Do some good
Alexandria’s No 5 Restaurant & Bar is extending a helping hand to those struggling emotionally or financially during the pandemic. It’s asking diners to add a tip at the end of their meal, which will go into a collective “pay-it-forward” jar. Once the jar reaches $100, the money will pay for a meal (valued at $65 per head) for someone (and their guest) who’s doing it tough. Then the jar resets back to $0, a process that will continue until December 31. Punters can nominate someone they think is worthy of the meal by tagging them in any of No 5’s Instagram or Facebook posts that use the hashtag #payitforwardno5.

Four drinks in one bar
Subterranean CBD bar Employees Only is sating our wanderlust with a set of four cocktails that’ll get your tastebuds jetsetting (even if the rest of your body can’t leave the country). For an agreeable $50 you’ll get four cocktails (which usually go for about $20 each), themed around the flavours of Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong and New York. The deal is available every Wednesday and Thursday evening until October 8, and you have to order a food item with every set of four cocktails (we recommend the bar’s new $25 taco special).

A gin thing
Kings Cross Distillery has released its second gin, ahead of opening to the public this spring. The Garden Island Navy Strength gin ($165 for 700 millilitres) is made with damiana (a wild shrub) and horny goat weed, and has aromas of wild nettles, cut grass and pepper spice. It gets its name from Garden Island in Sydney Harbour which, appropriately, is a major base for the Australian Navy fleet.

Three Williams, one Fabian
Redfern cafe Three Williams has a new head chef, Fabian Mucke, who was most recently head chef at Nel. He’ll be bringing his fine-dining ethos to the all-day cafe menu, which includes dishes such as an asparagus and wattleseed tart; soft-shell crab roll; and French toast with guava custard, Chantilly cream and coffee bubbles. The cafe has also introduced a range of house-made sodas, including a ginger beer with cardamom and clove and a green tea, elderflower and mint iced tea.

You teas
Sydney-based tea company Altitude (which supplies the Google Sydney office and Darlinghurst cafe The Mayflower, among others) sources all its leaves from high-altitude regions of the world. Owner Cara Chen says teas grown at more than 1599 metres above sea level develop deeper, more complex flavours. Until October 2, Altitude is popping up at a shopfront in Leichhardt, where it will be showcasing its 20 flavours for people to see, smell and taste. 51 Norton Street, Leichhardt