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Beautiful Burnout- Sydney Festival

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Beautiful Burnout – a collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly – is theatre that will polarise. If you’re interested in why boxers box and what often happens to them – you should see Beautiful Burnout. Otherwise choose another Sydney Festival event. Set in a working class area of Scotland, this production takes you inside the world of boxing to tell the story from a revolving stage and video screens – this is a high octane performance with …

Babel- Sydney Festival- some of the best

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When the Sydney Festival 2012 program came out – we chose Babel as one of our must sees.   So we had to see if we were on the money – and we were.  This is another Sydney Festival event that is almost indescribable – you have to experience it. Unlike our other pick – L’Effet de Serge which was relaxing – Babel keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is contemporary dance – but much more – it’s …

Velluto Bar is old world charm

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Velluto Bar in Potts Point has been around for at least a couple of years and we’ve been several times in our quest to find cool Sydney bars. Most times you can get a comfy chair in a dimly lit corner, the music is always low so it’s perfect for a quiet chat. Now having said that we’ve had times when the place is full with standing room only. But every bar has its peak times so choose your time …

Redfern super cool- Coffee Tea and Me

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Redfern has been an inner-city suburb that has always had a sharp edge to it – with what’s cool and what’s not. But we have noticed over the last year, it has really picked up speed on the cool side.  The number of small bars, cafes and super cool shops are growing fast with its young and very cool customers demanding more – which brings me to tell you about a cafe that will leave a lot of others in …

Sydney Festival 2012- L Effet de Serge

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Sydney Festival 2012 is well underway – lots of raves about brilliant performances on twitter – our first was L’Effet de Serge at Seymour Centre last night. We previewed this event when we saw the lineup, together with Babel – it was great to check out whether we were ‘on the money’. And we were! L’Effet de Serge is difficult to categorise – but maybe best described as performances within a performance. This is a study of the minutiae of …

Fleet Foxes rock Sydney Opera House

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Fleet Foxes live at the Sydney Opera House – it’s the last night of their three concerts at Sydney Opera House – and one of the hottest bands in the world from Seattle in the US and the fastest growing trends in music – baroque pop/new-folk rock. These guys are brilliant musicians and we experienced how brilliant they are in the nearly two hours, without a support band and a very short five minute break. They use a big range …

Grandma’s Bar- the best and coolest Sydney small bar

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Grandma’s Bar at 275 Clarence St in Sydney City would have to be the best small bar in the City, if not in Sydney – the epitome of a cool bar. Like a lot of Sydney small bars, part of the fun is finding the place –  Grandmas is in a basement which is not that unusual for a bar, but what we like is at one end there is a window to the street where you can see peoples’ …

Becasse Restaurant at Westfield Sydney- Global fine dining at its best

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Becasse Restaurant at Westfield Sydney was the scene for the annual Sydney cool Christmas Eve lunch. And this two hatted Sydney restaurant gave us a Christmas Eve to remember. Justin and Georgia North have not allowed Becasse Restaurant to falter one iota with the move from Clarence St and in the process, have set a new benchmark for fine dining in Sydney. The space is an intimate oasis in Westfield and although I admit, I am usually skeptical about restaurants …

Grasshopper Bar- Sydney city small bar

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Wednesday night after work – the place, a true Sydney city small bar – Grasshopper Bar in Temperance Lane, just off George St and up from the new and very beautiful Louis Vuitton store. This place was busy – two levels – a crowded basement bar, full of business types – dark, sparsely decorated, old newspapers on the walls with a feeling of somewhere that’s been there for years. We decided to try the famous sydney cool classic martini test …

Arras Restaurant-Sydney

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After having a drink at Grandma’s Bar on Wednesday night, we walked over the road to the new Arras Restaurant in Clarence St, Sydney which we were very excited about – return to the Sydney dining scene.  Arrived without a reservation – not a problem as it’s a Wednesday night, only a few other diners.  Seemed like it was review night as a couple who are well-known Sydney restaurant reviewers working for a major paper were there as well, madly …