Have a Virtual Night Out From Home
It could be some time before we’re able to have a drink in a small bar, play pool in the pub or dance in a nightclub. But that doesn’t mean you can't have a great night out while staying in. Put on some music and pour yourself a quarantini – it’s time to get down in lockdown.
Invite some friends around – or meet them online
You can now have two people come over to your house (provided you practice social distancing and good hygiene), which means nights in are feeling a bit more normal. If you want to hang out with even more people, get online for a virtual party. Download our Sydney nightlife Zoom background to feel like you’re out on the town.
Stretch and sip with Handpicked Wines
Start your night out with something that’s (mostly) good for you. Every Saturday at 4pm, Handpicked Wines is running virtual wine and yoga classes. Order your three pack of wines then tune in for a 40min yoga class followed by a 30min guided tasting.
Get the party delivered
Bottle shops are still open, but for the full ‘bar at home’ experience call up your favourite watering hole and have them deliver the goods to your door. No matter where you live, you can be sipping handcrafted negronis, margaritas or martinis tonight.
- Bar M, Ruschcutters Bay
- The Rio, Summer Hill
- Tequila Mockingbird, Paddington
- Isabel, Bondi
- Maybe Sammy, The Rocks
- PS40, CBD
- Sonora Mexican, Potts Point
- Kuro Bar + Dining, CBD
- Continental Deli, CBD and Newtown
- Earl’s Juke Joint, Newtown
- The Roosevelt, Potts Point
- Button Bar, Surry Hills
Join an online happy hour
Your favourite bars are bringing the fun to you. Grant Collins from Gin Lane is hosting cocktail making classes on Facebook and Instagram every Friday at 3.30pm. Golden Gully in Leichhardt has launched Virtual Gully. Order some pre-mixed cocktails then book in a private one-hour session with bar staff Dan and Rachel for mixology tips and lots of laughs. Or have a virtual catch up with Louella Matthews, head sommelier of Double Bay’s Bibo Wine Bar, and she will create a special box of six wines designed for your tastes.
Choose the right playlist
It’s not a party without music. There are plenty of quarantine playlists to be found online right now (like this one with more than 100 songs about sickness on Spotify). But if you’d like the whole package, the team at the Prince of York bar in Sydney have created a series of DJ mixes in collaboration with Moonshine Music. Order food, wine and cocktails, put on the tunes and dance the night away.
Try something creative
Many people have been discovering untapped reserves of creativity during lockdown (especially after a couple of cocktails). Cork & Chroma normally runs fun in-person art classes that pair paintbrushes with pinot grigio. Now, you can sign up for one of their online classes and create a personal masterpiece to hang in your home. Classes are held Wednesday to Friday at 6.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.