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Feel-Good Friday: April 28 – Hair of the Dog

Fear not if you, like us, went a bit overboard with the Anzac Day celebrations on Tuesday. The weekend is finally here to provide some much-needed recovery time. But let’s be honest, as soon as Saturday morning hits, you’ll be back in the game and ready to catch more good vibes. That’s why this edition of Feel-Good Friday is bursting with exciting events and positive news that we can’t wait to share with you. So prepare to spread the good word and make this weekend one for the books.

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Craft Beer Crash Course for $1

These days, it’s hard to get much for just a dollar, but BrewDog South Eveleigh is offering a crash course in craft beer for only $1 throughout May. You’ll get to taste four of their top-selling beers straight from the taps, including Lost Lager, Punk XPA, Cold Beer, and Hop Fiction. Not only will you get to expand your knowledge on the art of brewing, but you’ll also learn about the planet-first and sustainable approach of BrewDog.

It’s perfect for a fun and affordable group hangout, and you can even grab a mid-week feed for less with 2-4-1 Vegan Mondays and Wings Wednesdays. Remember, the $1 Beer School is a limited-time offer and only available to pre-booked customers during the month of May at BrewDog South Eveleigh. To reserve your spot, head to the BrewDog website.

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Strip Down & Get Steamy for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Things are getting hot and steamy in Bondi as podcast host Matty J, TikTok sensation Ash Wick, and comedian Michael Shafar (a two-time testicular cancer survivor) are stripping down to their skivvies and jumping into an outdoor hot tub. Why, you ask? To raise awareness about testicular cancer and the importance of checking yourself out regularly.

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and leading men’s health charity Movember is on a mission to spread the word about this serious disease and the importance of catching it early. That’s why these three hunky dudes are teaming up with Movember to heat things up and draw attention to men’s health issues. And yes, they’ll be sporting some limited-edition Budgy Smugglers while they do it (Google it if you’re not familiar, but maybe not at work).

So if you happen to be strolling by Bondi today, keep an eye out for three half-naked dudes in a hot tub. They’re not just there to look pretty (though they certainly do that too), they’re there to remind you that your health is no joke, and that regular self-examination can make all the difference. Plus, who doesn’t love a good excuse to get steamy in a tub with some buds?


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From now until Sunday Butter is transforming itself into an epic comic book bar with mythological tales created for some of Scotland’s rarest whiskies. You would’ve seen our coverage of Diageo’s Special Release Collection for 2022 last week, but now’s your chance to try a few of these drams in Sydney before they disappear for good alongside some truly mouth-watering dishes.

“Think comic books, superheroes, fun times, and of course, fried chicken! Let us take you on an epic journey through some of Diageo’s oldest whisky dynasties for the chance to experience these rare liquids. So run, don’t walk to discover the Elusive Expressions collection at Butter for yourself before it’s gone,” said Butter’s Executive Chef Julian Cincotta.

We had a chance to visit a day before it opened and we’ll be the first to say that Butters’s take on an Old Fashioned is one of the best we’ve ever had. A sweet and smoky take on an old classic that combines ‘Talisker 11-Year-Old’ with earthy fruit and coconut flavours of the fig leaf.

Playing into the visual Dark and Vivid worlds of the Elusive Expressions range, two cocktail flights, each with four tasting options are available to try. We suggest you go for the Talisker.

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World-Leading Distiller Tours Australia in Celebration of World Whisk(e)y Day

Chris Fletcher, the Master Distiller of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, is touring Sydney and Melbourne from May 17th to May 21st! He’s coming to celebrate World Whisk(e)y Day and to talk about the release of Jack Daniel’s first super-premium drop in 25 years, called Jack Daniel’s Bonded. If you’re a fan of Jack Daniel’s or whiskey in general, you should definitely try to catch him at one of his three events! You can even experience a one-of-a-kind tasting with String Musicians Australia and an industry-leading multi-sensory academic.

The first event, called The Sound of Bonded, will be held at Hickson House in Sydney on May 18th. The second event, called Tales from Lynchburg, will be held at Bella Vista Hotel in Sydney on May 19th, and the third event will be held at The Railway Hotel in Melbourne on May 20th. You’ll get to taste different types of Jack Daniel’s and hear some cool stories from the distillery while you’re there. Make sure to RSVP on the Jack Daniel’s website.

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Pleasure Club is Ready to Rock Newtown

Get ready to party, Sydney. Odd Culture Group’s new live music basement bar, Pleasure Club, is set to open on King Street in Newtown as early as August this year. With a commitment to supporting live music and the arts in Sydney, the 120-person basement bar will offer a unique late-night entertainment experience with free live bands and entertainment curated by Sabrina Medcalf, the group’s Group Operations & Entertainment Manager.

Expect a cool blend of Hollywood rock n’ roll, L.A. weirdness, soulful sounds of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, blues, burlesque, and beyond, with innovative drinks like absinthe fountains. Everyone is welcome at Pleasure Club, a safe space for LGBTQIA+ and all walks of life, with no boundaries or restrictions.

Rise Up For Our River

South Australians are being urged to help boost the economy of communities affected by the once-in-a-century Murray River flood by participating in the “Rise up for our River” campaign. The South Australian Tourism Commission is offering more than 25,000 vouchers worth $50, $100 and $200 in three rounds that can be used for experiences and accommodation in the Riverland and Murray River, Lakes & Coorong regions. A $750 houseboat voucher will also be available in rounds two and three, allowing South Australians to plan an iconic houseboat holiday in the winter and spring periods. More than $4.6m has been allocated for the river recovery plan, including the vouchers, which will help support local businesses and communities.

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Lo Bros’ Not Soda Pulls Humpback Whale Weight of Plastic Out of the Ocean

Lo Bros, an impact-led drinks brand, partnered with Seven Clean Seas to remove 17,000kg of plastic from the ocean, equivalent in weight to one million plastic bottles, in an effort to clean up the ocean. The plastic was removed from the islands of Batam and Bintan in Indonesia, two of the worst affected areas globally when it comes to ocean plastic. The plastic was sent for sorting, separating, and classification at Seven Clean Sea’s Materials Recovery Facility, where it is recycled and repurposed into the circular economy or sent for secondary processing when necessary.

The effort supported hundreds of local jobs in Indonesia, and Lo Bro’s pledged to remove the equivalent weight of five million plastic bottles in ocean plastic by 2025, putting them ahead of schedule. For every can of Lo Bros Not Soda sold, the company funds the removal of the equivalent weight of two plastic soft drink bottles from marine environments through its partnership with Seven Clean Seas. The company is also partnering with independent retailers Ritchies and Drakes to clean up two million plastic bottles from our oceans by 2025.

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Women’s A-League Grand Final is Here

The Women’s A-League Grand Final is finally happening with Sydney FC taking on Western United this Sunday at CommBank Stadium, Sydney. It’s going to be a weekend-long celebration of women’s football and a perfect family event. There will be plenty of entertainment to enjoy before and during the game, with awesome performances and activities like face painting, inflatables, food trucks, drumming, and a DJ. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can grab your Liberty A-League Grand Final tickets here.

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Rolex Supports Coral Gardners to Save the Reefs

Rolex’s Perpetual Planet Initiative is supporting Coral Gardeners, a group of young ocean advocates with a mission to save the reefs. The founder, Titouan Bernicot, grew up on a small atoll in French Polynesia where he developed a fascination for the underwater world, surrounded by sharks and beautiful Tahitian pearls cultivated by his parents. In 2015, at the age of 16, he noticed the coral reefs beneath him turning white due to coral bleaching and made it his mission to understand and fight this phenomenon. Since 2017, Bernicot and Coral Gardeners have been redefining conservation by raising awareness and inspiring younger generations to take action in restoring our coral reefs and protecting the wider environment.

“It’s an honour to be joining the legacy of people from the Rolex Perpetual Planet Initiative, following the path of inspiring scientists and explorers like Sylvia Earle. It makes me want to get into the water and do more”, said Titouan Bernicot, Founder and CEO of Coral Gardeners.

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Wild Turkey Announce First Music 101 Mentorship Winner to Play Live with Matt Corby

Will Clift, a 26-year-old artist from Manly, New South Wales, has been selected as the first up-and-coming artist to receive ongoing mentoring from ARIA Award-winning artist Matt Corby as part of the Wild Turkey Music 101 initiative. The initiative, inspired by Wild Turkey’s long-held belief to trust in your spirit, will feature a series of outdoor gigs performed in a custom-built 1970s Airstream trailer that has been converted into a live music stage, bar and recording studio. Fans can follow Wild Turkey on social media for a chance to win tickets to the upcoming gigs.

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Mastercard Will Ditch First-Use PVC Plastics in Payment Cards by 2028

Mastercard has announced plans to eliminate first-use, PVC plastics from payment cards on its network by 2028. From January 1, 2028, all newly-produced Mastercard plastic payment cards will be made from more sustainable materials, including recycled or bio-sourced plastics such as rPVC, rPET, or PLA. The company will support its global issuing partners through the transition away from virgin PVC. Mastercard launched its Sustainable Card Program in 2018, and over 330 issuers across 80 countries have voluntarily signed up.

The company has been working in partnership with major card manufacturers to transition more than 168 million cards across its network to recycled and bio-based materials. The rule change will also see all newly made cards certified by Mastercard to assess their composition and sustainability claims, validated by an independent third-party auditor. In addition, Mastercard’s Priceless Planet Coalition is working towards restoring 100 million trees globally by 2025, and the company works with Doconomy to develop the Mastercard Carbon Calculator.


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