Our lives might be different right now, as we face uncertain economic conditions and challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But it’s a good time to remember all of the great things we are blessed to have living in Sydney’s inner city. From our many urban green spaces to new nightlife and retail precincts in the making, we’ll no doubt appreciate them all the more once the current restrictions lift.
Here are some of the new things planned for our vibrant area.
Redfern to Get a Craft Microbrewery and Taproom
WA’s popular Gage Roads Brewing Co has leased a retail shopfront and warehouse space on high traffic Regent Street in Redfern for its first east-coast venture, The Atomic Beer Project. The Perth-based brewery, one of Australia’s largest independently owned breweries, is giving the 578-square-metre warehouse space a multi-million dollar makeover to convert it into a microbrewery and 250-capacity taproom. Punters can look forward to enjoying quality pub food, Sydney-exclusive ales and limited-edition brews when it launches.
South Eveleigh precinct
The new Central to Eveleigh precinct is a major government urban renewal project that will bring a range of benefits to the inner city. From a technology precinct that many hope will rival California’s Silicon valley to major updates to both north and south Eveleigh. The South Eveleigh precinct by Mirvac will be home to many new facilities, public spaces and community events. Among them, the biggest venture yet from the operators of the hugely popular The Grounds of Alexandria and The Grounds of the City. The new Grounds Roastery in South Eveleigh will be a 200-seater dining precinct, espresso bar and coffee research lab housed in a gorgeous heritage warehouse space that dates back to the 1800s.
The New Look Green Square
Green Square has undergone a major redevelopment in recent times with more exciting things on the horizon for the suburb. From the new Green Square library, which we can’t wait to get back to when it reopens, to a community and cultural precinct that will continue to offer much-needed support and visibility to local artists and makers. We also can’t wait for the opening of the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, which will give inner-city residents a beautifully conceived, multi-functional space to swim, work out, socialise and unwind.
Fetes and Fairs
There are loads of great fetes, fairs and festivals in the inner city, which we will enjoy again in warmer weather once they’ve sprung back into action. For one, we can’t wait for the bi-annual Erko Berzerko, which will be happening next in 2021.
Live music and nightlife
The inner city’s live music scene has continued to thrive in recent years with some of Sydney’s most legendary venues to be found here. Not only are we eagerly anticipating enjoying a beer and a gig with our mates once more, but musicians and publicans will need our support more than ever. Things will get even more interesting once the City of Sydney’s late-night trading plan kicks in, as it is set to revitalise nightlife in the inner city, with 24/7 trading in the CBD, more late night venues, and urban renewal projects, including a much anticipated late-night cultural precinct in Alexandria.
Urban green spaces
We’re certainly feeling grateful right now for the many wonderful green spaces in the inner city, which local residents are making the most of to get out and exercise and walk the dog in. One local community group is greening the Inner West and beyond with its three-stage project, which will result in more urban and rural habitats and edible gardens, including the planting of a million native trees. And it’s the perfect time to get involved in gardening during the lockdown.
Great food and wine takeout and home delivery
We’re blessed with an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants in the inner-city. Many of our favourite local cafes and restaurants are still open for takeaway food and coffee and there’s never been a better time to show them some love. Alexandria’s Bitton Gourmet is making smart use of its space to host a pop-up grocery store in order to make it easier for locals to pick up staples.
A number of bakeries and restaurants have now begun offering home delivery services, meaning that you can get great food, wine and baked goods sent straight to your door from some fantastic local providores, including Sonoma Bakery, Brickfields Bakery, Fratelli Fresh and Vic’s Meats.
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