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by Adrian Kmita (subscribe)
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A Coney Island inspired carnival right on Sydney Harbour
Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House
Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House

This summer throughout the month of January the Sydney Opera House will be hosting Summer Playground, a Coney Island inspired pop-up cocktail bar designed for family and friends to relax and absorb some sunshine. Guests and travellers alike will get to stroll along the western boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House, taking advantage of Sydney's spectacular views while enjoying a selection of food, drinks and entertainment.

Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House
Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House

Summer Playground will have something for everyone, including a special line up of entertainers, musicians and fun activities for both children and adults. The pop-up venue will also double as a vintage carnival-themed restaurant allowing revellers to chill out before and after shows. Guests can expect a carnival-inspired food frenzy with hatted head chef Lauren Murdoch at the helm courtesy of Portside Sydney. Get ready for a selection of New York style gourmet hotdogs, burgers, fairy floss, toffee apples and popcorn. Harbourside cocktails will also be on the menu, along with glasses of Mot and Chandon.

The full Menu is listed below:

BURGERS - served with slaw

Pulled Beef Brisket - $16

Slow Roasted Pork - $16

Vegetarian - $14

LOZZIE'S DOGS - New York style gourmet hot dog

The Loz - Classic, avocado, refried beans, sour cream - $14

The Brooklyn - Classic, sauerkraut, sauce or mustard - $12

The Coney - Classic, sauce or mustard - $10

BLACK BEAN NACHOS (veg, gf ) - $14

THE NEW YORK ROAST with salad greens - $22

GOURMET SAUSAGE ROLLS - $7.50

SALADS GREEK (veg, gf ) - $10

CHICKEN with red cabbage, herbs - $11.50

KIDS MEAL - The Coney, juice, popcorn - $15

Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House
Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House

Summer Playground kicks off every day from 10am with carnival games for kids and adults, and runs late into the evening so guests can enjoy the starlight and Sydney Harbour outdoor dining. There are also plenty of fairground games, just adjacent to a giant sandpit. Entertainment in the form of musicians and performers will vary depending on the day. On select days there is even a Samsung Virtual Reality Rollercoaster to enjoy. The full Summer Playground entertainment program can be found here.

Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House
Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House

Smash-hit cabaret shows playing at the Sydney Opera House for Sydney Festival are also just a stone's throw away. Some of these include Club Swizzle and the French hipster circus Barbu, in addition to the world-premiere of Circus 1903. There are also a number of family-friendly shows on offer, including the likes of George's Marvellous Medicine and Emily Brown and the Thing in addition to the brand new Deadly 60 show.

Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House
Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House

As an added bonus, any guests attending shows at the Opera House during the month of January will be treated to a half price cocktail at the Summer Playground bar. This will specifically be the Chandon S summer cocktail on ice. The offer is available either before or after any performance.

The full Summer Playground Bar Menu is as follows:

TREATS

Fairyfloss - $4

Toffee Apple - $4.50

Popcorn - $5.50

NON ALCOHOLIC

Soft Drink, Orange or Apple Juice - $4.50

Bottled Still Water - $3.50

Sparkling Mineral Water - $5

Slushy - $4

COCKTAILS

Chandon S on Ice - $14

Pear & Elderflower Bellini - $18

BUBBLES

Chandon Brut NV - $11 / $55

Chandon Rose Brut NV - $11 / $55

Mot & Chandon Imperial Brut NV - $22 / $99

WINE

Cape Mentelle Georgiana Sauvignon Blanc - $11 / $47

Cape Mentelle Marmaduke Red - $11 / $46

SPIRITS

Belvedere Vodka - $12

Gordons Gin, Johnny Walker Red, Jim Beam Bourbon - $10

BEER

150 Lashes Pale Ale Can - $8.50

5 Seeds Cider Can - $9

Lite Beer Can - $7

Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House
Summer Playground at Sydney Opera House

More information about Summer Playground at the Sydney Opera House can be found here. The best part about this summer event is that attendance to the public is absolutely FREE.
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Why? A Coney Island inspired playground right on Sydney Harbour.
When: From January 6th until the end of the month.
Where: Western Boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House.
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Nice article, it looks like fun
by RC (score: 3|1221) 1031 days ago
so - the Summer 'Playground' is an opportunity to sit on a deckchair in the afternoon sun on a too hot summer day and pay a high price for a drink or some food ?

can't hardly wait - I may not bother to make the effort to check it out

on second thoughts - if it's cooler after 630pm the program seems to suggest some entertainment then which could be pleasant - so I'll keep it in mind
by ultim (score: 2|424) 1031 days ago
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