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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
February 26, 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
February 26, 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) 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

Zan Wimberley, 2018.

GET LOST IN THIS IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS

A dazzling cloudscape, an artwork made from millions of beads and a towering wall of iridescent metallic party streamers. You'll find it all at Carriageworks, which is currently home to Until by American artist Nick Cave. But only for one more week — it'll pack up and ship out on Sunday, March 3. So, we suggest you book in your free date night here this week.

As well as looking incredible, Until addresses topical issues of gun violence, gender politics and race relations in America. The unmissable centrepiece of the installation is the dazzling suspended installation 'Crystal Cloudscape', a five-tonne feature that combines an eclectic mix of crystals, beads and found objects. For audiences to get a better look at the American culture references peppered throughout this massive work, including black-faced lawn jockeys and vintage whisky decanters, four nearby ladders lead to the gallery's ceiling.

If you can, we suggest planning your date for Saturday morning, so you can swing by the Carriageworks Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, flowers, coffee and baked goods after exploring the exhibition.

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Caroline McCredie

FIND YOUR ZEN TOGETHER AT A FREE HARBOURSIDE YOGA SESSION

If you've both let your New Year's resolutions to exercise more lapse a little, get them back on track at this free yoga class — with some stunning harbour views as motivation. Regular yoga is one thing, but you can't beat getting bendy by the water.

The Yoga On The Pier classes are held at 6.30pm every Wednesday evening in February and March at Pier One Sydney Harbour. Here, you'll be guided through a 50-minute yoga class, with the harbour making for a pretty stunning backdrop. What's more, you can fuel up post-workout in style at the hotel's restaurant The Gantry — pre-order a salad ($20), passionfruit kombucha cocktail ($21), or six-course vegan or vegetarian tasting menu ($110) when you book your spot and it'll be ready to devour after the class. Classes are free but you need to register.

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UNDER $20

EAT $5 SNACKS FROM ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S BEST CHEFS AT THIS SURRY HILLS PUB

So, you both like to eat and drink, but you're on a budget? This aperitivo hour is your answer. Surry Hills' Dolphin Hotel brings together some of Australia's — and the world's — most exciting chefs, sommeliers, winemakers and booze-shakers to cook and pour tasty snacks and drinks all between $5–7 for its Sunday series Delfino Aperitivo.

This Sunday, March 3, is the first for 2019, and it sees Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot Chicken fame team up with wine importer Andrew Guard for a 'frozen wine tour'. It's fittingly vague, but you can safely assume there'll be some top-notch fried chicken and (probably) frosé. We think your Monday hangovers will be more than worth it.

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Jeffrey Feng

MEET UP AFTER WORK AT A FABULOUS PARTY AT AN ART GALLERY

Wander through the Art Gallery of NSW hand-in-hand, when it keeps its doors open late for its third year of Queer Art After Hours on Wednesday, February 27. Coinciding with Mardi Gras, the gallery will be filled with pop-up bars, live music and performances from queer creatives around every corner. The glitter-packed program also includes drag-led gallery tours, a life drawing workshop and queer art history talks. Not to mention that you can wander through gallery's summer Hermitage exhibition for the final time. The event itself is free, too, so you can spend your cash on drinks and snacks.

If you'd like to head on more Mardi Gras dates, check out our list of the nine top events happening throughout festival.

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ONE BIG BLOWOUT

DIVE INTO THIS BUBBLEGUM PINK BALL PIT

This dessert museum may just be the sweetest date idea you'll find. Called Sugar Republic, the immersive pop-up features a huge bubblegum pink ball pit, a climbable candy rainbow, a sherbet-filled bridge and a life-sized gum ball machine (the sugary list goes on and on). You'll also be able to bask in nostalgia inside an old-school lolly shop, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired garden and a house made from cookies.

Throughout the colourful exhibition, you'll find many edible treats, including Hubba Bubba, Halo Top, Wizz Fizz, Skittles and Starbursts, and will be able to visit a Sugar Republic cafe, which will be serving up a whole host of sugary delights. Don't tell your dentist.

Worried the installation will be filled with littlies? Thankfully, it's opening on Thursday and Friday nights for adults only — so you can jump in the pit without fear of crushing a small one. Tickets will set you back around $35 a pop.

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Top image: Nick Cave Until (2018), Zan Wimberley.

Published on February 26, 2019 by Concrete Playground

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