Walk down several flights of very narrow stairs (a stiletto lover’s nightmare) and you’re transported into a trendy ‘New York City’ restaurant. With an amazing atmosphere (the interiors are to-die-for) and a mouth-watering menu to match, Hubert is the perfect spot to head on a special occasion (it’s a tad pricey, but definitely worth the cost). If you’re anything like me and would prefer a date with carbs than an actual date, make sure you order the Pommes Anna. I’m getting chills thinking about that buttery, potato-y goodness. Hubert is the new place to be on a Friday night so be prepared to wait – there are no bookings for groups smaller than 6 and you may not get a table until 9.30 but I hear that’s how they do it in New York.
THE ART GALLERY OF NSW
End Hump-Day with a bang by heading to the Art Gallery after-hours: it’s open until 10pm every Wednesday night. Grab a glass of bubbles in the foyer and wander the halls to check out artwork by the likes of Monet, Van Gogh and Andy Warhol (the ‘Warhol before pop’ exhibition runs until the end of May). If you’re feeling peckish, head to Bodhi nearby: it serves an amazing and affordable mix of vegan dishes, with a creative take on traditional yum cha. Dumplings + champagne + art = the perfect date night, and something a little different from the standard ‘dinner and movie’ that everyone gets tired of.
CORK & CHROMA, SURRY HILLS
BYO a bottle of red and this Surry Hills institution will provide you paints, aprons, canvases and everything else you will need to create your masterpiece. With an art teacher there to guide you along the way, Cork & Chroma hosts groups of wannabe artists as they create a piece aligned to a specific ‘theme.’ Amateurs are welcome, and there’s a fantastic burger shop up the road and Italian restaurant across the street if you want to demolish a fried chicken burger or a cheeseboard while you paint.
SYDNEY WRITER’S FESTIVAL
In May Sydney hosts an incredible list of writers, speakers and artists for the annual Sydney Writer’s Festival. With many free events and ticketed talks for as little as $20, it’s an affordable way to see your favourite authors up close and personal. Highlights include Liane Moriarty (the author of acclaimed novel and HBO miniseries Big Little Lies), feminist writer Clementine Ford and Sarah Wilson (former editor of Cosmopolitan and of ‘I Quit Sugar’ fame). Head to a talk one evening and it will give you and your SO something more interesting to have a heated discussion about other than whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher…