Five Top Notch (and Not Boring) Sydney Date Ideas for This Week
Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
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.
EXPLORE THIS NEW SCULPTURE EXHIBITION FROM ARTIST RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN
Acclaimed visual artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has transformed Sullivan+Strumpf's Zetland gallery with a series of surreal sculptures for his new exhibition The Guardians. The Sydney-based Sri Lankan-born artist has created an array of ceramic and bronze statues depicting colourful figures which he's named The Guardians.
The free exhibition will take you on a journey through these simultaneously beautiful and ghoulish figures, all hand-crafted by Nithiyendran. You can catch the exhibition 10am–5pm, Tuesday–Saturday until Saturday, November 13.
CATCH FREE LIVE MUSIC AT A HEAP OF SYDNEY VENUES
With things back in full swing here in Sydney, live music has returned to a heap of your favourite stages across the city and dancing is now allowed both outdoors and inside venues. A bunch of beloved haunts are putting on free gigs to celebrate including The Marly Bar, Frankie's Pizza, Yulli's and The Lansdowne.
If you're really looking to take things up a notch, you can head to Opera Bar for its free live music Sunday sessions Picnic Social. The harbourside dance session kicks off at 3pm each Sunday and features a range of exciting live and DJ sets from local dance musicians handpicked by party collective Picnic.
SIP SPRING-THEMED COCKTAILS AT THIS CHERRY BLOSSOM-FILLED BAR
North Sydney rooftop bar Green Moustache is transforming into a pink-hued floral oasis for spring to give you a dose of cherry blossom season with an activation running throughout October and November. Sit among the pink-hued flowers as you sip the limited-edition cocktail menu Green Moustache has created in collaboration with Roku Gin.
Highlights of the cherry blossom-inspired drinks list include the Roku Garden, a combination of gin, creme de violet, lemon juice and egg white reminiscent of a gin sour; and the Spring in Osaka, which pairs Haku vodka, Skura syrup and lemon. Sydney rock oysters and a $28 grazing board featuring cured meats, cheeses and olives, or a full lunch and dinner menu are all also on offer if you're peckish.
RIDE THE FERRIS WHEEL, PLAY CARNIVAL GAMES AND GET SPOOKED AT LUNA PARK
If you're looking for a mildly thrill-seeking date, head to Luna Park. The Milsons Point amusement park is reopening on Saturday, October 22 with its annual Hallowscream festivities plus eight new rides for you and your date to scream your way through.
For Hallowscrean this year, you'll find three spooky mazes. Outback Slaughterhouse, in which you need to keep away from an evil landlord; DecayMart, an abandoned supermarket overrun by zombies; and Rain Dead, a secret testing facility filled with sinister happenings behind its doors. The park also boasts all your favourite carnival games so that you can win your significant other a novelty-sized plus teddy bear and the ferris wheel with its unbeatable harbour views.
GO ALL OUT
HEAD BACK TO THE THEATRE TO CATCH THIS SMASH-HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL
Already an enormous success on Broadway, in London's West End and in Melbourne, Tony and Olivier award-winning musical Come From Away is currently showing at the Capitol Theatre Sydney. Based on real-life events, the story revolves around 38 planes that were unexpectedly ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gander, in the province of Newfoundland following the September 11 attacks in 2001.
With a Tony Award for best direction of a musical and four Olive Awards to its name, the charming and kind-hearted musical is running in Sydney until Sunday, November 2021. If you're looking for a bit to eat before or after, check out our day and night guide for Haymarket and Chinatown.
Published on October 21, 2021 by Concrete Playground