THIS WEEKEND East Berlin kabarett’s, $10 tanqueray martinis and gut crushing bass this weekend in Sydney

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes it can feel like you’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to actually fun things to do in Sydney over the weekend. Winter makes it all that more enticing to grab the ol’ oodie and rewatch all three Bridget Jones’ Diary films. Or is that just me? 

Anyway, moving on. If you’re feeling adventurous this weekend, you’re in luck. 

There’s a decent amount of shit going down, including a ton of live music, as well as food and booze deals (hello $10 martinis). Special mentions include Genesis Owusu at NSW Art Gallery, Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett show and a $12 paella lunch that’ll keep you going before your first pint at Ryan’s Bar at 4pm. 

Check below for what’s hot in Sydney this weekend.

FRIDAY

$12 Paella Lunches @ Quay Quarter Lane 

Calling all Sydney CBD corporates in North Face puffer vests, this one’s for you. Whoever said it was impossible to find a solid and reasonably priced lunch in the city just wasn’t trying hard enough. This month, the Basque-style pintxos bar in Circular Quay is slinging generous takeaway portions of seafood paella for just $12. Now you know.

When: Every Thursday and Friday, lunchtime

Where: Deux Frères, Quay Quarter Lanes 

How much: $12

Check it out here.

Cosmo’s Midnight at Liberty Hall

Renowned Aussie music duo, Cosmos Midnight, are making their Sydney return as part of their national July tour. They’ve got over 500 million streams from their dance pop sound, most famous for songs like Down for You and C.U.D.I (Can You Dig It). They’ve also just released their new album, and the night is bound to bring feelgood boogie vibes. Last minute tickets are still available if you’ve reached Friday afternoon and are still scratching your head as to evening plans. 

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When: Friday 5 July, from 7pm

Where: Liberty Hall

How much: $65

Check it out here.

Chinese Laundry Invites Mincy EP Launch

It’s filthy, it’s feral and it’s fucking unreal. Chinese Laundry reopened its doors only last week, and the seagulls are already flocking. This week, they’re bringing in Mincy to launch her Bird Brain EP Tour. Expect distorted basslines and layered breaks. The club also now has a late-night trading licence, making it the perfect underground rave location for a low-key and wholesome Friday night. 

When: Friday 5 July, from 5pm

Where: Chinese Laundry

How much: $26

Check it out here.

SATURDAY

Shell House Golden Hours – Final Night

Nothing like being bougie on a budget, I say, and Shell House is delivering exactly that (until this Saturday, that is). The CBD institution’s Golden Hours celebration that runs from 4pm to 6pm everyday will conclude this Saturday night. Not without a bang, of course. They’re slinging $10 martinis and lobster rolls at Menzies Bar, $15 negronis at Clocktower Bar, and $15 margs at Sky Bar. Great prices and a sexy venue. 

When: Until Saturday 6 July, 4-6pm 

Where: Shell House

How much: From $10.

Check it out here.

Lazybones 11th Birthday Party

Wonderfully sleazy Marrickville institution, Lazybones Lounge, is celebrating their 11th birthday this Saturday night across two floors. Doors will be kicked down at 7pm for an evening of sit-down soul, hip hop and reggae live music. Ticket might seem steep, but it’s accompanied by a substantial feed of arancini, pizza, cheese and samosas. Random fucking mix but we’re into it. 

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When: Saturday 6 July, from 7pm

Where: Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville

How much: $52

Check it out here.

Bouki & Friends @ The Abercrombie

If you’re feeling feral this Saturday night, you shouldn’t need to look any further than The Abercrombie. The institution will be hosting its regular weekend event, with headliner Bouki taking to the stage. Personally I’ve got no clue who that is, but we’re told they’re great for “bass and gut crushing depths”. Sure the entry fee sucks but welcome to Sydney.

When: Saturday 6 July, from 10pm

Where: The Abercrombie Hotel

How much: $21

Check it out here.

OVER THE WEEKEND

Genesis Owusu at Volume Festival

You’ve got no excuse to complain about the lack of live music in Sydney this weekend, the Art Gallery of NSW has literally lined up Genesis Owusu for their Volume Festival. The Ghanaian-born, Canberra-based artist has played at Madison Square Garden, Spilt Milk, Splendour in the Grass and Lost Paradise, to name a few. He’s also a seven-time ARIA Award winner and arguably one of the best new talents the country currently boasts. Tickets are reasonably priced, it’ll be a sellout for sure. 

When: Friday 5 July and Saturday 6 July, from 6pm

Where: The Art Gallery of NSW

How much: From $70

Check it out here

White Fox Boutique Warehouse Sale

We get it, fast fashion is fucked, but so does the cost of living. Head over to Rosebery to snag some bits and basics from White Fox Boutique at their weekend-only warehouse sale. Literally nothing is over $50, and styles will be restocked everyday, which is pretty hard to argue with. 

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When: Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July, 10am to 4pm

Where: 134 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery

How much: Nothing over $50

Check it out here.

$15 Marg Month @ Salty’s Bondi 

Last time I checked, it wasn’t a crime to be basic, and thank god for that, because Salty’s is exactly where I’ll be having every post-work drink this month. The Bondi institution will be serving up $15 margaritas everyday, all day, for all of July. Excellent choice for those planning to make their weekly Saturday migration to Beach Road.

When: All of July

Where: Salty’s Bondi

How much: $15 margs

Check it out here.

Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett

It’s official, Bernie Dieter is back to hosting her opulent eastern Berlin kabarett at the Sydney Spiegeltent. Think debauchery, theatrics, and circus acts all in one show. It feels as if cabaret has suddenly become trendy again this year, and we’ll be the first to admit that we’re here for it. Besides, I’ve personally always wanted to see a hair-hanger. This one’s not for your weak stomached mates. 

When: Until Sunday 28 July

Where: The Entertainment Quarter

How much: From $50

Check it out here.

Laozi’s Furnace @ White Rabbit Gallery

Our favourite (and free) Chippendale gallery is back this month with its new installation, Laozi’s Furnace. Artists featured in the exhibition explore Tang Dynasty alchemists and their quest for immortality, applying these principles and artistic techniques to a modern day environment. Definitely a strong rainy day option. 

When: Until November

Where: White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale 

How much: Free

Check it out here.

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