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The Rocks Markets — Night Edition

Head to one of Sydney's oldest places for an eclectic Friday night experience.
By Courtney Ammenhauser
May 14, 2021
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By Courtney Ammenhauser
May 14, 2021
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When the end of the working week rolls around, and the singular bowl of soggy hot chips on the company credit card isn't enough to lure you to after-work drinks, switch things up with a visit to The Rocks. Usher in the weekend with scrumptious food and drink — think, fluffy paella, delectable omu rice and moreish mulled wine — boutique shopping and live performances at The Rocks Market: Night Edition.

The markets will be taking place every Friday evening from 4–9pm from May 7. Wander through the charming streets of one of Sydney's most historic places as fairy lights dance overhead and live music soundtracks your outdoor shopping experience. Then, get airborne while keeping your feet on the ground at Trolley'd — a luxury airline-inspired bar that will be landing at The Rocks to serve drinks from repurposed airline carts. But don't expect any miniature bottles of booze on board this aircraft. These aviation attendants will be shaking up cocktails using sustainably sourced organic, native and foraged ingredients.

Alongside all the usual market fanfare, there'll be dazzling performances and unique workshops from Sydney's creative communities. The markets will transform into a mini New Orleans on May 14 with a pop-up bourbon bar, irresistible food and funk, soul and jazz music spilling out into the streets. Check out Courtyard Cabaret on May 21, boasting roving performances, a vintage 1940s DJ set and a five-piece swing band. Or, if you want to shake off the week, head to Disco Alfresco on May 28 for an evening of outdoor dancing with some of Sydney's best vinyl DJs. Consider yourself an artist? Head there on June 4 for Dr Sketchy's Anti-art class — a free, drop-in art experience that is part art class and part performance — focussed on community and collaboration.

The Rocks Market: Night Edition will run every Friday evening from Friday, May 7. For more information and to stay up to date on the program, head to the website.

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