The Australian Open has officially begun, providing us with yet another excellent reason to temporarily set aside our responsibilities until the tournament concludes. However, for those who aren’t tennis enthusiasts but still crave an escape from daily duties, Feel-Good Friday is serving up (shameless pun) the good vibes all weekend.
Bondi Brewing Co. Launches Cause-Driven Collaboration Beer Series
Bondi Brewing Co. is kicking 2024 off with a bang, as it announces the launch of its new microbrewery, situated within Bondi’s Easy Tiger restaurant – in what represents a partnership with House Made Hospitality – and the launch of a special collaboration with a cause.
Coined Good Tanks, this limited edition beer series sees Bondi Brewing Co. collaborate with esteemed local personalities and community leaders to craft one-of-a-kind brews. And the best part: for every beer sold, a dollar will be donated to the charity or community project chosen by the collaborators.
All beers in the series will be brewed at Bondi Brewing Co.’s brand new microbrewery and locals will also be able to enjoy these collaborative creations on tap at the venue, along with Bondi Brewing Co.’s core range of beers, which are available year round.
The first beer in the Good Tanks series, the Salties Pacific Lager, which has been brewed in partnership with community group, Bondi Salties in support of Pledge For The Planet, was unveiled during a launch event at Easy Tiger on the evening of Wednesday, 17th January, with further beers to be released in due course.
Blak Powerhouse Returns on January 26
On January 26, 2024, the Blak Powerhouse, a community-led event by Powerhouse and We Are Warriors, makes its return. The lineup features artists Shal, Michael Cook, and Tjukurpamaru, along with a screening of the 2022 documentary Through the Fire showcasing the work of We Are Warriors. The event will include performances by renowned First Nations artists like Maanyung, Mi-kaisha, Rona, Miss Kaninna, Becca Hatch, 3%, JK-47, and surprise special guests. Additionally, a panel discussion on Blak Power and Excellence is scheduled. The Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony, and Muggera dance performance at 5 pm on Powerhouse Ultimo forecourt will kick off the night, continuing from 5-10 pm, both in-person and via live streaming on NITV.
Champion & NBL Celebrate Pride in Play
Champion and the National Basketball League (NBL) are celebrating the return of the Pride Round this week. Following the success of its debut in 2023, the initiative champions active allyship and recognises the LGBTIQA+ community’s contribution to sport. Across Round 16 which runs from January 17 –21, all courts will feature Champion’s Pride Progress flag x ‘C’ logo, with players, coaches, and staff having participated in Empowering Allies sessions with Pride in Sport. You can view the timetable for the Pride Round 16 games below.
Throwback Blends Tennis and Basketball with ‘Court Sports’
The Australian Open is in full swing and it seems everyone of all sporting codes and creeds is getting involved. Throwback, the legends behind your favourite basketball gear have launched a new Australian Open pop-up dubbed ‘Court Sports’, bringing a taste of the NBA to the nation’s most revered tennis tournament.
The new pop-up is open at 565 Chapel St, South Yarra from January 13 to January 21 and houses Throwback’s new limited-release ‘Court Sports’ capsule collection. Here, Aus Open fans will be able to shop curated styles of Li-Ning, New Era, Way of Wade, Throwback The Label, Wilson and more, whilst also testing out the drill/dribble challenge to win prizes. If you are in Melbourne this month and can’t get enough sport, check out Throback’s all-new pop-up.
Aperol is Serving Up Spritz’s at the Australian Open
Tennis enthusiasts and summer aficionados are invited to gather at the ultimate hotspot during the Australian Open – Terrazza Aperol. From January 14 to 27, located on Grand Slam Oval at Melbourne Park, the venue offers a unique experience with a 15-meter-long bar, comfy bean bags, lounges, and elevated cabanas, providing the perfect setting to savour an Aperol Spritz in the sun. Aperitivo boxes are available for fans to relax and enjoy refreshments while watching the tennis action. For more details, visit the Aperol website.
Love, Laughter, and $10 Thrills at Funlab Venues this Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day, Funlab has a special offer for an unforgettable experience filled with fun and a touch of romance. Whether you’re planning a romantic date or a lively outing with friends, the LOVEFUN deal ensures everyone has a great time without breaking the bank. Head to Strike or Archie Brothers, where couples and friends can enjoy bowling for just $10 with the LOVEFUN code. If you’re up for some competitive fun, Holey Moley is the place to be with $10 cocktails available at all venues.
To unlock the love, pre-book any Strike, Archie Brothers, or Holey Moley venue nationwide after 5 pm from February 12 to February 15, choose your preferred activity, and use the code LOVEFUN at checkout to enjoy each activity for a discounted price.
Step One Partners With Surf Life Saving Australia To Help Save Lives This Summer
Innovative underwear brand Step One has just announced a partnership with Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), marking a major milestone for the company. Starting January 2024, Step One will actively support SLSA’s mission to reduce coastal drownings by taking over beaches in Sydney and across Australia. The collaboration involves the creation of a special SLSA range by Step One, with a commitment to donate $5 for every pair sold. The bespoke SLSA range aims to address the discomfort surf lifesavers face from elements like sand, cold, and moisture, offering moisture-wicking, breathable underwear designed to prevent chafing. Beyond financial support, Step One will also leverage its extensive advertising reach to promote SLSA’s summer safety message and contribute to drowning prevention efforts.
400 Gradi is Slinging $17 Pizzas Every Weekend of January
Every Friday and Saturday until the end of January, 400 Gradi is bringing the heat to Welcome to Thornbury, turning the beer garden into a sizzling pizza hotspot with their woodfired pizzas priced at just $17. The mouthwatering lineup includes Margherita Verace, Funghi, Diavolo, and Romana.
To complement the experience, the Welcome to Thornbury Beer Garden bar will be open with a happy hour from 4-6pm each day. Even better, furry friends are welcome! Bookings are available for groups of 4 or more, but there’s ample space for walk-ins with groups of less than 4. Secure your spot below and don’t miss out on this delicious pizza party.
Mastercard Serves Up Australia’s First Wheelchair Ballkid Pilot Program
Ballkids are essential to tennis tournaments, yet some kids do not have the opportunity to take part. As the tennis world gears up for the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne Park, Mastercard has unveiled Australia’s first wheelchair ballkid pilot program to demonstrate the potential of wheelchair users to be ballkids in tennis tournaments around the world.
Eleven-year-old wheelchair user and Junior Wheelchair Tennis Champion Sonny Rennison was the inaugural participant. To create the pilot program, Mastercard connected with a creative tech partner, Grand Slam trainers, and current and former world ranked players to support Sonny deliver the role at the high standard required by tennis players at Grand Slam tournaments.
Mastercard and its partners are building on this commitment by making the ball collector, holder and learnings from the pilot available to tournament organisers and tennis fans around the world, with anyone with a 3D printer able to produce the technology that was developed.
$1 Soft Serve from GYG All Week
Cool off from the summer heat with Guzman Y Gomez $1 Soft Serves, exclusively on the GYG app. From January 15 – 21, indulge in the creamy perfection of their classic Soft Serve in a cone, made from real cream, pure vanilla flavour, and no added preservatives. This delectable offer is too good to pass up – download the GYG app and make your summer even sweeter.
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