Here’s what to expect in the final days of the Surry Thrills festival

There’s something very appealing about hopping between some of Sydney’s best restaurants, bars and cultural spots without walking more than five minutes in any direction. And in the part of Surry Hills bordered roughly by Wentworth Avenue, Campbell Street and Oxford Street, that’s exactly what you can do. And the new Surry Thrills festival aims to celebrate this beating heart of downtown.

We’re over a week away from the festival – but that means there’s over a week of good times to go, at venues such as the Ace Hotel, Alberto’s Lounge, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, the Hotel Hollywood, the Pellegrino 2000 and more.

Here’s what to expect during the last 10 days of the festival.

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A revival of the kitchen at Alberto’s Lounge
Rosheen Kaul, head chef at Etta hot restaurant in Melbourne, and author of a recently published cookbook Chinese-ish, takes over the kitchen of Alberto’s Lounge for one night only (September 27). And it’s bound to be a riot – she’ll put a “Chinese” twist on Alberto’s Italian menu. Tickets also include paired drinks, live DJ sets and conversations with the chef led by journalist Myffy Rigby.

Free Gildas G&Ts
You read correctly. Head for a snack at Firedoor’s new Basque-inspired Lennox Hastie wine bar, and you’ll get a free Xoriguer Mahon G&T. All you have to do is mention that you’re in for a thrill. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday.

very happy hours
Here’s an idea: make it a night out and jump between all the fun happy hours on offer during Surry Thrills. Start your evening at Pellegrino 2000 from 4-5pm. It offers $5 beers, $9 spritzes, and $10 Negronis, plus snacks including a $5 focaccia with truffle butter, $9 eggplant fritti, and $10 cheese. . Then, head to the DOC between 5 and 7 p.m. for aperitif hour – Roman style, snacks are on the house and the Italo disco tracks will be on high rotation. Kill a few hours (perhaps by having a Harry’s karaoke session), then end your night at the Ace Hotel’s late-night happy hour (11 p.m. to midnight), with spritzes and poutine at $12. And on Sundays, Ricos Tacos pops up at Tio’s – you’ll find $5 tacos, Margaritas and Grifter beers.

An evening at the hotel at Harry’s
It’s pretty much a complete takeover of Harry’s, from its bar to its dining room and even its hotel rooms. Its suites have been transformed into private karaoke rooms where you can stream your favorite karaoke tunes and enjoy the spoils of a well-stocked minibar. Plus, order drinks and snacks from the pub below until the wee hours.

There’s also an immersive Technicolor installation by artist Rosie Deacon in Harry’s Restaurant. Step inside and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a forest from another world.

Thrillers at Golden Age Cinema
This Friday and next Friday, Golden Age is showing scary movies. September 23 captures Thesilenceofthelambs and Zodiacand on September 30 you can catch rear window.

bottomless alcohol
Get fried chicken and bottomless booze (with a choice of Chandon blanc de blanc, Veuve Clicquot or Hennessy iced tea) in butter every day. And Shaffa does a bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. – for $70 you’ll get fish tartare, marinated flank steak, tabbouleh and more, and for another $37 you’ll get 90 minutes of rosé bottomless or beer.

Maximum Music
There are a host of concerts at Harry’s, with sets from Nina Las Vegas, Fleetmac Wood, Wax’o Paradiso, Astral People and more. Also find the Sunday jazz sets at the Golden Age from 3 p.m. And Soda Factory has a lineup of explosive parties: there’s a Nirvana tribute on September 22, karaoke backed by a live band on September 28, and an Abba tribute on September 29. Plus, regular live music at the Hollywood Hotel.

The Spice School in Chin Chin
Learn how to harness Thai flavors alongside Chin Chin Executive Chef Ben Cooper on September 25. The course will be followed by the restaurant’s express Feed Me menu, as well as a cocktail to match.

Exhibitions galore
China Heights features two exceptional new exhibitions: the latest collection of original drawings by Iranian-American artist Rahill Jamalifard, based in New York, and the most recent work by Sydney artist Mickey Hart, inspired by rock formations. coasts and the human body.

At Piermarq there is an exhibition of new works by American artist Doug Argue, demonstrating his skill in brushwork and layering via 11 works in oil on linen and canvas.

A lobster lunch at Nomad
Nomad offers a Surry Thrills lunch menu daily. It’s $190 without champagne or $220 with Michel Gonet champagne, and includes dinner’s beloved wood-fired flatbread with Persian lime and acacia-seed za’atar, lobster over drink and an olive oil ice cream sandwich.

Surry Thrills runs until September 30.

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