Get ready for an epic summer escape — no expensive flight necessary.
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Summer is nearly upon us, but, sadly, international travel is not on the cards this year. Hospitality group Aus Venue Co. feels your pain, which is why it's transporting you around the globe by turning six of its Sydney venues into epic staycation destinations.
At Bungalow 8, there'll be Bali beach club vibes, where you can book a private deck for you and your mates ($79 per person), complete with an esky full of Bintang beer and prosecco. Or, opt for the $69 bottomless brunch — think fish tacos, nasi noodle salads and satay — with a prosecco fountain to boot. And, on Sundays, expect live tunes and pork on the spit.
Manly Wine is transforming into a cherry blossom garden with its Sakura Summer. The menu will be full of Japanese-inspired bevvies and bites, including yuzu-spiked cocktails and bottomless dumplings on Wednesdays for $30.
If you're missing music festivals, head over to Darling Harbour's Cargo, which has been decked out as a Coachella-inspired joint. You'll enter via a giant tent and step into a Palm Springs haven of cacti, lush greenery and plenty of pink hues. Of course, there'll be live music, which you can check out every Friday until the end of February.
In Surry Hills, The Winery has been transformed into the Tuscan countryside, with a terrace slinging a daily aperitivo hour with free scoops of Mapo Newtown prosecco gelato from 5–6pm. Or, head there for a long Italian lunch for $59 each, with olives, tuna crudo, smoked salmon and caviar finger sandwiches, porchetta and rosé apple sauce on sourdough.
The Rook has also turned to Italy, but it's channelling the Amalfi Coast. It'll host an aperitivo hour from 4.30–5.30pm with bar snacks and cocktails like summery mint negronis and Sicilian-style iced teas. Or, head down on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a boozy brunch.
For Aussie rooftop vibes with a slight nod to Provence, head to Untied for its Frosé Your Way activation. You'll find seven frosé varieties to choose from, including white peach, tropical, blue hibiscus and mango lime. You can opt for bottomless frosé for $39 per person, too.
Haven't decided where you'd like to 'travel' to this summer? Check out Aus Venue Co.'s Summer Staycations here.
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