from traditional. You might love it. You might hate it. Either way, the neutral setting and minimal media noise means you'll be free to decide either way.
Register for launch event to be among the first to pass judgement — you'll enjoy complimentary bubbly as you browse the works, soak up the art vibes and shop STILY's diverse mash-up of wares.
TAKE YOUR PARTNER (AND PUP) TO AN 'ISLE OF DOGS' SCREENING
The screening will kick off at 7pm, and is bound to turn Stanley's heated courtyard into an isle of dogs — just without the water. And while you can always take your pooch to hang out at Stanley's, there's no better time to take them to than this.
The Darlinghurst bar will also be serving up an Isle ofDogs-themed menu for the occasion, with drinks such as a tequila- and grenadine-spiked Pink Chihuahua, the Bloodhound — the bar's take on a Caesar — and Indy Loves Iggy with gin, rhubarb and kombucha.
GO FOR COCKTAILS WITH A SIDE OF FREE ART
Heading to a bar for a round of cocktails with your significant other can sometimes get a bit... predictable. But this is never the case at The Bearded Tit, Redfern's neighbourhood bar known for its regular free art shows and knitted phalluses (yes, really).
And its current exhibition provides even more of a reason to stop by — Green On Redshowcases powerful works by three female First Nations artists, as part of the ongoing NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Running until August 18, the multidisciplinary show includes Amala Groom's video piece The Invisibility of Blackness and her Totes Appropes bags, which are a not-so-subtle dig at Chanel's $1930 limited edition luxury boomerang.
You'll also catch a thought-provoking work by Southern Arrernte, Kaytetye and Anmatyerre artist Carmen Glynn-Braun, featuring variously coloured paint 'skins' hung in rows — a reference to the lengths fair-skinned First Nations people are forced to go to prove their 'Aboriginality'.
DINE, DRINK AND DANCE TO JAZZ IN AN URBAN CELLAR DOOR
Cake Wines, Redfern's much-loved cellar door, is reopening this Thursday after a quick revamp. It now has a full kitchen and is whipping up brunch, lunch and dinner. While you'll still find pizzas on the menu, they're backed by dishes like savoury doughnuts stuffed with jamón and taleggio, roasted carrots with chilli honey and whipped goat's curd and seared lamb with wakame and puffed black rice.
It's also expanded its drinks menu to include a list of cocktails — hello, yuzu spritz — and wines from some up-and-coming winemakers, including a fancy WA pét-nat.
The venue has also reopened its doors with a bangin' new sound system, and it's testing it out this Friday at Jazz! Attack. Entry to the event is — but registration is encouraged — so sign up and spend the night spinning around the dance floor with your beau or belle, listening to a mix of modern jazz, broken beats and house.
ONE BIG BLOWOUT
COSY UP IN AN IGLOO ON THE HARBOUR
If you've both been hankering after wintry waterside drinks — but aren't quite willing to brave the cold — this date idea should be on the cards. Pier One's harbourfront igloos are back. And, this time, one of them has its very own hot tub. Yes, a hot tub.
Willing to indulge in a few cocktails, glasses of Champagne and snacks from the Igloos on the Pier menu (you have to spend $150 for one hour in the tub or $300 for three hours)? Than this will be a date night to be remembered. The hire comes with fluffy robes, slippers and a change room, and regular non-hot tub igloos are available, too. Very romantic.