Sydney: Bar Totti’s open – and why you should care

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The ivy in Sydney has a new housemate: Bar Totti. It’s walk in only, the relative to the Bondi version and front-and-centre in the ivy complex right in the middle of the city, giving visitors all the alcohol-fuelled, foodie haven-ness that’s synonymous with the Merivale movement. It’s fun, high-energy and ready for a party, putting […]

Melbourne: The Prince Public Bar is open again

Prince bar

Late nights, Sunday mornings, bayside debauchery and live music shenanigans are back at the gateway to the southeast: The Prince Public Bar. St Kilda’s legendary local Prince Public Bar is calling first drinks again with the legendary pad flaunting a new look since closing in April to undergo a major overhaul. Remodelled by IF Architecture’s Iva Foschia, a […]

Sydney: Coogee Pavillion's middle level is now open!

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It’s about time! For as long as any coastie’s conscionable memory extends, the middle level at the Merivale Coogee Pavillion’s been shut. But, no more! Complete with three venues – restaurant mimi’s, cocktail bar will’s and wine and tapas bar Una Más – it’s a new addition to the coastside haunt that’s slammed every weekend. More space, more on offer, […]

It’s okay to drink chilled red wine, but if you don’t believe us, ask the experts at Taylors Wines

Taylors Wines Summer House

Contrary to popular belief, you can enjoy a chilled, full-bodied red wine over summer. “Sacré bleu!,” we hear you say! But yes, it’s true. Gone are the days when red wines are said to be enjoyed best at room temperature, by the fireplace in the middle of winter.  And in fact, the concept of drinking […]

Cold coffee for a hot summer: Seven Miles Coffee Roasters do it right

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Cold brew coffee isn’t a new thing; but doing it right is. Seven Miles Coffee Roasters are pretty top notch when it comes to their brews, to the point where they’ve even managed to craft their own cold brew for the warmer months. Based in Manly NSW, they know a temperature-or-two, so the art of […]

Drinks of Fire & Ice: Johnnie Walker is keeping GoT living


The finale might come and come (and left a tonne of questions unanswered in its wake), but Johnnie Walker isn’t letting it go that easily. The whisky man has made two new batches, the Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire, available since October. The new whiskies are inspired by the two great Houses who face […]

Buy wine and gift one automatically – How Burge Wines is doing Christmas

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Until 3 December iconic Barossa-based wine producer is running their Buy a Burge, Gift a Burge promotion, a limited-time thing offering consumers who purchase a bottle of Grant Burge the opportunity to gift a second bottle to someone special. Whether it’s a present for a wine-lover or a surprise and delight moment for that someone special, the […]

Q Dining dishes out top notch seasonal fare atop Sydney’s Circular Quay

Q Dining Sydney

Hotel restaurants are having a moment. No longer relegated to being a last resort for hotel guests, they’ve become dining institutions in their own right, for guests and locals alike. Such is the case with Q Dining. Part of the Pullman Quay Grand, Q Dining occupies a prime spot on Circular Quay, with floor to […]

Melbourne: Ketel One Vodka takes over the city’s Arbory Afloat riverside bar

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Vodka is versatile. And so is the range of things to do in Melbourne in the summer. Combine the two and you get Ketel One Botanical; a new vodka range by the brand that combines the throat-burning deliciousness of vodka with the fragrant and floral notes of, well… Flowers. Arbory Afloat, Melbourne’s latest summertime destination, […]

Best things to do in Sydney this summer: Free live music, laneway surprises, late night bites

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In a city gripped by bureaucracy and laws that stifle fun, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out amongst it in Sydney this summer. There are a lot of things on around the city this summer, courtesy of the hospitality folks at Merivale, to keep you occupied as the city heats-up. This is what’s on… […]

The Australian Ballet does dessert: Aria Sydney celebrates the Sylvia production

Aria dessert

It was back in June that Aria Sydney celebrated a production at the Sydney Opera House. Read about that here. And now, the restaurant’s doing it again but this time, in celebration of Sylvia by the Australian Ballet. The production by The Australian Ballet will be on at the Sydney Opera House from 8 – […]

Why you need to go to Elephant Bar and Dining at Paddington’s Royal Hotel

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Nestled in the heart of Paddington, the Royal Hotel underwent a transformation last month, with all four levels now providing a unique offering. The local closed for a mere four days, from September 8th to 11th, reopening on the 12th with new interiors and an updated menu across the entire pub. The genesis of the […]