Merivale calls out to Sydney Summer!


Merivale is encouraging Sydneysiders to get out and enjoy their city this summer, with a vibrant and diverse programme of free live music, laneway surprises, late night bites and innovative initiatives in the CBD.

Justin Hemmes said: “We have a chance to create a vibrant future and rebuild our city to the world class destination we once were, and can be again. This is about creating a safe, fun and diverse culture that sees our CBD streets brimming with light and life at night”.

The tide is turning, but we want to ramp it up. “This is Sydney” is fuelled by a desire and passion to make Sydney the best place it can possibly be, with great food, live music, dancing, excitement and surprise every night of the week. Let’s get out, have fun and enjoy our spectacular city.

Free Live Music
Live music is the beating heart of all world-class cities and needs to be the driving force of Sydney’s reinvigorated future. Working closely with The Music and Booze Co, Merivale has curated a free programme of incredible and unexpected music experiences in the CBD. This week will see The Preatures and Thandi Phoenix take over Palings, Kira Piru play a pumping poolside set at Pool Club and Brendan Maclean perform by a grand piano at Establishment.

Disco Espresso – The City’s Tiniest Disco
Every Thursday and Friday afternoon, Will & Co on George Street will be transformed into Disco Espresso, Sydney’s tiniest disco party. Larger than life disco duo, The Dollar Bin Darlings, will be spinning tunes under the mirror balls from 5pm, with wine, beer and cocktails served on tap.

Late Night Bites
From tonight until the end of summer, Merivale is offering 50% off all bar food in all CBD bars – 11-12pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Guests will be able to enjoy half-price late-night bites at Palings, Establishment Main Bar, Slip Inn, Pool Club, Palmer & Co,.Bar Topa, Little Felix, Charlie Parker’s and the soon to open Bar Totti’s and Jimmy’s Falafel.

Poof Doof Sydney
Merivale has partnered with iconic Melbourne LGBTQI+ club night POOF DOOF for an incredible new weekly experience at ivy. Launching this Saturday 23 November, POOF DOOF Sydney will transform the Courtyard, Terrace and Den into a fierce, fabulous and forward-thinking funhouse of dance every Saturday night. The launch party this weekend will feature POOF DOOF’s Melbourne residents Argonaut and drag DJ duo Jawbreakers alongside local legends Sveta, James Alexandr and Charlie Villa.

Dancing and Nightlife
The new live music programme will join existing event properties, including Salsa at Establishment, Swinging Speakeasy and Palmer & Co, RnB Fridays and Beresford Upstairs Live. Sunday pool party Marco Polo has returned for its twelfth sensational season at ivy Pool Club, bringing together the best house, dance, funk and hip hop from some of the world’s best DJs each and every week, while Sydney’s iconic underground club Chinese Laundry continues to dominate 22 years on.

New Concepts
In addition to the innovative new nightlife initiatives, Merivale will soon open Bar Totti’s on Palings Lane. Inspired by Merivale’s much-loved eatery at The Royal Bondi, Bar Totti’s is built around the concept of sharing, celebrating life and connections with people. Mike Eggert will be on the tools, serving up his famed wood-fired bread and antipasto.

Jimmy’s Falafel will soon follow on George Street. A buzzy, casual Lebanese eatery and bar captained by head chef Simon Zalloua, Jimmy’s will be split into two offerings – a takeaway kiosk at the front, and lively bar and diner serving drinks and mezze-shared plates out the back. The menu will be vegetarian-heavy, with falafel taking centre stage.

Along with Little Felix that launched on Ash Street in July, the new concepts are part of Merivale’s exciting evolution of the iconic ivy precinct. The vision is to create a neighbourhood of around-the-clock hospitality, activating and energising that part of the CBD after 6pm.

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