Staycations coming to five Sydney venues this summer

Australian Venue Co providing worldwide escapes without leaving the city.

Italy, Japan, Bali, Palm Springs … destinations we can only dream of visiting right now. But with Australian Venue Co’s Staycations across five venues in Sydney, guests can escape for a while through internationally inspired food, drinks and experiences – no passport required.

Staycation pop-ups are rolling out from 31st October–7th November and will be live until late February 2021 at The Rook, Manly Wine, The Winery, Bungalow 8 and Cargo.

Dreaming of Europe? An Italian coastal-inspired haven, with its fresh food and Aperitivo Hour, will be setting up home at The Rook to transport guests right to the heart of the Amalfi Coast. There’ll be a daily Aperitivo Hour from 4.30–5.30pm and Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with 90 minutes of Quincy Seltzers, spritz and delicious antipasto spread for $69pp.

Or guests can venture to Italian wine country and soak up the Tuscan vibes at The Winery, where both the wine garden and terrace have been transformed into the go-to spot for Italian-inspired al fresco dining in collaboration with Tempus Two. Aperitivo Hour is where guests can enjoy cold carafes of freshly poured prosecco with an antipasti board for $55, or purchase by the glass with complementary Prosecco Gelato made by local artisan Mapo. Bookings can be made in advance on the floral terrace or garden gazebos for a long lunch for $59pp, with the option to add two hours of free-flowing prosecco and rosé for $39pp.

Beachside Tokyo is where Manly Wine will take guests. Think Instagram moments with stunning installations of lush Sakura Blossom florals, unbeatable ocean views, a delicious menu of Japanese fusion bites and limited-edition sips. Guests can enjoy bottomless Sakura Spring Brunch every Saturday with bottomless Roku Gin Spritz and brunch bites with a Japanese twist for $79pp. Then on Wednesdays there’ll be Bottomless Dumplings from 5pm with pork & mushroom, Peking duck and vegetable gyoza with sauces and sides for $30pp and a $29pp upgrade gets guests bottomless beer, wine and cider.

The sands of Seminyak are calling at Bungalow 8 –the perfect spot to soak up the sun, relaxing on daybeds sipping coconuts and Bintangs with epic views of the water. The Day Bed Package will provide two hours of prosecco and Bintangs from a personal esky with delicious shared dishes for $79pp. Saturdays are sorted thanks to a bottomless brunch of bottomless Bintangs & prosecco fountain and Bali beach club-inspired menu ($65pp), while Sunday Sessions feature spit-roasted suckling pig and live music.

For those who missed their festival fix this year, a taste of Coachella is coming to Cargo Bar! It may not be Palm Springs, but a giant teepee entrance, festival snack favourites and DJ line-up will play homage to the ultimate music experience. The Cargo-Chella Brunch will take place each Saturday with Bloody Marys, rosé sangria jugs and brunch item, $59pp. The Booth Packages will be great for small groups, the GA package includes cocktail jugs on arrival, pizza to share and exclusive booth space at $35pp, while the VIP package has bottomless cocktails, wine and beer, bottomless snacking and exclusive booth space, perfect for groups of 10 at $80pp.

“With many Australians missing out on overseas holidays this year, we’re bringing the summer holiday vibes to some of our venues in Sydney,” says Kylie Moncur, AVC Chief Marketing Officer.

“Our specially curated series of pop-up events will transport Sydneysiders to dream destinations Italy, Japan, Bali and Palm Springs, without worrying about restrictions or the expensive airfare.”

Keeping it local never looked so good with Australian Venue Co’s Staycations.

For details of each pop-up, visit

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