4 cool winter pop-ups in Sydney

The hearty food pop ups that will warm your cockles in Sydney this July and August.

It’s no secret that Sydney is in love with the pop-up. From the emerging venue to the roving food truck, pop-ups make you sit up, listen and give you an your mates an excuse to go out.

By the way: food is always a good excuse.

Winter pop-ups are no exception for the Sydney food crowd. In the past, The Victoria Room has played host to a chalet bar pop-up and, earlier this winter, The Fine Food Store in The Rocks held a long-weekend Swedish Fika event.

What’s coming up next, you ask? Read on to see what winter pop-ups are just around the corner.


1. Munich Brauhaus Pop-Up Bier Hall @ Winter Festival | 30 June – 17 July 2016

Grab your stein and prost winter at Munich Brauhaus’ pop-up bier hall. This year it’s housed rink-side at Winter Festival (in the forecourt of St Mary’s Cathedral) and will feature some of the venues best loved Crafty Bavarian Brewing Co. beers.

For those who prefer their drinks nice and toasty the pop-up will also be serving a haus-made gluhwein and mulled cider. We’ll prost to that.

For more info see: Munich Brauhaus

Jegermeister Pop Up Party

2. Jagermeister Winter Chalet Parties @ Munich Brauhaus | June – July

You’ve got to hand it to the Germans, they really know how to host a winter party. Every Friday during June and July (starting from 10 June) Munich Brauhaus will be having what it calls the ULTIMATE Winter Chalet Party – with Jagermeister being the drink of choice.

In true German style as part of the shindig there will be shots from skis, and a Jagermeister pop-up bar featuring a variety of Jagermeister flavours, mulled wine, mulled cider and more.

For more info see: Munich Brauhaus

Kirin Pop Up The Oaks

3. Kirin Sakaba Pop-Up @ The Oaks | 9 June – 21 August 2016

The Oaks’ Nineteenthirtysix bar is hardly recognisable this winter. Traditional lanterns, bamboo archways and bonsai trees brighten the space, and in the heart of it all is a striking LED cherry blossom tree installation. It’s all part of a pop-up the venue is hosting with alcohol brand Kirin, transforming the space into a Japanese Sakuba (an informal Japanese bar).

The decor adds atmosphere to the offerings, which include an exclusive range of Kirin beers and ciders, a mulled apple cider, and a specially curated menu of Japanese fusion fare by chef Danny Russo. Think Karaage chicken with chilli aioli, soft shell crab sliders and Japanese “fries” with teriyaki salmon, crispy onions, nori, pickled ginger and cheese.

PS: we’re never leaving the bar.

For more info see: The Oaks

Grays by Circa

4. Gray’s by Circa @ 72A Castlereagh Street

Lunchtime comfort food in the heart of the city? Ohhh yes, please. Named after hedonist Dorian Gray, Grays by Circa is the brainchild of Jack New (Sokyo, Ananas) in partnership with Circa Espresso in Parramatta. Together they’ve built a heady offering of English, French and Italian inspired fare that’s both comforting and indulgent.

Exactly what you want from a winter meal, amirite?

On the menu so far is free-range chicken ballotine with goat’s curd, peas, jus and prunes, slow-cooked beef-cheek lasagne and duck-egg croque madame. The pop-up is on a limited 10-week run throughout June and July.  It’s open from midday for lunch on weekdays and for dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings.

For more info see: Gray’s by Circa

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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