If you're feeling a bit blue about the cooler days ahead, don't worry — we're already busy searching for any good excuse to get you off the couch. So is Neutral Bay's Firefly, who is ushering in the start of winter with (you guessed it) a whole lot of candles. For their inaugural Festival of 1000 Candles, the small bar is lighting the place up with the warm, moody lighting of a whopping one thousand candles from Friday, June 1 through Saturday, June 2, beginning at 5pm each night.
"One of life's great pleasures is snuggling up to a warming boozy beverage by candlelight," says owner Daniel Sofo. "We want to entice people out and bring that pleasure to life for them."
Guests are invited to lounge in the bar's dark timber and leather banquettes while tucking into the weekend's specialty menu. Think flaming hot buttered rum cocktails and spiced wine paired with a flambé meringue dessert. To heighten the cosy candlelit theme, they've even hired a magician to surprise diners with tableside tricks and add some wintery wonderment to the evening.
While walk-ins are welcome, bookings are highly recommended to ensure a table on the night.
Image: Kai Leishman